How to Make Christmas Crafts for the Kitchen

One of the joys of the Christmas season is the abundance of special holiday food. Foodies are always happy with the piles of Christmas cookies, Christmas cakes and pies, delicious meats, and side dishes. It seems that we spend all of December in and around the kitchen.

Most people decorate for the holidays by putting up Christmas wreaths and swags around the fireplace, in addition to the Christmas tree that is always lovingly adorned. We're spending so much time in the kitchen that it's surprising that we don't decorate the kitchen.

In this article, we'll teach you how to make Christmas crafts for the kitchen. This way, you'll never have a lack of things to display in the room you frequent the most throughout the winter. In addition, we've matched Christmas recipes on every page so that you have something to eat while you're in the kitchen.
  • Making Christmas Cookie Jars

    Who doesn't love Christmas cookies? There are so many cookie recipe variations, that you can never get bored. If you do enough baking, you know that the problem with Christmas cookies isn't the taste -- it's the storage. We have a solution: Christmas cookie jars. In this section, we'll show you how to make Christmas cookie jars that are the perfect complement to the yummy treats inside.

  • Making Christmas Plates and Dishes

    If you're not giving away your Christmas cookies as gifts, you'll want to display them prominently around your home. It's always a delightful surprise to take the last Christmas cookie and see a beautiful design on the plate. Whether you fancy snowmen, candy, or Christmas lights, we'll show you how to make Christmas plates and dishes in this section.

  • Making Christmas Serving Trays

    Everyone loves a cup of hot chocolate while sitting by the fire. When your spouse is curled up next to the warm fire with a classic Christmas tale, she probably doesn't want to be bothered walking to the kitchen for that delicious snack or drink. Surprise your family and guests by serving them the treats they crave on Christmas serving trays that you've made by hand. We'll show you how to make wagons and candy cane serving trays that show off your creativity with amazing practicality.

  • Making Christmas Table Decorations

    If the kitchen is where you spend all of your time during the holidays, then the dining room is where you focus for the very special occasions. Whether it's Christmas eve dinner or Christmas day brunch, you want your table to appear as pretty and perfect as you keep the rest of the house. In this section, we'll show you how to make Christmas table decorations that will have your guests oohing and aahing -- over both your decor and your cooking.

  • Making Christmas Centerpieces

    What's a Christmas table without a stunning centerpiece? The centerpiece is what draws your eye into the table. Stun your guests with a Christmas centerpiece that you've made with your own two hands. In this section, we'll teach you how. We have lots of different Christmas crafts, whether your decor is country, modern, kitschy, or formal, we have a centerpiece design that you'll be proud to put on your table.

  • Making Christmas Mugs, Glasses, and Bottle Toppers

    If you're drinking as much hot chocolate as most people do, you're going to need a lot of mugs. You're likely to go through all of your regular glasses in a single evening if you throw a large Christmas party. We've got you covered. In this section, we'll show you how to make Christmas mugs, glasses, and bottle toppers so that you can have enough to serve all of your favorite drinks with a lot of holiday spirit.
Let's get started. We'll show you how to make Christmas cookie jars in the next section.

Making Christmas Cookie Jars

Delicious Christmas cookies are one of the best things of the season. Whether they're frosted, cut, or have sprinkles, they're great to eat and wonderful to give as presents. If you're going to give Christmas cookies as a gift, you're going to want a nice jar so your friends and family can display your handiwork.

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In this section, we'll show you how to make Christmas cookie jars and tins. We've also provided some Christmas cookie recipes to fill the delightful jars you're decorating.

Using Patterns

When individual project instructions direct you to cut out a shape according to the pattern, begin by downloading the pattern as a PDF. All patterns are at actual size, unless otherwise noted. Print the pattern from your computer.

If the pattern has an arrow with the word "fold" next to a line, it is a half pattern. Fold the printed pattern at the line. Then cut along the line, going through both layers of paper. Open for the full pattern.

To attach a pattern to felt, roll two-inch lengths of masking tape into circles with the adhesive side out. Attach the tape to the back of the pattern in several places. Place the pattern onto the felt, and cut through both the paper and felt layers along the lines. If you are using a half pattern, open the pattern and similarly tape it to the felt before cutting.

Christmas Cookie Jar is an Christmas craft that makes a great Christmas gift.
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Christmas Cookie Jar

Christmas Cookie Jar

You'll Need:
  • Glass cookie jar
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Clear tape
  • Transfer paper
  • Stylus
  • Acrylic enamel: chocolate, Christmas green, Christmas red, white
  • Brushes: #8 shader, 10/0 liner, #1 liner
To Make Christmas Cookie Jar:
  1. Download Christmas cookie jar pattern here. Print pattern. Position and tape pattern over jar. Slide transfer paper under pattern, over jar. Using stylus, trace pattern to jar. Remove pattern paper and transfer paper.

  2. Using #8 shader, basecoat gingerbread man in chocolate and holly in Christmas green. If these two shapes need a second coat, wait 1 hour between coats to allow paint to dry completely. Using 10/0 liner brush and Christmas red, paint the word "Cookies."

