How to Make a Simple Christmas Ornament out of Paper

The Christmas season is upon us.  And, with the Christmas season comes the time for decorating the Christmas tree.  In this post I will show you how to make a simple Christmas ornament that is made out of paper.  But, don’t let the idea of this ornament made out of paper fool you…. the ornament turns out quite elegant.  Make a few of these paper Christmas ornaments with your kids and spread them around the Christmas tree.  It will be a lot of fun.  So, let’s get started.

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Tutorial offered by Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade.







 

Materials Needed

– red paper
– pattern cardboard
– pencil
– glue
– scissors
– a small piece of ribbon






 

Step 1

Cut a rectangle from the red paper…







…and fold it accordion style…







… like this.







We will make a fan from it.








Step 2

Repeat step 1 to make another fan.







 

Step 3

Glue the margins of the two fans…







… it will look like that. Let it dry.







 

Step 4

Using your pencil…







… draw a star on the cardboard.







Cut it out.







Apply a layer of glue on the back of the star…







… and place it on the middle of the fans…







… like this.







Now your decoration is ready.







 

Step 5

Next you must glue a piece of ribbon on the back of it…







… like this.







Wow, what an amazing Christmas ornament!!  It will look fantastic on your Christmas tree.  Make a few more to spread the paper ornaments around your tree.  How festive!!

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How to Make Circle Paper Snowflakes – 4 Patterns

When you think of winter what do you think of?  I know what I think of….. snow.  Today I’m going to show you how to make circle paper snowflakes.  And, not just one type…. I will show you four different patterns.   These snowflakes are a lot of fun to make.  But, what is really cool about paper snowflakes…. they look great as winter decorations around your house.  Put them up in your windows to add to your Winter Holiday decorations.  So, let’s get started.

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How to Make Circle Paper Snowflakes - 4 Patterns



 

Materials Needed

Lid or Bowl

Paper

Pencil

Scissors

 

Step 1



Trace a lid or a bowl to make a perfect circle.



Trace a lid or a bowl to make a perfect circle.


Step 2



Fold circle in half.



Fold circle in half.

 

Step 3



Fold in half again.



Fold in half again.

 

Step 4

Draw a pattern.  Here are 4 pattern ideas….



Pattern 1



Pattern 1



Pattern 2



Pattern 2



Pattern 3



Pattern 3



Pattern 4



Pattern 4

 

Step 5



Cut out patterns and open up.



Cut out patterns and open up.

Aren’t these snowflakes great?!  And, you don’t have to limit yourself to the patterns we are showing you here.  Feel free to use your imagination and create some of your very own unique snowflakes.

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How to Make Simple Gift Tags

How you present your gifts this holiday season is so important.  The right gift wrap, the right bows and of course the right gift tags.  But, instead of buying store bought gift tags why not do something more original.  In this post I will show you how to make a simple gift tag for your gifts.  Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah you can make this gift tag craft work for you.  Simply alter the design on your gift tags to fit your needs.  So, let’s get started.

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Today, Laura from  Dacian Moon Handmade will show you how to make a simple but beautiful gift tag.







 

Materials Needed

– transparent paper
– cardboard
– green pen
– glue
– scissors
– glitter glue
– card punch
– thick thread






 

Step 1

Cut a rectangle from the cardboard (3 cm x 4.5 cm)







Cut another rectangle of the same dimensions from the transparent paper. You can measure or you can use the cardboard as a template.







… like this.







Try to cut a pattern out of the transparent paper – at about 1 cm of the lower side…







… like this.








Step 2

Apply a layer of glue on the cardboard…







… and place the transparent paper over it, like this. Let it dry.







 

Step 3

Using your green pen…







… draw two holly leaves on the transparent paper..







Add three red berries with glitter glue.







Let it dry.







 

 Step 4

Using the card punch make a hole on the upper part.







… like this.

Take the thread and fold it in half…







Put it through the hole, like in the picture…







…then bring the back through the loop, like this.







You can round the corners and your gift tag is ready.







