Little Ghost

Little Ghost Title

What you need:Little Ghost
• White tissue paper (14″x 14″)
• 2 White pipe cleaners
• Glue
• Black marker
• Lemon or apple

What you do:
• Tape 2 pieces of 12-inch-long white pipe cleaners in crisscross fashion to a 14-inch square of double-layer white tissue paper.
• Trim the paper into a circle, cutting through the wire, then flip over the tissue and set it over a lemon or an apple.
• Loosely mold the center of the paper over the lemon to form a ghost head, then use a black marker to add facial details.
• Concealing the lemon, place the ghost on the floor or a table and give it a nudge to set it in motion.

Animal Ornaments

Felt Animal Ornaments

What you need:
• Light-colored felt, such as cream or eggshell
• Animal shaped cookie cutters
• Disappearing-ink pen
• Scissors
• Thread

What you do:
• Trace cookie cutters with a disappearing-ink pen on felt.
• Cut out twice.
• Lightly brush glue onto the back sides of colored-felt pieces.
• Sandwich the light-colored piece in between.
• Let dry flat.
• Hang from a length of silver thread, knotting at top.

Kids Clock Craft

Kids Clock Craft

What you need:
• Paper plate
• Craft foam
• Metal fastener or scrapbook brat
• Watercolor
• Black Sharpie marker
• Paint brush
• White craft glue
• Scissors

What you do:
• Color the paper plate with watercolor.
• Let it dry.
• Use scissors to cut out clock arms from craft foam.
• Poke a small hole in the ends of the clock arms to insert the fastener through.
• Poke a small hole in the center of the paper plate.
• Use the marker to write on the clock numbers.
• Insert fastener through the clock arms and then through the hole in the center of the plate.
• Close back of fastener loose enough so that clock arms will move.

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Felt Fortune Cookies

Felt Fortune Cookies Cover

What you need:
• Red
• Pipe Cleaners
• Scissors
• Glue
• Fortune inserts

What you do:
• On felt, trace 4½-inch circles.
• Cut out the circles.
• Cut pipe cleaners slightly shorter than the width of the felt circle.
• Using glue, adhere the pipe cleaner to the felt.
• Wait 30 minutes.
• Fold the circle in half along the pipe cleaner.
• Bend the two ends of pipe cleaner towards each other, then insert finger to poof out the sides.
• Assemble the fortune cookies. Carefully peel back one flap of the felt cookie, and insert a paper fortune and a few candies. Fold the flap back over to close cookie around contents.

Heart Ornaments

Heart Ornaments

What you need:
• Red-colored felt
• Heart shaped cookie cutters
• Disappearing-ink pen
• Scissors
• Thread

What you do:
• Trace cookie cutters with a disappearing-ink pen on felt.
• Cut out twice.
• Lightly brush glue onto the back sides of colored-felt pieces.
• Sandwich the light-colored piece in between.
• Let dry flat.
• Hang from a length of silver thread, knotting at top.

CD Candle Holder

CD Candle Holder Cover

What you need:
• Candles
• Old CD’S
• Small foil pie tray
• Oven tray
• Access to oven

What you do:
• Place the foil pie tray onto an oven tray. If you can not find a small Pie tray use a metal dish to melt the CD over. Remember to always use Gloves.
• Heat the oven to 350 F.
• Gently place a CD on the foil cup, with the label side up.
• Place it into the heated oven for around 10 Min’s.
• Using an oven glove, push the CD down into the pie tray.
• It should be flexible enough to sink into the tray and shape.
• Allow it to cool and harden.
• Always melt CD’s in a well ventilated area.

Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking for kids

Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to preserve photos and other memorabilia while at the same time creating a book of memories that is uniquely yours. Scrapbooks can be simple or quite ornate, depending on the artist, but no matter the style, one thing remains true: it’s all about you. Introducing kids to scrapbooking provides opportunities for parents or other caregivers to help children express themselves creatively.

Basic Supplies
Children as young as four or five can begin to learn how to make keepsake scrapbooks. In the beginning, keep it simple. You’ll need a few basic supplies and you are ready to go. What to get:
Album – a basic album is required and for kids, larger is better.
Scissors – regular ones are necessary and it is nice to have a few specialty craft pairs that cut in creative patterns.
Adhesive – you’ll need an adhesive of some type; glue sticks work best for young kids while older ones can usually handle other types without making too much of a mess.
Paper – you can start with a small assortment of colored and textured paper, but be sure that it is acid-free.
Pens – an assortment of colors is nice, but one black pen will do.
Photos – the most important element. Gather some favorite photos and get ready to make some memories!

Themes
Rather than merely assembling a variety of miscellaneous photos into a book, try to come up with a theme, which will give the book some consistency. Vacations, summer fun, school days, best friends, or family are all good themes for kids’ scrapbooks. While it’s fine to offer suggestions, allow your child to decide on the theme.

