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Magazine Trees, Square Cut Winter Trees, Cinnamon Dough Ornaments – December 2014

Hope you enjoy making these crafts.  Remember each hand crafted item is unique and should not look like it came off an assembly line.   Don’t forget to email the library a photo of your creations!

Magazine Trees

Materials Needed:

  • Mail order or “junk” catalog or magazine (more pages the better)
  • Scrap of yellow paper
  • Toothpick
  • Glue (optional)
  • “Decorations” such as small buttons, sequins, etc. (optional)


  1. Place magazine in front of you with the spine to the left.
  • The cover can be removed or left in place.
  1. Fold the cover same as the other pages.
  2. Holding the upper right corner of the first page, fold the top edge of the page to the spine of the magazine, keeping it tight against the spine.
  3. Crease the fold.
  4. Taking the folded page in your right hand, fold it to the spine of the magazine as you did the first time and crease.
  • The bottom of the page will extend beyond the edge.
  1. Fold the triangle up towards the book and crease the fold.
  2. Unfold and tuck the triangle piece up inside the folded page creating a flat bottom so the tree will stand.*

*You can cut off the bottom triangle of paper with a scissors if you prefer.

  1. Cut out 2 identical stars from scrap paper.
  2. Glue one star to a toothpick and then glue the other star to the same toothpick (hiding the toothpick).
  3. Insert into the top of the tree.
  4. Display your tree flat against the wall or make a second tree of similar size and display them back to back.
  • If necessary, paperclip the bottoms together or glue the covers to each other.


By using a book instead of the catalog you will get an entirely different look.  Try both!

You must remove the cover if using a  hard cover book.

Your tree can be decorated by gluing sequins, small buttons or even skinny little garland.  Use your   imagination!

Square Cut Winter Trees

Materials Needed:

  • OLD book or newspaper
  • Bamboo skewer, sharpened pencil or maybe a chop stick (trunk)
  • Scraps of corrugated cardboard or card stock
  • Cork, small cardboard gift box, styrofoam piece, etc (base of tree)
  • Yellow marker
  • Tape or glue
  • Scissors (decorative edge scissors, pinking shears or straight cut scissors)



  1. Cut out a template for each size square needed from scrap cardstock.
    1. Make squares measuring 1, 1½, 2, 2 ½, 3, 3 ½, 4, 4 ½, 5, 5 ½ and 6 inches square.
  2. Using anywhere from 10 to 30 pieces of paper (book page or newspaper) cut a set of squares using each size template.
    1. (The more pieces of paper used the fuller the tree.)
  3. From scrap cardboard or cardstock cut 1 square slightly smaller than each of the squares of book page.
  4. Using the tip of the scissors carefully put a hole in the center of each cardboard square.
  5. Decide on what is to be used for the base of the tree and place a hole in the center just large enough for the “trunk” of the tree to fit snugly. If using the cardboard gift box, you might have to add some weight to the box for stability.
  6. Place the skewer in the base.
  7. Place a piece of cardboard on the skewer and then one at a time add the 6” pieces of book page until all of that size is used.
  8. Rotate or twist the pages once all of that size is on the skewer.
  9. Using a slightly smaller piece of cardboard repeat the above directions using the next size smaller book pages.
  10. Keep adding cardboard and book pages until all are placed on the skewer.
    1. (Make sure that the cardboard is cut smaller than the book pages so it does not show.)
  11. Color 2 scraps of book page yellow.
  12. Trace and cut out 2 identical sized stars from the yellow paper.
  13. Check the height of the “tree”. Cut off any excess height, remembering to leave enough skewer to attach the star to.
  14. Glue or tape the 2 stars to the top of the skewer.

