You probably already know how important regular flossing is to your dental health. But have you ever thought of decorating for Christmas with dental floss? Here are a few fun ideas for kids of all ages.
Create a Festive Garland
Dental floss is the perfect material for making garlands. It is strong, and the waxed varieties glide easily through almost any material. Try one of these garland ideas:
- Popcorn and cranberries: Years ago, kids enjoyed making garlands by stringing popped popcorn and cranberries. Why not create a new tradition for your family? This old-fashioned garland is perfect for decorating holiday trees both indoors and out.
- Felt: Cut squares of thick felt and string them together (through the middle of each square) to make a soft garland. This project is easy enough for the youngest child to help with, and you can choose the felt colors that best match your decor.
- Beads: Large beads make a classic garland. String some large pom-pom balls along with the beads to add a different texture. The possible color variations are endless!
Dental Floss Painting
If you need an indoor craft to pass the time before Christmas arrives, try dental floss painting. Gather some dark colors of construction paper, white paint, and dental floss. Fold the paper in half and dip the floss in the paint. Place the painted floss inside the folded paper, then pull it out slowly. Use the finished paintings for Christmas cards or gift tags.
Mini Present Magnets
When you’ve used up all your floss, you can keep crafting using the box! Turn your small square floss boxes into mini Christmas presents. Use scraps of wrapping paper and ribbon to cover the boxes, then glue a magnet on the back. These festive decorations are great on the refrigerator.
All of us at Stratman Family Dentistry wish you and your family a happy, healthy holiday season. Contact us to make an appointment for yourself or your children – we’d love to hear about your dental floss crafts!