Getting Started
Scrapbooks are as unique as the individuals who create them, but the steps in making a page are pretty much the same every time. In general, there are five basic steps:
• Gather supplies and decide on photos for one page. If you are working with young children, you may want to protect the tabletop before beginning.
• Keep Scrapbooking for kids fun and relaxed. Let go of the idea that all pages need to be perfect. For children, it’s all about the process and working with the materials, not the product or end result.
• Designate certain materials for your kids to use when scrapbooking.
• Scrapbooking for children should be age appropriate. This applies specifically to scrapbooking tools. Your child may be old enough to use scissors, but some of the specially-designed cutting systems for scrapbooking can be too dangerous for young children. Carefully explain the safety precautions.
• Have photos that interest your children available for scrapbooking. Scrapbooking for kids is more fun when they are working with photos that include them.  Does your daughter love stuffed animals? Let her do a whole album with pictures of her stuffed animal collection.
• Use duplicate photos when scrapbooking with children. Then, let them use the photograph any way they wish. You still have an original for your scrapbooks.
• Crop the photos. This simply means cutting the photo to include only the area that you want to use. You can crop pictures in traditional squares or rectangles, or you can trim them into heart, star, or other shapes to make them stand out on the page.
• Matting is optional, and young children often prefer to skip this step. For older kids, however, placing a colored mat on the page behind each picture helps to highlight the photos and gives the page a more finished look. Mats are often cut with specialty scissors that leave a fancy edge.
• Scrapbooking for children should always include journaling. Journaling simply means to write a bit about what is in the photo. This can be as simple as a short caption or can be a detailed story.  Have your children use their own handwriting. Encourage kids to express themselves in the journaling step since this is part of what preserves the memories.  You may need to give your children journaling prompts, but for most children, let them express their own thoughts and feelings on the page layout.
• Mounting is pasting the mats and photos to the page. Show kids several ways to position the pictures on the page to allow room for the captions while making the page visually appealing.
• Embellishments are what really make scrapbook pages different than regular photo albums. Stickers and punch-art help to make the page come to life.
• Teach your children scrapbooking techniques. Again, consider the ages and artistic abilities of your kids. Simple scrapbooking techniques like paper tearing and matting are easy for most children to learn. Older children might enjoy rubber stamping or embossing on their page layouts.

Keeping it Fun
When working with kids, it can be tempting to help them too much. Sure, their pages will probably not have a polished, professional look, but the important thing is that they have fun creating them. Lend assistance only if you are asked for it and keep in mind that you are building memories right now, too!

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Easy Ornaments

Easy Watercolor Ornament

What you need:
• Watercolor
• Watercolor paper
• Brush
• Glue
• Scissors
• Ribbon, curly wire or ornament hook
• Cookie cutters
• All purpose glue
• Hole punch or needle

What you do:
• Spray down the paper with plain water.
• Paint large areas of color in random areas.
• Use the paintbrush to gently help the paint float together to make the colors touch without blending too much.
• Let it dry.
• Trace your favorite cookie cutters.
• Cut out the shapes.
• Put the front and the back pieces together. Glue.
• Use a hole punch or a needle to put a hole in the top.
• Put a loop of ribbon , a curly wire or a simple ornament hook in the hole to enable you to hang it .

Tip: These also make beautiful gift tags to make a package extra special.

Simple Tree Skirt

Simple Tree Skirt

What you need:
• Felt, 60 square inches (about 2 yards)
• 2 bulldog clips
• String
• Tailor’s chalk
• Small plate
• Scissors

What you do:
1. Fold the felt in half to create a triangle. Fold the triangle in half to create another smaller triangle.
2. Use the bulldog clip to attach one end of a long string to the folded corner of the fabric. Use the other bulldog clip to secure the other end of the string to a piece of tailor’s chalk. Holding the string taut, swing your “compass” from edge to edge in a quarter-circle, drawing an arc with the chalk.
3. With the fabric still folded and using the small plate as a guide, trace an arc onto the folded, 90-degree corner of the felt. Leave it folded, and use scissors to cut along the trace marks.
4. Unfold the felt halfway, and cut a slit along one of the folds from the edge of the circle cutout in the middle to the edge of the felt.

Felt Mistletoe

Felt Mistletoe

What you need:
• Mistletoe template (provided)
• Green felt
• Sharpie or fabric pencil
• Pearl embellishments
•Hot glue or fabric glue
• Ribbon

What you do:
• Cut out the templates and trace around them on your felt using the marker or pencil of your choice.
• Cut out your felt shapes and arrange the sprigs to your liking.
• Glue the stems and leaves where they overlap.
• Arrange your pearl embellishments and glue them in place.
•Tie a ribbon bow around the stems.
• Cut an additional length of ribbon and loop it to create a hanger. 
• Glue it to the back.
• Hang your newly crafted mistletoe above the door.

Curled Trees

Curled Christmas Trees

What you need:
Cone
• Construction Paper
• Scissors
• Glue
• Pencil

What you do:
• Cut your construction paper into strips approximately 3/4″ wide and 3″ long.
• Using your pencil curl the paper strips about 3/4 of the way to the end. 
• Start gluing your paper curls to the bottom of the cone in a ring.
• Continue to glue on paper curls in layers or rings moving up the cone
• Once you get to the top of the cone, you can add an embellishment to the top.

Making Cones

Making cones

What you need:
• Paper
• Scissors
• Glue

What you do:
• Cut a circle out of a piece of paper
• Cut a triangle by making two cuts to the center of the circle.
• Fold the circle, overlapping the edges a little, and glue together.