8 Cute Christmas Ornaments To Make With Craft Sticks

What are Craft Sticks?

Craft sticks are actually Popsicle sticks and tongue depressors like doctors use to check out our throats. Tongue depressors are wider than Popsicle sticks. There is no need to eat lots of Popsicles or swipe tongue depressors from the doctor’s office. Boxes of them are sold in the craft section of department stores and they are very inexpensive.

Other craft supplies to use for homemade craft ornaments include the following

  • pom poms in different sizes
  • wiggly eyes
  • paints
  • glue
  • ribbon
  • glitter
  • craft foam

Craft Stick Christmas Ornaments

Craft stick Christmas ornaments are easy for kids to make. Inexpensive materials and little preparation time make them a good choice for making Christmas ornaments with kids, especially as last minute ideas. Teachers and caregivers will appreciate these simple ornament ideas using craft sticks.

Craft sticks, along with other craft supplies will help kids create really cute homemade Christmas ornaments. Some of these ideas make great refrigerator magnets, Magnetic strips can also be purchased in the crafts section of department stores.

Parents and grandparents will cherish these ornaments or magnets for years to come. They will appreciate the teacher or caregiver’s efforts in helping kids make homemade Christmas ornaments. These are fun to make with your own kids too.

Craft Stick Tree Ornament

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  1. Glue three craft sticks in a triangle shape.
  2. Tuck in and glue a third craft stick.
  3. The kids can paint this shaped with green paint.
  4. Allow the paint to dry. Kids can decorate them with pom poms or other craft supplies.
  5. Add gold glitter on a yellow craft foam star for the top
  6. Add a ribbon hanger.

 

Craft Stick Rudolph Ornament

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  1. Glue craft sticks in a triangle shape.
  2. Leave an overlap for antlers
  3. Paint with brown tempera or acrylic
  4. Allow to dry.
  5. Glue on googly eyes
  6. Give Rudolph a red pom pom nose
  7. Add a festive green ribbon and hanger

 

Snowman Craft Stick Ornament

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  1. Paint a craft stick white
  2. Allow to dry
  3. Glue on eyes and buttons with small black pom poms
  4. Use a black Sharpie to add a mouth
  5. Glue on an orange pom pom for the nose
  6. Add a scarf of Christmas plaid ribbon
  7. Cut and glue on a piece of chenille stem for the earmuffs
  8. Add pom poms on each side to complete the earmuffs.

Craft Stick Christmas Snowflake Ornament

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  1. Arrange six Popsicle sticks in a hexagonal design.
  2. Paint with white tempera or acrylic
  3. Allow to dry
  4. Glue on clear beads.
  5. Add a hanger of silver rope thread

Peppermint Stick North Pole Sign Ornament

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  • Paint a craft stick with white tempera or acrylic
  • Add stripes of glue
  • Sprinkle on red glitter
  • Make a green construction paper arrow sign shape
  • Write ‘North Pole’ on the sign
  • Glue to the top of the candy cane pole

 

Manger Picture Frame From Craft Sticks

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  1. Form a square with four craft sticks that over-lap.
  2. Glue the four craft sticks together at the corners
  3. Glue on two extra craft sticks at the top in a triangle to form a roof
  4. Glue blue paper behind the ‘roof’.
  5. Add a craft foam star
  6. Add a photo from Christmas manger scene play
  7. glue magnetic backing or use as and ornament

 

Snowman Fridge Magnet

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  1. Glue 6 wide (tongue depressor) craft sticks onto a backing of 2 narrow (Popsicle)sticks. The Popsicle sticks provide support for 6 wide craft sticks.
  2. Glue a wide craft stick across the top horizontally, about 2 inches from the top.
  3. Paint the bottom white to represent the snowman’s face. Paint the top and horizontal stick black to represent the snowman’s hat.
  4. Allow to dry. Add googly eyes.
  5. Add craft foam shapes for hat band, carrot nose and mouth.
  6. Add a narrow black ribbon, and the magnet becomes and ornament.
  7. If desired, kids can personalize the front with name, date. Use a silver Sharpie.

 

Manger with Angel

 

  1. Form manger as shown 3 craft sticks and two halves.
  2. Use halves of 3 other sticks to paint image of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus,
  3. Use another craft stick half and a shiny pipe cleaner to form angel.
  4. Use pieces of craft stick for manger.

