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Magic Crystal Tree Experiment

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It’s easy to grow a magic crystal Christmas tree using simple chemicals. Make a shape from cardboard or a sponge, set the tree in the liquid, and watch the crystals grow.

The magic crystal tree is a crystal-growing project where crystals “magically” growing on a bare tree shape. It’s similar to the classic charcoal crystal garden project. The crystals are naturally white, but you can dye the liquid or the tree with food coloring to change the crystal color. So, you can grow white crystals on a green tree to resemble snow, turn a brown cardboard tree into a green or flowering tree, or add colored ornaments to a Christmas tree. It’s up to you! Here are simple instructions to grow a magic crystal tree, an explanation of how it works, and ideas to turn the project into a science experiment.

Magic Crystal Tree Materials

  • 6 tablespoons or 90 ml water
  • 6 tablespoons or 90 ml table salt (preferably uniodized)
  • 6 tablespoons or 90 ml Mrs. Stewart’s liquid laundry bluing
  • 1 tablespoon or 15 ml household ammonia
  • Food coloring (optional)

The magic crystal tree requires basic household chemicals, plus laundry bluing. You may be able to find this ingredient at a store with laundry supplies or at a craft store. Otherwise, it’s readily available online. Laundry bluing is a mixture of the blue pigment “Prussian blue” and water. If you can’t find Mrs. Stewart’s laundry bluing, stir Prussian blue pigment into water or dilute Prussian blue acrylic or watercolor paint.

Prepare the crystal-growing liquid by mixing together all the ingredients. The crystals are naturally white. If you add food coloring to the liquid, all the “leaves” on the tree will be that color. If you want “snow” with “ornaments”, don’t add any food coloring to the liquid, but dot the tree shape with coloring.

Grow a Magic Crystal Tree

Sponge Crystal Tree
  1. Cut a sponge into a tree shape.
  2. Dampen the sponge and squeeze out the excess water.
  3. Set the sponge tree in a shallow dish and pour the crystal-growing liquid over it.
  4. Place the tree someplace it won’t be disturbed. Depending on temperature and humidity, you may see crystal growth within an hour and a complete crystal tree overnight.
Cardboard Crystal Tree
  1. Cut two identical trees out of cardboard, card stock, or construction paper. Really, any paper works except waxed or other shiny, treated paper. To make the tree stand up on its own, make a cut halfway down the middle of one tree from top to bottom and halfway up the middle of the other tree from the bottom to the top. Match up the cuts to insert the bottom-cut tree into the top-cut tree. If you want Christmas tree ornaments or colored flowers, dot food coloring onto the tree.
  2. Set the tree in a shallow dish and pour the crystal-growing liquid into the base of the dish. The amount of liquid in the base will decrease as it flows up into the tree, so if you have leftover liquid, you can save it to add when there is more space.
Watch a magic crystal tree grow so you know what to expect.

Make It an Experiment

Following instructions to grow a tree is enough to interest young explorers in science. But, it’s easy to turn the project into a real science experiment. To make the crystal tree an experiment, you need to control one variable (the independent variable) to see its effect on another variable (the dependent variable) and make a prediction about what you expect to happen (the hypothesis). Here are ideas of experiments to try:

  • Change the amount of one of the chemicals and measure how it affects crystal growth. For example, you could see whether or not laundry bluing is really required to grow crystals. Another example is seeing whether changing the amount of ammonia affects crystal growth.
  • See whether changing the size or height of the tree affects crystal growth. Remember to make a prediction about what you think will happen and record either how quickly crystals grow or how big they get.
  • See whether adding more salt changes the size of the crystals.
  • Test whether other common salts work in place of table salt. Examples of salts to try include Epsom salt, calcium chloride, or borax.

How the Magic Crystal Tree Works

The magic crystal tree demonstrates several science concepts, including evaporation, capillary action, saturation, and crystallization.

Pores in a sponge or gaps between fibers in paper allow liquid to flow via capillary action. The same process helps plants get water and nutrients from the soil up stems and trunks and into leaves. As liquid works its way to the surface, it evaporates. Ammonia speeds evaporation and helps the tree pull up liquid more quickly from the container. The crystals form from the salt and laundry bluing. Laundry bluing is a colloidal suspension of Prussian blue in water. More and more Prussian blue particles get deposited onto the surface of the sponge or paper and act as a nucleation site for salt ions to collect and crystallize. The salt starts crystallizing when enough water evaporates to form a saturated solution.

