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Snowball Truffles
Hanging Santa
Pipe Cleaners, Colds and Christmas
Bath Bombs
The Fun of Christmas Decorations
Old-fashioned Crêpe Paper Chains
Secret Gilded Walnuts
Beaded Icicles
Feather Angels
Christmas Bunch of Baubles
Crackers and Pullers
All Presents and Correct
Shrinkie Key Rings
Funky Bookmarks
Christmas Pud Truffles
Herb Jelly
Crunchy Sugar Mice
Old-fashioned Peppermint Creams
Christmas Star Biscuits
Chocolate-dipped Orange Peel
Cherry Shortbread Mice
Candy Striped Pencils
Decorated Wax Candles
Honeycomb Rolled Candles
Christmas Wreath
Kissing Bough
Glass Tree Biscuits

Candy Striped Pencils

You can’t get a simpler, more useful gift than a decorated pencil. Kids can make these easily. Use unvarnished natural wood pencils – I found these in Paperchase.

You’ll need:
Thin masking tape, thin electrical tape or similar
Unpainted, unvarnished natural wood pencils
Acrylic paints
Thin paintbrush
Spray or paint-on gloss varnish
Blu-Tack or plasticine

Wind the tape around the pencil to form a twisty, candy-stick pattern. Paint the wood that has been left exposed and leave the pencil to dry vertically by placing it in a lump of Blu-Tack or similar.
When the paint is dry, remove the tape. Paint or spray the pencil with gloss varnish to seal.
You can give each person a lovely pencil, or tie a bunch of pencils together with ribbon. Hang them on the Christmas tree like candy sticks, and hand them out to relatives as they visit – they can pick and choose which pencil they’d like.

See our other homemade Christmas gifts – Honeycomb Rolled Candles Cherry Shortbread Mice and Christmas Star Biscuits.