Saving Your Poinsettia For Next Year

 

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Given the relatively low cost of the Poinsettia, many prefer to toss them out with the Christmas tree or add them to the compost pile. If you are one of those read no further. But if you really enjoy a gardening challenge and tend to think of your plants almost as pets, then consider pampering your Poinsettias through the seasons. When you see last year’s plants produce showy new blooms, you will get a self-satisfaction that is priceless. Remember also that indoor houseplants help clean up the air by turning carbon dioxide into the fresh air, and that can be beneficial to health.

How to Care for Poinsettias

Poinsettia care should begin immediately. Before purchasing shop for healthy looking plants that have been kept away from drafts or excessive heat. Touch the soil and see that it is neither too wet or overly dry. Take care not to give your new plants a cold ride home if you are in an area with a very cold climate.

Poinsettias are usually sold with the containers wrapped in colorful foil. Remove the wrapper as soon as you get home to allow for proper drainage. Place your new plants in a sunny location. Avoid high heat and cold drafts. Because they are tropical plants they crave humidity. Place on a tray of wet pebbles and spritz with a water sprayer daily. Keep the soil moderately moist.

Although the Poinsettia leaf is not deadly, place it where you can monitor small children and pets around it. Ingesting enough of it can induce gastrointestinal distress.

After Christmas Care for Poinsettias

Continue to keep your Poinsettias in a place with plenty of light and water as directed above. The plants will enter a dormancy period and will begin to lose leaves. This is normal. But do watch for shriveled brown stems as this indicates that those stems are dead and your lovely Christmas flower is dying a slow death.

At this point move your Poinsettias to a good “resting place” that is a little cooler and with just a little less sunlight. Water only when dry and do not fertilize. Continue to keep them away from drafts and high heat.

Continue to let your plants lose leaves naturally and then go ahead and cut back all branches to a few inches above the soil line about 2 to 4 inches in height. Leave two or three leaves on the old stems as new growth comes from buds on the leaf. The actual flower of the Poinsettia is the yellow middle. The colored leaf is called a bract.

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Winter Care for Poinsettia Indoors

Around Valentine’s Day start fertilizing every two weeks and provide a little more sun light. Keep in mind that you are trying to recreate a desert winter. Keep the temperature around 60-68 degrees Fahrenheit.

When to Move Poinsettia Outside

Spring is in the air! You have gotten your Christmas Poinsettias safely through the long cold winter without over or under watering and have avoided cold drafts and hot heaters. Congratulations! By now you should have begun to form a relationship with the plants.

When the nighttime temperature stays consistently around 60 degrees Fahrenheit it is time for your floral friends to go outside and enjoy the Spring. It is probably also time for a bigger pot. Be sure to choose a pot that will continue to allow proper drainage such as a Terracotta with drainage holes in the bottom. Use a sterile lightweight soil that is slightly acidic. Garden soil will cause root rot and you will lose your friends.Be sure to place them where they will receive plenty of indirect sunlight. By now you have really become protective of these plants that you have nurtured. Should a Blackberry Winter occur and the temperature dips temporarily you will want to cover them with a cloth such as an old bed sheet.

Spring and Summer Care for Poinsettia

Keep your Poinsettias cut back to around 8 inches in height as the Spring months continue. Keep fertilizing every 2 weeks with a good water soluble all purpose fertilizer.You should begin to see plenty of new growth by May.

As Spring turns to Summer you will enjoy watching your friends flourish and grow. Now is the time for selective pruning. Decide if you prefer a bushier plant with more and smaller bracts or a slightly “leggier” plant with less but larger ones. Pinch the tips of the new growth often for the bushier look and less for bigger blossoms. In either case, stop pruning by Labor Day.

Summer is also the time to help your friends propagate for growing their off-spring. Take cuttings that have 3-4 “eyes” and dip in a rooting hormone. For best results use a terrarium type container to maintain high humidity and light. The cuttings should take root in 3-4 weeks. As your little “grandchildren” growing give them the same care as the adult Poinsettia.