    Color in the gingerbread man.
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    Color in the gingerbread man.

  3. Make a mix of equal parts white and Christmas green and using #1 liner brush, outline holly. Add veins and curly vines to holly. Using 10/0 liner brush, add Christmas red hearts and white details to gingerbread man. Using the handle of the liner brush, dip in Christmas red and add dots to holly.

  4. Using stylus dipped in white, add highlights to holly. Let dry 24 hours. Follow manufacturer's instructions on paint to make jar dishwasher safe.

    Create the holly and then let dry when making Christmas cookie jar.
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    Create the holly and then let dry.

Reindeer Christmas cookie jar is a fun Christmas craft that makes a great Christmas gift.
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Reindeer Cookie Jar

Reindeer Cookie Jar

You'll Need:
  • 9 x 6-inch sheet double-sided, super sticky tape    
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Plastic storage tub
  • Tiny glass bead mix: ruby red, crystal clear
  • Tiny glass marbles: ruby red, silver, light bronze, dark bronze
  • 4 x 63/4-inch glass candy jar with lid
  • Straight pin
  • 2 wiggle eyes, 25mm each
  • 36 inches red chiffon ribbon, 13/4 inches wide
To Make Reindeer Cookie Jars:
  1. Download Reindeer Cookie Jar pattern here. Print out patterns and trace onto super sticky tape using pen. Be sure to trace a reverse inner and outer ear and an antler. Cut out patterns.

  2. Peel 1 liner only from nose piece, and place nose sticky side up in plastic storage tub. Pour red bead mix over tape to coat; turn nose facedown into bead mix to fill gaps. Return excess bead mix to container. Fill small gaps by pouring red tiny marbles over nose piece. Press with fingers to ensure good contact between tape and beads. Return excess marbles to container.

    Pour red bead mix over tape to make Reindeer Christmas Cookie Jars.
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    Pour red bead mix over tape.

  3. In same way as you did in step 2, coat 1 side of antler pieces with crystal clear bead mix followed by silver tiny marbles.

  4. Peel, then cover top side of inner ear pieces with light bronze marbles. Peel top liner from outer ear piece and back lining from inner ear piece. Press inner ear onto center of outer ear piece, then coat outer edge of large ear pieces with dark bronze marbles. Peel 1/2 inch of tape from back top of ear pieces, and coat with dark bronze marbles.

    Peel off tape.
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    Peel off tape.

  5. Unpeel 1 inch of side of uncoated head piece. Aligning bottom of head piece along bottom of jar (before jar curves in), attach side of head piece to jar. Using your palms, press piece to jar while gradually removing back lining as you affix head around jar. Smooth out air bubbles. Use a straight pin to pop stubborn air pockets, then smooth tape onto jar.

  6. Remove top liner from head. One at a time, remove back liners from beaded nose and antlers, and attach to jar. Press wiggle eyes onto tape. Place jar inside plastic storage tub and pour dark bronze marbles to coat head. Use your fingers to press marbles onto head until tape is completely coated. Remove liners from ears, and attach to head.

    Use your fingers to press marbles onto head to make Reindeer Christmas cookie jars.
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    Coat head.

  7. Tie a bow around jar top.
Slip, Slide, and Skate Penguin Jar

Slip, Slide, and Skate Penguin Jar are easy to make Christmas crafts that are great Christmas gifts.
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Slip, Slide, and Skate Penguin Jar

You'll Need:
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Clear glass sealable jar with 4-inch square side surfaces
  • Enamel paint: white, green, yellow, red, black
  • #2 round paintbrushes
  • Bottle-tip nozzle pen set
To Make Slip, Slide, and Skate Penguin Jar:
  1. Download Slip, Slide, and Skate Penguin Jar pattern here. Print it out. Cut pattern paper to 3 x 31/2 inches. Position and tape pattern inside glass jar.

  2. Thin small amount of white enamel paint with water. Hold jar in your hand with pattern side up and level. Using pattern as your guide, paint inner body of penguin white, leaving beak shape clear.

  3. Thin small amount of green enamel to ink consistency, and paint tree shapes. Repeat with yellow to paint beak and feet, red to fill in red hat stripes, and black to paint penguin's body. Let dry; repeat if necessary to achieve opaque coverage.

    Use enamel to paint the penguin on the jar.
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    Use enamel to paint the
    penguin on the jar.

  4. Using pen set, attach extension cap and fine metal tip to black enamel bottle. Practice squeezing enamel from bottle, then paint skate blade lines and 2 small dots for eyes. (Quickly and thoroughly rinse out cap and metal tip after each use and change of color.)

  5. Attach extension cap and fine metal tip to white enamel bottle. Apply enamel thickly to achieve look of textured snow along bottom edges of trees, beneath penguin's skates, behind penguin, and around sides of jar. Paint hatband, pom-pom, and lines between red stripes white. Paint snowflakes around upper portion of jar with white enamel.

