Frothy lace cone tree is created by cutting and gluing paper lace placemats around a stiff peak of cardboard. Trim with satin ribbon, artificial flowers. Wreath is made with pleated cellophane, topped with coasters.
Gingerbread Boys, on the run, to make the kiddies’ Christmas a happy one. Cookies on top of big red apples make a merry centerpiece. The bamboo skewers are baked right in. Easy sugarplums on plate are marshmallows dipped in warm milk and rolled in colored sugar.
Candlesticks and cushions for the holidays
Opulent candlesticks that look worth a princely price are glass containers from the grocery store! Paint with aquarium paint; top with a votive candle. To hold narrow necks together, cut a cork to fit and insert through the two openings. Use glue on the wide necks and bases. Cushions, at right, are ready-made felt ones decorated with ribbon, long tassels, buttons.
To give a special holiday flair to gift plants, and to sidestep wrapping them, decorate the pots with bright, self-adhesive plastic and metal tapes. Design possibilities are unlimited with the various colored and patterned plastic tapes available. Copper, silver, and brass tapes come in smooth, hammered, and etched surfaces.
Spray the outside of a new flowerpot with clear plastic acrylic to get a waterproof surface. Then cut strips and pieces of the tapes to fit the design selected, and press into place. As much fun to make as to receive.