Fall Care for Poinsettia

Bring your poinsettia back indoors on October 1st. It’s time to trick your friend into thinking that the days are short and the nights are long and cool. You will do this by placing them in total darkness for 14 hours out of the day.  Do this by placing them in a very dark and cool place for those 14 hours, and do it for 40 days. The most common mistake made is putting them where even just a little light can seep in or by turning on a light for just a few seconds. Even a little light will totally confuse them. Consider covering them with a black box inside the closet or basement as well.

The dark time temperature for this period is between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. For the 10 hours of daylight place them in a sunny window at around 70 degrees. Remember to be consistent and not to skip a single day. If you take any over night trips get a friend or neighbor to “plant sit” for you.

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Reblooming Your Poinsettia

You have cared for your Poinsettias almost a whole year now. You have kept the soil evenly moist, provided plenty of light and humidity. You have lovingly nurtured them outdoors and indoors. You’ve even tricked them into thinking they were in short days with long nights. Now beginning around Thanksgiving, and just in time for the Holiday Season, if you have done your job correctly you should be rewarded with showy colorful blooms once again.

This lovely cycle can continue as long as you like. And don’t forget about the “babies” you helped propagate.What great gifts they will make when your friends and neighbors realize that you grew them yourself!

History of Poinsettia

The Poinsettia is from the deserts of Mexico. It was introduced to the States by US Ambassador Joel Robert Poinsett after he discovered them growing wild in parts of Mexico in 1825. Since then many different varieties have been developed. Currently over 65 million have been sold. The once popular notion that they are highly poisonous has been discounted but the sap can cause allergic reactions in some. Ingesting the leaves can cause intestinal distress.


Easy Pumpkin Roll Recipe: Last Minute Christmas Dessert Idea

Once again, it is just a few days before Christmas. If you find yourself needing just one more dessert dish to get through all the festivities, consider making a pumpkin roll. This easy recipe produces a festive looking and very delicious dessert. It only takes 15 minutes to bake, and looks and tastes like more effort went into its creation than actually did.

There are three great things about a pumpkin roll for the holidays: First, they are really easy and don’t take a lot of time. Secondly, the ingredients are mostly basic items you probably already have on hand. You won’t have to dash out to the grocery store and stand in a two-mile long line for three things. I had canned pumpkin left over from Thanksgiving, which was about the only thing I don’t normally have around. Lastly, a pumpkin roll is both decorative and delicious.

How to Make a Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin rolls are made with pumpkin and flour that, along with eggs, sugar, and spices, produces a really moist cake. It is spread evenly in a jelly roll pan or on a cookie sheet. It is then placed in a moist linen towel that is sprinkled with powdered sugar. The towel is rolled up while the cake cools. Then it is unrolled and spread with a cream cheese filling. Once again, it is rolled up and put in plastic wrap. After chilling, slice the pumpkin cake and serve it cold with a hot beverage like coffee or spiced tea. Delicious!

This year, since I hate that two-mile long last minute line at the grocery store, I created a new twist on taste for my pumpkin roll. I was out of vanilla extract, but I happened to have rum extract. I substituted the rum extract for the vanilla in the recipe and fell in love with the new flavor I created. Give it a try!

Ingredients for Pumpkin Roll

  • One cup Flour, All purpose
  • One cup White sugar
  • Three Eggs
  • One tsp Baking soda
  • One tsp Cinnamon
  • One tsp Nutmeg
  • Three-fourths cup Pumpkin Puree
  • One tsp Rum extract
  • One cup Powdered sugar, Vanilla if preferred
  • One-fourth cup Butter, Softened
  • One 8 ounce package Cream cheese, Softened

Instructions for Making a Pumpkin Roll

1.Combine the flour, sugar, and spices. Preheat oven to 375.

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2. Add the eggs and pumpkin. Stir until the ingredients are well blended.

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3. Place in greased and floured pan jelly roll pan. Bake in preheated oven for fifteen minutes.
4. Loosen edges with a spatula. Carefully remove the cake.
5. Turn the pan over a damp linen towel sprinkled with powdered sugar.

