Recently Edge staffers tested out some Pinterest projects for the holidays. Have a favorite holiday craft or recipe? Feel free to share it in the comments section below!
Christmas Day Cranberry Punch
By: Megan Pasquarell, Cave Spring High School
Just around the corner awaits an abundance of holiday food, and all of this food will need an accompanying drink. With only five ingredients, this Christmas Day Cranberry Punch is perfect. It is truly a Christmas day cocktail because of its amazing simplicity.
32 oz. cranberry juice
1 cup Orange juice
1 cup Pineapple juice
2 cups Ginger Ale or Sprite
Combine all of the ingredients and pour into a glass with ice.
Optional: Garnish with a sprig of mint
By: Blair Thurman, North Cross High School
One of the most popular statements of Christmas is the stocking. In tradition, stockings are hung on the mantle above the fireplace to be filled with small gifts. If you don’t hang stockings, but would still like to participate in the tradition, this simple, but fun craft is great for a cold day or fun with family during Christmas break.
First, cut two stocking shapes out of cardstock or scrapbooking paper, making sure that they fit back to back. To help with the next part, I took mini binder clips at the top to hold the shapes together.
After the paper is cut, make holes all the way around the stocking about an inch apart and a quarter of an inch away from the edge. Take either kitchen string, or white ribbon like I did, and stich the two shapes together. You can either make a simple stich like mine, or a wrap stich around the stocking. When the shapes are stitched together you can either decorate your stocking, or just attach a string, or ribbon, on top for the stocking to be hung on the mantle, tree, or on the wall.
2 sheets of cardstock or scrapbooking paper, patterned or plain
Kitchen twine or ribbon (in any color/pattern)
Extra paper for decorations
Hot glue gun, for attaching the string at the top
Christmas Tree Cupcakes
By: Roshni Lalchandani, Cave Spring High School
As the anticipation for the holidays build up, so does my need to look up cute seasonal crafts on Pinterest. Considering the plethora of adorable ideas on the site, choosing which ones I want to do for sure can be a bit of a daunting task. The pin picked, though, turned out to be the right choice because it had all the qualities I was looking for – creative, easy and delicious.
Beginning with a simple chocolate or vanilla cupcake as your base, you then frost an ice cream cone with green icing. I purchased an icing can which came with different toppers to create the effect of leaves for the tree. After placing the cone upside down on the cupcake, you can go to town with the sprinkles, or even use powdered sugar to act as snow. Ta-da! You now have a cute Christmas themed snack that would be perfect for a holiday party or even just for fun. While Pinterest still offers me an abundant supply of other crafts to try, I can happily say this one was a success.
6 chocolate or vanilla cupcakes
3 c. homemade or store-bought vanilla frosting
2 Tbsp. green food coloring
6 ice cream sugar cones
Powdered sugar, for dusting
By: Elena Hernandez, Cave Spring High School
Looking for a unique homemade Christmas present? This project may be just what you need. Local craft stores sell oven-bake clay that can be shaped into whatever you wish to make. These stores also sell eye pins of various sizes that are used for making necklaces. Combine these two items and voila you have one great idea! To start my project, I formed two round black balls for the body and flattened out a pinch of white clay for its belly. I repeated this process with a smaller piece of white clay to make the head. Using the remaining black pieces, I made wings and then used orange clay to sculpt a beak below its eyes. I shaped two bits of orange clay into feet and attached them to the base of the penguin. I placed it on foil and put it in the oven, following the Sculpey baking instructions.
If you want to wear your penguin as a necklace, first poke your eye pin through the top before baking. The finished product can be made into a necklace or you could hang it from your tree as an ornament.
Sculpey clay in black, white, and orange
Ribbon or chain for hanging the ornament or pendant
Metal eye pin