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Stained Glass Shapes

You'll need : crayon shavings (various colors), wax paper,
construction paper, white glue, scissors, iron, hole punch

Cut circles, triangles, rectangles, and squares from the
construction paper (3 - 4 inches wide). Cut a concentric
shape from these forms to create a frame. Two frames
are needed for each shape. Tear two sheets of the wax
paper large enough to fit within the frame. Sprinkle the
crayon shavings generously over one piece of wax paper.
Cover with second sheet of wax paper. Press with a hot
iron for 5 seconds. The crayon melts quickly, so this time
may vary depending upon the iron used. Once the melted
crayon has cooled a bit, squeeze a line of the white glue
around one frame. Lay wax paper over the glue. Squeeze
the glue on the matching frame and cover the other side
of wax paper. Once the glue dries, trim any excess wax
paper. Punch a hole in the frame and hang from thread
or string by a sunny window.

SALT DOUGH ORNAMENTS

I made these ornaments years ago in my Kindergarten
class and it was so successful. They make beautiful
gingerbread men. ~Nani

You'll need:
2 cups flour
1 cups salt
1 cup water

Mix dry ingredients. Add the water a little at a time and
knead until the dough is smooth. Roll out as you would
any cookie on a floured surface. Cut out in your favorite
shapes or mold like Play-Doh. Make a hole before baking
if you plan to hang the ornament. Bake at 325 degrees F.
for an hour to hour and one-half. Paint with acrylic paints
and decorate. When they are very dry varnish to preserve
and keep any dampness out.

A friend substituted coffee for the water in this recipe for
her Gingerbread men and I intend to try it this year. I've
wanted to do a very natural color and glue on buttons for
trim. They would look darling on a wreath or just piled in
a pretty basket on a table with greenery. You can add
cinnamon and other spices for the aroma of Christmas.

Note from MaddeesMom: I made the gingerbread men
ornaments with the recipe listed above, and I tried it with
the coffee ... they turned out okay the first time, except
they were kind of puffy in some places. So the next time
I made them I laid parchment paper over them and put
another cookie sheet on top with a heavy casserole dish
on top of that ... they turned out really cute! The coffee
made a difference too. I liked the color!

SPECIAL NOTE: I, myfanwy_65, have not made these. This is how it came in my email and I thought everyone would benefit from the discussion.

Queen Anne's Lace Snowflakes

By Kim Tilley

This is the ultimate in nature crafts- turn a common flower into
something uncommon! I think Queen Anne's Lace is already a gorgeous
flower left untouched, but this is a neat craft project for winter
that you can start now while these flowers are in full bloom. They
take some patience, and are fragile, but the results are beautiful.

You will need: bunches of Queen Anne's Lace*
patience!
spray snow
a can of cheap clear spray paint
gold cord (the Christmas present cord at the $1 store is fine)
glue gun

* Queen Anne's Lace is considered a wildflower, and can be found
growing along roadsides, alleys, and backyards. The plants have big
flowerheads that are made up of tiny white flowers. They are very
lacy looking (hence then name) and have tall stalks (about 2-3 feet).

Directions:

1. Gather the flowers: Cut bunches of Queen Anne's Lace a couple of
inches below the flower heads (please be sure to get permission if
these flowers are not on your property).

2. To Clean: Rinse the flowers off gently, head down and let dry on
dishtowels. You can also lay them sideways, turning them
occasionally.

3. To Press: you can press the flowers between old catalogs, phone
books, or stacks of newspaper (you can also use junk mail!) Trim
flower stems very close to the bottom of the flowerhead, turn your
flowerhead upwards, and carefully place on paper towels, flattening
flower (which tends to be bowl-shaped). Put (cheap!)paper towels
between the flowers and the pressing paper to protect the flowers
from the inks on the paper. You can dry the towels between uses and
they can be used several times each. Check these flowers every couple
of days. You want them to get dry enough that they nicely hold their
flat lacy shape. You can also move them on the pressing paper each
time you check to keep them from sticking to the paper. (Note: the
flowers are often very moist the first few days, but if they stick to
the paper and dry there, you'll break them when trying to remove
them.)