And, there you have it….. simple gift tags that won’t look simple at all on any gift.  How did your gift tags turn out?  Let me know in the comments below.

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How to Make a Simple 3D Christmas Tree Ornament

I will continue with the Christmas crafts with this fun craft.  In this post I will show you how to make a simple 3D Christmas Tree Ornament.  And, just like the title says…. this craft is a simple one.  The kids will love making it…. especially the part where they get to decorate the ornament.  They will have so much fun decorating it…. almost as much as they will have fun decorating your Christmas tree at home.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

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Tutorial offered by Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade.







 

Materials Needed

– green paper
– scissors
– glitter glue (red, gold, blue)
– glue
– metallic silver paint (or silver glitter glue)
– a small piece of ribbon
– pencil







 

Step 1

Cut the paper in half.







Take one part and fold it in two.







… like this.








Step 2

Using your pencil draw a half of tree, like this…







… then cut it out.







It will look like this.







Unfold, and you have a tree.







 

Step 3

Repeat to make a second tree from the other piece of paper.







 

Step 4

Cut on the crease the upper part of one tree and the lower part of the second tree…







… like this.







Combine the two trees.







Use a small amount of glue to keep in place at the top and and the base.







 

Step 5

Decorate the tree using glitter glue.







I decorate it with small globes.







 

Step 6

Take the ribbon and fold it in two…







… then glue it on top of the tree and the ornament is ready.







Isn’t this 3D Christmas Tree Ornament precious?  It simply is.  It will look terrific on your Christmas tree.  It’s so simple you will be able to make a few to spread around your tree.

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How to Make a Christmas Fairy Ornament

I have a special little Christmas craft for you older kids and adults.  Today I’m going to show you how to make a Christmas Fairy Ornament.  This cute fairy even has a crystal light she is holding.  The crystal will look as it is really lit when the Christmas tree’s lights shine through it.  This Christmas Fairy Ornament will be sure to get you in the Christmas spirit…. after all Christmas is less than a month away.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

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Tutorial offered by Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade .







 

Materials Needed

– red leather
– thick thread
– 1 wooden bead (big enough to be the head)
– scissors
– needle and thread
– 2 toothpicks
– craft glue
– black and red paint
– crystal (preferably drop)
– wire
-1 pin






 

Step 1

Take the wooden bead and put a toothpick through it (if doesn’t stay by itself, glue it).







Cut two pieces of wire, one slightly bigger than the other.







Take the smaller one and bend its ends, like this.







Coil it once around the toothpick – those will be her arms.








Step 2

Take the thick thread – you don’t need to cut it for that – and start to roll it over the toothpick.







When you arrive at the wire, cover the intersection in “x”, like this. That will make the arms stay fixed.







Continue covering one arm, and the loop at the end of it. When it is covered, press the end of the wire well and cover it with the other part…







… like this. Continue to roll over back to the toothpick and go on on the second arm.







Cover it the same way and from the middle go down covering the toothpick until you think it is the place for the legs.







 

Step 3

Take the other piece of wire and bend its ends.







Then bend the wire like this, with one part a little bit longer than the other.







Now bend again the longer part, so she has a leg fold at the knee.







Place the legs over the toothpick and fix them with thread as you did for the arms.







Cover them in an “x” then go down over one leg.







Secure the end and go up again.







Cut the toothpick, keeping a small part to keep the legs in place…







… and cover this part too.







Go down on the second leg, then up until you reach the head.







Here cut the thread and make a knot.







 

Step 4

Place the figurine on leather and measure her coat.







Mark it on the leather.







Cut double the part you measured…







… and cut that in two…







… one of them will be the front and the other the back of her coat. Make a small “v” cut in the front and back parts, where the head will be.







Start sewing the two parts together, using the cross stitch technique…







… like this.







When you reach the “v” sew only the front part, like this.







Place the fairy inside…







… and continue stitching the front and back together.







 

Step 5

Sew the two parts together under the arms…







… like this.







Then make a “L” stitch to mark out the arm and the body of the fairy.







It will look like this.







