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How To: Make a Menorah From Upcycled Carboard Tubes

Here is a great kid-friendly tutorial for making a menorah. The flames on the candles are felt so it is perfect for little ones that you don’t want near a real flame. It would also be a great craft for a preschool classroom where real candles are definitely off limits. You can get the complete tutorial from Creative Jewish Mom.

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Upcycled Magazine Tree

Are you inundated with catalogs this time of year? Why not upcycle a few?  We found two great tutorials for making these cute trees. You can leave them as is or embellish ’til your hearts content with paints and other fancies. Check out “Just Like Martha”s picture tutorial here or “Family Fun”s video tutorial here.

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Upcycled Christmas Garland

I am a huge fan of Anna Maria Horner and her gorgeous fabrics. No wait, that may not be accurate. I LOVE her stuff and really enjoy reading her blog. When I saw her post yesterday, I knew our readers would love it too.  Here is her step-by-step tutorial for making garland from yarn and fabric scraps.  It is now on my “to-do” list for this Christmas. It is so cute and I really love the fact that my kids can help with the project. Happy Upcycling, Jill …

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Upcycled Christmas Luminaries

I love luminaries or luminarias (depending on where you are from) . In some neighborhoods in our area,  families will set our luminaries on Christmas Eve.  When there is snow on they ground, it is so pretty.  The tradition goes back many years when families set out the lights as a way to guide the Christ Child to their home. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for making upcyled luminaries: These are durable and can be used year after year. Made from vinyl flashing, they are perfect for multiple …

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Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Thanksgiving is almost here! Try this quick and easy idea to decorate your Thanksgiving table. Upcycle any kind of glass jar you have on hand.  Here we have used popcorn, cranberries and dried beans. You could use a variety of different fillers to form a grouping in the center of the table or consider using all the same and make a line down the table. You can use whatever candles you have available or don’t use any candles at all. Happy Thanksgiving!