1. Crystallized Snowflake OrnamentsWhat You Need:
- Pipe cleaners cut or folded evenly
- Hot water
- A jar to completely submerge the ornament
- Stick, pencil or hanger to suspend the ornament
- Cut pipe cleaners to a length that will sit inside your jar without touching the glass anywhere. If the ornament touches the glass, the crystals won't form. If you don't have a jar big enough, cutting an empty milk, juice, or detergent jug works really well.
- Attach the pipe cleaners in a six-point formation.
- Add enough hot water to fill the jug or container. For every 1 cup of hot water you use, add 3 tsp. Borax. Mix until fully dissolved.
- Using string, attach the snowflake to a pen, stick, or hanger that will cross the width of the container.
- Fully submerge the snowflake in the water-Borax mixture. Again, ensuring it doesn't touch the walls of the container.
- Leave the snowflake for approximately 24 hours before removing it from the mixture.
- Let dry and then wrap up as a gift!
2. Mason Jar LanternsWhat You Need:
- Mason jars or similar
- Elmers glue
- Food coloring
- Paint brushes
- Winter or holiday embellishments (we used winter confetti from the dollar store)
- Mix approximately 1 tbs. of glue with food coloring of your choice.
- Paint jar completely all over.
- You may want to add an extra coat before adding anything. Let dry. Then add a second coat.
- If using confetti, sequents, or similar, dust them on the wet glue mixture. If using one large embellishment or sticker, wait for the glue mixture to dry completely. Then use a little bit of Elmer's glue or the adhesive on the sticker to affix to the lantern.
- Wrap with a flameless tea light and enjoy!
3. Christmas CrayonsWhat You Need:
- Broken crayons
- Silicon holiday molds (dollar store). Molds that aren't too detailed (i.e. Christmas trees) make for the best crayons because they're easy to pop out.
- Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).
- Peel broken crayons.
- Place in silicon molds in desired color combinations.
- Set molds on a cookie sheet. Without one it will be really difficult to remove
- Place in oven until crayons have completely melted. Approximately 5 mins.
- Remove from the oven and let cool to the point the wax has completely solidified.
- Pop out of molds and wrap!
4. Painted Rock Paper WeightsWhat You Need:
- Smooth rocks
- Tempera paint
- Glitter (optional)
- Mod podge or similar (optional)
- Clean and dry rocks.
- Paint with tempera paint.
- Add glitter while paint is still wet (optional).
- Cover with mod podge or some other gloss (optional).
- Wrap and enjoy!
5. Fridge MagnetsWhat You Need:
- Colored paper or a design your child has drawn
- Pen or pencil for tracing
- Craft magnets
- Clear glass marble vase filler, size large
- Elmer's glue
- Have your child color designs on paper.
- Use a glass marble vase filler with the flat side down on the paper and trace the marble.
- Repeat as many times as you would like.
- Using Elmer's glue, cover the flat part of the marble.
- Affix the colored paper or picture cut out to the marble. The colored side should be the part touching the glue.
- Peel off the back of the magnet and attach it to the back of the colored side.
6. Sharpie MugsWhat You Need:
- White ceramic mug
- Oil-based permanent markers
- Fully clean mug. Using rubbing alcohol can ensure there aren't any marks or grease from fingerprints.
- Color on the mug.
- Let dry.
- Set inside cold oven. Then, set oven to 425°F (220°C).
- Let bake for 1 hour.
- Remove from oven. Let cool. Then wrap!
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