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6. Roll up and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
7. Make the filling by creaming  the softened cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar. Add rum or vanilla flavoring.
8.  Unroll and remove the cake. Spread the filling on evenly.
9. Roll the pumpkin roll up again without the towel. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill several hours.
10. Slice and serve.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 12-15 slices of pumpkin roll

Serving the Pumpkin Roll

Served cold, pumpkin roll is perfect for Christmas breakfast or brunch. Have guests in for afternoon coffee and serve slices of pumpkin roll. A creme-filled pumpkin roll is great to add to the Christmas Eve or Christmas Day buffet

Pumpkin rolls can also make great pre-planned gifts. They can be wrapped in foil and stored in the fridge. Then slice and put in a pretty tin.


5 Cute Christmas Ornaments For Kids To Make

Making Christmas ornaments with kids at school or home is a very old tradition around the world. There are so many ideas for adorable Christmas ornaments for kids to make! Kid-made Christmas ornaments are sweet and sentimental. They become treasured keepsakes adorning tree after tree, generation after generation.

Try these adorable ornaments to make with the kids this Christmas. They require few materials, are easy to do and yet are quite impressive looking. These 5 cute Christmas ornaments can be made by younger children with adult help. Older kids can make them with minimal help.

Suggestions are given for adapting each project to different skill levels

1. Christmas Mouse

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This cute Christmas mouse is made of three simple parts with googly eyes and a sequin nose.
Materials needed:
  • Red and green craft felt
  • Googly eyes
  • Sequins
  • Candy canes

How to make:

  1. Cut a mouse shape about 4 inches long from red felt.
  2. Cut an oval about 2 and a half inches from green felt.
  3. Make two vertical slits near mouse’s head.
  4. Insert the green felt oval to form the mouse’s ears.
  5. Tuck a candy cane inside the ears on the backside.
  6. Glue on googly eyes and a sequin nose.
  7. Hang him from the tree by his tail.

Younger children can assemble pre-cut parts.

Older children can cut from patterns.

Adults will help with gluing.

2. Snazzy Snowman

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Materials needed:

  • Empty toilet tissue rolls
  • Textured plaid cloth
  • White tempera paint and brushes
  • Pom poms
  • Googly eyes
  • Buttons
  • Chenille stems
  • Orange marker
  • Black sharpie

How to make:

  1. Paint tp rolls white
  2. Cut a circle from the cloth for hat
  3. Cut a strip of cloth for the sweater.
  4. Glue on clothing, buttons.
  5. Fold circle over the top for cap. Glue on
  6. Add matching pom pom to cap
  7. Glue on eyes. Draw facial features.

Younger children can paint tp rolls, glue eyes and draw and color features

Older children can cut hat and sweater

Adult will need to help with gluing.

3. Button Tree

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Materials needed:

  • Wide craft sticks
  • Green tempera and brushes
  • Assorted buttons, beads etc.
  • Glue

How to make:

  1. Glue craft sticks together in a triangle.
  2. When dry paint green.
  3. Glue on buttons, beads or other objects
  4. Add a ribbon hanger.

Adults operate hot gluing for younger children. Hot glue is optional, but ornaments will last better with it.

4. Snow Buddy

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Materials needed:
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Google eyes
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Orange plastic bead
  • Small black plastic beads or beans
  • 2 pom poms
How to make:
  1. Glue plastic beads and google eyes
  2. Thread the jingle bell into the middle of the pipe cleaner
  3. Add the pipe cleaner at the top as shown
  4. Add the pom poms as ear muffs

Adults operate hot gluing for younger children. Hot glue is optional, but ornaments will last better with it.

5. Tiny Shiny Tree

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Materials needed:
  • Jumbo Craft Stick
  • Green tempera paint
  • red and white plastic beads
  • Green or red pipe cleaner
  • Star cut from yellow paper
  • Glitter
  • Glue
How to make:
  1. Paint the craft stick green. Let dry
  2. Glitter the yellow star. Let dry
  3. Thread the beads into the ends of the pipe cleaners
  4. Wrap pipe cleaners around the craft sticks
  5. Glue on the star

Younger kids can make this with minimal help

Older kids can make this Christmas ornament independently

 

DIY Advent Calendar With Recycled Cardboard And Cardboard Tubes

How to Make an Advent Calendar Using Cardboard and Paper Tubes

History of the Advent Calendar

Perhaps our penchant to begin the Christmas season so early has a deeper meaning than just higher retail sales. “Advent” is the Latin word for coming or coming forward. Early Christian practices are the basis for the Advent calendar of the 19th century. 

