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  • Upcycled Bottle Cap Christmas Crafts

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     The Christmas season is the best time of the year to take materials that you have on hand and put the  finishing touches on your decorations. Anyone who loves to put their signature on handmade gifts knows that an embellishment here or a personal touch there, really goes a long way. There is always time to put together bottle cap creations that are sure to bring the family together and serve as a keepsake to commemorate the year. Be sure to click on the links that will give you the full instructions on how to create ...

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  • Kid Approved Chenille Stem Ornaments

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     It's coming close to crunch time to fit all of those holiday parties into your schedule and that includes the kid's classroom projects and activities. Using chenille stems and beads, these inexpensive ornaments take little time to complete and will have your child beaming with pride. There are a variety of shapes that can be made from chenille stems, but the snowflake is a popular choice that looks wonderful on the branches of a Christmas tree.

     Pony Bead Snowflake

     

    A standard snowflake shape is simple to construct from three pieces of chenille stems. Cut two identical lengths ...

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  • Cork Reindeers For The Holidays

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    There's no shortage of wine cork projects and crafts online, but one of our favorite happens to be a huge hit around the holidays: reindeer ornaments and figurines. It's so easy to create a loving reindeer companion to join in on the festivities of the season. All it takes is some new or used wine corks and finding a creative style that works for you. Here are just a few suggestions on how to bring your own reindeer creations to life.

    Since there are many variations of this project, you can choose to use corks to ...

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  • Thanksgiving Pony Bead Kids Crafts

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    The Thanksgiving break is the ideal time for kid's crafts, so we compiled a fun list of projects that use colorful pony beads to use in your next family activity. There are so many creative uses for pony beads that we had a difficult time narrowing down our list of favorites. Here are a few projects that received great feedback from parents, babysitters and teachers that are sure to make a fun addition to your plans.

     

    1. Indian Corn

    This activity is so simple and the only materials required are pipe cleaners and pony beads. Create your own ...

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  • Throwback Thursday: The Maple Leaf and Canadian Pride

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    The maple leaf is an important and significant symbol across Canada despite the fact that the sugar maple tree is found primarily in Eastern Canada. Whether you're a hockey fan or simply a fan of pure maple syrup, the maple leaf is synonymous with Canada and their country's flag is often regarded as the most widely recognizable. Here are some interesting tidbits to fill you in on exactly why the maple leaf proudly says "we are Canadian."

    • A maple leaf is more than a symbol, it's important to the Canadian environment and economy. North America holds the record for ...

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  • A Thanksgiving Tree Tradition

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    This Thanksgiving, as family and friends gather to share meals and stories, have your dinner guests contribute to an ongoing tradition. Add a personal touch to your autumn and harvest themed décor with a Thanksgiving Tree that holds messages of gratitude and positivity.

    Throughout the Thanksgiving season it’s important to allow yourself to rest and enjoy the quiet moments at every opportunity. Take some time to reflect on the events and experiences that have influenced personal growth or achievement. The best way to capture and share these memories is to write them down, and that’s exactly ...

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  • Preserve Fall Leaves For Crafting

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    Take some time outdoors to collect all those vibrant colored autumn leaves for your next crafting project. There's something about the reds, yellows and orange shades that can add some cheerful brightness to any room or tablescape. Just make sure you check that the edges are not yet dry or brittle, the stem is still attached and there are no visible signs of insect bites or decay. Here are a few excellent tips for preserving your fall leaf finds:


    1. Vegetable Gylcerin

    Mix 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup vegetable glycerin to create your solution. Add ...

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  • Throwback Thursday: Homemade Halloween Treats

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    Halloween spending is expected to reach an all-time high this year at a reported $8 billion. In fact, the average person is estimated to spend $79.82 on everything from costumes to decorations and candy. Of course, this level of spending was once unheard of when Halloween was a homemade holiday. Decorations were often made of paper and scarecrows were lovingly stuffed by hand. The biggest difference is that the treats are now individual wrapped candies rather than something baked or prepared at home. Here is a brief rundown of nostalgic Halloween candies that were once the ...

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  • Throwback Thursday: Jack-O-Lanterns & Urban Legend

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     A jack-o-lantern, or carved pumpkin, is the most obvious symbol of the Halloween season.  But how did this strange tradition come to be? Learn about the legends and lore surrounding the jack-o-lantern and the superstition that swirls around their glowing grins.

     

    The name “jack o-lantern” is British, dating back to the 17th century referring to a man with a lantern, or night watchman.  It was also the nickname for the natural phenomenon known as ignis fatuus, or “fool’s fire.” These mysterious, flickering lights were sometimes seen at night over wetlands and associated in folklore with ...

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  • Make Your Own Fashionable Witch Shoes

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     Keeping in the theme of the Halloween season, there’s a great way to take the trend of shoelery to the next level by creating your very own pair of custom witch shoes. There are many options out there to transform any ordinary pair of shoes into a magical fashion statement. Check out these two great ideas to repurpose your own footwear for their next moonlit ride off into the night sky.

    decorative witch shoeThe first and most popular way to create the beautiful curves and exaggerated features for a witchy pair of footwear is to use paper mache. Using ...

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