Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Ornament project with kids!

German Phrase of the Day: Wie schoen, dass du gekommen bist! = How nice that you could come! Schoen (truly spelled with an oomlot instead of the e - you know..the two little dots? and it's pronounced by trying to make an e sound with your mouth making the movement for a long o - it's just not a sound we have in English!) is a very versatile word. It literally means "pretty" but it's used here like we use nice in the States. So, dankeshoen truly means pretty thank you! I like that.

Today's project is one I am making with the kids in Julia's Kindergarten class tomorow morning. Wish me luck, as I have to explain how to do it to 20 German speaking kids, and 2 who speak English. I'm hoping the two who speak English will help me a little (one is Julia, the other is her British friend in the class) We are making these to sell at the local Weinachtsmarkt here in Strump the first weekend of December. I got the idea from some I had seen on Splitcoast (of course!)

I was not able to find the class balls here but I did find plastic ones that are actually in 2 pieces. So after making the paper swirls and putting them inside ( I now have some fake glittery snow to put in too...much better!) I closed up the ball and wrapped the celery grosgrain around hiding the seam. I adhered that with a little bit of sticky strip at each and and the bottom. Then, I added the silver cord and finished it off with the organdy ribbon. Super quick, super easy. The kids will just wrap the paper strips to make the swirls, and I'll do the rest. I have less than 1 euro into each of these cost wise (the balls were .58 euros, and it's 1/6 sheet of cs plus ribbon!) and I'm hoping we can sell them for at least 2-3 Euros at the market, making a nice little profit for the kindergarten.

Have a great day!

Supplies: (all supplies are SU! unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: NONE
CS: Wintergreen DSP

Ink: None

Acc: plastic ball, celery grosgrain, celery wide organdy, silver cord



  1. Super cute idea! Love the paper inside the ball! May have to steal this idea for my next kids class!

  2. Great idea Jana and how fun for the children!! Hope it goes well - you are very brave! :)

  3. Very cute idea - good one to keep in mind for next year's projects which I am DETERMINED I will get a head start on!!

  4. how super cute is this?? I love this idea!


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