This past Saturday I hosted a Christmas craft party for my SURF (Sweet, unique, aRsty, friends) Club. I hosted 14 girls, ages 3 to 11. I created stations and put the girls into groups. It’s the easiest way for me to host this many girls at once. The girls made jars of love, ornaments, and graham cracker houses.
In my crafting cove, the girls made jars of love as a gift for anyone of their choosing. These are decorated jars filled with rolled slips of paper. Each paper states something positive about the receiver. Some examples for a jar of love to one’s mother might be: “I love your hugs!”, “I love your cooking.”, “I love your piano playing.”, etc.
For this craft I provided the following:
- small plastic jars (I bought these from Michael’s in a bulk sale; they came in packs of 10)
- Mod Podge
- paint brushes
- small paper plates (for the Mod Podge)
- tissue paper squares
- pre-cut strips of paper (I chose scrapbook paper I already had on hand)
- thin markers and/or pens
- white gift bags (optional)
- blank cards with envelopes (optional)
- Christmas stickers and washi tape (optional)
- Christmas stamps and black ink pad (optional)
- Christmas craft punches (optional)
Some of the girls glittered their jars. Others Mod Podged the tissue paper. Both looked pretty. While their jars dried, they wrote on their paper slips and scrolled them up. They also decorated gift bags and made cards so it was a complete gift ready to give.
At another station, the girls created ornaments from craft kits I bought from Hobby Lobby. The pieces had sticky backs so no glue was necessary. I provided markers for coloring. I also provided paper snowflakes and we discussed how December 1st was Worldwide Service Day. Each girl wrote acts of service she would try to do at home or in her community this week.
At the kitchen table, my daughter supervised the graham cracker houses. For this project I provided:
- Graham crackers
- Vanilla frosting
- Plastic knives
- Sandwich bags (for makeshift frosting bags)
- Mini marshmallows (the fruity kind)
- Mini chocolate chips
- Smarties, Red Hots, Sixlets, gummy bears, and other small candies
- Christmas sprinkles
- Paper or foam plates (I bought the oval shaped ones)
For many of the girls, it was easier to make tents.
The last station was for the wish ornaments. A wish ornament simply contains a written wish scrolled up inside it. For this craft I provided:
- plastic ornament bulbs (purchased in a set of 25 from Michael’s)
- craft snow confetti
- tiny beads
- anything miniature and Christmasy from my craft supplies
- pre-cut strips of paper (I chose Christmas scrapbook paper)
- thin markers and/or pens
The girls filled their bulbs as they chose. They also wrote a wish on a piece of paper and scrolled it up. Since this station didn’t take as long as the others, the girls also made a get well poster for a club member who was sick and missing out on the fun.
To help the girls keep their creations together in one place, I always provide an extra table. I gave each girl a gift sack to collect their ornaments. That made it easy for them to bring them home as well.
The girls also had a snack. One mom was kind enough to make these delightful wreaths out of crispy noodles. Yum! There was also cheese and crackers, apple and orange slices, and juice.
♥ Merry Christmas Everyone! Thanks so much for reading. I’d love to hear from you. Will you be hosting a Christmas party this year? ♥