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Five Tips For Easy Christmas Crafting

by Trine Roald on December 14

Christmas is the holiday to be jolly – and creative. Let the kids set their personal touch on this year’s gifts or Christmas ornaments. Here are five tips for easy Christmas crafting.

Christmas crafting doesn’t have to be difficult, or boring. Gather the family and make great gifts or perhaps ornaments to hang on the tree? To get you started, we have selected five ornaments that are easy to make and doesn’t cost a fortune. Get in the Christmas spirit!

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Pipe-cleaner Snowflake Ornament

These are perfect for giving to good friends, and they can be bent to hang on any Christmas tree.


What you need:
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Needle-nosed pliers

Note: the last two for adults’ use only.

 

Steps

Cut three 15cm length of pipe cleaner with scissors. Then cut six 6cm pieces, six 5cm pieces, and six 4cm pieces. Twist the 15cm pieces to make a six-spoked asterisk, clamping it down with the pliers. Centre one 6cm piece at the mid-point of a spoke, and twist onto the spoke and tighten with the pliers. Repeat on the other five spokes.

About 1cm along each arm center one 5cm piece, and twist onto the spoke. Tighten twist with pliers. Repeat on remaining five spokes.

About 1cm along this new arm center one 4cm piece, and twist onto the spoke. Tighten with pliers. Repeat on remaining spokes. Trim arms if needed.

You have a snowflake! To hang, glue a loop of cord to the back of a spoke.
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Toy Ornaments

It’s time to bring out much-loved old toys from the cupboard. Let your child choose his or her favorite and turn them into ornaments to hang on the Christmas tree.


What you need:
  • Needle and thread
  • Old toys

Steps

Take the needle and thread and stitch through the toys to create a string for it to hang from. If you prefer not to use a needle, then you can adapt and just wind the thread through an opening or around a narrow part of the toy. Create a loop and hang from the tree. Simple! And your old toys will be back in use.

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Candy Cane Mice

This combines two lovely things: sweet candy and cute animals. It makes a great gift for friends and relatives or to hang on the Christmas tree.

What you need:
  • Long candy canes
  • Fabric shears
  • Pencil
  • Craft glue
  • Template (Use the attached one or make your own, we promise it’s easy)

Steps

On a photocopier, enlarge Candy Cane Mice template by 150 percent and cut out. With a pencil, trace the ears and body onto fabric and cut out. Cut inner ears and a dot for a nose from felt in a contrasting colour, cut dots for eyes from black. Glue the face and inner ears in place.

Make slits in body for the ears and candy-cane tail where marked. To make cutting easier, fold the fabric across the center of slits. Slip the ears through the slits at front; then slide the wrapped candy cane through the body slits, tucking the end underneath the earpiece at the back. Bring your sweet tooth to the table!

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DIY Snow Globe

You may already have a snow globe or two as a part of your Christmas decoration, but probably not one of your design. They’re surprisingly easy to make.

 

What you need:
  • Distilled water
  • A jar (the globe) with lid – perhaps an old jam jar
  • Glycerine
  • Glitter/fake snow
  • Any ornaments or pictures (possibly of the family) that you want inside the globe

 

Steps

Start by gluing your ornaments to the inside of the lid of the jar. Fill the jar with distilled water. Add a dash of glycerine (2-3 tablespoons) and add the amount of glitter and fake snow you want: about a teaspoon will do.

 

When the glue has dried, put the lid on the jar with the ornaments inside, maybe a picture of the family. You now have a snow globe – with yourself inside!

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Card Garland

Keep your wrapping and cards on display for the world to see.

 

What you need:
  • Old wrapping paper
  • Glue
  • Clothes pegs
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
Steps

Gather your old gift wrappings and cards. Using the glue, coat one side of a clothes peg. Press onto the most colorful pieces of old gift wrapping and card. Cut around the pegs to trim the excess paper.

Continue until you have enough to make a garland – perhaps over ten. Then clip the pegs onto a length of ribbon. Hang on a window, banister, mantelpiece, or shelf. It’s completely up to you!

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Trine Roald
Written by Trine Roald
Trine Roald has over 20 years of international experience within a variety of industries, but none as meaningful as working with children and youth with special needs. As Head of Marketing for Made for Movement she is passionate about communicating opportunities for improving the quality of life among severely disabled individuals. Trine loves meeting people from different cultures, professions, roles and backgrounds.

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