Monday, December 17, 2012

Thrifty & Crafty Holiday Decorating

I love holiday arts and crafts! Handmade snow globes are a fun and easy project, especially with kids. Baby food and pickle jars worked well as the globes. You simply adhere plastic figurines to the jar lids with superglue. Cake toppers make excellent figurines. Once the glue dries, fill the jars with water, a few strong shakes of craft glitter and a few drops of glycerin to slow the glitter fall. Then add a small amount of glue to the lid before securing it.

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Acorn garland is another fun project. You need collected acorns, a small paintbrush glitter, crafting glue, tiny eye hooks and twine. Simply add a dab of glue at the end of each eye hook and then carefully screw one into the top of each acorn. Paint the acorn tops with glue and then coat them in glitter. Once all the glue dries, string the twine through each hook and then tie a knot to keep the acorns from sliding. You could also skip the eye hooks altogether and just fill a glass canister with a handful of glittered acorns.

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Both of these crafts adorn my mantel, along with other knickknacks that I've gathered: an antique vase filled with cinnamon sticks, an over-sized pine cone, candles, crocheted snowflakes, an old spool wrapped with red twine, old wood ornaments and other fun finds.

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Written by Charms City Company

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