    Use the white enamel to paint the details on the Penguin cookie jar.
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    Use the white enamel to paint the details.

  6. Follow manufacturer's instructions on enamel bottles for drying, baking, and curing enamel to the glass (be sure to remove rubber stopper from jar before baking).
In the next section, we'll show you how to make Christmas plates and dishes.

Making Christmas Plates and Dishes

Brighten any fireplace, shelf, or table in your home with these beautiful Christmas plates. Whether you plan to eat off the plates or decorate with them, we have a little something for everyone with the Christmas crafts for the kitchen in this section.

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We'll show you how to make Christmas plates, dishes, and Christmas china that are delightful to view. If you're looking for something to place on these beautiful Christmas plates, try our delicious recipes.

Marvelous Mantel Plate

You'll Need:
  • Wood plate
  • Medium grade sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Acrylic paint: deep midnight blue, snow white, lamp black, pumpkin, green mist, country blue, heritage brick, forest green
  • Water-base varnish, matte finish
  • Graphite paper (light and dark)
  • Stylus
  • Paintbrushes: #2 flat, 1/2-inch flat, 3/8-inch angle, 10/0 liner

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    Marvelous Mantel Plate

To Make Marvelous Mantel Plates:
  1. Prepare wood plate. If necessary, sand and then use tack cloth to remove dust.

  2. Mix equal amounts of deep midnight blue paint and water-base varnish; base and seal plate. Paint a second coat with deep midnight blue paint only. Let dry.

  3. Download Marvelous Mantel Plate pattern here. Print out. With large snowman pattern, light graphite paper, and stylus, transfer basic shapes of pattern onto plate. Base snowman with snow white. (This will take a few thin coats. Let dry between coats.)

  4. Base hat and coal with lamp black. Base carrot nose with pumpkin. Base scarf with green mist. Let dry.

    Transfer the basic shapes of the snowman plate pattern.
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    Transfer the basic shapes.

  5. Transfer details of pattern using dark graphite paper. With angle brush, float shade colors as follows: snow=country blue; carrot nose=heritage brick; scarf=forest green; hat and coal=country blue.

    Float the shade colors.
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    Float the shade colors.

  6. With liner brush, line carrot nose with heritage brick. Add highlights on coal eyes with snow white.

    Line carrot nose with liner brush to make snowman plate.
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    Line carrot nose with liner brush.

  7. On plate rim, alternate pattern placement for little snowmen and snow-flakes. Base coat snowmen with snow white and hats with lamp black. Let dry. With stylus, dot eyes, nose, and buttons on snowmen with lamp black. Line snowflakes with snow white and liner brush, and dot line ends with stylus and snow white. Let dry.

    Alternate between snowmen and flakes on the outer rim.
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    Alternate between snowmen and
    flakes on the outer rim.

  8. Finish with a coat of water-base varnish.

Snowman Dish


Snowman Dish is a great Christmas craft to make and a wondeful Christmas gift to receive.
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Snowman Dish

You'll Need:
  • Polymer clay, 2-ounce blocks as indicated: 3 white, 2 blue pearl, 1 each ballerina pink and black
  • Glass dish
  • Liquid polymer clay
  • Paintbrush
  • Clay blade
  • 9 snowflake brads, 3/4 inch each
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle tool or toothpick
  • Pink decorator chalk or cosmetic blush and makeup sponge
  • Toothpick
  • White typing paper
  • Cookie sheet
  • Oven thermometer
  • Timer
To Make Snowman Dishes:
  1. Roll out the white and blue clay into 1/4-inch-thick snakes that are long enough to go around top of glass dish. Place blue and white snakes side by side, and twist together. Roll out a second white 1/4-inch-thick snake the same length. Apply liquid clay to inside edge of dish rim, and place white clay onto rim.

    Twist blue and white snakes of clay together to make Snowman dish.
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    Twist blue and white snakes
    of clay together.

  2. Apply a thin layer of liquid clay to inside top of white clay, and place twisted rope trim along inside top of white clay on rim. Cut rope on a diagonal where edges meet to mask cut.

  3. Cut off stems of snowflake brads with wire cutters, leaving approximately 1/4 inch of brad stem intact. Apply a dab of liquid clay to stems of 8 brads, and insert brads evenly around edge of dish. (Do not place 1 brad.)

  4. Shape a 11/4-inch white ball into a teardrop, and flatten bottom for body. Make legs from two 3/4-inch balls. Shape each into a 2-inch snake tapered at an end, and shape wider end to form a foot. Flatten bottom of each foot. Make arms from two 5/8-inch white balls. Shape each into 1-inch snakes tapered at an end.

    Make arms and legs from the white clay.
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    Make arms and legs from the white clay.

  5. To make scarf, roll out a 1/4-inch-thick blue snake. Cut two 2-inch lengths from snake. Flatten snakes. Use blade to cut top of each piece into a point. Use needle tool to make lines at other end of each piece for fringe. Roll a 1/2-inch blue ball, and slightly flatten.

