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Alligator Sewing Kit
Felt (green, white, and red)
Pinking shears (optional)
Green sequins or beads
Begin by cutting an oval (about 8 by 2 inches) from green felt. From white felt, cut the same shape, but slightly smaller.
Then cut one from red felt that's a bit smaller still. Create jagged teeth around the edge of the white felt by trimming it with pinking shears.
Center the pieces on top of each other (green, white, then red). Fold the stack in half and press with an iron.
Use the yarn and needle to sew two or three large stitches through the center of the stack of felt to bind the three layers.
Then tie the ends of the yarn into a double knot (on the outside of the alligator) and trim off any excess.
For the alligator's eyes, glue green pompons and googly eyes, and for a snout, glue or sew on the sequins or beads.
Tissue Paper Carnation Bouquet
Pink, green, and white tissue paper
Layer three to four sheets of pink tissue paper together then cut them into 4-5" wide strips that are 12" long.
Cut about 1.5" off the end of a chenille stem and set aside.
Take the remaining piece of the chenille stem and lay about 2" of it onto the tissue paper and roll up (starting at the short end) around the chenille.
Once completely rolled up, take the short piece of chenille that you cut off earlier and twist it around the bottom of the tissue paper to hold it in place.
Use scissors to cut 2-3" long slits down from the top of the rolled tissue paper. Continue around until all strips are cut.
Roll up a 6"x2" piece of green tissue paper and place at the top of the flower stem.
Grab the bottom of the stem and bring it up and over the green tissue paper and twist tight. These are the flower's leaves.
Repeat, making several different flowers, then combine the stems to make a bouquet.
Twist the stem of any one of the flowers around the rest of the stems to hold them all together.
Place them in a vase and use them as a table centerpiece.
Mom 'n' Me Wooden Spoons
2 wooden spoons, one larger than the other
Yarn in your choice of colors
White craft glue
2 small pink pom-poms
Pink and red crayons
Buttons or pom-poms to decorate clothes
Take a long piece of yarn and fold it back and forth so that each length touches end to end until you have a small handful.
Tie a piece of ribbon in the center. Don't tie it too tight, just enough to gather it together.
Tie into a bow, trim ribbon ends, and cut all the looped ends to create the hair.
Pipe some glue around the top of the wooden spoon and press the yarn hair onto the "head."
Glue on wiggle eyes, a pom-pom for a nose, and use marker to draw on mouth.
Use a pink crayon for cheeks and red for Mom's lipstick.
To make a necklace for Mom by stringing some pony beads onto a piece of ribbon.
Tie around neck of spoon.
To create the dress, fold the corner of a piece of felt down and place spoon (face down) onto the felt, the folded corner will be the dress's neckline.
Fold the felt over one side, then fold the other side over. Glue in place.
Slide off the spoon and trim the bottom straight to create dress.
Slip the spoon back into the felt dress and glue in place.
Repeat these steps for the child's spoon as well.
Decorate the dresses with pom-poms, buttons, and ribbon.
Keychain for Mom
Alphabet beads to spell "MY MOMS THE BEST"
Colorful beads to fill in gaps (approximately 30-40)
24" stretchy jewelry cord, cut into two equal pieces
Line up the two pieces of jewelry cord side by side, then gather one end together and tie in a triple knot to the keychain ring.
Thread 4-5 colorful beads onto one side of the jewelry cord.
Thread on the letters T H and E, be sure they are facing the correct direction.
Follow with 4-5 more colorful beads.
Add the letters B, E, S and T.
Add 4-5 more beads.
Carefully set the finished cord aside, taping the end of the cord to the table will keep the beads from falling off.
On the other string, add 3-4 colorful beads, then the letters M and Y.
Next add 3-4 more colorful beads, and then the letters M, O, M and S.
Add 5-6 more colorful beads.
Lay the two strings alongside each other and add beads to the shortest side to get them even.
Holding the two ends of the jewelry cord as close to the last beads as possible, thread one last colorful bead onto BOTH strings.
Run the string through the bead again by looping it through the top and pulling it tight.
Tie the charm to the end of the string, knot it several times and trim ends. Don't trim it too close!
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