Do you every get an idea for a craft — and things go wonky?
That’s totally me and this Christmas lights craft.
We have tons of rocks on our 2 acre property.
It was a bugger to dig holes to plant trees, shrubs and flowers. And grass. And a vegetable garden. And for installing a swing set and play ground.
But then, since rocks are so plentiful, using them for crafts would make the craft cheaper. Right?
Even though the craft might be cheaper, when I added grandkids to the mixture, the end product is not quite like what I had in mind.
Let me explain.
But first, let me tell you the materials I gathered for the first time I did the Christmas lights craft:
- flat rocks
- white, red, green, yellow paint
- craft painting brushes
- black, red, green sharpies
First, my granddaughters painted one side of the rocks white.
Then we waited. And waited. And waited for the paint to dry.
Then, they painted the other side white.
And waited some more. (This was the hardest part of the craft!)
Then, my granddaughter used the black sharpie to draw black lines to represent a string for the Christmas lights.
She said she could do it so I didn’t pay too much attention to what she drew, , ,
Then, she decided to draw the ‘lights’ using the green and red sharpies — and not use the acrylic paint.
Here are their finished rocks . . .
They loved doing this craft and wer so proud of their painted rock.
On the other hand . . .
. . . in my mind, there were two problems with this activity. First, it took a LONG time for the white paint to dry on the rocks.
Second, the string of lights was smaller than I imagined. I guess since the rocks were small that my granddaughters felt they had to do small strings.
So. When I did this craft with some of my grandsons, I changed things a bit.
I had white card stock paper for them. No rocks!
I used a black sharpie to draw the string of lights on the paper (so that what was drawn matched what was in my head).
Then, using Q-tips, they dabbed on different color of paints.
I was SURE that their end product would be what I imagined.
Elliot thought that if a few dots of paint were good, then MANY dots were better. Then, dots along the ‘string’ part made it even better. Then, drawing his own string was superb.
Then he wrote Merry Christmas along the top of the paper.
He was so pleased. (I was just pleased that he didn’t get paint all over himself. . . )
While Elliot was patiently adding dots, Simon used the Q-tips to add dots AND to brush paint on his ‘string.’ And, if Elliot could draw his own string of lights, Simon could do it, too! (Do I sense come competition? Not at all!)
While I had a specific ‘look’ in my mind that I thought the craft should have, I gave only general instructions. I wanted them to use their own creativity as they made it. And they did.
And they had fun.
But as I thought of you, Dear Reader, I thought that maybe I could help you have a better activity than painting on rocks.
I made a free printable. On the top it says Merry Christmas (so little grandchildren who don’t know how to spell don’t have to worry about it).
Then I drew a ‘string’ on the paper.
After you print it out, have your grandkids use a Q-tip to add dabs of paint for the ‘lights.’ If you don’t want the mess that comes with painting, your grandkids could draw the lights with markers.
(Don’t be surprised if your grandkids personalize this printable by using their imagination!)
This is what I had in mind for a Christmas lights craft!