Monthly Archives: December 2013

Glowstick Fan

Hosting a party? Don’t know how to make the living room look like a dance floor?

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Glowing glowstick fan!

A glowstick fan is a fun but simple party decoration for a New Years Eve party, Birthday party, end of term party or any other get together.

You need:
* Glowsticks
* Ceiling fan
* Clear boxing tape
* Ladder or something to stand on

You need to:
* Activate the glowsticks
* Stand on the ladder (Stay safe! You might want to do this before drinking.)
* Tape them to the ceiling fan. Tip: To make it easier to remove after, put the sticky side of the tape out as you wrap the tape around the fan blades.

Pine Cone Ordainment

Kids getting cabin fever? Get them outside and have them collect some pine cones. When they get back inside, they can create a craft.

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Pine Cone Ordainments are easy to make. All you need are pine cones, glue, glitter, paint or other stuff in your art bin.

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You can make gifts for the wildlife outside by putting peanut butter on the pine cone and sprinkling seeds on it. Hang it up on the tree and watch the birds fly to the pine cone birdfeeder.

Edible Christmas Tree Ordainment

When most people think of an edible ordainment, they think of dry and stale popcorn strings – not really something you’d want to eat!

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Here’s something more tasty – mmmm mints to make a wreath – and your kids can take part too.

* Take several mints and make a circle with them
* Glue together with white frosting
* Add smaller red mints ontop as cherries
* Let sit for a few hours to harden

When the holidays are over, you can suck and nibble your edible Christmas tree ordainment!

Dried Apple Heads

Stuck indoors? Looking around for some art to do… Grab a couple apples from the kitchen and make some dried apple heads.

What you need
* Apple
* Pen
* Small sharp knife
* 1 cup lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon salt
* Bowl
* Towel

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How to do it
* Peel the apple and de-core it
* Draw on some eyes, nose and mouth
* Go along the lines with the knife
* Combine lemon juice and salt in bowl
* Put apple in bowl for half a minute
* Remove, pat dry with towel
* Put apple in dry and warm place (like a closet) for a few days

You can hang them from the tree for an interesting ordainment, or put them on the table as a decoration. Dried apple heads aren’t just for Halloween – turn them into a Christmas tradition as well!

Snowglobe

Instead of going out and getting a premade glitter snowglobe, upcycle some old mason jars and make one yourself!

What you need
* Mason jar
* Small plastic item, like a Christmas figurine or kids favourite Pokemon character.
* Glitter (white or silver is best)
* Glycerin
* Water
* Waterproof glue

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How to do it
* Glue the figurine to the underside of the mason jar lid. Let dry!
* Fill jar almost all the way with water.
* Put in a few drops of glycerin, and some glitter.
* Use glue to hold the jar lid in place as you close it.
* Wait 1 day before shaking up the mason jar snowglobe.

Tea Candle Holder

Get your kids involved with making home decorations for the holidays with these simple tea candle holders.

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What you need
– Tea Candles
– CDs
– Glitter, stones and other stuff (check out the art aisle in the Dollar Store)
– Glue (glue gun works best)

Decorate the CDs and allow them to dry. Then you have cute upcycled CD Tea Candle Holders for your Holiday decorations!

Upcycled Chair

This upcycled chair was made by someone just by adding some paint.

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What a perfect way to upcycle stuff for the holidays! You could paint stuff green or gold for the winter season, and add some colour in the summer.

Do you have a problem finding enough places for people to sit down during holiday celebrations? Why not upcycle some old items you have lying in the garage or under the stairs?