Christians from centuries ago began to feel that honoring the Blessed Savior only one day a year was not enough. So they began to celebrate the coming of Christ early by praying and teaching the children about the Saviour. 

Early Advent Calendars

Early Christians began marking their doors with the numeral one in chalk and continued the numbering through December 24th. 

From that time, the practice evolved into the Advent calendar of today with little windows to open revealing tiny treats behind them. 

Then in 19th century Germany a mother made her son a calendar of the days with small treats stuck to cardboard. Gerhard Lang never forgot the thrill of this first Advent calendar. As an adult, he went into business with a partner to open a printing press in 1908. Among other things, they published Advent calendars. 

Easy DIY Advent Calendar

Collect bathroom tissue holders to make this Advent calendar. You will need 12. Cut in half with an Xacto knife

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Measure and cut a 15 by 20-inch piece of cardboard. 

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Hot glue the paper tube halves to the board evenly spaced and ragged side down. 

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The easiest way to paint this project is to spray paint outdoors and then touch up with acrylic. 008

Cut Circles 5 inches in diameter from colored gift tissue. Use white color coding dots for the numbers.

Hide tiny treasures for the loved one(s) in your life. I made mine for tween and teen girls with candies, miniature bottles of nail polish, etc. And of course, money fits well. Jewelry too!

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Slice the top corners of your Advent calendar and thread a pretty ribbon hanger through. 

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No time to DIY? Check out these commercial Advent calendars. 


DIY Gift Packages Made From Recycled Plastic Soda Bottles

Your eco-friendly friends will love this idea for getting small gifts from you this holiday season. A little spray paint and some odds and ends from the Dollar Store can turn a two-liter soda bottle into an amazing little gift holder for gift cards, cash, jewelry and other small gifts.

It’s a good project for kids, too if you wanted to use it with them. You must do the cutting though and let them decorate with acrylic paint, paper and other safe items.

You will need an empty and clean soda bottle, spray paint that adheres to plastic, gift-wrapping tissue, small bows and holiday stickers. Follow the tutorial, and be a little “green” this year for the Holidays.

Trace a pattern like this one in the given dimensions on card stock. Cut it out.

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Trace around the pattern four times with a Sharpie a little more that halfway up.

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Use an Exacto knife to cut along all the lines.

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Don’t worry if you don’t cut evenly. You can trim it up easily with scissors.

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Turn them over on jars to spray paint. Dry.

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Add embellishments

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Facts About Plastic Waste

 

  • Some plastic is sent overseas to be recycled.
  • Lots of plastic end up in landfills where to takes from 500 to 1,000 years ti disintegrate
  • Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times
  • More than one million plastic bags are used every minute.
  • Billions of pounds of plastic swirls in the oceans.
  • One billion seabirds and 100,000 marine animals die each year from plastic pollution

How To Make A Redneck Gingerbread Trailer In Ten Steps

Don’t you hate it when you see something really cute, but no directions are given? Or if they are given, they’re not very clear.

I do. That’s why I am going to go the extra mile to show you how to create a redneck gingerbread house in ten steps that your friends will get a kick out of.

Materials for Redneck Gingerbread Trailer

First, a list of suggested materials for your gingerbread trailer.

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1.  Base-Quart-sized beverage carton, like milk, juice, eggnog. 

2. Roof and Sides Graham crackers.

3. Door-  Milano cookie

4. Trailer hitch- Giant size marshmallow and two candy canes

5. Wheels- Chocolate covered min- donuts

6. Windows- Keebler fudge round minis

7. Deck-  2-3 Kit Kat bars for floor and stairs, pretzel sticks for rails

8. Lights- mini M&Ms

9. Picnic table- regular-sized marshmallow, cocktail umbrella, and mini-marshmallows for chairs

10. Satellite Dish- mini Keebler fudge stripe cookie, one pretzel stick

10. Other decorations- Life Savers, powdered sugar for snow, toy cars and sugar cubes for cinder blocks

 

Step 1. 

You must make royal icing. You can use regular icing for decorating, but royal icing is the cement that will hold your trailer together. Here is the royal icing recipe I use. It calls for cream of tarter, not meringue powder. It is easy and works well. Cream of tartar is also easier to find than meringue powder.