 

Step 6

Cut a triangle of leather to make her a cap.







Apply a layer of glue on the upper part of the head…







… like this…







… then put the leather on her head, making a cone.







Keep it in place until it is dry.







 

Step 7

Take a little black paint with a toothpick…







… and draw her eyes.







And some red paint to make her mouth.







Take the pin…







… and put the crystal on it.







Bend it and hang it on her hand. Like this. Then close the loop.







The last thing that must be done is to put a thick thread through her other hand and the fairy ornament is ready.







How adorable is this Christmas Fairy Ornament?  So cute!!  And, it will look even better hung on the Christmas tree.

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Crafty Ways to Reuse Wrapping Paper & Greeting Cards



Crafty Ways to Reuse Wrapping Paper & Greeting Cards



Christmas has come and gone.  And, with Christmas comes the mountains of used wrapping paper from all those gifts you received.  Most of the time we land up throwing it away…. we don’t even think twice about throwing it away.  Or, how about all those Holiday Greeting Cards you received this year….. what do you land up doing with them once the Holiday is over?  Throw them away, right?  Well today I’m going to show you crafty ways to reuse these items.    From Christmas decorations for next year to decorative gift boxes there are plenty ideas for reusing your wrapping paper & greeting cards.  You are sure to find an idea for yours.  So, without further ado….

Crafty Ways to Reuse Wrapping Paper & Greeting Cards

(1) Wrapping Paper Wreath



Wrapping Paper Wreath



Here is a great way to reuse your wrapping paper.  Take your wrapping paper and make it into a festive Holiday wreath.  Check out Instructables for the How-to.

 

(2)  Iron the Wrapping Paper



Iron the Wrapping Paper



If the receiver of the gift was careful and the wrapping paper isn’t torn too bad you could actually reuse it.  But, you may be wondering what to do about all those wrinkles…. no worries.  Martha Stewart tells you to iron it on low heat and reuse it.


(3) Gift Card Ornaments



Gift Card Ornaments



Here is a fantastic idea to transform all those Holiday Greeting Cards into some beautiful Christmas Ornaments for next year.  Look how beautiful they turn out.  Junk Mail Gems shows you step-by-step how to make these beautiful Christmas Ornaments for yourself.

 

(4) Decorative Bowls



Decorative Bowls



Here’s a great craft for the kids.  Take the old wrapping paper…. shred it up…. and make it into decorative bowls.  Instructables shows you step-by-step how to do this.  The kids will love showing off the bowl they made themselves.

 

(5) Holiday Tins



Holiday Tins



Here is another great way to reuse that Holiday Wrapping Paper…..decorate tins with the wrapping paper and make them into beautiful Holiday Tins.  CraftStylish shows you step-by-step how to achieve this.

 

(6) Gift Boxes



Gift Boxes



You know what I never have enough of???…   Gift Boxes.  I’m always buying gift boxes for my gifts every Holiday Season.  Well, no more.  There is no longer a need because CraftyPod shows us how to make our very own gift boxes from Greeting Cards.  They come out looking perfectly festive.

 

(7) Wrapping Paper Collage



Wrapping Paper Collage



Here is a great craft for the kids…. and it uses Wrapping Paper scraps.  It is a perfect way to use up those little pieces of wrapping paper that you would normally throw away.  KinderArt shows you how to do this with your kids…. they will have so much fun.

 

(8) Serving Tray Liner



Serving Tray Liner



Here is a beautiful way to reuse your Holiday wrapping paper.  Simply iron it on low heat and then place it in one of your serving trays.  You will have a wonderfully festive Holiday serving tray for your New Years Party.  Martha Stewart shows you how to achieve this.

 

(9) Christmas Card Basket



Christmas Card Basket



Here is a creative way to use up all those Holiday greeting cards you have from this year.  Instead of throwing them away why not make this adorable Christmas Card Basket that you can use next Holiday Season.  Made from Christmas Cards and yarn you and your children will have so much fun making it.  Check out AllFreeCrafts for the tutorial.

