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Taped Christmas Light Jars

Manual for light jars

How to make these Christmas light jars.

What do you need?

  • Jars
  • Battery lights
  • Orange bag
  • Tape
  • Stickers
  • Lace 2x
  • Double-sided tape
  • Fork
  • Some ornaments

Christmas light jar with tape

Tape the jar, and add the stickers.
How to make the bow with use of a fork?

Use double-sided tape to attach the ribbon and decorate with an ornament. I used the second piece of lace to tie the bow.

Wrap the battery holder and the lights in the red-orange bag.

Christmas light jar with battery lights

And put the orange bag into the jar.

The effect is amazing!

Success making your own taped Christmas lights!

Loes Knetsch

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Christmas Pieces Of Hedera Ivy Plant

The ordinary ivy can very well be used for Christmas pieces.

What do you need?Chrismas pieces of hedera plant

  • Flowerpot
  • Oasis
  • 3 wooden plant sticks
  • rubber band
  • plant thread
  • 9 ivy stems
  • Battery Christmas lights
  • Ornament


  • Cutter
  • Glue gun

Soak the oasis in water and fill the flowerpot. Put in the 3 wooden sticks and tie them together on top with the rubber band. Stick the battery sleeve to the back of the flowerpot with the hot glue gun.

Attach the lights to the sticks. Cover the oasis with ivy leaves. Then put the 9 ivy branches around in the pot. Grab them on top and use the plant thread wire to hold them on top.

Wrap a nice piece of lace around it. Glue the ornament on the front of the flowerpot.

Quick, beautiful and easy!


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Kids Art Manual Fun Wobbly Hand

Manual Fun Wobbly Hand

Fun Wobbly Hand

What do you need?

  • An empty supplement jar
  • strong magnet (s)
  • Scissor
  • Stanley knife
  • hot bradawl
  • Cardboard
  • Adhesive foil
  • Camera
  • Double sided tape
  • A clip or empty tape roll


1. Cut off the bottom

Fun Wobbly Hand

2. Cut the jar, use about half of it

Fun Wobbly Hand

3. Glue a strong magnet in the lid or make holes and glue the magnets in the holes

 Fun Wobbly Hand

4. Let the child draw their hand and take a picture

5. Print the picture and glue it on the cardboard hand, plastify the hand with adhesive foil.

6. To get more grip you can glue an empty adhesive tape roll in the end with hot glue, and attach the hand on it. You can also use an old suspenders clip.


Enjoy making your child’s wobbly waving hand!


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Kids Art Birdshanger Manual

Kids art Birdshanger


What do you need?

  • A wooden hanger
  • Decorative Tape
  • Colored cardboard
  • Glue
  • Fishing thread

Make the hanger beautiful colored with decoration tape.

Cut out the pattern from the cardboard, double for the wings and the tail.

bird mobile pattern

kids art bird hanger manual

Fold the parts together, and put a Scottish tape around the tail. Connect it with fishers thread to the hanger in different heights.

birds mobile diy

Success creating your own unique birds’ mobile hanger.

Loes Knetsch





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Manual for creative playground

This project is created by Jeffrey. (6, almost 7)

Manual for creative playground

What did Jeffrey use for this amazing playground?

  • A piece of cardboard (40cm x 30 cm)Manual for creative playground
  • Chestnuts
  • Toothpicks
  • Sate sticks
  • Colored paper (120gr.)
  • Jar lid and sand
  • Chenille thread
  • Cotton thread
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Little piece of cloth
  • Ice sticks
  • Duck tape
  • Scottish tape
  • Iron wire
  • A Dremel drill
  • Scissors
  • Prick to make holes in the chestnut

Jeffrey is a very creative boy, and when he starts out with a new idea, he just asks, do you have…. within no time the table is filled with material. And Jeffrey is working on his project from the battlefield. It’s really amusing to watch him 🙂

The Swing

4 chestnuts, 2 toothpicks, 2 sate sticks, cotton thread and chenille thread. He stuck it to the cardboard with Scottish tape

The Carousel

10 toothpicks, 1 sate stick, 2 chestnuts, cotton thread, puppets drawn on paper, stuck on the cardboard with Scottish tape.