3 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp cream of tartar, 2 egg whites, beaten

Sift together the sugar and cream of tartar. Add eggs and beat with electric mixer for about 5 minutes until it peaks and holds its shape.

 

Step 2. 

Spread royal icing on the top and sides of the carton.

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 Step 3.

Press graham cracker halves on all three sides.

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 Step 4.

Use graham cracker quarters to fill in any gaps.

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 Step 5.

Make a foundation of Starlight mints. A marshmallow can be used at each corner.20141220_170416

 Step 6.

Pipe on icing and add mini M&Ms for the lights.

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 Step 7. 

Use royal icing to glue the trailer to its peppermint foundation. Make the deck and steps with Kit Kat bars. Use royal icing to glue the pretzel stick railings together. Let then dry separately. Glue on Milano cookie door. Add a yellow M&M door knob.

You don’t have to work about neatness when making the deck rails. Just cover them with a layer of “snow” decorator icing.

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Step 8.

Finish decorating with Lifesavers, Fudge Round windows and mini Fudge Strip satellite dish attached to a pretzel stick.

Step 9.

Use hot glue to attach unwrapped candy canes for the trailer hitch. Rest the hitch on a giant-sized marshmallow. Use royal icing to attach mini donut wheels. Prop them up on a marshmallow.

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Step 10.

Add the yard decorations. Cars, old tires (chocolate mini donuts), maybe a car with no tires on sugar cube cinder blocks, a marshmallow table with a cocktail umbrella stuck in it and surrounded by mini marshmallow chairs.

Use the powdered sugar left over from the icing to add a sprinkling of snow.

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How To Make A Santa Pizza

              Pizza That Looks Like Santa 

Who can resist having a slice of Santa’s bright, cheery face. Especially when it’s a pizza. And a fairly healthy one at that. Use two pizza crusts, tomato sauce, any spices you’d like, two cherry tomatoes, two spinach leaves, Canadian bacon, mini pepperonis, black olives and low-fat mozzarella cheese. Put it together like this:

Begin with two pizza crusts. You can make your own or buy it ready-made like I did. 

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Use a pizza cutter of serrated knife to cut a Santa hat shape from one crust. 

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Spread plenty of tomato sauce on the hat.
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Spread the tomato sauce and then personalize your pizza with chopped any toppings. I used the ingredients from the Santa face pizza chopped for mine. 

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Bake the pizza as you normally would, only adding the mozzarella about the last 5 minutes or so. 
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10 Ideas For Up-cycling Light Bulbs Into Christmas Ornaments

Upcycling Lightbulbs

 

 After making a Santa ornament from an old light bulb last year, I began thinking about what other ornaments I could make by up-cycling, or repurposing old light bulbs. So I started saving my burned out light bulbs.

Recycling or reusing old burned out light bulbs is hot. Check out Pinterest or Google and you will see what I mean. Creative ideas abound from tiny oil lamps to salt and pepper shakers.

I have shared some ideas I came up with for 10 really cool Christmas ornaments using old light bulbs. Make one, three or 10 of them. Better yet, let my ideas inspire you to come up with your own using craft supplies you already have!

Don’t leave lights on all over the house to get your light bulbs. That’s not a very green thing to do. Check your lamps and light fixtures. I’ll bet you will come up with a few burned-out bulbs. Or ask your neighbors for some. I promise they won’t think you’re crazy!

General Directions For Making Light Bulb Ornaments

The trick is in the painting, drying and gluing techniques. When painting the bulbs matte colors, use fast-drying acrylic paints. Lay them on a paper towel to dry. Turn the bulb over, then touch up the side that was laying on the paper towel. Touch up, and do more than one coat if needed.

For all but Santa, the Elf, Rudolph, the Grinch, Vintage and Glitter Globe, begin by spray painting the screw-on tops gold or silver. This will make them look like ornament hangers. Wrap a paper towel around the bulb to keep the spray paint from getting on the bulb part. Prop them up in empty12-ounce jars to dry. For the ones sprayed gold (Vintage and Glitter Globe), the inside lid of the spray paint can make the perfect prop for drying.

