Day 3: Cork Reindeer

Day 3 – Cork Reindeer Ornament

Go green this holiday season and make your own Reindeer tree ornament.  This craft is great for beginners and takes no time to make.

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You will need four wine corks and your favorite embellishments such as googly eyes, ribbon, raffia, pipe cleaners, pom-poms or whatever you have on hand. A glue gun is another essential item for this project.

Glue two wine corks together for the base, glue another wine cork on top for the body and glue the fourth one on so it extends out halfway over the body.  Once the glue dries you can add googly eyes, pom-pom, ribbon or whatever you want to creative a cute, quick, adorable Christmas Reindeer ornament. Continue reading Day 3: Cork Reindeer

Day 1: Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies

Welcome to Day 1 of my 12 Days of Christmas 2016.

Over the next 12 Days you can look forward to posts that will include things to make, things to bake and easy ways to decorate.

I’m starting off with these Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies (that’s my name for them).

I had a good laugh when I read the instructions to remove the wrappers from the candy as the first step in the baking process.  Take it from me buy a big bag….a lot of them ended up in my belly – very, very smart move on the part of the Hershey company…lol

cookies-1The pictures below the recipe show the step by step process after the dough is made.

recipe from Hershey’s
1 bag Hershey’s Kisses brand Candy Cane Kisses (I used Hershey’s Hugs)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons milk
Red and Green colored sugar
Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove wrappers from candies (approx. 35)
Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternatively with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in red and/or green colored sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 – 1o minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookies is set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Yields approximately 35 cookies.

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Day 11: Cork Ornaments

WELCOME TO DAY 11 OF MY 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DECORATING, CRAFT AND GIFT IDEA CHALLENGE.

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During my many visits on Pinterest I saw a variety of ornaments made from used corks.

I decided to try my hand at them. I had to purchase my corks online and found some used corks at Jelinek Cork Group.

I also searched the internet for the easiest way to cut the corks and after many different opinions decided to use the steam method. Continue reading Day 11: Cork Ornaments