The following post is by contributor Christen Babb.
My family and I are in the middle of a move across town. While a bit chaotic, it’s fostered the opportunity to sift through years of accumulated things to determine what is trash and what is indeed treasure.
Amidst the clutter, I re-discovered a true, vintage gem – the McCall’s Make-It Book. My grandmother purchased this book in the early 1950′s to craft with my mom. It was then passed down to my mom to craft with me.
Today, I’m delighted to re-create these third-generation crafts with my kids while also sharing with you.
Wrought with authentic charm and old-fashioned expressions, I loved riffling through its well-worn pages to pick out crafts to suit both my daughter and son. Beyond the nostalgia, I love these two crafts because they are honest, simple, and timeless.
Make a paper rose
Taken straight from the pages of the Make-It Book, here’s a delightful tutorial on how to make a paper rose.
You will need:
- Construction Paper (red, pink, or yellow and green)
- Wire (or pipe cleaners)
- Green Crepe Paper
1.) Trace the red pattern on this page into a piece of pink, red, or yellow paper. Then cut the rose all the way down the spiral. Roll the full length of the spiral over a pair of scissors until paper becomes very flexible.
2.) Roll the spiral by hand starting from the outer end. Now push the the outside edge of the rolled spiral down through the center so that the original inside curve forms the outer petal of a rose. Paste or staple the base together. You can get many different effects by varying the size and shape of the original spiral.
3.) To make the leaves for rose, trace the green pattern at bottom of page 34 onto green paper and fold along dotted line. Cut out and roll edges slightly.
4.) Fasten several leaves and a rose bloom onto a piece of wire for a stem. Cover stem by winding a long strip of green crepe paper along full length of stem.
And an easy, straightforward craft for your lil’ adventurer, here’s how to make a Handkerchief Parachute. You will need:
- Poster Paints/Acrylic Paints
1.) Cut four lengths of string, about 12 inches long. Tie one piece of string to each corner of the handkerchief.
2.) For the person who jumps, paint design on the wooden clothespin using poster paints (or acrylic paints). Then tie the loose ends of all four strings to the top of the clothespin.
3.) Roll up the parachute and throw it as high as you can. As it comes down, it ill open up just like the real ones!
Do you have any crafts you did with your mom or grandmother that you do with your kids today?