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Holiday Crafts & DIYs

Holiday Crafts and DIYs

Dried Citrus 
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Dried citrus is an easy way to elevate your holiday style! String it on a garland, add it to a wreath, or bundle it with a sprig of pine and a cinnamon stick to dress up your gift wrap. It's beautiful and so easy to make! 

Supplies:
  • Navel and blood oranges
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie sheets
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 250°F.
  2. Cut oranges crosswise into 1/4-inch slices (four oranges make a six-foot garland).
  3. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Pat orange slices dry with paper towels and place them on cookie sheets in a single layer.
  4. Bake for approximately 3 hours or until dry. (To ensure the slices dry flat, turn them over at the midway mark.) 
Plastic Bottle Penguins
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Upcycle your plastic bottles with this adorable penguin craft!

Supplies:
  • 2 empty plastic soda bottles
  • Craft paint
  • Black & orange markers
  • Pom pom
  • Craft knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
Instructions:
  1. Cut two empty soda bottles in half.  Discard the spout ends. 
  2. Place the bottles over each other to create one smaller bottle with ends on both sides.
  3. Paint the bottle white and set it aside to dry.
  4. Once the bottle has dried completely, begin using a black marker to draw the penguin's body and outline. 
  5. Paint a black line about 1" below the "face" and ¼" above the face.
  6. Fill in the bottom half of the bottle with black paint, then add black paint up to the line above the open face you drew.  Set it aside to dry. 
  7. Once dry, use a black marker to draw on two circles for the eyes and orange marker for the triangle nose.
  8. Paint the top of the bottle to make the penguin's hat and around the middle to make the scarf (you could use remnant fabric to make a real scarf, too).
  9. Glue a pom pom to the top of the hat.
  10. Set aside to dry!
​Thanks to DIYnCrafts for this cute project!

Felt Garland
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This DIY is easily personalized any holiday or season you’re celebrating. You can find felt balls in most craft stores, or make your own with remnants you might have. String them together with embroidery floss and a large embroidery needle and there you have it! A lovely decoration that you can put out for years to come.

Supplies:
  • Felt balls – 1″ (48 – 50)
  • Embroidery floss – 1 skein, color of your choice
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
Instructions:
  • Arrange your felt balls in the order you will string them. You can string out the colors any way you like; I spaced them approximately 1" apart.
  • Tie a knot at one end of your embroidery floss, leaving about a 9" tail.
  • String a felt ball onto the floss using the tapestry needle. Push the needle through the center of the ball and to the knot.
  • Continue stringing felt balls onto the floss, doing several at a time.
  • Once you have several balls on the garland, space them out about 1" apart. Continue stringing balls onto the garland until you get it to the length you want (mine is 8 feet long).
  • Once you get to the last ball, tie off the end in a knot and trim with the scissors. Your garland is ready to hang.


 


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