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5-Minute Holiday Food Treats Tutorial


These three delicious holiday treats make great gifts for kids or a fun snow day project! With a few simple craft supplies, you can transform your everyday snacks into something seasonal and fun!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes each
Age range: 8 and up

Snow Man Donuts

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Glue
Googly Eyes
Tape
Three Mini Donuts
Black Felt
Green Pompoms
Red Ribbon

Things to do:
1. Fill your plastic treat bags with three powdered donuts and tie the top. Your donuts should look like three snow balls.

2. Cut a top hat out of black felt. Secure it to the top of the donut treat bag with glue.


3. Use glue to attach two googly eyes to the face of the snowman.
4. Cut a six-inch piece of ribbon and tie it around the snowman’s neck, like a scarf.

5. Finish your snowman by gluing two pompom “buttons” to the front.

Cheese Stick Snowman

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Glue
Cheese Sticks
Googly Eyes
Blue Ribbon
Plastic Top Hats
Plastic Treat Bags
Orange Paper

Things to do:
1. Fold the excess plastic down on the top and use a piece of tape to secure it.

2. Glue two google eyes to the front of the cheese stick.
3. Cut a 4-inch piece of blue ribbon and tie it around the neck of the snowman.

4. Cut a small triangle out of orange paper and use glue to attach it to the snowman’s face, making his nose.

5. Use glue to attach the plastic top hat to the top of the cheese stick.

Reindeer Chocolate Bar

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Glue
Chocolate Bar
Large Googly Eyes
1-inch Red Pompoms
Brown Felt
Two Candy Canes

Things to do:
1. Cut two ear shapes out of brown felt. Use glue to attach them to the top, back of the chocolate bar.


2. Use tape to secure the candy canes to the back of the chocolate bar. These will be your reindeer’s antlers.

3. Use glue to attach two large googly eyes and a red pompom nose to the front of the chocolate bar.

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How to Make a Quick Seasonal Floral Arrangement


This lovely holiday arrangement is the perfect decor piece for your mantel or front door. Try your hand at floral arranging and create a piece you’ll treasure for years to come.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
French Flower Bucket
Ribbon Bow (Learn to tie a bow via Bow Tutorial)
Seasonal Picks (berries, pinecones, ornaments)
Greenery
Wire
Wire Cutters

Things to do:
1. Fill your rustic vase with greenery.


2. Begin filling in the gaps with your seasonal picks. Begin with your largest picks, like berries or bulbs.


3. Cut 3-inch wire pieces and use them to secure your pinecones to the tips of your greenery. This will add depth and dimension to your arrangement.

4. Tie a ribbon around the center of the vase. Add a large bow to the front and trim the ends so they hand down evenly.

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Christmas Play-Doh Party Favors Tutorial


Looking for a cute favor to set out at your holiday party? These Christmas Play-Doh containers will keep your younger guests entertained and they look super cute on display! There are endless Christmas combinations, and all you’ll need is a few simple craft materials. Today, we’ll be showing you how to make the reindeer Play-Doh favor – Once you have the basics down, let your creativity run wild!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Play-Doh
Construction Paper
Red and White Pompoms
Red and Blue Ribbon
Black and Brown Pipe Cleaners
Scissors
Craft Glue
Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
Googly Eyes

Things to do:
1. Measure the sides of your Play-Doh container and cut a piece of red construction paper that will wrap around and fully cover the container. You’ll also need to cut a 1/8-inch white paper strip that will wrap around the rim of the lid and a black paper strip that will wrap around the center of the Play-Doh container.


2. Use craft glue to hold your paper strips in place.




3. Cut a small black square and use craft glue to secure it to the center of your black paper strip. This will be Santa’s belt.

4. Use craft glue to add two googly eyes to the center of the Play-Doh container.


5. Pull a cotton ball apart to create a small beard. Use glue to attach it under the eyes.

6. Roll a piece of red paper into a cone shape and measure it to fit on the top of the Play-Doh lid. Use hot glue to hold it in place.


7. Glue a white pompom to the top of Santa’s hat.

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How to Make a Candy Snow Globe Holiday Treat Jar


This festive candy snow globe makes a lovely host or hostess gift during the holiday season! Add a note to the paper tag and show your appreciation in a ‘sweet’ way.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Mason jar
Acrylic ornament
Ribbon
Miniatures (Merry Christmas, sled, bottle brush tree, etc)
Paper tag
Candy
Artificial snow

Things to do:
1. First, fill your mason jar with your favorite candies and secure the lid on top. For our snow globe, we use the holiday edition candy kisses! Green or red wrappers add a festive touch to your candy snow globe!


