My mom came up with this idea when my brother and I were younger. This is a way to be reminded of the weeks of advent every time you open the refrigerator. This craft can easily be modified to create a menorah.
4 or 5 short Popsicle sticks (or long ones cut in half)
1 large Popsicle stick (tongue depressor)
Glitter and chenille sticks or colored markers
Sequins if you want
Make the short Popsicle sticks look like candles by covering them with glue and glitter OR color them with markers. We have made them both ways.
Make the large Popsicle stick look like a wreath by wrapping it with chenille sticks or coloring it with a marker.
Add sequins or other decorations to the wreath if you like.
Wait for Popsicle sticks to dry. Then attach magnets to the backs using hot glue.
Now you are ready to add a candle for each week of Advent!
*Note, if you do not have a tongue depressor, cut a piece of card stock into a tongue depressor shape. You can also use card stock for the candles.
This may be the most affordable Christmas Dress your 18” Doll has ever worn!
1. Two Santa Hats. (This dress was made with a felt hat that had fur trim.)
2. Fabric Glue
4. Small Piece of Velcro
1. Lay one hat on flat surface and cut off top of hat.
2. Cut armholes.
3. Glue Ribbon at top of armholes with fabric glue.
4. Put fabric glue around any rough edges to avoid fraying.
5. While glue is drying, cut white fur trim off of second hat.
6. Cut trim the right length to drape over shoulders of doll like a shawl.
7. Glue dime-sized piece of Velcro to ends of shawl. (One on the fur side, and the other on the opposite under-side.)
Now your doll is ready to party!
You can’t get much more glamorous than a shimmering trail of gold following your pencil as it moves across the page! This craft is super easy, and fun to play with (and write with) afterward.
1. Tinsel (get the kind where the strands are attached across the top.
3. Painters Tape
1. Cut a few inches of tinsel and lay on a flat surface.
2. Place pencil on tinsel and secure with small piece of tape.
3. Roll tinsel around pencil.
4. Put a small piece of tape over the edge of the tinsel, securing it to the pencil.
Now go write something amazing!
*Tip: AFTER tinsel is on the pencil, you can cut it to different lengths for different effects.
We’re still trying to find uses for all of the fun fur we bought and didn’t make into scarves. Making these trees with it was easy and a lot of fun!
1. Cones. We recycled these old cardboard bobbin cones, but you can use Styrofoam cones too.
2. Hot glue
3. Fun fur or other fun yarn
4. Marti Gras beads, beaded garland, or other strings of beads
5. Tree toppers. We used stars from a battery operated string of lights that no longer works. But you can use small ornaments, ornament stars, or even small Christmas balls.
1 Add a small vertical line (about an inch) of hot glue to the cone.
2. Wrap yarn around cone, crossing over glue until it is covered. Repeat these steps until tree is covered with yarn.
3. Fit star into hole in cone OR decide what other item you will use for your tree topper and glue it on top.
4. Starting at the top, wind beads around tree, using a few dots of glue to keep in place.
That’s it! You can add buttons, sequins, or other things to your tree too, but we decided to stick mostly with beads!
Ribbon can be used instead of beads for decoration.
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We created these to stick in our pot plants!
- chop stick or other smooth stick
- coated craft wire
- large glass beads
- Cut two-foot piece of wire.
- Bend wire in half to double.
- Hold bent end of wire against bottom of chopstick and wrap wire around stick a few times.
- Select two large glass beads. Thread largest of beads on doubled wire first, followed by smaller bead.
- Bend wire back around smaller bead and wrap around wire that is between large and small beads.
- Separate doubled wire into two strands and shape each into a wing.
- Wrap around wire between beads to secure.
- Extra wire can be wrapped and cut to create feet if desired.
We added rhinestone eyes to some of the bugs. Wiggly eyes would be cute too!
The black and yellow bead is perfect for a bee!
This is a fun craft to make with a group of people because each person can make a section and then the sections can be easily liked together. We created a long garland like this to wind around a tree we decorated for Hospice.
- Paperclips of various shapes and colors
- Variety of beads, sequins, jingle bells
- Slide beads, sequins and jingle bells through some of the paper clips.
- Link paperclips together to form a long garland.
You can dangle some paperclips from others and add decorations for a different look, as in top garland below.
Another idea is to use a paperclip garland to display cards!
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We came up with this design a few years ago. Now making these ornaments is a Christmas tradition for us! Scroll down to see a more economical version of this craft.
- 3-4 inch eye pins
- Christmas charms
- Curved ornament hooks
- Glass Beads
- Open bottom of eye pin.
- Add charm and close.
- Slide beads onto eye pin from top, leaving about ¾ inch free of beads.
- Wrap end of eye pin over end of small paintbrush to create a loop.
- Feed loop through ornament hook.
You can probably get all of the supplies needed for this craft at Walmart or Michaels. We purchased ours from Fire Mountain Gems and Shipwreck Beads (both online companies.) The ornamental hooks were purchased at Target.
Here is a More Economical Version of the Same Craft!
Pipe cleaners or twisty ties. (Like the ones found on bread bags or garbage bags.)
- Beads, Buttons, or Sequins
- Jingle bells
Attach Jingle Bell to end of pipe cleaner or twisty tie.
- Thread on beads, buttons, and or sequins.
- Leave about an inch of the pipe cleaner or tie free.
- Wrap it around a pencil or the end of a paintbrush to create a loop.
- Tread ribbon through loop and tie. (Some people like the ribbons even better than the ornament hooks.)
You may have everything you need for this version right at home. Old beaded jewelry can be recycled for this project!