Snowflake Window Clings

Let it snow,  Let it snow, Let it snow!

Well, the Christmas decorations have all been taken down and the confetti swept away from New Year’s, and things were looking a little bare around here.  So, I kept up my twinkling snowflake lights and the kids and I made these snowflake window clings to add some wintery fun.

Snowflake window cling craft
Materials

  • Ziplock bags
  • Three Dimensional Paint-we used Tulip Glitter in ‘Diamond’
  • Snowflake templates

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Directions

  1. Print snowflake template or make your own.
  2. Cut it out and place in Ziplock bag.
  3. Trace the lines with the tube of paint.
  4. Let dry over night, or about 6 hours.
  5. Peel off the snowflake and attach to the window.

This would also be a great craft and decoration for a Winter Wonderland Party




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Glass Ball Ornament Crafts

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Here are some glass ball ornament crafts for both kids and adults that can help you create easy and beautiful gifts for family, friends, and other special people!

Photo Ball —  A great way to commemorate the year is with this glass photo ball. These make perfect gifts for grandparents or other family members. Since we have two daughters, I glue their photos back to back so that the ornament shows a smiling face from every direction!

Materials:

  • Clear glass ball ornament
  • School photo (or other small photo)
  • Small beads, gems, or other decorations to fill in the bottom of the ornament
  • Narrow holiday ribbon
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint pen (optional)

Directions:

  1. Pull the metal top off the ornament and fill the bottom with a few colorful beads or decorations.
  2. Glue two small photos together, sandwiching a piece of ribbon between them.
  3. Carefully roll the photos and insert them into the ornament, gluing the ribbon to the top of the ornament so that they wll stay upright.
  4. Place the top back onto the ornament.
  5. Add a decorative piece of ribbon as an ornament hanger.
  6. **Optional: I like to use paint pen to date the ornament and to add another small piece of ribbon around the metal top.






Swirled Paint Ornament — This is a beautiful and easy ornament craft for any age. My kids first brought these home as a school project when they were in pre-school.

Materials:  swirled paint ornament craft

  • Clear glass ornaments
  • Acrylic or tempera paint in 2-4 different colors
  • A plastic cup

Directions:

  1. Remove the metal cover from the ornament.
  2. Squirt a blob of one color of paint into the ornament and swirl it around to spread the color.
  3. Add a second color and roll the ornament in your hands to create a swirly pattern.
  4. If you wish, add a third and/or fourth color to the mix.
  5. If you still have clear spots, cover the ornament’s opening with a paper towel and shake it a bit more vigorously. (**Note — Try not to overmix the colors or you’ll end up with a muddy mix. If this happens, you can always rinse out the ornament with warm water and start over.)
  6. Turn your ornament with the opening facing down into a plastic cup (so extra paint will run off) and allow it to dry for a few days.
  7. Once dry, but the top back on and add a ribbon to hang your masterpiece.

Glitter Gem Ornaments — These pretty ornaments can add some sparkle to your tree. People will think they came from a store!

Materials:  gem ornament craft

  • Solid colored ball ornaments
  • Plastic gems with adhesive backs
    (Or you can use glue dots to hold gems in place)
  • Gold glitter paint pen
  • A plastic cup

Directions:

  1. Stick your colored gems onto your ornament.
  2. Rest your ornament in the plastic cup. Use your glitter paint pen to outline the gems on the top half of your ornament.
  3. Let dry.
  4. Once this half is dry, flip the ornament over and repeat, outlining the remaining gems and allowing them to dry.
  5. Add a pretty ribbon to the top to hang your finished ornament.

  Once you’ve made your amazing ornaments, why not host an ornament exchange party? Check out our sister site, Creative Party Themes, for some ideas to help get you started!

Stained Glass Cookies

How to make stained glass cookies                                                                                             photo credit: Howard Puckett

Hooray!  The holidays are coming, and at our house that means it’s time to start baking Christmas cookies.  These colorful stained glass cookies are easy to make, and they are great for either eating or for decorating your home or tree!

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When I was a little girl I was always in awe of the many different kinds of cookies my Grandma would bake at the holidays. My sister and I would beg and beg for our favorites, but we both agreed that the stained glass cookies were at the top of the list.

Throughout December, we’ll print some of our favorite holiday recipes, and if you have one that you’d like to share, we’d love to add it to our blog. Just send along the recipe and your name in our comment area and we’ll post it so that all our readers can try it out!

Also, if you’re looking for some fun holiday cookie party ideas, check out this link to our Cookie Decorating Party at http://www.creative-party-themes.com/ 

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How to Make Stained Glass Cookies

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Start to Finish Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 3 to 4 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 20 hard candies (such as Jolly Ranchers or LifeSavers), preferably in several flavors to create different colored cookie “glass”

**You will also need cookie cutters in two different sizes — one for the outside of the cookie and one for the inner cut out shape.

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Directions:

Pre-heat your oven to 375°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (you could also use aluminum foil, but it doesn’t work as well).

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add molasses and vanilla extract, mixing well. Add the egg and mix until the mixture is light and smooth (about 1 minute on medium speed). Sift flour, salt, and baking powder over mixture; then, using a rubber spatula, fold in dry ingredients. Use electric mixer to blend until flour is incorporated. Divide dough in half and flatten into two disks. Wrap one disk in waxed paper and refrigerate while you work with the other disk. (You can refrigerate this dough mixture for up to 2 days).

Place the dough disk between two large sheets of waxed paper and roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut dough into desired shapes, such as stars, snowflakes, diamonds, or circles. Transfer the cookies to your prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1/2 inch apart. Using a smaller cookie cutter or a knife, cut shapes into centers of cookies, reserving these center bits to add into extra dough.

Remove any wrappers on your hard candies and separate them by color into plastic bags. Using a mallet or the side of a rolling pin, crush candies. (Note: If you use a wooden rolling pin, the candies may dent the wood.) Use a spoon to sprinkle the crushed candy into the hollowed-out centers of the cookies, filling to the edges. You can mix colors for a mottled effect.

If cookies will be hung as ornaments or decorations, use a drinking straw to poke a small hole into the top of each cookie before baking. (Once cookies have cooled, thread string or festive ribbons through holes.)

Bake your cookies for 9 to 10 minutes. The candy should be melted and bubbling and the cookies just barely beginning to brown and firm to the touch. Remove baking sheets from oven and place on wire racks to cool. Allow cookies to cool on pans for at least 30 minutes; otherwise, the candy centers may separate from the dough. When cookies are completely cooled, remove and store in an airtight container.

** This recipe is originally from Yankee Magazine

Free Christmas Party Printables

Want to add a little something special to your next holiday party? We’ve scoured the web for you and collected some free Christmas party printables from a few of our favorite blogs. Click on any of the links below the pictures to visit these great sites and grab a little holiday cheer!

free Christmas party printables

1. Merry and Bright Party Printables from Hostess with the Mostess

2. Retro Christmas Gift Tags from My Girl Thursday

3. Snowman Party Printables from Living Locurto

4. Mod Holiday Printables from Party Box Design

May your holidays be very merry and bright!

For lots of other great holiday party theme ideas, be sure to take a look at our sister site, Creative Party Themes.