Another little tute for you to try with your children while pies and cookies are baking. Our midwife, Sue, posted this craft on her Facebook page to make with last year’s cards (or leftover ones if you have them). We had neither, so I pulled out our trusty scrapbook paper stack – the same stack we have used for three years running.
This one is a little more challenging than the Vintage Christmas Lights, and should provide some joy for the maths enthusiast in your family, too. Alternately, have the kids do piles of different sized circles and have them figure up the inscribed triangles and call Maths done for the day. 🙂
Scrapbook paper or cards
A large paper punch or compass
Cardstock or scrap of cardboard (for triangle template)
Micropunch, awl, or sharp yarn needle
That formula again:: a=3R/√3
Set your ornaments aside to dry. You could add glue and glitter around the edges, too. This hides any mismatched edges, if you’re concerned about that sort of thing. I like the imperfection – but I also love anything that sparkles! 🙂 When everything is dried, punch a wee hole in one flap of each ornament and thread some cord through for hanging.
About that punch…
It’s a “Recollections” lever punch, available at Michael’s stores. I bought a 2.5″ circle as well a gift tag cutter. Why do I LOVE it so much? I have pretty bad arthritis all over, but the inflammation in my hands can make crafting really difficult and not much fun. Cutting with scissors takes me extra long and hurts after only a short time. This lever punch allows me to use my whole palm for pressure, which relieves my fingers enormously. I punched more than 300 circles really quickly. I call that a brilliant invention. Well worth the $16 I paid!
*I don’t get paid by Michael’s, this is my own opinion of a great product I wanted to share with you.