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Pitter Painter’s Christmas Crafts: Paint, Pine Cones and Play doh

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Christmas is in the air! If you’re a victim of the Christmas tree shortage in Hong Kong this year, here’s a fun DIY project to save the day! Okay… so it’s not quite going to make up for that big tree in the middle of your living room, but what it lacks in stature, it can make up for in numbers.  You can make a lot of them and have your own mini Christmas tree orchard!
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You will need:
  • Pine cones: They come by the bag almost anywhere ornaments are sold.
  • Green and white acrylic paint: Here’s another reason we love acrylic. You can use it on almost anything!
  • A scruffy painting brush: Those “pine needles” can get tricky so if your brush isn’t scruffy yet, it may be by the end of the project
  • Play doh: We really do recommend the brand play-doh. Pitter Painter tried using some generic modeling clay and our fingers kept on changing color.
Directions:
1. Fashion a lump of clay into a Christmas tree stand and gently push the top of the pine cone down on it until the cone stands on its own. If you like, you can put some glue in-between to make it more sturdy. Just remember to give it some drying time.
2. Get your green paint and scrubby brush and start painting the pine cone until it magically transforms into an evergreen.
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3. For a touch of White Christmas, dab some white paint onto the tips of the pine cone scales.
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4. While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, roll some Christmas ornaments by rolling a pinch of play doh into a ball.  Warning: This is one part of the project where your child may outdo you. Those little hands are the perfect size for rolling the tiny Christmas balls.
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5.  Decorate your tree with the different colours of play doh balls you just made.
6.  Mould some play doh into a star shape for the perfect tree topper.
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To enroll in Pitter Painter’s classes and learn more fun DIY projects, visit the website here

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