4. Finish Drying: once flowers are relatively dry, they may be
flexible but not floppy. Dry in the open air, preferably on a screen,
grill (if it's convenient and hubby doesn't turn it on!) or outside
on a screened-in porch.

5. Decorating: Make loops for your 'snowflakes' by fastening a loop
to the back of each flower/snowflake. You can leave it bare (it will
be covered with snow later), or you can glue another flower on the
back to make it really two sided. Hang your "snowflakes" outside or
place them in a spray-paint-safe area. Spray them thickly with spray
snow and let dry between coats.

6. Sealing: After you get them to a snow consistency that you like,
spray well with the clear paint to seal. Let dry.

Variations: Dress the snowflakes up with glitter, spray glitter,
ornaments, let your imagination go wild. You can also do a wreath in
them with little fake presents scattered in it. You can use fall-
colored spray paint for a fall wreath; pink and blue to decorate a
baby shower gift, or white on a wedding reception centerpiece.

Note: These snowflakes are fragile, and may not last more than a
couple of years. But for two or three dollars, they can be replaced
inexpensively.

Christmas Tree Arts & Craft Projects

From ChildFun.com

Egg Carton Tree
Two egg cartons, large piece of paper, glue, paint, misc craft items -
such as fabric scraps, beads, etc. Cup the egg cartons so you have one
row of 6 cups, one row of 5 cups, and so on to 1 cup. Paint the outside
of the egg cup green. When the paint is dry, glue them on a large sheet
of paper as follows: Glue the 6 cup row on the bottom of the paper, just
above that glue the 5 cup row, and so on until you have used all the
cups. It should look like a triangle when you are done. Decorate with
misc. craft items.

Christmas Tree
Green Tagboard (the bigger the better), paint, shaped sponges Cut out a
big green tree out of giant tagboard and sponge paint ornaments on it.

Christmas Trees
Green construction paper, glue, red paint, misc. collage materials Cut
out Christmas tree shapes. Decorate the Christmas tree: you can dip a
finger in in red paint and make fingerprint ornaments, you can use
various collage materials, such as glitter, buttons, fabric scraps, to
decorate as desired. You can also make wreaths.

Christmas Trees
Construction Paper, glue, colored cellophane, crayons Cut out trees made
of construction paper. Punch out holes in the tree. Have children glue
colored pieces of colored cellophane or construction paper to the back
to cover the holes. This makes it look like lights on the tree. Turn
over and decorate the tree with whatever they wish (crayons,
construction paper bits, etc).

Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees
Ice cream cones (sugar cones), green frosting, white frosting misc candy
items Take a sugar cone, turn it upside down & spread with thick, green
or white frosting & add sprinkles & candies on to decorate it.

Pine Cone Christmas Tree
Pine Cones, Green Paint, Glue, Misc Craft Items - such as Yarn, beads,
etc. Cover the work area with newspaper and paint the pine cone green.
When the paint is dry, glue on yarn, beads, ect for the decorations.

Christmas Tree Mobile
Green construction paper, glue, tape, crayons, yarn, misc craft items
(such as fabric scraps, beads, etc.) Cut a large Christmas tree shape
-triangle- out of green construction paper. Cut the triangle into one
inch wide strips. Lay down the strips in the order you cut them out,
with the strips laying about an inch apart. Tape a long piece of yarn
onto the back of the strips. Use a scrap of brown construction paper to
cut out a pot & tape it below the tree; cut off any excess yarn hanging
below the pot. Decorate the tree as desired.

Hand print Christmas Tree
Green, red, and yellow construction paper, crayons, pencils, or markers,
glue Cut ten hand prints on green paper, a yellow star, and ten red
hearts small enough to fit on the hand print. Start gluing one hand
print at the top of the page and with the fingers pointing down. This is
the top of your tree. Use the rest of the hand prints fanning out to
make a Christmas tree. In the star write I love....then in each heart
let the kids pick special people... mommy, daddy, friends, grands, pets,
dolls, etc. Glue star on the top and a heart on each hand.

