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Make Your Own Reindeer with Your Hands! And Feet? Yup!

I absolutely love crafts that use outlines of my kid’s hands or feet. They’re a wonderful keepsake that illustrates just how big they were when they made it. Here’s a cute Christmas craft that uses both! Here’s what you’ll need to make your own reindeer with their hands and feet:

Reindeer Supplies

Supplies:

  • Construction paper – brown, tan and green (or other background color)
  • Red sticker or pom pom – anything you have that will work as a nose
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Black marker or crayon

Directions:

  1. Trace your child’s foot and hands on brown construction paper and cut out the outlines.
  2. Reindeer 1

    Reindeer 2

  3. Cut reindeer ears out of brown and tan construction paper. The tan pieces should be just a little smaller than the brown ones. Glue the tan ears on the brown ones and set aside.
  4. Reindeer 3

  5. Glue the hands or “antlers” on your green piece of construction paper.
  6. Reindeer 4

  7. Add the ears.
  8. Reindeer 5

  9. Add the foot or “face” and use the black marker or crayon to draw eyes and a mouth. Add the nose.
  10. Reindeer 6

  11. Say hello to Rudolph!
  12. Reindeer 7

Originally written for and posted on the now-defunct My OH! Momma website.

Candy Cane Cookies

Is there anything better than a Christmas cookie? Hmmmm-mmm! I love this time of year! Candy Cane cookies are one of my favorites. They’re easy and fun for the kids to make. And they look great when you serve or gift them. I like to serve them as stir sticks with hot chocolate. Delicious!

So, let’s make ’em! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • Peppermint extract
  • Red food coloring
  • Flour

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract to your refrigerated dough and mix. (You can make your own dough or use store-bought – whatever works best for you.)
  3. Divide the dough in half and add 1/2 teaspoon of red food coloring to one half.
  4. Candy Cane Cookies 1

  5. For each cookie, use about 1 teaspoon of dough from each half to roll into 4-inch ropes on a floured surface.
  6. Candy Cane Cookies 2

  7. Place one red and white rope side by side, press together lightly and twist.
  8. Candy Cane Cookies 3

  9. Place on ungreased cookie sheet (or parchment paper covered cookie sheets) and curve one end of the cookie rope down to form the handle of the candy cane.
  10. Candy Cane Cookies 4

  11. Bake 9 to 12 mintes until just starting to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  12. Candy Cane Cookies 5

  13. Enjoy!
  14. Candy Cane Cookies 6

Originally written for and posted on the now-defunct My OH! Momma website.

How to Make a Wax Church

Christmas is a magical time filled with joy, gratitude and love. The traditions we share with our families add to that magic by bringing the past and future together right here in the present. Building a wax church to display with our Christmas Angels has been a tradition in my family for generations. Try making one for your children. Maybe it’ll become a tradition for your family, too.

You’ll need: 2 empty cereal boxes, tape, scissors, a sturdy piece of cardboard (or other item suitable for a base), a double boiler, a taper candle, a small square of Christmas wrapping or tissue paper, a large craft stick and the star of the project –

Wax Church 1

– household paraffin wax.

Now, maybe it goes without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway: hot wax can be dangerous. Please, use caution. Hot wax should always be handled by an adult.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Cut a rough template for your church from your cereal boxes. You’ll need three pieces: the front, the back and the roof. The front and back pieces will be folded and attached to create the sides. This is what you’ll be applying the wax to, so the edges don’t need to line up perfectly. There’s no need to trace or measure – just eyeball it.
  2. Wax Church 2

  3. Tape the pieces of your template together to create the church and attach it to your base. Again, it doesn’t need to be exact. That’s part of the fun of this project: it’s very forgiving and there’s plenty of room for creativity.
  4. Wax Church 3

    Wax Church 4

  5. Melt 2 pounds of paraffin wax in a double boiler.
  6. Wax Church 5

  7. Carefully transfer the melted wax into a mixing bowl, let cool slightly, and beat with a mixer until it turns white and fluffy.
  8. Wax Church 6

  9. Apply the wax to your template and base using a craft stick.
  10. Wax Church 7

  11. Your taper candle will be your steeple. Add it while the wax is still warm and pliable so it will stick. Build up some wax around it to make it sturdy. (If you’d rather, you can skip this step, call it a manger instead of a church and display it with your favorite nativity scene!)
  12. Wax Church 8

  13. Tape your square of Christmas wrap or tissue paper inside one of the openings to your church to create a stained glass window.
  14. Let the wax harden and decorate as desired.
  15. Wax Church 9

Originally written for and posted on the now-defunct My OH! Momma website.

