Fun craft projects
13. Fun Decorations for the Holidays
The arrival of Santa Claus is always a vital part of Christmas. His
elves, those little helpers, that make the toys and package them,
do come along for the ride - in fact, they keep on working well
into the night. These elves do not have the magical powers to
come down chimneys and back up again. They have to enter
your home and arrange those packages under the tree, and
straighten out those ornaments and lights and finish off all those cookies and milk treats.
Place an elf entrance by your front door or near your fireplace, if you have one. This is a very
special entrance and can only be used by Santa's helpers. This elf entrance is simply a 26-inch
piece of cardboard covered with Christmas wrap, cut in the shape of a doorway. It is attached to
wall or side-door with double stick, no-marring tape, and felt and other decorations alongside to
make it festive. A tiny wreath, ribbons and a doorknob made of a plastic cap painted in red and
green. A doormat is a 7-10 inch piece of cardboard covered with terry cloth glued or taped on. It
can be in red or green. A sign should also be hung out - "Elves Only" or "Elf Entrance" or whatever
slogan you think appropriate. Watch the giggles and enjoy the compliments when your family and
guests see that you even considered those "little helpers" that make Christmas merry.
On the outside of your home, using a spare snow shovel and a basket or bushel of some type,
reserve a place for Santa to tie up those reindeer. Put a bright plastic or weather-resistant ribbon on
the shovel and a sign that tells Santa to "hitch up" his reindeer and don't forget to provide some food
for munching while Santa's inside "doing his thing." A bit of bird seed mixed with dried corn works
really well and the fact that birds and small animals will munch will make the reindeer food
disappear. A touch of nostalgia and a great outdoor decor item.
For the inside of your home - a few red and green "extra" blankets on beds, wire greenery to picture
frames and use a fresh pineapple in your centerpiece - it is the symbol of hospitality and
On your table - clusters of pinecones clipped to place mats, silverware tucked into mittens with a
scarf as a table runner, and candy canes and silverware tied with a Christmas bow become a
pleasant surprise for dinner guests.
Fill metal Christmas tree cookie cutters with one-color crushed candy and melt in the oven. When
cooled and hardened, place on a mirror or silver tray. Placing votive candles behind or between
the "trees" will illuminate the candy colors. Inspiring, different and festive. However you decorate -