Hand-y Christmas Trees
To make a tree, press a child's hand into green tempera paint. Keeping
the fingers and thumb close together, press the hand on a piece of white
construction paper, making the tree, leaves and branches. Cut out a
trunk from brown construction paper and paste on. Cut out a foil star,
or yellow star and attach to top of tree.

Snowball Tree
Styrofoam cone, green construction paper, cotton balls, toothpicks or
straight pins, glue, glitter, clear tape Take a styrofoam cone and wrap
it in the paper. Tape it together. Stick the cotton balls onto the cone
with the pins or toothpicks. Lightly dab some glue onto the edge of the
cotton balls. Sprinkle glitter over the glue. Let your tree dry
completely before moving it.

Decorate the Tree
Cut out a christmas tree shape (fairly large) and let the kids use
fingerprints for ornaments

Collage Tree
Glitter, buttons, beads, fabric scraps, whatever you can find(works good
for wreaths too) Let each child bring a box of little goodies from home
to share or put on their own.

Mini Christmas Trees
Thick cardboard, scissors, green paint, colored sequins, glitter glue,
(gold) craft glue, ribbon
Draw a christmas tree or trace around our template. Cut out two trees
from the cardboard. Draw a line up the middle of the first tree. Cut a
slit, approximately the width of the cardboard, approx half way up the
first tree, starting from the BOTTOM. Draw a line down the middle of the
second tree, and this time cut a similar slit but from the TOP. Slide
the two trees together. Paint the Trees green and wait to dry. Using the
glitter glue highlight the edges of the panels of the tree. Glue sequins
of assorted colors on each panel to look like christmas decorations.
Sequins were only a suggestion, as the decorating of your tree is
entirely up to you. Poke a hole in the top of the tree with a pair of
scissors and thread your ribbon through. This will allow you to hang
your Christmas tree up.

Sun Welcoming Center Pieces
Materials: Flat or bowled wicker basket; Evergreen Boughs; Oranges and
Apples; Whole Cloves; Walnuts; Hazelnuts; Wheat Stalks; Flour; and Red,
Green, and Gold Bows or String.

Children of all ages will delight in both making and giving these
delightful center pieces. Place the basket in the center of the table.
Lay a couple of evergreen boughs (can be found at most Christmas tree
lots) in bottom of basket so that the tips flow out from all sides.
Spike the oranges all the way around with several whole cloves. Arrange
the oranges and apples on top of the boughs. Arrange in a couple of the
walnuts and hazel nuts. Place a couple of the wheat stalks standing up
amidst the fruit. Lightly dust with flour. Tie bows to the handle and
outside the basket. Tell children about each special part of the
centerpiece. Explain that the baskets were used during the harvests
during the season before. The evergreen boughs are symbols of
immortality, reminding us that the Sun King is not dead, but reappears
at Yule each year to lengthen, brighten and warm the days ahead. The
oranges and apples are symbols of the Sun King, The nuts symbolize the
seeds as they lay sleeping and awaiting the Sun King's return. The wheat
stalks symbolize the yearly harvests and the flour represents the
triumph of the forces of light and life.)

Sun Bursting Ornaments
Materials: Ruler or Compass; Scissors; Thin Cardboard; Gold Foil Paper;
Glue Stick; Heavy Thread; and Needle.

Help child cut out a 4" cardboard circle. With this template, the child
can then trace and cut out 14 circles from the foil paper. One by one,
fold a circle in half, half, and half again. Unfold the circle and cut
along the fold lines, stopping about 1/2 inch from the center. Repeat
until all the circles are cut. Form the points of the Sun Burst by
wrapping each of the eight segments around the point of a sharpened
pencil. Point of pencil should face away from the center of the circle.
Secure each point with a dab of glue. Thread a needle with 18" length of
thread. Insert the needle through all the centers of the circles from
the foil side of the first seven and the plain side of the last seven.
Gently pull the circles together, bunching them into a ball. Tie off
with a knot, and use the excess thread to form a loop for hanging the
ornament. (Hang up in windows to reflect the sunlight or on tree for
decoration, explain to children how the sun gets stronger, climbs
higher, and last longer in the sky each day starting at Yule.)

