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New Year's Eve Crafts
by Brenda Arnold
Fortune Bubbles: Good fortune for the new year can smile on everyone at your party with these fun ribbon-bedecked favors.
Buuble Fortune craft for New years PartyWhat You Need:
  • See-through plastic ornaments (available at crafts stores)
  • Calligraphy pen or colored marker
  • 8-1/2 x 11 sheets of art paper (amount needed will vary depending on how many fortunes you are making)
  • Scissors
  • Fortunes or inspirational quotes
  • Curling ribbon
1. Cut strips of paper 1-2 inches long (or as needed to fit in ornaments) and 8-1/2 inches wide.
2. Write a fortune or quote on each strip of paper.
3. Roll each fortune into a small scroll and tie with curling ribbon, leaving ends of ribbon long.
4. Place 1 fortune into each ornament. Allow excess curling ribbon to trail out of ornament.
5. Pile the bubbles in a basket or glass bowl.
6. Let each guest choose a bubble and read their fortune aloud to the group.

Party Hats: You can count on our shiny hats to make the ideal toppers for a New Year's party!

party hats craft for new yearsMaterials:
Metallic poster board
Double-sided foam tape
Thumbtack Soft elastic thread (22 inches long)
2 large paper clips
Shiny metallic pipe cleaners
Duct tape
Shiny metallic pom-poms

To make a cone-shaped hat, cut a semicircle with a 14-inch diameter from the poster board. Roll it into a cone, adjust its size to fit the child, and seal the seam with double-sided foam tape.

To make a chin strap, use the thumbtack to poke a hole through each side of the hat near the bottom, thread one end of the elastic through each hole, and knot a few times to secure it.

To make a headband-style hat, cut out a strip of poster board about 26 inches long and 3 to 7 inches wide (depending on your design). Cut a decorative design along one edge of the strip, fit it around the child's forehead, and secure the seam with two large paper clips.

To decorate the hats, wrap pipe cleaners around pom-poms to make antennae or coil them around a pen to make spirals. To attach a pipe cleaner decoration to the hat, use the thumbtack to poke a hole through the hat, push 1 inch of the pipe cleaner through the hole to the inside of the hat, and duct-tape it down. Attach pom-poms to the hat with double-sided foam tape.

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