  6. Place body on edge of plate, and attach legs at bottom of body. Position feet, adding liquid clay to attach legs to dish. Attach pointed end of scarf pieces at top of body, one going down back and other going down front. Place flattened blue ball on top where scarf pieces intersect. Attach arms to sides of body, bringing hands in front to meet. Place remaining snowflake brad in hands. Use needle tool to make creases in inner elbow.

  7. Roll a 7/8-inch white ball for snowman's head. Roll an 1/8-inch ballerina pink ball for nose, and flatten it slightly. Place it in middle of head. Shape two black 1/8-inch balls into teardrops, and flatten them. Place them above nose. Roll two 1/16-inch white balls, shape them into teardrops, and flatten them. Place white teardrops on black. Roll 2 tiny blue balls, and place 1 in lower center of each eye. Use needle tool to make mouth, eye creases, and eyebrows. Blush snowman's cheeks with chalk or makeup.

    Use needle tool to make facial features to make Snowman dish.
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    Use needle tool to make facial features.

  8. Make a 11/6-inch blue snake 1-inch long. Roll out two 3/8-inch blue balls, and flatten bottoms. Use needle tool to add texture by poking surface. Place snake across head, and place balls at each end of snake for earmuffs.

    Place balls at end of snake for earmuffs.
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    Place balls at end of snake for earmuffs.

  9. Break a toothpick in half, and insert half into bottom of head. (Discard other half of toothpick.) Insert toothpick in bottom of head into top of neck.

  10. Form a 3/4-inch white ball into a cone. Place cone next to snowman. Roll about twenty  3/8-inch white balls for snowballs. Attach snowballs to cone to cover.

  11. Roll out a 1/16-inch blue snake to 21/2 inches long. Drape snake on snowball pile as string. Shape two 1/2-inch blue balls into mitten shapes, and shape 21/8-inch blue balls into thumbs. Place a thumb on each mitten. Make a 1/4-inch flat cuff for each mitten top, and place on mitten. Make indents on cuff with needle tool. Place a mitten on each end of string over top of snowball pile, and press mittens into place.

    Make indents on mitten with needle tool.
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    Make indents on mitten with needle tool.

  12. Holiday Hint!
    When attaching pieces, use liquid clay as a glue to ensure pieces
    stick together.

    Place dish onto a paper-lined cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 275 degrees for 40 minutes. Turn oven off, and let item cool.


Sweet Treats Plate


Sweet Treats Plate is a Christmas gift that is an easy and beautiful Christmas craft.
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Sweet Treats Plate

You'll Need:
  • 10-inch clear glass plate
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Enamel glass paint: lemon custard, evergreen, engine red, wicker white
  • Paintbrushes: #6 flat, #2 flat
  • Paint tip set: extension cap, super-fine tip
  • Foam plate
To Make Sweet Treats Plates:
  1. Download Sweet Treats Plate pattern here. Print out pattern. Snip 1/2-inch tabs all around pattern to fit pattern to plate. Position and tape pattern facedown on top of glass plate. Design will be painted on plate bottom.

    Position pattern on top of plate.
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    Position pattern on top of plate.

  2. As you paint, keep all brushstrokes going in same direction. Use #6 flat brush to paint gumdrops lemon custard, evergreen, and engine red and small candy dots engine red. Paint candy mints and candy cane stripes engine red. Let dry completely. If desired, repeat for opaque coverage. (Rinse brushes immediately after use.)

  3. Attach extension cap and super-fine metal tip to engine red enamel bottle. Practice making a few paint lines on disposable plate, then paint thin red lines on round candy mints. Let dry. (Thoroughly rinse out cap and metal tip after use.)

  4. Use #2 flat brush to paint white areas of candy mints and candy canes with wicker white paint. Let dry. For opaque coverage, repeat.

    Paint the candy canes.
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    Paint the candy canes and mints.

  5. Holiday Hint!
    Painting mistakes can be removed by washing them with water before the enamel has dried completely. If enamel is dry, scrape the dried enamel off with your fingernail. Once the enamel has been cured, it becomes permanent.
    Attach extension cap and super-fine metal tip to evergreen enamel bottle. Paint ribbonlike green line around plate.

  6. Follow manufacturer's instructions on enamel bottles for drying, baking, and curing enamel. Note: Hand-wash plates.


Bright Lights Cookie Plate


Bright Lights Cookie Plate is a Christmas cookie plate. This  Christmas craft makes a good Christmas gift.
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Bright Lights Cookie Plate

You'll Need:
  • Clear, smooth 10-inch glass plate
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Bottle-tip nozzle pen set
  • Enamel paint: black, green, white, yellow, red, blue
  • Foam plate
  • #2 round paintbrushes
To Make Bright Lights Cookie Plates:
  1. Download the Bright Lights Cookie Plate pattern here. Print two copies. Cut out patterns along semicircle outline. Flip 1 pattern so ends of cord outline match up with other pattern, creating a continuous circular pattern. Tape in place.

  2. Snip 1/2-inch tabs all around pattern to allow paper to conform to plate. Position and tape pattern facedown on top of glass plate. Design will be painted on bottom of plate.

