I can't believe that Christmas is merely a few days from now, so I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year! Whether you're traveling or staying home, I hope that you have a wonderful and blessed holiday. I'll be back online next year.
I tried to think of something super-neat to post as my last Twelve Days of Christmas Recipes entry. I thought about recipes and I contemplated crafts, and I decided that crafts would be more fun, especially since most families have children who are going to be on Christmas break, if they are not already. I decided on a few simple crafts that children and adults can do together, and chances are you have many of the supplies already in your house.
Day 12: Assorted Christmas Ornaments
|My hubby made this ornament when he was six years old!|
4 C all-purpose flour
1 C salt
1 1/2 C warm water
Yes, salt dough ornaments! Simply mix all of the ingredients together until smooth. Roll out on a floured surface to the desired thickness, and cut with cookie cutters or shapes found in your kitchen. Use textured items, such as cheese graters, to create designs in the dough. If you have rubber stamps, you can stamp designs into the dough. Punch a hole into the top of the ornaments using a toothpick and bake in a 300 degree oven for about an hour or until the ornaments are hard. Paint as desired and run string or ribbon through the holes, and allow to dry before hanging on the tree. A great way to make memories with the kids, and if properly stored and cared for, will last for many years.
Now, while those are baking, you can make the second ornament. The second ornament requires supplies:
Package of C4 light bulbs (found at Wal-Mart for $0.98)
Glue that dries clear
Glitter of your color choice
16 gauge wire (found in jewelry-making sections of your local craft store-I used aluminum)
Empty cupcake liner container
Wire cutters, pliers, and round-nosed pliers
You knew I'd use glitter at some point! These are really easy to make, and beautiful to hang from the tree. They even bring a hint of nostalgia to your Christmas decor. Appropriate for slightly older children who can be careful around fragile things.
The first thing you will do is wrap wire around the top part of the lightbulb. You can do this however you want; I chose to coil it completely around the metal to conceal the screw part.
: But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.