My Twinkly Christmas Dress
More Christmas Baubles
This is my last post about baubles. Really. Here is a simple way to make a plain Christmas bauble into something special with round glass pebbles. These pebbles are normally available in small bags at discount or craft stores. The string used to hang the baubles will need to be replaced with fishing line, as the pebbles make the bauble considerably heavier. Due to their weight, the baubles are not suitable for hanging on a Christmas Tree. I attached the pebbles with a hot glue gun. Click here for full instructions (Pdf)
Green glass pebbles
Adhesive Crystals on each pebble
More of my glass crafts:
Sea Glass Lamp
Stained Glass Snowflakes
Patty Pan Chains
This is a super-quick, simple and effective activity for small children. In the example pictured below I have used red, silver and green patty pans so we can hang them on the Christmas tree. However, they don’t have to be for Christmas necessarily, the chains can also be used for necklaces, doorway hangings or fancy party streamers.
All you need is some coloured patty pans, string, drinking straws and a craft knife. I use the kids plastic craft string as it tends to be more rigid and easier for little fingers to thread with.
Cut the straws into pieces roughly 4cm long.
Using the tip of your craft knife punch a small hole into a stack of patty pans. Twist the knife back and forth until the hole goes through all the patty pans. Make sure the hole is not too big. It should be large enough to thread the string through, but small enough that the straw will not pass through.
Make a large knot in the end of the string. Thread a piece of straw followed by a patty pan. Keep alternating straws and patty pans until the chain reaches the desired length. For very young children you may need to hold the string while they thread the pieces on or vice versa.
Coconut Christmas Trees
Believe it or not, this is an upturned icecream cone covered in dessicated coconut. I used green food coloring for the coconut and stuck it to the cone with white chocolate. The decorations are edible cachous and glitter icing. Inside are chocolate buttons, but you could fill it with whatever you like. To finish, I used the white chocolate to stick it to a jam biscuit. The children had a go at making their own mini versions using small cones and coloured chocolate pieces. (below)
There are a few steps in the process, but the results are worth the effort. For my next batch I will making a ‘grown ups’ version with white chocolate rocky road filling.
Click the link for full instructions on how to make my Coconut Christmas Trees.
Click here for full recipe and instructions (Pdf)
This project uses old blown halogen globes. Note: halogens have a glass covering and should be handled with care. The angels are for ornamental purposes only, such as hanging on a Christmas tree. They are not suitable for general play.
You will need: • blown halogen globes • small styrofoam balls • glue (PVA or a hot glue gun) • scissors • craft knife • cotton wool • decorative paper • fine felt tip marker
Paint the foam ball first or leave it plain and move on to the next step.
Use the craft knife to slice a slit into the ball. The slit helps the ball attach to the top of the globe.
Press the ball firmly onto the halogen plugs. Add some glue to the ball if it wobbles and will not stay.
Cut wings and a matching strip of paper for the waistband.
Glue the waistband around the centre of the globe and then glue the wings to the back.
Draw a face, then glue on some cotton wool for hair.