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How to Make Christmas Crafts for the Kitchen


Christmas Catchall Tray

Christmas Catchall Tray is a Christmas craft you can create as a nice Christmas gift.
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
Christmas Catchall Tray

You'll Need:
  • 9 x 9 inches cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 2 pieces coordinating fabric, 45 x 12 inches each
  • Fabric scissors
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Straight pins
To Make Christmas Catchall Trays:
  1. Mark a line 11/2 inches from each edge of cardboard square. Cut along each line, and throw away corner squares. You will end up with a 6 x 6-inch piece for bottom of tray and four 6 x 11/2-inch pieces for tray sides.

  2. To make corner ties, cut 1 x 45-inch fabric strip. Fold long edges toward center, and press with iron. Fold strip in half (again along long edge); press. Stitch along open edge with sewing machine and matching thread. Cut into 8 equal lengths.

    To make Christmas Catchall Tray, press the cloth.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Press.

  3. Cut 101/2-inch square from each fabric. Place 1 square right side up on work surface. Pin a tie about 23/4 inches from each corner; stitch in place. With right sides facing, sew fabric squares together along 3 sides with 1/4-inch seam allowance. Trim edges, and turn inside out. Fold under edges of open side; press.

    Sew fabric squares together along three sides.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Sew fabric squares together
    along three sides.

  4. Place one 6 x 11/2-inch side piece of cardboard inside fabric square directly across from opening. Sew seam 13/4 inch from edge of fabric, enclosing cardboard. Slip 2 other side pieces between fabric to left and right of opening; sew seam 13/4 inch from each edge. Place square cardboard piece in middle pocket, and sew about 1/4 inch from edge of cardboard to enclose it in fabric. Place last cardboard side piece between fabric, and hand-sew edges of open side closed.

    Sew cardboard side piece between fabric.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Sew cardboard side piece between fabric.

  5. Fold up sides of tray, and make bows out of ties at each corner.

Create a Candy Cane Serving Tray to serve Christmas drinks, or make as a Christmas gifts.
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
Candy Cane Serving Tray

Candy Cane Serving Tray

You'll Need:
  • 11 x 14-inch wood serving tray with handles
  • 8 wood toy wheels, 13/4 inch diameter
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Acrylic paint: red, white
  • Paintbrushes: 1-inch foam, 2 small detail
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • 1-inch painter's tape
  • Craft knife
  • Matte spray varnish
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
To Make Candy Cane Serving Tray:
  1. Lightly sand wood tray and toy wheels to remove any rough spots. Wipe with tack cloth to remove dust. Using foam brush, apply coat of red paint to entire tray and to toy wheels. Let dry. Lightly sand again; wipe with tack cloth. Repeat painting, sanding, and tacking 2 more times. Let dry.

  2. Starting about 1 inch from side of tray, apply strips of tape diagonally around 2 flat sides. Leave 1 inch between each strip. Allow tape to come over top edge and onto inside of tray. Make diagonal stripes along top edges of each handle, again leaving 1 inch between each tape strip. Trim ends of tape with craft knife, and press down tape edges to secure.

    Make diagonal stripes with tape.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Make diagonal stripes with tape.

  3. Using detail brush, paint white stripes between each strip of tape to create wide white stripes. Let dry completely; remove tape.

  4. To make smaller stripes within each 1-inch stripe, measure and mark 1/2 inch on first complete stripe. Affix tape diagonally along this mark, again wrapping tape over top edge and onto inside of tray (trim ends of tape on inside with craft knife).

    Measure 1/4 of an inch from edge of tape.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Measure 1/4 of an inch
    from edge of tape.

  5. Measure 1/4 inch from edge of tape, and apply another piece of tape diagonally. Repeat across side of tray.

  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on other flat side of tray.

  7. Using detail brushes, paint between diagonal paint strips, using red paint on wide white stripes and white paint on wide red stripes. Let dry, and remove tape. Spray entire tray with 2 coats of matte varnish; let dry between coats.

    Paint the tiny red stripes.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Paint the tiny red stripes.

  8. Using detail brush, paint white stripe (1 inch at its widest point) on toy wheel. Make 2 more stripes, each 1 inch apart, to create a peppermint candy effect. Let dry. If desired, add 1/4-inch stripes on wide stripes to match tray. Repeat for all wheels. Spray wheels with 2 coats of matte varnish; let dry between coats.

    Use a detail brush to paint the wheels.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use a detail brush to paint the wheels.

  9. Holiday Hint!
    Embellish white ceramic mugs to go with your Candy Cane Serving Tray. Just use a red ceramic paint marker to add red stripes to the mug handles. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for care and handling.

    Stack 2 wheels together with a red stripe opposite a white stripe. Glue in place. Repeat with remaining wheels. Glue 1 stack of wheels to each corner of tray.

