We’re changing our format this year and doing a Creative activity at every other meeting instead of every meeting. That means we can do some bigger/more time consuming projects. We’ll be doing round table discussions on Creative activity days as well. Opposite days we’ll have more time for our speakers and discussion groups. The exception is our first meeting and the name tags.
Activity 1: Here’s the nametags we made this year. And the pic. More details in the post. More to come!
Activity 2: No sew T-shirt scarves and flowers
Our first full creative activity this year is going to be different no sew T-shirt scarves. I’ve posted with links and tutorials here.
Flowers are still on the way. Here’s some pics of what our options will include (some look better in their original tutorials! These are my first attempts, so some have flaws):
And the no sew flowers to go with the scarves can be found at this post. Here’s a sampling.
I’ve made up print-able instructions pages to use- one for the scarves and one for the flowers. If you want them, please contact me and I’ll email them to you. I’ll try to figure out a way to post them sometime.
Prin-tables- not formated quite as nicely or compactly in PDF form- I can send you colored or more compacted versions via email. PDF is what I can upload for access here. Greyscale print-ables: Scarves: greyscale t-shirt scarves print-able Flowers: greyscale tshirt flowers printable
Activity 3: Melt and Pour Nativity Soaps
Our December Creative Activity. We made one for us and one for our MOPPET workers for Christmas. Find the details at this post.
Print-able instructions: Melt and Pour soap basics
Activity 4: Story Dice
The January Creative activity was story dice. I posted about these here when I made them for a busy bag for my girls.
A few things pertaining to a MOPS group application. I printed onto mailing labels (cheaper than a whole sheet of adhesive- I priced it locally to be $1.50 a sheet. Mailing labels were free for me to use from the church, but even if I’d purchased them, it would have been cheaper). Just copy and paste your images into the mailing label template, or for a mac, set up a table with the same size borders and cell sizes to match the sheet of labels. Some cut them into shapes and then peeled off the back, others preferred to pull of the label and then cut it while sticky to save picking off the backs on all those little pieces. The T-shirt circle we made 7″ (I had bowls to trace around) and the ribbon is 25″.
Even with sticky backed paper rather than gluing, this project takes a long time. But it’s fairly mindless, so it gives lots of time for conversation. I put mod-podge in small lidded containers form the dollar store (10/$1) so they could use it there and take it home (most didn’t even get started with the mod-podge, but one finished). It doesn’t take very much of the Mod-Podge, either. They could take a brush, too, if they didn’t have one at home. I had wax paper to set wet blocks on if needed. It was a very well received creative activity!
The print-able instruction sheet: Story dice instructions for MOPS
Activity 5: Truffles
For February we decorated some sweet treats.
All the info, including recipes and links, is at my posting over here, but the lowdown is this: Our steering team each made a different kind of truffle to the point of freezing them in balls. For our activity, we decorated them and bagged them- 1 bag for us, and 1 to give to someone else.
The print-able with instructions and recipes: Truffles MOPS activity handout Feb 2012
Activity 6: Solid Lotion Bars
Our March creative activity landed on Spa Day. So here was what we made for a little pampering for ourselves. All the information including links, recipe, and the copy and paste of the printout I used is at the post over here.
It’s just 3 ingredients- beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter, melted together and poured into an ice cube tray. We sent the bars home in the trays. They could be re-used, but it’s a bit of a pain to clean them after these ingredients were cooled in them. I love this stuff!
The simple instructions printout (has the directions written 3 times so it can be copied and cut into thirds): lotion bar directions printout for MOPS
Activity 7: Summer Bucket Lists
Our April creative activity was a “Bucket List” for each family’s summer goals. The idea comes from thefoleyfam. Details on what we did for our MOPS group at my post here. This activity went over well as one that would promote family time and fun for everyone.
Activity 8: Last one for the year… Concrete garden stones/reverse pebble mosaic. Details here:
Printable instructions here. concrete garden stones take-home sheet