    Cut tabs around the pattern.
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    Cut tabs around the pattern.

  3. Using pen set, attach extension cap and fine metal tip to black enamel bottle. Practice squeezing lines of enamel from bottle onto foam plate, then draw thin black definition lines on glass plate for sockets and cords and around each bulb. Let dry. (Quickly and thoroughly rinse out cap and metal tip after each use.)

    Use the pen set to make the lines.
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    Use the pen set to make the lines.

  4. Thin small amount of green enamel with water on foam plate. Using pattern as your guide and painting on top of black definition lines, paint a line over coiling cord. Also use green to fill in sockets and 2 green bulbs. Be sure to apply paint strokes in same direction. Let dry, and repeat if necessary to achieve opaque coverage.

    Use green to fill in the sockets.
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    Use green to fill in the sockets.

  5. Holiday Hint!
    Painting mistakes can be easily removed by washing them away with water before the paint has dried completely or by scraping the dried enamel off with your fingernail. Remember: Once the enamel has been cured, it becomes permanent.
    Thin small amount of white enamel with water, and paint white lightbulbs. Repeat with remaining paint colors to fill in yellow, red, and blue bulbs.

  6. Follow manufacturer's instructions on enamel bottles for drying, baking, and curing enamel to glass.
In the next section, we'll show you how to make Christmas serving trays.

Making Christmas Serving Trays

Extend the Christmas cheer through your entire decor -- including your serving trays. So much of the Christmas celebrations revolve around food that it makes sense to have something nice to serve up your best recipes.


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In this section, we'll show you how to make Christmas serving trays. We'll also give you holiday drinks to put on the serving tray.

Cookie Wagon Express

You'll Need:
  • PAINT
    • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: snow white, raspberry, country red, blush, forest green
  • BRUSHES
    • 2 inch foam
    • #10 flat
    • #2 script
    • #0 liner

      Christmas Cookie Wagon Express is a Christmas craft that becomes a great Christmas serving tray
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      Cookie Wagon Express

  • SUPPLIES
    • Wizzer Wagon
    • Brown paper bag
    • Clear tape
    • Ruler
    • Pencil with new eraser
    • Water-base varnish
    • White wood glue
    • 1 yard red ribbon, 23/4 inches wide
    • Sprig of holly
Holiday Hints!
  • Be creative and try cutting contact paper in wavy strips to block out the striped areas instead of tape. Don't use masking tape because it sometimes leaves a residue.
  • Instead of painting between the stripes with a flat brush, try dabbing paint with a sponge for a textured look.

 

To Make Cookie Wagon Express Serving Trays:

  1. Take wheels off of wagon (they will be reassembled at end). Wood should be smooth and free of dust. Apply 2 coats of snow white with 2-inch foam brush on entire wagon. Use a piece of brown paper bag to sand when dry.

    Paint the wagon white.
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    Paint the wagon white.

  2. Use tape to section off stripes on sides of wagon and handle. Use a ruler to space tape 3/4 inch apart. Place pieces of tape at a slant on all sides. For handle, start tape on one end and wrap around in a spiral to other end.

    Use tape to section off the stripes.
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    Use tape to section off the stripes.

  3. Use #10 flat brush to paint raspberry between the tape. Use #2 script brush to add a thin line of country red on left side of each stripe. Allow paint to dry 10 minutes and remove tape.

    Paint raspberry between the tape.
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    Paint raspberry between the tape.

  4. Use the eraser end of a pencil to make the berries in clusters of 3 on the wheels. Dip the eraser into country red and make 5 dots around the center hole (dipping into paint for each berry). Add a dot of blush and raspberry next to each red dot.

    Dip the eraser into the country red.
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    Dip the eraser into the country red.

  5. Thin forest green with 50 percent water and use #0 liner brush to make thin lines for the pine needles. Make a line in the center coming out from each berry cluster. Then add shorter thin lines on each side.

    Make short thin green lines.
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    Make short thin green lines.

  6. Paint the trim on the top of the wagon and the pegs for the wheels with forest green using #10 flat brush.

    Paint the trim on the top of the Cookie Wagon.
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    Paint the trim on the top of the wagon.

  7. Use your finger to rub country red on the rims of the wheels.

    Rub red on the rims of the wheels.
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    Rub red on the rims of the wheels.

  8. Allow paint to dry completely before varnishing. Use 2-inch foam brush and a water-based varnish to apply 2 to 3 coats. Glue wheels and pegs together with white wood glue after varnish is dry. A red ribbon and sprig of holly can be added to the handle.

Christmas Catchall Tray


Christmas Catchall Tray is a Christmas craft you can create as a nice Christmas gift.
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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

Making Christmas Table Decorations


Related Recipes

When you're setting the Christmas table, you want to make sure everything is perfect. Carry the holiday theme into your dining room by making Christmas table decorations.

 

In this section, we'll show you how to make table runners and table accents. Try cooking our Christmas recipes to serve on your special holiday table.

