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Friday, December 10, 2010

Organizing Gift-Making Stations

As I've already mentioned in other posts, we give our four foster daughters a little gift in their stockings each morning. One morning their gift was a paper mache ornament that they could paint, glitter glue, etc. 

To make it easy for them, I set up a station with all the supplies they'd need to decorate their ornaments - paint, glitter glue, paint brushes, paper cups for water, etc. And I covered the table with a plastic table cloth from the dollar store to make clean up easy. I also put out a container of other wooden and paper mache items they could decorate for gifts, if they were so inspired.

I set up another table with beads and and jewelry supplies so they could make jewelry for their friends and family should they choose to do so. I made a couple of sample Christmas earrings to give them ideas.

I also set up our Christmas cookie decorating supplies in the same way when we made Christmas cookies and decorated a gingerbread house. All the possibilities were at hand so their creativity could be unlimited! :)

By getting things ready ahead of time, everything is in plain sight so everyone knows what is available. It also saves people rummaging through drawers trying to find what they need. 

More on gift-making:

Storage Ideas for Crafts and Art Supplies

Saving Time by Cutting Out Craft Clean Up

Easy Decadent Fudge Recipe