Encase photos, crafty creatures, or holiday trinkets inside a plastic cup to make a nifty tree decoration.
What You’ll Need
5-ounce plastic cup
Tack or pin
Colored card stock
Opaque white glitter
2 thin orange chenille stems
3 black chenille stems
1 white chenille stem
Black and white felt
1/8-inch and 1/4-inch hole punches
Strong craft glue
Small piece of white clay
1 silver chenille stem
Make a small hole in the bottom of the plastic cup using a tack or pin. Insert one end of the ornament string through the hole, and thread small bead onto string inside the cup. Bring the ornament string back through the hole and tie ends together to form a loop. Put the cup upside down on the card stock, trace around it with a pencil, and then trim 1/4 inch outside the line with decorative-edge scissors. Use a small paintbrush to fill in the middle of the card stock with white glue, and sprinkle with opaque white glitter. Set aside to dry.
1. Fold a 6-inch piece of orange chenille stem in half.
2. Form the body by making a loose spiral around the orange chenille stem with a black chenille stem. Loop the two ends of orange chenille stem to form feet.
3. Tuck a 1/2-inch piece of white chenille stem into the top and bottom opening of the black chenille body.
4. Fold top of orange stem down to form beak. Use hole punches to make the eyes from black and white felt and glue on.
To finish: Once glitter is fully dry, secure penguins to base with strong craft glue. Press sign (glue piece of paper to toothpick) into white clay and stand it next to penguins. Add craft glue around the rim of the cup and glue to card stock. Hold in place until glue sets. Glue a piece of silver chenille stem at the junction of plastic cup and card stock.
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Posted by Nicole Ibarrondo, former editor here at Mom Fuse