Posts Tagged ‘holiday crafts’

December 12th, 2012

Handmade Candy Cane Ornaments

Candy Cane Ornaments - CraftOperation Santa is all about the joy and the spirit of Christmas as you all know. So, today I have a guest post from Tracy at Having Fun Saving who has some fun hand-made ornaments on her tree this year. Be sure to stop by and visit her great blog.

This craft looks like an easy craft for the kids to do on their own, or to get the whole family involved. As you can see from the picture – there are a few ways to make them. Each one requires pipe cleaners, you can grab these at any dollar store.

  • For the one that is green and red, you just twist them around each other to make your candy cane pattern.
  • The ones with beads – well, you guessed it – just string beads onto the pipe cleaner and shape as you would like
  • The smaller one is a Popsicle stick covered in glitter with a small pipe cleaner curved on top to make the top of the candy cane.

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March 13th, 2012

Bunny Carrot Tree – Easter Crafts

Bunny Carrot Tree - Easter CraftThis cute little carrot tree will show the Easter Bunny where you live!

You will need

  • A small potted tree that has not budded out yet
  • OR a small bare branch – about 10 – 12 inches high
  • Small clay flowerpot or heavy bowl
  • Decorative stones or glass beads. You can also use Spanish Moss or something similar to “mulch” the tree
  • Orange bumpy pipe cleaners (12 inch)
  • Green embroidery floss
  • Dental floss

Bunny Carrot Tree - Easter Craft


  1. To make carrots, first first cut several 12-inch orange bumpy pipe cleaners into quarters to create four 3-inch pieces, each with a wider part at its center (see photo).
  2. Form each piece into a carrot by folding over about ½ inch at one end and tying on several 4-inch lengths of green embroidery floss at the bend. Trim the floss, if necessary.
  3. Slip a loop of floss or string under the folded end for a hanger, then fold up the bottom tip of the pipe cleaner as well.
  4. Next, use balled-up newspaper to support a bare branch (ours was about 10 inches tall) set upright in a small flowerpot. Add a layer of decorative stones or glass beads, then hang the pipe cleaner carrots on the branch


February 10th, 2012

Homemade Love-Potion Necklace

Homemade Love Potion Necklace for Valentine's Day - Operation Letter to SantaThis is a fun Valentine’s project for older girls.


  • Food Coloring
  • Water
  • Oil
  • Glitter
  • Satin cord or any other kind of necklace cord
  • Sealing Wax (or candle wax)
  • Small bottle with cork stopper – available at many craft stores). Look for mini message bottles.
  • Funnel


Start by adding a couple of drops of food coloring to some water. Pour the colored water into the bottle, using your funnel, until it fills up to the halfway point.

Next, use the funnel to pour in oil until the bottle is almost full. You can use any type of cooking oil for this part. Sprinkle in a pinch of glitter and then stop up the bottle with the cork.

Tie the cord around the neck of the bottle and leave enough cord on either side to tie loosely around the neck.

Next, melt sealing (or candle) wax around the stopper to make sure that it will not fall out. Once the wax is dry, you can tie the cord together to make a necklace. When the bottle is shaken, it almost looks like a lava lamp as the colored water and oil swirl together with the glitter.

For even more flair, try making shrink-dink charms that say “Love Potion #9” or add pre-made heart charms from your local art store.

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November 13th, 2010

8 Tips for Making Your Own Scrapbooks and Memory Books

Pumpkin Patch Memories by Operation Santa ClausThanksgiving is a week or so away and Christmas is just around the corner. What better time to browse through the family photo and memento box for Christmas ideas and creating a family scapbook or memory book can be a delightful family past time.

If you don’t consider yourself particularly crafty, the idea of making a scrapbook or memory book can seem like a huge chore. You might even doubt your ability to be creative.

This doesn’t have to be the case! There are ways to create your own memory books with ease, no matter what your level of creativity happens to be. The only things you need are your family photos and the will to succeed.

Use these eight strategies to make your own scrapbooks and memory books:

  1. Work on one page at a time. Sometimes, the task of a scrapbook seems like a huge amount of work. Instead of thinking about the project as a whole, break it into small, manageable pieces. Work on one page at a time and enjoy the process until your memories are organized and your scrapbook is complete.
  2. Collect embellishments. The embellishments are the parts of the book that aren’t your actual photos. You can use other paper type memories and other designs to mount in your book of memories. Scrapbook and craft stores offer specific embellishments in all sorts of colors and themes. You can also save money by designing your own. Use construction paper to come up with your own designs. You can even print embellishments from your home computer.
  3. Decide on a theme or motif. Pick a theme that you’ll carry out throughout your book. For example, you might want to do a book that represents the last year. Or you might choose to create a scrapbook of your summer vacation. This will help you to focus and narrow down your ideas.
  4. Choose a color scheme. Pick a color scheme that you like and stick to it. You can make a wacky book with all different kinds of pages, but better results usually come from sticking with a certain color choice just to keep things looking neat.
  5. Design a cover. Your cover can also be a nice place to get creative with your book. You might want to include a picture and some kind of description of the book’s theme.
  6. Decide on a size. You can make scrapbooks of all different sizes. You may want one that’s small so you can carry it around. A larger scrapbook can hold more photos and provide longer, more fulfilling trips down memory lane later.
  7. Utilize a free online graphics design program such as Picnik. Here you can upload your pictures and add frames, create collages and just have a great time making gorgeous images. They have a free option, but if you really want to get creative their Premium Option is only $24.95 per year. Computer graphics programs offer many customization options for your photos and embellishments. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll love expressing yourself and creating a special memory book you can be proud of. (Hint: The image on this post was created in Picnik! We call it Pumpkin Patch Memories.)
  8. Digitize your scrapbook. If you familiarize yourself with a computer graphics program, you can create all of your memory books on your computer and have them printed like regular press printed photo books. All you have to do is submit your final design pages and cover to the print company of your choice.

Scrapbooking is a special way to ensure that the most treasured moments of your past are always easy to recall. Instead of allowing the process of creating a scrapbook to overwhelm you, take small steps and enjoy the journey as you relive the most treasured moments of your life.

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