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      — In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “herberkids3”

      wrote:

      >

      > Even easier- buy 2 of the cheap fleece blankets Walmart sells at

      > holiday time (usually around $3 each), and it’s pre-measured. I did

      > this 2 years ago with a green/red plaid for 1 side, and a red with

      > large white snowflakes on it for the other side. Nice and warm, and

      > just the right size. It can be hard to find fleece for sale as wide

      > as I want it. It comes out a bit too narrow to use for a regular

      > blanket.

      >

      > — In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “Bron Gibson”

      > wrote:

      > >

      > > You can also make fleece blankets; hubby and I made these one year

      > for

      > > everybody, kids and grownups both, and they were a big hit. :>)

      > just measure

      > > how big you want your blanket to be (like for a couch size lap

      > quilt),

      >

      here are some gift ideas:

      bath salts:

      estimated time to make this gift:

      1 hour

      Materials:

      Salts:

      Baking soda

      Epsom salts

      Corn starch

      Sea or table salt

      Glycerin (optional, for sparklier bath salts)

      Food color (optional)

      Fragrance (optional)

      Container:

      Jar or cello bag

      tape

      ribbon or lace

      glue

      labels or gift tags

      Instructions:

      Blend equal parts of first four ingredients. Add a few drops of

      glycerin, a SMALL quantity of food color, and fragrance, if desired.

      I find that a smaller grain of salt dissolves better in the bath, and

      that powdered food coloring is easier to blend with the dry

      ingredients.

      If you use glycerin or liquid food coloring, spread on baking sheet

      to dry before packing. Otherwise, pack into jars or cello bags and

      seal.

      Decorate the package with ribbon or lace, and perhaps a colorful

      label.

      Other comments or suggestions to consider:

      It is best if an adult or older child adds the fragrance and color.

      .

      Appropriate age group(s):

      Elementary School

      Middle School

      High School & Beyond

      Estimated time to make this gift:

      2 hours+ over periods of time

      Materials:

      Aluminum cans, holiday napkins, scraps of wrapping paper, paint,

      masking tape, glue (craft glue works best), varnish or shellac, paint

      brushes, and small gifts, pens and pencils, or floral foam and silk

      flowers.

      Instructions:

      Adults- Wash cans and remove label. Tape the sharp edge with masking

      tape to avoid cuts.

      Children- Paint a thin coat of base color on can. While paint is

      drying, cut out desired pictures or patterns from paper or napkins.

      Remember to make them small enough to fit on the can. Mix glue with

      water (one teaspoon of water with one tablespoon of craft glue works

      best). When the can is COMPLETELY dry, spread glue on 1/4 of the

      can’s surface (with paint brush). Place the cut outs on the can and

      press into the ridges. Continue around the can, overlapping for the

      best effect. Let the can dry COMPLETELY.

      Adults- Varnish the cans using brush-on or spray-on shellac. One to

      two coats are needed, depending on desired glossiness. Let dry

      overnight.

      Children- Your can is now ready to fill with pens and pencils for dad

      or grandpa or a floral arrangment made especially by you for mom or

      grandma. You can even place a baggie of small homemade cookies inside

      for a gift for your teacher, bus driver or scout leader!! A ribbon

      tied around the top of the can or top of the gift will make it extra

      fancy! You will only be limited by your imagination!! Have fun!

      .

      Appropriate age group(s):

      Middle School

      High School & Beyond

      Estimated time to make this gift:

      3 hours

      Materials:

      3 yrds of fabric cut into 4×4 inch squares using pinking shears

      1 straw wreath (10-12 inches) with the plastic wrap left on

      bows and ribbons as desired

      Instructions:

      Using a Phillips screwdriver, insert the screwdriver into the middle

      of the fabric, gently push the screwdriver into the wreath. In a

      circular pattern, continue until full. Fluff, add ribbon, small

      ornaments, whatever you like.

