Homemade Christmas ornaments can be a wonderful family project to do with kids during the holidays. Elizabeth Magee is better known online as "Craft E. Magee." And Julee Lair is the co-founder of a craft group called D. I. Y. Louisville. They show the basic steps to creating unique and colorful decorations with glitter or cinnamon.
For the Glitter ornament you will need:
-clear glass ornaments (Joann's and Michael's carry them during the Christmas season, or you can get them online at Hobby Lobby).
-floor cleaner. ( yes, but this is the secret ingredient.)
First, make sure you start with a clean ornament. Use rubbing alcohol to clean them.
To get complete directions including a photo tutorial, go to either Craft E. Magee's or D. I. Y. Louisville's website.
-use it anytime or anywhere you want your house to smell warm and inviting. (Note that these ornaments are not edible.)
The ingredients 1 cup cinnamon
3/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup white glue
Mix all ingredients well until they form a dough. Flatten the dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Keep in mind that the dough will be quite dry, and can be tricky to work with.
Use cookie cutters to cut out festive holiday shapes. Use a drinking straw to punch a small hole in the top of each ornament if you plan to hang them. Keep them flat and move them to a warm, dry spot for 48 hours to allow them to dry. Turn each ornament over every few hours to dry on each side. Alternatively, put them in a warm (not hot!) oven for several hours.
ORNAMENT SWAP PARTY!
D.I.Y. Louisville is open to the public and we are having our 3rd Annual handmade ornament swap on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Iroquois Library located at 601 Woodlawn in Louisville. Join us and swap any ornament you've made, or just to enjoy the snacks and refreshments.
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