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Last Wednesday we announced Jessica Strand’s Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids book Giveaway, and we wanted to remind you that the deadline for this is this Wednesday, December 15, at 2:00pm (PST) / 5:00pm (EST).


Simply let us know in the CRAFT comment section (not from the Facebook comment section) what your favorite holiday memory is. We will choose 5 random winners.
Prizes include a copy of the book Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids for the 4 Runners-Up. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a copy of the book AND a gift basket from Chronicle Books.
While waiting for next week’s announcement of the winners, here’s a shimmery project excerpt from the book for you to enjoy with the youngsters in your life!

Shimmering Snowflakes:

Pipe Cleaner Ornaments in Silver and Gold
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You can make these pretty snowflakes as simple or complex as you like. To make them smaller or larger, simply adjust the length of your pipe cleaners to the size and design of your snowflake. For a more traditional look, use white pipe cleaners, or add some pizzazz by using multicolored ones. Hang them in the window, off the mantel, or on the tree! The diagram will help you with the simple process, but once you begin, it becomes rudimentary.

Materials

(For one snowflake)
Needle-nose pliers
Sharp scissors or wire cutters
6 silver or gold pipe cleaners (each 12 in/30 cm long),
cut into
the following lengths: 3 pieces 6 in/15 cm long; 6 pieces 3 in/7.5 cm long; 6 pieces 2 1/2 in/6 cm long; 6 pieces 2 in/5 cm long
Piece of silver or gold Christmas metallic elastic wrapping cord about
10 in/25 cm long

Directions

1. Join the three long pieces of pipe cleaner by twisting the
centers together and then stretching the spokes out. This
will create a six-pointed star. To be sure that the pipe
cleaners are securely attached, press the twisted area with
the needle-nose pliers.

2. Begin the spoke design by taking a 3-inch/7.5-cm piece of
pipe cleaner, placing it midway on one of the arms, and
wrapping it around the arm so that the pieces cross. Make
sure each spoke projects an equal distance on either side
of the arm; if necessary, trim the ends with scissors.
Secure with pliers. Repeat with the rest of the arms to
create all six spokes.

3. Repeat the process above with the next-longest pieces,
positioning them slightly above the first set of spokes.

4. Finally, repeat the process a third time with the remaining
pieces, adding them near the tips of the arms.

5. When you’re ready to hang the snowflakes, wrap a piece of
ribbon around one of the arms–tying it close to the middle
of the arm is best for balance–then gather the ribbon to
the back and tie the ends to make a loop.


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Comments

  1. Tony Sweet says:

    Of course my memory is of making ornaments to hang on the Christmas tree, some were great, some were weak but they were all place on the tree with love

  2. Ashley says:

    My favourite memory was making salt dough ornaments with my mom. She’s managed to save some over the years and gave them to me for my own tree a few years ago. Hopefully, my crafting skills over the years have improved…

  3. Chris Sapyta says:

    During the holidays when I was young, my mom would make December a tv-free month. We would listen to Christmas records and craft instead. My favorite memory was when we made paper link chains in red and green when I was 6 years old.

  4. Amber Watt says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is the year I got the Raggedy Ann Doll that my mom made. I was so excited Christmas morning when I came downstairs and saw it under the tree. I loved that doll so much and the fact that my mom made it makes it extra special. I still have it in my cedar chest 30 years later and now my mom has made them for my daughters and my nieces. They are so special and individual to each girl. It’s a precious memory that I hope my daughters will also have when they get older.

  5. Christina says:

    So many good memories! My mom always made homemade caramels. When they were set, she would slice them into small squares while us kids would sit around the kitchen table and wrap them in little squares of wax paper. My mom was famous for her Christmas caramels!

  6. Cindy Ceroky says:

    My fav holiday memory is that first spent with my husband an his family. We flew back to Ohio frim California. They live in the snow belt. I was welcomed into this warm, toasty home that was decorated all in Victorian style, we had prime rib and my father in law read from the bible. Woke up in the morning to heavy snowfall, a beautiful blanket of snow on the acreage behind us. It was wonderful. The following year was even better.. When my husband and I eloped, getting married at Lake Tahoe on Christmas eve. Memories I will never forget. :)

  7. Alexandra says:

    For our daughter’s 2nd New Year (we celebrate New Year, not Xmas), I’ve put all the presents into a big red Santa’s bag (that I’ve made). I put it on the front porch, sprinkled a bit of artificial snow on top. At some point at night, we were all playing games in her room, when the door bell rang! “This must be Santa!?” Husband did not know that I had a door bell button in my pocket! So he was genuinely surprised. We all went downstairs and saw the bag. Believe it or not, 4 years later my daughter still remembers that!