Make Your Own Dreidel and Play the Game

A dreidel is an ancient four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter printed on each side. The letters – nun, gimel, hay, and shin – form an acronym that means Nes Gadol Haya Sham, “A great miracle happened there,” referring to the Miracle of the Oil which burned for eight days in the Temple’s menorah instead of just one – the reason for Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. You can make your own dreidel and play the game this Hanukkah season. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Driedel Supplies

Supplies:

  • Small empty paper milk carton, washed and dried
  • Popsicle stick
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Tape
  • Knife (for use by a grown-up!)

Directions:

  1. Close the opening on your paper milk carton and tape it shut with sturdy tape.
  2. Driedel 1

  3. Use the knife to make a small cut in the bottom of the carton. (A grown-up should complete this step.)
  4. Driedel 2

  5. Insert the popsicle stick into the cut.
  6. Driedel 3

  7. Choose your favorite paint color and add some glue to it.
  8. Driedel 4

  9. Paint the carton and popsicle stick.
  10. Driedel 5

  11. Allow the carton to dry to completely. We stuck ours in a styrofoam cup to protect the sides so they’d dry evenly.
  12. Driedel 6

  13. Add the letter Nun to one side with glue and coat with glitter.
  14. Driedel 7

  15. Add the letter Hay to another side with glue and coat with glitter.
  16. Driedel 8

  17. Add the letter Gimel to another side with glue and coat with glitter.
  18. Driedel 9

  19. Add the letter Shin to the remaining side with glue and coat with glitter.
  20. Driedel 10

  21. Allow the glue to try, then play the game!
  22. Driedel 11

How to play the Dreidel game:

  • Each player begins with an equal number of game pieces called “gelt,” which means money or gold in Yiddish. You can use coins, pieces of candy, raisins – whatever you have available – for your game pieces.
  • At the beginning of each round, each player puts a game piece in the pot. Players should also add a game piece to the pot whenever it is empty or only has one piece left.
  • Each player gets a turn to spin the dreidel. If it lands on Nun, the player receives nothing. If it lands on Hay, the player takes half of what’s in the pot. If it lands on Gimel, the player takes all of the pot, and if it lands on Shin, the player puts one game piece into the pot.
  • If a player has no pieces left, they are out (although the can take out loans from other players to prolong their stay in the game). When one player wins everything, the game is over.

Originally written for and posted on the now-defunct My OH! Momma website.

Stained Glass Cookies

Oh, stained glass window cookies. They’re the prettiest cookies on the plate. They’re so pretty, you can use them as ornaments. And, they’re easy to make. But! They’re hard to make pretty.

Sheet after sheet and mistake after mistake, we learned just how hard.

Too thin. Too thick. Too crispy. Too soft. Where’d the window go? What shape is this one supposed to be?

Still, we had fun. And you can, too. Who knows? Maybe you can even make them pretty.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Refrigerated cookie dough
  • Flour
  • Rolling pin
  • Hard candies (like Lifesavers or Jolly Ranchers)
  • Sandwich bags
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie sheets
  • Assorted cookie cutters/Knife

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Remove the wrappers from the candies and sort them by color into sandwich bags.
  3. Stained Glass Cookies 1

  4. Crush the candies with a rolling pin.
  5. Stained Glass Cookies 2

  6. Roll out the refrigerated dough on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness. (You can make your own dough or use store-bought to save time, like we did.)
  7. Stained Glass Cookies 3

  8. Use cookies cutters or a knife to cut the dough into shapes.
  9. Transfer the shapes onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  10. Use a smaller cookie cutter or a knife to cut shapes into the center of the cookies.
  11. Stained Glass Cookies 4

