My sons not exactly a crafty type child. He doesn’t get as excited as I do about creating handmade items; but he does enjoy tearing stuff up! Because of his love for destruction I had the perfect Christmas craft in mind.
My mom use to make the neatest Winter Wonderland centerpiece at Christmas time. My brother and I were able to be part of that and it was always so much fun. The Winter Wonderland centered around Kleenex tissues. They were the best quality and didn’t rip when we didn’t want them to. Shredded Kleenex tissue makes the perfect snow!
We headed up to Walmart to get everything we needed to create our own Winter Wonderland centerpiece. While we were shopping we found the Kleenex and there was an extra special treat. Specially marked Kleenex boxes had $4.00 vouchers for Vudu.com attached! I’ve told you before how much we enjoy Vudu; it’s the perfect way to watch movies as a family the same day they’re released on DVD.
I redeemed the $4 Movie Credits at walmart.com/kleenex, which took me to a special page on vudu.com. All I had to do was login (if you don’t have an account, it’s super simple to create one – especially if you sign in with Facebook!) and enter my promo code.
The first movie we chose was The Dark Knight rises. My son has been dying to see it again, so we’re excited to watch it tonight. We’re still trying to decide what to get for our next movies; there’s just so many to choose from.
After we got our movies from Vudu we were ready to start making our Winter Wonderland and make memories of our own. I gave my son the job of tearing up the Kleenex; a job he was totally up for. We had a wonderful time creating this together, and he had some brilliant ideas. I was amazed to see how into making something with me (that wasn’t with Lego’s) he was.
Here’s how we made our Winter Wonderland with Kleenex:
Materials to gather:
- A medium size box
- A box of Kleenex Tissues (get them from Walmart so you get your $4 Vudu Movie Credit – wink wink!)
- Lots of glitter (we used mostly white, silver & blue)
- Tacky Glue
- White Glue
- An old bowl
- Some old cups for holding glitter
- Christmas Lights
- Start by cutting the flaps of your box leaving 1 attached.
- Let your kids rip up the Kleenex tissues, starting with 5 – 6 at a time. They don’t have to be super small or all the same size.
- While they’re doing that, poke several, well spread holes in the top of the box (the side directly opposite of the intact flap.) Then Tacky Glue a few pieces of Kleenex around the inside of the box, like a liner. Don’t do the “ceiling” or “floor”. You can add glitter, or let the kids add glitter to the sides.
- Once you have some tissue to work with, cover it in glue. Mix it around with your hands, or a spatula (hands work best) and sprinkle with glitter. Pull the Kleenex pieces apart as you’re mixing so it resembles tufts of snow.
- Once you have pretty, shimmery Kleenex “snow” lay the box on its side spread tacky glue around the bottom of the box.
- Add Tacky Glue to the bottom and start spreading snow around the bottom of the box. Get creative with pulling, stretching it. Make mounds, mini snowballs etc.. this is your preference. Press down into the Tacky Glue so the tissue stays in place (this will allow you to use it more than 1 Christmas!)
- It may take a few bowls of tissue to completely cover the bottom. Continue working with it until you reach the desired results.
- Add houses, people and other decor to your Winter Wonderland. Something my mom use to do was add a compact mirror and set mini skating figurines on it. It was gorgeous, but I don’t have those figurines.
- Take a string of Christmas lights and insert the bulbs into the holes you made on top of the box. Make sure they go all the way in and the bulbs aren’t touching the box. Wrap the excess with garland and line the opening of the box.
Voila – you’ve made more than a Winter Wonderland; you’ve made wonderful memories with your kids! I wouldn’t recommend using anything but Kleenex tissues for this. They are the perfect quality for this. They pull apart wonderfully and turn into something magical!
What other ways can you think of to use Kleenex to make the holidays memorable?
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