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Twelve Witches Chanting

Twelve Witches Chanting
And now here is the full song! 

On the 12th day of Christmas, Zanzibar gave me:
Twelve witches chanting,
Eleven wizards flying,
Ten spells a casting,
Nine spiders weaving.
Eight cats a howling.
Seven bats a squeaking.
Six cauldrons boiling,
Five magic wands,
Four hooting owls,
Three blind mice,
Two jumping frogs,
And a sardine prepared for my tea.

Today, I’m giving YOU something!
From the witches in Spellbound.
Listen to it here!

Merry Christmas!

Twelve witches chanting

Twelve witches chanting

Thank you all for coming to Heckerty’s Twelve Days of  Christmas and that you enjoyed the crafts as much as we did. Crafts are a great way for families to get together and make things and so watch this space because Heckerty and Zanzibar will be crafting and baking again for Valentine’s Day. And now – as they say – we resume normal programing and Heckerty will be back tomorrow with her usual blog!

Eleven Wizards Flying

“On the 11th day of Christmas, Zanzibar gave me:

Eleven wizards flying,

Ten spells a casting,

Nine spiders weaving.

Eight cats a howling.

Seven bats a squeaking.

Six cauldrons boiling,

Five magic wands –

Four hooting owls.

Three blind mice,

Two jumping frogs,

And a sardine prepared for my tea.”

11 Wizards Flying

11 Wizards Flying

Making these flying wizards is great fun, and MUCH, MUCH easier than it looks! And this is the best time of year to do it, because Michael’s and the craft stores have lots of Christmas ornaments that you can decorate.

What would be fabulous would be to make a whole flock of flying wizards, and make them so they represent all  of us – African American, Latino, Indian, South East Asian, Native American, Inuit, Pacific Islanders and of course women and kids! In Spellbound, we’d LOVE to see that! So if anyone does this, please send us a picture and we’ll send you something special to say GREAT!

What you need:

  • 2″ round plain glass tree ornament
  • Flesh colored acrylic paint
  • Sheet of blue foam
  • White yarn
  • Thin wire for spectacles
  • White paint
  • Black paint
  • Yellow paint

Directions:

  • Pour some flesh colored acrylic paint into the ornament.
  • Swirl it round until the inside of the ornament is completely covered in paint.
  • Set the ornament to dry with the top pointing down so that unused paint drips out.
  • When the ornament is dry inside, decorate it to look like a wizard.
  • Don’t forget some white paint around the mouth for a beard.
  • And then some wire for the eyeglasses.
  • Make a wizard’s hat from the blue foam.
  • Add yellow stars to the hat!
  • Glue lengths of white yarn to the bottom of the hat
  • Then glue the hat and the hair onto the head!

Ten Spells a-Casting

“On the 10th day of Christmas, Zanzibar gave to me:

Ten spells a-casting,

Nine spiders weaving.

Eight cats a howling.

Seven bats a squeaking.

Six cauldrons boiling,

Five magic wands –

Four hooting owls.

Three blind mice,

Two jumping frogs,

And a sardine prepared for my tea.”

Have fun “casting” these “spells”!

Ten spells a-casting

Ten spells a-casting

Here are the answers: the ten words that fit into the crossword grid:

Put all the words in their right place and show everyone how clever you are! You’ll find words for everyone, and every holiday in December.

Words in the puzzle:

  • Chanukah
  • Christmas
  • Decorations
  • Family
  • Heckerty
  • Holiday
  • Kwanzaa
  • Ornaments
  • Spellbound
  • Zanzibar

Nine spiders weaving

“On the 9th day of Christmas, Zanzibar gave me:

Nine spiders weaving,

Eight cats a howling.

Seven bats a squeaking.

Six cauldrons boiling,

Five magic wands –

Four hooting owls.

Three blind mice,

Two jumping frogs,

And a sardine prepared for my tea.”

For this Christmas craft, you will need a grown-up to help with the wire and beads.

Weaving Spiders

Weaving spider

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Beads – 9 large multi-colored beads
  • 9 smaller beads
  • tube of sparkly, tiny seed beads or delicas
  • 24 gauge wire
  • 18 size 8 seed beads

DIRECTIONS:

To make one spider (body first):

  1. Cut 4 lengths of wire about 4.5″ each
  2. Cut 1 length 3″
  3. On the 3 inch wire string 2 size 8 seed beads for eyes
  4. Bend the wire and twist
  5. Insert the twisted wire into the smaller of the two larger beads to make a head with the eyes sticking out
  6. Add the large bead to the wire leaving a small gap between the two bigger beads.
  7. Complete by making a small loop in the wire behind the larger bead
  8. Cut off excess wire

To make the legs:

  1. Take the 1 of the 4 lengths of wire and put a small loop at one end
  2. Fill the wire with very small beads leaving about 1/2″ of bare wire at the end
  3. Finish with another loop
  4. Repeat 3 more times
  5. Take one of the beaded wire strands and move beads to both ends so the bare gap is in the middle
  6. Wrap the wire around the gap between the two bigger beads in the shorter  wire.
  7. Repeat 3 more times
  8. Take each “leg” and bend it slightly so your spider stands on its own!

