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 ISSUE 84   •   9  DECEMBER 2009  
   This issue: easy festive crafts


1. Editorial
2. Clothes Peg Trees
3. Simple Sticker Gift Tags
4. Glitzy Lid Decorations

1. Editorial

Hello and welcome to another issue of Kids Craft Weekly. I'm really starting to get into the swing of these weekly festive emails – I hope that you're enjoying them too.

I tell you what else I'm enjoying at the moment – opening cards! I made my weekly pilgrimmage to the post office box yesterday. Normally I walk away from this expedition with little more than a form letter from my local councillor but this time I was thrilled to find it full up with wonderful handmade cards from a large group of generous cardswappers!

Would you just look at this?

My Christmas Cards

I can say with certainty that receiving cards from KCW subscribers has become one of my favourite things about christmas. Thank you, thank you for sending me your wonderful cards and for all the emails and facebook messages that keep me sane and make me smile.

I'm often not able to respond to all the message of support that you send in but I want you to know that I read every single word of every single message and appreciate your kind wishes immensely. I think you are all wonderful. Truly.

I'm pretty excited about this issue – it features three of my favourite, stunningly simple christmas crafts of all time. All three of these ideas, and heaps more, are featured in the full- colour, fully-revised, 20-page crafty extravaganza known as my Christmas Craft PDF.

When you buy a copy of Christmas Craft, or my other Christmas book Christmas Cards, you get sent an email with a link so you can download the PDF and get crafting immediately. Occasionally this email gets lost or winds up in the spam folder – if this happens to you please write and let me know. I'm always happy to re-send the link if it is lost or expired!

While I'm plugging my own books it's probably worth making subtle mention that my Everyday Craft printed book is a great small gift idea for christmas! Actually, that wasn't very subtle at all, was it?

Happy crafting and I'll see you next time!

Amber Carvan

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2. Clothes Peg Trees

These cute and simple trees are great fun for all ages. Why not sit the whole family down together to create your very own clothes peg Christmas tree forest!

You will need

• cardboard
clothes peg
paint and paintbrush
sequins or small beads for decorating


1. Cut out a tree shape from some cardboard.

2. Paint or colour the cardboard as you wish then pop a wooden clothes peg onto the base of the tree. If your cardboard is very thick you might have to squeeze the top of the peg together a little bit.

3. Decorate using sequins or beads or whatever you have handy. They even look great just made from fancy card or coloured in with texta.

3. Simple Sticker Gift Tags

I just love these very simple gift tags and as far as crafts go, they are as simple as they come. Best of all they look great too!

You will need

old artwork
white stickers in various shapes and sizes
hole punch


1. Stick some white labels on to some of your little one’s artwork. Cut around the outside of the label, leaving a border. Then punch a hole in the corner of the tag to thread with ribbon or string.

4. Glitzy Lid Decorations

Young and old alike will enjoy making these sparkly and colourful decorations. Have plenty of supplies ready as no-one will be able to stop at one!

You will need

round plastic lids
white glue
red food colouring
beads, seqins, pasta, glitter etc
hole punch


1. Combine some drops of red food colouring and white glue.

2. Paint the red glue mix onto a clear plastic lid then add some sparkle and texture. When you've finished you can shake some glitter over the top and allow to dry. Then punch a hole at the top and thread through a loop of ribbon or fancy string.

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