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How to Make Christmas Crafts for the Kitchen


Making Christmas Centerpieces

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Christmas centerpieces are the eye-catching element that make your table. Decorate with your table with a stunning centerpiece.

We'll show you how to make creative Christmas centerpieces. We've also provided Christmas recipes for everyone around your table to enjoy.


Garlanded Grater (see picture below)

You'll Need:
  • Metal grater
  • 2 wood mixing spoons
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • 1 yard red plaid ribbon, 11/4 inches wide
  • 1 yard red velvet ribbon, 11/4 inches wide
  • Scissors
  • Assorted Christmas greens
  • 3 red crab apples
  • 6-inch plastic candy cane
  • Red berry sprays
  • Artificial red-and-white candies
To Make a Garlanded Grater:
  1. Place wood spoons on a diagonal on left side of grater handle. Twist in place with floral wire. Secure with hot glue if needed.

    Twist spoons in place with floral wire.
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    Twist spoons in place with floral wire.

  2. Form red plaid ribbon into a 2-loop bow with 3-inch loops. Secure bow with floral wire. Repeat with red velvet ribbon.

    Form plaid bow to make the Christmas centerpiece.
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    Form plaid bow.

  3. Holiday Hint! and Christmas Caution!

    If you'd like to hang the grater, add a wire loop to the back.

    Never leave a burning candle unattended.

    Glue short lengths of Christmas greens around spoons. Glue red velvet bow topped by plaid bow centered in greens.

  4. Glue crab apples in center of bows. Glue candy cane to left of crab apples. Glue in berry sprays and candies. Trim ends of ribbons into Vs.
Muffin Tin Centerpiece

Garlanded Grater and Muffin Tin Centerpiece
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Garlanded Grater and
Muffin Tin Centerpiece

You'll Need:
  • Serrated knife
  • 21/2-inch foam ball
  • 6 well muffin tin
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • Assorted Christmas greens
  • Wire cutters
  • 2 plastic candy canes,
  • 6 inches each
  • 2 yards red velvet ribbon,
  • 5/8 inch wide
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Floral wire
  • Artificial red-and-white candies
  • Red berry sprays
  • 3 small pinecones
  • 2 clear glass votive cups with red candles
  • Wrapped Christmas candies
To Make Muffin Tin Centerpiece:
  1. Use knife to trim foam ball so it fits inside back left muffin tin well. Hot glue in place.

    Glue foam ball inside muffin tin.
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    Glue foam ball inside muffin tin.

  2. Cut Christmas greens into short lengths. Use photo as a guide to insert sprigs of greens into foam ball to form a tight cluster that extends over edges of muffin tin.

  3. Insert and glue candy canes vertically in center of greens. Glue small cluster of greens to front right corner of muffin tin.

    Glue candy canes into cluster of greens.
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    Glue candy canes into
    cluster of greens.

  4. Cut two 12-inch lengths of red velvet ribbon. From each length, make a 2-loop bow, with loops of about 2 inches each. Secure center of each bow with floral wire. Glue 1 bow to front right cluster of greens and other bow to right side of back cluster. Form remaining ribbon into a multiloop bow, and secure it with floral wire. Insert this bow into back cluster on left side. Trim ribbon ends on diagonal.

    Glue ribbon to end of muffin tin.
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    Glue ribbon to end of muffin tin.

  5. Insert and glue artificial candies, berry sprays, and pinecones around candy canes and to front of greens. (Note: If you can't find artificial candy, use wrapped candy canes and candies.)

  6. Place votive cups with candles into 2 wells, and add wrapped candy to other wells.

Country Christmas Blocks are a great Christmas craft that make easy, beautiful Christmas centerpieces.
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Country Christmas Blocks

Country Christmas Blocks

You'll Need:
  • 3 wood blocks, 4 x 4 inches each
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Oak gel stain
  • Wood sealer
  • White graphite
  • Stylus
  • Acrylic paint: burnt umber, buttermilk, country red, ebony black, pumpkin, flesh tone, evergreen
  • Brushes: #2 flat, 1/2-inch flat, 10/0 liner
  • Waterbase varnish
To Make Country Christmas Blocks:
  1. Slightly sand all edges of wood blocks and tack off excess dust. Stain the smooth sides of all blocks with oak stain. The rough-cut sides absorb stain faster, so use 1 part oak stain and 1 part wood sealer on them. Let dry.

  2. Download the Country Christmas Block patterns here. Print them out. Center and apply patterns with white graphite and stylus.

    Apply pattern with white graphite and stylus.
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    Apply pattern with
    white graphite and stylus.

  3. Base the following colors in designated areas (let each color dry before applying the next): snowman, Santa's beard and fur, and candy cane with buttermilk; Santa's face and hand with flesh tone; holly leaves with evergreen; berries with country red. Square trim around top of block is alternating colors of evergreen and country red. Square trim around sides of block is all country red. Square trim around candy cane, snowman, and Santa is evergreen.

    Paint the designated areas of the centerpiece.
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    Paint the designated areas.

  4. Apply detail pattern with graphite where needed.

  5. Apply remaining colors in designated areas: snowman's scarf, Santa's coat, and stripes on candy cane are based with country red. Base carrot with pumpkin. The tree is based with evergreen. Tree branch and Santa's cane are based with burnt umber.

    Apply remaining colors where needed.
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    Apply remaining colors where needed.

  6. Base snowman's hat and line all patterns with ebony black.

  7. After all blocks are finished and completely dry, wash entire block with wash of waterbase varnish and diluted burnt umber. Caution: This should be transparent and merely to age painting. Test on paper for transparency -- you can always let it dry and repeat for more color.

  8. Splatter fronts of blocks with ebony black.
In the final section, we'll show you how to make Christmas mugs and glasses.