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December may be the busiest month of the year, but it's also one of the best times to take part in craft activities with your kids. Before the hustle and bustle of the season sweeps you into the new year, get your children involved in activities that let their personalities emerge as their creative juices get flowing. Then watch their faces radiate at what their hands have made.


Disposable foil pie pan

Holiday cookie cutters or stencils

Permanent markers


Assortment of sequin, rhinestones, craft jewels, etc.


Hole punch


1. Lay a cookie cutter or stencil on the inside of the pie pan and trace around the design with a marker.

2. Cut out this shape with scissors.

3. Decorate it with permanent markers and attach sequins, rhinestones and/or craft jewels with glue. Let it dry.

4. Punch a hole near the top of the ornament and string a ribbon through it.


Colored construction paper

Large canning jar





Tea light

1. Measure and trim a piece of construction paper to be as tall as the canning jar and long enough to wrap around it.

2. Fold the trimmed paper in half lengthwise and, starting from the folded end, cut slits about Ĺ-inch apart that go across the paper to about Ĺ inch from the outer edge.

3. Open the paper and lay it flat.

4. Place dots of glue randomly around the paper and sprinkle glitter over it. Shake off excess glitter and let it dry.

5. Wrap the paper around the jar, fastening the bottom end with tape. Slightly push down the paper from the top so the slits open out and tape around the top of the jar.

6. Place a tea light inside the jar. Light the wick and watch it glitter and glow!


Empty potato chip can (Pringles type)

Rounded clothespins (2)



Felt (black, blue, red, pink)

Craft foam (black)

Craft fur (black)

Glue gun (low setting)

Wiggly eyes


Fabric trim, ribbon, buttons, rhinestones, sequins, fabric paint


1. Remove lid from can and place open side down.

2. With a marker, divide the can into three sections to create the head, body and legs.

3. Measure and cut felt rectangles to wrap around each section of the can to create blue pants, a red jacket and a pink face. (Note: rectangle sizes will vary according to the measurements in step 2.)

4. Glue face, jacket and pants in place.

5. Measure and cut two 2- by 4-inch red felt rectangles and wrap around each clothespin to create arms. Glue in place.

6. Glue arms vertically to the can.

7. To create boots, cut two long, narrow rectangles from black felt. Glue to the front of the nutcracker.

8. Cut a thin strip of craft fur and glue around the top of the head to create hair.

9. Cut a rectangle from craft foam that measures approximately 2 Ĺ - by 9-inches. Wrap just above the top portion of the can to create a hat. Glue in place.

10. Cut a small triangle from craft foam to create a nose.

11. Glue wiggly eyes and nose to the face then create a long mouth with markers.

12. Embellish the hat, jacket and pants with trim, ribbons, buttons, rhinestones, sequins, fabric paint, etc. Let dry.

13. Fill the can with candy and secure with the lid.


Empty toilet paper tube

Bright colored foil wrapping paper

Metallic curling ribbon


Peanuts and/or small unwrapped candy (i.e. Skittles, M&M's, Reese's Pieces)

Fill the toilet paper roll with nuts and/or candy. Leave enough room for the tube to rattle.† Wrap the roll with brightly colored foil paper, leaving 3-inches on each end for tying off. Secure the paper with tape. Twist ends and close off with curling ribbon. On New Year's Eve, shake and rattle your noisemaker then unroll it and enjoy a sweet treat!

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