And, there you have it…. 9 crafty ways to reuse your Holiday wrapping paper & greeting cards this Holiday Season.  Do you have some other ways to reuse wrapping paper and greeting cards?  Let me know in the comments below.  I would love to hear them.

Top image by tillwe

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How to Make Christmas Tree Earrings

I have a fun and festive craft for you today.  I am going to show you how to make Christmas Tree Earrings.  They are perfect for a giftimagine how excited the receiver of this gift would be.  They would absolutely love them.  Or, they are so beautiful…. maybe you would like to keep them for yourself.  Either way…. the craft turns out lovely and perfect for this Holiday Season.

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Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade will show you how to make this, step by step.  You will need help from an adult for this tutorial.







 

MATERIALS NEEDED

– polymer clay: green and brown
– metallic gold paint (optional)
– cutter
– toothpick
– 2 pins with loop on one end
– 2 earring hooks
– baking tray
– baking paper







 

Step 1

Take a piece of brown polymer clay.







Condition it .

(Condition polymer clay by hand, simply mix it and squish it with your fingers. You may want to roll it into a log between your palms, fold it in half, and then roll again).

Part it in half.







Take one half and, with your nail or with the toothpick, make some creases on it – like bark.







Place it on a small piece of baking paper.







 


Step 2

Take a piece of green clay.







Condition it …







… and part it in three: one bigger, one a little bit smaller and the third even smaller.







Take the big one and flatten it.







Squish it gently between two fingers…







… then place it over the brown piece…







… like this.







Take the second piece of green clay…







And do the same…







… then put it over the first.







Do the same with the third piece of green clay – this will be the top.







Place it over the other two and the tree is ready.







Because we want to put it on an earring hook, we must place the pin through it.







Like this.







 

Step 3

Repeat the steps 1 and 2 to make another tree.







 

Step 4

Place them on the baking tray, and bake them according to the instructions on the polymer clay package (they depend on the brand you use: fimo, cernit, sculpey…, but usually it is one half hour at 230 F or 110 C) – this is the part when you could use a little help.

Let them cool down.







 

Step 5

Open the loop of the earring hook…







… and place the pin through it, like in the picture. Close the loop.







Do the same for the other tree and the earrings are ready.







 

Step 6 – optional

Use metallic gold paint to make points on the trees – they will look like globes.







The earrings are ready to be worn.







I told you these earrings are beautiful.  How did you earrings turn out?  Let me know in the comments below.  And, don’t forget to take a picture…. you can share your picture in the comment as well.  Now, go wear your Christmas Tree Earrings proudly.

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How to Make a Santa Claus Milk Carton Gift Box

Christmas is the Season for gift giving.  Well, today’s craft is right down that alley.  In this post I will show you how to make a Santa Claus Milk Carton Gift Box.  Made from a Milk Carton and a Paper Template this is a perfect way to wrap your gifts this Holiday Season.  Imagine the look on your family and friends’ face when they receive their gift wrapped in this gift box….. they are sure to love it.

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How to Make a Santa Claus Milk Carton Gift Box



 

Materials Needed

Printer & Paper

Milk Carton

Tape

Scissors

Glue Stick

 

Step 1



Print out Templates



Print out Templates.  Click on this link to open up a new web page to templates and to print off.


Step 2



Line up all the papers



Line up all the papers to see where each one should go.

 

Step 3



trim off the excess white trim and tape pieces together.



You should now trim off the excess white trim and tape pieces together.



Tape on the back too.



Tape on the back too.



Do this until all 4 sheets line up and are taped.



Do this until all 4 sheets line up and are taped.

 

Step 4



Cut out on outline AND on dashed lines.  Cut out the yellow parts too



Cut out on outline AND on dashed lines.  Cut out the yellow parts too…  However, if you plan to make a box without a milk carton leave the yellow parts there.



It should look like this.



So, if gluing to milk carton… you should cut out like this.

 

Step 5



Fold on lines.



Fold on lines.

 

Step 6



open up the milk carton and then tape closed



To make it easier for gift opener, open up the milk carton and then tape closed.  ***Place gift inside before taping closed.



