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Arts & Crafts: Holidays > Christmas

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Pretzel Wreath added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Little Pretzels, Glue, Ribbon

Directions: Glue pretzels together so they form a circle -like a wreath. Glue a second layer on top of that making sure the pretzels on this layer meet in the center of a pretzel on the bottom layer. Hang with a ribbon.

Christmas Puppets added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Little Paper Bags, Glue, Crayons, Construction Paper, Misc. Craft Items - such 
as fabric scraps, beads, etc.

Directions: Get creative and make all sorts of Christmas characters. Make a Santa Claus; make
eyes, ears, etc, and then use cotton balls, felt, etc for the hair 
and beard. Don't forget
the hat and red nose - like a cherry. You can also make Rudolph, Mrs. Claus, elves......

Candy Cane Reindeer added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Candy Cane, Glue, Brown Pipe Cleaners, Small Wiggle eyes, Small Red Pom Pom, Thin Ribbon - optional, Small Bell - optional

Directions: Bring pipe cleaner under curve -neck- of candy cane and then twist to tighten
into a V shape. Bend into a Z shape to look like antlers. Glue on two small wiggle eyes and the small pom pom for a nose. String the bell through the ribbon and attach it to the candy cane. You may need to use a hot glue gun - with adult help.

Shredded Wheat Wreath added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Cool Whip Type Lids, Shredded Wheat, Glue, Green Food Color, Red Hots

Directions: Crumble up shredded wheat and mix with enough glue and green food coloring to
coat. Put it onto the cool whip lid and shape it to look like a wreath. 
Press in the red
hots for the berries and let dry overnight.

Wreath added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper Plate or Cereal Box, Glue, Crayons, Misc. Craft Items - such as fabric scraps, beads, etc.

Directions: If you are using cardboard, cut it into a circle about the size of a paper plate. Cut the
center out of the paper plate or cardboard to make a wreath shape. 
Use various craft
supplies to decorate.

Reindeer Magnet added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Small Dog Biscuit, Hot Glue - adults only, Small wiggle eyes, Small Red Pom Pom, Brown Chenille - cut into 2 - 2-3 inch strips, Magnet Strip

Directions: Work on the dog biscuit vertically. Hot glue the red pom pom onto the bottom - where the
dog biscuit indents- for the nose. Hot glue the wiggle eyes into 
the middle of the biscuit.
Bend the chenille into antlers and hot glue them to the top, back of the biscuit. Glue the magnet onto the back.

Christmas Card Holder added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Gallon Milk Jug, Brown Paper (or paper grocery bags), Glue, Crayons, Large Red Pom Pom - optional

Directions: Take the gallon milk jug and cut off the top section, just below the handle. Cover with brown
paper. Trace the child's hand on another piece of brown paper, cut them out, and glue on as antlers. Draw eyes and mouth, and attach the big red pom pom for the nose.

Christmas Reindeer Craft added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Large Craft Stick - or Popsicle stick, Pipe Cleaner, Glue, Markers, Wiggle Eyes, Small Red Pom Pom, Thin Red Ribbon or a magnetic Strip

Directions: Make a reindeer by shaping the pipe cleaner into a V shave and gluing it to the top, back of the
stick; glue on wiggle eyes and nose, and draw a mouth. You can make this a gift tag by writing To: and From: on it; you can use the ribbon and make it an ornament; or you can make it a magnet.

Christmas Trees added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Green Construction Paper, Glue, Red Paint, Misc. Collage Materials

Directions: Cut out Christmas tree shapes. Decorate the Christmas tree: you can dip a finger in in red paint
and make fingerprint ornaments, you can use various collage materials, such as glitter, buttons, fabric scraps, to decorate as desired. You can also make wreaths.

Pasta Christmas Wreaths added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Small Paper Plates, A Variety of Different Shaped Pasta, Craft Glue, Silver or 
Spray Paint, Tinsel Bow

Directions: Cut center out of the paper plate. Glue pasta noodles around the outer ring try to completely
cover the paper plate. Let glue dry and then spray paint the desired color. Embellish with a bow of tinsel.

Egg Carton Tree added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Two Egg Cartons, Large Piece of Paper, Glue, Paint, Misc. Craft Items - such as fabric scraps, beads, etc.

