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New Years Decorations
by Brenda Arnold
Champagne Candles:
New Years champagne gel candle craft dor decorations on New years partiesThese champagne candles will look stunning as a decoration for New Year's. 
2 champagne flutes
Gel wax Candle wicking (make sure you buy some that is compatible with gel wax) Bamboo skewer or pencil Yellow gel wax dye
Candle scent (optional)
Small pot
Knife and spoon

Wash your champagne flutes and allow to dry completely.  Tie the wicks around a bamboo skewer or pencil and cut to the proper length of the flute, so they just touch the bottom of the glass.  Then balance the bamboo skewer over the glasses, so the wicks hang down the middle.

Gel wax is very easy to clean up, so you don't need a "dedicated" candle cooking pot. The gel, once cooled, will simply peel off from the inside of the pot. Cut the gel wax with a knife, then use a spoon or your hands to pull out chunks of the wax to put in the pot. It's best  to over-estimate rather than under-estimate the amount of wax you need, since any extra is re-usable. Heat the wax over the lowest heat setting on the stove until it begins to melt. Stir to help melt the wax and create more bubbles. DO NOT OVERHEAT: gel wax is highly flammable! Once the wax is melted, add one tiny drop of yellow coloring.  Then stir it into the wax with a spoon.  Test the color by spooning up some wax and dropping a small amount on some white paper.  If it is too yellow for your liking, add in some more wax to dilute the color. If you would like to add a scent, this is the time to do that too. Pour the wax carefully into the prepared flutes.  Use a bamboo skewer to carefully stir up the wax once it is poured in the flutes.  This will help bubbles to form. (bubbles may not be seen until wax has cooled) Let the champagne candles sit undisturbed for several hours until set. Once the champagne candles are set, just trim the wicks to 1/4 inch or so and they are ready to burn.

Party Favors:
breakable New years party favors with candy insideThese New Year's Eve party favors will help your party be a hit this year! Your kids and party guests will love to crack these open at midnight. They can be filled with candy and small toys, or fill them up with confetti! This craft is easy enough for children to make. Keep them all in a basket and hand them out right before midnight!
An empty paper towel roll tube
Wrapping paper in festive colors
Curling ribbon

First measure 6 inches on the paper towel tube and mark with a pen. Then cut at the mark and throw away the short piece. Measure three inches (halfway) into the 6 inch tube and mark this, and cut along the mark. You now have two tubes 3 inches long.

Cut a piece of wrapping paper approximately 8.5 inches by 11 inches (same size as a standard sheet of paper). Place the two tubes on this paper, leaving a one inch gap between the two pieces. Roll the paper around the tube, and tape shut. Do not put the tape over the 1 inch section gap, or it might be harder to "crack" the popper open. Then, twist one end of the wrapping paper at the end of the tube, and secure with curling ribbon. Curl the ribbon with the edge of the scissors. Add your candy and goodies into the tube. Then, tie up the other end and add the ribbon.
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