Christmas Wreath Toddler Art

Surprise! I’m writing an actual blog post about an actual thing I did with Lewis! I’m actually not sure when the last time is that I did a real blog post. All I’ve been doing is the Photo Friday posts, and I haven’t even kept up with those very well. So, here goes!

Lewis and I always have fun making decorations for various holidays, and earlier this month we decided to make a wreath for our door. Why spend $20 on a wreath when you can make a lovely one yourself?

I scouted for ideas on Pinterest, and decided to go pretty free-form and just give him materials and let him do what he wanted with it.

Most of the Pinterest posts I looked at suggested using a paper plate to make your wreath shape. We didn’t have any paper plates on hand, so instead I took a big piece of green craft foam stuff (is that even what it’s called?) and traced a big circle on it with a smaller circle inside. Then I cut along the circles in a somewhat scalloped/bumpy pattern to make it more wreath-y.

Squirting glue and placing decorations takes great concentration.

Squirting glue and placing decorations takes great concentration.

I set up the table with the wreath, a bottle of glue, a dish of green paint, and a tray of decorations including buttons, pom-poms and cut pieces of sparkly pipe cleaners. Most of it was Christmas themed colors, but I included some more rainbowy colors of pom-poms in case he wanted a bit more variety of color. Then I invited Lewis to join me in creating.

He tried out a few decorations, then decided it needed some paint.

He tried out a few decorations, then decided it needed some paint.

I had also brought a tube of golden glitter to the table, but told him that Mommy would need to help with adding that. After adding a few decorations and a bit of paint he asked for glitter, so I sprinkled it on the wet paint and showed him how it stuck. He added a couple more decorations and a little more paint, but mostly he just wanted help adding more glitter! I got him a second paintbrush and showed him how he could “paint” the glue around the wreath so that more glitter could stick, then we added more together until it was just right.

Lewis and his beautiful wreath.

Lewis and his beautiful wreath.

The next day, once the glue and paint were dry, I added a big ribbon to the wreath to finish it off, then hung it on the door. Lewis was invited to help choose the ribbon, but was more interested in running around the apartment dragging ribbons behind him, so I chose a golden one for him. I first tried stapling it on but I only have a mini stapler which couldn’t punch through the layers, so instead it got stuck on with a piece of Gorilla Tape.

 

Prettiest door in town!

Prettiest door in town!

Lewis has been having a lot of fun with other holiday activities and preparations as well. His favorites so far have included Christmas Play-doh, stealing ornaments from the tree, and helping me make (and eat!) chocolate covered pretzels and peppermint bark.

Yum, chocolate!

Yum, chocolate!

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Photo Friday

Happy Friday and Merry Christmas everyone! I know Christmas is almost a week away, but we’ll be in Michigan and I’m not making any promises about trying to post while we are there. We leave tomorrow for the two hour plane trip, which Lewis is very excited about, and will be visiting Chris’ family for two weeks. Lewis is hoping for lots of presents and treats, and looking forward to playing with the dog Ruby.

Since we didn’t want to attempt traveling with a huge pile of presents, we had an early Christmas here last Sunday and opened all our family presents. In Michigan we will have just a couple small Santa gifts and of course a stocking for Lewis to open.

Lewis has been practicing his photography skills, so I’ve included a few of his photos again for you to enjoy.

Our lovely little tree with its little heap of presents.

Our lovely little tree with its little heap of presents.

Lewis choosing the first present. He did a great job "reading" the labels, recognizing that the ones with "M" were for Mommy, "D" was for Daddy, and "L" for Lewis. :)

Lewis choosing the first present. He did a great job “reading” the labels, recognizing that the ones with “M” were for Mommy, “D” was for Daddy, and “L” for Lewis. 🙂

Unwrapping.

Unwrapping.

Lewis' "big" present, and everyone's favorite to play with all week. A marble run! Lewis has always been in love with marbles, so this was an obvious choice.

Lewis’ “big” present, and everyone’s favorite to play with all week. A marble run! Lewis has always been in love with marbles, so this was an obvious choice.

Photo by Lewis.

Photo by Lewis.

Lewis' perspective of Mommy and Daddy.

Lewis’ perspective of Mommy and Daddy.

Selfie. There are about ten of these on the camera, including some pure white ones of just the ceiling, and some with just a tuft of his fluffy hair.

Selfie. There are about ten of these on the camera, including some pure white ones of just the ceiling, and some with just a tuft of his fluffy hair.

Photo Friday

Hello! Sorry about the lapse in posting. There was Thanksgiving, and tired days, and forgetful days, and Christmas preparations, and I just seem to keep missing Fridays. So, this post includes some photos from the past few weeks. A few from Thanksgiving time, some fun snow ones, etc.

He often peels his socks off and tosses them on the floor before falling asleep, but one day I walked in to check on him and found him sleeping with a sock on his hand!

He often peels his socks off and tosses them on the floor before falling asleep, but one day I walked in to check on him and found him sleeping with a sock on his hand!

Lewis has his own way of making snow angels. He is adverse to laying on his back, so instead lays on his tummy and kicks his legs around. This sometimes has the unfortunate side effect of snow going down the front of his coat.

Lewis has his own way of making snow angels. He is adverse to laying on his back, so instead lays on his tummy and kicks his legs around. This sometimes has the unfortunate side effect of snow going down the front of his coat.

Getting ready for ride #2 on the carousel at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY.

Getting ready for ride #2 on the carousel at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY.

Sharing cookies with Cookie Monster!

Sharing cookies with Cookie Monster!

Attempting to imitate how he saw Daddy using the jump rope.

Attempting to imitate how he saw Daddy using the jump rope.

My two sweeties washing dishes together. <3

My two sweeties washing dishes together. ❤

Snow storm this week! Lewis and I went out to play and he had fun climbing to the top of a snow-plowed mound and peeking out from some snowy branches.

Snow storm this week! Lewis and I went out to play and he had fun climbing to the top of a snow-plowed mound and peeking out from some snowy branches.

He didn't like walking through the deep fluffy snow, but it was great for sitting in!

He didn’t like walking through the deep fluffy snow, but it was great for sitting in!