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

PLEASE check with Mom before starting this recipe.  Everything washes up easily if done right away.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 4 oz. cinnamon plus some extra
  • 2 T. white liquid glue
  • Wooden spoon
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters ( use cutters that are an outline of the shape wanted)
  • Drinking straw
  • Cookie sheet
  • Wax paper or parchment paper (optional)
  • Skinny ribbon (approximately 6” per ornament)


  1. In a large mixing bowl carefully add half the cinnamon, the applesauce and glue.
  2. Using the wooden spoon mix slowly as not to stir up a cinnamon cloud.
  3. Mix in remaining cinnamon, scraping the sides and the bottom of the bowl.
    1. Once it is fairly stiff, use your hands to finish mixing the dough.
  4. Quickly wash your hands and completely dry them.
  5. Place dough on –piece of wax or parchment paper OR  sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on the Countertop.
  6. Roll the dough out to approximately ¼ ‘’ thickness or a little less.
    1. If the dough starts to stick to the rolling pin, sprinkle a little cinnamon onto the rolling pin
  7. Push the cookie cutters completely through the dough and wiggle them just a little bit.
  8. Remove the cut outs to a cookie sheet
  9. Take remaining scraps of dough and mush back into a ball, roll flat and cut out more shapes.
  10. Make a hole in the top of the cut out by pushing a straw end into the dough.
  11. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  12. “Cook” cut outs for 1 to 1 ½ hours.
  13. Either remove ornaments from the oven and let cool or simply leave in the oven to cool.
  14. When completely cool thread a piece of ribbon thru the hole, tie the ends and hang on the tree.


Book page Turkeys, Silverware Pockets, Ice Cream Cone Cornucopias, and Slinky Pumpkins – November 2014

These craft ideas are posted for you to have fun creating something new.  You can improvise or change stuff as needed.  Remember that no two craft projects will look exactly the same!   Don’t forget to let me know how your project turned out.  Send us a photo and maybe you will be posted on the MML web page!

Materials Needed:

  • Old book used for art projects-several pages
  • Paper- 2 different pieces of patterned or colored cardstock
    • 1 piece of white or plain colored piece of cardstock
    • Scraps of colored paper
  • Markers, colored pencils or crayons
  • Scissors, glue or tape, stapler


  1. Remove several pages from an OLD book
  2. Roll each section into a sloppy cone. Place a small piece of tape near the pointed end of the cone so it doesn’t unravel.  The cones can also be stapled near the bottom.
  3. The size book page used determines the size of the turkey.
  4. Trace & cut out a 3” circle from scrap cardstock. Draw a straight line across the bottom of the circle.  Cut off & discard the smaller piece. Attach the pointed end of the cones to the cardstock circle using either glue, tape or staples.
  5. Add as many cones as needed to completely fill in the card stock circle
    1. (This creates the turkey feathers)
  6. Cut out a 3 ½” or 4” circle from the patterned cardstock.
    1. (This forms the body of the turkey.)
  7. Cut a triangle for the neck and head of the turkey. Slightly round all the points of the triangle.
    1. (This creates the head and neck of the turkey.)
  8. Add eyes, beak and a wattle made from the scrap paper.
  9. Attach the head and neck to the body and then attach the body to the center of the paper cones covering the half circle the cones are glued to.
  10. Display on a door, wall or use as a centerpiece on the table.
  11. Sizes and measurements are approximate. You may need to make adjustments.

Silverware Pockets

Materials Needed:

  • 1 piece of 12×12 scrapbook paper per pocket
  • Scraps of assorted paper in colors to coordinate with pocket
  • Colored markers, rubber stamps & stamp pad, etc (optional)
  • Tape (optional)


  1. Cut main pocket paper to 8” wide x 12” high.
  2. Fold bottom of paper up towards the top making a 3 1/2” pocket, creasing the fold.
    1. The paper should measure 8” wide x 12” high.
  3. At this time decorate the center third of the flap.
    1. Be creative & rubber stamp a design on the pocket, draw journaling lines for people to write a message, etc.
  4. On back of paper mark a line at 2” from the edge on both long sides.
  5. Fold paper to the back of the pocket and crease.
    1. Back can be taped flat but not necessary.
  6. Turnover and place fork, knife and spoon into the pocket. A napkin can also be included if desired.
  7. Put one pocket at each place setting.

Ice Cream Cone Cornucopia

Materials Needed:

  • Empty ice cream cones that end in a point
  • Little candies from the bulk department at the grocery store-wrapped or unwrapped
  • HOT water in a coffee mug
  • Clean pencil or wooden dowel
  • Clear plastic wrap
  • Length of very narrow ribbon, pipe cleaner or other like material


  1. Dip pointed end of ice cream cone into the hot water for 20 seconds.
  2. Remove from the water and microwave the cone for 20 seconds.
    1. Cone will be HOT to the touch.
  3. Carefully roll the tip of the cone around the pencil or dowel.
  4. Hold in place for several seconds.
  5. Place on wax paper or cookie sheet to harden.
  6. Once dry fill with little seasonal candies.
  7. Cover end of cone with plastic wrap & tie a bow around the cone with the length of ribbon securing the plastic wrap to the cone.
  8. Place one at each place setting at the table on Thanksgiving Day !

