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Handprint Santa Card

Put your personal stamp on holiday greetings with this handprint design.

Red craft paper
Glue stick
Plain notecard or card stock
Tempera paints
Paper plates
Googly eyes

Cut Santa-hat shapes (minus the pom-poms and white trim) from the craft paper, then glue one onto each card. Glue a pair of googly eyes a fingertip’s width below each hat.

For complete instructions, click here

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Popcorn Ball Ornaments

Like decorations stolen from Willy Wonka’s Christmas party, these ornaments are meant to be eaten. For a fun party activity, have children decorate their own.

For homemade popcorn balls, try this recipe.

Small popcorn ball (one for each guest)
Mini candy canes
Colored sugar
Mini M&M’s

You’ll need a small popcorn ball for each person (ours are store-bought and about 3 inches wide). Use a wooden skewer to poke a small hole in the top, snap the end off of a mini candy cane to create a point, and gently press the sharp end of the cane into the popcorn ball far enough to make a loop, as shown.

For complete instructions & a photo of the craft, click here

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Handprint

To assemble one, first use a pencil to trace your child’s hand onto a piece of brown craft foam or card stock.

Cut out the shape and add black marker hooves to the fingertips.

Next, add a red glitter glue collar with gold sequins for bells, then glue on a googly eye, a red pom-pom nose, and a tail cut from the brown craft foam or card stock.

For the reindeer’s antlers, cut a brown pipe cleaner in half. Bend each half in two (slightly off-center) and curl the ends. Glue together the pipe cleaner pieces, holding them in place with a paper clip or clothespin until the glue dries. Finally, glue the antlers in place on the reindeer.

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Simple Christmas Centerpieces

Blue Mood

Add color to an all-white table by choosing some colored decorations for interest. These include white, which visually links them to the tablecloth, flowers, and bowl. This is a budget-friendly centerpiece solution since if you have bowls on hand, then one box of six large ornaments is all you’ll need.

Simple Christmas Centerpieces

Highs and Lows

Turn unused candleholders into ornament display pieces. A length of sparkly garland decorates the base, yet fresh evergreen sprigs would be equally as effective. Valuable ornaments should be secured to the candleholder with a bit of museum wax to avoid knocking them off their perch.

Simple Christmas Centerpieces

Tiered Tray

Here’s a lovely way to display vintage ornaments by setting them on a tiered serving piece. This one was created using three sizes of silver trays held together by two glasses and wads of floral clay or museum wax (also known as earthquake wax).

Simple Christmas Centerpieces

Gifts and Ornaments

Here’s an easy-to-duplicate idea that can take its cue from the design of the container. Small wrapped gifts are held in place by handfuls of colorful holiday ornaments. The gift bows of sheer ribbon add a bit more flair to the scene