Here is a great idea for Christmas trees that can be used as centerpieces or to adorn an entryway table. Start by hot gluing a piece of wood, approximately 1” to 2” tall and just smaller than the width of a foam cone, to the bottom of the cone. Glue popsicle sticks in layers around the cone, overlapping the layer below. (The popsicle sticks could be painted any color to match your décor in that room or stand out as a centerpiece.) It will take approximately 6-10 layers to cover the cone, depending on how far you layer them over the last layer and how tall the cone is. Allow the glue to dry, then place wherever you want to add a little touch of Christmas. If painting the glue sticks first, make sure the paint is dry before you start gluing to the cone. Why not make a Christmas Tree Chandelier? The first step is to find a hoop about 18” around; a cross-stitching hoop, hula hoop or foam circle will do the trick. Using any color tulle, cut strips long enough to tie around your chosen circle leaving approximately 2” on either side once they are tied. Cut triangles out of paint sample strips (in colors that match your tulle). You could adorn the tiny Christmas trees with sparkling scrapbook embellishments for ‘decorations’, but this is not necessary. Now secure the triangles to the hoop using fishing line. Make the triangles hang at various different lengths around the hoop. Once finished, secure the chandelier, using tulle or ribbon, from a hook in any window or from the ceiling. Here’s a great DIY project to do with the kids; a stained glass Christmas tree. First, cut out two tree shapes from the center of two piece of construction paper. Then cut out a piece of clear contact paper about an inch larger than the tree shape and attach it to one of the pieces of construction paper making a "window". Attach pieces of green tissue paper to the sticky side of the "window" of the tree shape until it's fully covered. Insert periodic pieces of different colors to represent lights or ornaments. Next, using glue or a glue stick, glue down construction paper #2 to construction paper #1, lining up the trees to match exactly. Be sure to glue right up to the edge of the tree shape. Allow the glue to dry. Now, cut another piece of contact paper a little larger than the tree shape and carefully press it down on top of the tissue covered tree to seal everything. Trim around tree leaving about 1/2 inch of the construction paper for a border. Last but not least, punch a hole at the top of the tree and hang in a window. The kids will be so proud of their creation, and you’ll have a conversation piece for all your holiday guests.

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