Tori Spelling's Kid-Friendly Holiday Entertaining Tips

Celebrity News Dec. 5, 2012 AT 1:30PM
Tori Spelling and children Liam and Stella Tori Spelling crafting with Liam and Stella on November 13, 2012. Credit: courtesy of Tori Spelling

Merry li'l makers!

As the holidays approach, mom of four Tori Spelling, 39, keeps her little ones occupied with projects. "I encourage my kids to make things," the star of The Mistle-Tones (ABC Family, December 9) tells Us Weekly. "That way, we can decorate with them for the holidays."

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Here, the crafty mom of Liam, 5, Stella, 4, Hattie, 14 months and Finn, 3 months (with husband Dean McDermott, 46), shares her favorite crafts to keep tiny partygoers entertained.

FROSTY LIGHTBULBS
Materials
Old Lightbulbs
White and black acrylic paint and brushes
Glue, glitter, pom-poms, rhinestones and sequins (optional)
Paint pens
Floral wire or twine

Instructions
1. Paint bulb white. Brush on glue and sprinkle with glitter if desired. Let dry.
2. Paint the silver top of the bulb black. Add glue and glitter if desired. Let dry.
3. Draw snowman's face with paint pens.
4. Embellish if desired. Wrap wire or twine on the black top to hang.

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SNOW GLOBE MEN
Materials
Clear fillable ornaments
Iridescent or white snowflake sprinkles
Fuzzy baby socks
Double-sided tape
Black and orange paint pens
Pom-poms, rhinestones, glitter, glue (optional)
Ribbon

Instructions
1. Remove ornament hanger and fill ball with sprinkles. Replace hanger.
2. Secure sock halfway down the ornament with double-sided tape. Cut the toe of sock down the center and tie ends in a knot.
3. Draw face with paint pens. Embellish if desired. Tie ribbon around hat to hang.

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SALT DOUGH ORNAMENTS
Materials
2 cups plus a pinch of flour
1 cup salt
3/4 cups warm water
Holiday cookie cutters
Drinking straw
Baking spray
Paints, glue and glitter to decorate
Ribbon or twine

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Mix flour and salt. Add water. Knead until soft. (If dry, add more water.)
2. Roll dough on floured surface to 1/4-inch thick. Cut with cutters. Add hole at top with straw. Place shapes on sprayed cookie sheet and bake for 2 to 4 hours until hard, flipping every 45 minutes. Let cool.
3. Decorate. Tie ribbon through hole.

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