Tear out spout.



If yours has a spout… You can ask Mom or Dad to tear it out.

 

Step 7



Put glue stick on milk carton.



Put glue stick on milk carton.

 

Step 8



Wrap the paper template around milk carton.



Wrap the paper template around milk carton.

 

Step 9



Finished Santa Claus Gift Box



You just finished your Santa Claus Milk Carton Gift Box.  How did it turn out for you?  Now, go put it under the tree for someone special.  The receiver is sure to love it.

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How to Make a Reindeer Milk Carton Gift Box

Christmas is just days away and now is the time to start packaging up your gifts to get them ready for the gift giving fun.  Today I’m going to show you how to make a Reindeer Milk Carton Gift Box.  Made from a milk carton and printed off template this craft is a creative way to package up your gifts this Holiday Season.  So, let’s get started.

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How to Make a Reindeer Milk Carton Gift Box



 

Materials Needed

Printer & Paper

Milk Carton

Scissors

Tape

Glue Stick

 

Step 1



Print out templates



Print out Templates.  Click on this link to open up a new web page to templates and to print off.


Step 2



Cut outline of template



Cut outline of template and then match up where they should be.  If making a box without a carton then don’t cut out the red lined part of templates.

 

Step 3



Cut off excess white trims and then tape pages together.



Cut off excess white trims and then tape pages together.



Tape together like this.



Tape together like this.

 

Step 4



Cut on dotted lines.



Cut on dotted lines.

 

Step 5



Fold like this.



Fold like this.

 

Step 6



open up the milk carton and then tape closed.



To make it easier for gift opener, open up the milk carton and then tape closed.  ***Place gift inside before taping closed.



Tear out spout.



If your milk carton has a spout… you can ask Mom or Dad to tear it out.



Put glue stick on milk carton.



Put glue stick on milk carton.

 

Step 7



Wrap around and glue on milk carton.



Wrap around and glue on milk carton.

 

Step 8



give to someone special



There you have it…. your finished Reindeer Milk Carton Gift Box.  Now it is ready for you to give to someone special.  I’m sure they will love it!!

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How to Make an Elf Milk Carton Gift Box

Christmas is just around the corner.  Surely, you have an idea of the gifts you are giving your friends and family.  But, have you figured out the gift box you will be placing your gift in?  Well, don’t worry too much about it…. I have the perfect craft for you.  Today I’m going to show you how to make an Elf Milk Carton Gift Box perfect for any gift you are giving this Holiday Season.

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How to Make an Elf Milk Carton Gift Box



 

Materials Needed

Printer & Paper

Milk Carton

Tape

Scissors

Glue Stick

 

Step 1



Print out Templates.



Print out Templates.  Click on this link to open up a new web page to templates and to print off.


Step 2



Cut out the outline of the template.



Cut out the outline of the template.  If you plan to make a box without a milk carton then don’t cut out red lined areas on template.

 

Step 3



Cut off white outline trim that is around some of the sides.



Cut off white outline trim that is around some of the sides.  Then tape template pages together where they join.



Tape together to look like this



Tape together to look like this.

 

Step 4



Cut out on dashed lines.



Cut out on dashed lines.

 

Step 5



Start folding.



Start folding.

 

Step 6



To make it easier for gift opener, open up the milk carton and then tape closed.



To make it easier for gift opener, open up the milk carton and then tape closed.  ***Place gift inside before taping closed.



Tear out the spout.



If your milk carton has a spout… you can ask Mom or Dad to tear it out.



Put glue stick on milk carton.



Put glue stick on milk carton.

 

Step 7



Now wrap paper around carton.



Now wrap paper around carton.

 

Step 8



Give your gift to someone special.



There you have it…. you just finished your Elf Milk Carton Gift Box.  Now, give your gift to someone special.  They are sure to love the gift box almost as much as they will love the gift inside.

