We've got a long winter break from school ahead of us. Before you hear the chorus of "I'm bored," have a craft or two ready to go, especially if we have some not-so-great weather days.

Jo-Ann Stores gave us these ideas, but you can easily adapt them and make them your own.

Also, check out our family calendar online at austin360.com for fun events to try this winter break.

Yarn-Wrapped Holiday Ornaments

Supplies and tools:

Red, brown and green yarn

12 small clothespins

100 1/2-inch pom-poms

100 7 mm pom-poms

25 piece chenille stems, 6 mm by 12 inches

Googly eyes

Cardboard

Tacky glue

Directions:

Cut a piece of cardboard in a triangle.

Cut a piece of yarn 4 inches long and knot the ends together. Glue the knot to the back of the cardboard to make a loop to hang the ornament.

Glue the starting end of the yarn to the back of the cardboard.

Begin to wrap the yarn around the cardboard in random directions. Glue the yarn on the back as the piece is worked to help the yarn stay in place.

When the piece is covered in yarn, cut the yarn and glue the end to the back of the piece.

Embellish the ornament with pom-poms, googly eyes or pipe cleaners to create a Christmas tree, reindeer or Santa hat.

A Christmas Village With Wood Birdhouses

Supplies and tools:

Assorted shapes and sizes of unfinished wood birdhouses (or you can use different-size recycled boxes)

Assorted colors of acrylic paints

Brushes

White glitter

Mod Podge glue

Assortment of embellishments such as jingle bells, chenille stems, pom-poms, felts, washi tapes, ribbons, clothespins, gems, buttons

Craft glue

Directions:

Paint wood birdhouses. Let dry completely.

Add embellishments using craft glue.

Drizzle fabric paint to resemble snow onto roof edges and sprinkle with glitter.

Brush Mod Podge onto rooftops and sprinkle with glitter.

Snow Globe Sensory Bottles

Supplies and tools:

5 ounces washable clear school glue

Assorted glitters

20-ounce Plastic bottle

Hot water

Assorted sequins, animals, confetti, plastic beads

Waterproof craft glue

Directions:

Squeeze about 2 ounces of clear glue into empty bottle.

Add glitters, sequins, confetti, animals and chenille stems.

Fill with warm water to almost the top. For a snow globe look, glue objects to the inside lid of the bottle using waterproof glue.

Replace lid and seal in place with a dab of leftover clear glue.

Shake to mix contents.

Snowman Candy Jars

Supplies and tools:

Mason jar

3 medium-size black buttons

Piece of decorative felt, yarn or ribbon 20 inches in length

Can of black spray paint

Assorted candies

Metal ruler

Directions:

Disassemble the jar and spray the two parts of the lid. Let them dry.

Glue three buttons onto the front of the jar for the snowman’s buttons. Let it dry for about 1 hour.

Cut your scarf to 20 inches in length and about 1 inch in width if you are using the felt. Otherwise just make your ribbon or yarn 20 inches in length.

Fill the jar with candies.

Attach the lids to the jars.

For older kids

Wood Bead Wreath

Supplies:

18-inch wire wreath frame

3 packages 25 mm wood beads

1 package 20 mm wood beads

2 packages 16 mm wood beads

1 bottle RIT liquid dye, cherry red

1 ½-inch wide dark green grosgrain ribbon spool

Thin craft wire

Wire cutters

Hot-glue gun/glue sticks

Disposable containers

Paper towels

Directions:

To dye beads, mix 1/2 cup of dye with 2 cups very hot water in a disposable container. Stir in 25-mm beads. Stir beads for about 5 minutes or until desired color is reached. Beads will lighten as they dry. Quickly rinse beads under cool water and then spread onto paper towels to dry.

For the light color beads, mix about 2 tablespoons of dye with 2 cups very hot water in a disposable container. Stir in 22-mm beads. Stir beads for about 5 minutes or until desired color is reached. Beads will lighten as they dry. Quickly rinse beads under cool water and than spread onto paper towels to dry.

Use wire cutters to separate the largest and smallest rings of the wire wreath frame from the rest of the frame. Cut an opening where the ring was originally joined.

Thread two 5-mm beads onto the largest ring. When about 2 inches are left, stop and overlap wire edges, leaving 1 inch of wire exposed. Hot-glue in place to secure.

Thread the 20-mm and 16-mm beads, in desired pattern, onto the smaller ring. When about 2 inches are left, stop and overlap wire edges, leaving 1 inch of wire exposed. Hot-glue in place to secure.

Match exposed wire spaces of both rings and wrap with craft wire to attach together.

To make a bow to cover where wreath is joined:

Make three loops: 20 inches, 16 inches and 14 inches.

Gather loops in the center, securing with wire.

Cut two 8-inch pieces of ribbon to make tails.

Wire tails onto gathered center.

Cut a 16-inch piece of ribbon. Wrap a loop around the center of the bow, covering the wire and gathered ribbon. Glue in the back to secure.

Extend the remaining ribbon up to make hanger.

For older kids

String Art Holiday Ornaments

Supplies and tools:

100 7-mm pom-poms

Yarn

Scissors

Wood slices

Steel tacks

Pencil and paper

Hammer

Directions:

On paper, draw a template of the shape you would like to create such as a star, a snowman or a tree, and put it on the wood slice.

Use the hammer to nail the steel tacks evenly all around the outline of the shape on your template.

Tear the paper template off the tacks.

Tie end of the yarn around on the steel tacks.

Begin wrapping the yarn around the tacks, first around each of the outer tacks, then randomly around to fill the middle of the shape.

When finished wrapping, cut the yarn and tie a knot around the tacks. Trim the end of the yarn.

Hammer a steel tack partially into the top of the wood slice and tie a length of yarn to create a loop to hang the ornament. After the yarn is attached, hammer the tack into the wood all the way.

Embellish the shapes with small pom-poms to finish the star, snowman or Christmas tree.