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24 Thursday, December 11, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Great Craft Ideas For Children This year there's plenty of fun and creative things your kids can do to get ready for the holiday. With so many of these materials readily available, there is an abundance of simple craft projects to brighten your friends and family's holiday. Here are several fun ideas to take them through the entire season, from gift making, to gift wrapping and card making, to setting your holiday table. Treasure Boxes--Recycle small boxes and have kids glue shell macaroni or spare buttons to the lids. Use Washable Kid' s Paint in classic and bold colors to paint each shell or buttnn a differ- ent color for a mosaic effect. Inside the box, #ace a folded piece of velvet or some other soR cloth to store treasures. Book t construction paper into 2" wide by 6" long strips. Use themed Ministampers like Pet, Natureor Space shapes to personalize your bookmarks. Several of these togethercan make a great gift for a specialteacher! Wrap Paper and Greeting Cards--- Recycle paper grocery bags by cutting them open. Lay them out fiat and let your kid's imagination take over. Washable Glitter Finger Paint is per- fect After the paint has dried, you're ready to gift wrap some presents. You might even want to try some of the new pearlescent crayons like Pearl Brites. They shine like softly colored pearls and work especially well on darker paper. For greeting cards, fold a piece of construction paper in half and have children decorate using Crayola Glitter Glue and Glitter Crayons. Water- color or Dual Color colored pencils also work well. The Pop- Up Card Shop is another great way for kids to personalize their holiday greetings. Any holiday meal can be more festive with a themed centerpiece, personalized place cards and decorative napkin rings. Whether it's Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah or the New Year, there's a multi- rude of ideas just waiting to happen. Here are a few to get your kids started: Centerpiece--Send the kids out to collect pine cones. Paint them with Washable Kid's Paint in Glitter, Glow and Brites. Then, pile them high and toss them in a howl with some red ribhon for a festive winter look. Place cards--Personalize place setting cards to help guests find tlg seats at your busy holiday feast. Children should fold thick paper or thin cardboard into small paper tents that stand about 2" tall. Tell them who will be coming for dinner and ask them to write the name of each guest on a card. Each card can be decorated using Techno Brite or Sun Splashed markers according to the party's theme. Decorative Napkin Rings---Recycle an empty paper towel roll and cut it into 1" rings. Children can decorate the rings with Color Mix-Up crayons or No Spill Kid's Paint. When dry, pull the dinner napkins through the rings and arrange on plates. The holiday season is a hectic time and you wonder how you can get everything done. Cer- tainly it would take less time if you did it without the kids, but these are the things that will leave them with warm memories when they have little ones of their own. Let them catch the holiday spirit by creating a few simple crafts that give them the invaluable sense of accomplishment during a season that asks for peace on earth and goodwill toward everyone. t00be S00as Twas the night before Christmas and again I was trapped, No presents were bought----there was nothing to wrap. My family and friends had their shopping all done, So they were out playing and having much fun. Time was now short as I flew out the door. Got into my car and drove off to the store. More frantic than usual, l flew to the mall, and wouldn't you know it, no parking at all But after driving around for more than awhile, Iorjcf" :J" o wa "$) and a spot opened up and Iparked with a smile. Rushing straightto the store, I ran up to the clerk, Last Minute Gifts" "It's Christmas Eve!," I shouted, "I know I'm a jerk, " As the girl swap craze sweeps the nation "Not a gift do I have," I said to the man, this holiday season, more and more people are "Help me, please help me, as quick as you can!" looking for ways to be creative without going "No problem," he saicL "Walk right this way," ovon spending. According to arecent As he led me to the Pendleton display, survey conducted by Opinion Research Cot- That colors and patterns, what a wonderful selection! porafiononbehalfofMarshal,morethanhalf Shirts, sweaters, even mufflers in the Pendleton collection, of the adult population will participate in gift More rapid than eagles I pulled out my list, swaps this year, spending an average of $158 And said to the Clerk, "l'll take all of this." on gifts for the office, family and friends. Now Visa, now Mastercard, now American Express, Giftexchangingisamuch-anticipatedholi- high quality wool shirts...why settle for less? day happening, but even expert shoppers can He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, find it difficult to afford presents for everyone And rang up each item, then turned with a jerk. on their list. Enter gift grabs as the perfect solution to observing this age-old tradition in a Put all of my gifts into boxes and bags, contemporary, fun. and affordable way. In Then cheerfully wished me "Happy Holidays!" fact, many families nowadays agree to buy As I sprang to my car, I let out a slow breath, #fts for all the ldds--nieces, nephews, grand- Knowing it wasn't a fate worse than death, children, etc.---then create a gift swap for the Which is why they could hear as I drove out of sight,  adults. "New shirts for all and to all a good 'q'here's a lot of room for creativiiy when shopping for gift grabs," says Rebecca Haas. a shopping expert from Marshalls. "The trick is to buy gifts priate forrnen or women that show a creative flair." Haas suggests the fol- lowing great grab gifts for under $I0. Ho|klay Hoopla--Holiday entmainingof- ten centers around the kitchen, making themed holiday towels, potholders and oven mitts a great addition to holiday festivities. A set of three makes a great grab gift for under $10. Photo Phenomemm----Silver matted photo flames are all the rage this holiday season. Likewise, for frames in unique shapes and sizes. Buy one for under $10, or create a set of two or more for under $20. Gourmet Goodies---Wine is fine but so clicht! For a unique grab gift that's absolutely edible, consider flavored oils and vinegars. They make cooking more fun and are colorful enoughto be used asdecorations. At Marshalls, buy one for under $10 or a set of two for under .$20. Deck the Halls--Tree ornaments make great grab gifts and are always affordable when bought off-price. Coffee Time---The coffee craze has swept the nation, creating coffee connoisseurs out of Bright an Season With MoPie pracficallyeveryone.Startwithacoffeemug, then toss in a package of gourmet coffee for a "=ai delicious gift ensemble that's very budget- Tis the season to be jolly, so add a little sparkle to your holiday spirit with fun-filled friendly. home videos. Rdaxation TherapyA girl of relaxing Here's a sampling: aromatbempy candles in different healing It's only three days until Christmas, and Frogtown Hollow is hopping with scentswillhelpunwindeventhemoststmssed excitement! In Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, Emmet and his mother have out co-worker. Give a basket with candles, a always been poor, but they are rich in love and good cheer. They enter a talent contest candleholder and some txatxx as a gift of in hopes of buying special gifts with the prize money, tranquility. Make way for a Disney winter wonderland filled with all the joy and magic of These gift ideas also make great 'last the season. Join Santa, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and the gang for this collection of minute' gifts--gifts to be kept on hand to six classic cartoons in A Walt Disney Christmas. reciprocate surprise gifts. Marshalls' survey showed that 39 percent of respondents plan Doug considers himself an ordinary 12-year-old kid who can lead a pretty exciting life in Brand Spanking New Doug: Doug's Secret Christmas. While he to buy emergency gifts for unexpected gift secretly celebrates the season in his room, his mom and dad come throhgh with a real giving occasions this holiday season. Of surprise for the holidays, course, with all the money you save by Available only on video is the musically-charged animated tale Pooh's shopping off-price for gifts, you'll have Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin, in which Christopher plenty of money left over to buy yourself a Robin looks for a way to tell Pooh that it's time for him to go away to school, special holiday treat If so, you won't be These holiday hits, sure to generate giggles and grins, are available alone, nearly one-fourth of those surveyed expect to buy themselves a gift this year. at stores everywhere. .