So I did a little research and found out this: And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots ... And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious." (Isaiah 11:1,10)
Jesse was King David's daddy! No wonder there's a Christmas tree named in his honor!
This is a great arts and crafts project for kids of all ages. (Literally all ages as I enjoyed making it as much as the kids!) The first thing you do is order this book. I got mine from Amazon for around ten dollars.
(I have no idea why the sentences here are all funny highlighted but they are so there ya go..)
So here's what else you'll need to pull off this great craft project:
A three or four foot tree. (Hobby Lobby has a 40% off coupon in the Sunday paper)
Little bottles of scribble paint. It comes out liquid and turns to rubber. Get black, red, blue, green, yellow, brown
Several sheets of foam paper. I got a whole pack of colors on clearance. You'll need yellow, tan, brown, gray, blue, green and any other colors you like. (check the dollar store)
A small 1 to 2 inch dove.
3 cinnamon sticks
a baby in a manger
a rubber snake (dollar store)
several (6 to 8) thin four inch wooden rectangles for the ornaments that need a foundation
2 or 3 3 inch grape vine wreaths
grapes cluster (the dollar store!)
wheat (again, the dollar store! Who knew they had all these wonderful things!)
gold ribbon to make a crown
White puffy balls
tiny eyeballs so your animals can see
felt: black with sparkles to look like the night sky
a glue guns and glue
thin red ribbon cord for making the hangers
and probably a few more things.
Getting the book first is crucial to make a list. Go to the Dollar store first, then Hobby Lobby for the rest.
We gathered all the things on a table and commenced making ornaments! ooOh, you need scissors too!
Our first ornament was an already painted earth, so Trey added glitter to the land. Did I mention you needed glitter? Lots of glitter. Green, gold, silver. And yes, you will be finding glitter everywhere for the next six months.
Here you can see how the little wooden rectangle is used. We swirled glue to make the tree and topped it with glitter. And yes, the top came off the glitter jar but all was eventually well. Did I mention glitter was found on our faces and hands and clothes all weekend? Sebastian added a scribble apple and the trunk was foam. The snake was cut to size.
Trey added white puffy balls to Mr. Sheep. I placed a tiny dab of hot glue and he carefully placed a puffy ball, pushing it down into the glue. "OUCH! It burned me!" Next ball placed. "OUCH! It burned me!" Next ball placed. "OUCH!" and so it went. But he never cried and Mr. Sheep was covered in puffs and was soon able to see with wiggly eyes.
We eventually finished the fiery furnace, ten commandments, dove and crown, Bethlehem town, Joseph's coat, heart, Jacob's ladder and many more. The kids were focused and careful as they each took turns.
Later, when Daddy was shown the results of their hard word, each child proudly pointed out exactly what parts they had made.
Once all the ornaments were made, we used the glue gun and glued a ribbon loop to the back of each. This is evidence that yes, Dacia does indeed make arts and crafts and I have no doubt will be wielding her own glue gun and perusing the aisles of Hobby Lobby in no time!
Once each ornament is dry, just wrap it up in tissue, paying special attention to the book, and number them in the order they are revealed. This will generally be the place you'll discover the ornament you inevitably forgot to make. So just plug in the glue gun again and make that last ornament. (it was the' wall' for us and Dacia did a great job! ) Now you're done! Just put the tree and wrapped ornaments away and on December 1, read the first story and hang the first ornament. You'll have a wonderfully interactive, fun, Christmas activity for years to come!