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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 12/10/11

Saturday, December 10, 2011

DIY MUSIC SHEET STARS!

This diy comes from www.zakkalife.blogspot.com .  Enjoy!

 

Craft: Music Sheet Stars

I was looking through the new Pottery Barn (PB) catalog when I stumbled upon something that looked very familiar, paper stars. And they weren't just any paper stars but over sized lucky stars. Did anyone else catch that? Every year PB comes out with something to fill their vases and apothecary jars. This year one of the fillers was over-sized lucky stars.

Some of you might remember I wrote a tutorial for basic lucky stars long ago, here. So, I'm resurrecting the tutorial along with an explanation on how to make these music sheet stars. For the most part the process is the same but there are a few adjustments.

Supplies:
Music sheets - search online to find holiday carols and print on light brown paper. Position your sheet music so it's formatted in landscape.
Paper trimmer or scissors
Double stick tape

Basic Star Instructions


Instructions For Large Stars

1. Cut music sheets into (2" x 11") strips. Make four strips. Tape together to make one long strip.

2. Fold star (instructions above) up to step seven. Using double stick tape, tape end down to star. Finish with step eight. Done

*I recommend not wrapping the paper too tight. The large stars are a little tricky to puff up and might require a couple tries.


Instructions for Small Stars

1. Cut music sheets into (1" x 11") strips. Make two strips. Tape together to make one long strip.

2. Fold star (instructions above) up to step seven. Using double stick tape, tape end down to star. Finish with step eight. Done


Other option - use wrapping paper to make the stars. You will be able to make them just about any size that you want, due to the width and length of the paper.

CHRISTMAS IN ALBANIA!



   In Albania, Christmas is one of the most popular festivals and celebrated with great merriment by the local people who observe the occassion as a commemoration of the birth of Lord Jesus. The population of the country is mixed with Muslems and Christians. But Christmas in Albania is unique, what with both the communities celebrating the occassion with almost equal fervor.
   Albanians share a wonderful bond with their family members and for them, family values stand above anything else. Hence Christmas in Albania is a family affair. Here, people love to celebrate the festival in the company of their entire family.
   The Christmas traditions observed here are more or less similar to that of the rest of the world. Popular customs such as attending the midnight mass on 24th night and going to the church in the morning is religiously followed by all the Christians of Albania. The gift giving tradition, as observed in other western countries, has been in





practice here too for a long time. During Christmas, Albanians exchange gifts with their friends, family members and all those they interact with for the rest of the year.
Feasting takes a prominent place in the Christmas celebrations in Albania. On Christmas Day, every home in the country cook up sumptuous Christmas meals in the conventional manner. Stuffed Turkey and delectable desserts form the most important part of Christian meals. A specialty of the Albanian Christmas dinner is "Bakllava", the famous dessert known as "Baklavash" in America. One of the tastiest dishes of Christmas dinner in Albania, the "Bakllava" is actually like a pie, but far more tough to prepare.




   The Christmas Tree is a prominent feature of Albanian Christmas. In Tirana, the capital city of Albania, a huge Christmas tree is decorated annually during Christmas. This is very similar to the famous Christmas tree decoration of New York. In many renowned hotels in the country, lavish parties are organized during the festival.

PEPPERMINT STICK WHITE CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOWS!

 

This simple, tastey treat comes to us from www.icingdesignsonline.blogspot.com.  Sometimes the simplest of thing give us the greatest pleasure.

 

Peppermint Stick White Chocolate Marshmallows!


Marshmallows are so versatile! There is always something you can do with them. Each year I love to make cookie platters for Christmas and I always include our marshmallow snowmen and another kind of dipped marshmallow! This year we tried something new and stuck a marshmallow on a peppermint stick and then dipped it in white chocolate and sprinkled with course sugar! This is actually extra tasty because as the peppermint stick sits in the marshmallow it infuses the peppermint taste into it! These would be really cute for a Christmas or holiday dessert table, all lined up! Hope you enjoy!





HOW TO MAKE 3D PAPER SNOWFLAKES!

This comes from www.wikihow.com .  These are really a neat looking idea to hang on your tree or at your annual holiday Christmas party.  Make alot or a little.



Make a 3D Paper Snowflake


This is a little more complicated than a two-dimensional paper snowflake, but it looks beautiful and is a suitable craft for children adept with scissors and patient in making crafts. It will produce a 6-armed three-dimensional snowflake decoration that makes a perfect tree decoration or window-hanger.


Steps


Assemble the materials.
Assemble the materials.

Assemble the materials. You can See the "Things You'll Need", are at the bottom of the page.



  1. Fold each of the 6 pieces of paper in half, diagonally. If the paper you're using doesn't make a perfect triangle, cut off the rectangular edge that sticks out and make it align perfectly.
  2. Cut 3 lines on each side of the triangle from the folded edge (as per video), making sure not to cut through the unfolded paper edges.
    Cut 3 lines on each side of the triangle from the folded edge (as per video), making sure not to cut through the unfolded paper edges.
    Cut 3 lines on each side of the triangle from the folded edge (as per video), making sure not to cut through the unfolded paper edges. The cut lines should be parallel to one another each side and come close to meeting in the middle but not touch; leave a small space between them. To make this easier, you can fold the triangle in half. This way you'll cut both sides at once, making a symmetrical snowflake. This might be or not suitable for thicker paper, since the number of layers makes it difficult to cut through.
  3. Unfold your paper and turn it so that the diamond shape is facing you for working with.
    Unfold your paper and turn it so that the diamond shape is facing you for working with.
    Unfold your paper and turn it so that the diamond shape is facing you for working with.
  4. Still keeping your paper diamond side-up, roll the first two innermost paper lines together to form a tube.
    Still keeping your paper diamond side-up, roll the first two innermost paper lines together to form a tube.
    Still keeping your paper diamond side-up, roll the first two innermost paper lines together to form a tube. Tape these two pieces together. You should see triangle shapes on each side of the roll.
  5. Turn the diamond over to the other side.
    Turn the diamond over to the other side.
    Turn the diamond over to the other side. Take the next two paper lines and pull them together on the opposite side of the tube and tape together as before. This will be a more rounded shape and wider than the first tube.
  6. Keep turning the paper and joining the paper lines together on opposite side until all paper lines have been joined.
    Keep turning the paper and joining the paper lines together on opposite side until all paper lines have been joined.
    Keep turning the paper and joining the paper lines together on opposite side until all paper lines have been joined.
  7. Repeat steps 3 - 7 with the remaining 5 pieces of paper. You may also now cut the paper in mass.
  8. Join 3 of the completed rolled pieces together at one end and staple together using the other hand.
    Join 3 of the completed rolled pieces together at one end and staple together using the other hand.
    Join 3 of the completed rolled pieces together at one end and staple together using the other hand. Do the other 3 pieces the same way. Now you will have 2 pieces consisting of 3 strands or "arms" each.
  9. Staple the two new pieces together in the middle.
    Staple the two new pieces together in the middle.
    Staple the two new pieces together in the middle. You're almost done!
  10. Lastly, staple where each of the 6 arms meet.
    Lastly, staple where each of the 6 arms meet.
    Lastly, staple where each of the 6 arms meet. This ensures that the snowflake shape is pulled into place. See illustration at top for the finished snowflake.