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

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.

Holiday Planter

What you need:
• Empty Oatmeal Container
• Ruler
• Scissors
 •Craft foam
• Pen
•Old newspaper
Mod Podge
• White paint
• Glue gun
• Tall branches

What you do:
• Measure out, mark and cut five 1.5” wide strips from a sheet of thin craft foam. 
• Mark your guide lines on your oatmeal container.
• The 42 oz. container I used was 9.5” tall, so I made marks at 1.5”, 4”, 5.5” and 8” down. I also made four sets of marks around the container so that I could keep the foam strips level as I glued.
• Hot glue foam around the top, bottom and middle of the oatmeal container, keeping the strips flush with the top and bottom and the center band level.
• Before covering with the newspaper, I added a few drops of water to my Mod Podge to thin it out just a touch to help it really soak into the heavier newsprint. 
• Making sure to get plenty of Mod Podge along the lip of the foam strips so that the paper sticks well.
• Make sure you line up your newspaper seams over top of the foam seams in the back or you’ll end up with lots of seams all over the place. 
• Paint
• For the filler, use some tall branches.
• Decorate with your favorite ornaments.

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Jingle Bell Wreath

What you need:
• 16-gauge wire
• 24- gauge wire
• Jingle bells
• Needle-nose pliers
• Ribbon

What you do:
• Form 16-gauge wire into a circle.
• Make a closed loop at one end with needle-nose pliers.
• Thread jingle bells onto the open end in any size and color combination.
• When the wire is full, join its ends by twisting the unlooped end into a hook, and fasten it onto the closed loop.
 • Tie a piece of ribbon into a bow; secure it to the bottom of the wreath with 24-gauge wire.

Button Wreath

What you need:
• Needle-nose pliers or wire cutters
• 16-gauge copper wire, or 22-gauge green floral wire, cut to 9-inch lengths
• 72 buttons for each wreath
• Scissors
• Satin ribbon, 1/8 inch wide and 6 inches long
• Seam binding for decorative bow

What you do:
• Using pliers, make a small loop at one end of the wire.
• Thread buttons onto the wire until you have enough to form the size of the wreath you want. Our wreaths are 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
• Using pliers, bend the plain end of the wire around the looped end. This will form the wreath.
• Use the satin ribbon to make a loop for hanging the wreath; tie the ribbon in a knot about 3 inches above the wreath.
•Tie a bow of seam binding to decorate the wreath.

Paper Snowflakes

What you need:
 • Paper
• Scissors

What you do:
• Start with an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper. Fold one corner of the piece of paper down.
• Cut off the bottom portion to make a triangle.
• Temporarily bring the two corners of the base of the triangle together to find the center point of the longest side.
• Make a small crease at the center point.
• We’re now going to use the center point to divide the triangle into three equal parts. Fold the right corner in at a 60° angle. Then fold the left corner in back at a 60° angle.
• Your paper should look like the illustration at right. Now fold the paper in half as shown.
• Cut off the upper portion along the horizontal line.
• This triangle will be 1/12th of your snowflake. Use a pencil to draw a design on the triangle. The unopened side will be the backbone of the snowflake. Do not draw any lines that cut through the triangle.
• Use scissors to carefully cut away the unwanted area.
• Carefully unfold your snowflake and flatten it out with your fingers.
• Now experiment with different designs and see what you come up with.

 

 

Picture Frame

What you need:
• Cardboard
• Scissors
• Glue
• Paper
• Wire for hanging

What you do:
• Decide on the size you want the frame to be based on your image.
• Cut out the center as well to make it the exact size you want.
• Lay the frame down on your paper.
• Draw a line one inch outside the frame and one inch inside the frame.
• Draw the lines of the frame on the paper too.
• Cut it all out.
• Draw a line thru the outside corner (to make a right triangle) in each corner and cut those corners off.
• Draw a line thru the inside corners to where the frame begins make two 45 degree angles. Cut along those lines.
• Fold all the inside pieces inside.
• Put the frame on the paper, the inside flaps inside. Fold the outside flaps up around the cardboard.
• Glue the paper down with the glue to the cardboard.
• Tape your print to the back of the frame.
• Hang your picture.

Chinese Lantern

What you need:
• Chinese Paper Lanterns
• Paint: Black, Red, Orange and Green
• Paintbrush

What you do:
• Assemble paper lantern by inserting brace to hold shape.
• Put small amount of paint on paper palette.
• Use tip of finger to paint small circles on lantern, mix shades of paint to resemble flowers.
• Add black paint with very small brush to create stems.
• Let dry.

Macaroni Jewelry

Macaroni crafts are great activities for children.  On a rainy day or during “down time,” kids can work on a number of different projects.  Making jewelry out of macaroni can be a really fun activity for kids and their parents. 
Macaroni bead necklace can be given to friends or relatives as a cute little gift.

 

What you need:
• Tape
• Food Colouring
• String
• Scissors
• Rubbing alcohol
• Measuring cups
• Spoon

What you do:
1. Pour ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol into a 12 to 16 oz cup and add anywhere from 5 to 15 drops of food colouring.
2. Add macaroni into the cup. Stir until all the colour is absorbed.
3. Spoon the macaroni onto a paper towel and let it dry.
4. Once the macaroni is dry, the jewellery making is ready to begin.
5. Cut the string at the desired length. Wrap one end of the string with tape so that sliding macaroni onto the string will be a little easier.
6. Slide a piece of macaroni all the way to the end of the string and tie a knot around it. This will help prevent other macaroni from sliding off the end.
7.  Continue to add macaroni until the string is full.
8.  Tie each end of the string together to complete the necklace.

Recycled Bird Feeder

Backyard birds won’t know the difference between a fancy, store-bought bird feeder and one that’s homemade, so save your pennies and make a milk carton into a Birdhouse or a BirdFeeder.  The size of the opening will determine if it is suitable for a feeder or house.

 

Need:

  • Milk carton, any size.
  • Dowel or pencil for perch
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint / brush
  • String or wire for hanging

What To Do:

  1. Wash and dry selected milk carton.
  2. Staple top shut.
  3. If making a “house” cut the hole only 1 – 1 1/2 ” wide on one side only.  If making a feeder, make a hole that is about 2 1/2 ” wide or cut a square hole (make hole on both sides).
  4. Make a tiny hole, on both sides,  to slide perch into.
  5. Paint birdhouse / feeder and then decorate with paint or sticky back foam.  (* for good paint adhesion, if you are concerned about a lasting project, paint carton with gesso first, so paint will adhere to carton well.)
  6. Attach a wire or string to hang birdhouse/ feeder.

Suggestions:
• If you plan to do a lot of bird watching, hang the feeder in a spot that you can see clearly from a window. If the bird feeder is some distance away, use binoculars or a spy glass to see the birds up close.
• Buy a good bird identification book and keep a record of all the species that turn up at your backyard feeding station. Record the date that you saw each bird, whether it was a male or female, or a pair of a birds. You may also want to add other observations about their size, appearance, special markings and behavior.
• Research the birds that you see to find out what types of foods they prefer, or experiment by offering different types of bird seed in your bird feeder to find out for yourself.