The last time we had our little family reunion, all the girls went to the pottery place together and made something. That was so much fun, we decided to do a "girls only" activity again. It was adapted just a bit due to schedule conflicts (so you'll see some guys in the photo), but it was still a lot of fun. The shopping for supplies was the "girls only" part, then we worked on our projects at home.
Here was the inspiration from Pinterest:
It didn't turn out quite like we had expected, but we still had a lot of fun together. You must make sure that your bead openings are big enough to go around the wire's curves.
So, when I got home I got some steel wire from Home Depot and tried again. It was still a little floppy, but it works. So, now we each have an Abacus Bead Advent (or Christmas Countdown, which is the more correct term).
|I'm leaving it on "day 13" because I like the symmetry. Michelle can fix it when she comes home if she wants.|
We also tried one other project - Firefly Christmas Lights:
This one turned out much better. Just tie pieces of tulle (we got the 6" wide spool and cut them into about 8-9" lengths) on both sides of the light bulb in a string of lights. Michelle did one and set it on the windowsill of her dorm room. You'll have to ask her for a picture of the finished project.
Next time we'll have to spend a bit more time planning our activity, but I'm already looking forward to the next one!