Ffom Trash to Treasures
Thursday, December 10, 2009 by Shelley Miles
From Nancy Casalaro at Luminarium Learning
Several years ago my friend Maureen came for a visit. While she was here, we had a huge windstorm. It blew down branches and all sorts of natural materials. Maureen grabbed a trash bag and went outside picking up what my kids and I thought of as “trash.” Now I should mention, Maureen is an artist and was an upscale department store designer. She knew what she was doing.
She picked some interesting seed pods, spray painted them and put them in clear jar. Instantly she had a beautiful centerpiece. Try it. You and your child can give your home some holiday sparkle.
Clear glass container
Spray paint—silver and gold work well
Other natural materials
1. Take your child on a treasure hunt. Look for seed pods, twigs, leaves, etc.
2. Spray paint (supervision required) the items and allow time to dry.
3. Arrange in a glass container.
4. Add a bow and display
With friends and relatives coming to call this month, it’s a good idea to have plenty of holiday cookies on hand. Kids love being part of the mixing, baking, and decorating process—especially when the fruits of their labor are served to company. Celebrate the peace, love, and brotherhood of the season by making pretty cookies with multicultural motifs.
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