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The holiday season is a great opportunity to get crafty and bond with the family. During this edition of Mastering Monday, I’m sharing three crafty ideas that I insist everyone should try this year. It’s great for the kids, your parents, and all of your friends. Nobody is too old to get crafty; everyone should embrace the cold with some warmth.

Watch This:

This video offers a step-by-step tutorial as to how you can create your own 3D Snowflake. All you need is a few basic crafting tool (construction paper, a scissor, a ruler, pencil, stapler, an eraser, and glue). Watch this video, and pause as you go along with the visual instructions. Take your time, and once it’s done, put your own twist on the snowflake by adding glitter, and writing holiday lyrics on the individual parts of the snowflake. Keep your spirits up, and enjoy the winter season.



Read This:

An article published by the UK-based, inspires readers of all ages to build a snowman. This article mentions how a man and his family built the world’s biggest snowman and how people should continue to embrace their creativity. If you want to view great photos of the family’s achievement; visit the link below and if you want to build one of your own, head on outside after a night’s worth of snow has fallen from the sky. Make sure to wear your gloves, bring some branches, beans, carrots, buttons, a scarf, and a fancy hat or crown.

Also if you want to build one inside that’s cool too, just buy some cotton balls of all sizes. Glue them together; add some beans for the mouth, and some buttons for the eyes/shirt. Cut the tip of a carrot and using construction paper,  cut your snow man a hat/crown.


Do This:

Make a holiday tree out of an old book. When I was younger I made one in Elementary School, it took about 5-10 minutes to glue all the pages of my book into the form of a tree but once that was done, I watched it dry and then I got real creative. I used paint to paint the book shaped tree the color of a pine/oak tree. (You can change the color according to your desire) I also used colorful pipe cleaners to wrap around the tree alongside colorful cotton balls to make it look as realistic as possible. The pipe cleaners looked like the light lines you normally see on a Christmas tree and the cotton balls were the lights of my tree. Below are the things you’ll need and beyond that is a video to help you construct a tree of your own. Remember take your time, be patient, and construct something original.

To Make Your Festive Tree You’ll Need:

-A paperback chapter book

-Paint of your choice

-Glitter and other decorating tools

-Colorful Cotton Balls

-Colorful Pipe Cleaner




Written by Jaydee Maldonado, Peer Educator

Photo Cred: Wiki Commons