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Create a festive look with these three holiday decorations from FamilyFun magazine. They include Fancy Fans, top, Cloth Candy Canes, right, and Colored Lights, bottom.
Create a festive look with these three holiday decorations from FamilyFun magazine. They include Fancy Fans, top, Cloth Candy Canes, right, and Colored Lights, bottom.

Create a festive look with these three holiday decorations from FamilyFun magazine.

FANCY FANS

Here’s a quick paper-folding technique that makes great use of those gift wrap scraps that are just too pretty to throw away.

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1. Cut a 41/2- by 101/2-inch rectangle from the gift wrap. Accordion-fold the paper, making the pleats 1/2 inch wide.

2. Staple the folded paper across the center. Then bring together the ends on each side of the staple, taping the joints on the unprinted sides.

3. Use a pushpin to poke a hole through the tape at the top of the ornament. Thread a 10-inch length of monofilament through it and then knot the ends to form a loop for hanging.

COLORED LIGHTS

These unbreakable bulbs are so simple to craft, you can string together a whole strand in a flash.

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1. For a pattern, cut a Christmas-bulb shape from scrap paper. Trace it onto craft foam and then cut out the foam bulbs.

2. Attach a binder clip to the base of each bulb and remove the silver handles by pinching the sides together and sliding them out of their grooves.

3. For individual ornaments, thread a 10-inch length of black cording through the clip and tie a double knot just above it. Then knot the ends to create a loop for hanging. For a string of lights, use a long piece of cording and tie on one bulb at a time.

CLOTH CANDY CANES

Fashioned from colorful fabrics, this sweet Christmas icon will last season after season. Here’s how to make one.

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1. One at a time, lay each fabric strip, printed side down, on a waxed paper-covered surface and use a paintbrush to coat it with a thin layer of glue. Place a pipe cleaner along one long edge and roll the fabric around it as tightly as possible. Smooth down the outer edge.

2. Pinch together the tops of the three wrapped pipe cleaners. Tightly twist them into a spiral and bend the top into a candy cane shape.

3. Set the cane in a short drinking glass to dry (it can take several hours, depending on the humidity). Then neaten the ends by trimming them with wire cutters, if needed.

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