SEPTEMBER: Clothespin princess people nametags
(*Picture of nametag coming soon!)
We wrapped clothespins in embroidery floss, creating clothes & hair. We made a crown of button & sequins. A wand was made from a toothpick & a tiny star cardboard cut-out. We glued them to wooden star pieces with our name written on them. It's funny that my very first craft with the group was my least favorite.
OCTOBER: Altoid box book
There are lots of online tutorials showing how to make these magnets. I just used Mod Podge to adhere the decorative paper/stickers to the marble. A clear tacky glue would work too. A hot glue gun worked great to attach the magnets on the back. But be sure & purchase really good magnets! There's nothing more annoying than a cool magnet that slides right down your fridge.
DECEMBER: Christmas gift exchange
Each mom had to bring 1 pound of something wrapped up to give for our White Elephant stealing Christmas game.
JANUARY: Wire & ribbon bookmarks
(*Picture of ribbon bookmark coming soon!)
I was surprised at how much fun the ladies had makin' their own cards. It was a great craft that didn't require ANY instruction, so that allowed for lots of discussion & chatting! Simply gather blank envelopes & cards, & random bits of scrapbook paper, embellishments, sticker, scissors, glue, tape, etc & let the moms make 3-5 cards each. Our meeting happened to fall RIGHT on Valentines day, so it was perfect for those last-minute cards!
MARCH: Boo-boo bunny
(*Picture of boo-boo bunny coming soon!)
APRIL: Bath salts & brown sugar scrub
Bath Salts: Put some Epsom salts in a small inexpensive drawstring muslin bag. Sprinkle in some lavender. Hang over tub faucet & let the mixture steep & dissolve while you soak. Aaahhh...
Brown Sugar Scrub: Combine 1 CUP of brown sugar, 1/2 cup vegetable or olive oil & 1 teaspoon vanilla in a jar or sturdy Ziploc bag. To use: While showering, apply scrub all over body to exfoliate. Rinse well. It can also be used to prep skin for a close shave: Exfoliate with scrub, rinse well, shave. Leaves skin moisturized. No need for lotions! CAUTION: May cause tub/shower to become slippery!!
MAY: Clipboard chalkboard This is made with chalkboard contact paper! At the time we made these, I couldn't find this product locally & ended up ordering it online. I think it's more readily available in hardware & retail stores now.
SEPTEMBER: Nametags: flowers with clay bees/ladybugs
DECEMBER: Christmas gift exchange
SEPTEMBER: Cell phone charms/zipper pulls
OCTOBER: Apple crisp
This was the most time consuming for prep work of all the MOPS crafts I've done. But, it was a favorite among the moms!
This craft was the mom's FAVORITE craft EVER!!
NOVEMBER: Chocolate chip cookie jar mix
DECEMBER: Crazy Christmas gift exchange
JANUARY: Flat backed marble magnets We did this craft in November 2005, but they were so popular I decided to bring 'em back! With a constant cycle of moms rotating through the group, I knew we had some new moms who'd have fun with it.
FEBRUARY: Photo Tag Book
APRIL: Terrariums At craft time, I had the moms completely clear the tables & had them lay down newspaper. It made for SUPER easy clean-up as it was probably our messiest craft ever!
MAY: Take home craft kit: felt take-along play mats
**I think it's important to keep up on the crafty trends & find creative projects that are current, hip & fun!
**At the end of each year, I put out the remaining craft supplies in my stash & sell them for cheap. It helps clear my MOPS crafty shelves & puts a few coins in the non-profit pocket.
**If there are extra crafts at the end of the meeting, I sell them for a buck or 2 or 3, depending on the cost of the craft.