Tips & Tricks: Five Great Holiday Crafts!

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With Christmas coming and a lot of little ones underfoot, it’s a great idea to have a few crafts planned to keep those little hands busy (and out of the presents!)

Homemade Snow
Artificial snow on a Christmas tree can add a great touch. You get all the beautiful benefits of snow without having to freeze! What’s more, since it’s made only of soap, starch, and water, it’s safe for kids. They can use it on other crafts like gingerbread houses or making their own wreaths (more on that next!)

This article from Craft Thyme explains everything you’ll need to know.

Kid’s Wreaths
We all remember how fun it was to make our own wreaths at school, and it’s an easy craft that you can bring right into the home.

All you need is paper plates with the centers cut out and then . . . anything you can think of! Crayons, markers, paint, or glitter! Fuzzballs, pipecleaners, felt, or stickers! You can go as big or as small as you’d like with this craft – it all depends on your imagination. Here’s an article that will help get you started.

Grown-Up Wreaths
This one isn’t for the kids, it’s a project for you! It’s an ornament wreath that looks simply outstanding! Basically, it’s a circular foam center with dozens of baubles and ornaments attached to it, making a unique ornament for your home. My friend Crystal made one, and I think it looks great:

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Here are two great articles that each have a different take on this project.

Candy Cane Mice

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Good old Martha – she found a way to make those bite-sized candy canes even cuter! These candy cane mice look adorable and only require a few different kinds of felt, fabric scissors, a bit of glue, and of course the candy canes.

But I’m going to stop talking about them – here’s a link to the article – they’re just to cute for words!

Penguin Rolls
When you’ve finished your gift wrapping, what are you left with? No, not sore hands and paper cuts – cardboard tubes. You’ll wind up with tons of the things, and this craft lets you put them to good use – by making penguins!

These two articles explain how to turn cardboard tubes (toilet paper rolls in the articles, but you can chop up your gift wrapping tubes easily enough) into a great activity. Like the kid’s wreaths, these can be as simple or extravagant as you want. You can paint the tubes, draw on them with markers, use tissue paper – it’s all up to you and how tired you are after all the hard work you’ve put in.

We hope you’ll enjoy these crafts and have a great holiday. Thanks to Brianna at CraftThyme.com, Jennifer at Jennwa.blogspot.com, Virginia at LiveLoveDIY.com, Stevie at ForTheMommas.com, Martha at MarthaStewart.com, Kat at KitThisKatThat.blogspot.com, and Robin at OurBigEarth.com.

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