Ribbon Runner

You'll Need:
  • Flannel backing fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Assorted grosgrain ribbons (6 to 8 different ribbons)
  • 1/2-inch fusible web tape
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Fray stop glue

    Ribbon Runner Christmas table accent is a fun Christmas craft.
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    Ribbon Runner

To Make Ribbon Runners:
  1. Cut backing fabric to length you'd like plus 2 inches. To determine width, arrange ribbons on table in the order you'd like to place them. When you're happy with the arrangement, add widths of ribbons and add 1 inch on each side for finishing edges. Cut backing fabric to this width.

  2. Fold 1/2 inch of rough edge under, place strip of fusible web tape in fold, and press with iron according to manufacturer's directions. Fold same side under 1/2 inch, place strip of fusible web tape in fold, and iron. Repeat on remaining 3 edges of runner.

  3. Cut ribbons length of runner plus 1 foot. With wrong side of backing fabric facing up, iron a strip of fusible web tape along edge. Lay first ribbon on edge, on top of web tape, with ends of ribbon evenly hanging off ends of backing fabric.

  4. Pin ribbon in place. (There will be 6 extra inches of ribbon on each side.) Iron on ribbon. Repeat with other ribbons, using previous ribbon's edge as guide.

    Iron on ribbon.
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    Iron on ribbon.

  5. Holiday Hint!
    Make your runner as long and wide as you'd like to fit your
    holiday table.
    When all ribbons have been placed, place a strip of ribbon across ribbons at each end of backing fabric, adhering with web tape.

  6. Trim ribbon ends so they are even. Seal ribbon ends with fray stop glue; let dry.
Reminiscing Runner

Reminiscing Runner makes a nice Christmas table decoration.
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Reminiscing Runner

You'll Need:
  • Canvas fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided fusible webbing
  • Iron
  • Computer, scanner, word processing program
  • Holiday photos
  • Fabric paper for computer printer
  • Fabric glue
  • Charcoal acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Optional: Letter stencil
To Make Reminiscing Runners:
  1. Cut fabric to length and width desired, adding 3/4 inch on each side for turning under. Turn edges under, using fusible webbing and iron to secure edges.

  2. Scan photos into computer. Use a word processing program to make pictures black and white (if not already), and add colorful frame borders. Print photos with borders onto fabric paper according to manufacturer's directions. Cut out individual photos, and apply fabric glue to edges to keep them from fraying.

  3. Cut fusible webbing to same size as fabric photos, and fuse webbing to backs of photos. Place photos around runner until you're pleased with design. Fuse photos to runner.

    Cut the fusible webbing to fabric photos.
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    Cut fusible webbing to
    same size as fabric photos.

  4. Paint "It's the most wonderful time of the year!" or some other phrase you'd like with charcoal paint across center of runner; let dry. If you're not comfortable with writing words yourself, use a stencil to create words.
Sugarplum Table Accents

Sugarplum Table Decorations add beauty to your Christmas dinner table.
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Sugarplum Table Accents

You'll Need:
  • Polymer clay, 2-ounce blocks each: tomato red, lime green, just orange, yellow, vanilla creme, gold, white; 3 blocks pearl white
  • Needle tool or toothpick
  • Clay blade
  • Acrylic roller
  • 11/2-inch star cutter
  • 1-inch circle cutter
  • Liquid clay
  • Paintbrush
  • Small jar with lid
  • Clear glitter
  • 1-inch length wire
  • Large paper clip
  • White typing paper
  • Cookie sheet
  • Oven thermometer
To Make Sugarplum Table Accents:
  1. Mix the following clay amounts together to create new colors. Create new colors by twisting, rolling, and kneading combinations until they are smooth and well blended. If colors are not as intense as you'd like, add a small amount of color to intensify.

    Pink: 1 block pearl white with 1/4 block tomato red
    Green: 1 block pearl white with 1/2 block lime green
    Orange: 1/2 block pearl white with 1/8 block just orange
    Yellow: 1/2 block pearl white with 1/8 block yellow

  2. For each cookie, make 2 or 3 for the jar and 1 for each place card holder you plan to make. Depending on the size jar you have chosen, you may need to make more cookies.

    Flower cookie: Roll ten 3/8-inch pink balls. Form 9 balls into tear-drops. Slightly flatten remaining ball for center, and place teardrops around outside of center. Use needle tool to texturize surface.

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    Roll ten pink balls.

    Tree cookie: Roll out a 1/4-inch green snake. Cut 4 sections of the snake 11/2 inches long with blade. Place snakes side by side on work surface, slightly pressing them together. Use blade to cut tree shape. Cut a small section of snake and pinch for trunk. Press trunk to bottom center of tree. Use needle tool to texturize surface.

    Star cookie: With roller, flatten vanilla creme clay to 1/8-inch thick. Cut several stars with cutter. Stack 2 stars, and blend seams. Use needle tool to texturize surface.

