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Subject: What crafts are you and the kids doing for Christmas !
Date Posted: 12/12/2007 2:56 PM ET
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I am always looking for more ideas. Thought maybe we could share. These are some of the crafts we have done in our home school this year.

We found a 3 D manger on the internet we made. We are using it as a center piece for the table.


We also made snow flakes we have hung from the lights on the ceiling fan. (We hung them from the screws so as not to cath fire)


We made Christmas silouette. To do this draw a Christmas tree on a sheet of paper. Start in the middle of the tree and cut it out. Then take a green sheet of papper and past behind the sheet you cut the tree out of. Makes a beautiful picture. You can do this with any picture.

We made pine cone baskets ! To put in front of the fire place.

Here is one my grandson really liked. You find a basket a nice size one.Then you put in some christmas lights.

add some pine and pine cones, pull the lights around in the basket. run the plug for the lights out the back.

Makes a beautiful decoration for the hall !

Snow flakes for the tree. Take white lace and geather it, to make a circle. Then take some very thin ribbon and make a bow and hot glue it to the center. Maybe a little flower right under it. They are beautiful on the tree.


Date Posted: 12/12/2007 3:59 PM ET
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The kids and I made chocolate spoons, for a extrra special treat when they have their hot cocoa.

I just took clear plastic spoons, melted down chocolate almond bark (there aren't any nuts in it, it's just the name) and dipped the spoons in it. 

It's a pretty simple craft but it makes it more fun to have hot chocolate!!  :-)

Date Posted: 12/12/2007 7:24 PM ET
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Great thread!  I love the spoons idea! 

We are making ornaments.  I got the stain glass window ornaments and we are painting them.  We did them before and everyone loved them!  Even a small chidl can make one look good! 

We also do a gingerbread house kit every year.


Date Posted: 12/12/2007 8:48 PM ET
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Here are some that we are doing:

Candy Train Craft

Merry Mice

We also did a craft exchange with some friends and each of us made 12 craft kits in ziploc bags with all the materials and instructions needed and then we swapped them so we each left with 12 different craft kits that we can do at home.

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Date Posted: 12/13/2007 11:13 AM ET
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What a great idea on the craft exchange!  I'm going make a note of that one, my sister and I try to trade ideas for crafts a couple of times a year but actually putting all items needed in a bag is a great idea.  Thanks

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 2:35 PM ET
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We are making Capri Sun/KoolAid purses. Not terribly Christmasy but they are excited.  We are saving the drink containers....our local library taught us how to make them with duck tape. They will be inexpensive gifts for those unexpected invites to birthday parties.

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 2:56 PM ET
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I went to those links this morning and spent most all day there Amanda !

I am loving the ideas !

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 8:05 PM ET
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Here is a Nativity Lapbook that we may do if time permits.  It looks like it will be a good way to talk about the Christmas story.


Date Posted: 12/13/2007 8:35 PM ET
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Thanks for that link, Amanda! I've been telling myself that I needed to look around for some Christmas lapbook ideas! You've saved me a ton of searching time. :)

Date Posted: 12/14/2007 12:05 AM ET
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We took soda pop bottles 20oz and filled them with Christmas confetti cut-up Christmas cards, ribbons and were going to send them to the wounded soldiers at Walter Reed army medical clini. (as is you can address bottles and mail them) That ended up being to expensive $8 a bottle verses $8 box. We're sending about 25. Ran into a snag with that if you can believe it. They are not receiving their mail due to hate mail. So we came up with having the Post master verfy what was in the boxes and praying they make it.


Merry Christmas!