2. Use hot glue to attach your miniatures to the center of the lid. Be sure the pieces you choose are small enough to fit inside your ornament.


3. Sprinkle a light dusting of artificial snow over your miniatures.

4. Pull your acrylic ornament apart and use hot glue to secure one half to the lid of your mason jar.
5. Slide a paper tag onto a festive piece of ribbon and tie it in a bow around the neck of your mason jar.


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DIY Christmas Light Bulb Garland Tutorial


We love the holiday season – and the holiday decorations! This garland brings the lights and magic into your home. Hang it up in your window or layer it with our “Merry & Bright” garland and display it over your mantle. It’s sure to brighten up your home this Christmas season!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Plastic bulbs
Artificial snow
Glitter
Scissors
Funnel
Decorative trim

Things to do:
1. Start by measuring out a length of string for your garland. You’ll want a bulb every 8-10 inches, so divide the length by 8 to determine the number of bulbs you’ll need to fill.


2. Use a funnel to fill your bulbs with artificial snow and glitter until they’re roughly halfway full. For our garland, we used a shiny snow and two different glitter colors. Chunky glitter works best for this project, because it pops nicely against the snow.


3. When your bulbs are filled, string them onto your length of string and loop the ends to easily display your holiday garland!

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DIY Macaroon Christmas Ornaments


Add some sparkle and shine to your holiday tree with these glittering, macaroon ornaments! Make a set in coordinating colors or paint your own bottle caps to completely customize your decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Colored bottle caps
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks
Scissors
Gold cord
Chunky glitter

Things to do:
1. Cut an 8-inch piece of gold thread, fold it in half and knot the end.



2. Use hot glue to secure the knotted end of the thread to the inside of your bottle cap.

3. Use hot glue to attach the bottle caps, sandwiching the gold thread in the center.


4. Run a line of glue along the seam and sprinkle chunky glitter along the line.

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Painted Rock Photo Holder Tutorial


Printing photographs is a great way to preserve memories and this painted rock photo holder is a great way to display them! Grab your paint and let’s get creative!

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

Things you need:
Paint
Rocks
Craft Wire
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Paint your rock for the base of your photo holder. I painted mine with perfect polka dots by dipping an eraser in paint and stamping it over the surface of my rock.



2. When the paint dries, wrap copper wire around the rock several times and pull the end straight up, about 2-3 inches tall and trim it.


3. Wrap the end of the wire around your pencil to create a few nice circles.

4. Slide your photograph in the wire circles and display it proudly!

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Rainforest in a Jar Tutorial


This project is a fun activity and great teaching tool! Take time to tell your kids about different climates as they carefully craft their own terrarium.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up *Younger ages will need help with hot glue.

Things you’ll need:
Moss
Mason jar
Succulents
Scissors
Hot glue/glue sticks
Plastic animals

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to cover the lid of your mason jar with moss.


2. Trim the stems of your succulents and use glue to secure them to the mossy mason jar lid.


3. Arrange your animals in the terrarium.


4. Flip the jar upside down and screw it onto your lid.

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How to Make a Seashell Planter


Looking for a way to display your summer memories? This seashell planter makes a great keepsake from a seaside holiday and can be on display all year long.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Flower pot
Faux succulents
Moss
Seashells
Hot glue gun/glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to attach seashells to the front of your paper mache pot. Cover the entire surface, so minimal paper mache shows through.


2. Fill the pot with moss.

3. Arrange several succulents in the moss. For additional stability, use a drop of hot glue to secure them in place.

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Homemade Feather Quill Pen Tutorial

Looking for a way to make homework time more exciting? These feather pens are fun to make and even more fun to write with! Your kids will love filling in worksheets when they get to use their very own quill pen.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you need:
Black feather quills
Black jute
Pen
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. First, use hot glue to secure a feather to the top of your pen. The end of the feather should rest 1-2 inches below the top of the pen.


2. Apply a drop of hot glue to the end of your jute and wrap it tightly around the pen until the entire surface is covered.

3. Use a drop of hot glue to secure the end of the jute in place and trim any excess.

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