Christmas Homemade Clay Ornaments 2

We continue with Part 2 of  our Christmas Homemade Clay Ornaments feature here on MoNA. We started with a variety of shapes. Here goes – you can focus on just one ornament shape. You can make all Christmas trees for example.

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Make your homemade clay and use Christmas tree cookie cutter…

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With just red, white, and green paint the kids were able to create some interesting designs…

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Here are the painted trees…

the painted trees

And here they are —ready to hang with beautiful Christmasy baker’s twine…

When I did this Christmas crafting activity in my son’s grade 2 class I brought my ukulele and taught them the song Oh Christmas Tree. Here are the lyrics:

Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh  Christmas tree,
You stand in splendid beauty.

Oh Christmas Tree, O  Christmas tree,
You stand in splendid beauty.

Your branches green in summer’s glow
And evergreen in winter’s snow.

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh  Christmas tree,
You stand in splendid beauty.

Watch video on youtube

I also found a more meaningful version of the song that would be suitable for older kids or adults.. (try out the chords on your ukulele)

oh xmas tree chords

Lyrics and chords from Tabs by Ultimate Guitar

“O Christmas tree, your beauty green will teach me that hope and love will ever be the way to joy and peace for me…”
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Christmas Homemade Clay Ornaments 1

Here is a Christmas project that I did with my son’s class. It all started in our kitchen with homemade clay using a recipe I found on Tips from a Typical Mom.

Homemade Clay recipe

Here are some photos from our kitchen while my 7 year old son and I prepared the homemade clay.

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Allow to cool and let the Christmas painting fun begin!!!

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Here are the ornaments painted by my son and his classmates…

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They now hang on the cardboard tree I made for their class.

Wanna make this tree? It’s easy.  Just cut cardboard, paint and put a strip of of wood in the back of the tree  for support.  I drilled a hole on top of that wood strip so I could put string through for hanging. To hang the ornaments, use a roundhead paper fastener.

Spread the Christmas spirit — make your personalized clay ornaments in your home, classroom, or workplace… if my little boy and his classmates could do this project so can you.

A Beary Fun Workshop

It is with great pleasure that we share with you our most recent workshop “Beary Fun”, which took place last Saturday, Nov 25th.  The project concept and materials were prepared by  Zed Lee of the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes (Psych Vols)  while the actual workshop was facilitated by Edna Lee also of Psych Vols, and another regular MoNA volunteer Wae Seon Yun.

The workshop participants were women and children in difficult situations.

A pattern, some old jeans material and a set of instructions were provided by Zed Lee. Here are the steps:

First Step: Trace pattern on the underside of fabric.

Second Step: Sew along tracing – using running or back stitch to create the Teddy bear shape inside out.  Leave about 3 inches open/unstitched to give you room to insert filling/stuffing (preferably on the side of belly or top of the bear’s head)

Third Step: Give about 1/2 inch allowance and cut around the tracing/stitching

Fourth Step: Now bring the pattern side to the outside by pulling it through the 3 inch opening.

Fifth Step: Stuff your bear and stitch up the opening (slip stitch)

Sixth Step: Embellish/dress -up your Teddy Bear with buttons, patterned fabric and laces. You may also add extra details using a sharpie or acrylic paint.

Final Step: Hug your Teddy Bear and share its story with the group.

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Here are the girls with their Teddy Bears…

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Fun groupings of the Teddies…

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Everybody gets the chance to share their stories…

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You can tell from our volunteer Wae Seon’s face how much she enjoyed the BEARY FUN workshop..

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Here’s a group photo of the Teddies…

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Here’s a group photo of the Teddies and their creators. Photo also shows facilitators Edna Lee and Wae Seon Yun

Special thanks to Zed Lee, Wae Seon Yun and Edna Lee, the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes, West Gorordo Hotel and My Refuge House.

“You really don’t have to be young to find a friend in a teddy bear.”
-Rachel Newman

“There’s just something about a Teddy Bear that’s impossible to explain. When you hold one in your arms, you get a feeling of love, comfort and security. It’s almost supernatural.”
-James Ownby

“Teddy bears don’t need hearts as they are already stuffed with love.”
-Unknown

Quotes from I Love Teddies

 

Kyoto Journal feature

We are happy to share that Paulina Constancia’s “Pedalling for Change” art series (which is permanently housed at the Museum of Bicycling in Cebu) is featured in the current issue of the Kyoto Journal (KJ) (Issue #89, Oct-Dec 2017) . KJ is a quarterly publication circulated in Japan and around Asia.

The 6 page article in the Kyoto Journal’s issue No. 89  is “an interview with “Psychology Volunteers on Bikes” founders Edna Lee and Mishka Watin, from Cebu, the Philippines, on taking a permaculture approach to more enlightened urban planning”.

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Learn more about Tindak Sugbo and the Museum of Bicycling (MoB).