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Recycling Christmas Cards

 

Today's Snack: Reindeer cookies! Make or buy oval-shaped sugar cookies. Mix up white icing or use pre-made frosting from the grocery store. You'll need one red and two green M&M's for each cookie, as well as two mini candy canes. Blob a lot of frosting at the top of the cookie to form the reindeer's "mane" and stick the two mini candy canes in there, facing outward, as horns. Then blob two spots where the eyes will go, and one where the nose will go. Place the two green M&M's for eyes and the red M&M for the nose. Make one to eat and a couple more to share!

 

 

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Today's Supplies:

 

Old Christmas cards

 


Ruler

 

Scissors

 

Paper punch

 

Thin yarn

 

 

Many Christmas cards are so pretty, you just hate to throw them away after the season's over. But nobody wants boxes upon boxes of yellowing cards to store. So here's a good solution: make them into cute little pouches for next year's gift-giving.

 

Mark off and cut cards into equal-size squares or rectangles so that you have two matching, same-size pieces, perhaps 4 inches by 4 inches. One side can be blank and serve as the back, or cut and paste sections you've cut off to the back to decorate it, too.

 

With a paper punch, cut out a series of holes evenly on the bottom and two sides. Now lace colorful, thin strings of yarn over and under, with a loop at the top like a purse strap. Tie it off at the corners.

 

Now you have a unique and inexpensive gift container to tuck in something small and special, such as a teacher's gift of a restaurant coupon or school supply store gift card, a tree ornament, a little Christmas greenery for the mail carrier, newspaper delivery person and garbage crew, or a wrapped cookie and candy cane for a neighbor.

 

Best of all, if you make them NOW, you'll have a great supply for NEXT year!

 

By Susan Darst Williams www.AfterSchoolTreats.com Holidays and Seasons 34 2008

 

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