Every year, I think for the past 4 or 5, my friends Kay and Clara and I get together for an afternoon in December and drink tea and make little birch houses. I can't tell you how much I look forward to this day. No matter how busy we are, we always make it a priority to take time off and do it together.
This is the kind of craft project that I really love. It is made almost completely recycled or found materials. Birch bark that we find on rotting logs in the woods or in the wood pile, make the sheathing. Then I collect little natural bits on my walks in the woods with the dogs. This year, we have a massive amount of this kind of fungus. No idea what it is - maybe someone can leave i.d. in the comments. It is white and ripply and the underside is grey.
The only thing you need to purchase is glitter and glue. And the glue sticks for your glue gun. Everything else can be found outside if you are fortunate to live near woodland. This is a really fun family activity - spend one day with your friends gathering pine cones of all sizes, moss, lichen, fungus and bark. The next day, make the houses using recycled boxes. Small ones like those from toothpaste and various pharmacy products work really well because you don't need too much bark to cover them.
|Houses before glitter|
Just because the big day will be gone for another year, doesn't mean you can't make some of these with your children or kids during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.
|This year's crop before glitter|
The glitter really adds a lot to the holiday feel. I glue a piece of paper on the bottom, write the date or a holiday message to the person I am giving them to.
The complete tutorial can be found here.
Happy Holiday Crafting Everyone.