Some cute ideas for easy homemade christmas crafts and projects including Sugar Cone Christmas Trees, Christmas Sparkle Ornaments, Christmas Garland, Magic Reindeer Food for Christmas Eve, Homemade Christmas Gift Wrap, Homemade Christmas Cards, Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments, Christmas Tuna Tree, Surprise Christmas Ice Cubes, Christmas Spice Potpourrie, and Marshmallow Popcorn Christmas Tree
Craft glue mixed with equal amounts of
*Add any other spices that you like the smell of. Mix in the proportions that you desire (I'd go heavy on the cinnamon as I love the smell).
Rinse pinecones under running water. Lay the pinecones on an old cookie sheet and bake at 200 degrees until the pinecones open up (this not only kills any little beasties that may be residing within the pinecones but also melts the sap resulting in a pretty glaze).
Spread pinecones out on layers of newspapers and set aside to dry completely
Use the foam brush to apply the glue to the pinecones.
Mix the spices in a bowl using a wire wisk. Roll the pinecone in the spice or add the spices to a baggie; add the pinecones one at a time and shake to coat (like shake-n-bake)
When coated, allow to dry thoroughly.
Use these wonderfully-scented pinecones in gift baskets, as christmas tree ornaments, on christmas wreaths, or placed in bowls to add a wonderful scent to a room.
If, after storing, you need to refresh the scent of the pinecones just stick them in a microwave until the smell if revived.
Sugar Cone Christmas Trees
Place a sugar cone upside down on a paper plate and cover it with dark green frosting.
Add assorted small candies such as red hots, miniature MMs, skittles, chocolate chips, etc.
Add different colored sprinkles.
Sprinkle on confectioners sugar so it looks like your christmas tree is covered in snow.
Christmas Sparkle Ornaments
Trace assorted Christmas-themed cookie cutter shapes onto paper. Place waxed paper over design. Outline design with glue. Coat surface with glue and fill with the glitter.
Let set. Shake off extra glitter. Let dry (may take several days to dry so be sure to do this far enough ahead of christmas day).
Cut out and do the same thing to the reversed side.
Make hole in top and run a loop of thread or thin ribbon and hang it on your Christmas tree.
You need some red and green construction paper.
Cut red and green strips of paper, three to four inches long and one-half inch wide.
Form a circle with a red strip and glue or staple the ends together.
Next take a green strip and loop it through the first circle, again glueing or stapling the ends together.
Do the same thing again but use a red strip this time.
Continue doing the same over and over (using alternating colors) until the chain is long enough to be used on your Christmas tree.
Magic Reindeer Food for Christmas Eve
Mix together oatmeal and glitter. Put some of the mixture in a small plastic bag.
On a heavy piece of construction paper cut to about 2 x 4 1/2, print the following instructions.
Magic Reindeer Food for Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve, sprinkle the Magic Reindeer
Food on your Lawn--The Magic Glitter sparkling
in the Moonlight and the smell of the Oats
will guide Rudolph to Your House!
After you've finished writing the instructions, fold the paper rectangle in half and staple to the top of the plastic bag.
This makes a perfect christmas gift for kids to give out to their school-mates before being let out for christmas holidays
Homemade Christmas Gift Wrap
Mix together 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup cold water in a small pot. Add 1 1/2 cups boiling water and heat on low until mixture starts to boil, stir constantly then cool completely.
Divide the mixture into as many portions as desired (a plastic egg carton is perfect for holding the divided-up mixture). Add different colors of food coloring to each mixture.
Create Christmas designs on paper using either your fingers (or by cutting christmas shapes out of sponges and dipping the sponges into the mixture)
Some christmas design ideas include: christmas trees, snowmen, christmas stars, reindeer, christmas ornaments and wreaths, etc).
Use your special creations to wrap up your christmas gifts.
Homemade Christmas Cards
Cut out pictures from last year's Christmas cards or christmas-related pictures from magazines. Combine them with a special Christmas poem.
Paste the pictures and the Christmas poem on a big piece of red construction paper.
The construction paper can be pre-cut into a special christmas-themed shape or just decorated however you'd like.
If you'd rather make it look like a traditional xmas card, just fold the card and add the poem to the inside and then decorate as desired.
Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water, divided
Mix salt and flour; add half the water, then gradually add the remaining water.
Knead until the dough is smooth, this could take awhile.
Roll out the dough on a flat surface.
Use cookie cutters to cut out holiday designs.
Dust dough with flour (add designs using a toothpick, if desired).
Use a pencil to make the hole for hanging the ornament on the christmas tree.
Bake at 325 degrees for about 1 hour or until the dough is dried.
Remove from oven and cool completely.
Paint with acrylic paints; add glitter, glue on beads, add stickers. Do whatever you're heart desires.
If you want the ornaments to really last, coat with acrylic varnish when totally dry.
Thread ribbon or string through the hole and hang on the christmas tree.
Christmas Tuna Tree
19 oz Tuna, solid white canned
16 oz Cream cheese
1 tb Lemon juice
1/4 c Olives, finely chopped
1/2 c Walnuts, finely chopped
1/4 ts Salt
1/2 ts Dry mustard
1/8 ts Pepper
1/2 ts Thyme
Spray an appropriate 4 cup christmas-tree mold with Pam
In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and tuna. Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
Place in christmas treee mold and refrigerate. Unmold onto a serving plate.
For a Christmas tree mold, decorage with garlands of small parsley leaves, pieces of red and green pepper, and a lemon wedge.
From: Chicken-of-the-Sea Tuna, 1990
Surprise Christmas Ice Cubes
Freeze green limeade in ice trays with a red maraschino cherry in each well.
When the ice melts in a glass of christmas punch, a cherry is left behind as an added treat.
Christmas Spice Potpourrie
1/2 c Whole cloves
1/2 c Whole allspice
10 Cinnamon Sticks, broken
10 Bay leaves, crumbled
8 oz Decorated jelly jars with
Using a vegetable peeler, peel fruit carefully, removing only the peel, not any of the white pith. Cut or tear into one inch pieces.
Spread peel on paper towel lined pan. Place in preheated oven to 175, or set oven to WARM. Dry in oven for 1 1/2 hours, tossing occasionally. Peels should be leathery and/or slightly crunchy.
Spread peels on dry paper towels and let air dry for 24 hours.
Combine with the cloves, allspice, cinnamon, and bay leaves.
Fill jars with mixture. Place lids on and screw bands on tightly.
Yield: 3 or 4 half pint jars.
To use: Remove lid and leave band on for decoration to fragrance a room. OR put one Tblsp into a jar and fill jar with boiling water to release fragrance.
These make an excellent christmas gift.
Marshmallow Popcorn Christmas Tree
12 c Popped popcorn
1/2 c Margarine or butter
3 c Mini marshmallows
1/2 pk Lime flavored jello
Green food color
Candy pieces to decorate the christmas tree
Spread popcorn evenly in jelly-roll pan or on waxed paper-lined counter.
In medium saucepan, combine margarine and marshmallows; cook over medium heat until melted.
Add jello; continue to cook until jello is dissolved. Add food color and mix well.
Pour evenly over popcorn; stir quickly to coat.
With dampened hands, shape popcorn into cone shape.
Decorate christmas tree with assorted candy pieces (red hots, reese's pieces, etc.)
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