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Eco Nuts show holiday creativity

Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 23:12

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the ETSU Eco Nuts gave residents a break from dead week studying with a do-it-yourself workshop for holiday gifts.

Instead of chasing Black Friday sales, some people simply make their own gifts for loved ones.

Students gathered in the lobby of Lucille Clement Residence Hall to learn to make homemade candles, snow globes and coffee cozies.

The event was free, and anyone was welcome to attend.

The skills taught at this workshop are definitely going to help many students save money on their gift shopping.

There were many choices of fabric, ribbon, buttons, thread and bells for the purpose of making the coffee cozies.

Participants picked whatever styles and colors they wanted, then they would cut out the fabric in a shape that would fit their coffee cup and use hot glue to put on the ribbon, buttons and bells.

Now they have a simple, creative coffee cozy to help carry a hot cup to class in the cold morning.

To make a snow globe, participants could put a personal object of their choosing into the globe, or they could select from winter-themed erasers, such as polar bars or snowmen to put inside the snow globe. They also had the option of choosing a small piece of stained glass to be the object on display.

The procedure started by hot-gluing the object on the lid of a glass jar. Then the jar would be decorated and filled with water and glitter. They then seal the lid on and set the jar upside down, and you have a snow globe.

To make a homemade candle, you start by shredding a solid block of wax.

Next you boil the wax until it is a liquid.

At that point, participants can choose to add colors or scents to the wax.

Making sure you have a wick secured in a container, you then pour the candle wax, and just wait for it to dry.

All of these crafts are easy to make, and most of the materials can be found at any craft store.

Alicia Raper was the Eco Nut member who planned and set up this event.

“I think everyone had a good time and was pleased with what they made,” she said.

This workshop had good attendance, and snow globes seemed to be the most popular craft.

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