Hand-made ornaments deck the halls of local homes

Dec 23, 2012 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Many halls in Riverton homes will be decked with homemade crafts for the holiday season thanks to several Christmas-themed events hosted this month through R Recreation.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, children were invited to make caramel apples, paper snowflakes and popsicle-stick snowmen to use as Christmas ornaments or other decorations.

McKenzi Martinez, 9, said she was excited to bring her creations home.

"It's going to be fun," she said while she glued gem stones onto a mitten-shaped candy cane holder. "I'm going to hang it up on my tree."

Four-year-old Maddie Wildcat was entranced with the shiny stones that teacher Rayne Faubion provided.

"We have glitter poms, glitter glue and fabric pens so get what you want and start decorating," Faubion called out to the class.

Wildcat approached the bowl of "bling" with wide eyes, examining each bauble before placing it in her pile of treasures. Eventually, she thought she had enough, but halfway back to her seat she turned around.

"I'm going to go back and get more," she said.

Finally satisfied, Maddie sat down with her mom, Jennie Wildcat, to continue working on their project. Nearby, sister Jazmyne Wildcat, 9, chatted with friend Winter Ridgley, 9, who had joined the family for the event.

"They do a lot of R Recreation classes," Jennie said.

The Martinet family also has taken advantage of the program since moving to Fremont County in June. Frank and Dustee Martinet said the activities give their four-year-old son Ethan Martinet a chance to get to know his new peers.

"It's a way for him to participate," Dustee said.

She bent over the table to help Ethan with one of the day's several crafts.

Meanwhile, Faubion paced the room, helping out where necessary and complimenting the kids on their designs.

"Those are some good looking mittens I'm seeing out there," she said.

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