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Holiday Crafts For The Kids

Kids, young and the young at heart, love the holidays and there are an almost limitless number of crafts that can be made to keep the kids busy, especially when the weather gets bad and they are home from school. Many projects can be done with common items found around the house.

Paper snowflakes are always a favorite and all you need is white paper, scissors and possibly glue and glitter. Fold the paper in half, half again and again, until you have a triangle. Cut small s...

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Kids, young and the young at heart, love the holidays and there are an almost limitless number of crafts that can be made to keep the kids busy, especially when the weather gets bad and they are home from school. Many projects can be done with common items found around the house.

Paper snowflakes are always a favorite and all you need is white paper, scissors and possibly glue and glitter. Fold the paper in half, half again and again, until you have a triangle. Cut small shapes, unfold carefully, you have beautiful one of a kind snowflakes. If you have glue and glitter, the kids may want to make them a bit fancier. They also make wonderful decorations to hang from the ceiling and windows for the holidays.

Recycled cards - let the kids cut the message parts off the cards, and by gluing them to the front of either folded construction paper or lightweight card stock, they can create their own cards to send to friends and family. Ribbon, glitter and other items can make nice decorative touches.

Ornaments/gift tags – by cutting out the pictures from the cards in different shapes (stars, circles, etc), maybe even using scrap booking edging scissors, some ribbon and glitter, they can make cute ornaments for the tree that can also be used as gift tags.

Candy dish – cut a hexagon of plain cardstock and then six pieces from Christmas card fronts (trying to get the nicest part of the picture showing on the shape) that taper slightly wider at the top than the base for the sides. Cover all the pieces with clear contact paper and punch holes along all the edges, evenly spaced. Sew the pieces together using ribbon or yarn, and you have a one of a kind candy dish. Let the kids experiment with different shapes and sizes.

Styrofoam ball snowmen are an easy project. Stack and glue together (use toothpicks to support the pieces) different sizes, and decorate with buttons, or scrap pieces of felt for the eyes and mouth and buttons. To make a cute hat for the snowman, place a standard size styrofoam coffee cup upside down on a foil lined baking pan. Place in the oven at a low temperature (adult supervision). Watch carefully as the cup begins to melt, shrink and reshape itself into a funny top hat. Remove carefully, let them cool, and they can be painted and decorated and glued onto the snowman’s head.

 

Holiday Crafts: Thanksgiving Decorations Kids Can Make

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday! What a spiritual renewal to take a day to reflect over the past year about just how good God has been to you and your family, to give you harvest and shelter, health and hope. To get the most out of this joyous occasion, make some holiday crafts with your children. These days, Thanksgiving often gets squeezed out by Hallowe'en's spooky decorations and the lights and gala of Christmas. With the following holiday crafts, your home can be decorated for this quieter but important celebration.

Turkeys are a natural choice for decorations. A familiar project at this time of year is for a child to trace around her hand and make the resulting drawing into a turkey. The thumb is the head and the fingers are the tail feathers all displayed. While many of the turkeys that are raised for food are now the domestic white variety, the turkeys eaten by the Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving were the wild brown ones. The tail feathers on a wild turkey are brown, but they are iridescent. catching light and appearing to be multi-colored. This is why children color the tail feathers in bright colors.

The turkey's head has a wattle under the beak. This is a vertical flap of loose skin that is red colored. Be sure to draw this in order to make the hand turkey look like a turkey. Add skinny legs and bird feet. When done, the children can cut out the turkeys and hang them on the wall. It's really cute to make a whole flock of these turkeys in the sizes of all the hands in the family. The little hand shapes are particularly sweet.

Another nice turkey decoration to make when making Thanksgiving holiday crafts is a turkey door decoration. Make a brown construction paper body and head of a turkey. Now make a large number of colored feather shapes. Each family member writes on a feather something he or she is thankful for before attaching as part of the turkey's tail. Repeat until all the feathers are used, and hang the turkey on the front door to greet visitors with a message of gratitude. Make a sign to accompany the turkey that says "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good!" or simply "Be thankful!" or "We're thankful for you!" or whatever you like.

