Category: Seasonal Crafts

How to Make Popsicle Stick Christmas Sleigh Ornaments

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This is a wonderful Christmas craft to do with kids! All you need is a few basic supplies that you probably have in your craft closet. Your little ones will love painting the sled boards and assembling the pieces to create a precious, keepsake ornament.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 6 and up *Younger ages may need help assembling

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Jute

Things to do:
1. Start by painting five Popsicle sticks with your acrylic paint. For my project, I used barn red by Apple Barrel.
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2. Next, we’re going to assemble the sled! Use your hot glue gun to attach four Popsicle sticks. The two in the middle should be slightly higher than the two on the outside.
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3. Use hot glue to add a blade to both sides of your sled. They should sit half an inch higher than the sled boards.
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4. Add a little decor to your sled by trimming a runner to adorn the top. Popsicle sticks can be tricky to cut, so try breaking it in half before using your scissors to create a clean line. Attach your board to the top of the blades with hot glue.
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5. The last step is adding a jute hanger to the top of your sled. Cut a 4-5 inch piece of jute and use hot glue to secure both sides to the runner board.
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Easy-to-Make Felt Snowman Scene Christmas Ornament Tutorial

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Show your softer side with the hand-stitched and decorated felt snow decoration. From the beads to the adorable snowmen, this ornament will be one you’ll be proud to add to your tree.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1-2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Blue and white felt sheets, and scraps of black
Snowflake buttons
White buttons
Sequins **optional
Beads **optional
Embroidery thread
Scissors
Twine http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=twine
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Needles and regular thread

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Things to do:
1. Cut two circles from white felt and a curved, half-circle from blue felt, as shown in the photo. Stitch the blue felt to the white circle along one edge.
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2. Stitch or hot glue the snowflake buttons onto the blue side.
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3. Stitch buttons onto the ornament in the shape of snowmen, as shown.
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4. Create small hats from the black felt and glue or stitch in place.
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5. Glue or stitch on beads or sequins, as desired.
6. Create red “scarves” for the snowmen and stitch or glue into place.
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7. With the embroidery thread and large-eyed needle, start stitching the two white circles together.
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8. Glue the twine inside both layers and then continue stitching around the circle to complete the ornament.
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DIY Miniature Holiday Houses

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Get the whole family together and create a festive holiday village to display this season! This project is fun and simple and it encourages you to get creative to create something beautiful.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Miniature paper mache houses
Mod Podge
Glitter
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Paint brush
Miniature decor

Things to do:
1. Mix equal parts mod podge and glitter to create a dense paste.
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2. Paint your entire house with your glittery mod podge and let it dry. If you want to get creative, add extra glitter around the peaks of your roof to mimic a fresh snowfall.
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3. Add a little sparkle to your miniature decor by painting the tops of the trees with some of your glittery mod podge.
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4. Next, we’re going to decorate your miniature holiday home! You can adorn your abode any way you wish. For my project, I added a wreath and miniature Christmas tree inside using hot glue to secure them in place.
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5. The final step is displaying your village. Set up your house on a board or piece of paper and add trees and snow to create a welcoming, winter wonderland.
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DIY Silhouette Mason Jar Luminary


Every Christmas can be a white Christmas with this snow scene luminary. Elegant and festive, this luminary can grace your mantel or end table for the holidays – both before and after!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Clear mason jar
Rusty tin barn cutout
Rusty tin pine tree cutout
Artificial snow spray
Flickering tea light
Scrapbook paper
Pencil
Scissors

Clear tape

Things to do:
1. Cut the scrapbook paper to the height you desire for the jar. Make sure it’s at least as tall as your tallest tin cutout.

2. Determine how long to make the paper so that it reaches all the way around the jar with some overlap. Mark the overlap points.

3. Trace your rusty tin shapes onto the paper.

4. Cut out around the shapes – you’ll be cutting out the paper around the tracings, and not cutting out the parts you traced. Make sure to keep the areas completely connected, or you won’t be able to wrap the jar later. For instance, in this example the trees are connected to the barn on both sides.

5. This is what your work should look like.

6. Tape the strip into a tube that will fit around the jar later.

7. Spray the jar with the snow spray. Use more spray on the top of the jar, but be sure to have some on the bottom to represent snow on the ground.

8. This is what the jar should look like after spraying and allowing to dry.

9. Turn on your tea light.

10. Wrap the paper around the jar and enjoy your winter-long white Christmas!

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How to Make a Pipe Cleaner Reindeer


Make one pipe cleaner reindeer, or create enough to lift a tiny sleigh! You’ll be delighted with your cute fleet of reindeer. Go, Rudolph!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Brown pipe cleaners
Red felt
Scissors
Glue

Things to do:
1. Bend a loop at one end of a full pipe cleaner. This will be the reindeer’s face.

2. Create a figure-8 shape above the face by twisting the pipe cleaner in place. These will be the ears.

3. Bend a portion of the pipe cleaner for the neck, and make another bend for the reindeer’s body.

4. Create a tail at one end.

5. Cut a pipe cleaner in half. Twist them around the body for legs.

6. Twirl one pipe cleaner around a pencil, then remove it from the pencil.

7. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the neck and the body.

