Hello friends, and welcome to week seven of the Festive Friday Holiday Craft-Along! This week, I have two simple Santa-themed crafts to share with you. The first is a simple paper craft that would be perfect to make with the young kids in your life. These ho-ho-holiday decorations are just simple paper cones, with a cheerful Santa face. It's not hard to imagine all sorts of seasonal variations – from Christmas trees to reindeer – and with a bit of ingenuity, you could attach a bottom to the cone so that you could fill it with treats before hanging on the tree. The second craft is a Santa-worthy sweater and hat (and a tiny red and white wreath, too). They'd be perfect for using up scrap yarn and adding a bit of colour to your tree, and they're so small that you'd be able to make a bunch in one sitting. And your festive extras, with thanks to Tina, who chose the recipe and the song:
- This week's Tested-Til-Perfect holiday recipe: Cheese Ball Snowman – because I think you could easily make it into a Santa Cheese Ball (red pepper hat, grated Parmesan beard, black-olive pipe: done!)
- Our festive song suggestion: The classic Santa Baby, by Eartha Kitt
- Your chance to win: Post a photo of your Santa ornaments in the comments to win a copy of our 2012 Holiday Baking Special. (Yes, that's right: it's so good, I'm giving it away a second time!) (Don't forget to make sure you provide your email address when prompted, and to post your photo by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. Unfortunately, we can only ship within Canada.)
- Special shout-out: I'd like to acknowledge Royce, who tackled knitting for the first time in years to make a pear for her tree! It looked amazing, too. Well done, Royce!