      Other comments or suggestions to consider:

      The fabric should not have a white back side, this will show on the

      wreath. Start poking the fabric in on the outside of the wreath and

      work toward the center. Space them as even as possible to get a nice

      full pattern.

      ( I have actually made these and they are really pretty. I make

      smaller wreaths and place them around candles)

      .

      Appropriate age group(s):

      Preschool and Younger

      Elementary School

      Estimated time to make this gift:

      20 minutes

      Materials:

      Plain white apron and red, green, yellow, & blue paint.

      Instructions:

      This is a simple gift for the grandma that doesn’t really need

      anything. Have each of her grandchildren put a handprint on the apron

      in paint. Write the child’s name under each handprint.

      Other comments or suggestions to consider:

      If the children aren’t all in the same place very often, this is a

      nice gift that can be made while the adults are making Christmas

      dinner.

      .

      Appropriate age group(s):

      Elementary School

      Middle School

      High School & Beyond

      Estimated time to make this gift:

      1 hour

      Materials:

      Cone shaped foam pieces, sizes vary (available at craft stores)

      Hershey Kisses – christmas foil colors (amount varies depending on

      size of foam cones)

      Toothpicks

      Instructions:

      Remove the Hershey Kisses from the bags.

      Stick toothpicks into the bottom (flat side) of each Hershey Kiss.

      Starting at the bottom of the foam cone, insert the extended end of

      the toothpick into the foam base until the Hershey Kiss is flush up

      against the foam.

      Continue going around the bottom level until it is covered with

      Kiss’s. Move up to the next level of the tree and repeat the circles

      of the Kisses until the entire foam cone is covered.

      Place one Kiss at the top, pointy side up.

      Other comments or suggestions to consider:

      Leave the Kiss tree out for company and family to enjoy during the

      holiday season (if it lasts long enough!)

      You can alternate foil colors in rows, or do entire trees of just

      green, red or silver foil candies, it’s up to you!

      ( I made this with a class of 5th graders and they had fun and the

      trees came out really cool looking, I also used a few green and red

      foiled kisses for a ornament look)

      The trees take about a day to dry!

      .

      Appropriate age group(s):

      Preschool and Younger

      Elementary School

      Middle School

      High School & Beyond

      Estimated time to make this gift:

      about 10 minutes, once the ice is frozen

      Materials:

      large juice can, like Juicy Juice

      water

      hammer

      nails

      small candle

      Instructions:

      fill the can with water…let it freeze.

      tape a design (a star, a tree, etc) to the side of the can.

      Take a large nail and hammer it at intervals along the lines of your

      design (with spaces in between).

      Let the ice melt.

      Put a candle inside and put it out on Christmas Eve!

      Other comments or suggestions to consider:

      With young children you obviously have to be very careful with the

      nail and hammer, judging from each child what he or she can do and

      how much 1-1 help they need. My daughter has done this pretty much on

      her own since Kindergarten…it is quite simple and REALLY pretty!

      .

      Appropriate age group(s):

      Elementary School

      Middle School

      High School & Beyond

      Estimated time to make this gift:

      approx. 1 hour of preparation and 1 day of waiting

      Materials:

      Candle wax (you can also use crayons)

      Cardboard milk and/or cream cartons

      Wick (wax coated)

      Ice (cubes)

      Instructions:

      Melt the candle wax.

      Cut the carton to a desired height.

      Secure the wick in the carton and fill with ice cubes.

      Make sure the wick is standing upright and pour the melted wax into

      the carton.

      When wax is set (ice will have melted) remove the milk carton and you

      have a candle that looks like swiss cheese.

      .

      I make alot of gifts and crafts from now until xmas so if your

      looking for one certain thing…email me and as me I may have the

      directions for it and if so I can email them to you.

      I have a 2″ binder filled with craft and gifts to make. So I dont

      mind sharing them with anyone that would like some.

      Kelly in IL

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