Safety

It’s safe to rinse crystal-growing liquid down the drain. Although the chemical name of laundry bluing or Prussian blue is ferrous ferrocyanide, the “cyanide” in the chemical name does not pose a health risk because it is tightly bound to iron. Similarly, this reduces potential toxicity from the iron in the compound. Still, avoid drinking the crystal-growing liquid or eating the crystals. Household ammonia is toxic, so it’s best to have adults mix and pour the crystal solution.

References

  • Bakken, G.M. (2016). The World of the American West: A Daily Life Encyclopedia. Daily Life Encyclopedias. ABC-CLIO. p. 282. ISBN 978-1-4408-2860-7.
  • Dunbar, K. R.; Heintz, R. A. (1997). Chemistry of Transition Metal Cyanide Compounds: Modern Perspectives. Progress in Inorganic Chemistry. 45. pp. 283–391. doi:10.1002/9780470166468.ch5
  • Völz, Hans G.; et al. (2006) “Pigments, Inorganic” in Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. Wiley-VCH. Weinheim. doi:10.1002/14356007.a20_243.pub2

How to Grow Your Own Magic Crystal Tree!

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Typically summer for us means a lot of day adventures like creek crawling and road trips. However with a new baby in the house the amount that we have been able to do this is nowhere near what my older kids are used to. And that’s ok, it’s perfectly fine. It just means that I have a bunch of bored kids on my hands. Easy science experiments such as this Magic Crystal Tree or the DIY Floam that we made the other day have been my sanity!

This simple science project uses items that you probably already have around your home, is an incredibly easy set up, and has almost immediate results. This is a great experiment for kids that are just starting to get curious about science!

Items Needed for a Magic Crystal Tree:

  • Household Ammonia
  • Sea Salt
  • Bluing
  • Non-corrugated Cardboard (like from a product packaging)
  • Markers
  • Bowl/Measuring Spoons
  • Water

The bluing will probably be the hardest item to find if you do not already have it at home. It is typically sold in the laundry isle or can be found on Amazon.

When picking out cardboard keep in mind that product print may mess with the results of your experiment. Because of this, I would try to find a cardboard with no print or gloss on it.

How to Create a Crystal Tree:

Using your cardboard you are going to cut two pieces that are identical in size. Cut out your tree shape. In one piece cut a line from the bottom up. One the other piece cut a line from the top down. This will allow you to slide the two pieces together creating a tree that stands up on it’s own. If your tree does not stand up on it’s own game pieces from a game such as Candy Land will help your tree stand.

Using your markers (or food-dye) add some color to your tree. We experimented with coloring just the tips of our tree and made hypothesizes on which color would show the best.

Then you make your “Magic” solution and mix it all together.

Magic Solution:

  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon bluing
  • 1/2 tablespoon ammonia

Place your tree into it’s tray or bowl and pour the solution into the bottom of the container. You will immediately see the cardboard begin to pull the solution up the tree.

Within 15 minutes we had crystals beginning to form. It can take anywhere up to an hour. How fast your crystals begin to grow on your tree will depend on the humidity of your location. Also, the more ammonia you use the quicker this will go.

How Does it Work?!

The main principle at work here are capillary action, This is the same process (involving microscopic tubes) that allows plants and trees to draw water and nutrients up from the soil, through their stems, branches, and trunks and into their leaves, flowers, and fruit. Kids also get to witness evaporation, crystaliztion, and saturation with this project.

After the magic solution has been drawn throughout the tree by capillary action, the solution begins to evaporate. The ammonia expedites the evaporation process as it evaporates quicker than water.

The crystals are what is left on the tree as the magic solution evaporates.

We had a blast with this simple science experiment and hope you do too! If you are looking for more fun and simple experiments make sure to swing by our science page!

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Christmas tree, New Year and ecology

The New Year tree is a traditional attribute of the New Year celebration. Live spruces, pines and firs or artificial trees are used as Christmas trees. Recently, people are increasingly putting artificial Christmas trees in their homes, trying to cause as little harm to the environment as possible - they think that in this way they save one tree each year. But it turns out that everything is so simple, and even among environmentalists there is no agreement on which Christmas tree is preferable from the point of view of ecology - live or artificial. Each of the options has its pros and cons, and therefore finding a clear answer to this question is surprisingly difficult. Let's try to weigh all the pros and cons.

