Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Crafts

This week we'll be doing Christmas cards to send to a local nursing home. Pictures to come!

Next week, on December 18, we'll make Christmas ornaments. Here are some examples of some we've made in the past

Christmas Tree Ornament

Reindeer Ornament

Origami wreath made out of discardced comic book pages. 

Paper Ornament
This and others can be found: Squidoo
But I am rewriting the easy directions here as well:
For one ornament you will need:
2-6 inch strips of construction paper
2-5.5 inch strips of construction paper
2-5 inch strips of construction paper
1-4.5 inch strip of construction paper
Paper can be in whatever color you wish, I used the typical Christmas colors: red, green and white.

The difference in lengths will decrease or increase the amount of space between the layers.

  1. Start with the 4.5 piece in the middle. 
  1. Put the 5 inch pieces on either side, creating a "sandwich". Do the same with the 5.5 and 6 inch pieces. 
  1. Staple one end of the strips of paper, making sure it is even.
  1. Take the loose end and make them even with the 4.5 inch piece so that the center balloons out. 
All done!
You can make the lengths of paper shorter or longer depending on where you plan to hang it or the age group you're working with. I find that the 1/2 inch difference in lengths works well. 

This year I found quite a few origami ornaments and since it's so popular at my library we'll be making those. Pictures to come after we make them!

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