Welcome Sunshine Bells
Materials: Thin Cardboard; Pencil and Scissors; One Light yellow and One
Bright Yellow Felt Square (10"x10"); 7 Small Jingle Bells; 12" Gold
String or Cord; White Glue; Buttons; Glitter; and Sequins.

Help child to draw a circle 7" in diameter, and another circle 7" in
diameter with eight 1" triangle rays on the cardboard. Cut out for
patterns. Place circle on the light yellow felt square, trace and cut
out. Do the same with the "rayed" circle on the bright yellow felt.
Using a drinking glass as a guide, trace a circle in the center, on the
back side of both felt cut-outs. Carefully fold each circle in half, and
make a cut from one side of center circle to the other. Repeat 3 times
for a total of 4 cuts per piece. This is how you will get the decoration
over the doorknob. Next, line up the circles and the cuts so that the
rays extend 1" from behind the light yellow felt circle. Glue together.
Allow the child to draw designs on the front of the ornament with glue.
Sprinkle with glitter and glue on some sequins and buttons. Cut gold
string or cord into three 4" strands. Tie jingle bells (spaced) onto the
gold string or cord. Glue string/cord to the bottom of the Sun
decoration on the back side. Allow to dry. Place on a doorknob that the
bells will jingle as the door is opened and closed. (Tell children that
more than just the sun brightens our lives everyday. Explain the way to
welcome the Yule sun back into their lives is to keep the brightness in
their hearts all year long. Jingle bells make a warm and inviting sound,
and therefore should jingle each time someone enters or leaves a room.)

You Are My Sunshine Garland
Materials: Pencil; Scissors; "Rayed" Circle Pattern (above); Bright
Yellow Poster Paper; Glue; Glitter; Gold Garland; Gold Thread and
Needle; and Photos.

For each frame, trace and cut out 2 rayed circles from the poster board.
Cut a 2" circle in the center of one of the cutouts. This will be the
front of the frame. Decorate the cutouts with gold glitter. Place photo
between the cutouts, with the face peering through the center circle.
Trim photo to fit frame, if necessary. Glue the frame together. Allow to
dry. Thread needle with gold thread, and poke needle through the top ray
of the frame. Pull some thread through and tie frame to gold garland.
Make enough Sunshine picture frames for all family members, including
pets. Tie each to the garland, and place garland on tree, over a door,
on the wall, or other prominent place. (Explain to children that each
family member is like a piece of sunshine. Smiles and laughter brighten
our spirits and warm our hearts.)
From ChildFun.com


Cup O' Sunshine
Materials: Terra-Cotta Pot; Paints and Paintbrushes; Styrofoam Block;
String; Scissors; 1 yd 2" wide Green Ribbon; Yellow, Red, and Orange
Lollipops and Sugar Sticks; and Jelly Beans.

Clean terra-cotta pot if necessary. Allow to dry. Paint outside and
down to first lip of inside with a bright solid color. After this
base
coat dries, decorate with other colors. When completely dry, place a
block of Styrofoam in the bottom of the pot. Cut green leaves out of
the ribbon and tie to lollipops with string. Push the lollipop sticks
into the Styrofoam block to anchor them. Add the sugar sticks and
fill
rest of pot with loose jellybeans. (Explain to children that during
the
dark part of the year, sometimes we need to make our own sunshine.
Let
them know that bright colored gardens and flowers will be back in the
spring, and this little pot of sunshine will cheer up a sick friend
or
relative.)

Dough Art Decorations
Materials: 4 cups flour; 2 cups water; 1 cup salt; Cookie Cutters;
Wire Ornament Hangers; and Acrylic Paints.

Combine flour, salt, and water in a large bowl. Dough should kneed
easily but not be sticky, if so, add more flour. On a flat surface,
lay down some waxed paper. Take a handful of the dough and roll out
with a rolling pin. Cut dough into shapes with the cookie cutters.
Make a hole in top of "cookie" for wire hanger. Place on ungreased
cookie sheet and put in oven at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until
*slightly* brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool thoroughly.
Paint
with acrylic paints. Allow to dry, place hanger in hole and adorn
tree, packages, or hang in windows. (Allow children to make-up Yule
stories to go along with each decoration they are making.)

