I’m joining in the wonderful 10 Days of Kid Made Ornaments with a Little Book Of Kisses Craft. The Challenge involves designing a ‘kid made’ christmas tree decoration’ based on a childrens book.
I’ve chosen a book by David Melling who is one of my favourite children authors. His charming, heart felt and funny children’s picture books appeal to both children and adults. He manages to pull in just the right amount of sentiment without being soppy, all packaged up with delightful illustrations.
The Kiss That Missed (USA Amazon, UK Amazon) is one of my favourites and follows the adventures of a loyal knight who has to track down a busy Kings hurriedly blown, goodnight kiss that misses his son and flies out the window.
It’s such a sweet story that gently reminds you of the importance of a goodnight kiss and how it shouldn’t be rushed. With that in mind, I decided that we would make a ‘Book of Kisses’ to hang on our Christmas Tree.
To Make The ‘Book Of Kisses’ Christmas Tree Decoration You Will Need
Felt Card (and old cereal box is fine) Red ribbon A4 Plain paper PVA glue or sewing thread Gold paint Lipstick
Cut a 16cm x 5 cm piece of felt and a 7cm x 4 cm piece of card. Fold the felt in half to make a defined crease and glue on your piece of ribbon so that it makes a hanging loop.
Fold the card in half to get a defined crease that will be the spine of the book. Glue the card onto the centre of the felt aligning up the creases. Be careful not to stretch the felt gluing the card on.
Now fold over the edges of the felt and glue onto the other side of the card leaving a small gap right in the centre of the card with the crease line exposed. This is where the pages of the paper will be glued.
Using your felt book cover as a guide cut out three strips of paper that are a little less than the height and width of the book cover. These will be the pages of your book.
Take one of the folded pieces of paper, paint a little glue along the paper spine and glue it into the centre of your book cover.
Add glue to the spine of the remaining pieces and glue them into the centre as well. Leave to dry.
Paint a gold kiss on the outside of the felt cover.
Now for the fun part. Put lipstick on each member of the family and get them to kiss a page in the book.
Quickly hang on the tree so your kisses don’t get lost!
This also makes a beautiful gift to send to family.
If you liked this then do have a look at the other fantastic posts for Day 9.
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The Soccer Mom Blog – Fragrant Orange Pomander Ornaments
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Arty Craft Kids – Paper Plate Baubles
Bambini Travel – Kid Made Carpenter Tree Ornament
Craft Create Calm – I Spy Kids Christmas Ornament
Witty Hoots – Icicle Bunting
Glue Sticks And Gumdrops – Double Sided Elmo and Grover Ornaments