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The Christmas tree is always the centerpiece of holiday decorations. These giant paper ornaments make fun additional decorations for holiday parties or just because!

Start with:

  • Cardstock , pink, green, gray
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Ruler Pencil
  • Single Hole Punch
  • Hot Glue Gun or Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Using glue or stapler, combine two sheets of pink cardstock, lengthwise.

Step 2: Trace large circle on combined sheets of cardstock. (We used a dinner plate.)

Step 3: Cut out large circle.

Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3.

Step 5: Cut approximately 14 strips of pink cardstock, 11 inches x 2 inches.

Step 6:  Glue one end of each strip of pink cardstock to edge of one circle. Continue all the way around the circumference.

 

Step 7: Glue the remained edge to the second circle to create a globe shape.

Step 8:   Cut approximately14 strips of green cardstock, 11 in. x 2 in.

Step 9: Glue top of green strip to top circle. Glue bottom of green strip to bottom circle. Repeat until green strips are between all pink strips.

Step 10: Trace 11 in. x 3 in. piece of gray cardstock. Cut out with jagged bottom edge. 

Step 11: With the 11 in. x 3 in. cardstock, round and glue to create tube.

Step 12: Trace circle from tube shape onto gray cardstock.

Step 13: Cut circle out with triangle edges  for jagged finish.

Step 14: Fold triangles from circle down.

Step 15: Set on tube base to make sure it fits securely.

Step 16: Punch two holes in top of gray circle and insert pipe cleaner.

Step 17: Glue gray circle to gray tube.

Step 18: Glue tube to top of globe.

Festive and fun, make several and hang in clusters to make a big impact for your holiday parties!

Looking for something fun to wear to upcoming holiday parties? This reindeer necklace is both fun to make and wear!

 

Start with:

  • Textured cardboard
  • Bits of colored cardstock (red, white, black)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper punch
  • String

Create it!

Step 1:  From textured cardboard, cut three circles of varying sizes. (We used glasses and bottle tops to trace the circles.)

Step 2:  Near the bottom of the largest circle, glue the second largest circle. Then, to the second largest circle, glue the smallest circle.

 

Step 3:  Use 1 inch hole punch (or freehand) to make two white circles and one red circle from cardstock. Single hole punch (or freehand) two small black circles.

Step 4: Glue black circles to white circles to create reindeer eyes and glue to reindeer face.

Step 5: Cut and glue together strips of textured cardboard for antlers.

Step 6: Attach antlers to face.

Step 7: Glue nose to reindeer face.

Step 8: Tie string around each antler to create necklace.

These would also make a fun activity for pre-holiday playdates!

 

 

This turkey badge is both festive and fun - the perfect accessory for Thanksgiving gatherings!

Start with:

  • Colored Cardstock
  • Textured Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Safety Pin
  • String
  • Paper Punch (optional)

Create It!

Step 1: From textured cardboard, cut half circle - approximately 5 in. across. (Trace from small bowl or large mug.) This will be the turkey's body. Also, cut approximately 2 in. circle for the turkey's head.

Step 2: From colored cardstock, cut shape of feathers, 3-4 inches tall.

Step 3: Cut fringe along feather shapes on both sides for texture.

Step 4: Glue feathers to cardboard half circle.

Step 5: Cut two white circles for eyes (1 in. hole punch or freehand), two black pupils (single hole punch or freehand), orange triangle for beak and red wattle.

Step 6: Glue eyes, beak and wattle to 2 in. circle to create turkey face.

Step 7: Cut small strip of cardboard. Place approximately 4 inch string underneath and glue cardboard strip on top. Tie string around safety pin.

Step 8: Glue face to body.

Pre-cut the parts and offer as a fun activity for kids (or young at heart) pre or post Thanksgiving dinner!

This paper plate Thanksgiving craft is perfect practice for little hands mastering scissor skills and is a wonderful way to use up bits of scrap paper too!

Start with:

  • Colored Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Paper Plate
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1:  Cut thin strips of colored cardstock.

Step 2: Glue strips of one color in the shape of a feather and repeat. (If you prefer, draw outline of feather shape on plate for guide.)

Step 3: For turkey's head, draw a triangle with a circle on top. Cut and glue to paper plate.

Step 4: Cut two white circles for turkey eyes and add black circle to each. Cut triangle for beak. Glue to turkey's head.

A simple and colorful craft to celebrate the season of Thanksgiving!