Natural Christmas tree

All the disadvantages of a "live" Christmas tree come down to the selection, transportation, installation complexity, subsequent care of the tree, crumbling needles and disposal problems.

Natural spruce has undeniable advantages. For many of us, the smell of living spruce is, first of all, the smell from childhood. Christmas trees release essential oils into the air that have a bactericidal effect, the coniferous smell has a beneficial effect on the nervous system, relieves tension and nervousness. In addition, wood is completely biodegradable.

Today special nurseries are engaged in growing Christmas trees. In them, Christmas trees are massively planted on large areas every year. As a result, these areas function as forest areas, performing all the ecosystem functions inherent in young forests: they are a habitat for many species of animals, birds and insects. In addition, actively growing young trees absorb a large amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and actively release oxygen, and the reduction of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere slows down global warming. Most often, plantations are located where a normal forest cannot grow (for example, in the clearings under the main power lines, which, anyway, must be regularly cleared of overgrowth of trees and shrubs). The area of ​​Christmas tree plantations throughout Russia is about 5,000 hectares. On New Year's Eve, Christmas trees are cut down from 8 to 15 years old. In the future, young trees are planted again at the felling site, and the territory of the nursery continues to be "green". The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) confirms that the purchase of natural spruce, grown in accordance with the rules, does not harm nature. Income received from the sale of Christmas trees by forestries is directed to the development of forestry and financing of various measures to take care of the forest fund of the Russian Federation.

The procedure for harvesting trees for the New Year is strictly regulated by the Forest Code of the Russian Federation. Violation of this procedure entails not only penalties, but also the seizure of harvested products, and the obligation to compensate for the harm caused. Cutting down a Christmas tree by yourself is not only harmful to the environment, but also punishable by law. In the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses (CAO) there is Art. 8.28, which is called "Illegal logging, damage to forest plantations or unauthorized digging of trees, shrubs, lianas in forests." According to it, citizens are fined for illegal felling of forest plantations (even one Christmas tree). Nevertheless, a significant part of the forest beauties enters our homes as a result of a kind of "poaching" - illegal cutting of trees in forests, which causes significant damage to nature. Especially if the best young trees or rare shrubs are cut down. In the vicinity of large cities and in densely populated areas of the country, such felling can cause significant damage to the forest and disrupt the process of its natural renewal.

In order not to cause much harm to nature, it is better to buy a natural Christmas tree, but make sure that it is not poached. Greenpeace recommends buying Christmas trees only at special Christmas markets, where sellers have invoices for trees, and the buyer is given receipts.

But there are also disadvantages to buying live spruce. One of them is the use of pesticides and other chemicals in growing natural spruce to reduce the damage caused by various insects, parasites and infections. Such processing is harmful to the environment.

Unfortunately, only a small part of Christmas trees are recycled in our country, and the “correct” disposal of Christmas trees is not yet very developed. Basically, they are either dumped or burned senselessly, which leads to another environmental problem: the release of harmful substances into the atmosphere. In fact, there are a huge number of ways to reuse Christmas trees, but in our country, at the moment, the disposal of fir trees is at the stage of inception.

Artificial christmas tree

But artificial Christmas trees have their downsides as well. The damage from an artificial Christmas tree begins much earlier than the moment when it enters our homes, and ends much later than we got rid of it and forgot about it. Artificial begins to harm the environment already at the level of its production, then for many years at home, decomposing and releasing formaldehyde and phenol: toxic toxic fumes. These harmful substances accumulate in the human body. As a rule, artificial Christmas trees are made of polyvinyl chloride or PVC, a material that is toxic and dangerous to life and health. It is known that polyvinyl chloride (PVC), from which artificial spruces are most often made, is created from oil resources that are not renewable. Moreover, for all its positive qualities, polyvinyl chloride is the most dangerous of all types of plastics, scientists argue that when heated, an analogue of the military poison gas, phosgene, is released from PVC. The production of such plastic, in addition to its subsequent harmful effects on us, is also accompanied by active environmental pollution.

Even artificial Christmas trees of very good quality, which have passed all the tests and have certificates, age and are not safe for the body. In addition, the certificate is issued only for one year, a guarantee that no changes will occur to the artificial Christmas tree. Having decided to purchase an artificial Christmas tree, you must definitely check the availability of a certificate for Christmas trees in the store. But keep in mind that an artificial Christmas tree, even if it is made to the highest quality standards, is made of plastic using other chemicals that are often not listed on the label.