Slinky Pumpkin

Materials Needed:

  • One “slinky” toy
  • 2-3 twist ties or a length of very fine wire
  • Orange spray paint
  • 1 cinnamon stick, twig, cork, etc (suitable for a stem)
  • 1-2 leaves – silk or artificial, paper, etc.
  • Old newspapers or drop cloth (for use when spray painting)
  • Scissors



  1. Remove the paper from the twist ties keeping the wire or cut a short length of wire.
  2. Using the scissors cut very close to the wire on both sides.
  3. Wire both ends of the Slinky together in 2 or 3 places.
    1. Very little wire is needed.
  4. Spread the drop cloth or newspapers on the floor or tabletop as protection from overspray.
  5. Following the directions on the can, spray paint the slinky.
  6. After drying, turn over and spray the bottom of the slinky. Let dry.
  7. Place “stem” in center hole of slinky.
  8. Add the leaf.

Decorating Pumpkins Without Carving!

Book Page Pumpkin, Glitter Pumpkin, Painted Pumpkin, Ribbon Pumpkin, Thumb Tack Pumpkin –October 2014

Book Page Pumpkin

Materials Needed:

  • Pumpkin
  • OLD paperback book (approx. 500 pages will create a round pumpkin)
  • (approx. 250 page book will create a pumpkin that sits flush against the wall)
  • Black construction paper or other materials to make a face with
  • Embellishment- ribbon, leaves, twig, cinnamon stick, pipe cleaner, etc.
  • Glue (liquid white glue of any brand)


  1. Select an old paperback book first considering the height & thickness of the book
  2. Crack the spine in several places.
  3. Doing one page at a time, fold the outer edge of the page to the center and crease.
  4. Trim both covers of the book even with the folded pages.
  5. Continue folding each page until all the pages are folded.
  6. Trim both covers of the book even with the folded pages.
  7. Glue the front and back covers together and let dry.
  8. Leave enough space at the spine of the book to insert a twig, cinnamon stick or pipe cleaner as a stem.
  9. Glue stem in place.
  10. Add bow made from ribbon, raffia, etc. and tie to base of stem.
  11. Draw and cut out face from black paper and glue to front of pumpkin.

Glitter Pumpkin

Materials Needed:

  • Pumpkin
  • Paint brush
  • White glue or Modg Podge
  • Glitter-color of your choice
  • Newspaper
  • Spray sealer (optional)


  1. Paint the pumpkin with glue and immediately sprinkle glitter over the glued areas.
  2. Glue entire pumpkin or create a design with the glue.
  3. Shake off excess glitter and let dry.
  4. Spray pumpkin with sealer in well ventilated area. (optional)
  5. Collect unused glitter and return to container for future use.

Painted Pumpkin

Materials Needed:


Acrylic paint and paint brush

Sharpie markers of assorted colors

Spray sealer (optional)


  1. Paint entire pumpkin with paint and let dry. Several coats of paint may be needed.
  2. After completely dry, take marker and write phrases, poem, story, etc. on the pumpkin.
  3. Spray with sealer in well ventilated area. (optional)

Ribbon Pumpkin

Materials Needed:

  • Pumpkin
  • Ribbons of assorted colors or designs
  • Glue or flat head straight pins
  • Scissors


  1. Cut several lengths of ribbon.
  2. Glue or pin length of ribbon to pumpkin starting at the stem and ending at the bottom of the pumpkin.
    1. If using pins, use a small hammer or back of spoon to push pin into the pumpkin.
  3. Attach as many ribbons as desired.
  4. Make multi-loop bow and attach to stem so as to hide ribbon ends.

Thumbtack Pumpkin

Materials Needed:

  • Pumpkin
  • Flat thumb tacks*


  1. Choose a simple design.
  2. Using the flat thumb tacks, outline the design on the pumpkin.

*push pins can be substituted but it will give a different look to the pumpkin.