    Swirled cookie: Roll out gold and vanilla creme;me clay into snakes that are 1/8 inch in diameter and 4 inches long. Taper ends to a point. Place snakes side by side. Wrap gold clay around vanilla creeme clay, and roll clays together to create swirl. At end, cut snake on a diagonal, and press cut edge against spiral. Use needle tool to texturize surface.

    Wrap gold clay around vanilla clay.
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    Wrap gold clay around vanilla clay.

  3. For candy cane trim, roll out 1/8-inch-diameter snakes of white and pink clay. Twist snakes together; gently roll twisted sticks until smooth.

  4. For fruit slices, use roller to flatten yellow, orange, pink, and green clays to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut circles of each color with cutter. (You'll need 3 to 5 circles of each color.) Roll out 1/16-inch white snake; wrap each circle with white snake. With clay color same as circle, roll out a 1/8-inch-diameter snake. Wrap snake around white snake, matching center color with outer color. Cut each circle in half.

    Wrap snake around white snake.
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    Wrap snake around white snake.

  5. Use a thin layer of liquid clay when you attach pieces to jar. Place candy cane trim along top and bottom of jar. Place fruit slices with flat edges against bottom trim, alternating colors. Place cookies below top trim, alternating types (swirled, tree, flower, star). Stagger cookies, keeping a portion of cookie touching either trim or slices below. Lightly coat surface of cookies and fruit slices with liquid clay, and sprinkle with clear glitter. (Do not glitter candy cane trim.)

  6. Place a swirl cookie in middle of lid, and place fruit slices around outside of lid, overlapping edges and alternating colors. Insert 1-inch wire into bottom of a star cookie, with some wire protruding from bottom of star. Place star cookie upright into center of swirled cookie. Lightly coat surface of cookies and fruit slices with liquid clay, and sprinkle with clear glitter.

    Place star cookie upright into center of swirled cookie.
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    Place star cookie upright into
    center of swirled cookie.

  7. For each place card holder, make two 1/4-inch white snakes that are 31/2 inches long. Place a snake on top of other snake, with top snake slightly off to one side of bottom. Make a 1/2-inch white ball, and press it to back of white snakes, flattening ball slightly. Press paper clip into top of ball. Place alternating cookies on top of bottom white snake, in front of top white snake. Place fruit slices in front of cookies, aligning bottom of fruit slices with lower white snake. Brush cookies and fruit slices with liquid clay, and add glitter. With a 3-inch length of candy cane trim, form length into a candy cane shape, and place shape at left side of cookies. Wrap candy cane trim around bottom of fruit slices; bring ends around to back.

    Press paper clip into top of ball.
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    Press paper clip into top of ball.

  8. Place jar, lid, and name card holders onto paper-lined cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 275 degrees for 40 minutes. Turn oven off, and let items cool. Remove items from oven.
In the next section, we'll show you how to make Christmas table centerpieces.

Making Christmas Centerpieces


Related Recipes
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.

Making Christmas Mugs, Glasses, and Bottle Toppers

Try It!
Here are some Christmas recipes from our collection.

You've provided everything for the Christmas table -- from the serving trays to the centerpieces. There's only one more category to add to the list of decorations for your Christmas kitchen: mugs and glasses.

We'll show you how to make Christmas mugs, glasses, and bottle toppers in this section. We'll also give you some Christmas beverages to serve inside your Christmas mugs.

Christmas Cheer Mugs

You'll Need:
  • 2 red mugs (with vinyl weave inserts)
  • #24 tapestry needle
  • Floss: red, green
  • Scissors

Christmas Cheer Mugs
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Christmas Cheer Mugs

To Make Christmas Cheer Mugs:
  1. Download Christmas Cheer Mug Cross-stitch pattern here. Print it out. Cross-stitch with 3 of 6 strands of floss. Take mug apart and remove vinyl weave strip.

  2. Find center horizontally and vertically and mark with a pin. Find center of chart by using arrows to determine where to begin stitching.

  3. For second mug, insert Joy in place of Noel.

  4. When stitching is completed, insert vinyl weave back into mug, placing seams next to handle area. Snap insert back into mug.
Cheers!

Cheers! is a wine insulator that you can make as a Christmas craft.
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Cheers!

You'll Need:
  • Scissors: decorative edge, regular
  • 2mm craft foam: periwinkle, light blue, white, purple, pink
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Circle hole punches: 1/4 inch, 1/8 inch
  • Foam glue
  • Fine-tip permanent markers: blue, black
  • Star brads, assorted
To Make Cheers! Bottle Insulator:
  1. Cut a piece of periwinkle foam 41/2 x 101/2 inches. Use decorative-edge scissors to cut sides and top of foam, and use regular scissors to cut bottom edge.This wrap is for a 750 ml bottle, but all bottles aren't the same width. Check to make sure 101/2 inches is long enough to fit around bottle with at least a 1-inch overlap.

  2. Download Cheers! bottle insulator pattern here. Print it and cut out remaining shapes with regular scissors. Punch circles using hole punches. Using foam glue, glue snowman to center of foam cover, placing him at bottom. Glue scarf to snowman and fringe to scarf ends. Glue on arms, and place letters next to snowman.

