Colorful Snowflakes ~ Deck your Christmas tree with a color-happy flurry of snowflakes. To make, use lightweight wood veneer paper cut into strips to form 14-16 loops per snowflake. To add the bright colors to your snowflakes, paint one side of the wood veneer paper before cutting into strips. Glue together using fast-drying crafts glue to form a circle. Glue circles punched from scraps of the wood veneer to the center. Tie thread through a loop to hang.
Star Christmas Ornament ~ Add a festive message to your Christmas tree with our fun-to-make three-dimensional paper star ornament. Pick patterned paper in bright colors to make the Christmas craft stand out when hung on the tree. Learn more about this project.
Snowman-Face Ornaments ~ It's easy to assemble a whole garland filled with these happy snowman ornaments. Start with small foam balls; cover with air-dry clay, adding an extra-small amount to each to shape into a nose if desired. Wet the clay to attach black beads for eyes; use a toothpick to draw mouths. Paint facial details with orange paint, or add a bit of cosmetic blush for rosy cheeks. Add a hanger using an 1-1/2-inch-long piece of florist's wire. Seal with clear gloss gel medium or clear glitter paint.
Tree Ornaments, Two Ways ~ As ornaments or gift embellishments, little wintry trees add handmade flair. Make the Triangle Tree Ornament: Trace a triangular tree base onto medium-weight wood veneer paper; cut out. Punch holes in the tree shape using various-sizes hole punches. Glue the tree shape to a piece of felt; trim felt edges. Punch a hole in the top and thread string through to hang. Make the Scallop Tree Ornament: Cut multiple-size triangles from felt and medium-weight wood veneer paper; use scallop-edge scissors to cut along the bottom of each triangle. Glue the scallop-edge triangles to each other, layering from bottom to top. Be sure to alternate between the wood veneer and felt as you go. Use the wood veneer to create a tree base. Punch a hole in the top of the tree and loop thread through for hanging.
Two-Tone Felt Tree Ornament ~ For a simply-styled Christmas ornament, our two-tone tree will do the trick. Trace a tree onto stiff felt using a stencil; cut out. Trace an overlay tree onto a contrasting color of felt, cutting it slightly smaller than the foundation tree; glue the two trees together as shown. Finish by gluing on a star topper and hot-gluing a hanging loop to the back of the ornament.
Miniature Embroidered Ornaments ~ Whip up a batch of these mini Christmas ornaments -- hang some from the tree and give a few as gifts, too. Simply trace a design onto a small piece of brightly colored linen or cotton. Embroider the design, then place in a miniature embroidery hoop (use hot glue to seal the edges).
Meatballs and Spaghetti
Cut a hole for the head in the center of a red-checkered tablecloth (or 1.25 yards of 45-inch-wide red-checkered fabric) so that it can be worn like a poncho. Cut 1/2 skein off-white yarn into spaghetti-length pieces. With a hot-glue gun, glue them in swirls and bunches to a large, sturdy paper plate. Paint 8 small Styrofoam balls with brown acrylic paint to resemble meatballs. Let dry, then glue 4 or 5 balls to top of spaghetti. Mix brown and red acrylic paint to make a tomato-sauce color; drip that over meatballs and spaghetti. Smear a little on the side of a small pot. Glue the plate to the front of the tablecloth. Glue remaining meatballs to tablecloth where you like. Glue some strands of yarn to pot "hat." Tie under chin if needed to keep pot on head. Bubble Bath
Cut a hole in the bottom of an inflatable baby bathtub (we used Munchkin's Inflatable Safety Duck Tub). Leave at least 2 inches for the rim. On the remaining bottom rim…
Put grandma's (or your own!) springtime quilt to good use—smack dab on the center of the table. Match the rest of your settings and centerpieces around this sentimental tablescape base.
A DIY tin can, moss, and nest place setting with log chargers screams spring in the best, most rustic ways possible. Get the tutorial at Liz Marie Blog.
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If you don't have a large porch to decorate, think vertically and add cornstalks or a leaf garland around your door. A vertical display will give you a big impact without taking up a lot of space. For front porch decorating ideas on a budget, buy faux seasonal garlands instead of creating one with live produce or leaves. These can look convincingly realistic an…