1.    A box which has one side open.
2.    Gift wrapper (with stars and moons on it to make it
        look better)
3.    A sticker of a magician
4.    A thin stick for the magic wand

Wrap the box with the gift wrapper. When you have finished, put the sticker on the front side of the box. Then take the stick and wrap it with the gift wrapper that has been left. Try to get a magic book and do some tricks with the magic box.

(Thanks to Aisha)

Ants on a Log
Things you need:

    1 stick of celery
    Peanut butter

First put the peanut butter on the celery
then put one raisin on top (you could put more than one raisin if you like but you have to put it on top of the peanut butter)
Then you eat it!!!

1.    scissors
2.    glitter
3.    chart paper
4.    markers or paints
5.    stickers

Take the chart paper, cut the sides in some funky shape, stick your favorite sticker on the top of the bookmark, decorate the sides and in the middle draw some nice picture with the glitter in a beautiful manner.

(Thanks to Ishita)

1 lb lean hamburger
3 cans tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste

onion salt
dash pepper
3 lbs. sugar

Dice onions & garlic and put in skillet with hamburger until brown. Drain excess fat.
Add tomato sauce paste, stir in well.
Add dash of onion salt and pepper, mix in well.
Finally add sugar, stir well, then let simmer about 4 hours.
About the last 15 minutes cook noodles as directed on package.
Tastes great served with garlic bread, too.
Serves 10 or more people.

(Thanks to Sheleigh)

Animal Cracker Pins

Box of Animal Crackers (not iced)
clear nail polish or varnish
flat-backed small gold pins
craft glue or a glue gun

Choose an animal cracker you like.
Polish both sides with clear nail polish or varnish. Do this OUTSIDE or in a WELL VENTILATED AREA!.
Once completely dry, glue one pin to the back; again let dry completely.
A fast, fun and cute lapel pin for you to wear. Do NOT put these in your mouth!

For Mother's Day:

A frame made out of craft sticks, with a picture of a child, and a magnet on the back for the refrigerator.

(Thanks to Ivonne)

Paper Butterflies

What you need:

Round coffee filters (only the round ones will work)
Pipe cleaners
Googley eyes

What you do:

Flatten out the coffee filters and decorate them with the paint and markers. After they dry, scrunch up the middle and pinch them in a clothespin. Round out the wings and you have a beautiful butterfly! For more detail you can add pipe cleaners for antennae and glue on googley eyes.

Gift in a Roll

Paper towel or wax paper rolls (use the empty tubes)

Small gift (pens, pencils, jewellery, candy, a small poster or picture, etc.)

Small plastic bag or ziploc or sandwich bag

Ribbon, wrapping paper, stickers

Put gift in plastic bag. Roll bag small enough to fit into paper tube.

If the gift is small, you can stuff the ends of the tube with tissue paper or paper towel

Cut wrapping paper large enough to wrap around the roll but longer than the tube (tissue paper is easier to use)

Tie the ends closed with ribbon. Ribbon can be curled or you can add stickers, or glue on small wrapped candies.

Pencil Holders

You will need an empty vegetable can.   Clean it and remove the label.
Have your parents smooth out all the rough edges from the lid.

You also need paint, glue, ribbon, and any photos you would like to apply. Paint your can any colors you would like.

Once your can is dry, you can glue the ribbon around the top of your can. Now you can decorate your can anyway you would like.   Have fun!

(Thanks to Jerry Hartley)

Make-and-Bake Sculptures

Mix 1 cup salt,
1/2 cup water,
2 tablespoons vegetable oil,
and 2 cups flour.

Shape and bake at 250 F, until set. Paint as desired. Create sculptures as gifts or as decorations.

Jello Play Dough

This is supposed to smell fantastic!

1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Salt
1 cup Water
1 Tablespoons Oil
2 teaspoons Cream of Tarter
1 (3 1/2 oz.) package unsweetened Jello

Mix all ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until consistency of mashed potatoes. Let cool and knead with floured hands until dry. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Personalized Bookmarks

colored construction paper
laminate sheets
photos markers

Cut a piece of construction paper in the size you want your bookmark. Color with markers, write a poem, or a short note about the person you are giving the bookmark to.

Decorate with stickers, your favorite photos, or magazine cut-outs that reflect the recipient's interests. (use a SMALL dab of white glue.) Cut 2 pieces of lamination paper to cover your bookmark, leaving an extra 1/4" around the edges.

Peel the backing off of ONE piece of laminate and carefully lay the bookmark, back-side UP, in the center. Peel the second piece and fit exactly over the FRONT of bookmark. (If the edges don't match up perfectly, just trim with scissors.) Punch hole in top of bookmark (preferably with a hole-puncher) and tie a small section of pretty ribbon to the hole.

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