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Friday Craft: Trim the Christmas Tree

This is it! The last weekend before THE big day (that would be Christmas if you’re not quite awake to catch that *wink*).

Are your kids getting antsy? My boys are getting pretty excited. Of course, if you didn’t know them you wouldn’t know they’re excited – they’re teenage boys after all. How much emotion do teenage boys really display anyway?

Exactly. But they are, trust me. 😀

Anyway, here are some last minute Christmas tree ornament ideas from Family Fun. Try them, it might distract the kids – for an hour or two.

Sweet Mice


Sweeten up the Christmas tree with a collection of chocolate mice ornaments.
Hershey’s Kisses
Pink felt
Double-sided carpet tape
Fishing line
Self-adhesive googly eyes
Curling ribbon

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Remove the tags from two Hershey’s Kisses. Cut out mouse ears from pink felt, about 3/8-inch high. Using double-sided carpet tape, affix the bottoms of the ears to the flat side of one of the Kisses.

2. Tape an 8-inch loop of fishing line behind the ears to form a hanger.

3. With more double-sided carpet tape, join together the two flat sides of the Hershey’s Kisses, with the mouse ears and fishing line loop pointing up. Add a pair of self-adhesive googly eyes.

4. Slip a tail — a 4-inch piece of curling ribbon — under the foil. Now, see how they run (or disappear) from your tree!

Northpole Signpost


Here’s a real treat for your tree: a candy cane-like ornament that points the way to Santa’s place.

Large craft stick (ours was 4 ½ inches long)
Acrylic paint: white, green and red
Craft knife
Permanent marker
Small green felt holly leaves
Red mini pom-pom berries
White glitter
5-inch piece of ribbon

Time needed: About 1 to 2 Hours
1. Coat a large craft stick (ours was 4 ½ inches long) with white acrylic paint and another with green paint. Let them dry, then add stripes of red paint to the white stick.

2. Use a craft knife to cut a 3-inch section from the green stick, notching each end to create an arrow shape, as shown. Write “North Pole” on the sign in permanent marker, then glue the sign to the red-and-white craft stick.

3. Next, glue on small green felt holly leaves and red mini pom-pom berries. If you like, add dabs of white paint, then sprinkle on white glitter for snow.

4. Finally, glue both ends of a 5-inch piece of ribbon to the back of the signpost for a hanger and let the glue dry.

Downhill Racers


Gear up for your holiday decorating with these handmade tree trinkets.

Craft stick
Emery board

Time needed: About 1 Hour
1. To make a set of skis like these, first use hot glue to attach 2 emery boards an inch or so from the ends of 2 colored craft sticks (available at craft stores), then glue the sticks together as shown.

2. For each pole, glue a small button onto one end of a toothpick and a round bead to the other end for a handle.

3. Finally, glue the poles to the skis, tie a ribbon around the set, and tie on a string loop for hanging.

Dangling Snowman


It doesn’t take a single flake to build this frosty character — you can round him up with white foam, buttons, and ribbon.

3 round objects (we used a spice jar lid, the bottom of a yogurt container, and a mason jar lid)
Craft foam, white and orange
Glue dots
Permanent marker

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Using the round objects as patterns, cut out 2 white foam circles in each size.

2. Place one set of the circles on a flat surface, spacing them 1/4 inch apart. With glue dots, glue a 12-inch piece of monofilament across the circles as shown, then firmly press the matching circles on top.

3. Use more glue dots to attach buttons and an orange craft foam nose. With a permanent marker, draw on eyes and a mouth. Finally, tie a ribbon scarf around the monofilament at the neck, and then knot the line above the head to create a loop for hanging.

Merry Christmas!

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