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'Tis Better to Give than to Receive: Easy Holiday Craft for Kids"

'Tis the season! Before my daughters start making their lists for Santa (and checking them twice to make sure they didn't leave any wish unexpressed!), I like to make sure that they are firmly grounded in the giving spirit as well. This year, we came up with a simple but fun craft idea that the kids can make for grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, neighbors and friends. Since we are feeling giving, we thought we might share the idea with you as well:

Craft Stick Christmas Tree Ornaments

Materials Needed:


Green craft (popsicle) sticks, in varying widths and lengths-available at most craft stores
Glue
Simple embellishments like gemstones, glitter glue, sequins, etc.
Elastic ribbon
Pipe cleaners (optional)

Instructions:
1. Select the thickest width craft stick to serve as the backbone of your tree. Lay this stick out vertically on your work surface. Dab 6 small dots of glue down the center of the stick.
2. At each glue dot, lay a green craft stick horizontally across the "backbone" stick. Use the long craft sticks at the bottom of the tree and taper the length as you move upwards.
3. Allow the glue to dry and the sticks to set in their place.
4. When the glue has dried, it's time to decorate the Christmas tree! Use the gemstones, sequins, and other embellishments to decorate the "branches" to your heart's delight.
5. When the tree is fully decorated, glue a looped elastic ribbon (gold works nicely, if available) to the back of the Christmas tree, at the top of the vertical craft stick. This is your ornament hanger.
6. If desired, use colorful pipe cleaners to create a star or angel-shaped "tree topper." Glue the pipe cleaner to the top of the tree and allow to dry.
7. Once the ornament is thoroughly dry, it is ready to be hung on your family tree or wrapped up and given as a special, homemade holiday gift.

About the Author:
Signe Whtison, LSW. A child therapist for over ten years, teacher, writer, mother, and a blogger about passive aggressive behavior. Not to mention the book she co-authored taking a detailed look at the psychology of passive aggressive people, "The Angry Smile: The Psychology of Passive Aggressive Behavior in Families, Schools, and Workplaces." Her partnership with My Baby Clothes Boutique has provided her with a larger audience for her helpful advice in the parenting community. Holidays are approaching time to find those beautiful baby headbands and accessories for the family photos. . .



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