Monday, January 16, 2017

Felt Footballs for Meals on Wheels

I started making felt footballs for a Meals on Wheels Superbowl treat. So far I have made around 20 while watching the Australian Open tennis tournament. I need to make 30 more!

Supply List:

brown felt

football shaped cookie cutter

white chalk pen

sharp scissors

white embroidery thread

brown embroidery thread

embroidery needle

thin white ribbon

cotton balls 


Trace the football cookie cutter with the white chalk pen onto the brown felt. Each ornament requires two football shapes. Cut out all the football shapes that you need for your project.

Using the white embroidery thread - sew the football lines onto the front of the football.

Sew the front and back of the football together. Before sewing the ornament shut stuff the ornament  with a few cotton balls and sew in a white ribbon loop.

I started sewing them with a running stitch.

But I think that using a blanket stitch looks a little more football-ish.

I think these footballs would look amazing on a Christmas tree or as decorations for your Superbowl party! Let me know if you decide to make them!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Three Wise Men Cookies

I made some Three Wise Men cookies for the first graders.  Yesterday I made round sugar cookies. Once they cooled I put them in an air-tight container. This morning I decorated them.

This is my Melchior cookie. I don't spend a lot of time decorating cookies for 1st graders - they barely look at them before chowing them down.

These are my Caspar cookies. The jewels on the crown are mini m&m's.

The final cookie is Balthazar - the kids wanted to know why he had blue hair. I explained that it was a turban.

When I asked the kids if they knew what gifts the wise men brought the baby Jesus. Answer: Gold, Frankenstein and Myrtle. Frankenstein?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Preparing to Substitute Teach 1st Grade

On Wednesday I am substitute teaching a 1st grade religion class. The two subjects that the class is learning about this week are the Holy Spirit and the Epiphany.

First graders like to color - so I have some fun coloring sheets.

I am actually going to spend more time teaching the Epiphany.

I also made a little coloring book out of the three gifts - gold, frankincense and myrrh.

This little coloring book is a reminder of the gifts that brought to the baby Jesus.

I made little bags of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Matthew 2:11

The gold is a bag of Rolo;s. The frankincense is a bag of carmel corn and the myrrh is a bag of banana chips.

I put a bag of each "gift" into a brown paper bag with a colorful ribbon and added a Three Wise Men graphic.

I think the kids will like the little take home treat and it will reinforce the story of the gifts. 

I am planning on making some Three Wise Men cookies tomorrow - hopefully I will remember to post them!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Valentine Rings for Meals on Wheels

Today I made some little rings for a Meals on Wheels Valentine treat. I happened to have everything that I needed for this project in my craft cabinet. That is one of my resolutions - to use up current craft supplies - before buying new supplies.

While the glue gun heated up I and laid out some felt flowers and heart shaped buttons. 

I glued the heart shaped buttons onto the small felt flowers or round red buttons.

Then I glued the button and heart flowers onto a silver ring. I just need to label and package them. Let me know if you make this project. And Happy Valentines's Day!