Children love making construction paper chains. To further decorate the house for Thanksgiving, let them make a paper chain in fall colors as one of their holiday crafts. Using 9 by 12 inch construction paper, cut the paper in half across the long side and cut the halves into one inch thick six inch long strips. Use a stapler to attach the ends of the strip into a circle. Loop the next strip into the circle and staple it. Continue the process alternating colors of brown, red, yellow, and orange. When the chains are long, you can drap them along the ceiling or stair rail. If you don't make the door turkey, the children can write something they're thankful for on each strip of paper before adding it to the chain.

Thanksgiving is too nice a holiday to let the other more commercial holidays crowd it out. By making holiday crafts to decorate the home for Thanksgiving, you can keep this day special, too. The extended family, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc., will be pleased to see the holiday crafts the young ones have made to decorate the house and make it cheerful for their visit.

 

Elegant Holiday Tablecloths And Candles With A Stencil And Glitter

With the holidays upon us, it’s time to get our homes in shape for the guests and festivities!

How about stenciling a new tablecloth and napkins to brighten your dining table? It’s easy! Simply pre-wash your blank table cloth, and don’t add fabric softener (which seals out the paint!). Inexpensive tablecloths are available at most retail outlets and even the dollar store.

I love stencil cream paints for fabric since you can’t feel the paint after it dries and it remains...

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With the holidays upon us, it’s time to get our homes in shape for the guests and festivities!

How about stenciling a new tablecloth and napkins to brighten your dining table? It’s easy! Simply pre-wash your blank table cloth, and don’t add fabric softener (which seals out the paint!). Inexpensive tablecloths are available at most retail outlets and even the dollar store.

I love stencil cream paints for fabric since you can’t feel the paint after it dries and it remains soft to the touch. However, craft acrylics can also be used.

Choose deep red, green or even a black tablecloth, then stencil your chosen design in gold. Talk about elegant!

Stencil your chosen design right in the center. Now, add it to the corners as well. If your design does not lend itself well to corner applications, simply apply a portion of the stencil to the corners (such as a group of leaves or a central element of the design).

Allow the stenciling to dry, then to heat set by simply throwing it in a hot dryer for 25 minutes. Heat setting can also be done by applying a pressing cloth over the design and using the hottest iron setting that type of fabric can stand, iron for 1-2 minutes over the design to set it. This will prevent it from washing out when laundered.

Now add candles to match and yes, stencil those too! We have a fabulous idea for sparkling candles that are fun and festive! To create a matching candle, simply choose a small element from the stencil and use masking tape to tape off openings around that element to prevent them from also being stenciled. Tape the stencil to the candle and with your stencil brush, apply white glue over the stencil design directly on to the candle. Remove the stencil and wash immediately so the glue doesn’t dry on the stencil.

Hold the candle over a garbage pail and sprinkle the glue design with gold, silver or iridescent glitter. Shake off the excess and allow to dry.

Any candle can be done with this easy technique and can further be embellished with flat backed jewels from the craft store.

Create ornate Christmas tree ornaments the same way then give away as a special gift to a friend. Don’t forget that stunning Christmas cards can be created using this same technique.

Raised plaster stenciled pine tree branches and plaster pinecones from a mold are the perfect solution for that wood box that sits next to your fireplace or the “shoe bin” outside the front door. Simply plaster stencils the branches with joint compound, cast your pinecones from the mold and adhere with joint compound to the branch design, allow to dry, then using a mixture of wall glaze and paint, create a color wash over the entire surface.

Use the same design to create a wonderful holiday “welcome sign” for the front door. Stencil the design in to a square on any flat piece of wood, cast and place pinecones in the corners, paint with wall paint to seal and then stencil or hand paint the word “Welcome” in the center. If you like, the branches and pinecones can be painted in browns and greens for added color. It’s very pretty to add streaks of gold to your brown pinecones for added flair.

Holiday ornaments from any small molds are super easy to create! Simply take the mold of your choice and cast two of them. After they have been removed, apply joint compound to the back of each one (a very thin layer). Add a looped ribbon to the back of one of the plaster pieces to create a hanger, then press the two together to create one complete unit. Wipe any excess joint compound away and use to fill in openings between the two pieces. Allow to dry completely then paint as desired.

Copyright © Victoria Larsen 2006




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