Book: The Christmas Humbugs by Colleen Monroe
Activity: Festive Fairy Light Votives
Is the stress of the season getting to you? Feeling like a humbug?
Read this book with your kids and you'll feel the grumpies drain
right out of you. The humbugs do everything they can to test a
family's Christmas spirit by tearing packages, breaking candy canes,
and pushing the star from the top of the tree. But, the humbugs
know that, "True spirit isn't bothered by their tricks." For the original
humbug, be sure to add A Christmas Carol to your movie viewing
list. My favorite version is the one with George C. Scott.
No one can be a humbug with these colorful votives around!
Festive Fairy Light Votive DIY
• small glass jar, drinking glass, etc. with smooth sides
- try the thrift shop for a nice selection
• Gloss Lustre Mod Podge
• different colors of tissue paper
• paint brush
• dish of water
• wax paper to cover work surface
Step 1: Tear the tissue paper into a variety of small pieces.
Step 2: Working one small area at a time, brush a thin coat of
Mod Podge on your glass (you can thin the Mod Podge with water
if you'd like or dip your paintbrush back and forth between
the Mod Podge and the water).
Step 3: Apply one layer of tissue at a time then cover with a thin
layer of Mod Podge.
Step 4: Keep applying tissue then Mod Podge until your glass is
covered - you will need a total of about 4 layers of tissue to cover well.
Step 5: There is no need to cover the bottom of the votive; tissue can
come up above the edge of the glass but don't glue it over the edge.
Step 6: When the tissue is still very slightly tacky, trim the edges
with scissors and press with your fingers to smooth it out.
Step 7: When the votive is completely dry, place a tea light
inside and enjoy!
Remember to always keep an eye on an open flame!
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