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Paper Strip Ornament: Directions & Operation Christmas Child Boxes

Do you like handmade items? Or need a quick, interesting, handmade ornament for the holidays?  Or to make with your kids?We have the directions for you right here!

Hi Y’All,

Wiebke recently visited her sister in Canada.  Grab your hot cup of cocoa (or coffee) and a seat to find out what happened while she was there.

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Learning to Make Paper Strip Ornaments

Each year Wiebke’s sister, Bruni helps out with the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child.  She helps check to make sure the boxes are packed properly, which is a huge undertaking.  In addition, this year as she did last year, Bruni (and whoever she can recruit) gathered to make some paper strip ornaments for the Operation Christmas Child boxes.  We were lucky enough to have her teach us as well!Paper Strip Ornaments

Repurpose Old Christmas Cards

Wiebke and her husband have been cleaning out their basement when she came across several years worth of Christmas cards.  She was reluctant to let go of the memories, but decided it was time.  It was time to share the cards in a different but good way.  She recently read a devotion by Desiree Glass called A New Purpose that touched her heart and helped her to look at these repurposed Christmas cards in a new light.  Instead of getting rid of something that was precious memories for her. . . she discovered she’d be creating new ones for others.

A New Purpose by Desiree Glass: (Paraphrased by me)  Since Christmas cards are pictures and sayings that mostly express Jesus Christ’s birth and how it is celebrated then by sharing the cards with others we are in essence sharing the good news with others.Repurpose Christmas Cards

Just imagine how many families we will reach by inserting these cards of hers into ornament kits for the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes . . . they go all over the world!

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

If you’re not familiar with the Operation Christmas Child box project you can check out the website here.   According to the Samaritan’s Purse website the boxes allow an opportunity to connect all over the world sharing:

The Amazing Journey of a Shoebox Gift Begins with You and Results in Evangelism, Discipleship, and Multiplication.Operation Christmas Child

This creates an opportunity of sharing and caring from receiving the boxes to giving them.  From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. Parents often use the project to teach their kids about giving. Year-round volunteers support these efforts across the country (taken from Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child).

We had fun creating these Paper Ornaments and hope you will too! Click on the instruction picture to enlarge and/or print.Paper Strip Ornament directionsDisclaimer

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Inspiring HopeBible Verse John 12:46

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Personalized Hammer: An Easy Quick Gift For The Tool Loving Man (or Woman) In Your Life

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Are you stumped as to what to get for your husband, your Dad, or grandpa as a Father’s Day gift or any tool loving person? Stick around and we will share how to make a practical personalized gift for the tool loving people in your life! The cool thing about this gift is that you can use (with permission) the wooden handled hammer your husband, Dad or grandpa already has in his toolbox.  So go ahead and nail this project to impress the them!

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Come on in and have a seat.  Would you like coffee or tea?  Please help yourself.  With Father’s Day coming up, we thought we’d should you how to create your very own Personalized Hammer for your loved one!

Tea for two

Personalized Hammer

 

Father’s Day is fast approaching and Wiebke and I wanted to give you a quick , easy, inexpensive craft that you or the kids can make for that special man in your life.Peonie and wooden hammers

We truly think that all those fathers, grandpas, or significant males in your life will love the “personal” aspect of this craft as you can make your message specific to each of them….And by the way – this isn’t only for males!  If you have a tool loving woman in your life any wooden tool that can be sanded will work too! The same method will work.

Who Represents Your Father Figure

I think all of us at one time or another has had a male figure in our life that has influenced who we have become.  Mine was my father.  Who was yours?

Understanding Dad

I really didn’t understand my dad until I was much older and had children of my own.  Don’t you think that seems to be the case for most of us? My dad was grew up in a generation where you were considered a good and successful father if you provided a roof over your family’s head and enough food to eat.  You know  those fathers – the generation of fathers who grew up watching Leave It To Beaver, Father Knows Best or Make Room For Daddy. I have to say that Dad was a VERY good provider.

From This Child’s Perspective

Success as a father was measured differently during those days compared to today.  Now fathers are much more involved in the raising of their children, often times sharing equal time and participation with the mothers. I don’t know about your house, but in our house my father was a huge presence.  I was small and he seemed SO tall and his voice was deep. He would go to work, come home and we’d eat dinner at a specific time. Then he would nap on the couch afterwards because he worked long hours. My dad wasn’t a person who was big on showing affection with his children.  We had a sense that he cared and loved us, but there wasn’t a lot of sitting on his lap to read stories or for cuddle time.  Do you think it might have had something to do with having six children and finding the time?

Dad’s All Grown Up

As I grew older Dad seemed to grow up or I should say my perspective grew up and I started to connect with him on a different level.  I think as we become adults we start seeing our fathers as men with personalities instead of this big presence in our lives who was just a provider.  All of a sudden it seemed to me that he became very interesting and he had opinions I was interested in hearing.  His sense of humor was wonderful and could be contagious and appreciated.  He got smarter too! My dad wasn’t perfect,  but he was Dad, who did the best he could. He passed away in May 2010 and I miss him.

Who was your major male influence?  Was it a brother, uncle, friend, step-father or father? Did they grow up too when you grew up?

I would like to leave you with this piece of advice.  Life truly is short and we really do not how long we have with our loved ones.  Please work hard (because life is not easy) to cherish those loved ones every single day!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO DADS EVERYWHERE

Personalized HammerPersonal Hammer Supplies

To make this easy gift, all you need is a hammer with a wooden handle, some fine grit sandpaper, damp paper towel, permanent markers, Mod Podge, a foam brush, and some ribbon or raffia. If you are not confident of your handwriting or printing you can use stencils or stickers instead of the permanent marker.

  1. Sand down one side of the hammer’s handle to rough up and wear down the clear coat.Sanding the hammer
  2. Use a damp paper towel (or rag) to wipe off the sandpaper dust. Make sure the handle is clean and dry for the next step.Personalized hammer sanded
  3. Take the permanent markers and write out your message. (VeeBee is a control freak, so she did a few practice runs to make sure she would have her spacing just right.)Write out personal message
  4. Brush a coat of Mod Podge over the written message.  Let the Mod Podge dry for 15-20 minutes and brush on a second layer and set aside to dry.Add Mod podge to personal hammer
  5. Tie a bow around the hammer and you are ready to give a special Father’s Day gift.Completed personalized hammers

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And there you have it! Please let us know how you nailed this project in the comments below.

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Inspiring HopeBible Verse Psalm 68:5

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