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12/7/2007 12:00:00 AM

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Kid-friendly holiday decorations are fun to make and involve your children in the excitement and anticipation of the season.

One simple craft that requires almost no purchased materials is a pinecone/acorn wreath. The wreath described below is designed as a candle ring for your mantle or holiday table.

First, organize a family outing to a local park and collect a grocery-bag-full of evergreen cones and acorns — all sizes will work for this project. Back home, cut a nine-inch-diameter circle from stiff cardboard. Then, from the middle of this circle, cut out a three-inch-diameter circle. You now have the base for your candle ring.

Arrange the cones and acorns on the cardboard ring in a pattern pleasing to you and the children. After you are satisfied with their placement, put a dab of white glue on the bottom of the cone or acorn and stick it back onto the ring. Let the glue set for a few hours to harden.

Last, place a three-inch-wide candle in the center of the ring. You can make these candle ring/wreaths in a variety of shapes to fit any candle. The only requirement is that you and the children in your life have fun doing so.



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