Today is the 12th day of Christmas – are your little drummers drumming? If they aren’t, I bet they will if you tell them they can. ;) I’m sure mine will, although that’s only one drummer, not twelve. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be ok with it if I had twelve drummers!
Tomorrow is Epiphany, and we’ll be moving the wise men all the way to the stable, where they finally get to see the baby they’ve been looking for. They will bring gifts, and I plan to have a little something (a very little $5.00 something) for them to give to M also.
We decided to make some stars to help celebrate, and I turned it into a full-fledged art project by introducing a technique we’ve never tried before – painting with corn syrup. This was fun and I wished we’d tried it sooner. It is not as messy as it sounds!
Here’s what you’ll need:Corn syrup, food coloring, small paint brushes, glitter, craft sticks, and stars cut from cardboard or cardstock. And, because I just wouldn’t be me if I included all the supplies in the photo, we also used parchment paper, double-stick tape, scissors, and an ice cube tray.
We loved watching the colors swirl around – so pretty!
Keep swirling out towards the points, until you have it just the way you want it. We should have left it at that, because it was beautiful. However, M was sure a little glitter would be great, and a little glitter probably would have been fine. I think I liked it better before the glitter, but apparently I forgot to get a photo of that. Here’s with glitter:
You can’t tell in the photo, but the corn syrup makes it very, very shiny – perfect for a star! It almost leaves it looking like painted glass or ceramic.
Leave them to dry overnight. Depending on your humidity level, drying could take a couple of days. Our air is very dry these days, and it only took one night for our stars to dry. They look just as shiny after they are dry, but are no longer sticky.
Next, we decided to try painting our cardboard stars with colored corn syrup and paint brushes instead of a craft stick.
I poured a little corn syrup into four wells of an ice cube tray, added some food coloring, and a tiny amount of glitter:
We each painted one star (after watching, I just had to try this for myself – it was a lot of fun!):
Painting with the paint brushes left a much thinner layer of corn syrup, which meant less mess and a shorter drying time. However, we weren’t able to achieve the swirling effect from earlier. The swirling was mesmerizing and beautiful to watch. When we do this again, we will paint plain corn syrup onto our paper, then drip on food coloring and swirl. Hopefully that will mean a thinner layer of corn syrup, while still having the swirled look.
We have company coming over for dinner tonight, and one last evening enjoying the light of our Christmas tree. We may watch The Little Drummer Boy, read Little Star, and sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. We’ll read the story of the Three Kings from M’s little Bible tomorrow and I have a little mosaic crown project set up for him (pictures of that later).
I’m linking this up to Kids Get Crafty!
Have a beautiful day! :)