make and take
If you don’t have a signature craft, consider one of these crowd-pleasers. The only rule: Your work should be nonperishable.
1 MATCH STRIKERS A graphic combo of spray-painted lines and strips of match-strike paper (available on Amazon or Etsy) turns glass jars into mantel-ready match strikers. Leave the matches in boxes until it’s party time. 2 SCRAPE-PAINT
WRAPPING PAPER Dot paint across the surface of paper, and use a plastic ruler as a squeegee to pull it from top to bottom. 3 COOKIE BUTTER Score presentation points by including dip-dyed wooden spoons with jars of cookie butter (storebought cookies blended into a spread; two-week shelf life). 4 SEED PACKETS
AND MARKERS Make seed envelopes with machinestitched paper pouches.
Stamped row markers made from air-dry clay double as ID tags. 5 WOOD AND FELT
DOLL ORNAMENTS Build a band of carolers from clothespins and other wooden crafting pieces. Dress them in felt outfits and chenille pipe cleaner earmuffs or acorn caps.