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The influence of family preparation of holidays on relationships between the household members is so obvious that I do not need to mention. However, apart from the emotional advantages, it undoubtedly has other, like: peace of mind from an inquisitive child, which instead of helping, makes it difficult for us to prepare the house, cleaning or cooking. An additional advantage is the annual originality of decorations, whose quality and ingenuity "grow" with the child.
Below are just a few of the following possibilities. I chose the traditional, in my opinion the simplest to make and those that require the least materials.
Colored paper chain
- Colored paper (can be in 1 color or multi-colored)
- Paper glue
- Scissors, a ruler
We cut out colored strips of equal width (approx. 1.5 cm) and length (5 - 6 cm is enough) from colored paper. From the first we form a ring, gluing the ends with glue. The next ones are threaded and glued in the same way as the first one. We can additionally decorate the chain by weaving elements such as stars, flowers, bells or other (fig. 1).
Tissue / crepe chain
- Tissue / crepe paper in two colors (can be in one color)
- Scissors, a ruler
We cut two long strips about 1.5-2 cm wide from the crepe paper / crepe paper. The strips are glued at one of the ends, placing them perpendicular to each other (at a right angle). Then we fold alternately into a harmonica. The ends are glued again. We squeeze the whole thing tightly. Ready (Fig. 2).
Pasta and crepe chain
- Tube-shaped (e.g. penne) and bow-shaped pasta
- Twine / twist / worsted
- Needle, scissors, paints
First, we paint the pasta in selected colors. We can additionally paint dots, stripes, checks, etc. From colorful crepe, we cut stripes about 2 cm wide, which we fold repeatedly, and then cut circles from them. We cut the resulting discs around the edges. We thread the yarn (or cord or string) on the needle and then pasta and crepe. We fix the bow noodles by tying a knot on it (preferably two). Finally, the cut edges of the crepe circles are slightly rippled to give the effect of fluffiness (Fig. 3).
- A few sheets of colored paper
- Glue, scissors, pencil
- Patterned dessert plate
We draw the shape of a circle from colored paper (if you have one, you can use a compass). After cutting out, fold the wheel into 4 equal parts. On the two edges we mark a centimeter margin. We cut from both sides (Fig. 4, step 4), remembering not to cut the opposite margin. We spread the circle and form a garland, gluing together the center and the edge of the last strip. After attaching several such forms we will get a beautiful openwork garland. We can also create a garland from a square (Fig. 5).
Straw and crepe chain
- Several straws of one color (or several colors) - we can replace them with painted penne noodles
- Crepe of any color / colors - we can replace them with papers, e.g. after candies
- Needle, thicker thread e.g. cord / yarn
- Scissors, ruler, pencil
We cut straws into even pieces, avoiding the flexible part. We cut the crepe into small rectangles (about the size of a paper after fudges) and fold it into a harmonica (approx. 5 mm). Squeeze in the middle, pierce with a needle and thread on the thread. Then we thread a piece of straw (or pasta, it can also be 2 pieces) and again crepe. We age the action until the desired length is achieved. The decorative effect of crepe bows can be increased if we apply 2 bows crosswise. Additional decoration can be beads strung before each piece of straw or crepe (Fig. 6).
In the next part I will remind you of a few simple and well-known ways to make various types of Christmas tree hangings and techniques for making baubles.