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November 23, 2011 00:02 by Barbara Shelby

 

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USE CANDY CANES AS HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS and EMBELLISHMENTS

Canes are pretty just put in a glass jar-and grouped with other candy. Or use this idea at Holiday time from classytreats (I needed to disable the link. When I tried it the url had changed)... Just hang wrapped candy canes from the edge of a bowled-dish! Put a  jar candle inside.

You could also fill the inside with peppermint candies or any other Christmas candy instead of using a candle.)

• Use along with other Christmas ornaments and hang on your tree...

• Hot glue canes around a basket, container, or candles. Preserve them with a cover of clear acrylic coating.

• Another wonderful idea is from oodlekadoodle... Using a glue gun, glue candy canes, side-by-side (standing on end with their hooks at the top) to the outside of a terra cotta pot. Tie a red ribbon around the pot. Place a small poinsettia or greens inside the pot... or fill the pot with wrapped candy. (Note: I don't see the hooks. It appears as oddlekadoodle used peppermint sticks-but either way would be lovely. Barb)

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CANDY CANE REINDEER

Materials:
2  pipe cleaners, candy cane, two 6 mm google eyes, 1/4" pom pom, glue, scissors
 
This has been around awhile--but great fun for first-timers!

1. Cut one long pipe cleaner in fourths.
2. Twist the other long pipe cleaner around the top of the cane to make 2 large antlers.
3. Wrap 2 pieces of the cut pipe cleaner pieces --around each antler to make the "branches" on the antler.
4. Glue the eyes to each side of the cane "hook.
5. Glue the pom pom at the end of the cane for the nose. You have a reindeer!

NOTE: Oops!  I didn't look at the 'antler' directions when this was made. This sample shows one half of a pipe-cleaner twisted and then bent a bit...Depending on your age group--do which ever is easier...

Check out the 'CANDY CANE' idea page for loads of ideas! Who knew you could do so much with candy canes and peppermint?!

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MARSHMALLOW REINDEER...A snack and craft in one!
Ingredients:
Large Marshmallows and white frosting to help hold on eyes and nose 
Stick Pretzels
Red Licorice strings (optional) 
Chocolate chips, gummy candies, or mini M&M's for eyes/nose (Sample made with mini chocolate chips and M&Ms')

1. Assemble Reindeer bodies by sliding a pretzel stick through two marshmallows, one from either end.
2. Use 4 whole pretzel sticks for legs and a half of a pretzel stick for each antler.
3. Fold a 1 inch piece of licorice string in half and insert into face of reindeer for a red nose. 4. Attach head with half of a pretzel stick and then tie a piece of red licorice around neck for decoration. (Sample and Image by KidActivities.net)

NOTE: These should be eaten rather quickly. As our two 12 year old  crafty cooks learned-- the reindeer have a mind of their own and want to sit or lean after a bit...

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MAKE AN EASY GINGERBREAD HOUSE #1
MaterialS:
Small, clean milk cartons
Brown construction paper
Glue
A variety of holiday decorating items such as-gumdrops, popcorn, M&M's, chocolate chips, peppermint candy, sprinkles, frosted shredded Mimi-Wheats or Wheat Chex (good for a thatched roof effect), raisins, etc. 

Cover a small milk carton with the brown construction paper.
Decorate as desired!

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GINGER BREAD HOUSE #2

 Sample houses made by  children at Cere's Childcare and Pre-School 

This 'mini' craft ginger bread house has big flavor. Kids can decorate it and enjoy as a Christmas treat, or as a decoration for years to come.
Materials:
7 graham crackers
Frosting for glue (recipe below)
Assorted small candies for decorating
Ribbon
Pastry bag and tip or Ziploc bag and scissors

Purchase or Make Frosting
1/2 pound confectioner's sugar
3 tbs. butter/margarine
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1 1/2 - 2 tbs. Milk

Mix all the ingredients together until smooth and easy to spread, but not runny. Add more sugar if too runny.
If you have a pastry bag, place frosting in bag and use a small tip. You can use a Ziploc bag cutting a small hole in the corner.

