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Caitlin Keane and Michelle Mede

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Family Christmas Candle 

   

Materials:

  • White candle (tall and thick)
  • White Tissue Paper
  • White Printer Paper
  • Wax Paper
  • Color Printer
  • Scissors
  • Scotch Tape
  • Hairdryer

Instructions:

  1. Cut a sheet of tissue paper so it is smaller than a sheet of printer paper
  2. Tape the tissue paper with the shiny side down to the printer paper
  3. Put the page into the printer dispenser, and print out a picture onto the tissue paper side
  4. Cut the picture out of the excess white paper
  5. Put the photo across the middle of the candle. Over it, put a sheet of wax paper and make sure there aren’t any air bubbles.
  6. Use the hairdryer over the picture
  7. The wax paper will start to melt into the candle When the candle starts to melt, peel wax paper off

Review:
We figured out that not only does the hairdryer start to melt the candle itself, it wasn’t included in the original instructions that you had to peel the wax paper off when you were done. The air bubbles beforehand were unappealing, but then we figured out that we could take off the wax paper. This craft turned out well but only after we improvised.

★★★★☆ – Would recommend with new instructions!

 

Glitter Mug

     

 

Materials:

  • All-white mug
  • Any size gold glitter multi-surface glue
  • Painter’s tape
  • Any color Sharpie

Instructions:

  1. Put painter’s tape around the mug in a straight 
line where you want the glitter to stop
  2. Brush a layer of glue underneath the tape
  3. Pour Glitter over mug until well coated
  4. Remove painter’s tape immediately
  5. Set the cup upside down and let dry overnight The next day, add a second layer of glue and let dry
  6. After it dries, write whatever you want with a 
Sharpie on the white side!

Review:

This craft was a MESS. We tried to lay down paper to 
prevent the glitter from going everywhere, but as I’m typing this there is still glitter all over my keyboard. Adding onto that, it was challenging to get the painter’s tape onto the mug in a straight line. In the end, it turned out cute, but the glitter was still shedding everywhere, even with the second layer of glue.

★★☆☆☆ – Would not recommend.

 

Star Yarn Ornaments

   

Materials:

  • Red yarn
  • White glue
  • Toothpicks
  • A bowl
  • Water
  • Styrofoam plate

Instructions:

  1. Mix water and glue in equal amounts in a bowl
  2. Soak a 3 foot piece of yarn in it, but keep one end unsoaked
  3. Put the toothpicks in the Styrofoam plate in the shape of a star
  4. Tie the unsoaked end of the yarn to one of the toothpicks
  5. Go around the rest of the star and make circles with the rest of the yarn in the middle.
  6. Repeat until the star is full
  7. Let dry overnight

Review:

This craft was fairly easy, but it didn’t turn out as well as we hoped. First of all, making it was a mess. Afterwards, the string stuck to the toothpicks when the glue dried, and once we managed to pry them out the whole star started to collapse. While they could look nice with a little experimentation and possibly a different type of glue, the current instructions didn’t produce very fulfilling results.

★★☆☆☆ – Would not recommend.