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Illustration: Under the Christmas tree

Here are some great crafts for the holiday season.  These could be great ones to sell at Christmas bazaars and fundraisers.

Christmas Card Wreath
( This came from Highlights for Children Magazine)
1. On the back of a card, draw and cut out a 2 in-by-4 in. rectangle for a pattern.
2. Gather used Christmas cards.  Trace around the pattern onto the fronts of about seventeen cards.
3. Cut out the rectangles.  Arrange them in a circle, overlapping the edges.  Glue them together where they overlap.
4. Make a bow from ribbon and glue it on, or use a stick-on bow.  Tape a yarn loop on the back as a hanger. 
Shining Star
What you will need:
2 plastic drinking straws for each star
string or yarn
white glue
What you need to do:
1. Cut each straw in half.
2. Cut a piece of yarn 18" long.
3. Lay the 4 straw pieces in a star shape.  This is done by make two into an x shape and the other two over the top of that in another x shape.
4. Tie securely, leaving some yarn to use as a hanger.
5. Spread glue on the star and sprinkle with glitter.
6. Shake off excess glitter.
Scandinavian Mousetraps (ornaments)
(from Christmas Crafts for Everyone By Evelyn Coskey 1976)
"The mousetrap is a popular Scandinavian Christmas item.  Either alone or incorporated into something else, it is interesting and different.  This one is made from two contrasting colors of paper and is used asa mobile."
What you will need:
2 contrasting colors of paper, cut strips 1 inch wide by at least 14 inches long-or longer if you prefer.
1/2 inch square of cardboard
What you need to do:
Glue two pieces of colored paper together at right angles.  Kind of like an upside down L
Fold the first color over the second, repeating until you have used up your paper.
At the top of the last fold, glue the cardboard in place.  Working from the underside, through the cardboard, make your hanging loop.  Knot the thread on the underside, pull it through and knot it again, cut the loop the length you want it, then tie the ends together.
Winter Berry Garland
(From: Nature Smart: Awesome Projects to Make With Mother Nature's Help by: Gwen Dieh, Terry Krautwurst, Alan Anderson, Joe Rhatigan, and Heather Smith. 2003 Main Street Book: New York))
What you will need:
wire coat hanger
50 twigs-4 to 6 inches long, from a variety of trees, and in a variety of shades of gray and brown.
about 10 sprigs of red berries such as red-berried elder, rose hips, winterberries, yaupon, pyracantha, and dog wood
10 small rubber bands
scissors or pruning shears
What you need to do:
Unwind the twisted neck of the coat hanger, and straighten the wire.  Bend a small hook on one end.  End a few curves in the wire.
Gather between 10 to 12 bundles of twigs, each with 4 or 5 twigs and a sprig of berries and/or of white flowers.  Fasten each bundle tightly at one end with a rubber band.
Attaching twig bundles to the wire is easier if you hang the wire by its hook from a nail in the wall.  You can also do this job by laying the wire flat on a table. Begin by placing one bundle at the end of the wire away from the hook, with rubber banded end facing the hooked end of the wire ans the twig ends covering the end of the wire.  Wrap a piece of floral wire about12 inches long several times around the bundle to hold it in place.  If you have leftover floral wire, use it to attach the next twig bundle.
Lay the second twig bundle facing the same way as the first one so that the twig ends of the second bundle cover the rubber band of the first bundle.  Fasten this bundle with floral wire.
Continue placing the rest of the bundles in the same way until the entire wire is covered, with only a couple of inches of wire and the hook sticking out.
Poke leftover sprigs of berries or flowers into bare spots.
Snowman Lightbulb Ornament
What you will need:

Light Bulb

Thin Ribbon

Child's Sock



Orange Bump Chenille Stem

Scrap Black Felt or Paper and  Glue


What you need to do:

Put 3 layers of paper mache on light bulb first. Although this is optional, it is highly recommend because this helps make the light bulb less fragile.

Paint the light bulb with the snowpaint. You don't need to paint the neck (the part that goes into the light socket). Let the paint dry completely. Set the neck of the lightbulb into an empty film container or something to hold it while it drys.

Tie a piece of thin ribbon, about 10 - 12 inches long, securely around the neck of the light bulb. Add a few drops of glue to secure the ribbon. This will be the hanger for your ornament.

