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Kensington Craft Off! Claire H.

Winter Luminary:

Set the mood at your next holiday party, or just around the house, with a Winter Luminary! This is a fast and easy decoration that can help use up some of the things you might have cluttering your cabinets.

I made a little snow topped winter village scene for the Kensington Craft Off, but you can decorate yours with anything you’d like.

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Kensington Craft Off! Sadie Hartwell

Sadie Hartwell’s Candle Cozies

I love candles. There, I’ve said it. I live near an amazing candle factory store in New England and let me tell you, if they’d let me move in there, I would—as long as they’d let me put in a bookshelf and a coffee maker. So here are a couple of ideas for cute holiday candle holders.

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For the knitted version, which you can easily make in an hour or two, you will need:

-Size 13 knitting needles

-Bulky weight yarn, about 10 or 12 yards

-A pint-size mason jar, or any glass jar that’s about 5 inches high with a circumference       of about 9 inches. Cozy will stretch.

-Small flameless candle

Gauge is not important. Cast on 26 stitches. Continue reading “Kensington Craft Off! Sadie Hartwell”

Kensington Craft Off! Marie Bostwick

 

Facebook Live : 12/1 @ 2PM.

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Kensington Craft Off! Michele S.

Dollar Store Christmas Wreath.

I spend 21$ dollars at the dollar store.

Flowers. Ornaments. Bells. Pine cones. Birds. Reindeer.

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Dollar stores are great! Why spend 50-75$ and UP! On a wreath that’s so-so if you can make your own for less than 25$.

I was hoping to find a Santa or Elf but my dollar store was fresh out, so I settled for the sparkly Reindeer as the center piece in my wreath.

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Kensington Craft Off! Lynn Cahoon

Lighted Garland:
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This is an easy craft you can make out of all sorts of materials.

You’ll need the following:

  •  A new strand of white lights – 50 count
  • Ribbon in three coordinating colors (I used red, green, and gold) cut into 2×6 inch strips.

Alternate materials:

  • You could do this in glitter ribbon, like I did, or colored burlap, or even left over Christmas fabric.
  • This is a great reason to clearance shop on light strings as well as ribbon after the season is over. You could have all your gifts made in January. Continue reading “Kensington Craft Off! Lynn Cahoon”

Kensington Craft Off! Sandra Bretting

DIY: HOLIDAY CARD HOLDER

Sandra Bretting is sharing her must try DIY project: A Homemade Holiday Card Holder! 

Ever wonder what to do with the Christmas and Hanukah cards that start filling your mailbox this time of year? My mother showed me a simple trick for displaying the cards a long time ago. (Best of all, it doesn’t take a lot of room.)

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You’ll start with a clean, empty Pringles can, a skein of red yarn (I prefer one with thick strands) and some decorative plastic greenery for the top. Here are the steps, but feel free to improvise once you get the hang of it. Continue reading “Kensington Craft Off! Sandra Bretting”

Kensington Craft Off! Karen Rose Smith

Author Karen Rose Smith has the perfect DIY stocking stuffer! Supplies • Dried rose petals • Dried lavender • Dried rosemary • Gauze bags Directions These sachets are so easy to assemble whether you have a garden or buy supplies at the grocery store!...

Author Karen Rose Smith has the perfect DIY stocking stuffer! 

Supplies

  • Dried rose petals
  • Dried lavender
  • Dried rosemary
  • Gauze bags

Directions

These sachets are so easy to assemble whether you have a garden or buy supplies at the grocery store! During the summer, I bring in roses and let their petals dry on a cookie sheet or just in a dish. I grow lavender and rosemary and do the same with that. You can easily tell when the petals and herbs are dry. If I don’t have a good rose crop, I buy them on special at the grocery store (red and pink are the best for good color) and let them dry. The same with rosemary. You can just use rose petals and rosemary if you don’t want to grow lavender. You only need a sprig of lavender or rosemary in each sachet to bring fragrance to it. The gauze bags can be found at craft stores or online at Amazon in various sizes. After your rose petals are dried, fill the gauze bag, add a sprig or lavender and/or rosemary and tie the bag. These sachets are wonderful stocking stuffers.

Want more holiday inspired family crafts? Join Kensington on Facebook Live at 2:00 PM EST on 12/1! 

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Kensington Craft Off! Pat Esden

 DIY: Miniature Holiday Topiary

Want more holiday inspired family crafts? Join Kensington on Facebook Live at 2:00 PM EST on 12/1!

Keep reading for a DIY project from Pat Esden we can’t wait to try!

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Miniature holiday topiary trees are easy and inexpensive to make. They can also be personalized to fit anyone’s taste or decor. The one I’m going to demonstrate is a tree that would be enjoyed by Annie Freemont, the antique dealing main character in my Dark Heart series.

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Coming soon….The Kensington Craft Off!

We’re continuing the fun of Facebook Live with a special “Kensington Holiday Craft Off”! Featuring Kensington Employees and Authors.

Facebook Live air date: December 1st (Thursday) at 2:00 PM

Stay tuned!

 

Revisit our Kensington Cook Off!

https://hobbyreads.wordpress.com/2016/09/26/kensington-publishing-bake-off/

https://hobbyreads.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/joanne-fluke-bake-off-recap/

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