The Slide

2 ice sticks with holes in it (Dremel drill) 5 toothpicks, 2 chestnuts, 2playground made by Jeffrey sate sticks, Ducktape and double-sided tape which he used to stuck the chestnuts to the cardboard.

The Sandpit

A jar lid, sand and 2 sided tape to stick it to the cardboard.playground made by Jeffrey

The Seesaw

Iron wire to make the frame and an ice stick for the seesaw. 2 paper puppets. The puppets are stick on the seesaw with double-sided tape. The frame is hooked to the cardboard.

The mother on bench

The bench he made of ice sticks connected with Ducktape. The mother is made of chenille thread and has a circle-skirt. She is taped to the bench with double-sided tape.

The Climbing Pole

Made by his sister Danique. Make holes with the Dremel drill, braid thread through the holes and leave a long thread to climb the pole on top. Put toothpicks through the holes. And “hang” a paper puppet in the climbing pole.

Top presentation of creativity Jeffrey!

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How to create animals of chestnuts?

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It’s the time of year again, the chestnut trees are letting their treasures fall. And all children are getting wild when you pass a chestnut tree.

What to do with all those chestnuts?

We create animals from the chestnuts.

Create Animals of chestnuts

How to create animals of chestnuts?

Necessities to create animals of chestnuts.

Animals of chestnuts necessities

  • Chestnuts
  • Toothpicks
  • Wobbly eyes
  • Sate sticks
  • Chenille wire
  • Prick
  • Glue

Make 4 little holes with the prick an stick in the toothpicks for the legs of the little animals.

Cut the toothpick in half for the neck, except when you make a giraffe, then you use a whole toothpick.

Prick the holes for the ears and tail. Stick in the ears and a tail from the chenille wire. Make a curly tail by winding the chenille wire around a pencil.

Animals of chestnut

Glue as last the wobbly eyes on the head.



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Recycle Old Greeting Cards Instruction Manual

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Not only you get a lot of Christmas and greeting cards, you also get a lot of cards send to you by charity instances you never will use. With this instruction manual, you can also make your own unique photo frame.

Here is a creative way to recycle old greeting cards

To make boxes, window chimes or unique photo frames.

What do you need for it?Window hanger

  • You have to find 6 similar old greeting cards
  • Make a mal
  • Coton thread and needle
  • Some beads
  • Charms (if you have them)
  • Prick and pad
  • Flowers from candle decoration

You can use anything for the decoration what you like.

1. Make a mal
Recycle Old Greeting Cards
2. Cut out the pieces

and number them on the back side
Recycle Old Greeting Cards mal
Recycle Old Greeting Cards mal

3. Prick holes in the card on a pad

Lay the patterns with the back sides towards each other and prick the holes together +/- 5 mm from the side. 1+1 and 2+2 etc.

Recycle Old Greeting Cards prick holes

4. Sew the sides

Sew the sides of the cards and leave a piece of thread 25-30 cm on both sides. You can use that to attach the beads and charms.

Recycle Old Greeting Cards sew

5. Lace top and bottom

Lace-up a piece of lace through the top and bottom.

Recycle Old Greeting Cards lace

6. Attach the top and bottom according to the numbers inside.

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7. Attach beads and charms
Recycling postcards

Kids really love to make these window chimes from old greeting cards! 10-year-olds can make it themselves, with the proper instructions. When they are younger, they need a helping hand. 4-year-olds can choose the cards and the beads and can make 2 or 3 stitches 😉

Creative Christmas wishes

When you are having plans to spend your Christmas days at your family or friends house, or you want to send a very special birthday wish to someone you love, you can create a special card for them this way too. You can put it in a box and send it by post.

Original photo frame for wedding pictures

Do you want to make something special from your wedding pictures? This might give you an idea too. I would stick the pictures on a piece of soft cardboard first, to give them more strength.

It will look very nice for sure between all average cards!

Happy recycling!

Loes Knetsch

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