Cre­ate a Can­dle Cen­ter­piece

RSWLiving - - For Kids - Ann Marie O’Phelan is a South­west Florida res­i­dent and reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to TOTI Me­dia.

Sup­plies: Plain can­dle, tis­sue pa­per square, Sharpie mark­ers, wax pa­per, hair dryer

Step 1

Use Sharpies to draw a de­sign on tis­sue pa­per square.

Step 2

Place fin­ished tis­sue pa­per square on plain can­dle and cover with wax pa­per.

Step 3

Use hair dryer to blow over can­dle un­til tis­sue pa­per square ad­heres. Re­move wax pa­per, and voila! A cus­tom can­dle cen­ter­piece.

—Denise Ahlstrom, owner of Karma & Co­conuts in Cape Coral

es at home, there are also lo­cal places that of­fer classes and work­shops on cre­at­ing hol­i­day gift items. “We will be of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of hol­i­day-themed classes and work­shops for chil­dren,” notes Denise Ahlstrom, owner of Karma & Co­conuts in Cape Coral.

The Cen­ters for the Arts of Bonita Springs is also a great place for classes and camps that fea­ture hol­i­day and win­ter themes. “Our fun, win­ter-themed camps in vis­ual arts, per­form­ing arts, sci­ence and cook­ing—for ages 4 to 18—make the arts ac­ces­si­ble to all school-aged youth,” says youth ed­u­ca­tion direc­tor Heather Roper. Schol­ar­ships and dis­counts are avail­able.

Work­shops and classes are also of­fered at arts and crafts stores such as Michaels, lo­cated in Cape Coral, Fort My­ers and Es­tero. In ad­di­tion, Cape Coral Parks & Re­cre­ation sched­ules some hol­i­day craft ac­tiv­i­ties for young­sters.

Whether you and your chil­dren work on do-it-your­self ac­tiv­i­ties, or you en­roll them in classes, camps or work­shops, the end re­sults will be sure to light up loved ones’ hol­i­days be­cause of their spe­cial gifts.

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