Eight Cats a-Howling

“On the 8th day of Christmas, Zanzibar gave me:

Eight cats a-howling,

Seven bats a-squeaking,

Six cauldrons boiling,

Five magic wands –

Four hooting owls.

Three blind mice,

Two jumping frogs,

And a sardine prepared for my tea.”

Make a cat out of a paper plate! It’s easy and you can make different colored cats (red and green) and hang them together as a Christmas mobile or ornaments!

Eight cats a-howling

Eight cats a-howling

What you need:

  • A paper plate
  • Black, red or green paint
  • Googly eyes

Directions:

  • Paint the paper plate black (or red, green etc) and let dry.
  • Turn the plate over to the unpainted side.
  • Cut out the body using the pattern from the url below.
  • Cut out the tail and head from the remaining pieces of plate.
  • Set scraps aside.
  • Use tape to attach the tail and the head to the back of the plate, using the image as a guide.
  • Glue on wiggle eyes and paint a pink dot for the nose.
  • From the scraps of black plate, cut thin whiskers of equal length.
  • Glue to the cat’s face.

Our cat was based on this awesome one we found online at: craftsbyamanda.com

Thanks, Amanda!

http://craftsbyamanda.com/2011/10/paper-plate-black-cat.html

Seven Bats A-Squeaking

Heckerty’s 12 Days of Christmas Day 7

“On the 7th day of Christmas, Zanzibar gave me:

Seven bats a-squeaking,

Six cauldrons boiling,

Five magic wands –

Four hooting owls.

Three blind mice,

Two jumping frogs,

And a sardine prepared for my tea.”

These “bats” are easy to make and can be customized for Christmas with glitter and red and green paint.

Add a hook to the string and create a Christmas tree ornament!

Seven bats a-squeaking

Seven bats a-squeaking

What you need:

  • Egg carton
  • Black paint
  • Googly eyes
  • String/Yarn

Directions:

  • Cut the egg cartons into strips of three.
  • Cut shapes for wings into the first and third cups.
  • Paint the “bats” black
  • Add googly eyes and string to hang.
  • Also paint bats red, green or white and add glitter for the holidays!

Six Cauldrons Boiling

Heckerty’s 12 Days of Christmas Day 6

“On the 6th day of Christmas Zanzibar gave me:

Six cauldrons boiling,

Five magic wands,

Four hooting owls,

Three blind mice,

Two jumping frogs,

And a sardine prepared for my tea.”

Tomato soup has to be one of the great comfort foods of all time!

Six Cauldrons Boiling

Six Cauldrons Boiling

What you need:

  • Any tomato soup
  • Bread

Directions:

  • Heat up the tomato soup.
  • Toast the bread
  • Use a Christmas cookie cutter to cut out a fun decoration to put on top! 
  • Get really inventive – cover the toast with grated cheese and GRILL!

Eat and Enjoy!!!

Five Magic Wands

“On the 5th day of Christmas, Zanzibar gave me:

 Five magic wands

Four hooting owls,

Three blind mice,

Two jumping frogs,

And a sardine prepared for my tea.”

This super easy craft is wonderful for kids with a big imagination.

Use materials you have on hand to make a wand special to you.   

Five Magic Wands

Five Magic Wands

What you need:

  • Stickers
  • Yarn
  • Duct tape
  • Ribbon
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Thin dowling sticks
  • and other crafty items you have around the house.

Directions:

Decorate how you’d like! There are no rules for this craft. Every wand is unique just to you!

Four Hooting Owls

Four Hooting Owls – Heckerty’s 12 Days of Christmas – Day 4

On the 4th day of Christmas, Zanzibar gave me:

Four hooting owls,

Three blind mice,

Two jumping frogs,

And a sardine prepared for my tea.”

For this 4th day of Christmas craft, you might need a grown-up to help with the wire.

Four hooting owls

Four hooting owls

What you need:

  • Two owl beads
  • Four colored seed beads
  • Two earring findings
  • Two headpins

Directions:

  • Put the owl bead on the headpin, then add the two seed beads.
  • With your round pliers make a loop above the seed beads and snip off the extra metal.
  • With round nose pliers carefully slightly open the loop on the earring finding.
  • Attach the owl and seedbeds on the headpin through its loop.
  • Repeat for second earring.

WEAR and ENJOY!!!

Owl jewelry is very fashionable – so don’t be surprised when people stop you and ask where you got them – tell them “I made them”!! And then direct them over to this page!

Three Blind Mice

Heckerty’s 12 Days of Christmas Day 3 

“On the 3rd day of Christmas, Zanzibar gave me:

Three blind mice,

Two jumping frogs,

And a sardine prepared for my tea.”

Make these fun “blind” mice from pompoms. Use different colored pompoms and pipe cleaners to make red and green Christmas mice!

Three Blind Mice

Three Blind Mice

What you need:

  • Pompoms (use a variety of sizes and colors)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Felt for ears

Directions:

  • Cut out mouse ear shape in felt.
  • Cut a tail from pipe cleaner and form into tail shape.
  • Use tacky glue or a glue gun to add the nose, ears and tail to
    a pompom.