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Unusual Holidays
Designed by Candie Cooper

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When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project.

Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Visual Arts

Time Needed for Project:
1 hour plus drying time

Main Materials:
Elmer's® School Glue Gel
Plaid® Folk Art Paint in two desired colors
Elmer's® Paint Pens
Activa® Premier Air Dry Clay
White seed beads
Elmer's® Glitter Pens
Horizon Magnets
Elmer's® Thick Craft Bond Glue
3.5" Wood disc

School Glue Gel 5 pack Painters Markers - Bright3D Washable Paint Pens - Classic Glitter ColorsCraftBond Tacky Glue 8oz.


Basic Materials:
Decorative Paper
Paint brushes
Wax paper


  1. Tear off a piece of wax paper to make a work surface.
  2. Roll a 6" coil from the clay.  Bring the two sides of the coil up to form a "U" shape in front of you.  Twist the two ends once or twice so now you have a tear shape.  Bring the twisted end down to the bottom of the tear drop.  Adjust over all pretzel shape, snipping away excess ends and leave to dry
  3. Paint the wood disc with acrylic paint.  Use a paint pen to outline the shape in dashes.
  4. Trace around the pretzel shape onto scrapbook paper and cut out.
  5. Paint the pretzel and leave to dry.
  6. Add a coat of glitter with the glitter gel pen, using a paint brush to smooth out glitter.  Set aside to dry.
  7. Use clear gel glue to attach the paper pretzel piece to the wood disc.  Seal the entire disc piece by brushing with clear gel glue.
  8. Paint a layer of clear gel glue over pretzel and sprinkle with the seed bead "salt".
  9. Apply a line of thick glue to the back of the pretzel and set on paper pretzel piece.
  10. Attach the magnet to the back.


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