Saturday, December 27, 2008

New Year's Centerpiece

Here is a quick and easy centerpiece you and the kids can make to ring in the new year. The supplies are so versatile that you probably have them already on hand! These would make a nice little gift for grandparents, aunts and uncles as well.

Materials Needed:
Card stock or craft foam
18 or 20 gauge wire OR pipe cleaners
Styrofoam, or clay
Paper crinkle, Easter grass or shredded paper
Small container
Markers or dimensional paints
Decorative wire or floral picks (optional)

Step 1: Trace your kids hands onto card stock or craft foam and cut them out.

Step 2: Using a marker or paints, write your New Year's messages on both sides of the cut-outs. Be sure to include the child's name on the hand print as well.

Step 3: Cut one piece of wire (or use one pipe cleaner) about 12 inches long for each hand print.

Step 4: Cut enough foam (or use clay) to fill the container you are using. Stick one end of the wire or pipe cleaner into the foam or clay. Place some paper crinkle around the base of the wires on top of the foam.

Step 5: Twist a spiral into the top end of the wire or pipe cleaner. Use the spiral to hold the cut out hand prints.

Step 6: adjust wires as necessary and embellish with decorative wire or floral picks if desired.

Other ideas: When you are finished with this centerpiece, you could replace the hand prints with photos. You could also put magnets on the back of the hand prints and use them on your fridge.

Heather is a wife, mom,
school cafeteria worker,
councilwoman and babysitter from Ohio.
She also blogs at
Its All for the Best
and The Fat Bottomed Girl.


  1. Super fun and easy-I love that! I'll be linking.

  2. This is an interesting idea. Something that will be easy to do with the kids and make them a part of rining in the New Year. Thanks! I like simple and easy. ;)

  3. After the "new" Wears off of the new year, you could replace the handprints with photos if you want!

  4. Hello! I emailed you earlier today to tell you that I cannot log into the info for the carnival with the info you sent me;)!

    I was all ready to get it posted but can't do it without being able to log in.
    Can you help me out?

  5. Lizzie,
    I was out of town all day yesterday. Sorry I couldn't get back to you. That is the right log on info. Not sure why it wouldn't work.

  6. Took me a while to find this one, but it's so cute! I'm including it in my Friday Favorites this week!


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