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Begin by spraying tops gold or silver.
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Dry painted bulbs with acrylic on paper towel. Then turn it over and touch up the other side.Lay back down on the dry side.
Lid of spray paint can serves as a drying rack.
Lid of spray paint can serves as a drying rack.

 

Santa 

 

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 Santa is the CEO of Christmas. So my new Santa light bulb ornament needed to be really special.

 

How to Make

    • Paint bulb white and leave an oval for the face.
    • Use swirly brush strokes for his head.
    • Paint on a pink face. Dry.
    • Add google eyes and a small red pom pom nose.
    • Make hat. Cut a circle 3 and 1/2 inches in diameter from red craft felt.
    • Cut a slit from one edge to the circle’s midpoint.
    • Form into a cone shape and hot glue it together.
    • The flap will be the pointy end of the hat. Glue on a white pom-pom and form the brim from cotton.
    • Tear cotton balls apart to form Santa’s hair, eyebrows, and mustache.

 

 

 

Elf

 

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Santa’s Elf has a red and green hat and a happy smile.

 

How to Make

    • Paint bulb with flesh-colored paint. Allow to dry.
    • Make a hat like Santa’s using green felt, red felt brim and red pom pom.
    • Draw elf ears on flesh-colored paper.
    • Cut out and glue flush with bulb, then bend back.
    • Attach hat with hot glue.
    • Glue on google eyes and a pom pom nose.
    • Paint on a smile and eyelashes with a thin brush and black paint.
    • Attach a ribbon hanger with hot glue.

 

Reindeer 

Rudolph Light Bulb Ornament
Rudolph Light Bulb Ornament

 

What would Santa do without his loyal reindeer?

 

How to make 

    • Paint bulb with brown acrylic paint.
    •  Add a red pom pom nose.
    • Bend brown chenille stems to look like antlers.
    • Glue on large googly eyes.
    • Paint on a smile and high eyebrows in black.

 

 

The Grinch 

The Grinch Light Bulb Ornament
The Grinch Light Bulb Ornament

 

That grouchy Grinch won’t get by with stealing Christmas!

 

How to Make

    • Paint the entire light bulb green.
    • Make hat like Santa’s
    • When dry, paint on a white mouth and green eyes. (It will take several coats.)
    • Allow to dry.
    • With black paint and thin brush outline eyes, mouth and draw teeth.
    • Glue on googly eyes.
    • Glue pieces of black chenille stems for grouchy eyebrows.Attach hat and ribbon hanger with hot glue.

 

For the next two light bulb ornaments, spray the entire bulb gold or silver. Use the inside lid of the spray paint can as a prop to dry. Spray again to touch up. Dry. These take some patience but are well worth the effort.

 

Vintage

Vintage Light Bulb Ornament
Vintage Light Bulb Ornament

 

Remember ornaments with glittery rings around them? Blue, silver, and gold ones give this ornament a retro look.

 

How to Make:

    • Spray and dry bulb with method in general directions.
    • When dry, start putting rings of glue and glitter.
    • Let each ring dry before adding another.
    • Alternate colors.
    • Hot glue on a pretty hanger.

 

Glitter Globe

Glitter Globe Light Bulb Ornament
Glitter Globe Light Bulb Ornament

 

This is a spectacular ornament with lots of bling.

 

How to Make:

    • Spray and dry bulb using method in general directions.
    • When dry, brush on a wash of part Elmer’s glue and part water.
    • Sprinkle on iridescent glitter lavishly.
    • Add a row of gold sequins at the top.
    • Prop in the mouth of the jar to dry.
    • Glue on a pretty hanger with hot glue.

 

 

Sparkle

Sparkle Light Bulb Ornament
Sparkle Light Bulb Ornament

 

Bright, cool colors and a light sprinkling of iridescent glitter help these ornaments reflect the lights on the tree.

 

How to Make:

    • Paint bulb and allow to dry.
    • Spray lightly with clear Krylon to help make it shiny. (optional).
    • Brush on mixture of one part water and one part Elmer’s glue.
    • Sprinkle lightly with iridescent glitter.
    • Add a silvery ribbon hanger with hot glue.

 

 

 

Victorian

Victorian Light Bulb Ornament
Victorian Light Bulb Ornament

 

Pink paint, lace, and delicate beads give this light bulb ornament a romantic Victorian look.