In the next section, we'll show you how to make Christmas table decorations.

Christmas Catchall Tray is a Christmas craft you can create as a nice Christmas gift.
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
Christmas Catchall Tray

You'll Need:
  • 9 x 9 inches cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 2 pieces coordinating fabric, 45 x 12 inches each
  • Fabric scissors
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Straight pins
To Make Christmas Catchall Trays:
  1. Mark a line 11/2 inches from each edge of cardboard square. Cut along each line, and throw away corner squares. You will end up with a 6 x 6-inch piece for bottom of tray and four 6 x 11/2-inch pieces for tray sides.

  2. To make corner ties, cut 1 x 45-inch fabric strip. Fold long edges toward center, and press with iron. Fold strip in half (again along long edge); press. Stitch along open edge with sewing machine and matching thread. Cut into 8 equal lengths.

    To make Christmas Catchall Tray, press the cloth.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Press.

  3. Cut 101/2-inch square from each fabric. Place 1 square right side up on work surface. Pin a tie about 23/4 inches from each corner; stitch in place. With right sides facing, sew fabric squares together along 3 sides with 1/4-inch seam allowance. Trim edges, and turn inside out. Fold under edges of open side; press.

    Sew fabric squares together along three sides.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Sew fabric squares together
    along three sides.

  4. Place one 6 x 11/2-inch side piece of cardboard inside fabric square directly across from opening. Sew seam 13/4 inch from edge of fabric, enclosing cardboard. Slip 2 other side pieces between fabric to left and right of opening; sew seam 13/4 inch from each edge. Place square cardboard piece in middle pocket, and sew about 1/4 inch from edge of cardboard to enclose it in fabric. Place last cardboard side piece between fabric, and hand-sew edges of open side closed.

    Sew cardboard side piece between fabric.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Sew cardboard side piece between fabric.

  5. Fold up sides of tray, and make bows out of ties at each corner.

Create a Candy Cane Serving Tray to serve Christmas drinks, or make as a Christmas gifts.
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
Candy Cane Serving Tray

Candy Cane Serving Tray

You'll Need:
  • 11 x 14-inch wood serving tray with handles
  • 8 wood toy wheels, 13/4 inch diameter
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Acrylic paint: red, white
  • Paintbrushes: 1-inch foam, 2 small detail
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • 1-inch painter's tape
  • Craft knife
  • Matte spray varnish
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
To Make Candy Cane Serving Tray:
  1. Lightly sand wood tray and toy wheels to remove any rough spots. Wipe with tack cloth to remove dust. Using foam brush, apply coat of red paint to entire tray and to toy wheels. Let dry. Lightly sand again; wipe with tack cloth. Repeat painting, sanding, and tacking 2 more times. Let dry.

  2. Starting about 1 inch from side of tray, apply strips of tape diagonally around 2 flat sides. Leave 1 inch between each strip. Allow tape to come over top edge and onto inside of tray. Make diagonal stripes along top edges of each handle, again leaving 1 inch between each tape strip. Trim ends of tape with craft knife, and press down tape edges to secure.

    Make diagonal stripes with tape.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Make diagonal stripes with tape.

  3. Using detail brush, paint white stripes between each strip of tape to create wide white stripes. Let dry completely; remove tape.

  4. To make smaller stripes within each 1-inch stripe, measure and mark 1/2 inch on first complete stripe. Affix tape diagonally along this mark, again wrapping tape over top edge and onto inside of tray (trim ends of tape on inside with craft knife).

    Measure 1/4 of an inch from edge of tape.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Measure 1/4 of an inch
    from edge of tape.

  5. Measure 1/4 inch from edge of tape, and apply another piece of tape diagonally. Repeat across side of tray.

  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on other flat side of tray.

  7. Using detail brushes, paint between diagonal paint strips, using red paint on wide white stripes and white paint on wide red stripes. Let dry, and remove tape. Spray entire tray with 2 coats of matte varnish; let dry between coats.

    Paint the tiny red stripes.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Paint the tiny red stripes.

  8. Using detail brush, paint white stripe (1 inch at its widest point) on toy wheel. Make 2 more stripes, each 1 inch apart, to create a peppermint candy effect. Let dry. If desired, add 1/4-inch stripes on wide stripes to match tray. Repeat for all wheels. Spray wheels with 2 coats of matte varnish; let dry between coats.

    Use a detail brush to paint the wheels.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use a detail brush to paint the wheels.

  9. Holiday Hint!
    Embellish white ceramic mugs to go with your Candy Cane Serving Tray. Just use a red ceramic paint marker to add red stripes to the mug handles. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for care and handling.

    Stack 2 wheels together with a red stripe opposite a white stripe. Glue in place. Repeat with remaining wheels. Glue 1 stack of wheels to each corner of tray.

In the next section, we'll show you how to make Christmas table decorations.

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