  12. If the cookies will be used as ornaments, poke a hole in the top of each cookie with a straw or a toothpick.
  13. Stained Glass Cookies 5

  14. Sprinkle crushed candy into the hollowed parts of the cookies. Fill them all the way to the edges.
  15. Stained Glass Cookies 6

  16. Bake approximately 8 minutes.
  17. Place baking sheets on a wire rack to cool at least 10 minutes.
  18. Eat them, hang them, or store them in an airtight container for later.
  19. Stained Glass Cookies 7

A few tips:

  • Don’t want to use cookie cutters? Roll your dough into strips about 1/4 inch thick and use them to make outlines on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Fill with candy and bake per the directions above.
  • Keep your cookies thin. If you make them too thick, your stained glass window will nearly disappear when the dough puffs up as it bakes.
  • It’s easy to overbake these cookies, so check them often. They should just be starting to brown when you remove them from the oven.
  • Be sure to let the cookies cool completely before removing them from the sheet, otherwise the candy will separate from the dough.

Originally written for and posted on the now-defunct My OH! Momma website.

Handprint Spiders! On Your Arm! Eeeeek!

There’s nothing like a spider to give me chills on Halloween. Or any other day for that matter. Have your kids lend their hands to make this creepy craft they can wear.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it.

Handprint Spiders Supplies

Supplies:

  • Black construction paper
  • White and yellow paper scraps
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Pencil

Directions:

  1. Fold a piece of black construction paper in half.
  2. Place your child’s hand palm down along the folded edge and trace only the fingers.
  3. Handprint Spiders 1

  4. Cut along the outline you traced.
  5. Handprint Spiders 2

  6. Unfold your cutout. You should have a flat spider with eight legs.
  7. Handprint Spiders 3

  8. Roll the legs around your pencil to make them curl. Now your spider will stand on its legs.
  9. Handprint Spiders 4

    Handprint Spiders 5

  10. From your scrap paper, cut out some eyes and any other decorative shapes you may want to add and glue them to your spider.
  11. Handprint Spiders 6

  12. Cut a strip from the remaining black construction paper and tape the ends together to create a wristband.
  13. Handprint Spiders 7

  14. Attach the wristband to the underside of the spider using tape.
  15. Handprint Spiders 8

  16. Slip it onto your child’s arm and you’ve got a spider bracelet!
  17. Handprint Spiders 9

Originally written for and posted on the now-defunct My OH! Momma website.

Spooktacular Salt Dough Ghosts

Your kids will have a scream making these boo-tiful ghosts from a simple salt dough recipe. They’re perfect for a party favor craft, decoration or just plain fun! Here’s what you need to make them.

Salt Dough Ghosts Supplies

Supplies:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Microwave-safe plate
  • Black Marker

Directions:

  1. Combine the flour, salt and water in a bowl and mix using a wooden spoon.
  2. Salt Dough Ghosts 1

  3. Divide the dough and shape into ghosts.
  4. Salt Dough Ghosts 2

  5. Place the ghosts on a microwave-safe plate and heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time (up to a total of 2 minutes) until dough is firm. Let cool.
  6. Salt Dough Ghosts 3

  7. Use the marker to draw on eyes and a mouth.
  8. Salt Dough Ghosts 4

    Scary!
    Salt Dough Ghosts 5

A few tips:

  • If you’d rather not use the microwave, preheat the oven to 250 degrees and bake for approximately 2 hours.
  • If the dough is too gooey, add some extra flour or pop it in the oven at 250 degrees until slightly warm.
  • Get creative! Add food coloring to the dough and shape pumpkins or gravestones to create a spooky scene.

Originally written for and posted on the now-defunct My OH! Momma website.

Make Your Own Puzzle

My kids love crafts and puzzles. This simple and fun project is the perfect marriage of the two. I especially love a craft that can be put to use like this one. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own puzzle.