  8. Alexandra says:

    For our daughter’s 2nd New Year (we celebrate New Year, not Xmas), I’ve put all the presents into a big red Santa’s bag (that I’ve made). I put it on the front porch, sprinkled a bit of artificial snow on top. At some point at night, we were all playing games in her room, when the door bell rang! “This must be Santa!?” Husband did not know that I had a door bell button in my pocket! So he was genuinely surprised. We all went downstairs and saw the bag. Believe it or not, 4 years later my daughter still remembers that!

  9. Rena says:

    my favorite memory is the year all the cousins on my mom’s side of the family spent the day of the party learning carols and making jingle bell instruments so we could perform that night for the adults.

  10. JessicaS says:

    I always loved that every year my mom met us at the door with mimosas and then ridiculous amounts of appetizers. We were barely able to tackle the actual meal

  11. JessicaB says:

    I went caroling with some friends in college to a hospital maternity ward. We were singing to a new mom and baby “Silent Night.” When we sang “Round yon virgin, mother and child, holy infant so tender and mild” it really struck me and I started crying. It was a special night. Now I’m a mom and I’m trying to teach my boys the real meaning of Christmas.

  12. anna says:

    one of my memories: when the whole family was together with good spirits and when me and my sister wrote a letter to santa claus and waited the whole day when he will come and put our presents under the christmas tree.
    and yes, my mum was always crazy about how to make christmas tree the most stylish, with just the right colors…she would spent hours on choosing the best combination of ornaments with me in the store :)

  13. Penny says:

    When I was growing up, the entire neighborhood would set out luminaries (brown bags with sand and real candles inside). It was a big production. The Homes Association brought in loads of sand and dumped it in the street in front of the pool. We would take the wagon up and load up a couple of big buckets of sand and bring it home to fill the sacks. Everyone lit the candles at 7:30pm on Christmas Eve to light the way for Jesus. If someone was out of town, a neighbor would light the candles. Some years, Santa would drive through and hand out candy canes to the children. When the candles were lit, and Daddy got home, we could start Christmas and open our presents! It was a wonderful start to Christmas every year!

  14. Chris says:

    My favorite memory is making lots of cookies and candy , fudge of all kinds, divinity, caramels etc. Boxing them up and then giving them to neighbors and friends. Such fun! Funny no one was overweight back then.

  15. laura says:

    It has to be putting up all the ornaments and the tree, it´s the official beginning for the season!
    Thanks for the chance.

  16. Marian Paulachak says:

    Right now my son and I are making a paper Christmas village together. We’re using lots of glitter, flocking and shiny beads. I have a feeling this is going to be a memory I will never forget! When I was growing up we used a lot of paper in our crafts…paper chains, snowflakes, snow sprayed on windows through paper stencils…I sure miss those snowy scenes my mom sprayed on each window in the family room. Most years we didn’t get snow on Christmas so I always appreciated the illusion of snow outside. Seen through those giant colored lights strung around each window frame of course!

  17. Mary Ellen says:

    My parents had this dusty old cardboard box from WWII Europe full of very old farm animals, many of them even older than that. They were magical to me – celluloid reindeer, cast iron cows, carved wood chickens and geese, bakelite fencing. Every Christmas my brother and I would pull out this box and set up the “Christmas Farm” in a special place covered with fiberfill batting for snow. When we set up the Christmas Farm, we knew that Christmas had officially begun.

  18. Joy says:

    Each year we collect materials to make our own ornaments. Some years are more artistic than others but it is always fun to create.

  19. Megan says:

    I love making, eating, and wrapping caramels with my mom.

  20. Laurel says:

    My favorite holiday memories from childhood are making Christmas cookies with my family and getting out family recipe cards that my grandma and my great aunt wrote out.

  21. NicoleS says:

    Each Christmas, when I was a little girl, I would open one present on Christmas Eve. It was always a new pair of pajamas and I looked forward to it each time. Now that I have a daughter, I am continuing the tradition. She’s 5 now and loves to see her new jammies each year.

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