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Kids getting restless as the turkey cooks? Here's a fun craft that adds color to the table and will keep everyone busy before and after dinner. Bonus: It's easy enough for little ones to do with just a bit of guidance.
1 branch, sized to fit the middle of your table
6-8 pieces of craft paper in winter, holiday or Christmas hues
Remove any leaves or loose dirt from the branch and lay it lengthwise in the center of the table.
Use the pencil to outline a leaf shape (about five inches long) on a piece of craft paper, then cut it out. Your child can use this as a template to trace 12 or more leaves on the craft paper. Then she can cut them out and fold them in half lengthwise.
Arrange the leaves loosely alongside the branch.
Holiday table runner
By Wondertime Magazine staff
Need to get fancy on the fly? A table runner adds elegance and flair to a holiday dinner table.
Washable fabric paint ($6 per color for Createx)
Disposable plastic plates
Hemp table runner
Pour about 1/3 cup of paint onto a plastic plate.
Dip flower facedown in paint, making sure the petals and the center get evenly, but not heavily, coated.
Firmly press the flower facedown on the runner to make a print, and re-dip in the paint as needed. Make as few or as many prints as you like along the length of the runner. (Test first on newspaper if you like.)
Let dry completely, for about an hour, then put the runner in a hot dryer for 10 minutes to set the colors. After dinner, wash and dry as usual.