24 Days to Christmas

December 7

homemade glitter cupcake ornament

Glitter Cupcake Ornaments

  • 1x Plastic ornament ball
  • 1x paper cupcake cup
  • 3ml Rejuvenate – Floor shine refresher or same like product ( can get at Canadian Tire)
  • 1 package of glitter or about 1 level teaspoon of fine glitter
  • 1 teaspoon candy sprinkles of your choice
  • Small amount of white thick toothpaste (cheaper the thicker) Walmart .88
  • Ribbon or Jute to hang ornament

Other supplies:

  • Newspaper to craft on
  • Glue stick
  • Small Funnel for liquid shine refresher
  • Small cup for plastic ball to drain in to


  1. Remove metal topper from plastic ball and put to the side. Careful not to squeeze top and misshape it.
  2. Using a small plastic funnel, pour about a tablespoon of floor shine refresher in to the ball. Starting with liquid on the bottom of the ball, rotate the ball so that the liquid covers all of the insides of the ball. Place upside-down on a small cup to drain excess out.
  3. Clip edge off of glitter package or pour about 1 teaspoon of glitter into ball. Use funnel again if you are measuring with an actual teaspoon for less mess.
  4. Rotate ball again to ensure all of the glitter covers the entire inside of the ball. Pour excess out either into a garbage or back into original container.
  5. Next, using your finger, take small amounts of thick toothpaste and add to top of ball as if adding icing to a cupcake. I found doing in circular motions gave a nice look.
  6. Once top ¼ or so of ball has toothpaste (icing) add candy sprinkles to the toothpaste. These can be lightly pressed into the toothpaste to insure they stay.
  7. Finally using a gluestick, add a good bit of glue to the back of the ball and then add cupcake paper to ornament. Press to make sure it adheres where you put the glue. I angled mine just a bit to show off more of the glitter inside. You may also wish to add a little glue to the front of ball in one spot and press paper to ball.
  8. Replace the metal topper and attach a piece of ribbon or Jute rope to hang your ornament. Well done!


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December 6

red and green illustrated book cover with characters from movie Home Alone
Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Storybook by Jason Rekulak

Story time!

If you have a 24 Days to Christmas kit, the QR code for today's story, read for you by a library staff or board member, will be on the Day 3 sticker for your calendar.

If you do not have a kit, you can still enjoy the book by reserving your copy today.

Find the Book

December 5

Bowl of popcorn with red and green sprinkles and m-and-m's

Recipe Notes

Note 1 Popcorn: Purchasing already popped popcorn makes it come together even quicker and easier, but it’s a bit more spendy. If you’d rather pop your own, here’s what we use. You can, of course, use kernels as well (~1/2 cup), but be sure to add a touch of salt to the popcorn to enhance the end popcorn flavors.

Note 2 White chocolate: We recommend chocolate made for melting like melting wafers (found in the baking aisle of the store.) Why add oil? I like to add a touch of oil or shortening to the chocolate to help it to smooth out and make coating the popcorn in chocolate easier.

Note 3 Microwaving chocolate: To avoid scorching the chocolate, microwave for 15 seconds at a time, and stir for at least 15 seconds between each microwave burst. Remember, the chocolate is still melting from residual heat even after it has been removed from the microwave. It’s important the chocolate never gets too hot! We want it nice and melted, but as close to room temperature as possible (if it's too hot it will melt the M&M's).