Directions: Cup the egg cartons so you have one row of 6 cups, one row of 5 cups, and so on to 1 cup. Paint
the outside of the egg cup green. When the paint is dry, glue them on a large sheet of paper as follows: Glue the 6 cup row on the bottom of the paper, just above that glue the 5 cup row, and so on until you have used all the cups. It should look like a triangle when you are done. Decorate with misc. craft items.

Triangle Reindeer added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Popsicle Sticks, wiggle eyes, Glue, and a Red Pom Pom

Directions: Put 3 Popsicle sticks together to make a triangle. With the point facing down,
the top stick should be placed lower to make antlers, glue together. Glue red pom pom on the point for a nose, and glue the eyes on the sticks about half way up from the point.

Christmas Necklace added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Cling Wrap, Christmas Candy (about the size of a quarter), and Curling Ribbon

Directions: Cut 2-3 feet of cling wrap and lay flat on table. Starting on one end, place candy in the
center of the cling wrap. Do this the whole length of the cling wrap, leaving 2-3 inches between each candy. Fold the cling wrap over a few times - the long way- to seal the candy. Tie a piece of curling ribbon around the cling wrap in between each piece if candy. Tie the ends together to make a necklace.

Days Till Christmas Bell added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper Bowl, Paint, Construction Paper, Glue, Pipe Cleaner, Misc. Craft Supplies - optional

Directions: Turn the bowl upside down and paint, allow it to dry. Cut strips of paper to
make a paper chain for however many days there are left until Christmas; reserve on strip to attach chain to the bowl. Place dried bowl upside down on the table and poke a small hole in the center bottom. Bring two ends of a pipe cleaner together; stick ends down through the hole in the bowl until half of the pipe cleaner is through. To keep the pipe cleaner in place, twist it on each side of the bottom of the bowl, and put some glue on it. Add the paper chain to the top of the bell, and tear off on chain link each day until Christmas. You can also use misc. supplies to decorate the bell.

Gingerbread Man added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper Grocery Bag, Glue, Crayons, Misc. Craft Items - such as fabric scraps, beads, etc.

Directions: Cut a gingerbread man shape out of the grocery bag. Color or decorate as desired.

Reindeer added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper Grocery Bag, Glue, Crayons, Red Pom-pom, Ribbon

Directions: Trace child's shoe and both hands onto the paper bag. Cut them out. The shoe is
the reindeers head, and glue on the hands to be the antlers. Glue on the pom-pom and ribbon, and decorate as desired.

Christmas Placemats added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper, Used Christmas Cards, Glue, Crayons, Markers, or Paint, Clear Contact Paper

Directions: Cut the pictures from cards. Draw a picture on a piece of paper and this was the back.
Then glue on the card pictures. Cover both sides with contact paper.

Glitter Bells added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Cereal Box, Glue, Glitter, Ribbon or Yarn, Misc. Craft Items - such as fabric scraps, beads, etc.

Directions: Cut bell shapes out of light weight cardboard. Put the glitter in a plastic
sandwich bag. Paint the bell shape with glue, put it in the bag with the glitter and shake until it is coated. Make as many as you want. Let the bells dry. Poke a hole in the top and tie bells together, letting each one hang down about 5-6 inches. You can also decorate with misc. craft items.

Christmas Tree added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Green Tagboard - the bigger the better, Paint, Shaped Sponges

Directions: Cut out a big green tree out of giant tagboard and sponge paint ornaments on it.

Christmas Stockings added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction Paper, Glue, Cotton Balls, Old Toy Catalogs, magazines

Directions: Trace a picture of a stocking on construction paper and cut. Use cotton balls
to trim the stocking on the top. Use catalogs and cut out pictures of what you
want for Christmas, and glue to the stocking.

Christmas Trees added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction Paper, Glue, Colored Cellophane, Crayons

Directions: Cut out trees made of construction paper. Punch out holes in the tree. Have
children glue colored pieces of colored cellophane or construction paper to the back to cover the holes. This makes it look like lights on the tree. Turn over and 
decorate the tree with whatever they wish (crayons, construction paper bits, etc).

Hand Print Wreath added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Thick, White Fabric - cloth napkins work well, Red and Green Paint, Wooden Dowel, Ribbon or Yarn

Directions: Lay fabric flat on some newspapers. Using one hand to dip in paint, form a
circle on the material to look like a wreath. Let the green dry. Dip one finger in the red paint and make holly berries on the wreath. Fold over the top of the material to 
form an opening to slid the dowel through. Tie the ribbon or yard onto the ends of
the dowel to hang it from.

