Rudolph Rings in the Season
The project is easy enough for a six-year-old (with the possibility of a bit of antler assistance). My troop is made up of eight-year-olds, so I know they'll be able to dive right in!
Mini terracotta pots
brown acrylic paint
brown pipe cleaners
jingle bells (small enough to fit inside the pots)
Step 1: First I wiped off the pot with a damp towel to remove any manufacturing residue, and then gave it a light coat of brown paint.
Step 2: Loop a pipe cleaner through the bell, to the halfway mark of the pipe cleaner, and twist a couple of times.
Step 3: Thread both ends of the p.c. upward through the hole in the bottom of the pot.
Step 4: Make small, outward bends in the p.c. to keep it from slipping back through the hole. I found that a dab of glue on each side helped to keep the p.c. from "flopping over". Antlers that stand up are so much cuter!
Steps 5 & 6: Glue on the eyes and nose.
Step 7: Bend the antlers into little points (luckily, perfection isn't
Step 8: Fold a small length of ribbon in half, knot the ends together, and thread the loop upward through the pot hole.
Once the glue is dried, Rudolph is ready to hang.
I admit that I couldn't resist after this project was "finished"...and I drew little lashes on with a Sharpie. Definitely an improvement.
I hope that you have the chance to try this with the kids in your life...or just make a few for yourself.