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Get Crafty Over Holiday Break

December 6, 2011
By Betsy Bethel and Elmer's Glue , OVParent

Have you ever wondered how much waste Americans produce around Christmas? According to Bob Lilienfled's Use Less Stuff Report, we throw away 25 percent more trash in the four to five weeks from Thanksgiving to New Year's than other time throughout the year.

Instead of throwing away all that trash, consider what you - or your kids - might be able to reuse. Kids love to create and use their imaginations. Large boxes can become puppet theaters or rocket ships. Ribbons and bows can be reused, and holiday cards can be turned into colorful collages or cut into gift tags for next year.

Those days off from school after Christmas may be filled playing with new toys, but if your kids are like most, they will tire of them quickly. Here are a few ideas from Elmer's Glue for getting crafy over holiday break ... or on those January and February snow days!

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What you'll need:

Elmer's Glue-All or craft glue

Cardboard egg carton

Construction paper

Chenille or regular pipe cleaner

Jiggly eyes


Poster paint



1. Cut off the lid from the egg carton. Use the bottom section of the egg carton for this project.

2. Cut the bottom section of the egg carton in half lengthwise, giving you two caterpillar bodies.

3. Cut off the lip of the egg carton if necessary so that the edges are even all of the way around.

4. Paint the egg carton in bright colors. Add spots and stripes to make the caterpillar unique and realistic. Let the paint dry completely.

5. Glue two eyes to one end of the egg carton. Draw a mouth with markers.

6. Cut a sheet of construction paper into six strips to make legs. Make sure each strip is slightly longer than the width of the egg carton so it sticks out on both sides of it. Turn over the egg carton and glue the strips to the separators between each section. Let the glue dry completely.

7. Turn over the caterpillar and poke pipe cleaners into the top of the front section for antennae.


What you'll need:

Elmer's Glue-All or craft glue

3D washable paint pens


Jiggly eyes

Tissue paper (saved from holiday gifts)

Pipe cleaner

Craft stick

Cardboard tube

1. Create a pair of butterfly wings out of tissue paper. Decorate the wings with paint pens. Let the paint dry completely.

2. Decorate a cardboard tube with paint. Let the paint dry completely.

3. Glue the butterfly wings to a craft stick. Attach pipe-cleaner antennae and a pair of eyes with glue. Let the glue dry completely.

4. Overlap the butterfly's wings and insert the butterfly into its cocoon!


What you'll need:

School glue or craft glue

Envelope (for pattern),

Wrapping paper (saved from holiday gifts)



Cardboard (perhaps a gift box)

White construction paper

1. Use a regular envelope as a pattern for this project. Carefully separate the flaps of the envelope.

2. Place the envelope on a piece of cardboard. Trace around it to make a sturdy pattern. Cut out the pattern.

3. Place the pattern on a sheet of wrapping paper, a magazine page or a paper grocery bag - whatever you would like to us for your envelope.

4. Trace the pattern on the paper and cut out the shape.

5. Use the regular envelope as a guide. Fold your paper into an envelope. Glue the flaps into place. Let the glue dry completely.

6. Cut out small pieces of white construction paper to use as mailing labels. Glue the white paper to the front of the envelope. Let the glue dry completely.

Craft ideas from Elmer's Glue.



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