Another Snow Day? Your kids are probably under your feet chanting “I’m Bored. I’m Bored. I’m Bored.” Or your neighbors/siblings/cousins/mail carriers were in a pinch and dropped their kids on your doorstep because you have nothing better to do. Either way, it’s time to get crafty! First, send the kids to gather some woodland stuff, like pinecones, twigs, acorns, seed-pods, or whatever else catches their interest. Hopefully this takes awhile. Have a nice cup of tea while you wait.
Granted, if you live in Michigan where I grew up, Snow Days mean SNOW. So everything is going to be buried. Slightly warmer zones sometimes get snow days with only a light dusting. Here on Cape Cod, I can usually find quite a harvest this time of year, especially after a windy storm. You might want to let the loot dry in front of the fire for a little while if it’s wet (or on a baking sheet in the warming drawer or oven set to low). You could do this while making lunch.
Now scavenge your drunk drawer and craft cupboard for some wire, fabric scraps, and any odds and ends with holes in them like beads, buttons, shells, nuts/washers, or random objects. Pipe cleaners, string, glue, and wine corks could also come in handy. You may need pliers, wire cutters, or an old pair of scissors. Then, let the imagination soar (literally). I made little owlets and birdies with my pine cone stash.
I attached the beads, buttons, fabric, etc to the pine cone with wire, by threading it through various objects and wrapping the wire around the core of the cone. I made a loop with the wire to hang the creatures in the window or on next year’s Christmas tree. I prefer not to use glue (too messy) but kids love messes so if you have young ones, glue or string might be safer than wire.