Place one graham cracker flat on the table, squeeze a little frosting around all edges. You may need an extra pair of hands.
Place one cracker on each side standing up. It now looks like a box without a top.

Carefully squeeze more frosting on all outside corners from top to bottom and around the bottom of the box.
Let it stand for a short while to let frosting harden a little. This will make working with the roof a little easier.
Now squeeze frosting on two of the top edges of the box and place the last two graham crackers in a V shape on as the roof. It looks like a triangle on a box now from the side. It may overhang if you can get the frosting to hold for you.
Squeeze frosting along the top of the roof where crackers join. Let stand again until frosting hardens a little.

.......With leftover frosting, cover the roof to look like snow. (Two sides are left open) Then squeezing small amounts on candy, place candy on the house to decorate. You can use the frosting to add things like doors and windows. Just use your imagination.
After project is totally dry, string ribbon through to open side of the roof and hang on Christmas tree.

TIP: If you want to do this project with young children, you might want to make the base house ahead of time, gluing the corners from the inside - and let it harden. Then turn them loose with frosting and small candies to do the decorating.
 
Notes:
This Gingerbread House is safe to eat, but if you would like to save your treasure for years to come you can use a spray varnish in a well ventilated area. (2 - 3 coats of varnish).
Source: kaboose.com

TIP: Are you making this at home and short on time? Cute kits are at Michaels and other craft stores--just put together!

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APPLESAUCE AND CINNAMON ORNAMENTS #1

1 1/2 cups ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce (store bought works best)
1/3 cup white school glue (Elmer's or other)

Directions:

1. Mix the ingredients together until a dough forms.   Knead for a few minutes.
2. Roll out to 1/8 or 1/4 inch thick. (If sticky, dust your hands and rolling pin with cinnamon, work on waxed paper.)
3. Use cookie cutters or other implements to cut out the shapes you want.
4. Cut out a hole at the top of each with a drinking straw so you'll be able to thread a ribbon or string (for hanging) when dry.
5. It takes 4 or 5 days for the ornaments to air dry. You should turn them over frequently so they will dry evenly and won't curl.
6. You can outline each shape with puffy paint to make them more special. From Sarah/Oakbrook

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#2 Method: APPLESAUCE AND CINNAMON ORNAMENTS

1. Take 1 cup applesauce, 1/2 cup flour and 3/4 cup cinnamon.
2. Mix the ingredients, and add more cinnamon slowly until the dough is smooth and not sticky.
3. Roll the dough out as you would to make cookies, to about 1/4" thickness.
4. Use cookie cutters to make shapes.
5. Use a straw to make a hole for the string to go through.
6. Leave straw in as ornament dries and remove once dried.
7. These take 3-4 days to dry thoroughly.

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COOKIE CUTTER CLAY
This recipe is meant to be rolled out, cut with cookie cutters, and left to dry. Great for ornaments!
2 cups Salt
2/3 cups Water
1 cup Cornstarch
1/2 cup Cold water
   1. Mix salt with water in saucepan.
   2. Stir and boil.
   3. Add cornstarch and cold water.
   4. Keep heating if it does not get thick.
   5. Roll out dough on board floured with cornstarch. Make shapes.
   6. Dry and decorate ornaments
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TWO HOLIDAY PLAY DOUGH RECIPES

GINGERBREAD PLAY DOUGH (non-cook)

(KA tested-it's wonderful and smells sooooo good!)
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 tbsp. grou
nd ginger
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup water
Mix together well and knead until smooth.

Note: At first it seemed it may be too wet; however, after putting a bit of flour on the hands and kneading---it came together wonderfully. The longer the girls played with it...the better it got! (Images by Kidactivities.net) This would be nice any time or the year from Autumn until Valentine's Day!

