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A Christmas List as a gift

Nothing much sweeter than to read a Child's Christmas List filled with magical requests.
This project is simple but can have lasting memories of childhood Christmases.    Even adults can have fun with it too!
Supplies;
Large wooden spools
Decor papers
Security Paper
Aleenes glue
Brayer
Double side Tape
Twine
Ribbon Flowers (if desired)
Lace or Ribbon Trim
Reinker
Kai Scissors
Cutting tool like a Fiskars rotary or straight edge cutter and a ruler.
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First you can paint or leave the spool natural, I chose to age mine with some ink and allow to dry while you cut your paper.   

Measure for your spool size and cut a strip at least 12 inches long, you can add lengths by attaching with double-sided tape. I would not use wet glue as it may warp the papers. A glue stick would work as well.
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You will cut two papers, one decorative for the 'outside' and one nonpatterned paper for writing the list. Make sure to securely attach back to back with double-sided tape. Be careful not to add too much tape or glue as it can kink, I do recommend that you use a brayer or credit card to smooth the papers together for a nice clean adhesion.
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At what will be the bottom edge, you will add lace or trim for a pull to be able to unwind and read the list.  You can attach ribbon sandwiched between the lace and paper to secure the paper roll.  Or as I did, simply use lace and tie it to allow it to be opened and closed as many times as you want.  (I used a stretch lace).  I also left the bottom decorative piece on my paper (25 25 25), the reverse side is the manufacturer's information.
Attach the paper securely, with the writing side facing the spool.  The decor paper will be on the outside.  I did use PPA glue for this, you could use most any very secure glue.  Keep it minimal but secure.  Allow to DRY thoroughly.  
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Thread a double length of Twine or a thin ribbon through the hole of the spool for hanging if you want to use it as an ornament.  Securely tie the ends and feed them into the hole.   
There you have it, a lovely keepsake for any child or adult, make sure to write the date (year) on the wooden end of the spool with a marker and someone's name if you wish.  


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Thanks for visiting today, have a calm week and know that any handmade gift you give will be treasured. 

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