Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Samoa Ornaments

I got a lot of questions about the Samoa ornaments I made for my daughters' Girl Scout Troop, so I thought I'd brush the dust off my neglected blog and post the instructions.  So excuse the blog's appearance please, it will get TLC soon!

Here is the ornament...

Looks yummy!

Here is what you need to make them.  Plus hot glue, tacky glue, scissors, etc.  The brown circles are felt, and brown rickrack is sometimes difficult to find.  You could use ribbon or puffy paint instead. 

They are not hard to make, but do take some time.  First thing to do is make salt dough.  

I made the dough using 1 cup of flour and a 1/2 cup of salt. Mix well, then add water slowly while you continue to mix the dough.  I had put aside half a cup of water but didn't use all of it.  I stopped when it felt a little more firm than Play-Doh.  This made enough for about 12 ornaments.  

Then I used a template I'd made for the felt to make the first cookie.  I was able to see how much dough I'd need for each cookie and I rolled the rest of the dough into evenly sized balls.  Then I flattened each ball onto the template, making them all the same size.

I used a marker cover to make the hole in the middle, I found it easier and neater than trying to do the hole myself...notice I used our least popular color marker, in case some of the leftover bits stuck inside dry out the marker :-)

I baked mine on a cookie sheet with parchment paper on 225° for almost 3 hours.  I took them out after two hours and checked them, but the bottoms weren't firm enough.

Then I rubbed tacky glue on the tops, and sprinkled them with rice.  You'll need to use a thick layer of glue, and pat down the rice a bit to get a good coating of rice to stick.  Let it dry!! Do not be impatient like I did the first time or you'll be sorry!

When the glue finally dries, give it a good coat of brown paint.  I mixed a few browns together to get a good Samoa color, and a fluffy brush to get in all the tiny crevices.  Then when the paint is dry, spray the cookies with an acrylic sealer or gloss varnish.  I tried brush-on varnish, but all the crevices caused bubbles to form.  The spray was easier and looked much better.  

Paint the bottoms a dark brown in case the felt chocolate bottoms don't match up exactly...

...and then start gluing the rickrack!  I found it easiest to do the middle strips first, wrapping them around and gluing underneath.  After the one in the middle, add one more on each side of the cookie, wrapping the rickrack underneath and gluing it down.  

Then glue a loop of ribbon to the back of the cookie--I chose purple because that is the color of the box Samoas come in.  Then glue the brown felt to the back of the cookie.  Then make a bow (I made mine from a thicker ribbon the same color purple), and you're done!

Now the kids want ornaments of the other Girl Scout cookies!  Maybe next year...

Monday, December 19, 2011

Bump in the road..

So my youngest is getting over a long bout of pneumonia, and now my husband has it!  I am chewing Airborne like candy and hoping Sugar doesn't get anything more than the cold she has.  So here is a shortened version of what we may or may not do this week...

Monday=Angels=  paper plate angel
Tuesday=Hanukkah= play menorah (we did it a few years ago--cute!!)
Wednesday=Act of Kindness= we will drop a donation off at a local charity
Thursday=Hot Cocoa= hot cocoa spoons
Friday=Legend of the Candycane= Lots of Ideas here, haven't chosen yet
Saturday=Christmas Eve, Santa= we are going to write a note for Santa, and leave it with his cookies

Here are last year's Hanukkah printables click HERE

Christmas printables and games here

Friday, December 9, 2011

Days of December, 11-17

For the 12th-16th, we are "visiting" France, England, Sweden, Germany, and Mexico.  I also included Israel in the passport because of Hanukkah next week.  Get the boarding pass and passports HERE.  The boarding passes are for Canada and the US.  I can make some for other countries as well.  

So everyday we will find the country on the map...

flags are cut out and assembled with toothpicks, then taped to the map.

Then we grab our passports!

The cover folds over the cut out pages to make a book.  There are 4 stamps for every country--one for the traditional holiday meal, gift giving tradition, holiday traditions, and one for the holiday greeting of that country.

After reading the info on the stamps, we'll place them in our passport.

Next we need our boarding passes..

Then we'll be off to each country, doing a craft and snack, and reading from an Around the World Christmas book.

Here are the crafts and snacks for each country..


Away in a Manger: The Manger

For snack, we are doing this Yule Log snack:


For snack, we are making a trifle, using THIS RECIPE as a guide.


We will be making these St. Lucia day crowns,
Stephanie Santa Lucia 03
(hats for boys, too)

and having rice pudding (store-bought) with jam for snack.


We will be doing a scissor craft

Sand Paper Gingerbread Ornament Craft

And for snack, we will be doing our gingerbread house OR making gingerbread cookies.  I also thought about decorating gingersnaps with frosting.


We will be making luminaries

and having "munchkins" (donut holes).

And for the last day of next week..

Have a great week!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Days of December, 4-10

Here is the Days of December plan for the next week..


Puzzle wreath craft, 
from DLTK

Christmas Puzzle Wreath


Paper poinsettia craft, 
from DLTK

7-Christmas Tree:

Tree circle craft, 



Cinnamon-applesauce ornament,
from Kaboose


mosaic candle craft, 

click to enlarge

And for the last day of the week, Saturday the 10th...

snowflake craft from FamilyFun

Sparkling Ice Crystals

and a snowball craft, also from Family Fun

Snowball Soap Surprise

I will also be digging out any books that match my theme...

Happy December!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Days of December!

I've been working hard on a project for December, and am finally nearing the end.  Last minute, of course, but I started so long ago :-)  I made a project similar to an advent calendar.  Each day has a mini booklet (just one paper, folded in half) and a craft or activity to go with it.  I kept it really simple.  Each booklet has a short explanation of the theme for the day or a poem, and I found a craft to go with each one.  I will be playing music and reading books along with the craft.   The week that I have planned for Christmas around the world gets a little more busy, with passports and boarding passes!

Here is the calendar with the theme for each day..

Here's what the first booklet looks like, for the Nativity Story..
I am going to hang our booklets on a posterboard on the wall, or on a door.  Or I might make it into a lapbook...haven't decided yet.

Here are the project packs--booklets and the pictures that go on the cover of each booklet.  I made them in black & white and color.  Click HERE for the project packs

Here is the information for week one, the rest will come soon!

It says to use TP rolls, but I might just tape them
in the back and let them stand on their own.

Reindeer Gift Bag

or this

In the next few days I will post everything for next week.  Mon-Fri of next week are "Christmas Symbols"

I'm later than I wanted to be  but I hope someone can use this!