Category Archives: Crafts

Learn how to cut out paper ❄ snowflakes ❄

Merry 2nd Day of Christmas! In addition to being Fruitcake Day, today is Cut Out Paper Snowflakes Day (seriously, it’s a thing!)

I watched this video and now, just using copy paper, I can cut out paper snowflakes like a pro! Try making small, medium and large snowflakes. The mix of sizes makes the display of them quite magical!

Looking for more fun things to do? 

The Capitol Tree remains on display until December 31. West Lawn, U.S. Capitol. Washington, DC. There is very little parking, but the Capitol South metro station (Orange, Silver and Blue lines) is nearby.

The National Christmas Tree and nightly Pageant of Peace on The Ellipse:The National Tree and state trees may be viewed until 10 pm through December 31.

Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of LightsMeadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA. Through January 2 open daily from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. More than 500,000 LED lights and displays transform the gardens into a winter wonderland, including a flowing stream of softly glowing lights, two-story animated fountain, and Gingerbread Village. Advance registration is recommended.

Bull Run Festival of Lights. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville. Through January 2. 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Two and half mile drive-through light display and walk-around winter carnival and Holiday Village with attractions, s’mores and Santa Claus.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Wiliamsburg, VA is a highly recommended holiday experience. Runs on select nights through Jan 2.

Winter Lights in McLean Central Park is a walk-through event running from early November to mid-January 2022. McLean Central Park: 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean

Ice and Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly. Through January 2, including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Admission to village is $10. Skating and admission is $22 and tickets must be purchased online in advancel. 55×80’ Real Ice Rink, 20’ Walk thru Tree, 100’ RGB Lighted Tunnel, lit trees and winter displays, Fire Pits, Heated Igloos, Wreath Photo Op, Bling & Things Retail Shop, Slice & Ice- Pizza, donuts & more.


Kings Dominon celebrates Winterfest in Doswell, VA on select nights through January 2. Tickets begin at $32. The event includes seasonal light displays, rides and attractions, performances, character meet and greets, ice skating (additional fee), cookie decorating (additional fee) and a parade and fireworks on select nights, including New Year’s Eve.

Tinsel! 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Weekends and select weekdays. Through January 22. This is an immersive, walk-through winter wonderland experience with a dollar from the tickets benefitting INOVA Hospital Foundation. Up to 2 hours of access to light displays, photo ops, kids activities and additional activities and food trucks paid for separately.

Thanksgiving Craft: Thankful Tree

Hallmark came up with this easy but amazing craft for friends and family on Thanksgiving Day. You know what I think this would be great for, though? For school. I think this would be a terrific class project for kids.

Here are the instructions to download.


Make a Merry Christmas Wreath (video)

Decorate the windows of your home with original wreaths you make yourself.  Each wreath takes less than 20 minutes to make, and it’s really fun.  To make your wreath, you will need

  • 1 roll of wide, wired ribbon (makes at least 2 wreaths)
  • 1 roll of medium, wired ribbon (makes at least 2 wreaths)
  • 1 package of bow wire
  • at least two decorative picks (I used three)
  • an artificial or real balsam wreath

You can make two beautiful wreaths for about $20 or so, if you buy on sale.  I bought my materials at Michael’s.  The real balsam wreath came from Safeway.