Recipe retrieved from https://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/christmas-popcorn/

December 4

three glittery homemade christmas decorations shaped as tree, bell and mitten

Salt Dough Ornaments

Dough Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water


  • rolling pin
  • cookie cutters
  • Straw for hanger hole
  • microwave-safe plate
  • acrylic craft paint
  • paint brush
  • Glitter
  • Thin ribbon or jute to hang ornaments
  • Mod Podge or white glue
  • Newspaper to craft on


  1. Mix flour, salt, and water in mixing bowl until soft dough forms.
  2. Dust surface with a bit of flour and roll dough on a floured surface until it is about 1/4" thick. (The thinner the quicker it will dry out. )
  3. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters.
  4. Using a straw, make a hole for the ribbon or rope to hang ornament. Use a spatula to lift up cookies so they don’t break.
  5. Place 4-6 on a plate at a time and Microwave for 30 seconds then flip and do another 30 seconds. If shapes are still soft, continue for 10 seconds on each side until hardened, but not brown. Continue four more times until mostly hardened. (I did mine about 4 more times at 10 seconds each time.) Careful not to have them browning.
  6. Once they have cooled and are mostly hard, you can go ahead and paint them with acrylic paint, your choice. Let dry about 10 mins.
  7. Brush on a light coating of white glue (or Mod Podge). Lightly sprinkle on glitter and shake off excess. Continue to do the same with all the ornaments. Let dry another 10 mins or more.
  8. Add ribbon or jute to hang your ornaments. The dough will continue to harden as it air dries. Well done!

Non-microwave instructions

Option 1: If you do not have a microwave, you can do these in the oven or a toaster oven.

  1. Preheat the oven to 200° F.
  2. Bake dough shapes for 1-2 hours, flipping every 30 minutes until hardened. Do not let dough turn brown.

Option 2: If you want, you can also let these decorations air-dry for 24 hours, until they are mostly hardened. The dough will continue to harden as you decorate it!


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December 3

book cover with drawing of bear and christmas tree
A Christmas for Bear by Bonny Becker

Story time!

If you have a 24 Days to Christmas kit, the QR code for today's story, read for you by a library staff or board member, will be on the Day 3 sticker for your calendar.

If you do not have a kit, you can still enjoy the book by reserving your copy today:

Find the Book

December 1

three wooden clothespins decorated to look like reindeer and snowmen with googly eyes, pipecleaners

Clothespin Snowmen and Reindeer Ornament/Puppet


  • 3 x wooden clothspins
  • 1 oz white paint and paint brush (this paint and brush will be used in other projects)
  • 1 x small red and 2x orange pom pom
  • 6 x mini google eyes
  • 1 x brown pipe cleaner
  • 3 x Colored yarn and or thin strip of fabric for scarves on all (approx. 8-10" long)
  • 8” jute rope of such as a hanger
  • Top hat cut out of black cardstock
  • Bling or buttons for chest


  • Glue Stick
  • Black marker
  • Newspaper to craft on
  • wet paper towel to wipe fingers


  1. Starting with snowmen, paint two clothespins with white paint. 2 to 3 coats. Paint inside wood first, then sides, and finally front. Optional to paint back. Let paint dry well.
  2. While paint is drying – work on reindeer. First, tie on the colored yarn as a scarf.
  3. Next, fold pipe cleaner in half. Wrap each half around your finger to create the antler rings.
  4. Open clothespin top, add a bit of glue from glue stick and add antlers above the dip in the wood.
  5. Tie a knot in the hanger and glue to the back of the reindeer.
  6. Next, glue on google eyes and pom-pom for nose.
  7. As shown in our video, draw on legs with hooves with a fine black marker.
  8. Back to snowmen - Tie on colored yarn or fabric as scarf.
  9. Using black marker, draw on mouth as desired, above scarf.
  10. Using glue stick, apply glue to back to hanger and place inside clothespin.
  11. On front, add glue for top hat, mini google eyes and orange nose.
  12. Add some bling or buttons under the scarf on chest of snowman. All Done!

Can be used as an ornament or puppet


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Children / Families


Each day, starting on December 1st and ending on the 24th, there will be either a craft,  recipe, or special storytime video that we have prepared for you and your family to enjoy. Each child registered will get a kit with the supplies and instructions needed to participate.

Follow this page for a new craft, recipe or storybook suggestion each day!



Thank you to the Rotary Club of Morinville Sturgeon for sponsoring this special event. Your help makes programs like this possible and barrier free!