Further, according to impartial statistics, after 5, and in a good situation and careful attitude to an artificial Christmas tree - 6 years, such a synthetic tree ends up in a city dump, and the next one comes to replace it. So, the decomposition or complete decay of the raw materials from which such a Christmas tree is made will last for more than one hundred years. Manufacturers of artificial Christmas trees become ardent defenders of the environment when it comes to marketing their products and somehow give very little information about how and from what materials their products are made. To what extent these materials are toxic, carcinogenic and recyclable and recyclable.

Greenpeace believes that the production and disposal of plastic Christmas trees causes much more harm to the environment than the cultivation and sale of real ones. Canadian consulting company Ellipsos conducted an independent study in 2009 on the environmental impact of real and artificial Christmas trees. To do this, we compared the life cycles of two-meter Christmas trees grown on a plantation in Quebec and two-meter artificial Christmas trees produced in China. Researchers have studied in detail how the production, transportation and distribution of Christmas trees affect human health, climate, ecosystem and natural resources. This took into account, for example, how many pesticides were used when growing a natural tree, how much harmful emissions were released into the atmosphere during the production of artificial Christmas trees, and how much was transported from the store to the buyer. As a result, it turned out that, in general, an artificial Christmas tree is more environmentally friendly than natural ones only if a person uses it for 20 years.

An eco-friendly option to celebrate the New Year is to purchase a decorative coniferous tree in a pot, tub or box. True, it is extremely difficult to preserve such a tree after the New Year holidays (and the larger the tree, the more difficult it is to preserve it), this is a whole art, without special knowledge and skills it is not easy to achieve the preservation of living trees. Therefore, it is best to use as a Christmas tree those species that can grow indoors throughout the year: cypresses, araucaria and other southern trees grown in our climate as indoor plants. You can make compositions from coniferous branches. Breaking off the lower branches of pines and spruces does not harm the tree. Many branches can be obtained during sanitary stumps and thinning of the forest. In addition, the transportation of spruce branches is much less problematic: much less fuel is consumed, the branches are very light and flexible - they can be stuffed into the car in large quantities without risking that they will lose their presentation. Even the extraction of poaching spruce branches, in general, does not harm the forest.

And you can make a Christmas tree from recycled materials (magazines, plastic bottles, cardboard). Recently, it has been fashionable to make a New Year's tree from everything that is at hand - from pillows, books, bottles, paper, cones, sweets, feathers, fabric - in general, from everything that fantasy tells. It will be eco-friendly, unique and interesting.

A good option is to plant a Christmas tree in the yard. Such a tree can be decorated not only with toys, but also with birdhouses and bird food balls.

Or you can not buy a Christmas tree at all - this is the most environmentally friendly move, because it has a zero ecological footprint.

Weighing all the environmental pros and cons, everyone makes their choice.

Based on Internet resources

You can read more:

