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It’s time for Christmas Crafts!

img_0845We are almost into December – and it’s time for Christmas Crafts!  Our days are about to get very full with events, decorating, cooking and fun.  It is, is my opinion, the most wonderful time of the year.

I wanted to share some highlights from Christmas past to help you with party planning and just some good old family fun.

Whether you want to decorate for a party or just want to have some fun in the kitchen with your kids – check out these easy ideas to start your Holly Jolly season!

1 – Fruit Christmas Tree Centerpiece – We just took the fruit tray to a whole new level!  I have to admit, this is my img_0838favorite.  Probably not a huge surprise coming from The Nutrition Mom.  This Christmas Tree is entirely edible.  It’s a gorgeous centerpiece and conversation piece.  It’s almost too pretty to eat.  You could do the same with veggies, if that is your preference.

Need:

Apple (cut bottom to sit flat and core out about 1/3)

Carrot (skinned)

Your favorite fruit (I used strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, green grapes, red grapes, cantaloupe, pineapple and oranges)

Cookie cutters (optional)

Toothpicks

img_0824Directions:

Place carrot in core of apple.  Make sure it is secure.

Place toothpicks in apple and in carrot.

Place fruit on toothpicks and fill up your tree.

Place a cut fruit star on top.

Enjoy your masterpiece!

2 – Peppermint Stand, Bowl & Place Holders – I had a lot of fun creating these.  They are all so stinking cute!  Did I mention they are also super easy to make?

Peppermint Stand – This would be adorable with a little gift on top.  I added a cupcake.img_0839

Need:

Bag of Starlight Mints

Parchment Paper

Mini Spring Form Pans (around 4 inches)

Candy canes (4 for each stand)

Christmas ribbon (optional)

Hot Glue Gun

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 300

Place mini Spring Form Pan(s) on a baking sheet with parchment paper

img_0800Fill your pan with mints.  Mints should be touching (as close together as possible), but not overlapping.

Place in the oven for 6 minutes and begin watching carefully. Remove when all mints have melted.

Let cool completely and remove from pan.  This is your base.

Create your stand by hot gluing 4 candy canes together.  Once they are secured, glue on your base and add ribbon if desired.

Peppermint bowl – This bowl is more like a shallow candy dish. A candy dish made of candy.

Need:

19 Starlight Mints

Parchment Paper

4 inch glass bowl

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 300

Cover baking sheet with parchment paperimg_0841

Place one mint in the center of the parchment paper, then place 6 mints around the one in the center (like a flower) then add the remaining mints around the 6.  All mints should be touching and as close to one another as you can get them.

Place in the oven for 6 minutes and begin watching carefully. Remove when all mints have melted.

Let cool for 30 seconds. Have your small glass bowl upside down and close by.  This will be your mold.

Carefully (NOTE – mints will be hot – oven mitts recommended) flip the parchment paper with the mints in place, on top of the upside down glass bowl.  Place the center mint as close to the center of the glass bowl as possible.  Form the mints to the bowl.

Allow the mints to cool and set then remove your mold from the glass bowl and let cool completely.

Place Holders – These are adorable! You can use them for seating or for your buffet table.img_0842

Need:

Mini Peppermint sticks

Hot Glue Gun

Directions:

Glue 2 mini peppermint sticks together to create a small easel.  Then glue one stick to the back of your easel for support.

3 – Cranberry Vase Centerpiece – This elegant centerpiece reminds me of soft white snow with bursts of Christmas colors.

img_0857Need:

Larger based glass vase

Carton of salt

Package of cranberries

Greenery of your choice (pine, holly, clippings from your Christmas tree)

Candle (sized for vase)

Directions:

Place candle in vase

Fill 1/3 with salt

Top salt with  cranberries

Top cranberries with greenery

Note – If you will be lighting the candle, ensure that the flame is not too close to the greenery.

What is your favorite idea?  Which will you try first?  Tag me, I can’t wait to see them!

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