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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Bag of Coal Christmas ornament on: December 04, 2009 05:32:31 AM
Here is a fun and inexpensive ornament to make. My son actually thought up this idea. He's a member of the local art honor society and they were decorating a naughty and a nice Christmas tree for a local festival of trees and this was one of the ornaments he made for the naughty tree.
Bag of Coal Christmas Ornament

complete tutorial available here: http://craftelf.com/Christmas_ornament_Bag_of_Coal.htm
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Gumdrop Christmas Tree on: December 03, 2009 05:21:21 AM
Make some gumdrop trees to decorate your holiday table. They make a great centerpiece and then, you can  let your guests snack on the trees after dinner.

All you need for this project is a styrofoam cone, foil, toothpicks and gumdrops.  Complete tutorial can be found here: http://craftelf.com/Christmas_Gumdrop_Christmas_tree_craft.htm

They also make nice gifts - just wrap it in cellophane and tie with a nice bow.
23  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Gumdrop Pumpkin on: September 30, 2009 05:08:55 AM
I came up with a great idea for a yummy centerpiece - a pumpkin made of gumdrops.  For this project you use the orange slice gumdrops. Hope you like it.

Happy Crafting!

24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Felt Elf Christmas Ornament on: September 15, 2009 11:17:26 AM
I designed and made quite a few of these elves last year.  They are pretty quick to make if you like to sew.

I made them for all my siblings and nieces and nephews and of course for my children.  To personalize them I wrote their names on the collar with glitter paint in a squeeze bottle.

Complete tutorial and pattern http://craftelf.com/Craft_elf_Christmas_felt_elf_ornament.htm

Hope you like him as much as I do.  Cheesy
25  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Black Cat magnet on: September 15, 2009 07:05:05 AM
If you have some black yarn (it doesn't take much) and a crochet hook you can whip up some cat magnets for Halloween.

You can get a complete tutorial here http://craftelf.com/Crochet_Halloween_Black_Cat_Magnet_.htm
26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Bunny Ears and an Easter Basket made from Plastic Canvas on: April 08, 2009 06:41:10 AM
I'm so excited about two of the newest Easter crafts I've made.  I wish my daughter was still small enough to wear the bunny ears but there are still a lot of little ones around to enjoy what I make.


One sheet of plastic canvas makes one basket so it is a very inexpensive craft. You could also get some yarn and make designs on each of the sides of the basket and/or stitch the child's name onto the handle.
27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Simple Sock bunny on: March 03, 2009 05:56:56 AM
Here is a simple bunny made from a sock. You could make a basket full of bunnies for a great display next to the fireplace. Check out your local dollar store for inexpensive socks.  

Complete instructions can be found here http://craftelf.com/Easter_Sock_Bunnies.htm

Hope you enjoy this great family craft.
28  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Bucket of self stick hearts - Valentine's projects for kids on: February 12, 2009 05:55:04 AM
I got a bucket of self stick hearts at Walmart for $4.99 and the ideas just started flowing.

Here I pealed off the paper and covered with small beads.  Then put a pin or magnet on the back.


My favorite.........a headband with heart antenna.

This wreath is easy for kids of all ages.  Just cut a wreath form from cardboard, cover with tissue and stick the hearts on.

You can find complete tutorials here if you need more info on how any of the projects were done.  http://craftelf.com/craft_elf_holiday_valentine.htm
29  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Idea for kids Halloween party on: October 23, 2008 07:12:35 AM
I use to have parties for my children when they were young and thought I'd share some party ideas:

My first idea is to have a "pumpkin patch for the kids" by making pumpkins with a prize inside the pumpkin.  Place the pumpkins around the yard and let the kids go "into the pumpkin patch" and pick their pumpkin.  Then they open it and get their prize. Especially good for young children.

Next, I like to provide each child with a candy cup such as the one shown below.  This allows them to have a reasonable amount of candy instead of overdosing on it.

We also use to play a lot of games like bob for apples.  To add some extra fun, before the party I would thoroughly wash some coins and insert them into the apples before they bob for them.  It's important to have an adult take the coins out as soon as a child catches their apple.  I use a butter knife to do this.

Then there is always the eat the donuts off a string.  We would tie plain cider donuts to a string and tie it across the room.  Kids would hold their hands behind their back and see who could eat their whole donut first without touching it  with their hands.

Also, I never liked the game of musical chairs as someone always would get shoved on the floor so instead we would draw or cut out Halloween themed pictures and paste them to pieces of cardstock and lay them on the floor in a circle.  Also, write the name of each picture on an index card (such as pumpkin, black cat, witch, broom etc).  Turn on some music and let the kids march around in a circle just outside the pictures that are on the floor.  When the music stops, each child steps onto the picture closest to them.  Then you choose an index card and call out the picture.   Anyone standing on that picture gets a small prize.  If you do not have enough pictures for each child to stand on their own picture, let two children stand together on a picture but both would get a prize if that picture is called.

Hope you can use some of these ideas if you are hosting a children's Halloween party
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Cupcake Christmas Ornaments on: August 03, 2008 08:23:45 AM
I love ornaments that look like sweet treats and just created this cupcake Christmas ornament.  It's made from an actual muffin paper and a Styrofoam ball then covered with fake snow.

If you want to make some click below for the complete tute

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