Drum Ornament added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Toilet Paper Rolls, Red and White Contact Paper, Felt, or Paint, Glue, Gold 
Metallic Yarn, Toothpicks

Directions: Cut the roll in thirds. Cover with red paper, felt, Contact, or even paint or markers, just so
it is covered. Glue 2 circles of white felt, paper or fabric just big enough to go over each end and glue around the edge about 1/8". Using gold metallic yarn (like the plastic canvas stuff), anchor one end to the top edge of the covered roll, then glue to the other edge going down and at an angle, then angle back up to the top and continue around in the fashion. Glue a couple of round toothpicks to the top, add a string for hanging.

Santa Hat added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Red Construction Paper, Glue, Cotton Balls

Directions: Cut out a large triangle out of red construction paper. Glue on the cotton
balls to make a white ball on one of the triangle tips, and glue cotton balls along the 
bottom edge to form the brim. You can also cut out two triangles
and tape or staple them together to make a hat to fit the child's head.

Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees added 11-30-98 
Original Author Unknown

Need: Ice Cream Cones - Sugar Cones, Green Frosting, Misc. Candy Items

Directions: Take a sugar cone, turn it upside down and slather with thick, green frosting
and stick *whatever* on to decorate it. VERY EASY!

Pine Cone Christmas Tree added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Pine Cones, Green Paint, Glue, Misc. Craft Items - such as Yarn, beads, etc.

Directions: Cover the work area with newspaper and paint the pine cone green. When the paint is dry, glue on yarn, beads, etc for the decorations.

Handprint Christmas Tree added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Green, Red, and Yellow Construction Paper, Crayons, Pencils, or Markers, and Glue  

Directions: Cut ten handprints on green paper, a yellow star, and ten red hearts small enough to fit on
the hand print. Start gluing one handprint at the top of the page and with the fingers pointing down. This is the top of your tree. Use the rest of the handprints fanning out to make a Christmas tree. In the star write I love....then in each heart let the kids pick special people... mommy, daddy, friends, grands, pets, dolls, etc. Glue star on the top and a heart on each hand.

Christmas Cards added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Old Calendars -can also use old Greeting Cards, Construction Paper, Glue, 
Crayons or Markers

Directions: Simply fold a piece of construction paper in half lengthwise for the card and
cut out appropriate picture from one of the calendar months to glue on cover of card. If kids can't spell Merry Christmas on their own, write it out for them on separate piece of paper and have them try to duplicate the phrase in their own handwriting on the inside of the card.

Christmas Tree Mobile added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Green Construction Paper, Glue, Tape, Crayons, Yarn, Misc. Craft Items -
such as fabric scraps, beads, etc.

Directions: Cut a large Christmas tree shape -triangle- out of green construction paper.
Cut the triangle into one inch wide strips. Lay down the strips in the order you cut them out, with the strips laying about an inch apart. Tape a long piece of yarn onto the back of the strips. Use a scrap of brown construction paper to cut out a pot and tape it below the tree; cut off any excess yarn hanging below the pot. Decorate the tree as desired.

Reindeer added 12-11-98Original Author Unknown

Need: Brown paper, white paper, black paper, Red paper, and garland

Here is a poem to go with the following project.
This isn't just a Reindeer
As anyone can see
I made it with my hands and foot
Which is part of me!
And this Reindeer comes with lots of love
To say have a very
Merry Christmas Day!!

Directions: Trace the outline of your foot on brown paper, cut it out. Then do the same for your hands. Stick the "hands" on the "foot" then on the "foot", stick two  large white circles with two smaller black ones in the middle, a big red one for the nose, draw the mouth. Then take a small piece of garland and glue it between the antlers for hair.

Reindeer added 12-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Brown paint, heavy paper, wiggly eyes, red pom pom. red glitter, brown pipe cleaners, and ribbon

Directions: Paint the child's hand brown and have them make a print (fingers spread wide) on a piece of heavy paper. Let it dry completely. The thumb becomes the head. You create the reindeer palm up. Glue a wiggly eye on the thumb and put a tiny red pom pom or red glitter glue on the end of the thumb for the nose. Punch a hole in the part of the thumb closest to the hand and put a short brown pipe cleaner in and twist it for the antlers. punch another hole at the bottom of the palm and tie a ribbon through.

