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Magical Holiday Crafts

Skiing Snowpeople

Directions:
Purchase pinecones (or gather them outside) and 1-½-inch wooden beads at a crafts store. Kid paints cones and beads white, along with small twigs or bamboo skewers that have been snapped into thirds. Let dry. Help child dot eyes onto the bead with a black marker and adhere the tip of an orange toothpick for a carrot nose.

Attach head to pinecone by slipping the top point of the pinecone into the bead's hole; secure with glue. If your crafts store doesn't carry colored Popsicle sticks, have your child paint a few light blue. When dry, help him glue 2 of them to the bottom of each pinecone for the skis. Glue on twigs or skewer pieces for arms and ski poles, then adhere a large sequin to the bottom of each pole. Kid cuts a wee scarf and hat from felt and glues them on. Trim the hat with sequins and a pom-pom on top.

Terrific Twig Stars

Directions:
Ask your child to gather small, dry sticks from outdoors, then paint them white. When dry, lay 5 twigs on a flat surface, and help youngster arrange them into a 5-point star. Tie points together with silver string or ribbon; loop one 6-inch piece around a point and hang

Stellar Garland

Directions:
This strand of snowflakes is a gem-dandy way to deck the halls.

Help your child cut flakes by folding pastel paper (heavy stock works best) in half or quarters and cutting along the open sides. Unfold paper. Child glues a plastic gem in the center of each snowflake. You punch a small hole in the top of each, then string them all onto thin ribbon or cord.

Glittery Snow Globes

Directions:
Wash and dry a small jar. Using white Sculpey III modeling clay, child molds an iceberg to fit inside the bottom of the jar's lid, with ¼ inch of space between it and the lid's edge. Follow Sculpey directions to bake the iceberg till hard. When cool, you hot-glue a small figure to top of iceberg; hot-glue iceberg to inside of jar lid. Let dry.

Child then fills jar almost to the top with water and adds a teaspoon each of glycerine and glitter. You seal lid to jar with hot glue; let dry. Youngster paints the lid with acrylic paint.

Home Sweet Home

Directions:
Purchase pinecones (or gather them outside) and 1-½-inch wooden beads at a crafts store. Kid paints cones and beads white, along with small twigs or bamboo skewers that have been snapped into thirds. Let dry. Help child dot eyes onto the bead with a black marker and adhere the tip of an orange toothpick for a carrot nose.

Attach head to pinecone by slipping the top point of the pinecone into the bead's hole; secure with glue. If your crafts store doesn't carry colored Popsicle sticks, have your child paint a few light blue. When dry, help him glue 2 of them to the bottom of each pinecone for the skis. Glue on twigs or skewer pieces for arms and ski poles, then adhere a large sequin to the bottom of each pole. Kid cuts a wee scarf and hat from felt and glues them on. Trim the hat with sequins and a pom-pom on top.

Sparkly Ornaments

Directions:
Purchase clear glass or plastic globes. Let your little one place silver stickers of a seasonal shape, such as a star, bell, or leaf, all over them. Then hang the shimmering spheres with thin blue ribbon.

 

Sun-Catching Snowflakes

Directions:
Child twists 1 pipe cleaner around the middle of another to form an X, then wraps one more around the X's center, making a 6-point flake. Kid strings clear beads onto pipe cleaners. You bend sharp ends, then hang snowflakes with monofilament string.

Stamped With Style

Directions:
Buy large sheets of light blue and silver matte paper. Have your holiday helper decorate the sheets with rubber stamps (we chose a snowflake and a mitten) pressed in a white ink pad.
 

Photos: Julie Toy
 

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