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Here are a Few Fun and Easy Projects!
Crystal-like pipe cleaners! These are fun to watch as they form, but require a little bit of patience, too.
All you need is Borax, pipe cleaners, twine or string, and empty jars. Pipe cleaners can be white or colored, for different looks! Leave them straight or twist around a pencil to make a spiral. Let them use their imaginations and have FUN!
Boil 3 cups of water mixed with 9 tbsp of Borax. While this is heating, prepare your pipe cleaners. Cut each one to the desired length. Glue or tie a piece of string to one end. Wrap the other end around a spoon or stick (this will be used to hold the pipe cleaners in the Borax mixture, and to hang, when finished).
Pour the Borax mixture in to glass jars. Place the pipe cleaners in the jar, making sure they don’t touch each other or the sides of the jar. And now you wait. It’s a good idea to let them soak for at least 8 hours, but 12 is even better.
If they want to watch them form, just set a timer for around 2 hours, then check occasionally after that. Rinse the jars out with hot water, then wash, and they’re back to being usable again. Or for another decorating idea, just pour the water out, and fill the jar with decorations or a battery operated candle. Then if you’d like, clean it out when the holidays are over, and you have your jar back.
These also make unique gift ides for a teacher, grandparent, or bus driver. Anyone that you might give gifts to would love this, especially knowing that they were made by the kids!
Another inexpensive and EASY ornament
For another fun and easy ornament, you’ll need empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls and some yarn. Cut the empty roll in to 1/2” – 3/4” pieces. Cut yarn into 10”-12″ pieces. Fold the yarn in half, then Loop the yarn around the roll piece, pulling the 2 ends through the loop. Do this until the roll is filled.
Pull the yarn up through the middle of the roll, then tie a piece of yarn around the top, leaving a tail on it to make a hanger out of. Trim the ends of the yarn to make a tassel on top. Another idea would be to pull it in the opposite direction, after tying the ends together and glue a small Pom Pom on top. Add any little decorations, if you want to decorate them, such as ribbons, felt cutouts, maybe in the shape of holly! Or use different colors of yarn, alternating colors, to make it striped.
Need another simple project? For this, you will need wire, wire cutters, jute or yarn, and ribbon for decorating, if you want. Floral wire works great for this, too.
Cut the wire in to desired length, I cut mine in to 3 pieces. Wrap the just or yarn around the wire to fill it. Bend it in to the shape of a candy cane. Decorate with a small piece of ribbon, if desired. As you can see, I tied 2 together, then decorated with a ribbon and a price tag that was tea dyed.
Use your own decorating style to make variations on any of these projects. These would also make a good package decoration or add on. And they will last for as long as you feel like keeping them.
How about a Gingerbread House!
Gingerbread houses can be fun, too. Just purchase a kit and watch them create! Although this one gets a bit messy, they can have a lot of fun wile doing it. And enjoy eating the candy, too! These are readily available in different sizes. Or maybe the train shaped one, if you don’t want a lot of houses, but have more than one child who would want to work on one.
Amazon has several great ones, including a train, and a small village that contains 4 different small buildings! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so I may be compensated for any purchase you make from my link. This is no way affects your purchase price. It is just a way to support small businesses like mine! I’ll be honest here! I’d love to have you help me by shopping from my links, but you can also find kits at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and WalMart, too.
A Gift idea for Grandparents
If you have younger kids, a great idea for gift giving, is to put their hand prints on a piece of paper using finger paints, along with this saying (hand written or typed out, your choice)
- “ You sometimes get discouraged
- because I am so small,
- And get my little fingers on furniture and walls.
- So here’s a little present to help you to recall,
- that in the year ————, my hands weren’t big at all!”
(Fill in the year in the blank !)
Maybe add a picture of them to this. Frame it, if you’d like, too. Memories made to last a lifetime. I still have the one my son did for me in Kindergarten! And that was a LONG time ago!!