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How to Make a Santa Claus Clothespin Ornament

Today we are going to continue with the fun Christmas crafts by making an ornament.  I’m going to show you how to make a Santa Claus Clothespin Ornament.  The craft makes a cute Santa Claus that is perfect to hang on your Christmas Tree.  As a matter of fact, this ornament turns out so good I think you should make a few to put around your entire Christmas Tree this Holiday Season.  So, let’s get started.

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How to Make a Santa Claus Clothespin Ornament



 

Materials Needed

Printer & Paper

Old Fashioned Clothespin

Paint – Red, White & Black

Felt or Fabric – Red & White

Glue (Really good glue…. better than Elmers)

Cotton

White Pom Pom

Black Marker

 

Print out template below.  You will use later to trace for felt Santa hat and coat.

Click on template to make larger and to print.



Santa Claus Template



 

Step 1



Get an old fashioned clothespin.



Get an old fashioned clothespin.


Step 2



Paint some of the clothespin red.



Paint some of the clothespin red.

 

Step 3



Paint collar white and boots black.



Paint collar white and boots black.

 

Step 4



Use paper template to trace the template on felt or fabric.



Use paper template to trace the template on felt or fabric.



Cut out like this.



Cut out like this.

 

Step 5



Use glue to wrap felt around clothespin and glue in place.



Use really good glue (better than Elmers) to wrap felt around clothespin and glue in place.

 

Step 6



Cut out strips of white felt or fabric and then glue to top, bottom and center of Santa's coat.



Cut out strips of white felt or fabric and then glue to top, bottom and center of Santa’s coat.

 

Step 7



Glue some cotton to bottom of head for fluffy beard.



Glue some cotton to bottom of head for fluffy beard.

 

Step 8



Use smaller paper template to trace hat pattern on felt or fabric.



Use smaller paper template to trace hat pattern on felt or fabric.



Cut out like this one.



Cut out like this one.

Step 9



Wrap around to glue together.



Wrap around to glue together.



To look like this.



To look like this.

 

Step 10



Draw eyes above beard



Draw eyes above beard.  Glue pom pom to top of hat… and white felt around bottom of hat.

There you go…. you just finished your Santa Claus Clothespin Ornament.  Now go hang it on your Christmas Tree proudly for all to see.

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How to Make a Pony Bead Christmas Tree Ornament

Today I’m going to show you how to make a Pony Bead Christmas Tree ornament.  It’s a fun beaded craft that has a purpose… for decorating your Christmas Tree.  Imagine how proud you will be to know you made a beautiful ornament worth hanging on the tree.  If you are feeling energetic you could even make a few and hang them around your tree.  How beautiful would that be?

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How to Make a Pony Bead Christmas Tree Ornament



 

Materials Needed

Plastic Lace – 3 Feet

Beads – Yellow, Green and Red

Scissors

 

Step 1



Cut about 3 feet of plastic lace.



Cut about 3 feet of plastic lace.  Fold in half.


Step 2



Tie a knot down a bit to leave a loop



Tie a knot down a bit to leave a loop to hang as a decoration.

 

Step 3



string a yellow bead on right side lace



The top of the tree is the star… so string a yellow bead on right side lace.

 

Step 4



you are going to lace the left strand of lace thru the left side of bead



Now you are going to lace the left strand of lace thru the left side of bead.  This will keep the bead in place.  Pull both strands to bring yellow bead up to the top.



it looks like this



When pulled up…. it looks like this.

 

Step 5



Lace a green bead on the left side.



You switch the side you put the bead on each time.  Last time was on the right… this time it’s on the left.  Lace a green bead on the left side.

 

Step 6



take the right strand and put it thru the right side of the bead.



When the bead is on the left… you take the right strand and put it thru the right side of the bead.

 

Step 7



Pull both strands outwards to bring both beads up



Pull both strands outwards to bring both beads up like this.

 

Step 8



Place 2 green beads on right strand



Now on right side again.  Place 2 green beads on right strand.

 

Step 9



put the left strand thru left side of both beads



Since beads are on the right strand… you will put the left strand thru left side of both beads like so.

 

Step 10



Pull both strands out to bring beads up



Pull both strands out to bring beads up like this.

