Holiday Paper Star Ornament

December 7, 2009

Get the whole family involved in this charming holiday craft project,

compliments of Elizabeth W. Gift Baskets.

Happy Holidays!

3-D PAPER STARS

These delicate stars are far simpler to make than they appear. Hang them on your Christmas tree or decorate the party room with them by hanging several at varying lengths from a chandelier, doorframe or light fixture. For a variation, cut bell shapes from holiday sheet music and assemble in the same way as the stars.

You’ll Need:

Star cookie cutter or stencil

Art paper in holiday tones

Scissors

Stapler

Squirt-out glitter glue or puffy paint, (optional)

Assorted thin ribbons

Craft glue

1. Use cookie cutter or stencil to trace around and cut out three identical stars from the art paper. With point at top, fold two stars in half vertically.

2. Place folded stars on either side of remaining (flat) star and staple together along vertical fold with a single staple. Decorate with glitter glue and/or paint, if using; let dry. Cut ribbons for hanging stars and attach with a dot of craft glue.

OUR “HOLIDAY STRIPES” BASKET IS THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THE SWEET TOOTH ON YOUR LIST!

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Many of my holiday gift baskets are highlighted with elegant, glass snowflake ornaments. Traditionally however, my own tree is decorated entirely with handmade items… some made when I was just a child. In fact, the snowflake ornaments shown here, are simply a grown-up version of those fold-and-cut snowflakes we all made in grade school. The only difference is that I used fancy vellum instead of those sheets of manila paper from 3rd grade.

To make a snowflake: Cut a square of vellum paper. Fold the square in half, then in half again to make quarters. Cutting along the unfolded edges, cut spokes of snowflake. Unfold paper. Sew hanger onto one spoke with silver embroidery thread. Glue a craft store gem into the center, if you like. Use the snowflakes to decorate a package or greeting card, or to hang on your tree.

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Craft a Holiday Wreath

November 10, 2008

dsc01945COOKIE RECIPEA few months back I mentioned that my recipe for Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies had  been  chosen to run in a round-up of best fast recipes in Food & Wine magazine. My sister emailed me and said a friend had  just seen it, so I guess it is in the current (December?) issue. Check it out. Meanwhile, you can  also find the recipe here.

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HOW TO MAKE A RUSTIC HOLIDAY WREATH

I am including fancy wreaths in some of my holiday gift basket designs, but when it comes to my own front door, I lean toward something a bit more rustic. This will be a snore for seasoned crafters, but the recipe for making this festive wreath couldn’t be simpler. What’s more, the wreath shown here will take you from fall through winter and all the holidays in between.

Start with an inexpensive vine wreath from a craft store. Assemble all the items you want to decorate your wreath with… pinecones, feathers, unshelled nuts, tiny dried gourds, paper or silk leaves, dried citrus or quince slices, acorns, dried berries, etc. Now simply hot glue them to the vine wreath with a glue gun. You’ll find that once you make your move and glue on that first item, all the rest will fall into place. Really! In fact, that’s the best part about this little craft project. It is virtually impossible to make a mistake! It’s perfectly OK that parts of the vine wreath show through. That’s the beauty of working with nature’s craft supplies. When it feels finished simply tie on a fancy ribbon and hang your masterpiece!

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Wreath Detail:

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