 

How to Make:

    • Paint pink and let dry.
    • Spray with clear Krylon for a shiny look (optional).
    • Glue on beads and lace with tacky glue.
    • Hot  glue on a silvery ribbon hanger.

 

 

Decoupage

Decoupage Light Bulb Ornament
Decoupage Light Bulb Ornament

Modge Podge and a Christmas symbol cut from a glossy December magazine make a very simple and very impressive light bulb ornament. Add a snappy matching bow on top to add pizazz.

How to Make:

    • Find and cut symbol like holly, wreath, candy cane.
    • Paint bulb to match and let dry.
    • Use brush and Modge Podge to attach symbol.
    • Let Modge Podge come to a clear dry. Add another coat and dry.Spray lightly with clear Krylon. 
    • When dry, hot glue on a bow and hanger in two colors, like red and green.

 

 

 

Stained Glass

 

Stained Glass Light Bulb Ornament
Stained Glass Light Bulb Ornament

Scraps of colored tissue and Modge Podge make this ornament reminiscent of a stained glass window.

How to Make:

    • Cut shapes from colored tissue.
    • Attach them to the bulb with a brush and Modge Podge.
    • Overlap gaps. Continue brushing on Modge Podge.
    • Allow to dry. A light coat of clear Krylon will make it shiny.
    • Hot glue on a ribbon hanger.

 

 


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DIY Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas: Cheap-o-Chic Inexpensive Packages

Cheap-o-Chic Christmas Wrap

The shopping is done; time to wrap all those gifts you have lovingly selected. A pretty package under the tree adds so much glamor to the holiday. However, fancy gift wrapping can get costly. If you have spent a little more than you wish on gifts, these ideas for Christmas gift wrapping will let you afford to still have jaw-dropping packages under the tree to pass out on Christmas morning. These packages will be a part of the Holiday decor up until the time they are opened! I call this gift wrapping technique “cheap-o-chic.” Save money and time while still having packages under your tree that are stunning.

Use plain wrapping paper and purchase the embellishment at stores that specialize in everything-is-a-dollar merchandise. Then all you need is a hot glue gun and you are ready for fun.

There will be some variance from store to store, but all of the items I have used here are fairly generic. Or use some creativity and incorporate what you find. Do remember to keep your wrap plain for proper contrast.

#1 Fiber Optic Gift Bag. Use a shiny white gift bag. Hot glue red, white and gold floral silk-like poinsettias, bottom front. Display fiber optic strands in midst of the poinsettias. Fiber optic strands are usually available at party supply stores.

#1. Fiber Optic Gift Bag

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#2. Brown Paper Holly and Jingle Bells. Wrap package with brown butcher or postal paper. Secure with gold cord. Hot glue on a holly sprig with jingle bells. The spun glass angel ornament attached is a little added gift!

# 2. Brown Paper Holly and Jingle Bells

hollybox_cloeup   #3. Simply Poinsettia  Brown paper, gold cord and red poinsettia. So easy!

#3. Simply Poinsettia

brownbox_together3   #4. Gold Berry Poinsettia Gift Bag. Use shiny white gift bag. Hot glue red poinsettia to front. Hot glue gold berry spray. Red tissue inside is a nice finishing touch.

#4. Gold Berry Poinsettia 

poinsettia&gold berry bag       #5. Red Satin with a Hint of “Natural”. Use red satin sheen wrap with small contrasting poinsettias and a spray of gold berries. The fake willow branches and tiny pine cones give this package a hint of a natural look. Snowflake designs are shiny stick-ons.

# 5. Red Satin With a Hint of “Natural”

redbox_berryspray2   #6. Rudolph”s LED Nose So Bright. Rudolph is a pre-cut craft foam character. But if you can’t find this guy he’s pretty easy to cut from craft foam available in any craft section of department stores. Wire up a bulb to an LED battery pack tucked up and taped inside the bag.

#6. Rudolph’s LED Nose So Bright

lighted_rudolph_2    #7. Icy Berries and a White Poinsettia. Use shiny white wrapping paper. Hot glue on a white poinsettia and a spray red berries. of clear “icy” berries.

#7. Icy Berries and a White Poinsettia

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Get Creative With Your Christmas Wrap This Year!