8. Repeat steps 6-7 with another pipe cleaner.

9. Cut a piece of another pipe cleaner to 2 1/2 inches. Wrap this behind the reindeer’s ears – this forms the structure of the antlers.

10. Cut two pieces of pipe cleaner to 1 inch each. Wrap one around each tip of the pipe cleaner that you attached in Step 9. These add additional points to the reindeer’s antlers.

11. This is what the antlers look like when you’re finished.

12. Cut a very small bit of felt and glue to the reindeer’s face – you now have an adorable red nose!

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DIY Whimsical Pom Pom Pinecone Ornaments


These pompom pinecones are whimsical and add a playful touch to your party decor. Display them with fishing wire in your windows or hang them on a tree for a natural look.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Pinecones
Pom poms
Hot glue gun and hot glue glue sticks
Gold cord
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to attach pompom balls to your pinecone. Scatter them throughout, alternating colors to create an effortless look.



2. Apply hot glue to the top of your pinecone and wrap your gold string around it. Create a look and wrap the other end of the gold string around the top of the pinecone again. Use hot glue to secure your hanger in place.



3. Display your pinecone ornament and enjoy!

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Kid Friendly Popsicle Stick Angel Christmas Ornament


This popsicle stick angel is the perfect craft to do with your child, though you’ll have to help with scoring and cutting one of the sticks. Leave the face plain, or decorate with an angelic expression.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 8+ (children will need you to cut the small popsicle stick)

Things you’ll need:
Jumbo popsicle sticks
Small popsicle sticks
Foam sheets
Glitter bows
Tinsel pipe cleaner
Page from a book
Pencil
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Knife

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun and glue. Place two large popsicle sticks next to each other, and glue one on top, making sure there’s glue on both of the first-layer sticks to hold them in place.

2. Score the small popsicle stick at the half-way point with a knife, then bend back and forth carefully to snap it. You’ll need to score both sides so that the popsicle breaks neatly.

3. Cut a circle out of the foam sheet for the angel’s head.

4. Glue the head and two small sticks, for arms, onto the body you made in Step 1.

5. Snip off a piece of tinsel pipe cleaner and glue it to the top of the head.

6. With the rest of the tinsel pipe cleaner, create a loop and glue it to the back of the angel’s body.

7. Fold the book paper in half and cut out half of a wing shape. When you open it, you’ll have the full set of wings.

8. Glue the paper to the back of the angel.

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DIY Primitive Mason Lid Ornament


Decorate your tree with a primitive touch, using rusty tin cutouts and a mason jar lid. The resulting mason lid primitive ornament is quaint and adds a comforting touch to your holiday tree.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10 +

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar lid
Rusty tin angel cutouts
Hemp twine
Burlap fabric sheet
Green acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue

Things to do:
1. Remove the inner part of the mason jar lid.

2. Paint the lid green and allow it to dry.

3. Cut a circle of burlap that’s about 1/2 inch larger than the inner part of the mason jar lid.

4. Drape the burlap over the lid center and pop into place. You may use some hot glue to secure it.

5. Glue the rusty tin cutouts on top of the burlap.

6. Wrap the lid with the hemp twine and glue in place. Make a loop with the end of the twine, and hang from your holiday tree!

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How to Make a Popsicle Stick Sled Ornament


Make a primitive sled from simple popsicle sticks, paint, and glue. The perfect touch for the tree as you reminisce about your days pulling your own sled up the hill and sliding back down!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Wood craft sticks
Brown acrylic paint
Paint brush
Twine
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Utility knife

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Find the center of one stick and draw a line.

2. Use a utility knife to score the stick along the line, so it will be easier to snap cleanly in half.

3. Glue the short sticks to two upright sticks as shown, and glue another stick on top in the center.

4. Glue four more sticks in the shown pattern to make the center of the sled.

5. Glue one final horizontal stick to the top, as shown.

6. Paint your sled with brown (or red) paint. Add a bit of twin and hang on your tree!

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Beaded Snowman Ornament Tutorial


With winter still here for awhile, there’s no need to keep the snowman ornaments just for the holidays! This jolly snowman decor is cute enough to hang anywhere, any time.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
1 – Wood beads
2 – 1 inch wood beads
2 – Acrylic beads
Jute and bead chain
1- Miniature top hat
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Perle cotton or embroidery floss
Needle with large eye
Permanent marker

Things to do:
1. Paint all three beads and allow to dry.

2. Thread your needle and knot one end. Slide it through the acrylic bead and through the first large wooden bead.


3. Now add the remaining two wooden beads and the final acrylic bead, as shown.

4. Take the needle and thread from the top and thread it over the acrylic bead and back into the three wooden beads.

5. Warm up your hot glue gun. Wrap the remaining thread between the bottom acrylic bead and the bottom wooden bead several times. Clip the thread and glue in place onto the wooden bead, so the thread is barely visible.

6. Glue the top hat to the snowman’s head.”

7. Wrap the jute chain around that hat, glue in place, and tie the top into a loop.

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