Our Christmas Decorations – Santa Box

Every year, I will get C involved in the making of Christmas decorations. I see it as a family time whereby we all contribute to a joyous season. This year is no different.

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Our Christmas Decorations for 2015

We made quite a few things last year as C is much older now and able to participate a bigger scale. In this post I’ll explain how we did the Santa Box.

Materials needed:

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Any unwanted rectangular box; red cellophane paper; white glitter foam paper; gold paper; black felt cloth; scissors and tape, white or clear glue.
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Cut out the following shapes. Gold for the buckle of the belt. Black for the belt. Two white wave-shapes rectangle for the shirt area.
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Place the parts at where you want them to be, so you get a rough idea on how it will look and if you need to trim the white areas.
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Tear out a few tapes before you begin to wrap the box. Get your child to assist you in taping the paper onto the box. We had to put a few more tapes as C didn’t know he should place the tape between the box and the red cellophane paper. 

 

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Although we wasted quite a bit of tape, I thought this is a good exercise to train their hands.

 

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We used white glue to paste the white areas on the box. Never mind about the space as it will be covered by the belt. You will notice I’ve cut one white area longer than the other. This is to create a more realistic look for the upper and lower body.
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Paste the black felt onto the box followed by the golden buckle. C helped me out in this. 

When I told C we were going to make a Santa box, I think he had the impression there would be a head, legs and hands. So when I said we had completed the box, he kept asking me where’s the head. Haha. As it’s post Christmas, and I didn’t want the box to go to waste, I’ve cut open the red cellophane area of the box which is for the opening of the box.

We use the box to slot in cards that he has mastered reading so that there’s a little fun in learning and less waste from throwing away the box.

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