Now you will make a stocking cap for your light bulb snowman. Cut off the top of the sock, you will want about 6 inches to work with. Slide it over the neck of the light bulb; and make sure the ribbon comes out through the top. Roll the edge of the sock that is over the light bulb until you have only about 1 inch hanging over the top.

Tie a piece of ribbon around the top edge of the sock just above the end of the light bulb. Tie it into a bow and trim off any long ends. Secure the rolled edge of the sock onto the light bulb with a few drops of glue.

Now you can make the snowman's face! Glue on small buttons for the eyes (you can also use large wiggle eyes). Cut half of a bump off the orange chenille stem and glue it on to be the snowman's nose. For the mouth, cut out small circles (to look like coal) out of black felt or paper and glue them on.


Hand Christmas Tree

What you need to do:

Large Piece of Paper

Construction Paper



What you need to do:
Cut 10 handprints out of green paper. Put a dab of glue towards the top of the palm edge of 4 of the handprints. Glue these side-by-side towards the bottom edge of the paper with the fingers pointing down. They can overlap a bit. This the the bottom row of tree branches.

For the next row, put a dab of glue on the top of the palm edge of 3 handprints. Glue these just above the 4 hand prints. Make they hang over the bottom row of handprints so the finger tips of the second row barely hit the other handprints where the finger joins the palm.

Continue the same way up the tree. The next row will have 2 handprints and the final row will use one handprint. Once the glue is dry, you can use a pencil and wrap each finger tip around the pencil just a bit so they all curve upwards. Use colorful scraps of construction paper to cut out decorations for yooour tree and glue them on. Don't forget a big star on top!


Christmas Card Ornaments


What You Need:  Used Christmas Cards, Single Hole Puncher, Any color ribbon

What You Need to do:

1. Punch a hole in the top left corner of the card, avoid punching part of a word.

2. Cut 6 inches of ribbon and thread it through the hole. Tie both end together in a tight knot.

3. Use the greeting cards as tree ornaments. This is a great way to keep cards because you won't destroy them so you can read them year after year.

4. After Christmas you can store the cards in a box until next christmas comes around, and If you continue to turn more cards into ornaments, your collection of card ornament will certainly grow!

Christmas Door Tree


What You Need:Used Christmas Cards, Construction paper in various colors, ribbon embellishments, lace, beads, garland., extra card fronts from old cards

What You Need to Do:
For the Tree: Start at the top with one card and continue down until you have a tree shape including trunk and container. Place a star at the top and decorate as you wish. Remember less is more.

For the Package: I start with the front, then angle the cards to resemble a box. I add ribbon and a bow to finish it off. A Wreath is made of construction paper traced hands from some of the residents and staff. I put them in a circle and add beads, lace, ribbons, jewelery, doilies, gloves any thing you think would look nice. It looks as if each hand has a card. Remember that if you need to fill in spaces, you can use the fronts of old Christmas cards. They seem to be in great supply around here and unless used they are thrown away or take up space.

Crayon Candles


What You Will Need: Crayons, Candle Wicks, 2 Pint Milk Carton, Ice

What You Will Do:
 Cut off the top of the milk carton so that you have a "box" with one end open. Next, Melt crayons over medium heat (there are plastic bags available that you can place the wax or crayons in so that you then just place that bag into boiling water to melt). The crayons can be broken and different colors, but the washable type do NOT work well. You can use the wax for candle crafts found at the discount stores and add just a few crayons of the desired color to tint it. Place wick into the milk carton and fill carton will ice. Be sure that the wick is fairly centered and running the entire length of the carton. Now, pour melted wax/crayon mixture into the carton filling to the top. Let sit until hardened and ice has melted, then carefully cut and peel away the carton from the candle.

You will now have a beautiful candle. The ice in the carton caused the wax to quickly harden around the cubes. The result is a "swiss cheese" looking candle. Each one looks a little different! These must be handled carefully after finished as the swiss cheese nature of the candle make it fragile.

Helpful Hints two hints: One, make sure the ice is crushed well - too large and your candle will not stay together; and two, use a taper candle in place of the candle wick. Taper candles are far easier to acquire than the wicks if you don't have a good craft shop nearby.