Grocery Bag Rudolph added 12-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Grocery bag, and construction paper

Directions: Cut out a triangle ahead of time for each child measuring 12 x 14 x 14 inches on the plain side of a grocery bag. Have them cut out antlers of their choice, and attach them to top of head. Trace and cut out rectangles for eyelashes, circle for
nose, and two white circles for eyes.

Christmas Angel added 12-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, glitter, coffee filter

Directions: Make the body out of a triangle and a circle for her head. Fold a coffee filter in
half and glue on a black con. paper. Then glue the body and then the head. Make a face on the head: eyes closed, oval nose sideways and oval mouth. Add glitter on the bottom of her dress and by her bodice. Put glitter on for her halo.

Christmas Cutout added 12-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Christmas Catalogs and constructions paper

Directions: Display Christmas catalogs allow the children to cut out pictures of what they'd like for Christmas. Glue them onto construction paper for the parents 
to view.

Poinsettia added 11-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, and brads

Directions: Each child gets 3 red papers, 1 1/2 x 6 inches. They cut off the 4 corners.  They "round off the corners" of a 1 1/2 or 2 inch yellow square and  fringe.  I fold the 3 red papers in half lengthwise, open, put what's left of the yellow square in the center and fasten with a brad.  Fan them out and voila! a poinsettia!  You could made the red papers any size and could make one of them green and put that one on the bottom.

Paper Candy Cane  added 11-21-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: copy paper, crayons or markers, pencil, yarn and tape

Directions: Take a sheet of copy paper. Have the child color the edges that would make an L red, about one half inch wide, or I tell them about the size of their finger.  Turn the paper over, and start at the "clean" corner.  I tell them to peek under and make sure that there is no red at that corner.  They put a pencil across the clean corner and aim diagonally for the all red corner.  Holding tightly, they roll the paper over the pencil to the other corner.  They hold tight and bring it to me.  I slide out the pencil and tape it at the center point. It now looks like a peppermint stick.  They go back to their table and roll one end over the pencil for the cane part.  Yes, it squishes that end, but it still looks fine.  You can add a yarn bow or just hang by the hook. A few have trouble with the rolling, and some are fatter than others, but have plenty of copy paper. They love these!  You can color all edges, but 2 don't show.  You might want newspaper under where they color, because when they color the edge, some gets on the tables.  The darker the red and right on the edge looks best.

Bell Cup  added 11-24-99 Original Author Unknown  

Need: small paper cup, aluminum foil, and construction paper

Directions: Decorate a small paper cup (we use aluminum foil). Tie a jingle bell inside. Use at end of paper chain for counting days until Christmas. Remember to work with the kids on creating patterns with their red and green loops, and counting how many they need.

How many days till Christmas
Itís mighty hard to tell
Take off a link every night
When Sandman cast his spell
And Christmas Eve will be here
By the time you reach the bell.

Poinsettia Project  added 12-9-00 Original Author Unknown  

Need: Construction paper, crayons, pop corn kernels

I cut out large almond shapes in red construct. paper. Each paper will have four of these shapes. These shapes will become the poinsettia leaves. The
children can add details with a green crayon. I let the children glue these
red shapes on green construct. paper. After gluing add a large drop of glue
in the center & add about 5 kernels of popcorn. This becomes the center of
the poinsettia plant. These are simple & fast. They look so cute. I made a
Christmas tree shape out of these papers for display. Add a brown paper for
the trunk of the tree.

Bottle Brush Wreaths added 12-9-00 Original Author Unknown  

Need: White paper, small paper plate, bottle brush, tape, green paint

Directions: Take a sheet of white paper and tape a small paper plate in the center.
Give each child a "bottle" brush  (The sponge brushes that look like * at the top.). Have them dab the bottle brush in green tempera paint, and then dab up and down on the paper--all around the paper plate.  When finished, remove the paper plate from the center of the white paper and discard.
When dry add:  Red tempera paint --"fingerprint" berries. Glue on small pinecones. Glue a ribbon at the bottom of your wreath.
You could also cut out the center and tape the child's picture to the center of the wreath.

Toilet Roll Reindeer  added 12-9-00 Original Author Unknown 

Need: paper roll, brown paper, brown pipe cleaner (optional), crayons, red pom pom, black yarn

Directions: Take an empty toilet paper roll and place brown construction paper around it.  Using a hole puncher and punch two holes on opposite sides.  Place a brown pipe cleaner through each hole and twist it to for an antler.  If you don't have any pipe cleaner, use brown construction paper to make antlers.  (trace the kids hands on brown paper then cut them out for antlers works well too.) For the eyes, use a black crayon to make eyes or use 2 wiggle eyes.  For the nose, glue a small red pom pom below the eyes. For the mouth, use a black crayon or glue a small piece of black yarn below the nose.