 

Step 11



lace 3 green beads on left



Then lace 3 green beads on left strand since you laced on the right last time.

 

Step 12



take right strand and put it thru right side of beads



When beads are on left… take right strand and put it thru right side of beads.

 

Step 13



Pull strings out to bring beads up like this.



Pull strings out to bring beads up like this.

 

Step 14



Look at the above diagram.  Arrows show the way lace goes thru beads.



Look at the above diagram.  Arrows show the way lace goes thru beads.  The R and L are to help you remember which side to lace the bead on.

 

Step 15



Knot both laces



Knot both laces… cut remaining of lace off.

There you have it…. you just finished making your Pony Bead Christmas Tree Ornament.  How did yours turn out?  Let me know in the comments below.  Now, go hang up your ornament.

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How to Make a Clothespin Penguin Ornament

I have a fun craft for you today.  I’m going to show you how to make a Clothespin Penguin Ornament.  It turns out so cute and perfectly festive for the Christmas Season.  What would be even cuter is to make a few of the Penguin Ornaments and spread them around the Christmas Tree.  So, go grab a clothespin, old glove and the rest of the materials needed and let’s get started.

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How to Make a Clothespin Penguin Ornament



 

Materials Needed

Clothespin

Paint – White and Black

Felt or Foam – Orange and Black

Black Marker

Scissors

Glue

Old Glove

 

Step 1



Paint clothespin white.



Paint clothespin white.


Step 2



paint the top of the clothespin black



When painting the clothespin white…. paint the top of the clothespin black.

 

Step 3



Draw a beak on orange felt or foam



Draw a beak on orange felt or foam by drawing 2 triangles.

 

Step 4



Cut out and glue beak on white part of penguin



Cut out and glue beak on white part of penguin under eyes that you draw.

 

Step 5



Cut black seed shaped ovals out of felt or foam



Cut black seed shaped ovals out of felt or foam.

 

Step 6



Glue black ovals to the sides of clothespin.



Glue black ovals to the sides of clothespin.

 

Step 7



Cut a finger off of an old glove.



Cut a finger off of an old glove.



Like this



Like this.

 

Step 8



Fold up bottom of glove finger to look like a hat.



Fold up bottom of glove finger to look like a hat.

 

Step 9



Put hat on the penguin.



Put hat on the penguin.

Awesome job…. you just finished your Clothespin Penguin Ornament.  How cute is he?!  So cute!!  Now, go hang it on your Christmas tree.  Make a few and spread them around your Christmas tree this Holiday Season.

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Check Out These Outrageous Christmas Trees

Outrageous Christmas Trees

I was roaming the internet today for Christmas Trees and I couldn’t believe the creativity I saw.  I just had to share with you what I found.  I found 9 Christmas Trees that are the most unique and creative out there.  There is one totally made from library books and another that is made completely from soda cans. I will share with you those and the ones in between.  So, without further ado…..

Outrageous Christmas Trees

(1) Pacman Christmas Tree



Pacman Christmas Tree



I would have loved to see this in person.  I’m sure it was incredible.  It is fully animated with thousands of LED lights.  Check out Technabob to get all the fun facts about this tree.

 

(2) Mountain Dew Christmas Tree



Mountain Dew Christmas Tree



I love, love, love Mountain Dew…. so for me this tree is pure perfection.  I found this tree over at MDewTree.com and they explain that it took only 4 days to produce this Christmas tree, but took 3 months of drinking Mountain Dew.  Nice!!


(3) Ladder Christmas Tree



Ladder Christmas Tree



Who would have thought how beautiful a ladder can be.  But, as you can see…. this Ladder Christmas Tree is quite beautiful.  I found this Christmas Tree over at BeDifferentActNormal and I love the creativity.

 

(4) Origami Christmas Tree



Origami Christmas Tree



Isn’t this Christmas Tree spectacular?  I really think so.  I love the crispness of the paper…. It really is amazing.  You could actually purchase this Origami Christmas Tree over at Paper Productions.

