Paper Christmas Tree

August 17, 2008

Make a 3-Dimensional evergreen tree easily with this quick technique. Great for school projects, holiday decorations or just boredom relief!

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You’ll Need:

* Green construction paper
* Crayons, markers, or tempera paint
* Scissors
* Clear tape

Directions:

Fold a piece of green construction paper in half, then cut it in half. Put the two pieces together, and fold them in half again. Draw half an evergreen tree opposite the fold. Cut along the line – you should get two identical trees. Fold the trees in half, just barely creasing the center line (this is to mark the center of the tree). Cut a slit along the bottom half of the center of one tree and along the top half of the center of the other tree. Slip the two trees together along the slits.
Using clear tape, tape the bottoms and tops together (pieces of tape on the bottom and at the top make the tree stand up well and stop the slit ends from flopping over).

Draw some pine cones on your tree if you’d like.

For a bigger tree: Start with two pieces of green construction paper, and fold them so they make a long, thin rectangle. Draw a tree opposite the fold. The rest of the instructions are the same.

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Star Banner

August 14, 2008

These simple star banners make a great decoration for Fourth of July or even Christmas.

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You’ll Need

* Construction Paper
* Star templates or Cookie Cutters
* Ribbon
* Scissors
* Hole punch
* Glue

Directions:

Start by tracing the stars on cardboard. You want to have two different sizes of stars that you can glue on top of each other.

For example for a Fourth Of July banner, make some large red stars with small white stars and large blue stars with small red ones etc.

For A Christmas banner use large green stars with small red stars and large red stars with small green stars.

Glue one smaller star in the center of each larger star.

Punch two holes on opposite points of the big stars, then thread the ribbon through them to connect all stars into one long banner.

You can hang this banner over the fireplace, on the porch, over the kitchen window etc.

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Free Snowman Craft Ideas

August 14, 2008

Give this cute free snowman craft idea a try with your young child. The snowman collage is a big hit and makes a great decoration for your kitchen or your child’s room.

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You’ll Need

*Sheet Of Construction Paper

*Cotton Balls

*Glue

*Pen Or Pencil

*Small Black Pompoms

* Felt or construction paper in orange and black

* Brown marker or two small twigs

Directions:

Draw two or three circles on the construction paper. This will be the body of your snowman craft. Spread the glue in a small area of one of the circles, and have your child add cotton balls to the area with glue in it.

Keep going until all two (or three) circles are covered in cotton balls. Glue the back pompoms on as eyes, mouth and buttons.

Cut a hat shape out of the black felt or construction paper. Cut a nose out of orange felt or paper and glue both to the snowman collage as well.

Use the brown marker to draw the snowman’s arms on the construction paper, or glue two small sticks on either side.

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