Peppermint Stick Placeholders
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 7 and up
These Christmas peppermint placeholders are not only cute they are tasty too! These festive, personalized decorations are simple to make and easy on the wallet -- the perfect Christmas craft for those on a budget.
What you'll need:
- Foam or plastic coffee cups
- Red and green acrylic paint
- Round foam applicators
- Flat marbles (or other material for weight)
- Peppermint sticks
- Thin, festive ribbon
- White paper
- Gold paint pen
- Green marker
- Cotton balls
- Pom-poms in festive colors
- Glue dots
How to make it:
- Add polka dots to cups using round sponge applicators. Set the cups aside to dry.
- While cups are drying, wrap the peppermint sticks in cellophane. Secure both ends with festive ribbon. Tie ribbon in bows and trim the ends of the ribbon and the cellophane. (See photo.)
- Cut white paper into 3- by 2-inch rectangles, one for each placeholder. Use a gold paint pen to outline the borders of the paper, and then write a guest's name in the center of the rectangle with green marker. (See photo.)
- Attach the nametag to the peppermint stick using a glue dot.
- Add some weight to each cup we used about ten flat marbles per cup.
- Hold peppermint stick in the cup and add about 4 or 5 cotton balls to keep it in place. Fill top of the cup with festive colored pom-poms. We used a combination of red, white, and green as well as some glittery white ones.
- Instead of cups, terra-cotta pots can be used in this project.
- For some added shine, pipe some gold glitter glue around the rim of the cup, and then spread it with a paintbrush or your finger.