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MAKE HOLIDAY PLAYDOUGH (cook)

1 Cup flour,
1/2 Cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Spices: c
innamon, Allspice, Ginger, Nutmeg

  • Mix the dry ingredients.
  • Add spices a small amount at a time until the dough smells and looks like you want it too.
  • Mix water and oil together first and then add them to the dry ingredients and stir.
  • In a pot, cook the mixture for two to three minutes, stirring frequently. The dough will start to pull away from the sides of the pot and stick together.
  • When this happens, take the play dough out of the pan and knead the dough until it becomes soft and smooth.
  • Allow the dough to cool and then store it in an airtight container.

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STRING OF GINGERBREAD MEN AND WOMEN

Make a string of paper gingerbread men and women to decorate a room. These simple-to-make strings make a great Christmas or Winter decoration. You can drape the strings across rooms, over windows and around the tree.

Materials:
Brown grocery bag or brown/tan construction paper
Crayons or markers
Scissors,
Glue
Tape or staples
A long piece of green or brown yarn or string

1. Draw a gingerbread man or woman on a piece of construction paper. 2. Make sure to draw a rectangle on the top of the head (your gingerbread person will hang from this rectangle, which will be folded over).
3. Cut out the gingerbread people. Draw a face, clothes, etc.
4. Fold the rectangle at the top of the head over.

Attach the gingerbread person to a long string using tape, glue, or staples. Make more gingerbread people and attach them to the string.
Hang your string of gingerbread men and women across the room for a wonderful Christmas or winter decoration.

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PIPE CLEANER IDEAS...

JINGLE BELL ORNAMENT
Simply thread jingle bells onto a pipe cleaner--leaving enough space on each end to connect the stems. Twist ends and close the circle. Add a ribbon where the pipe cleaners are joined. (Image by KidActivities.net)
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BEADED WREATH TREE ORNAMENTS

Green 12" chenille stems (pipe cleaners)
Wire cutters
Red pony beads
Red ribbon or yarn

Cut the chenille stem in half with the wire cutters.
String about 5 beads at intervals onto the chenille stem. Bend the chenille into a circle.
Twist the ends together to make a wreath.
Tie a red ribbon on to hang it from a tree.
(These are nice for small table top trees---the many I made with children 15 years ago-still look the same! B)

NOTE: YOU CAN ALSO String pipe cleaners through multi-colored beads, then mold the pipe cleaners into various shapes, such as candy canes, Christmas trees, stars, etc.

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PIPE CLEANER CANDY CANES and WREATHS...
Materials:
White and red chenille stems/pipe cleaners (Regular or shiny)
Ribbon (optional)
Scissors

Hold one white and one red chenille stem side by side (they should be of equal length). Twist one end together and then twist together working your way down to the bottom.
Twist the bottom end together to secure. One chenille stem makes two nice sized candy canes. Finish off with thin tie of ribbon if desired.

WREATHS...As pictured, you can do tons of things with pipe cleaners! The same way the candy canes were twisted--twist two pipe cleaners and shape into a circle. Twist the ends together...finish off with ribbon. A green pom pom was added to the wreath on the right.

NOTE: The pipe cleaner stems were thinner than the kids would have liked. In the pictured sample-two of each color was used and twisted as directions state.

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  SPARKLING PIPE CLEANER SNOWFLAKES

Supplies
Scissors
Silver and/or blue tinsel pipe cleaners 2 per snowflake
Blue, white, silver plastic pony beads

Cut the two pipe cleaners in half.
Make a cross and twist the two blue pipe cleaners in the center. Do the same with the silver.
Twist the two crosses together in the center to make a 'Snowflake'.
Add a couple beads to each stem. Bend end of stem if needed so that beads stay on.

NOTE: This sample was made using four full pipe cleaners...the same above directions were followed. I think it would be easier for the children to handle-cutting the pipe cleaners in half.

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CANDY CANE HOLDERS for NAME CARDS OR FOOD CARDS FOR A BUFFET...

 

These are quite simple to make! For each holder-- all you need are thre miniature candy canes, hot glue, and some thin ribbon.
1. Glue the first two canes together.
2. When those are secure, glue the third cane to the back. It looks and works much like a tri-pod.
When canes are firm ties on thin ribbon to finish the look. Use these either as place cards for your table or to label food dishes at your buffet!

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