If you are looking for a new type of holiday craft project that you can do with your children, consider making a Christmas Word Cloud decoration. This is perfect project for multiple children because each child can create his or her own word cloud and turn it into a festive display!
What You’ll Need
- A computer with internet access
- A color printer
- 1 8.5 x 11 inch paper for printer
- 1 12 inch piece of decorative cardstock
- Scraps of decorative cardstock or die cuts
- 1 mini red pom-pom
- 1 mini white jingle bell
- Red and green decorative twine
- Red ribbon
- Black Pen
Part I: Create Your Christmas Word Cloud
- Navigate to www.wordle.net. This is the site to use to create your own word cloud.
- Choose the Create Menu.
- Type in as many words related to Christmas and the holiday season you want.
- Click Go. The software program will randomize your words using a variety of backgrounds, colors, and fonts.
- Choose the Randomize pattern to see different Word Clouds.Tip: You can use the Font, Layout, and Color menus to choose your own options.
- Print out your finalized Christmas Word Cloud onto the 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper on a color printer.
Part II. Decorate Your Christmas Word Cloud
Tip: Look at the article image for an example of a completed Christmas Word Cloud.
- Cut the printed Word Cloud so that you have about ½ inch of space all around the words.
- Cut out a background from the 12-inch piece of decorative cardstock so that it is about 1-inch larger on all sides than the Word Cloud printout.
- Glue the Word Cloud printout to the background cardstock.
- Glue some red and green twine around the Word Cloud printout to give it a nice border.
- Embellish the piece by adding Santa’s sleigh and a reindeer.
- Glue the sleigh just above the Word Cloud printout.
- Glue the reindeer to the right of the sleight, leaving about a 2 inch distance between the two pieces.
- Glue a mini red pom-pom to the reindeer’s nose.
- Cut approximately 6-inches from the red twine.
- Secure one end of the twine to the sleigh and the other end around the reindeer’s neck. If desired, add a white jingle bell to the end of the twine near the reindeer’s neck before tying it off.
- Glue a red ribbon to the back of the finished project. Tie a knot at the top to form a hanger.
- Use the black pen to write your child’s name and date on the back of the project.