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HOW TO: Make New Year's Crafts

Having a slumber party with a dozen kids this New Year's Eve? How in the world will you keep all of those little ones under control?

Making crafts is the best solution! New Year's is one of the most exciting holidays, and there are some super fun craft ideas out there!

Check out these 5 New Year's crafts below for your New Year's party!

1) New Year Crown

This celebration will make everyone feel like royalty! A crown is perfect for this occasion!

This crown will bring out everyone's creative sides! Decorate your crown with glitter and beads for some bling!

  • Yellow and white craft foam
  • White craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Seed beads
  • Sequins
  • Small colorful beads
  • Pieces of self adhesive hook-and-loop fasteners
  • Glitter or glitter glue
  • Pattern

  1. Use a cookie sheet with sides to work on so that the beads do not fall all over the floor.
  2. Cut a crown out of yellow craft foam using the pattern. Cut two 12- by 1-inch strips of white craft foam. Glue the white strips to the bottom edge of the yellow crown. Let dry.
  3. Lift crown and place on child's head to get a measurement for the headband. Trim where needed then attach a piece or two of hook-and-loop fastener that will hold headband in place.
  4. Lay the crown face up and write "Happy New Year" with the white craft glue or glitter glue.
  5. Cover the glue words with seed beads. Cover all the glue completely and very gently press down. Wait a few minutes before lifting the crown and letting the excess beads fall off.
  6. Decorate the rest of the crown and the headband using sequins and small colorful beads. Let dry completely.

2) New Year Horn

The last time I checked, New Year's was all about the noise! A New Year's horn is a must have item!

Making your own horn can be much more fun than buying one! It is very simple, but the finished product looks full of effort!

  • Shiny gift wrap paper
  • Poster board
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Plastic party horns with foil streamers
  • Tape
  • Gift wrap ribbon (optional)
  • Pattern

  1. Trace pattern onto poster board and cut out. Place poster board pattern onto the wrong side of the wrapping paper, trace and cut out, leaving a 1/2-inch border all the way around.
  2. Attach the poster board to the wrong side of the paper with glue stick. Use glue stick to attach the overlapping border onto the poster board by folding all the edges.
  3. Carefully separate the foil streamer from the plastic party horn. Set foil aside.
  4. Roll the wrapping paper-covered poster board into a cone shape and use tape to secure. Insert the plastic horn into the cone (if needed, use a pencil to push it into the end of the cone). Secure the horn end into the cone with tape.
  5. Trim off any excess tape from the foil streamer. Create a clean bottom edge by folding over the bottom edge a few times and tape together.
  6. Now wrap the newly shortened streamer to the small end of the cone, leaving the white horn tip exposed. Secure with tape.
  7. If you like, instead of using the foil streamer from the horn, you can use a premade gift bow or curling ribbon. Wrap around the end of the horn and secure with tape.

3) Water Bottle Noise Maker

One noise item is never enough! This craft idea is perfect for making a lot of noise, while keeping it clean!

Not only is this noisemaker extremely fun, but you also recycling in your own way! Who knew you could help the environment by making crafts!

  • Empty plastic water bottle
  • Beans, coins, or other items to place inside
  • 1 sheet white tissue paper
  • Scraps of tissue paper in various colors, cut into small squares
  • 24” long strip of light blue crepe paper streamer
  • 24” long strip of pink crepe paper streamer
  • White craft glue
  • Water
  • Scissors

  1. Place a handful of beads or coins inside the clean, dry water bottle. Run some glue around the mouth of the bottle and replace the cap.
  2. Make a mixture of 1/2 white craft glue and 1/2 water that will be enough to cover the bottle a few times over.
  3. Tear white tissue paper into large chunks, approximately 4”x2”.
  4. Paint a small section of the outside of the water bottle with the glue mixture. Place a torn piece of white tissue paper onto the glue mixture and paint over it with the glue mixture. Repeat this process, covering the entire bottle with 2-3 coats of white.
  5. Apply small colorful squares of tissue paper randomly over the white tissue paper to resemble confetti.
  6. Cut each strip of crepe paper streamer in half. Carefully tie one of the pieces around the neck of the bottle. Repeat with other lengths of crepe paper. Use scissors to cut each length to about 4” hanging length, and then cut upwards into thin strips. Use a couple pieces of the excess crepe paper you just cut off to twist around the neck of the bottle and glue in place. Allow to dry for several hours.

4) Sparkly Firecracker

A popular item that many enjoy on New Year's Even is the firecracker! But these can be very dangerous!

Here's a safe solution! This craft is perfect for a table decoration!

  • Cardboard toilet paper tube
  • White and light blue construction paper
  • Blue and white glitter glue
  • Silver chenille stem
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • White craft glue

  1. Lay the cardboard tube onto white construction paper. Roll the construction paper around the tube, trim when needed and tape together.
  2. Trim excess paper at both ends of tube.
  3. Trace the shape of the round opening of the tube onto the light blue construction paper.
  4. Use a pair of scissors to cut out the circle adding a 1/2” border around the circle. Repeat to create another one.
  5. Put a generous amount of white craft glue all the way around the rim of the cardboard tube. Place one of the blue circles onto the end of the tube. Repeat for the other side.
  6. Allow them to dry for about five minutes. Use a cotton swab or your finger to wipe away any dripping glue.
  7. Cut small slits in the circle, creating tabs, going all the way around, cutting them about ½” apart from one another.
  8. Apply glue to the insides of all of the tabs that you just cut. Press one tab down to glue it to the side of the cardboard tube. Skip the next tab, then press down the tab after that. Continue alternating until all tabs have been pressed down along the side of the tube. Repeat for both ends of the tube.
  9. Use a toothpick to gently poke a small hole into the center of the top circle. Insert the silver chenille stem until it stops. Trim the exposed end of the chenille to about an inch or so.
  10. Use your finger or a paintbrush to spread blue glitter glue all over the top light blue circle and on the sides of the blue paper. Put some blue glitter glue on the side of the bottom blue circle as well.
  11. Use white glitter glue to draw a squiggly design down the sides of the tube and allow them to dry completely.

5) Resolution Magnet

Many people are all about making resolutions for the new year! You definitely will be reminded of your resolution every day if it's hanging up on your refrigerator!

This magnet can be stuck anywhere, depending on what you look at most often. If you have a resolution to eat less sugar, hang it on your fridge! If your resolution is to be more self-confident, hang it on your bathroom mirror!

  • White and light blue construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Black fine tip marker
  • White craft glue or glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Magnet strip
  • Laminating paper (optional)

  1. Cut a sheet of white construction paper in half.
  2. Across the top write “I RESOLVE” with a crayon of your choice.
  3. Use a fine tip black marker to outline your crayon.
  4. Choose your resolution and use the fine tip black marker to write it below the title (i.e. “to keep my room clean”)
  5. Use crayons to draw a colorful picture depicting your resolution below the words.
  6. Trim the white construction paper so that all sides of your artwork are even.
  7. Glue your artwork to a piece of light blue construction paper. Trim the blue paper to create a nice border frame for your art.
  8. If you choose to laminate, do it now, before adding the magnet.
  9. Glue a magnet strip (or use self-stick magnet strip) to the back of your resolution art and hang on the refrigerator.

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