Make your Christmas extra special with some creative craft projects. It is great fun to decorate your house with homemade ornaments and decorations with Christmas designs. Here are some creative and festive ideas to get you started!
This Christmas craft uses old magazines to create decorative Christmas trees for your table or mantle. Although it is a time consuming craft, it is an easy to follow project and safe for kids. Use different sized magazines and paint colors to create a wonderful landscape with varying Christmas trees.
Bend open one of the magazine far enough to break the spine and make it more flexible. Start with the cover page and take hold of the top right corner. Fold the corner down so that it lines up with the magazine spine. Do the same for each page in the magazine so that the top right corners fold over to meet the gutter (inside seam).
Then fold each page again, so that the bottom right meets up with the inside seam. Your magazine tree, when fanned out, should look like a cone with triangle points underneath. Take each of these bottom triangles and fold them up into the folded pages so that the cone can sit flat on the table. If the pages do not stay in the tree shape all the way around, you can hot glue the first and last page together to help form the cone shape.
With your chosen color, spray paint the magazine trees and cover in glitter while paint is still wet. Allow trees to dry before setting on table.
These gumdrop figures are made from sliding different candies and gumdrops on to candy sticks. This craft requires both red and white gumdrops, candies (different colors and sizes), sprinkles, nonpareils sprinkles and skewers (candy sticks). You can play around with different shaped and colored candies to create different Christmas figures such as a Snowman or a Christmas tree!
Cut a large red gumdrop in half and slide the gumdrops on the stick to form Santa's body. Then cut one of the long or oval candies (preferably red) in half to make Santa's arms and stick them into the upper part of the gumdrop body. Use white sprinkles for his buttons and nonpareils for his nose and eyes. For Santa’s face, slide a white gumdrop on top of the red body gumdrops. For a hat, split a small red gumdrop in half and slide the top half on last. The pom-pom can be made from any small round candy.
Make your own snow globe for the holiday season with just a few materials, all of which can be found in both craft and hobby stores. They are perfect decorations for anywhere in your house. For the globe, look for an 8 inch flower aquarium at your local flower store.
With the epoxy, glue your choice of ornaments and decorations to the rubber base. Take the globe part and fill it with distilled water (leaving a little room). Add a spoonful of liquid glycerin. Shake some glitter in the water. Turn the decorated base upside down and insert into the water filled globe. Make sure the seal is stretched around the globe opening all the way around. Place closed globe on plastic stand and shake gently to see snow globe in full effect.