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    Default Recycled Christmas Crafts

    Materials Needed:

    Old CD
    Felt
    Photo
    Glue
    Ribbon

    Instructions:
    Trace around the CD onto a piece of felt. Cut out the felt circle.
    Cut a 10-inch piece of ribbon. Tie the ribbon into a loop. Put a dab
    of glue onto the back of the CD towards the outside edge. Press the
    ribbon loop into the glue to make the hanger.

    Spread glue over the entire back of the CD. Center the felt circle
    on glue and gently press. This will cover writing and ribbon ends,
    and it will be the back of your ornament.

    Cut around the figure in the picture you are using. You can cut it
    into a rectangle shape, circle, or whatever you want. For a fancy
    edge, use pinking sheers!

    Trace the picture onto a piece of felt. Cut out the shape, making it
    about 1/2-inch wider than the picture. Glue the photo onto the piece
    of felt so you can see the felt on all sides. Glue this onto the
    center of the CD, making sure you cover the hole completely.
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    Materials Needed:

    Light Bulb
    Thin Ribbon
    Brown Fun Foam or Felt
    Paint
    3/4-Inch Red Pom-pom
    Glue

    Instructions:
    I put 3 layers of paper mache on my light bulb first. Although this
    is optional, I highly recommend it because this helps make the light
    bulb less fragile. (You can find out how to paper mache here.)
    Paint the light bulb with light brown paint. Let the paint dry
    completely. I set the neck of the lightbulb into an empty film
    container. This worked great while the paint dried!

    With the neck of the light bulb pointing up, paint eyes and a mouth
    on the reindeer. Glue on the red, pom-pom nose.

    Cut two antlers out of fun foam using the pattern below. Glue one to
    each side of the light bulb neck.



    Form a loop with a piece of thin ribbon, about 10 - 12 inches long
    and glue it on the top, back edge of your reindeer head. This will
    be the hanger for your ornament.
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    Materials Needed:

    Light Bulb
    Thin Ribbon
    Red Child's Sock
    Paint
    White, Curly Chenille Stem
    1-Inch, White Pom-pom
    White Chenille Stem
    Small, Pink Pom-pom
    Glue

    Instructions:
    I put 3 layers of paper mache on my light bulb first. Although this
    is optional, I highly recommend it because this helps make the light
    bulb less fragile. (You can find out how to paper mache here.)
    Paint the light bulb with flesh-colored paint. You don't need to
    paint the neck (the part that goes into the light socket). Let the
    paint dry completely. I set the neck of the lightbulb into an empty
    film container. This worked great while the paint dried!

    Tie a piece of thin ribbon, about 10 - 12 inches long, securely
    around the neck of the light bulb. Add a few drops of glue to secure
    the ribbon. This will be the hanger for your ornament.

    Now you will make santa's hat. Cut off the top of the red sock, you
    will want about 6 inches to work with. Slide it over the neck of the
    light bulb; and make sure the ribbon comes out through the top. Pull
    the edge of the sock down the lightbulbed to the desired spot.

    Tie a piece of ribbon around the top edge of the sock just above the
    end of the light bulb. Tie it into a knot and trim off any long
    ends. Glue the pom-pom on the top edge of the hat to hide the ribbon
    you tied it with. Secure the bottom edge of the sock onto the light
    bulb with a few drops of glue.

    Make Santa's beard using the curly, white chenille stem. Glue it in
    place; start from one edge of the hat, go around the bulb, and end
    at the other edge of the hat. Cover the tips of the beard by gluing
    on the white chenille stem around the bottom edge of the hat.

    To complete your Santa ornament, paint on some eyes, and glue on the
    pink pom-pom to be his nose.
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    Materials Needed:

    Light Bulb
    Thin Ribbon
    Child's Sock
    Snowpaint
    Buttons
    Orange Bump Chenille Stem
    Scrap Black Felt or Paper
    Glue

    Instructions:
    I put 3 layers of paper mache on my light bulb first. Although this
    is optional, I highly recommend it because this helps make the light
    bulb less fragile. (You can find out how to paper mache here.)
    Paint the light bulb with the snowpaint. You don't need to paint the
    neck (the part that goes into the light socket). Let the paint dry
    completely. I set the neck of the lightbulb into an empty film
    container. This worked great while the paint dried!