Holiday stockings  added 12-9-00 Original Author Unknown 

Need: red paper or felt, hole punch, curling ribbon, old Christmas cards, wrapping paper, glue

Directions: For each child cut out 2 stocking shapes from red paper or felt.  Punch holes around the edge of the stockings and have children stitch thru the holes with
curling ribbon.  Cut up old Christmas cards or holiday wrapping paper to decorate the stocking.

Rudolph  added 12-9-00 Original Author Unknown 

Need: brown paper, scissors, crayons or markers, pink cotton ball, glue

Have children trace one of their feet and both of their hands on brown paper and cut them out.  Glue the handprint antlers to the back of the footprint head. Decorate the reindeer face and glue on a pink cotton ball nose.

Fragrant Trees  added 11-6-01 Submitted by: Debbie Dryburgh 

Need: Pringles containers, brown paint, paper, Christmas potpourri or spices, green paper, glitter and collage materials.

Collect PRINGLES containers a few weeks before you want to do this. When you have enough paint them brown.  Then stuff them with paper till they are three quarters full.  Sprinkle some spices onto paper (or anything that smells Christmassy).  Then put lid back on puncture some holes and tape it up securely.  You then cut 2 green sheets of card into a Christmas Tree shape and get the children to decorate using glitter etc.  Now glue these shapes onto opposite sides of your container and they have made their very own free standing Xmas Tree.  Yippee!  Great site by the way!

Pine Branch Painting added 11-19-01 Original Author Unknown 

Need:  Pine branches, paint, paper

Directions: Supply the children with a pine branch, with pine needles on it, instead of a paint brush. You could use red and green for a holiday picture, or whatever colors they wish.

Christmas Tree Mobile added 12-16-01 Original Author Unknown 

Need:  Green construction paper, glue, tape, crayons, yarn, misc. craft items (such as fabric scraps beads etc.)

Cut a large Christmas tree shape -triangle- out of green construction
paper. Cut the triangle into one inch wide strips (starting at the top, then working your way down to the bottom) . Lay down the strips in the order that you cut them out, with an inch in-between them. Tape or glue a long piece of yarn onto the back of the strips - make sure to leave a couple of inches at the top to use as a hanger. Use brown construction paper to cut out a pot & tape it below the tree; cut off any excess yarn hanging below the pot. Decorate the tree as desired by adding ribbons,
beads, glitter, etc.! You can also make this with green fun foam instead of construction paper.

Jingle Bell Wreaths added 12-16-01 Original Author Unknown 

Need: S
mall jingle bells (any color) (Be careful with young children and the small bells, they could be a chocking hazard.), pipe cleaners, ribbon

Directions: This is an easy and cute craft for little ones to make! Take out a pipe cleaner and start threading the bells onto it. If you are using several colors - thread the bells on in a pattern.  Leave about 1/2 inch on each end. Take the two ends and twist them together and bend them down. Form the wreath into a circle. Tie a ribbon hanger on the top and enjoy. You can hang these on your doorknob, in a window, on the tree, etc.!

Recycle Christmas Cards added 12-10-02 Original Author Unknown 

Need: Old Christmas Cards, hole punch, curling ribbon.

Cut the cards apart. Take the front of the card & punch holes all around
it. Let the children sew or lace around the card. I like to use the curling ribbon. It can be laced w/out using a needle.

Star Santa added 11-3-03 Original Author Unknown 

Need: Construction Paper, Star pattern, markets, cotton, and glue

Directions: Cut out large red stars. (5 point) Have children put the stars with 1 point
facing up - this will be Santa's head. The 2 points of the star that point out to the sides are the arms, and the 2 points that point downwards are his legs. Let children add face with markers and skin colored paper, use cotton for his fur (top of hat, cuffs of arms and legs) glue black strips across center for his belt. Color black boots on the two feet tips.

Tree Garland added 10-25-04 By: Christa J Koch of Preschool Education 

Need: Yarn, fruit loops cereal, making tape

Directions: Put tape around one end of the yarn to make a needle. (This keeps the yarn from fraying.) Then tape the other end of the yarn to the table. Have the children lace the fruit loops onto the yarn. When it is full tie off both end. Then hang the garland on your Christmas tree. When Christmas is over, take the fruit loop garland outside and hang it on the trees. The birds will eat the cereal. A few days later go out and cut the yarn into small pieces and hang back on the tree. The birds will use it for there nests.