Supplies:

  • Craft or popsicle sticks (any size)
  • Markers
  • Tape

Directions:

  1. Place the craft sticks side by side on a flat surface and place a piece of tape on one side to hold them together.
  2. Make Your Own Puzzle 1

  3. Flip the sticks over (taped side down) and have your child draw a picture with markers on the sticks.
  4. Make Your Own Puzzle 2

  5. Remove the tape, mix up the sticks and put the puzzle back together!
  6. Make Your Own Puzzle 3

    Make Your Own Puzzle 4

Some tips:

  • If your puzzle is especially challenging, you may want to number the sticks on the back side to help you place them in order.
  • Need to make it more challenging? Draw a picture on the other side, too!

Originally written for and posted on the now-defunct My OH! Momma website.

Playing Detective: How to Dust for Fingerprints

Fingerprints. They’re everywhere! We’re used to cleaning them off every surface our kids touch, over and over and over again. But fingerprints can be fun!

Fingerprints

Every fingerprint is different, and since we leave our fingerprints on everything we touch (We know, right?), we can use fingerprints to identify people. Forensic scientists “lift fingerprints” from crime scenes to help them determine who was there. We found this great fingerprint lifting activity in The Usborne Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do
. You and your super sleuths can do it, too.

Here’s what you’ll need.

Fingerprints Supplies

Supplies:

  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • A bowl, lid or container
  • OR

  • Cocoa powder
  • AND

  • Clear tape
  • A dry brush

Directions:

  1. Use a pair of scissors to scrape a piece of chalk over a container to collect the powder or just grab some cocoa powder.
  2. Fingerprints 1

  3. Find or make a fingerprint. We had plenty to choose from: fingerprints on the door, the windows, the television screen. We decided to use fingerprints from a glass vase.
  4. Dip the brush into the powder and carefully dust it onto the fingerprint. The dust will stick to the grease from your finger.
  5. Fingerprints 2

    Fingerprints 3

  6. Blow off any excess powder and lay a piece of clear tape on the fingerprint. Press the tape flat, then carefully peel it off. Congratulations, Detective! You’ve lifted the fingerprint!
  7. Fingerprints 4

  8. You may want to stick the fingerprint to a piece of colored paper so it’s easier to see.
  9. Fingerprints 5


Want some more fingerprint fun? Make some fingerprint people! Here’s what you’ll need:

Fingerprints 6

Supplies:

  • A washable ink pad
  • OR

  • A piece of sponge
  • Thick paint
  • AND

  • Paper
  • Art supplies such as crayons, colored pencils or markers

Directions:

  1. Apply some thick paint to your sponge or open your ink pad.
  2. Fingerprints 7

  3. Press the tip of a finger into the paint or the pad until it is coated.
  4. Fingerprints 8

  5. Press the finger onto your paper and make a fingerprint.
  6. Fingerprints 9

  7. Use your art supplies to add faces, arms, legs, and accessories to your fingerprints to create fun characters.
  8. Fingerprints 10

Originally written for and posted on the now-defunct My OH! Momma website.

Make a Sticky Wall Collage

Something about a wall screams, “I AM A BLANK CANVAS!” to children. Their hands, crayons, markers and stickers just seem destined to touch them. So why not make it permissible, easy and fun with this Sticky Wall Collage project?

Here’s what you’ll need:

Sticky Wall Collage Supplies

Supplies:

  • Contact Paper (You can find it at the dollar store!)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Collage materials (Scraps of fabric or paper, beads, cotton balls, feathers, pasta, Cheerios, glitter, sequins – whatever you have lying around that’ll stick to contact paper!)

Directions:

  1. Gather your collage supplies and hang the contact paper sticky side out on the wall with tape. You may need to cut the contact paper to fit your wall, depending on the amount of space you have.
  2. Sticky Wall Collage 1

  3. Remove the backing from the contact paper.
  4. Sticky Wall Collage 2

  5. Let your kids create a collage by sticking their materials to the contact paper.
  6. Sticky Wall Collage 3

A few tips:

  • Be sure the tape you use to adhere the contact paper to the wall is strong enough to hold the collage, but gentle enough not to mark your wall.
  • Contact paper has the perfect amount of sticky to allow your kids a do-over, if they want. Most items will peel right off and stick back on, so the collage can be made again and again.

Originally written for and posted on the now-defunct My OH! Momma website.

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