    Tie a piece of thin ribbon, about 10 - 12 inches long, securely
    around the neck of the light bulb. Add a few drops of glue to secure
    the ribbon. This will be the hanger for your ornament.

    Now you will make a stocking cap for your light bulb snowman. Cut
    off the top of the sock, you will want about 6 inches to work with.
    Slide it over the neck of the light bulb; and make sure the ribbon
    comes out through the top. Roll the edge of the sock that is over
    the light bulb until you have only about 1 inch hanging over the top.

    Tie a piece of ribbon around the top edge of the sock just above the
    end of the light bulb. Tie it into a bow and trim off any long ends.
    Secure the rolled edge of the sock onto the light bulb with a few
    drops of glue.

    Now you can make the snowman's face! Glue on small buttons for the
    eyes (you can also use large wiggle eyes). Cut half of a bump off
    the orange chenille stem and glue it on to be the snowman's nose.
    For the mouth, cut out small circles (to look like coal) out of
    black felt or paper and glue them on.
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    Sand Paper Gingerbread Ornament

    Use these free directions and pattern to create a cute singerbread
    boy out of sand paper. A great Christmas tree ornament or gift.

    Materials Needed:

    Sand Paper
    Cinnamon Stick
    Glue
    Misc. Supplies (listed below)

    Instructions:
    Use the pattern below to cut out 2 gingerbread man shapes. Trace the
    pattern onto the back of one piece of sand paper. Turn the pattern
    over, and trace it onto the back of the another sheet of sand paper.
    Cut out the gingerbread men.
    Glue the 2 gingerbread men together so the rough side is out. Scrape
    the cinnamon stick over the sand paper to make it smell sweet!

    Give your gingerbread man a face and other features using whatever
    you have on hand. You can use small candies, rick-rack, felt scraps,
    construction paper, white paint (to look like frosting), etc.
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    Greeting Card Ornaments
    Recycle the greeting cards you have received! Make fun Christmas
    tree ornaments.
    Materials:

    Greeting Cards
    Felt or Craft Foam
    Ribbon
    Glue
    Instructions:
    Cut 2 circles from the pictures of 2 greeting cards. The circles
    should be the same size. Trace around the bottom of a glass or other
    small, round object to help you cut your circles. The circles can be
    any size, but I prefer 2 inches.

    Cut a circle out of the felt or craft foam about 1/2 to 1 inch wider
    than the greeting card circles. Cut a piece of ribbon about 6 inches
    long. Fold the ribbon over and glue the ends to the top side of the
    felt or craft foam circle to make the hanger for your ornament.

    Glue the greeting card circles to each side of your felt or craft
    foam circle.
    Design Greeting Cards

    Christmas Ornaments
    Custom Greeting Cards
    Design and print custom Greeting cards.
    Let the glue dry.
    For an added touch, trace around the edge of the greeting card
    circle with glittery fabric paint or use glue and sprinkle glitter
    on it.
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    Pasta Angel

    Use these instructions to make a tiny angel using noodles. A great
    gift
    Materials Needed:
    Elbow macaroni
    Bowtie pasta
    Ziti noodles (this looks like a giant macaroni with groves on the
    outside with an arch in it)
    Gold pipe cleaners
    White and gold paint

    Medium sized clear faceted balls or round wooden balls with a face
    Glue gun and sticks
    Paintbrush
    Glitter (optional)
    Ribbon (so they can hang from the special spot, silly)
    Instructions:
    Step one: Paint the elbows and ziti white. We use Apple Barrel brand
    paint, easy clean up. Paint bowties gold or glittery silver. We
    paint them gold.

    Step two: Cut each gold pipe cleaner into four equal parts.

    Christmas Angel Crafts

    Christmas Ornament Crafts

    Christmas Angel Ornaments
    make loop and twist ends together, this should look like a halo.
    stick twisted ends into the hole at the top of the ball, this should
    look like the halo over a head.
    Step three: Take a length of ribbon and make a loop big enough to
    fit over the tree branch or the place where it will hang. Glue it to
    the bowtie, then glue the wings on the ziti in the small arch. Glue
    two elbows to sides but letting them touch in the front of angel.

