Five Holiday Projects That POP!


 
Holiday Gift

 

I borrowed a line from a favorite winter song, Let It Snow, for a clever hostess or teacher gift that can be used by the recipient as an actual snack or simply as holidaydécor:

Let It Snow!
Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne © 1945

Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we've no place to go,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

It doesn't show signs of stopping,
And I brought some corn for popping;
The lights are turned way down low,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

When we finally say good night,
How I'll hate going out in the storm;
But if you really hold me tight,
All the way home I'll be warm.

The fire is slowly dying,
And, my dear, we're still good-bye-ing,
But as long as you love me so.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Popcorn - project by Elizabeth Dillow

What is easier than buying real popcorn and transferring it to a gussied-up glass jar? I strung a few piece of popcorn to hang with the Christmas ribbon, added a tag, and stuck a pretty snowflake sticker to the top of the jar. Easy-peasy, and sure to elicit a smile. You might just end up making one for yourself, too!


Keep Yourself Organized

This next project can be completed in approximately five minutes, but will save you countless hours of searching for things you were supposed to keep track of in December. Unless, of course, you always quickly file school papers, holiday ephemera, recipes ripped from magazines, and general holiday paperwork immediately. If you’re that person, just skip over this one to the next. Ha.

Things That Pop Up Filing System - project by Elizabeth Dillow

To make a folder like this to collect all the things that pop up in December, head to your nearest Paper Source or other peddler of ridiculously cute office supply products and pick out a suitably holiday or wintery file folder. Simple adhere some decorative labels and a few seasonably appropriate rub-ons, and you’ve got a filing system that can handle the challenges of the holidays. It might seem a little on the haphazard side as a method of organization, but it’s never really a good idea to teach an old dog new tricks just 24 days until Christmas. That’s what 2009 is for!

 

Appeared in:

November/December 2008

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