Asian Print Block CardMaterials and Tools:
3-1/4"x4" light blue card stock
18" of silver thread
4 double-sided foam dots
standard folded blue card (8-1/2"x 5-1/2")
1. Draw a Christmas tree with pencil on newsprint. Turn drawing over and rub drawing onto eraser. Cut off excess eraser and save for another stamp.
2. Carve away outside of tree with the cutting nib. Ink eraser (tap the ink pad onto the stamp) and stamp design on scrap paper to check for any lines that need to be carved away. Carve grooves inside of tree.
3. Practice stamping until satisfied with the results. Carefully stamp the design in the middle of the light blue card stock. Fold the blue card in half.
4. Use the corner punch to notch each corner on both sides (1/4 inch from each corner).
5. Tape a one-inch tail of the silver thread to the back of the upper left hand corner of the stamped piece and wind the thread around the corners using the punched notches as the guidelines. Secure the other end of the silver thread with tape to the back of the card.
6. Add double-sided foam dots to the back of stamped piece and attach it to the center of the folded card. Place the star sticker on top of the tree.
Kente Cloth Card HolderMaterials and Tools:
1/4 yard African Kente cloth
two 12" pieces of ribbon
hot glue gun
1. From selvedge to selvedge, cut a seven-inch-wide strip according to the pattern of the fabric. With right sides together, sew a tube with a half inch seam allowance, leaving seven inches open at the center.
2. Sew ends closed at angles which are three inches from the very end. Turn inside out and press. Hand-stitch the opening closed.
3. Tie ribbons around the strip six inches from each end. Glue shells to the tops of the clips.
4. Attach the clips approximately two inches apart from each other along the center of the strip.
5. Hang strip either lengthwise or up and down with a
Hanukkah GarlandMaterials and Tools:
plain wooden popsicle sticks
medium-blue spray paint
drill and 1/16" bit
1/8" light blue ribbon
1. Glue three sticks in a triangle with ends overlapping one another. Make another triangle in the same manner. Place first triangle over second to form a six-sided star. With a pencil, mark the connections.
2. Remove the top triangle and put hot glue on the marked areas. Quickly replace the top triangle to attach the two together.
3. Paint both sides of the star and let dry.
4. Drill small holes in two of the points that oppose each other for the ribbon used to string them together.
5. String stars with small ribbon in embroidery needle, which has an eye big enough for the ribbon but thin enough for the beads. Add beads between the stars.
Tip: When determining how many sticks you'll need, each star measures 4-1/2 inches wide. The beaded area will be determined by the size and amount of beads.
Dot GarlandMaterials and Tools:
red and white construction paper
circle templates (seasoning and vitamin jars work great)
1. Cut several red larger size circles (about two inches in diameter). Cut the same amount of smaller white circles (about 1-1/2 inches in diameter).
2. Pull top and bobbin thread from machine so there is about 10 inches of both coming from needle and foot. Stitch a red circle directly through the center. Tip:Hold both threads and hand-turn the needle one stitch when sewing the first circle to prevent the threads from making a knot in the bobbin case. Complete three more stitches, and then stitch a white circle directly through the center. Sew three more stitches without any paper.
3. Repeat step 2 until the garland is the desired length.
Glittered AngelsMaterials and Tools:
white illustration board
white poster board
superfine white glitter
1. Create the angel out of six pieces: a full body with head and trumpet, a skirt, two arms and two wings. Either draw the pieces yourself or trace an angel picture.
2. Draw or transfer the tracing of the body and the skirt onto illustration board. Cut the two pieces out using a craft knife and sharp paper scissors. Add a 1/2-inch slot in the shoulder area for the wings and arms. Cut a 3-1/4-inch slit in the center of the body from the bottom to the center. Cut a corresponding 3-1/4-inch slit on the skirt from the center to the top of the skirt.
3. Draw or transfer the tracing of the arms and wings to the poster board and cut two of each. The correct placement of tabs on each wing and arm will make it easy to attach these pieces to the body.
4. Apply spray adhesive to one side of all pieces. Immediately sprinkle with glitter. When dry, repeat on back.
5. Bend skirt piece in half lengthwise and slide into body piece. This will allow the angel to stand on a flat surface. Slip the arm tabs through the slit in the shoulder and glue the tabs to the other arm. When the glue is dry, add the wings in the same manner to the same slit.
6. Glue the hands to the trumpet and let the angel dry.