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Hanukkah Star of David 

DIY Gnome Craft

  • 6 craft sticks per star 
  • Blue paint
  • Glue
  • Glitter 
  1. Use glue to create 2 triangle shapes using the craft sticks.
  2. Stack one triangle on top of the other and glue together to form a star.
  3. Paint with blue paint. Set aside to dry.
  4. Add glitter for a little extra sparkle, if desired.
  5. Add a hanger to one of the points to hang and display.

Thanks to our friends at 2 Paws Designs for this festive craft idea.

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House 

DIY Gnome Craft
Photo credit: Happiness is Homemade

  • Honey Maid Graham Crackers - 5 per house 
  • Paper plate or cardboard 
  • Bread knife
  • Disposable piping bag
  • Assorted candy, pretzels, dried fruit of your choice for decorating
  • Royal Icing
    • ​3 cups powdered sugar
    • ​2 egg whites
    • ​1/4 tsp of cream of tartar
  1. Gather Supplies.
  2. To begin, cut four graham crackers into Shape A by using a bread knife to remove 1/4 of the cracker. Cut the corners off of two of the crackers (using the center lines as your guides) to create Shape B. You should end up with two Shape A crackers and two Shape B crackers.
  3. Cut another graham cracker in half to form two Shape C pieces.
  4. Grab your royal icing ingredients. Whip the egg whites until frothy, add the other ingredients, and whip for 7-9 minutes until the volume has increased and the icing holds stiff peaks. Put your icing into a disposable piping bag.
  5. To assemble the gingerbread house, start by piping a line of icing along the bottom of Shape C and adhering it to a paper plate or cardboard base. Pipe three lines of icing on Shape B – along the bottom, and just inside both edges. Carefully join Shape B to Shape C while also attaching Shape B to the paper plate at the same time. This will ensure a strong bond and make for a sturdy gingerbread house.
  6. Let the icing set. Then you may begin decorating. 

Thanks to our friends at Happiness is Homemade for this festive craft idea.

Dollar Tree DIY Gnomes

DIY Gnome Craft

  • Glue gun
  • Socks
  • Sand / dried beans / dry rice
  • Cellophane bags
  • Craft fur
  • Another sock or fabric for hat
  • 1-inch wooden ball
  1. Gather Supplies.
  2. Dump the sand/dried beans/dried rice into the cellophane bags (I used 2 small bags of sand from the Dollar Tree).
  3. Use a twist tie to secure the bag (double bag if needed).
  4. Place the cellophane bag inside the sock.
  5. Use another twist tie to secure the sock opening.
  6. Cut the craft fur into 4 same-size pieces.
  7. Use a glue gun to attach the top of the fur to the top of the sock.
  8. Use a glue gun to glue the wooden ball into the fur as a nose.
  9. Cut a piece of fabric to size for a hat.
  10. Use a glue gun to create a triangle hat for your gnome.
  11. Wrap the hat on the gnome’s head and you’re done!
Thanks to our friends at Simple Made Pretty for this festive craft idea.

Pinecone Hedgehog


  • Pinecones
  • White cardstock
  • Brown crayon
  • Black marker
  • Stapler or tape
  • Glue
  1. Everyone outside to collect pinecones!
  2. Cut your cardstock into a small circle and color with crayon.
  3. Cut a straight line in the circle from the edge to the center.
  4. Curl the circle around itself to make a cone and staple or tape.
  5. Draw on eyes, a smile and ears.
  6. Glue cone "head" to the stem-end of the pinecone.
  7. Add twine, moss or other embellishments to give the hedgehog personality.
  8. Repeat with more pinecones to make a whole hedgehog family.

Paper Plate Christmas Tree

Paper plate Christmas trees
Photo credit: Creative Family Fun

  • Paper plate (1 per tree)
  • Clear tape
  • Green paint
  • Glue (either school glue, or Tacky Glue)
  • Multicolored pom poms
  1. Find the plates center and cut about a quarter wedge out.
  2. Roll the plate into a cone shape and seal with tape on the inside.
  3. Paint your cone green.
  4. After paint dries, glue on all your pom poms for decorations.

Use green paper plates or patterned plates for a less-mess option. Feel free to improvise with decorations if you don’t have pom poms. Beads, buttons and stickers are great alternatives!

Thanks to Creative Family Fun for this easy craft idea


Bottlecap Snowmen

Bottlecap snowmen
Photo credit: Personal Creations

  • Bottle Caps
  • Buttons, bows, pom poms
  • Construction paper
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  1. Glue together three soda caps to make a snowman shape.
  2. On the inside, glue on cute buttons, bows, ribbon and pom poms to make clothes, scarves and earmuffs for your snowmen.
  3. Use construction paper to make faces for the snowmen and cut them to fit inside the top bottlecap. You can also get creative and make little snowflakes that fit into the bottom bottle caps for decoration.
Thanks to Personal Creations for this fun one! It's #31 on the list.

Rudolph Reindeer Candy Bars

Reindeer Candy Bars
Photo credit: i heart arts n crafts

  • Candy Canes
  • Googly Eyes
  • Red Pom Poms
  • Brown Cardstock (or construction) Paper
  • Candy Bars
  1. Use low-temp glue gun to assemble everything on the candy bar.
  2. First, glue the candy canes onto the back of the candy bars for the antlers.
  3. Then cut out your ears from brown cardstock paper and glue them to the top of the candy bars right onto antlers.
  4. Then glue the googly eyes and red pom poms onto the front of the candy bar to make eyes and a red nose to complete your treat!
A big thanks to i heart arts n crafts for this quick and fun idea!

Masking Tape Menorah

Masking tape menorah
Photo credit: Simple Play Ideas

  • Colored construction paper
  • Blue paint (optional)
  • Masking tape
  • White paper
  • Yellow paint
  1. Select a favorite color of construction paper (or paint one).
  2. Add strips of masking tape in a geometric menorah shape.
  3. To make the lights, glue white circles atop each "candlestick."
  4. Children can pop yellow paint thumbprints in as the flames each night of Hanukkah.
  5. The slight transparency of masking tape lends a glowy effect to this paper craft.
Thanks to Simple Play Ideas for this simply creative craft!

Valentine's Day Cards

Print your own valentine card

We have two versions for you to choose from. Print out the Black & White sheet and color in the hearts and bees to customize your card. Or, print out the ready-to-go Color sheet to send to your friends and loved ones. Use scissors to cut into four cards and add a personal message on the back. 

Select one to print: 


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