  1. Anashkina, E. There once was a Christmas tree / E. Anashkina; photo by V. Guriev // Young naturalist. - 2009. - N 12. - S. 28-29 . Annotation: European and Siberian spruce: their similarities and differences. The damage caused to the forest area by New Year's traditions.
  2. Batov, S. Christmas Trees / S. Batov // Dom. - 2014. - No. 12. - S. 42-44. Annotation: Selection of a Christmas tree, assortment and technique of growing a coniferous plant indoors in pots.
  3. Vladimirova, A. Christmas trees are green! / Anna Vladimirova; comments: Tina Voznesenskaya, Alexander Kuksa // Health. - 2013. - No. 12 (702). - S. 126-127. Annotation: How to choose an artificial Christmas tree?
  4. Living tree - is health for everyone: interesting advice // Preschool education. - 2011. - N 10. - S. 123-126. Annotation: An article about the healing properties of spruce (needles, resins, essential oils). Tips for parents, thanks to which the New Year holiday will become joyful and safe for children.
  5. Zhukova, O. And here she is, dressed up, came to us for the holiday! / O. Zhukova // Worker. - 2012. - No. 12 . - S. 47. Annotation: Which Christmas tree is better from the point of view of ecology - living or artificial.
  6. Lebedeva, E. Replacement of the New Year tree / E. Lebedeva // Homestead farming. - 2008. - N 12. - S. 78-79. Annotation: About a distant relative of Russian Christmas trees - araucaria of various leaves.
  7. Lebedeva, E. Different Christmas trees are needed, different Christmas trees are important... / Elena Lebedeva // Nature and man. XXI Century. - 2012. - № 1. - P. 54. Annotation: About Christmas trees made of various materials.
  8. Matveenko, A. "In winter and summer she was slender, she was green..." / A. Matveenko, T. Moiseeva; photo by M. Bogomolov, K. Mikhailov // Young naturalist. - 2011. - N 12. - S. 24-27. Annotation: A coniferous plant - Norway spruce or European spruce.
  9. Petrov, V. How to choose a Christmas tree? / V. Petrov // Young technician. - 2011. - N 12. - S. 61-62. Annotation: How to choose and install a Christmas tree at home.
  10. Smirnova, VS Spruce - a representative of gymnosperms, a biological object and ... a festive beauty / VS Smirnova // Biology at school. - 2014. - No. 10. - S. 65-70. - Bibliography: p. 70 (12 titles). Annotation: The classification of gymnosperms and conifers is presented, and the spruce genus is described. The technology of creating an alternative, artificial spruce for the celebration of Christmas and New Year is presented. The materials can be used by biology teachers in the study of coniferous plants.
  11. Uspensky, I. New Year's beauty / I. Uspensky // Homestead farming. - 2015. - No. 12. - S. 2-7. Annotation: About coniferous trees in the garden.
  12. Chepizhko, A. Save the life of spruce! / Anna Chepizhko; rice. V. Sidorenko // Young naturalist. - 2011. - N 12. - S. 10-11. Annotation: How to celebrate the New Year without sacrificing the life of a spruce.
  13. Shlykov, A. Christmas tree without a Christmas tree. Modern trends in holiday decor / Alexey Shlykov; ph. Natalia Turdakova [and others] // Russian reporter. - 2013. - No. 50. - S. 78-81. Annotation: Designers offer alternative versions of the Christmas tree using any materials, but without coniferous trees.
  14. Schneps-Schneppe, A. Christmas trees without needles / Anastasia Schneps-Schneppe // Ideas for your home. - 2013. - No. 12. - S. 114-117. Annotation: Several ways of Christmas tree improvisations.

11 cool Christmas crafts that everyone 9 can do0002

December 10, 2018LikbezDo it yourself

Original Christmas trees, a cute gnome and Santa Claus, a voluminous snowman - all this and much more is easy to do with your own hands.

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1. Winter candle holder

Put a candle inside and light it. The light will fall as if from the windows of magical snow-covered houses.

What you need

  • light paper;
  • pencil;
  • black marker;
  • scissors;
  • glue;
  • glass jar;
  • sponge;
  • white paint.

How to do

Place a sheet of paper horizontally and draw on it the outlines of a winter city: snowdrifts, trees, houses with windows, a lantern. Fill in the shapes with a black marker and cut them out along the outline. Make the windows of the houses.

Now glue the paper along the bottom edge of the can. Using a sponge, lightly cover the glass and the outlines of the city with white paint, imitating snow.

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2. Christmas tree from a magazine

Two in one: decorating the house and getting rid of old prints.

What you need

  • magazine;
  • glue gun;
  • gold spray paint;
  • red and gold foamiran with sparkles or red and gold paper with sparkles;
  • pencil;
  • scissors;
  • beads.

How to

Place the magazine with the spine on the left side. Fold the first sheet, connecting the top edge with the left. Bend the lower right corner to the middle.

Deal with the rest of the sheets in the same way. Open the magazine approximately in the middle and go over the fold with a glue gun. Fold the right sheet, sticking its edge to the middle of the magazine.

Turn over the glued part, glue the center of the magazine again and glue the next sheet. Do the same with the rest of the sheets. You will have a cone. Cover it with spray paint.

On the reverse side of foamiran or paper, draw two identical large gold stars and several smaller red and gold stars. Cut them out carefully.

Join two large stars with the sequins facing outward and glue them to the top of the tree. Place the rest of the stars and beads on the New Year's tree.

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3. Santa Claus from a can

What you need

  • double-sided tape;
  • tin;
  • foamiran beige;
  • scissors;
  • colored fabric;
  • glue gun;
  • white imitation fur;
  • rouge;
  • wide brush;
  • white felt;
  • black paint;
  • paint white;
  • brush;
  • gold ribbon.

How to

Apply adhesive tape to the bottom, top and middle of the can. Wrap the cylinder with foamiran and cut off the excess. Glue the edges of the foamiran with double-sided tape.

