Earth-Friendly Holidays: How to Make Fabulous Gifts and Decorations from Reusable Objects

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From Halloween to Kwanzaa, Earth Day to Mother's Day, create your own holiday magic by turning reusable household objects into festive, fun-filled gifts and decorations!

Looking for a great holiday gift idea? How about a stylish necklace for Valentine's Day...made from fresh carrots? Or a Thanksgiving Day centerpiece shaped like a turkey...and made of soda bottles?

With Earth-Friendly Holidays, ordinary discarded objects find new life as ...

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Overview

From Halloween to Kwanzaa, Earth Day to Mother's Day, create your own holiday magic by turning reusable household objects into festive, fun-filled gifts and decorations!

Looking for a great holiday gift idea? How about a stylish necklace for Valentine's Day...made from fresh carrots? Or a Thanksgiving Day centerpiece shaped like a turkey...and made of soda bottles?

With Earth-Friendly Holidays, ordinary discarded objects find new life as imaginative—and unique—gifts and decorations. From Christmas to Passover, there's something special for just about every major holiday. Homemade gift wrapping suggestions provide the finishing touch, and there are greeting cards galore! There are 30 activities in all, with complete, step-by-step instructions and illustrations to ensure success. Best of all, you'll also learn important facts and tips about helping to save our environment through recycling.

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Children's Literature - Rae Valabek
A how-to manual stressing reduce, reuse, and recycle, this book details crafts that can be made using recycled materials. All of the major traditional holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas are included as well as Kwanzaa and Earth Day .The how-to instructions include photographs as well as clear, concise step-by-step directions. Children should be able to follow these steps without much adult supervision. The projects are rated according to ease of completion. One tree is quick and easy and three trees are time consuming and challenging projects. A brief explanation of each holiday is given before the project is introduced.
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Gr 3-6-Pfiffner offers 29 projects (including a greeting card for each of the 11 featured seasonal holidays). Cards call for techniques such as stenciling, vegetable stamps, and basic cut and paste. The remaining activities range from stringing carrot necklaces (Valentine's Day), weaving paper placemats (Kwanzaa), cutting out plastic skull garlands (Halloween) to molding sugar ornaments (Christmas). The introductory section provides general directions; tips on how to get started; and a key to symbols used to indicate difficulty levels, the need for adult assistance, and ideas to expand or enhance the projects. Each section provides a brief paragraph explaining the historical background of the holiday. Black-and-white photos show the completed items; step-by-step numbered instructions are accompanied by line drawings. Adult interpretation may be necessary as the diagrams are not always sufficient to augment the text. Brief lists of environmental books and organizations are appended. A welcome addition to craft collections.-Beth Irish, Orange Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471120056
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Series: Earth-Friendly Series , #2
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 11.06 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE PFIFFNER spent fourteen years creating hundreds of activities for Woman's Day and other magazines. He also designs theater sets and department store displays.
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Table of Contents

Being Earth-Friendly.

Getting Started.

Methods.

VALENTINE'S DAY.

Stencil Card.

Carrot Necklace.

EASTER.

Egg Card.

Woven Basket.

Eggshell Centerpiece.

PASSOVER.

Star Card.

Matzo Cover.

EARTH DAY.

Veggie Card.

Bottle Greenhouse.

Globe.

MOTHER'S DAY.

Fabric Card.

Balloon Vase.

FATHER'S DAY.

Lettered Card.

Bookmark.

HALLOWEEN.

Pumpkin Card.

Bird Mask.

Skull Garland.

THANKSGIVING.

Turkey Card.

Leaf Garland.

HANUKKAH.

Hanukkiyah Card.

Dreidel.

Hanukkiyah.

CHRISTMAS.

Paint-Blot Card.

Photo Frame.

Wrapping Bag.

Sugar Ornaments.

KWANZAA.

Ribbon Card.

Kinara.

Place Mats.

Stay Earth-Friendly.

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