    Step four: Put glue on upper mouth of ziti (the one closest to the
    wings) and attach the head. Let dry and taaaadahhhh, you have a
    pasta angel.
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    Santa's Red Underwear
    What does Santa wear under his red coat and pants? Why, red
    underwear, of course! Make these adorable ornaments from felt and
    glue and stuff with goodies for Christmas morning!

    You will need:
    red felt
    patterns
    white buttons or small pom poms
    craft glue or hot glue (hot glue is recommended)
    small white bow
    white chenille stick or ribbon

    Instructions
    Cut the patterns out and trace the underwear and back flap onto the
    red felt. Cut two of the underwear and one flap for each ornament
    you are making.

    Cut a 2" slit in the back of ONE of the underwear. This is where you
    will be filling the underwear with candy or money.

    Apply glue on the "outline" of one side of the underwear felt and
    then place the other side on top and press firmly. Let dry.

    Apply the "back flap" to the back of the underwear. Apply glue to
    the top straight part of the flap and place it 1/2" above the slit
    that you already cut out. Let dry.

    Glue three buttons down the front of Santa's Underwear and 2 buttons
    on the left and right side of the back flap. (See photo)
    Use pinking shears to cut out a small piece of material and glue the
    letter from the elves onto it. Glue diagonally on the front left or
    right side of the underwear.

    Create a small coat hanger by bending a white chenille stick into
    shape. Insert in Santa's Undies and secure with glue. Another option
    is to simply glue a loop of ribbon or gold cord to the inside back
    of the undies for the hanger.

    Fill back flap with candy or money.

    Variation - Finish edges with a blanket stitch or by hand stitching
    for an added touch.

    Santa's Underwear Tag

    Dear Santa,

    We looked for a stocking,
    but couldn't find a spare,
    so we ended up stuffing
    your red underwear.

    The Elves
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    These are great for grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.
    You'll probably want some for yourself also.

    Reindeer Ornament
    Brown construction paper (or craft foam)
    Small red or black pom-pom for nose (or draw on)
    Googly eyes (or you can draw them on)
    Ribbon for hanging

    Trace each child's right and left hand, and one bare
    foot onto a piece of brown construction paper and cut
    out. Glue each hand, fingers pointing out, onto the
    back of the foot near the toes. The hands are the
    "antlers". Glue a pom-pom onto the end of the heel.
    Glue on eyes. Attach a ribbon between the antlers for
    hanging.
    I have been making the reindeer every year since my
    son's first when he was 6 months old. It's like a
    Christmas gowth chart. He's four now, and was so
    excited hanging his "baby feet" on the tree this year.


    Penguin Ornament
    Black, red, yellow, and white construction paper
    Googly eyes
    Ribbon for hanging

    Trace one hand per child, with the thumb and pinky
    (these are the penguin's "arms") pointing out and the
    three middle fingers together on the black paper and
    cut out. From the white paper, cut out a small oval.
    It should be small enough to fit inside the child's
    palm, with some black paper showing on all sides. Glue
    the oval on top of the hand, the fingers should be
    pointing down. From the red paper, cut out a triangle
    (Santa hat). The base of the triangle should cover
    the heel of the hand. Glue on the googly eyes. Cut a
    small triangle from the yellow paper for a beak and
    glue on. Attach a ribbon for hanging.

    Hands Wreath
    green construction paper
    any decorations you want to add on the wreath

    Trace and cut out a lot of the hands on the green
    paper. I also traced my and my fiancee's hands, and
    used them as well. Arrange all the cut outs in an
    overlapping circle. Glue the hands together to form a
    "wreath" We used a hole punch on red paper to make
    "berries", and made a bow for the bottom.

    I also bought some plain white coffee cups (3 for $1
    at Dollar Tree), and some paint and stencils (make
    sure the paint is safe to use on dishes!). Painted
    the cups and filled them with Christmas candy (also
    from dollar tree, two bags filled six cups. I already
    had the paint and stencils (day after Christmas sale
    from last year), so I got six gifts for $4.

    For decorating my house, I try to use things I can
    find in nature. My mantle decoration is a bunch of
    pinecones in different sizes. I spray painted them
    gold and silver, and arranged them in a pretty bowl
    someone gave me as a gift last year.

    Hth, Amanda
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