Christmas Ornaments added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Wax Paper, Glue, Glitter, Yarn - various colors

Directions: Cut yarn into various lengths. Dip yarn in glue and lay on wax paper, over
lapping each piece. Let dry. Pull yarn off wax paper, attach a string to the top, apply glue and add glitter. Hang to dry.

Plaster Ornaments added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Faster Plaster, Christmas Candy Molds, Paint or Markers

Directions: Use the Faster Plaster and Christmas candy molds to make ornaments. Decorate
them with paint or markers. Attach a hanger, pin backs, or magnets to the plaster mold.

Jigsaw Ornament added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Popsicle Sticks, Glue, Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces, Child's Picture, Light Weight Cardboard, Ribbon

Directions: Glue popsicle sticks together to form a triangle. Glue the puzzle pieces onto the triangle to
make a frame. Glue the picture behind the frame, and then glue the cardboard behind the picture. Add a ribbon for hanging.

Pipe Cleaner Ornaments added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Pipe Cleaners, Tri-cornered beads, Ribbon - optional

Directions: Thread the beads onto a pipe cleaner so they nest together. You can bend to
shape a candy cane, a wreath, a star, etc. You can also punch holes in ribbon and weave it onto the pipe cleaner, between each bead.

Glue Ornaments added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Glue, Glitter, Paper, Wax Paper, Tape

Draw a Christmas shape -such as a bell- onto the paper; tape the paper onto the table. Lay wax paper over the design, and tape it to the table. Trace design with glue, you will want it to be kind of thick. Sprinkle glitter over glue. Allow to dry over night and then peel off of wax paper.

Styrofoam Ball Ornament added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Styrofoam Ball - about 2 and a half inches, Glue, Paper Clips, Paint, Misc. Craft
Items - glitter, jewels, ribbons, etc.

Directions: Put some glue on one end of a paper clip and push it into the ball, this will be the hanger. Paint and decorate as desired.

Santa Ornament added 12-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: White paper, crayons, cotton and yarn

Directions: Every child got a piece of white construction paper 6 X 6. Then each child traced his/her hand like it was a mitten. Fingers together, thumb sticking out quite far. This was cut out, and turned upside down...fingers pointing down, thumb sticking out. The top was colored red, to look like Santa's cap. They drew on eyes, nose,  mouth with crayons. Then cotton was added on the tip of the hat, across the forehead and for a beard. We punched a hole in the top and added a yarn loop.

Clothes Pin Ornament added 12-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Cookie cutters, felt, glitter, and clothespins

Directions: You can use cookie cutters to cut holiday shapes out of felt, let kids
decorate with glitter, etc, and glue to clothespin. Makes a great little ornament to clip on their trees.

Candle Ornament added 12-11-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Toilet paper roll, construction paper, glitter, sequins, markers, and clothes pins

Directions: Take a toilet paper tube and cover it with colored construction paper. Glue a cut out flame to the top inside of it. Decorate the construction paper with glitter, sequins, markers, whatever... Then, hot glue a cardboard circle to the bottom of the 
"candle" Finally, glue a clothespin horizontally to that
circle. This will allow the "candle" to clip onto the branches of the Christmas tree.

Crayon Ornament  added 11-30-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Glue, crayons, ribbon

Directions: Buy inexpensive crayons, have the children glue them together in bunches of 5 or so. Let them Dry over night.  Tie a bow around the bunch and then hang them with additional ribbon or string.

Gingerbread People Sand Paper Ornament added 10-29-01 
Original Author Unknown

red paper or felt, hole punch, curling ribbon, old Christmas cards, wrapping paper, glue

Directions:  Cut gingerbread people out of sand paper.  Scrape with a cinnamon stick.  Add some white frosting (white paint) around the edges. Then decorate with eyes, nose, mouth, etc..

Applesauce Ornaments added 12-16-01 Submitted by: Lauie Johnson

Need: 1/2cup cinnamon, 1/2cup applesauce, 2 teaspoons glue, straw, string

Directions:  Mix all ingredients together.  Let children mold into a shape or you could use cookie cutters.  Poke a hole at the top of ornament with a straw for string.  Let air dry for 2-3 days.  The smell great for a long time!!

