Christmas Central - Crafts
Bright Red Cranberry Balls
Paint the foam balls with the red acrylic paint. Glue a
loop of ribbon to each ball for a hanger. Use a hot-glue gun to attach
cranberries or wooden beads, covering the foam ball completely.
Pour a small amount of white paint onto a piece of
waxed paper or a paper plate. Dip a dampened sea sponge into the paint,
then pat it on a piece of scrap paper to remove the excess paint. Pat
the sponge onto an ornament, being careful not to cover the ball
entirely. Tie a length of jute between two supports and hang the ball to
For a solid snow effect, submerge the bottom half of an
ornament in the paint, holding the ball at an angle. Let the excess
paint drip back into the can. Hang the ornament to dry.
Handprint Coasters for Kids
- Green and red tempera paint
- paper plates
- foam brush
- heavy craft paper
- clear contact paper
- small gift tags
Pour enough red paint onto a paper plate to over a hand
and a foot of a small child. Repeat this step for the green paint.
Taking your foam brush, lightly paint one child's hands with paint.
After covered, place hand onto heavy craft paper for a hand print.
Alternating colors, repeat this step for remaining hand and both feet.
When paint is dry, write child's name and date on them. Cover with clear
contact paper and trim them in a circular shape around prints. On a
small gift tag, attach the following poem:
"I know my hands
are little and sometimes make a mess,
So I've made for
your some coasters to give your drinks a rest.
Christmas, Mom and Dad (or whomever),
It's kind of
funny, can't you see?
Now I'll be
helping you, by putting the mess on me!"
Pine Cone Angels
Use a pine cone for the body, an acorn for the head,
milkweed pods for the wings. Or if you can't get milkweed pods, cut some
wings out of construction paper or and thick paper like cardboard. Add pipe
cleaners for arms and a golf tee for a trumpet. Use tack glue to glue the
various parts together. Glue a hanger on the back and spray paint the whole
Life Savers Tree Trimmers
Preheat oven to 350º. Line cookie sheet with vegetable
cooking spray. Fill inside of cookie cutters with a single layer of Life Savers,
using as many as will fit. Fill edges and points with crushed Life Savers. Bake
5 minutes, until candies have melted. Remove from oven and allow to cool about 2
minutes. Push cookie cutter down hard to cut off candy that leaked outside of
cutter. Make a hole in each ornament with a chopstick or straw. Continue cooling
until cutters can be handled. Gently pull cutters away from ornaments. Thread
with ribbon and hang.
Kids love this tasty edible ornament. 2 bags of five flavor Life
Saver candies will become 10-12 ornaments.
Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments
- Clear glass ornaments
- Gold puff paint
- Ultra-fine glitter
- Dry brush
- Gold metallic ribbon, 1" wide
- Craft glue
- Pearlescent ornaments
- Sea sponge
Use puff paint to add dots, squiggly line and evenly
spaced lines all over the ornament. Try dotted spirals and vertical lines
too. While still damp, dust with glitter. Hang to dry. When glitter is dry,
remove excess with a dry brush. Tie a gold metallic ribbon to the hanger.
Vary the ribbon color to coordinate with the glitter hue, or add a
contrasting ribbon for interesting effects.
For the pearlescent ornament, coat craft glue light onto
the surface with a sea sponge. Use a random pattern to achieve the most
attractive effect. While still damp, dust with glitter. Discard glitter
residue. Hang to dry. Put several of these in a clear glass bowl for a nice
- 2 clean, dry yogurt plastic yogurt containers or 8 ounce Styrofoam
- Paper plate or palette
- Acrylic craft paints - gold metallic and red
- Crackle finish
- Small Flat paint brush
- 3 red pipe cleaners (chenille stems)
- six 1/2" jingle bells
- white (tacky) glue
- two 2 or 4 hole buttons
- craft scissors or wire cutters
- nylon thread
Place small amounts of paint on paper plate or palette as
needed. Apply additional coats as needed but allow complete drying between
Paint the entire surface, inside and out, of each
container. Let dry. Paint buttons and bells metallic gold. Let dry. Apply
crackle finish to the outside of one container, following the manufacturer's
directions. Then apply red paint to the outside of the that same container.
Cut one pipe cleaner in half. Fold one length in
half. Thread ends of pipe cleaner through a button from back to front.
Then fold the ends towards the center making two loops to look like a
bow. Twist the ends close to the button to secure the bow. Repeat,
using the other half of the pipe cleaner and the other button.
Invert each container and glue the flat side of the button centered onto
the bottom of each container. Thread three bell onto center of one
remaining pipe cleaner. Gently fold pipe cleaner in half and twist ends
together, making a 4" long loop. Repeat, using remaining pipe cleaner
and bells. Glue ends of pipe cleaner to inside bottom of containers,
allowing bells to extend about one inch below container.
Finally, tie a loop of nylon thread to bow for hanger. Hang on tree and
Make Natural Ornaments
tacky glue or a low temperature glue gun
find naturals such as acorn caps, leaves, miniature rosebuds,
flower petals, etc.
plastic foam ball
6" pieces of coordinating cord
Use towel to hold the plastic-foam ball while you work.
Use glue to cover the ball with your naturals, use only one natural for
each ball. Let dry completely. To form a loop, poke a hold in the ball
with a pencil. Cut a 6" coordinating cord, loop it, then poke into the
hole with a pencil. Glue securely in place and let dry. Use these balls
to decorate a doorway, mantel or table. Place several different kinds in
a bowl for a unique centerpiece.
Quick & Fun
Look for miniature pails in crafts stores. Tuck in kumquats and a sprig of
red berries for a quick handmade ornament.
Holiday ornaments in rich jewel tones become one-of-a-kind originals when
touched with gold. To create gilded designs, use a permanent metallic gold
marking pen to make swirls, squiggles or other decorative marks. Use a thin,
gold ribbon as a hanger to set off the gold decor.
For a nice decoration or centerpiece. Get 8 fresh or artificial pears. Use
spray paint or metal leaf (from a crafts store) to gild pears. For a softer
gold, brush the gilded pear with brown acrylic paint, quickly wiping off
most of the paint to tone down the color but not cover it. Put in a
bowl and enjoy! (Fresh pairs are not suitable for eating after they've been