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26 November 2013

Winter Fairy Scavenger Hunt

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This is a sponsored post by Crayola.  Portions of this post have been seen previously on Crafts Unleashed

In our neck of the woods, winter is creeping in fast (like super super fast - there is a storm coming!), and Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  Today we are going to celebrate the passing of fall into winter with a fun fairy hunt craft and some inspiring Thanksgiving crafts from Crayola!

Thanksgiving is a holiday centered so strongly around family and I love the idea of breaking out the crayons, markers, construction paper and crafting together!  Particularly if you have a lot going on in the kitchen, a good craft can keep the kids out of there, entertained and bonding with the cousins!

If you are having a mild Thanksgiving, this winter fairy hunt is the PERFECT little activity to keep the kiddos from going stir crazy.  Let them RUN and get all that energy out as they search for the fairy doors!  Perhaps each little door could hold a new craft idea, a message for the kids, scavenger hunt clues or whatever idea YOU can dream up!  Here are the basics:

Supplies needed:

The first step was to create the little jingle bell "garlands".  They are simple and easy enough for the "craft challenged" to complete!


1. Cut burlap into wide strips (about 1")
2. Measure out about 12-18 inches of jute and tie a jingle bell to the end
3. Move up several inches and add a bow of burlap.
4.  Tie a second jingle bell onto the jute directly above the bow (the bow will hold the bell in place).
5.  Continue with as many bows and bells as you want!

6. Back the entire arrangement with a few sprigs of evergreens cut from the backyard or purchased from the florist.
7.  Secure the sprigs with jute and cover the knots with a final burlap bow.
8. Attach fairy doors to trees and various other hiding spots around the backyard.
9. Hang a garland above or near each fairy door.

Once the doors and garlands are in place, invite the kids outside to play.  They simply listen for the jingle bells and take off once they here the magical tinkling.

Once they find the fairy doors, they open it to find their next clue, 
a drawing of a fairy, craft idea or whatever you would like to place inside!

For a few bucks and 30 minutes of effort, the kids were thrilled and engaged, 
using those last bits of winter sunlight to get some exercise searching for the jingle bell "fairies."

This winter fairy hunt is only one of the many activities on our advent weekly calendar this year!  
Need some Thanksgiving Craft Inspiration to hide in the fairy doors??  Got you covered!

Happy Thanksgiving y'all!

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Make your own coconut oil.
Gather your own sea salt.
Grow your own grapevines for wreaths.
Give gifts naturally grown and crafted from your backyard garden.

Each chapter focuses on a plant or groups of plants and how to grow them in your home garden.  Then, gather up those natural ingredients and get crafting! From lavender wreaths and hypertufa planters to lambsear angels and pickled tomatoes, there are projects for beginners on up!

Crafting with Nature is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a MillionPOWELL's! (!!!!)  Booktopia (Australia!), IndieBoundAlibrisGlose.comThe Book Depository and Walmart.com.  Books are also rolling out to retailers and libraries, so check for them there. 
 If your library does NOT have it yet, this is why you should talk to your librarian!


Julia Konya Wednesday, November 27, 2013  

I read your headline out loud and my daughter came running over! That is certainly an activity she would love!

Amy Renea Wednesday, November 27, 2013  

Coolest comment (and response) EVER. I think I was channeling my inner "mom-of-a-girl" even though mine won't be able to participate for OH 3 or 4 years? :) Would love to meet your little one someday Julia :) :) :)

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