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Here it is, the last few days of December and I've barely scratched the surface of holiday crafts. But I have been thinking long and hard about my gift to you this season and I'd like to present it to you now.
Shred this article when you're finished 121708 AE 1 Capital City Weekly Here it is, the last few days of December and I've barely scratched the surface of holiday crafts. But I have been thinking long and hard about my gift to you this season and I'd like to present it to you now.



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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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Shred this article when you're finished

Here it is, the last few days of December and I've barely scratched the surface of holiday crafts. But I have been thinking long and hard about my gift to you this season and I'd like to present it to you now.

Tada, it's a CCW!

Yes, I, along with the rest of the CCW crew, would like to thank you for your readership by suggesting that you take us home, cut, glue, paint, deconstruct, repurpose and just plain muck us up. Now, just in case you're having a hard time deciding which fantastic way to slice and dice, I've included some of my favorite newspaper holiday crafts to get you started. Enjoy, and Happy Crafty Holidays!

Snowflakes

Cut a square from the CCW (try the ad on the back cover, but shhh, you didn't hear that from me). Fold in half 2 times, then fold in thirds. Cut off the excess points to create an isosceles triangle. Cut a pattern out of the paper. Unfold for a lovely snowflake. The more you cut away, the more intricate the snowflake will be. For children, use safety scissors. For a more precise delicate snowflake use a craft knife for your cuts (use a self-healing cutting mat for this method).

Coasters or Trivets

The cover is good for this because it has lots of color. Roll CCW sheets into tubes ?" thick. Seal the tubes together with white craft glue or double-sided tape (quick in a pinch!). Start spiraling the tubes into a flat disc. Tape or glue (you may also use hot glue for this part) each tube down at the ends. Continue adding tubes and wrapping them until your disc is the appropriate size for a coaster or trivet. For advanced crafters turn this project into a bowl by spiraling upwards with each additional tube.

Holiday Greeting Bunting

Use an entire CCW for this one. Cut a pennant (isosceles triangle) shape from the entire folded paper leaving the base of the triangle as the folded edge. This will get you 28 pennants this week. Paint these pennants in coordinating holiday colors (I used red and green alternating) with acrylic paints. Cut letters for your holiday greeting out of unpainted CCW and tape or glue to pennants. String together and hang. For a polished look, use letter stencils or print a fun font on your home printer as a self-made stencil.

Woven Gift-Wrap

This article would be great for this project - oh what fun! Cut 3" wide strips of this article running with the long edge. Fold into thirds creating a reinforced 1" wide strip. Cut several strips and paint them alternating colors with acrylic paints. Once the strips dry (use a hairdryer to speed this process) weave them together to create a flat sheet. Use this sheet as gift-wrap and embellish with glitter and newspaper pom-poms. Advanced crafters may use this weaving technique to create a gift bag or holiday stocking.

To view our crafty attempts at CCW holiday reconstruction visit our office downtown at the corner of Franklin and 2nd St.

Tanna Peters is a crafter and designer from wonderful, rainy Southeast Alaska. View her latest creations at suiteliving.blogspot.com and her shared crafting site craftaddicts.blogspot.com. Send local craft inquiries and info to tanna.craft@gmail.com.

paint them alternating colors with acrylic paints. Once the strips dry (use a hairdryer to speed this process) weave them together to create a flat sheet. Use this sheet as gift-wrap and embellish with glitter and newspaper pom-poms. Advanced crafters may use this weaving technique to create a gift bag or holiday stocking.

To view our crafty attempts at CCW holiday reconstruction visit our office downtown at the corner of Franklin and 2nd St.

Tanna Peters is a crafter and designer from wonderful, rainy Southeast Alaska. View her latest creations at suiteliving.blogspot.com and her shared crafting site craftaddicts.blogspot.com. Send local craft inquiries and info to tanna.craft@gmail.com.


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