  3. Dot snowman's eyes with blue marker and mouth with black. Place pink 1/8-inch dots for cheeks and blue 1/8-inch dot for nose. Glue two 1/4-inch dots for buttons on snowman's middle, trim bottom button to match scarf edge. Let dry

    Place dots on the foam.
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    Place dots on the foam.

  4. Scatter a few star brads around snowman, and open wings on back to secure.

  5. Wrap foam around bottle, and mark where you need to secure foam. Remove wrap, and reroll into cylinder shape. Push star brads along overlap and secure inside.

    Wrap foam around the bottle.
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    Wrap foam around the bottle.

  6. Slide wrapper onto bottle.

Spirited Santa Bottle Topper
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Spirited Santa Bottle Topper

Spirited Santa Bottle Topper

You'll Need:
  • Tracing Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Compass
  • Straight pin
  • Repositionable tape
  • Ruler
  • Card stock: white, red glitter
  • Gel pens: pink, black, red
  • Craft glue
  • Paintbrushes: #2 round, #6 round
  • Glitter
  • 38 inches white baby cloud yarn
  • Large paper clip
  • 24 inches white ribbon, 1/8 inch wide
  • White opaque marker
  • 1/4-inch circle punch
To Make Spirited Santa Bottle Toppers:
  1. Download the Spirited Santa Bottle Topper pattern here. Print it and cut out square face pattern below. Use compass to measure and draw 53/4-inch circle on tracing paper. Mark center of circle with small pencil mark.

  2. Pass straight pin through center X on face pattern, and align pin point with center mark on circle. Tape face pattern in place. Use ruler and pencil to extend lines from face to edge of circle. This will make horizontal hat line and beard lines. Photocopy at lightest setting onto white card stock. Make hat by tracing just the upper semicircle portion above the face. Cut out, and use this as a pattern to trace hat shape on red glitter card stock. Cut out, and set aside.

  3. Using gel pens, outline face side lines, smile, and nose with pink. Use black to fill in eyes and outline eyebrows and mustache. Color cheek ovals with red gel pen. Thin small amount of craft glue with water to paint consistency. Using #2 brush, paint coat of glue on eyebrow and mustache areas. Sprinkle glitter over glue-coated areas. Let dry.

  4. Cut out remaining circle. Cut side top beard lines on each side to use as guide marks. Turn circle over. Using #6 brush, apply coat of glue along bottom half of circle, below beard lines. Sprinkle glitter over area, and let dry.

  5. Turn circle over so face is up, then apply coat of glue on upper semicircle of hat shape, above face. Place red glitter card stock hat shape over glue. Fold 11 inches of white yarn in half, and gently twist strands together. Glue yarn down along bottom edge of hat.

  6. Cut along beard lines to create individual strips. Gently roll and curl each strip around  paintbrush handle, varying curl tightness and length of every other strip.

    Curl each strips around paintbrush.
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    Curl each strips around paintbrush.

  7. Carefully roll upper face and hat portion of circle back to form a cone, overlapping back sides and allowing 1/2-inch opening at top. Glue overlapping sides together, and place paper clip at bottom to hold sides together until glue sets.

  8. Cut 3-inch length of white yarn, and set aside. Fold remaining 24 inches in half; fold in half 2 more times. Wrap 3-inch length around middle of folded yarn, and tie knot to create loose pom-pom. Cut 8-inch length of white ribbon, and tie ends together to create loop hanger. Generously apply glue to inside opening of cone hat. Position hanger at back of opening, then push middle of pom-pom into opening. Let dry completely.

  9. To make gift tag for bag, cut 13/4 x 41/2-inch rectangle from red glitter card stock. Trim corners off top to create point. Use white opaque marker to write holiday note, such as "Here's just a little something to put an extra Ho, Ho, Ho into your Holiday Spirit!" Punch hole at top of tag, thread 16 inches of white ribbon through hole, and tie ribbon ends together.
You're now ready to make Christmas crafts for the kitchen. Get crafting because Christmas is coming.


ABOUT THE CRAFT DESIGNERS

Christmas Cookie Jar by Tracia Ledford
Reindeer Cookie Jar by Lisa Galvin
Slip, Slide, Skate Penguin Jar by Jill D. Evans
Marvelous Mantel Plate by Phyllis Dunstan
Snowman Dish by Tamila Darling
Sweet Treats Plate by Jill DeAnn Evans
Bright Lights Cookie Plate by Jill D. Evans
Cookie Wagon Express by Jill Fitzhenry
Christmas Catchall Tray by Lucie Sinkler
Candy Cane Serving Tray by Ed Smith, AIFD
Ribbon Runner by Amy Belonio
Reminiscing Runner by Amy Belonio
Sugarplum Table Accents by Tamila Darling
Garlanded Grater by Ed Smith
Muffin Tin Centerpiece by Ed Smith
Country Christmas Blocks by Carol Spooner
Christmas Cheer Mugs by Joan Green
Cheers! by Amy Belonio
Spirited Santa Bottle Topper by Jill D. Evans