Noah and I love to do art projects. I'm also always on the lookout for ways to give back to the community. So when I found a way to combine the two, I jumped at the opportunity.
We have a VA Hospital in our town. There are many veterans that live on the campus and will be there over the holidays. Last year our MOMS Club made some handmade holiday cards to give to the veterans. I am now the community service coordinator for our chapter, and definitely wanted to continue on with this great service opportunity. This year, they were not only looking for holiday cards, but for some homemade crafts that they could use to decorate the common areas. I quickly sent out an email to my fellow MOMS Club and then started searching Pinterest for some ideas!
For holiday decorations, we stuck with a Christmas tree theme. I loved this idea I found on Pinterest where you cut out a tree, tape it to another piece of construction paper, and then paint the entire thing. Then when you remove the tree cutout, you have two pieces of art work. Two decorations for the price of one!
First, we stuck with painting the tree all one color. But then Noah got creative and not only painted the tree two colors, but wanted the star to be yellow. I really love how they turned out!
Next up, was this modern and colorful take of a forest full of Christmas trees that I also found on Pinterest. While I painted a watercolor sky, Noah preferred using a blue crayon. We then covered a second piece of paper with glue and tissue paper squares (in a variety of colors). I then cut out a bunch of triangle trees and added them to our winter scene. We finished it by adding some paper hole punch snowflakes. This was Noah's favorite part and is now obsessed with the hole punch!
Now that our holiday decorations were done, Noah made a few cards. I gave Noah a folded piece of card stock, some foam Christmas cutouts, and a bunch of Christmas stickers, and he got to work. I love that we've been using these Christmas stickers for the last few years and we still have tons left!
I am so pleased with how everything turned out. Noah and I both had a lot of fun making these crafts together, but it makes it even better that we are giving them to the veterans. I'm really excited to see what the other MOMS Club members come up with! The veterans have given us the greatest gift of freedom, and making a few crafts is the least that we can do for them. I hope that we can make this holiday season a little brighter for them!
What are some ways that you give back during the holiday season? I'm always looking for new ways to get Noah involved.