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By Mary Genser

December 20, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for some quick ways to deck your halls and dress up your holiday dinner table? Here are some simple yet elegant holiday crafts that are inexpensive and easy –even if you lack artistic talent. The secret ingredients in all? Fabric, permanent glue sticks, and glitter paint!



                                           DIRECTIONS & SUPPLIES



 Purchase fabric with a holiday pattern at any fabric store or discount store with a sewing department. I found this poinsettia-themed fabric and embroidery hoops at JoAnn Fabric & Crafts at Navajo and Fletcher Parkway. I picked up a plain wooden napkin holder at Wal-Mart and an assortment of containers (jars, pots, etc.) at discount stores, though yard sales are also good sources for these inexpensive items.

Cut out poinsettias (or whatever items you choose to display) from fabric. Glue onto napkin holder and outline with gold or silver glitter paint for a festive way to display holiday napkins.

Glue additional shapes directly onto a ceramic pot or other container to hold a miniature Christmas tree or holiday plant.

Flip a glass jar or other container upside down and wrap with a circle of fabric. Turn right-side up and tuck fabric into top of glass jar, then glue in place. Add a ribbon and bow to complete your vase for holding a holiday centerpiece or bouquet of poinsettias.

Take apart an embroidery hoop and lay additional fabric over the lower hoop. Cover with top hoop and secure using screws at the bottom. Trim with lace and, if desired, glue an artificial poinsettia at the base to cover the screws. You can make an assortment using different holiday-themed fabrics. Hang on walls to deck your halls—and have a happy holiday season!


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