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Christmas Posts

Jean-François Faucher at Santa’s Workshop

An interview with Jean-François Faucher, author of Panic at Santa’s Workshop, by Holly Ivy the Elf. Jean-François, what gave you the idea to write a Christmas story? Well, ou could say that the idea came to me by itself. One night in December, a few years ago, I was in my chicken coop, putting winter …

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Be inspired

One of the things I love most about the Animaplates website is the feedback that I receive from you, my readers. Especially when it includes pictures of your work. Creativity can be expressed in many ways, and that as very visible in a big project like my giant nutcracker. I feel very honoured to be …

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Giant Nutcrackers Around The World

Here is a map showing the locations of the people who took up the challenge to build a Giant Nutcracker. Where available, I have added a picture of their nutcracker.  If your nutcracker picture isn’t here yet, please leave a comment below and attach your photo!     It had long be my dream to build a …

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What’s that elf doing on the shelf?

Ten years ago, an enterprising mother-daughter team (Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell) created a story that explains how Santa Claus knows whether kids have been naughty or nice. This story was based on their own family Christmas tradition according to which each year, Santa sent an elf to their home to watch over the children …

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Giant Nutcracker Construction Tips

The giant nutcracker is not a project for the faint of heart. If you start it, you need all the help you can get. Fortunately, our members help each other out, and this article is intended to record that information so that everyone can benefit from it. Diameter mismatch Mop head hair Diameter mismatch Construction tubes are …

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Nutcracker at the Château Laurier

Each year, the Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel in Ottawa (Canada)  organizes a Christmas tree decorating contest as a benefit for CHEO (the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario). This event takes place on an evening towards the end of November and always attracts many visitors. In addition to the prizes awarded by the official jury, members of …

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A calendar for Christmas

When you think of Advent calendars, an image immediately comes to mind: a large picture that evokes Christmas, with small numbered windows. The purpose of the Advent calendar is to help the children wait until the arrival of Christmas. Originally, the Advent calendar had 24 small windows behind which were hidden small images. Each day …

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Christmas stained glass effects

December is the month with the shortest days (at least in the Northern hemisphere). To brighten the dark days, make Christmas stained glass pictures using tissue paper in various colours. Children will be proud to help decorating their home with their works of art. These nice stained glass pictures are great Christmas craft ideas that …

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Egg carton mushroom

With imagination, egg cartons can be used in all kinds of art projects. And what better way to recycle? The mushroom project is a nice little project for Fall, when mushrooms are most abundant in nature. Making a mushroom from egg cartons is a good way to integrate Art with Science topics. It is a …

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Ornaments made with puzzle pieces

Aren’t incomplete jigsaw puzzles frustrating? The reward for long hours spent completing a puzzle is to finally see the complete picture. So when you think you have finished but you realize some pieces are missing, you may be tempted just to throw the whole thing away. Wait! Keep your puzzle because it is not completely …

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Advent calendar

Do you know the origin of the Advent calendar? Advent calendars originated in Germany. Their goal was to help children wait for Christmas day. Advent calendars have changed quite a bit over the years. In the 19th century, in certain protestant families, children would receive a religious image every morning during the 24 days leading …

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