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By Judith Campanaro
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Kids Corner – here are some fun and easy crafts to make for the holidays


November 19, 2022

Paper Bag Ornaments.

Some projects are best to do with adult supervision.

Paper Bag Ornaments

Supplies: brown grocery sack or cut up brown wrapping paper, sewing thread, fiberfill, pencil, buttons, embroidery thread, needle, twine, cookie cutters.

1. Layer two pieces of brown paper, trace a shape with a cookie cutter, cut out shapes through both layers.

2. Place matching pieces together and sew around edges; stop stitching about one inch from beginning stitch.

3. Use a pencil to lightly stuff the shape with fiberfill through the opening; sew opening shut.

4. Glue on buttons and use needle and twine to stitch a hanging loop at top of ornament.

Snow Buddies

Supplies: foam balls, cloud clay, clear drying glue, acrylic paints, varnish, wire.

1. Roll clay in a ball and press to 1/4" thickness.

2. Dab a few drops of glue onto foam ball then cover ball with clay and shape to form head.

3. Use moistened fingertips to smooth clay and erase seams.

4. Press indentations for eye sockets.

5. Roll pea size balls for cheeks; dab with glue and press onto head.

6. Flatten cheeks slightly and smooth with moistened fingers.

7. Carve mouth with pencil point.

8. For nose make a tear drop shape and glue to head.

9. Make a hat.

10. Bend 5 or 6 1/2" wire 1 1/2" from one end to make a hook.

11. Insert straight end of wire through hat and into foam ball; smooth clay around wire with moistened fingers.

12. Let ornament dry.

13. Paint the ornament, brush on varnish and hang from hooks to dry.

Holiday Tags

Supplies: brown or white card stock, green card stock, word rubber stamp, stamp pad, hole punch, patterned paper, glue stick, red rhinestone, button, ribbon.

1. Cut out a tag from card stock and stamp bottom with a sentiment using the rubber stamp.

2. Cut five 1 1/4" circles from patterned paper (use a small lid for a circle pattern).

3. Fold each circle in half, place two circles together aligning edges and glue together.

4. Glue third circle to circle pair in same manner and continue adding circles in same manner until you have a three dimensional half sphere.

5. Glue unattached half circles of the half sphere to the tag.

6. Cut out some holly leaves from green card stock and glue to top of sphere.

7. Tie a tiny bow with silver cording glue to top of leaves and glue a red rhinestone to center of bow.

8. Punch a hole at top of tag, thread ribbon through hole and sew ribbon together with a button. Tie the thread ends into a bow.

Geometric Ornament using Christmas Cards

Supplies: old Christmas Cards, ruler, pen, scissors, tacky glue, ribbon or yarn.

1. Trace 21 circles - use a round object for a pattern.

2. Fold one of the circles in half then in half again and again a third time.

3. Open up the circle and mark every other section. You will have three marks.

4. Join the mark and you will have an equilateral triangle. Cut out the triangle.

5. Trace the triangle shape on the back of each of the other 20 circles you cut out. Be sure to score the lines you make by pressing hard with a pen. Use a ruler to make sure the lines are straight.

6. Fold the edges of the circles forward along the lines toward the pattern design of the circles.

7. Glue the edges of five circles together. This is the top.

8. Create the bottom the same way using five circles.

Photo provided.

Snow Buddies.

9. For the center, glue ten circles together.

10. Glue all the remaining edges together and you'll have an ornament.

11. Punch a hole in the top and add a ribbon for hanging.

Candy Cane Sleigh

Supplies: two candy canes, large KitKat bar, 10 miniature chocolate bars, ribbon, bow, glue.

1. Glue the candy canes onto the bottom of a KitKat bar.

2. Stack the miniature candy bars into a pyramid formation of top of the KitKat bar gluing them down as you go (four across bottom, three on top of that, then two, then one).

3. Wrap the ribbon around the sleigh, tying it on the bottom.

4. Glue a bow on top.


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