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Holiday Crafts

Did you and your family, like our real estate agents, use the stay-at-home time to perfect your DIY skills? That practice will pay off with a beautifully decorated home when you and the kids have fun with these easy and clever holiday craft projects. Stock up on the craft supplies and have fun with the whole family making these holiday crafts! 

Wreaths

Wreaths are a classic holiday decoration, but they can be pricey. Show off your family's individual style with one of these charming options.

  • Tissue paper squares create a nice facsimile of actual greenery, with the advantage of longer "life." Add a pop of red with sequins, glitter, or pom-poms and finish with a lacy ribbon for hanging.
  • If you prefer live greenery, pick up an inexpensive wreath form, which can be found at most dollar stores or craft shops. Use a hot glue gun to attach grapevines, pine sprigs, and other greenery you've gathered.
  • Holiday guests will love being greeted by a Santa silhouette. Start with a wreath form, create a beard with white tulle and top it off with a Santa hat.

Ornaments

Is there such a thing as "too many ornaments?" There's always room for these adorable tree trimmers.

  • Let the sound of jingle bells ring out with these eco-friendly ornaments. Simply cut up an egg carton, paint the cups and use pipe cleaners to fasten the bells. Dress them up with glitter for a little extra pizzazz.  
  • Scents are a traditional part of holiday memories. Fill your home with the appealing aroma of cinnamon by tying pieces of narrow ribbon on a cinnamon stick, which can also be used to make a googly-eyed reindeer. In addition to hanging on a tree, these ornaments can be used as gift tags.
  • Felt is a great all-purpose material for holiday ornaments. It's versatile, easy to work with, and safe for wee ones to handle. Channel "The Night Before Christmas" with a mouse featuring a handy candy cane hanger, add some button "snowmen" to create an outdoor scene or make festive candy. Your imagination is the only limit.
  • Don't throw away those old puzzles just because a few pieces are missing! Use them to sculpt unique ornaments in the shape of candy canes, snowflakes, and wreaths.

Tabletop

Use these versatile decorations to don the rest of your home in its holiday finest.

  • Snow globes fascinate "kids" of all ages, and they're surprisingly simple to make. Baby food jars work well, but if you don't have any on hand, you can find small jars at craft shops. Check out party supply stores for tiny toys to put inside. 
  • Put those empty toilet paper rolls to good use by turning them into tabletop Santas. Add cotton balls for the hair and beard, felt for the suit, and they're good to go.
  • Dress up a string of mini-lights with some colorful strips of burlap for a beautifully rustic look. 
  • Display memories of holidays past, or spotlight current scenes that will become memories with homemade picture frames. Kids will love using their thumbprints to create a holiday light border or build a frame from scratch with repurposed cardboard or popsicle sticks. Be sure to make extras that kids can give as gifts to relatives, teachers, and other special people.
  • Transform pine cones into actual "trees" with paint, glitter, and jewelry "ornaments." 

Are Southport homes for sale on your wish list for the new year? Contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates for cheerful and experienced help with all your real estate needs.