Crafts for Christmas

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My sister Joan and I once had a crafts business, actually we each had our own, but we worked on craft shows together. We bought fabric and trims and made things like tree skirts, Christmas tree ornaments, and we lined picnic baskets and outfitted them with dishes. We geared up for the shows throughout summer and by fall, we had a reasonable amount prepared and tagged, ready to go. We also had aprons, tea cozies and much more and booked ourselves for several Christmas craft shows each season. Although we've moved past our craft business, I suspect we still like to make things, if only for ourselves.

Now that we both have grandchildren, it's fun to explore crafts again, as a way of entertainment. This year, the Christmas gathering on our mother's side is in our hands again, and so we've been thinking of decorations for the tables and for a craft for the children.

As we talked about pine cones and what we might do with them, I went on Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.ca) to see what I might find there of interest. I was looking for something easy and safe that my oldest granddaughters might help me with. My sister has gathered large cones and found a place to get small ones too, and laid them out to dry.

Take a pinecone and felt to create a cute owl or other animals ;) Een dennenappel en vilt maken samen een leuke uil of andere leuke beestjes :)

Whimsy Love: http://www.whimsy-love.com/2013/10/diy-pinecone-owl-hedgehog.html?m=1

These owls will require bits of felt for eyes, or googly eyes, to glue on, plus the wings as well. A small gue gun that's not so hot would be safer than my large one when small children are around.

Karácsonyi toboz díszek (SamySeven) - Meska.hu

* http://www.meska.hu/t1509785-karacsonyi-toboz-diszek

This is what we have in mind for the table centrepieces. My sister and I have ribbon, and I have cord for the strings. A bit of glue dabbed on the tips and sprinke glitter on (white or colours) and they're ready to set to dry. We can then use them for our Christmas tables for our family gathering.

Wonderful Pine Cone Christmas Trees for You to Craft  - http://www.amazinginteriordesign.com/wonderful-pine-cone-christmas-trees-craft/

* https://i.pinimg.com/564x/90/81/7f/90817fe898478b0a4dfa12ca9cbde079.jpg

At the dollar store, I found sparkles in various colours in bottles. A bit of glue and ribbon and a sheet under the table to catch all the glitter that escapes us and we're set. Dishes of glittery pine cones could be our table centrepieces, and then for the children's activity, either the owls shown above or the reindeer below would be easy enough for even the smaller children to decorate.

Christmas Lollipop Noses

* http://thewhoot.com.au/whoot-news/recipes/reindeer-lollipop-noses

I think we'll use items from nature as much as possible this year, just because it's available and inexpensive. And not too time-consuming for our busy lives.

What will you put out for your Christmas decorations?

*All the links are shared from Pinterest. Please go there for instructions on creating each item. Thank you to these artists who share their creativity.