Hand Tree added 12-2-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, markers or crayons, scissors

Directions:  Trace 23 hands onto green paper. Cut them out. Have the tree form a triangle. Begin with a wide row across the bottom fingers pointing down (5 hands) and another row of five angled in a little. Then four, then four angled in a little.
Then 3, then 2, then 1. Put a star on top.

Star Ornaments added 9-26-04 Original Author Unknown

Need: Poster board, star shape, gold glitter, picture of child, and

Directions: Cut out 2 star shapes for each child, but cut a hole in the middle of one. Let children decorate how they want and add gold glitter. Have them glue their picture to the star with the hole, and then glue the solid star to the back.


Angel Pins added 12-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Camera, film, clothespins, white cardboard, and gold cardboard

Directions: Take individual pictures of the kids. The made an "angel" using a spring
clothespin and pasted a white cardboard angel shape onto it. Then paste
the kid's "face" on the angel head and added gold cardboard for a halo. Put the date on the back.

Care Package added 12-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Directions: Place everything listed below in a little baggie with a slip of paper with
the following written on it:
A STICK OF GUM - to remind you to stick with it.
A CANDLE - to give you light when you feel burned out.
A CHOCOLATE KISS - to remind you that someone cares.
SMARTIES - to help you on days when you don't feel so smart.
LIFESAVER - to remind you that everyone needs help once in a while.
A SNICKER - to remind you to see the funny side -- there is one!
A ROSE - to remind you to take time to smell the flowers.
CONFETTI - to help you celebrate the good times.
A PENNY - with thanks for sharing your thoughts.
A BAG - to help you keep it all together.

In the bag were all the items mentioned, the candle was a little birthday candle, the confetti was the glittzy stuff you spread on a table, the rose was one of a bunch you can buy at craft stores - very tiny, the smarties are those little candies that come in a roll.
" A Care Package To Help You Do ... "Whatever It Takes" "

Picture Frames added 12-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Craft stick frames, buttons, pictures of the children, and magnets

Directions: We made craft stick frames, and glued buttons all around them, and the words "cute as a button!" then glued pics of the kids in them. Then we glued magnets to the back so they could hang on the fridge.

Votive Candle Holders added 12-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: one baby food jar per child, different colored tissue paper, watered down glue, paint brush, votive candle or tealight

Directions: Rip paper into pieces, paint on tissue paper with watered down glue.
Allow to dry. D
rop in a candle or tealight. They look stained glass. We also did these one year on salad dressing bottles for a bud vase.

Clear Plastic Pencil Holder added 12-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Clear plastic cups, crayons

Directions: This craft has also been done by my daughter, with favorable response.
Purchase clear plastic disposable cups (not opaque, clear). The first thing
you have to do is make a pattern from construction paper by cutting it until it fits along the inside of a plastic cup. (This may take you a few tries by trial and error. The finished product will look a little bit like a "U" or a semi-circle.) Once you have the pattern created, allow your child to draw, paint, glue pictures, etc. to the pattern. When dried and finished, place the artwork inside a plastic cup, then another cup inside the cup. Use a glue that dries clear to seal the cups together, taking care not to drip the glue
inside the cups. My daughter drew pictures of herself and the recipient of
the pencil holder, and used stickers as well as those tiny pictures often a part of the portrait packages.

Tin Can Pencil Holder added 12-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: A can, canceled stamps, tissue paper, or stickers, and constructions paper

Directions: Begin with a clean, dry empty can of any size. Have your child cover the can with any of the following: canceled stamps (what mine is made of), tissue paper, stickers, etc. Or you may wish to cut a piece of construction paper to cover the can and allow your child to decorate it as desired.

Car Freshener added 12-12-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Thin piece of cardboard, felt, yarn, glue, scissors, cookie cutter and a favorite
scent such as oil of lemon, peppermint, vanilla or a favorite perfume/cologne (not a strong one.) 

Directions: Use a cookie cutter or other stencil to draw a shape on the cardboard and two felt pieces. Cut out the cardboard and felt and glue the felt pieces to both sides of the cardboard. Make a hole in the top and use yarn to make a hangar. Drop about 10 drops of the scent on to the felt. I plan to adapt this idea a little by cutting a free form shape from a picture of the girls. I'll cut the cardboard and felt into the same shape as the picture. I'll scent the felt first, and when dry, glue the three pieces together as described above.


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