Adorning the Yule Log
Materials: Holly; Mistletoe; Rosebuds; Pine Cones; Evergreen Sprigs;
Gold String/Cord; Gold Bows; Apple Cider; and Flour.

After cleaning off the Yule log, let the children decorate it how
ever
they chose. Glue, wire, or small holes in the log will help to adhere
the decorations. Once the log is decorated, "wassail" (toast and
douse) it with a libation of apple cider. Finally, dust the log with
white flour, set in grate in fireplace, and (parents only) set
ablaze.
(Explain to children how Yule logs used to smolder for 12 days before
there was another ceremony to put the log out. Then apart of the log
was strapped to the plow the next spring to spread the blessings over
the land, and another piece was saved to light the next Yule's log,
the next year.)

Sunny Disposition Wreath (For the older kids)
Materials: 1-2 Large Bundles Evergreen Boughs; 1 Bundle Holly; 1
Wreath Frame (Wire or Styrofoam); Garden Clippers; Spool of Fine
Green
Wire; 2 Yards Red Ribbon; and Adornments.

Cut boughs into 6" to 8" pieces. Same with Holly. Cut about 20-15"
pieces of the wire. Gather a bundle of boughs together, thicker at
the
back and fanning out in the front. Wrap wire around the bundle about
2/3 from the top. Hold bundle in place and wrap wire around the
bundle
and the frame. Repeat this step, only adding a sprig of holly in
front. Repeat steps 1 and 2, adding holly to bundle every other time.
Make sure that all the bundles face the same direction. Where the
last
bundle meets the bottom of the first bundle is usually barer than the
rest of the wreath, so that is where you can attach a large yellow,
orange, red, or gold bow to symbolize the Sun King. Now you are ready
to wire on all sorts of adornments, candies, pine cones, rosebuds,
seashells, small bells, or anything to make it more personal. (Tell
kids about how evergreen boughs and holly were hung both inside and
outside of the homes to extend and invitation to the nature sprites
to
join in the Yule celebration.)

Yule Chant
"Brightly burns the Yule log tonight
Magic dances in firelight
Hold my hand and join the song
Raise the Sun King bright and strong
Dark is giving way to light
As brightly burns the Yule log tonight!"

Solstice Blessing
"On this night so long, My Lady
keep me in your loving care.
I await the sunrise, My Lady
And the Sun King who will bear
Light and Warmth and Love, My Lady
As he has in years before.
So guide me to the dawn, My Lady
This Solstice Night and ever more."

Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys to share with all her friends and those of
like mind-- Copyright C 1997-99 Akasha, Herne and The Celtic
Connection wicca.com.
http://www.wicca.com/celtic/akasha/yulechildren.htm

Bottled Snowflakes
by Dorothy Morrison

You will need:
1 white pipe cleaner
length of twine
scissors
1 quart jar with a wide mouth
2 cups boiling water
6 tablespoons borax
1 pencil

Cut a white pipe cleaner into 3 equal lengths, twist them together in
the center, then arrange the six legs so that they are equidistant
from each other. Tie one end of the twine to a leg, and the other end
to the middle of a pencil. (For a more ornate flake, tie the twine
around the end of each leg in a continuous motion to make a center
wheel). Set aside. Pour boiling water into the jar, then add the
borax
one tablespoon at a time, stirring to dissolve. (if a little borax
settles to the bottom, there's no need to worry, just go on to the
next step.) Submerge the pipe cleaner form in the solution and let
the pencil rest on top of the jar. Leave the snowflake in the
solution
overnight. The next morning, you'll find it covered with tiny,
sparkling crystals. Remove it from the jar, and hang it from the
window to catch the sun.
from Yule: A Celebration of Light and Warmth
by Dorothy Morrison

Ornaments

BORAX CRYSTAL ORNAMENTS

You can make beautiful ornaments using pipe cleaners and Borax for just about any holiday. These make great gifts, tree ornaments, kitchen magnets, or package
decorations! ~Jeanie

You will need:
20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster
Chenille (pipe cleaners)
A wide mouth container
String or yarn and a pencil

Shape the pipe cleaners any way you want. you can make any shape you want... angels, stars, flowers, pentagrams, goddesses, etc. In a wide mouth container (wide enough to hang your ornament in so it doesn't touch the bottom or sides), pour boiling water. Add about a cup of borax, less or more depending on the size of your container and the amount of water. A thick glass container works well, because you can see the Borax dissolving. Add enough Borax so the water is quite cloudy.

