Here at Fiddlebug’s Forest, this is a time of year to celebrate! Holidays like Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, and Kwanzaa all happen around the end of December, and there are plenty of creatures in the forest who celebrate each of them. Fiddlebug and his friends all happen to celebrate Christmas, so this year they decided to share some of their favorite ideas for decorations with you. They know that not everyone shares in their holiday traditions, but they think that each of these crafts should be easy to change in small ways to fit into your own holiday or even just to brighten someone’s day at another time of year.
Fiddlebug, Bart and Craig wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happiest of Holidays and a spectacular beginning to a New Year!
Deck the Table
One tradition that the forest creatures have is to send Christmas cards to those that they love. It is a way to remind those that are special to you of how much they mean even if the time you get to spend together is short. Bart’s mother loves her cards very much, especially since most of them are from her friends who are awake during the day instead of her nightly schedule. She has found a problem though. The cards are difficult for her to let go of and her pile keeps growing each year! She came up with a wonderful idea that allows her to share the wishes others have sent her with her family and any visitors who happen to stop by. She made beautiful placemats and napkin holders out of them! They really brighten up her table too.
Want to create some one of a kind placemats of your very own? Bart is making some to give as gifts this year too! Here’s all you have to do:
What you need:
Old Christmas cards
Heavy paper (cardstock works great)
Holiday cookie cutters
Scissors (and a big person to help with them if you are on the smaller side)
Cutting Board and hobby knife
Clear contact paper
NOTE: If you want to get real fancy, you can buy laminating pouches instead of using the contact paper and packing tape.
What you do:
1) Choose some cards that have pictures you like and messages that you want to share.
2) Cut along the card fold so you have the entire front picture separate from the inside of the card.
3) You can use the cookie cutter, pencil and scissors to cut shapes out of some of the cards either of pictures or to make messages stand out.
4) Arrange whole card fronts over the entire front of the piece of card stock and then use tape loops on the back of each piece to attach them so they don’t move around.
5) Add the shaped accent pieces and words with tape loops to overlap the card fronts and make the placemat even more unique.
6) Carefully flip the whole thing over so the blank side of the card stock is up.
7) Repeat steps 4 and 5 with other cards and shapes so your placemat is double sided if you would like.
8) Set the placemat aside for a minute.
9) Cut two pieces of clear contact paper slightly larger than your placemat.
10) Peel the paper backing off of one piece of contact paper and throw it away. Lay the clear piece sticky side up in front of you.
11) Carefully lay your placemat on top of the contact paper so you don’t get any wrinkles or air bubbles in it. A big person might be helpful for this part.
12) Flip the placemat so the contact paper is up and smooth it out even more so it sticks better.
13) Repeat steps 10, 11, 12 so the back side of the placemat is covered too.
14) Let a big person use the hobby knife and cutting board to trim all of the excess contact paper from around the placemat edges.
15) Cut a piece of packing tape as long as one edge of the placemat. Carefully stick half of it across that edge so it can be folded over to the other side of the placemat and seal the edge.
16) Repeat step 15 for each of the other three edges.
17) Repeat this process until you have enough placemats for your table.
18) Add your new, beautiful creations to the table!
1) Fold one card front in half so the long edges meet.
2) Cut along the fold so you have two pieces.
3) Fold each piece in half so the long sides meet.
4) Cut along the folds so you have 4 pieces total.
5) Make a loop out of each piece, taping the short ends together.
6) Use a tape loop to attach a shaped picture or message onto the paper loop so it hides the tape.
7) Repeat this process until you have enough to go with your placemats.
8) Carefully slide a rolled napkin into the loop and set it on the table beside the placemats.