How to Make Christmas Crafts for the Home


Making Advanced Christmas Tree Crafts
Now we'll learn how to make some Christmas tree crafts that require a little more preparation and effort.

Lodge-Style Luminary

Here is an example of a finished Lodge-Style Luminary.
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Here is an example of a finished
 Lodge-Style Luminary.

Create a glowing piece of art that has the look of a handcrafted stained-glass luminary. You'll be surprised at how stunning it will be. Here's what you need to get started:
  • 4 sheets craft plastic
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • 2 packages lead strips, 1/8 inch wide
  • Craft knife
  • Lead shapes: 6 stars, 2 moons
  • Glass paints: denim blue, ivy green, sunny yellow, clear frost, crystal clear, amber, cocoa brown
  • Glass paint tool set
  • 4 black report cover plastic spines
  • Electric candle
To construct a Lodge-Style Luminary:
  1. Cut plastic sheets into four 6x9-inch pieces. Download the pattern here.

  2. Tape pattern to back of a cut plastic sheet, with pattern showing through plastic. Allow 1/2 inch of clear plastic on each side of pattern.

  3. Working on a section at a time, lay vertical lead lines down and trim ends. Then lay horizontal lead lines, allowing ends to overlap vertical lines. Trim excess. (Use trimmed pieces for short lead lines.) Lay down diagonal lines; overlap ends. Tightly trim ends at junctions, creating square pieces and/or small diamonds on top of underlying lead strips to look like mock solder joints. Place 2 stars and a celestial moon in sky area.

    Lay down lead lines over the pattern and trim off the excess.
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    Lay down lead lines over the
    pattern and trim off the excess.

  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 on another plastic sheet. Repeat steps 2 and 3 on remaining plastic sheets, omitting moon and trees and placing 1 star on each sheet.

  5. Paint each panel as follows: sky is denim blue; trees are ivy green; stars and corner squares are sunny yellow; moon is clear frost; top, bottom, and sides are crystal clear; mountain and background are amber; tree trunk is cocoa brown. (Note: Use sharp tip of metal combing tool to gently push paint into tight corners and junctions. If you are not using combing tool, use a liner brush to push paint into corners.) Let paint dry completely (see manu-facturer's instructions).

    Use sunny yellow to color the stars.
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    Use sunny yellow to color the stars.

  6. Match 2 finished panels back to back (1 with trees and 1 without). Slide black plastic report spines over plastic panel edges to connect. Repeat for all panels and edges. Position luminary over electric candle.

    Use black plastic report spines to connect the panels.
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    Use black plastic report spines
     to connect the panels.

Scandinavian Basket Tree

Here is a completed Scandinavian Basket Tree.
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Here is a completed
Scandinavian Basket Tree
.

A tree brings warmth to a room, and this little tree can be altered to fit any decor. Simply change the color of the bows and container. Be creative! Here are the materials for the basic design:
  • Red bucket, size proportional to tree
  • 1/4 yard burlap
  • Scissors
  • Disposal bowl
  • 2-pound bag plaster of paris
  • Mixing stick
  • Small artificial tree, 16 to 26 inches
  • 3 to 4 sprigs red berries
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • 8 to 12 baskets, 2 to 3 inches each
  • Spool thin craft wire
  • 12 to 16 cinnamon sticks, 3 to 4 inches long
  • Spool red ribbon, 1/4 inch wide
  • Fresh or dried baby's breath
  • Scissors
  • Tacky craft glue
  • Wheat star ornament
To construct a Scandinavian Basket Tree:
  1. Place burlap into bucket as lining. Trim excess burlap.

  2. In disposable bowl, mix plaster of paris according to manu-facturer's instructions. Pour into bucket, filling to 1 inch below top. Discard extra plaster in trash; do not pour down sink! Place tree base into plaster. Let plaster set.

  3. Use wire cutters to cut small clusters of berries. Hot glue berry clusters into baskets. Cut 6-inch length of wire for each basket. Wire baskets around tree to branches.

  4. Cut 6-inch lengths of wire, and use them to attach cinnamon sticks to branches between baskets at different angles.

    Attach the cinnamon sticks to the tree between the baskets.
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    Attach the cinnamon sticks to the
    tree between the baskets.

  5. Cut ribbon into 6-inch lengths, and tie bows. Glue bows to branches.

  6. Snip baby's breath tops. Gather into small bundles, and dip stems into tacky glue. Place stems into center of tree.

    Bundle the baby's breath and place it on the tree.
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    Bundle the baby's breath and
    place it on the tree.

  7. Cut 6 inches of wire, and wire star ornament to top of tree.

    Wire the star ornament to the top of the tree.
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    Wire the star ornament
    to the top of the tree.

Celebration of Christmas Trees

Here is a finished Celebration of Christmas Trees.
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Here is a finished
Celebration of Christmas Trees
.

These felt trees will bring charm and freshness to your holidays, and kids will love making presents for their favorite people. Here's what you'll need:
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • Felt: 3 sheets per tree
  • Scissors
  • Cone air freshener or 6x27/8-inch foam cone
  • Craft glue
  • Small sparkle pom poms, sequins, small jewels, decorative buttons
  • Needle, red thread
To construct a Celebration of Christmas Trees:
  1. Make circle patterns in these sizes: 51/2 inches, 41/2 inches, 31/2 inches in diameter. From felt, cut out two 51/2-inch circles, two 41/2-inch circles, and three 31/2-inch circles.

  2. Cut a 21/2-inch cross slit in the center of each large and medium circle. In all but 1 small circle, cut 2-inch cross slits centered in each circle. With remaining small circle, cut a slit from outside edge to center for tree peak.

    Cut a crosshatch slit in the center of each felt circle.
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    Cut a crosshatch slit in the
    center of each felt circle.

  3. Slide a large circle over cone as far as it will go; glue in place. Continue adding circles, with second large circle,2 medium circles, and 2 small circles. Adjust and check that surface of cone does not show between circles. Form the last small circle into a cone peak, and place on top.

    Slide the circles over the cone in decreasing order of size.
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    Slide the circles over the cone
    in decreasing order of size.

  4. Decorate trees by gluing on pom poms, sequins, jewels, or sewing on decorative buttons.
It was only a matter of time before we got around to Santa Claus. Sure enough, on the next page, we will show you how to make Santa and Reindeer-themed crafts.