Suspend the ornament in the solution: tie a piece of string or yarn to it, tie the other end of the string to a pencil, and then lay the pencil across the top of your container. Make sure the pipe cleaner is completely immersed in the solution and isn't touching the sides or bottom of the container. As the solution cools, the crystals will begin to form on your pipe cleaner. Leave overnight. Remove from the solution and allow to dry.

Note: Overnight soaking will give you very thickly crystallized ornaments. If you want some of the color of the pipe cleaner to show through, leave in the solution for less time. If you want, you can spray your finished ornament with acrylic sealer or clear spray paint to keep the crystals from falling off too quickly.

Some ideas on using these ornaments:
-Tie several together to make a crystal mobile
-Hang on your Christmas tree
-Attach to gift packages
-Glue to cardboard backing to make a photo frame.
Attach a strong magnet (the ornament is heavier than most kitchen magnets) to the back. These are just a few ideas. Use your imagination!

courtesy of www.oldfashionedliv ing.com

Ice Cream Ornaments

Take a plain white glass ball ornament
(we just used the generic ones from Wal-Mart) and glue it (with
the hanger straight up) into an ice cream cone. Paint the top of
the ornament with glue (we just used Elmer's School Glue) and
then sprinkle the top with tiny beads to look like sprinkles! They
look really cute on a tree and they are an easy fast thing to do
for Girl Scout meetings or for church bazaars.

Toothpick Stars

Materials for 1 star: 2 (1-1/4" diameter) natural wooden
cutouts, circles or ovals (craft store has them, if you don't
know whom can cut them out for you) wood glue (Elmers
works just as well), about 18 multicolored or natural wooden
round toothpicks. 2 spring-type clothespins.

Make guidelines for toothpick placement using a ruler and
pencil to divide 1 cutout into twelfths. Cut 6 of the toothpicks
in half and set aside. Spread a thin layer of glue on marked
side of cutout. (this should be in the back, other cutout will
go on top of that) Let glue dry until just tacky. Place 1 end
of 1 whole toothpick on each of the guidelines, with the tips
of toothpicks 1/2" inside edge of cutout. Place cut end of 1
half toothpick between each pair of whole toothpicks, with
ends of toothpicks 1/2" inside edge of cutout. Apply a dime
sized dollop of glue to center of cutout. Spread a thin layer
of glue on 1 side of remaining of cutout, Place second cutout,
glue side down on top of first cutout. sandwiching toothpick
ends between. Clamp cutouts with clothespins and let dry...
spray with a gloss spray if desired.

Snow-Dusted Ornaments

Materials for 1 ornament: Metal cookie cutters in desired
shape, large scrap.piece of 1/2 inch thick white Styrofoam
(sometimes thing are packed in this type of Styrofoam) 3"
length of florist's wire, craft glue, paintbrushes, acrylic
modeling paste (found at most craft stores) iridescent glitter
(I like the super fine stuff), acrylic of your choice...

Using metal cookie cutters, cut ornament from Styrofoam.
Gently finger-press edges of the ornament to round and
smooth edges. If desired, use point of pencil to sculpt
details such as the eyes and mouth. To make a hanger,
bend wire in half to form a U-shape. Apply glue to ends
of wire and insert into top of ornament so that 1/4" loop
extends from ornament. Let it dry. Paint the ornament and
hanger with several coats of modeling paste, covering
the entire ornament and let dry between applications. For
white ornament, sprinkle with glitter while last coat is still
wet. Let dry, for colored ornaments, after paste dries, paint
ornament desired color,sprinkle with glitter while paint is
still wet. Let dry I have sculpted the children's name inside
star shapes...they turned out real well