 

(5) Shelf Christmas Tree



Shelf Christmas Tree



I absolutely love this creativity.  This might be my favorite out of all of them.  I dig how they stack the books just perfectly to create the image of a Christmas Tree.  You can check it out for yourself over at Swiss Miss.

 

(6) Library Books Christmas Tree



Library Books Christmas Tree



This Christmas Tree was made from green reference books at a University Library in Aalborg.  They stacked the books just perfectly to create a unique Christmas Tree.  I wonder how long this Christmas Tree took to put together.  Check it our for yourself.

 

(7) Glowing Christmas Tree



Glowing Christmas Tree









The above tree is pretty awesome.  Made from the bottom of green soda containers they erected this huge tree.  Talk about going green…. they certainly did with this tree.  The lights are in the inside of the tree so it glows at night.

 

(8) Sheet Music Christmas Tree



Sheet Music Tree



Ok, how unique are these trees?  So unique.  They are amazing.  You can make this Christmas Tree too.  Check out HGTV…. they have the “how-to” to create these Christmas Trees as well.

 

(9) Cannoli Christmas Trees



Cannoli Christmas Trees



How about a delicious Christmas Tree?  There is nothing wrong with that.  I found this Cannoli Christmas Tree over at Kitchen Simplicity and it looks YUMMY!!  They have the recipe over there so go check it out.

And, there you have it…. 9 of the most outrageous and creative Christmas Trees I found while surfing the net.  Do you know of any interesting Christmas Trees?  Let me know in the comments below.

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How to Make a Popsicle Stick Ornament

Today I have a fun Christmas craft for the youngest of crafters.  I’m going to show you how to make a Popsicle Stick Ornament.  This craft is super easy, but it is also super duper fun.  This Popsicle Stick Ornament comes out looking pretty and will look great on any Christmas tree this Holiday Season.  So, grab a popsicle stick and the rest of the craft materials needed and let’s get started.

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Materials Needed

Popsicle stick

Ribbon

Gold twine/ cord

Glitter glue

Green acrylic paint

Paintbrush

Tape

 

Step 1

Paint the popsicle stick green as shown.



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Step 2

Make a design on the stick with glitter glue. You can make any design you like.



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Step 3

Make a small bow with red ribbon.



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Step 4

Use craft glue to glue the ribbon to the top of the popsicle stick.



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Step 5

Take a piece of gold twine and tape the ends together.



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Step 6

Tape the gold loop to the back of the popsicle stick.  Hang your Christmas ornament on your tree.



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Isn’t this Christmas ornament beautiful?  I told you it would be.  Imagine how proud your little one will be to see that something they made is hanging on the tree.  Let me know how your ornament turned out in the comments below.  And, don’t forget to take a picture of it…. you can share that too in the comments.

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How to Make a Christmas Gift Bowl

Today I’m going to show you how to make a bowl perfect for a Christmas gift.  This bowl would make a special gift for your Mom, Grandma or Aunt this Christmas.  It will mean so much to them and they will surely treasure it for years to come.  You will simply take a plain glass or plastic bowl and use acrylic paint to paint a Christmas design on the front of the bowl.  This craft will be a lot of fun…. almost as fun as it will be to give it as a gift this Christmas.  So, let’s get started.

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Materials Needed

White plastic (or glass) bowl

acrylic glitter glue – gold and green

acrylic paint – red

paintbrush

pencil



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Step 1

Draw a line near the edge of the bowl, around it as shown.



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Step 2

Paint the space between the edge and the line as shown.



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Step 3

Draw holly leaves with a pencil in a few places around the bowl.



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Step 4

Go over the lines with acrylic glitter glue. Allow to dry.



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Step 5

You are done… The bowls can be washed as the acrylic design will stay.

Now, you are ready to wrap your bowl to give as a gift.  You know what you can do….. make a set of 2, 4 or 6 and give them an entire set as a Christmas gift.  They can use them to decorate the table next year for Christmas.  Now, the real question is…. who is the lucky person who is going to receive this Christmas bowl as a gift?  Hmmmmm……

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