Wrap a colored cloth around the top of the can and glue it with a gun. Wrap the edges of a narrow strip of fur inside and glue. Place the resulting strip along the top of the jar.

Draw Santa's cheeks with blush. Cut out a mustache from white felt, and a round nose from the remains of beige foamiran. Glue them to the bank.

Paint the eyes in black and white. Glue white felt eyebrows on top. Wrap the gold ribbon around the colored fabric and tie into a pretty bow.

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4. Wreath of paper napkins

This beauty can be placed on a table or attached to a wall.

What you need

  • 5 round openwork paper napkins;
  • pencil;
  • ruler;
  • scissors;
  • glue;
  • cardboard;
  • white paper;
  • glue gun;
  • small artificial spruce branches with cones;
  • red artificial berries;
  • paint white;
  • brush;
  • red bow.

How to make

Cut each of the three napkins into four equal pieces and roll them into cones, brushing the edges with glue.

Cut out a 10 cm diameter circle from cardboard. Cover it with glue on one side and glue it to white paper. Cut a circle out of it, leaving 1–2 cm from the edges of the cardboard.

Make vertical cuts on the paper. Lubricate the edges of the cardboard circle with glue on the reverse side and glue the cut paper to it.

Glue whole napkins to the circle on both sides. Mark the middle on the one that turned out to be on the front of the workpiece. Using a glue gun, arrange the prepared tissue paper cones in a circle.

Glue spruce branches and berries to the center of the wreath. Lightly cover them with white paint, imitating snow. Place a bow under the composition.

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5. New Year's vase

This craft can be used as a stand for stationery or cosmetics, as a candlestick or just a beautiful decor element.

What you need

  • notebook sheets;
  • glue;
  • glass beaker;
  • scissors;
  • glue gun;
  • gold spray paint;
  • twine;
  • wooden decorative elements.

How to

Roll the sheet diagonally into a thin tube, brushing the paper periodically with glue. Attach the workpiece vertically to the glass and cut it approximately to its height.

Make enough straws to cover the entire glass. It is better if they are slightly different in length.

Attach them to the glass with a glue gun. Cover the future vase with paint inside and out. Wrap the bottom and top with pieces of twine and glue the wooden decor in the middle.

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6. New Year's dwarf made of fabric

A cozy decorative element in the Scandinavian style.

What you need

  • Styrofoam cone;
  • colored fabric;
  • scissors;
  • glue gun;
  • white imitation fur;
  • wire;
  • gray fleece;
  • black felt;
  • wooden ball;
  • Christmas decoration.

How to make

Wrap the cone with cloth, cut off the excess and glue with a hot glue gun. From the fur, cut out a beard in the shape of an elongated rhombus and a long mustache, similar to the letter "L".

Glue the beard to the cone. It should take up most of it. At the top, part the fur and place the mustache so that the beard hangs slightly on them. So the figure will be more voluminous.

Cut a piece of wire about the length of the cone and insert it into the top of the workpiece. Wrap the fleece around the wire so that it extends slightly over the beard. Cut off the excess, connect the fleece to the cone and fasten the edges of the fabric with glue.

Cut out eyes from felt and glue them under the hat. Below, place the nose of the gnome - a wooden ball, and glue the Christmas decoration on the hat.

Cute gnomes can also be made from scrap materials. This video shows how to make them out of socks:

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7. Bottle toy

When you look at this decoration, you can hardly guess what it is made of.

What you need

  • utility knife;
  • 2 plastic bottles, 1.5 l;
  • paint yellow;
  • brush;
  • wire;
  • 6 Christmas balls;
  • PVA glue or acrylic glue;
  • gold glitter;
  • glue gun;
  • narrow red ribbon;
  • 3 red bows;
  • decorative flower with sequins.

How to

Cut the bottles slightly above the middle. Poke a hole in the center of each lid with a utility knife. Cover the caps with yellow paint and close the bottles with them.

Thread a piece of wire through the lids so that the ends are in the bottles and a loop forms at the top. Put three balls on each end and twist with wire. The balls must be inside the bottles.

Coat the outside of the bottles with glue and cover with glitter, leaving a small strip along the bottom edge. Attach a red narrow tape to it using a glue gun.

Glue the bows together. Twist the top of the wire slightly over the bottle caps. Use a glue gun to close the twist with a bow, on which glue a decorative flower.

