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Are you looking for activities for the kids while they’re on Christmas break? Here are two fun, safe, and easy projects to keep them entertained. They're great for decorations, ornaments, or as gifts for teachers and neighbors.
Birdseed Christmas ornaments
- ¾ cup all-purpose white flour
- ½ cup water
- 3 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 4 cups birdseed
- Cookie cutters
- Wax paper
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Cookie sheet
- Two paper drinking straws
- Whisk together flour, water, corn syrup, and gelatin in a large bowl.
- Knead the birdseed into the mix.
- Place a piece of wax paper on a cookie sheet. Arrange cookie cutters on the wax paper.
- Spray the wax paper and cookie cutters with non-stick cooking spray.
- Scoop birdseed mixture into the cookie cutters and press until tightly packed.
- Cut straw into two-inch pieces. Insert one straw in each ornament to make a hole. (Make sure the straw is pushed all the way through and has enough birdseed around it to hold when hung).
- Allow birdseed ornaments to dry uncovered overnight.
- Gently remove the birdseed and straws from the cookie cutters.
- Cut a piece of twine (approximately 8”) and thread through the hole.
- Wrap in cellophane and tie with a ribbon.
- After completing your birdseed ornament, it’s time to take it outside and put it in the tree. Try to hang it close to other branches so the birds have somewhere to perch while they’re eating.
Christmas tree surprise cone
- 7” x 3” papier-mâché’ cone
- Card stock, color green
- Green crepe-paper streamer
- Clear tape
- Small decorations for the tree
- Assorted candy
- Trace cone opening onto card stock; cut out the circle.
- Wrap the cone with the green streamer and tuck the end into the cone. Stuff the cone with candy.
- Tape card-stock circle on base.
- Decorate Christmas tree with tinsel, pipe-cleaner ornaments, and other decorations of your choice.
This Christmas cone can be used as a stocking stuffer or a Christmas gift.