December 24, 2016

2016 Holiday Open House

Winter break started yesterday (woohoo!) and so here I am, trying to update the blog. I finally got a chance to upload pictures from the Holiday Open House my school had two weeks ago. Last year, it was pretty hectic so I didn't get any pictures (first-year teacher stress) but I remembered to take some this time around!

 As I mentioned in a previous post (when I was an associate teacher), it functions as both a fundraiser for the school and allows parents the chance to check out our campus. This year, I was the committee head for this event! Each class is suppose to make a craft to sell and I had my class make three craft items to sell: mini potpourri wreaths,  yarn ornaments, and laminated notebooks. I also got pictures of crafts made by the other classrooms. Let's check them out!

Here is my class' little section to display our goods. We brought some wicker baskets to display the items and I loved how everything turned out!

Mini Potpourri Wreaths - These potpourri wreaths were made using vanilla and cinnamon-apple scented potpourri. We had the kids think of different ribbon and potpourri combinations to create the wreaths. They were a hit and smelled pretty great! (Tutorial coming soon --edit 2/12/17-- click here for the tutorial)

Yarn Ornaments - We also made yarn ornaments using small water balloons as our base. We coated the yarn in a part-glue, part-water mixture and wrapped them around the blown up balloons. When they dried, we popped the balloons and decorated the remaining oval shapes with glitter and ribbon. Waiting for the balloons to dry was the hardest part of this project and took a couple of days.

Laminated Notebooks - We made these last year as well! Since they were so nice, we decided to bring them back this year. We did change them a little by only making them with unlined sheets of paper inside. They were popular this year, as well! (Click here for the tutorial)

And now, let's move onto crafts made by the other classrooms. We had an impressive assortment and I think it gets better and better each year...

Melted Crayon Ornaments - These ornaments were made by putting crayon shavings into glass ornaments and then using a blow dryer to melt the shavings and coat the glass.

Sock Snowmen - These snowmen were made using the same method found in my Stuffed Sock Snowman tutorial. Some were made to look like Olaf!

Bottle Cap Ornaments - These cool ornaments were made using aluminum bottle caps and what seems to be some kind of resin.

Stuffed Sock Penguins - Using socks and a similar method to the snowmen above, one class made these super cute and squishy winter penguins.

Dilly Pretzels - These pretzels were tasty (I bought one!) and came in a nice mason jar. I like how simple and festive they looked. You can actually make these following the recipe here or copied below from Taste of Home:

1 package (14 to 16 ounces) miniature pretzels
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 envelope (.4 ounces) ranch salad dressing mix
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Spread pretzels in an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Combine oil, dressing mix, dill, lemon-pepper and garlic powder; pour over pretzels and mix well. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 10 cups.

Yarn Trees - These elegant trees were made using a similar method to my yarn ornaments. The only difference is that the base was a cone shape instead of a balloon. Wished I thought of these!!

Ball Ornaments - These plastic ornaments were made by inserting bright colored gift wrap into the ornament and decorated with ribbons and stickers. They looked really fun all together.

Hot Chocolate Reindeer - These little reindeer included hot chocolate mix and marshmallows in a plastic piping bag.

Candy Cane Ornaments - The traditional candy cane prevails in these beaded ornaments that can be hung on a tree using the curved part of the candy cane.

My favorite part of the Holiday Open House has got to be seeing all crafts that the different classrooms come up with. I'm always impressed with the creativity that comes out and love events like these! It was also nice being committee chair for this event and seeing it all come together. I'm already thinking up ideas for next year!


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