HOW TO: 3 Quick Christmas Crafts
December 05, 2011
'Tis the season to get creative! If you like arts and crafts and love making holiday themed items, then this really is the most wonderful time of the year.
Christmas crafts, like all crafts, can range in difficulty from the easiest of projects to truly daunting tasks. So for beginners, intermediates, and experts, we've got 3 Christmas Craft ideas which should satisfy you all.
3 Quick Christmas Crafts
1. Construction Paper Chain Links
This has got to be the easiest Christmas craft of all. This is not only doable for beginners, but a fun craft for kids as well.
All you need to make this fun decoration are some stacks of red and green construction paper.
To start, cut the paper width-wise. Depending on the size of your sheets, this may vary, but you're ideally looking for strips about 8 inches long and 1-1.5 inches wide. Cut as many as you would like of both the red and green sheets of construction paper.
Next, just use some scotch tape to start making links (circles) from your strips. Just bring one end of a single strip to the other end and connect the two with tape. Then, alternate the colors as you go, and loop each consecutive link through the previous one so you make a patter of red and green alternating links.
Depending on how many strips you cut, you can make as long a Christmas chain as you like. Afterwards, you can either use this as a decoration on your christmas tree or string it along walls, archways, or doors in your home.
2. Festive Napkin Rings
Save yourself some money and
impress your dinner guests with this one. To make your own napkin rings, all you need are some pipe cleaners and some fun beads or trinkets of your choice.
Start by bending your pipe cleaner into the general shape of a napkin ring. On one end of the pipe cleaner, bend the tip back into a 'J' or 'L' shape to stop the beads you put on from sliding off. Then just start adding beads in the order you like. You can alternate colors for make a fun pattern, or use small beads with letters on them to personalize each napkin ring for your guests. Once you've added all of your beads, bring the straight end to the end you shaped like a 'J' or an 'L'. Unbend that end and then twist the two ends together, thus completing your ring.
Now all you have to do is just slide it over a napkin.
3. Faux Snow Globe Snowman
As promised, this one is certainly harder than the rest. But if you're up for the challenge, it's a fun item to make.
To do this, you will need the following: a small candle holder (bigger than a votive), 1-2 cups of fine sugar, a strand of red ribbon or string, a green gumdrop or two, and a small ball of dough (about enough for 2-3 cookies).
Now, all you have to do is combine your items. Start by forming the dough into a small snowman, just the right size to fit inside your candle holder. Once you've formed the little guy, you'll want to bake him at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or so or until golden brown. Keep an eye on the little guy and pull him out when he's solid, but not getting crispy.
Next, dump your sugar in your candle holder, to make a nice base of snow for our snowman to stand on. Once your dough snowman has cooled, take the bit of red ribbon and tie it around his neck to make a little scarf. Cut off any extra ribbon as needed. Now, take your green gumdrops and cut the bottom third off of one. Take the top 2/3's and press it on to your snowman's head. The exposed sticky part of this candy should make it stay in place, but if need be, you can melt it with a long neck lighter (always be safe).
With the remaining bits of gumdrop, give your snowman a few buttons down the front, again, these pieces should be sticky as you pull them away from the rest of the candy, and will likely stay in place on the first try. If you don't plan on ever eating your lovely little creation (I would advise against it), you can use a small sharpie black marker to make little dots on his face for his eyes and smile. If you want to be a purist, you can use a very small bit of carrot to make his nose.
Now, just gently place your snowman inside the candle holder in the middle of your pile of snow sugar and voila! You're all done.