Memo to Santa's assistants from head elf, creative department:
It has come to our attention that these elf figurines are a joy to make. All you need are pinecones, pipe cleaners, and other simple supplies (no toy-making expertise necessary). Furthermore, the charming sprites have many applications. They can be used as decorations on a mantel, under a tree, or atop presents. In conclusion, we expect the little guys to be big hits this Christmas.
You might expect to find a decoration like this at Jack Frost's holiday bash, but any kid can make this frosty frill. All you need is tissue paper. Fold one sheet in half lengthwise, then make five-inch wide accordion folds. Along one short end, draw drippy icicles. Cut out. If you need more pieces, cut a fresh straight edge, then draw and cut out more icicles. Layer white tissue over blue, and attach with double-sided tape.
No holiday figure is as instantly recognizable as Kris Kringle, the jovial, red-suited icon who has inspired a galaxy of Christmas decorations. Among the most delightful Santa ornaments are playful miniatures made of celluloid, an early plastic, sold at five-and-dimes in the 1920s and '30s. For less than a dollar, you can buy a handful of these treasured reminders of Christmas past on eBay or at rubylane.com. So, why not collect a few and create an easy, inexpensive Santa-scape?
Tiny bulbs create a striking modern display when placed in frosted cylindrical vases. Wrap ribbon around the bottoms of the vases and affix with double-sided tape. Loosely coil a single strand of lights in each vase, and then send the plug end over the back lip of the vase and run it behind so it's hidden. Use lights that have been tested for safety (look on the label), and always unplug the strand when left unattended.
We all know what bad boys and girls get in their stockings: coal. But something is different this year. These sparkling nuggets are no ordinary lumps, but gift boxes embellished with paint, paper, and lots of glitter. The faux-coal pieces are just the right size to package earrings, a rolled-up tie, and other small gifts. Looks like landing on the "naughty" list isn't so terrible after all.
Let those kids who have made the "nice" list use our letter to Santa to let him know exactly what they want this holiday season. Even better, it will keep them busy while you're wrapping presents or hanging decorations.
It's the kids who will be doing the nibbling when these sweet mice are around. A combination of two Christmas icons -- mice and candy canes -- these tiny fabric creatures with their red-and-white-striped tails make fitting favors at a holiday dinner or delightful gifts for children to give to friends and relatives.
With a few bags of cotton balls (yes, cotton balls) you can blanket a tree with the softest snow. Thread a needle with 15 inches of fishing line, and sew through two or three cotton balls, leaving gaps between (dab white glue next to each so it won't slide); make loop for hanging. Use a sieve to add a dusting of cornstarch over the branches; cut batting for a skirt.
Give bits of ribbon left over from gift wrapping a new life as merry tree ornaments, or use them to decorate a garland welcoming winter guests. The ribbons' colors and patterns don't need to match exactly, since their simple shape will tie the look together. Begin by knotting scraps into basic bows around a few inches of floral wire. Next, twist the wire to secure the bows to tree branches, indoors or out. To remove the ornaments, untwist the wire, and store flat between layers of tissue paper.
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