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Let Santa's little helpers make, wear, and share homemade Christmas accessories with these festive craft ideas.
For a playful nod to the traditional Christmas pin, create these cheerful corsages made from a printable holly template, ribbon, and barrettes. Both mothers and daughters can add the sophisticated accessory to their holiday wardrobe.
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Wear your Christmas spirit all season long with these charming ponytail holders. Since they are easy to make, kids can string together a dozen or so to give away to friends.
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Kids can spruce up their clothes with festive no-sew button covers by cutting felt into tree shapes.
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Add swinging, homemade snowballs to a ribbon belt for a Santa-inspired accessory.
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Pom-pom bracelets are easy holiday gifts for any kid to make. Buy pom-poms with holes in them, perfect for stringing. Thread pom-pom beads onto clear stretchy beading cord. Tie off with several double knots.
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Make beautiful Christmas earrings, necklaces, and bracelets with your little one by alternating glass beads and leaves with colorful bells.
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Pom-Pom Zipper Pull
Dangle a plum-size beauty from a zipper pull to spread holiday cheer. Help little ones thread a yarn needle with matching yarn, knotting the end. Pass needle through pom-pom then through zipper pull and back down through the pom-pom, leaving a 1-inch loop of yarn (so pom-pom can swing). Repeat twice.
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Sweet Holiday Necklace
There's likely a wealth of jewel-tone candy baubles around the house this time of year -- why not turn them into a sweet holiday accessory?
Just staple them together to create pretty necklaces. Lay out a design; staple ends of wrappers together. Make sure necklace will fit over your head before adding last staple. For a pendant, staple large piece of candy to the front.
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For a homemade heathered pom-pom, work with two colors of yarn at the same time.
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Bell Scarves, Hats, and Mittens
Kids can stay warm and add a jingle to their outfit by simply sewing bells of different colors onto store-bought hats, scarves, and mittens.
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For a unique holiday skirt that would have Mrs. Claus's stamp of approval, adorn tiny store-bought pom-poms to a skirt. Mark spacing with pins and stitch pom-poms in place according to skirt's edge, hiding the thread by passing it between the two layers of fabric as you sew. To make your pom-poms perfectly round, trim with curved nail scissors.
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Button Hair Clips
Kids can easily make these festive button hair clips with friends. Using heavy thread, sew a button or two to the top of a colored bobby pin (for a flower, first sew button to a felt leaf). Then, stamp name on card stock, cut slit, and insert hairpin.
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Christmas Card Necklace
Give old Christmas cards more hang time by stringing together cut-out disks. They're shown in garland form here, but can easily be made into a necklace. Use craft punches (or trace a round object and cut out). Attach to heavy thread with stickers; rub with craft stick to secure.
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Keep little feet warm and merry this holiday season with a pair of wool slippers adorned with bells, bows, and embroidery.
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Help kids make festive socks they can wear all season long. Purchase pea-size pom-poms, then sew them to the edges of anklets, hiding thread by passing it inside cuff between pom-poms.
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