Richmond Family Magazine December 2010 : Page 20

kids can-do Festival Light String TiFFAnY-inSPiReD ART FoR AnY PARTY Festive day Trips (cont. from page 10) reate your own strand of party lights using recycled plastic bottles and the work of designer and businessman, Louis Comfort Tiffany , as inspiration. What you do: 1. Remove the tops and labels from recycled bottles. 2. Using scissors or a mat knife, carefully cut bottle in half. 3. Keep the top halves and save the bottoms for another project. 4. Cut enough bottle halves to have one for every other light on your strand. 5. Cut into the large open end of your bottle to design your light shade. We used nature as inspiration and made several unique flowers. 6. Be sure to keep the opening and neck of your bottle intact. 7. Use the markers to create colorful designs on the plastic surface of each light cap. 8. Now it is time to put light shades onto your light strand. 9. Tear 3” strips of duct tape, then cut them in half (1”x 3”). 10. Find the end of your light strand. Starting with the second light on the strand, fold the wire back on both sides of the light bulb. 11. Place your first shade over the light bulb, and secure it with duct tape strips. 12. Repeat steps 10 and 11 on every other light until all of your light shades are secure. 13. Now plug your party lights in and watch them shine. C What you need: • Cylindrical plastic bottles of any size and color • Scissors or mat knife • Permanent markers • String of low-voltage Christmas tree lights • Duct tape entertainment. Or, stop by Newport News Park, where, through the entire holiday season, families can take in the sights and sounds of the holidays during the eighteenth annual Celebration in Lights, a two-mile drive through the park. This spectacular illuminated show features more than 700,000 lights depicting various themes including Winter Wonderland, Forest Friends, Battle of the Ironclads, and Santa’s Enchanted Kingdom. Three of the city’s museums, The Mariners’ Museum, Virginia Living Museum, and The Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center, also join in the celebration. At VLM, guests can enjoy a special program in the plan-etarium, Laser Holidays, and an animated Christmas light display featuring classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bell Rock. At The Mariners’ Museum, families should investigate Children’s Craft Day on December 3, or learn about international holiday traditions during Holidays Around The World Family Day on the fourth. The Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center offers events related to Kwanzaa, including a film and workshop about the history and culture of the holiday, on December 18. Meanwhile, next door, Hampton is also hopping with holiday happenings, including ice skating at the Virginia Air and Space Center, a holiday nautical parade, and the Hampton Holly Days street parade, concluding a year-long celebration of the city’s four hundredth birthday. More info: Celebration in Lights and Inspired by… Tiffany Studios Hollydazzle for all ages; museum events recommended for ages five and up; dress for outdoor events; newport-news.org. American (New York) 1900-1938 Squash Lamp , ca. 1906 Leaded glass, Favrile glass, bronze VMFA, Gift of Sydney and Francis Lewis Foundation Brandy Centolanza is a mother of two and freelance writer. She and her family attend the Christmas Eve tree-lighting ceremony in Williamsburg every year and already have their Christmas Town tickets. this kids can-do craft is presented by… 20 dec 10 richMond faMily Magazine

Kids Can-Do

Festival Light String <br /> <br /> TiFFAnY-inSPiReD ART FoR AnY PARTY<br /> <br /> Create your own strand of party lights using recycled plastic bottles and the work of designer and businessman, Louis Comfort Tiffany, as inspiration.<br /> <br /> What you do:<br /> <br /> 1. Remove the tops and labels from recycled bottles.<br /> <br /> 2. Using scissors or a mat knife, carefully cut bottle in half.<br /> <br /> 3. Keep the top halves and save the bottoms for another project.<br /> <br /> 4. Cut enough bottle halves to have one for every other light on your strand.<br /> <br /> 5. Cut into the large open end of your bottle to design your light shade. We used nature as inspiration and made several unique flowers.<br /> <br /> 6. Be sure to keep the opening and neck of your bottle intact.<br /> <br /> 7. Use the markers to create colorful designs on the plastic surface of each light cap.<br /> <br /> 8. Now it is time to put light shades onto your light strand.<br /> <br /> 9. Tear 3” strips of duct tape, then cut them in half (1”x 3”).<br /> <br /> 10. Find the end of your light strand. Starting with the second light on the strand, fold the wire back on both sides of the light bulb.<br /> <br /> 11. Place your first shade over the light bulb, and secure it with duct tape strips.<br /> <br /> 12. Repeat steps 10 and 11 on every other light until all of your light shades are secure.<br /> <br /> 13. Now plug your party lights in and watch them shine.

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