These VERY cute puppet character’s will be a crafting hit for kids and adults alike at Christmas! My children love making these, not only to keep and play with themselves, but they also make these as Christmas gifts for teachers and relatives!!!
Supplies you will need:
Once you put them together your kids will have hours of fun playing puppets!!!!
Downloading and unzipping files from the internet might seem scary at first, but it really isn’t! Once you get the hang of it you will wonder why you were ever scared of doing it! It is so easy!
In this digital age, when downloading files from the internet, you will find that 99% of the time, the files you will download to your computer will be in a zipped folder.
I hear you ask ‘What is a Zipped folder?’ A zipped folder is simply just a compressed folder containing one or more files that have been combined into a single file to reduce their total file size, saving space, and making it easier for computers to upload and download.
The files are unusable when they are still in their zipped state, so you will need to unzip the files to release and to use the files. Most PC’s can do this very easily. For his tutorial I will download a free file from Digitalgemsdesigns.com as an example. Follow the steps below:
2) Add the file to your cart and click checkout.
3) Once you have checked out you will then be directed to a screen with a link to download your files (you will also receive an email with a link to download the files). Click the link.
4) The files will automatically download to your ‘Downloads’ folder in your file explorer on your computer. Click and open your file explorer. Your file explorer will look like this on your desktop:
5) In the file explorer you will see the file you have downloaded. The file will be in a zip file. Double click the zip file.
6) Then click ‘Extract all’
6) Your files are now unzipped and ready to use in your software.
These gorgeous button trees will be a crafting hit for kids and adults alike! My children love making these, not only to hang on our own tree, but they also make these as Christmas gifts for teachers and relatives!!!
Supplies you will need:
1) Arrange your buttons in a line, in order of size.
2) You will need to select and stack around 4-6 small buttons that are roughly the same width for the tree trunk.
3) You will need to then select around 6-10 mixed sized buttons and stack them largest to smallest for the tree top.
4) Cut a piece of beading wire at approximately 14 inches in length and fold it in half. Then thread the buttons you selected for you tree trunk onto the beading wire.
5) Thread the tree top beads, largest to smallest, on top of the trunk and tie a knot in the wire at the top to keep the buttons in place.
6) I like to tie a few more knots in the wire at the top of the tree to give the tree topper button a bit more give so it doesn't look 'flat'.
7) Thread your tree topper button onto the wire, and tie a knot at the top of the tree topper to keep it in place.
8) Tie a knot in the wire a couple of inches above the tree topper to make a ‘loop’ so you can hang in on the tree. Cut any excess wire away.
9) Congratulations! Your button tree is ready to hand on your real Christmas tree!!!! I think these trees look stunning, These are a few I made with my children to hang on our tree, my children also wanted to use butterfly beads as well of stars, which I think also look amazing!
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