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8. Volumetric snowman made of threads

If you insert a garland into this cute snowman, it will decorate the room even at night.

What you need

  • 2 balloons;
  • tape;
  • white yarn;
  • scissors;
  • PVA glue;
  • water;
  • needle;
  • 2 thin wooden branches;
  • glue gun;
  • black double-sided paper or cardboard;
  • colored tape;
  • colored fabric;
  • 2 black buttons;
  • cardboard;
  • orange paint;
  • brush.

How to

Inflate the balloons and tie off the ends. One ball should be slightly smaller than the other. Tape them together to form a snowman. Tie the place of gluing with yarn so that the balls are even closer to each other. Cut off the rest of the thread.

In a large bowl, combine glue and water in equal proportions. Wet the yarn well with the resulting mixture and wrap the balls tightly. The thread should cover most of their surface. Leave the workpiece to dry completely. To speed up the process a little, you can use a hair dryer.

Pierce the balls in several places with a needle and carefully remove the rubber through the holes. Cut some string at the bottom of the snowman so he can stand up. Insert branches on the sides - these will be his hands - and secure with a glue gun.

To make a hat, cut a rectangle out of black paper and glue the edges together. You can also take a toilet paper roll and paint it black.

Cut out two circles from paper: according to the diameter of the resulting tube and a larger one. Glue the smaller one on top. Cut the larger one in the middle and connect to the bottom of the hat. Wrap the tulle with colored ribbon.

Apply glue to the brim of the hat and apply to the snowman's head. Wrap a rectangular piece of fabric around the neck, glue its edges to each other and to the bottom ball. Place buttons next to it.

Make a small cone out of cardboard, paint it orange and glue it in the middle of the top ball. From black paper, cut out a mouth and eyes and place them next to the snowman's nose.

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9. Three-dimensional Christmas tree made of threads

Such a Christmas tree is made according to the same principle as a three-dimensional snowman. But there are a couple of important nuances.

What you need

  • Styrofoam cone;
  • film;
  • office pins;
  • PVA glue;
  • water;
  • white yarn;
  • beads;
  • glue gun.

How to

Wrap the foam around the plastic and pierce it in several places with pins. Thanks to the film, the workpiece will be easier to remove, and the pins will help the thread stay in place.

Mix glue and water in equal proportions and soak the yarn well in the mixture. Wrap the workpiece with threads, catching them on the pins. Leave overnight to dry completely.

Remove the needles and carefully remove the workpiece. Place the beads on top with a glue gun.

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10. New Year's crescent

An unusual version of the usual New Year's wreath.

What you need

  • jigsaw and/or scissors;
  • plywood or paperboard;
  • twine;
  • PVA glue;
  • sponge;
  • paint white;
  • 2 knobs;
  • wooden decorative snowflake;
  • glue gun;
  • small artificial spruce twigs;
  • silver Christmas ball;
  • white decorative ribbon with pom-poms;
  • artificial silver berries;
  • brush;
  • wooden bead.

How to

Use a jigsaw or scissors to cut a crescent shape out of plywood or cardboard. Make a small hole on top and insert a piece of twine there - the future loop.

Gradually lubricate the workpiece with glue, wrap it tightly with twine. With a sponge, apply a little white paint to the rope and cones, imitating frost. Color the wooden snowflake completely.

Using a hot glue gun, attach the snowflake to the bottom of the crescent moon so that most of it sticks out of the edge.

Glue spruce branches nearby, and on them - cones and a ball. Arrange the ribbon with pom-poms and berries.

Lightly paint the branches with white paint with a brush. Insert a wooden bead into the string, which is threaded into the upper hole, and tie the thread with knots from above and below.

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11. Christmas tree made of ribbons

What you need

  • pencil;
  • white paper;
  • scissors;
  • green cardboard;
  • stapler;
  • narrow red ribbon;
  • narrow green ribbon;
  • narrow white tape;
  • glue gun;
  • pink foamiran with glitter or pink paper with glitter;
  • gold glitter.

How to make

Make a pattern out of white paper as shown in the video. Attach it to the green cardboard, circle and cut it out. Fold the workpiece in half and fasten at the bottom with a stapler.

Cut 12 cm strips from the ribbons and glue the edges of each strip. Attach them to the workpiece in a circle: the bottom row is red, the next is green, then red, green, red and white.

Cut out two identical stars from foamiran or paper, glue them together and place them on top of the Christmas tree. Sprinkle the Christmas craft with glitter.


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