Welcome back to the monthly Family Dinner Book Club! I am thrilled to be participating in this book club where every month Growing Book by Book, Daisy at Home, and I will be bringing a storybook to life right at your dinner table. This month’s storybook selection will bring the arts and crafts supplies to life right before your child’s eyes with Charlotte’s Web by author E. B. White. So let’s head down to the Zuckerman’s Farm for a lively family dinner!
Charlotte’s Web Inspired Rock Characters
I immediately knew when the kids and I starting tossing around ideas for how to bring some of the main characters to life at our family dinner table that we wanted to something fun and easy to create but that was also visually so cute that it just made your smile so wide it lite it up the room like Charlotte’s pride in Wilbur. I had my children Beck and Elizabeth head out into the yard to find 3 rocks. We washed the rocks and scrubbing them with soap to ensure that the spray paint would stick to them thoroughly. We allowed the rocks to air dry completely over night while we slept.
Next, the magic began as on the next day we spray painted the rocks outside. Amazingly the rocks only required one coat of spray paint each; however, we did have to flip the rocks over after an hour and spray paint the bottom of the rocks as well. Once the paint on the rocks was completely dry (which was roughly a total of 2 hours for us) we brought our freshly painted rocks indoors to complete their looks.
For Charlotte, we simply hot glued on some black pipe cleaners and google eyes. For Wilbur, my daughter’s favorite character, she hot glued on pink pipe cleaners for his legs and curly little tail. Then she hot glued on a pink pom pom for his nose (I used a blank permanent marker to make the nostrils), google eyes, and used pink triangle pieces of construction paper that she folded down slightly for his ears.
My son loves the character Templeton, so we had to a make sure that he was brought to life at our family dinner party as well. He hot glued on a pink pom pom for Templeton’s nose, white pipe cleaners for his whiskers, google eyes, pink pipe cleaner for his tail, and brown and pink construction paper for his ears.
I hope that your family can bring these classic characters to life for your dinner table fun with this rock art project!
DIY Decorative Spider Web Chandelier
Charlotte’s children wanted to help celebrate this big family dinner event by creating a web of lightening to hang above your kitchen table.
To create this DIY Decorative Spider Web Chandelier you will need the following materials:
- 1 balloon (any color since it will be popped and not seen in the final product)
- Black yarn
- Plastic container
- Black Pom Poms (small)
- Google eyes
- Battery operated tea light
- Black (duct or electrical) tape
- Egg carton
- Hot glue gun
This is a very messy, but fun and easy project, so please make sure to set this project up in a location that you do not mind making a mess in whether that be a craft table or outdoors. First, lay out your newspaper so that you have somewhere to work and have the glue mixture drip on to. Next, mix one half glue with one half water in a plastic container, which you do not mind throwing away or using only for crafting purposes afterward, to create a watery paste just like you would use for paper mache. Then, inflate your balloon to the overall size you would like your spider web to be.
Let the fun begin! Measure your yarn to be all roughly the same length. I had my daughter Elizabeth measure out 30 pieces as I thought it was a great measurement lesson and she was very proud to have cut everything at equal lengths at the end.
Now dip your black yarn into the glue mixture, making sure to run your fingers down the yarn to pull off the excess glue, and have your child make a spider web pattern on the balloon. Tie a long string to the top of the balloon and hang to dry outdoors. Depending on your weather, this project can dry in 2 hours or less or can take all day.
While your spider web chandelier is drying it is time to get working on making Charlotte’s babies. Simply take a black pom pom and glue on two google eye carefully. Allow time for them to dry. To easily do this I used an empty egg carton to allow Charlotte’s babies to sit on top of and dry without rolling around everywhere.
Once both parts are completely dry, carefully pop the balloon inside of the spider web. Then grab your hot glue gun and attached Charlotte’s baby spiders onto the chandelier. Finally, just simply add the desired length of black yarn to the top of your spider web, allowing for a gap on the end of the yarn. Using a small piece of black tape attach the battery powered tea light to the end so that it hangs inside of the spider web. Voila, Charlotte’s children are ready to party at your family dinner!
Free Printable Charlotte’s Web Inspired Table Decorations
No table setting would be complete without a fun interactive place mat, straw toppers, and place cards, don’t you agree? I know that my children LOVED decorating their place mats under the glow of our DIY Decorative Spider Web Chandelier! I added a cow patterned paper cup with crayons next to the kid’s place mats to make the coloring even more festive and fun this month. To download your own free printable Charlotte’s Web Inspired Table Decorations simply click the link below:
Bring Charlotte’s Web To Life At Your Next Family Dinner!
Are you ready to bring the classic storybook Charlotte’s Web to life at your next family dinner or party? I found this picnic/farm themed vinyl tablecloth at the dollar store to help create a farm themed atmosphere for the dinner table. Then I grabbed our gas lantern for the centerpiece and used blue tinted mason jars for our drinking glasses. Naturally, since Wilbur is such a special pig my ‘When Pigs Fly’ statue was on our family dinner table. With our Decorative Spider Web Chandelier helping to light the dinner table and our Charlotte’s Web Inspired Rock Characters on the table, we were just about ready to get started having our family dinner party.
To add some flair and fun to your chairs, you can also make a quick and easy 1st Place Medal to decorate the backs of your dinner table chairs. Simply use a streamer, color of your choice, plus a plastic plate (I would recommend blue as it ties in with the story however, after searching in 5 stores apparently small blue plastic plates must be popular as I could only find red or yellow everywhere), using stickers or permanent marker mark ‘1st Place’ on the plate, tape the streamer to the back of the plastic plate, hang, and enjoy!
DIY Farm Themed Party Banner
The last element we wanted to add to our decorations was a party banner. I picked up two of the perfect picnic table vinyl tablecloths from the dollar store knowing that I wanted to make a ‘Welcome’ banner from one of the tablecloths.
To create this DIY Farm Themed Party Banner you will need the following materials:
- Vinyl tablecloth
To create this easy and festive banner, simply mark out the triangle shape on your vinyl tablecloth (leaving the tablecloth folded in half). Then fold up the tablecloth into a square. Cut out as many triangles as you need to create your banner letters. Then, flip open the triangles once you have cut them out, place a line of glue in the crease and a dot at the point of the triangle. Lay the yarn (make sure it is long piece as this is what will connect your banner and allow it to be hung) in the middle where your line of glue is. Carefully fold over the other triangle to make a ‘sandwich’. Continue on until you do not need any more triangles. Hang, celebrate, and bring the festivities to life!
Did your family participate in this month’s Family Dinner Book Club? I would love to hear about your family’s experience below or hop onto Facebook to the official Family Dinner Book Club to share a picture of what your family did! Make sure to visit Growing Book by Book for the associated dinner conversation table topics this month and Daisy at Home for great book related menu items for more fun with the Charlotte’s Web storybook.
My family and I are looking forward to next month’s Family Dinner Book Club, where we will help to bring your dinner table to life again! If you missed the other months of the Family Dinner Book Club please take a moment to see all of the family storybook fun that has been happening:
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