I love that my oldest is so interested in making things. She’s in kindergarten and is constantly crafting this or that in school and at home. My youngest also loves to come in the shop and play with her toys and “cook” for me food. I had to make a quick repair on something so they came down and helped me spread some glue. You’d of thought I was giving them a handful of Halloween candy. They couldn’t get enough and asked to keep gluing things together. This picture is a microcosm of my December in the shop.
We’ve been working on project for a friend and perusing Pinterest xmas craft ideas. My oldest asked if we could make something put in her room. I settled on something nice and simple like these little guys. The band saw roughed out the forms quickly. out. I drew a simple star shape (i.e. like you learn in grade school) on some thin scrap walnut.
The finessing of the shape was done with a sanding block and an apron plane. She broke the edges and cleaned up the band saw marks on the stars. Watching my daughter use it was a thing of beauty as it fit in her little hands so nicely. She asked all kinds of questions and recalled the pictures from our Grandpa’s Workshop sessions before bedtime. We glued on the stars and waited for things to dry.
Next we turned to her favorite part: painting. Green for the triangles and glitter for the stars. I tried to convince or some Arm-R-Seal for the walnut stars but she wasn’t having it. Good for her I say. I put on a few coats of polyacrylic and turned them over to the boss.
So, if you’re looking for something quick and easy to make with the kiddos, here you go. Merry Christmas.