Winter Children crafts

Winter crafts

Each year at Thanksgiving we like to entertain our crew of children with some crafts for the holidays while food is being prepared. There are 4 kids, 2 girls and 2 boys ages 7 and 4. (That’s a whole other post on how I could never be pregnant by myself. LOL) This year I talked to my sister about what we wanted to do and sent her some ideas and then went off to the craft stores. I picked up a Gingerbread felt kit at Joann’s that was on sale and makes more than enough for our kids. I also got a pack of snowflake foam stickers there for a $1. I grabbed some foam sheets and magnets that I already had, glue gun and other craft stuff and headed to my hometown.

gingerbread and winter frame

I took a 4X6 picture as a template and placed in the middle of the foam sheet and traced it out. Cut out the middle and let the kids decorate their picture frame. When all was done, I placed the magnet on the back and we have a winter wonderland frame to go on the fridge.

Next I let the kiddos decorate their Gingerbread men and women. This is were the glue gun came in because some of the felt pieces were not stickers. It says you could use Elmer’s glue, but I just used the glue gun and had the kids tell me where they wanted the pieces. Placed a magnet on the back and up on the fridge they went.

gingerbread and winter frame

My sis picked up some clear ornaments, a small funnel, christmas ribbon, hot cocoa, mini marshmallows,  sprinkles, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and mini M&M’s at Wal-Mart.

Supplies for Hot Cocoa ornament

She let the kids funnel or spoon in their layers of hot cocoa and toppings into their ornaments. We only did one pack of hot cocoa but the ornament could hold 2 and toppings. Tied a ribbon of their choice to the top and the kids have a hot cocoa ornament for the tree.

Hot cocoa oranments

Lastly I had Sierra’s two kids over after Thanksgiving to do crafts. I had them do the gingerbread magnet and all the girls make a snowman card. I took blue cardstock in half and cut it. I painted the palm of their hand with white paint and pressed it down on the cardstock and then let them use markers to draw their snowman a face, arms, buttons, hat and scarf and lots of snowflakes. This also works on ornaments.

snowman card

snowman card

 

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15 Christmas Freebies

15 Christmas Freebies

Happy Holidays! With Christmas around the corner I wanted to do a giveaway of some fun Christmas Printables for you all.

Give Joy Free Christmas Printable

Give Love & Give Joy printable I made was inspired by this section at Hobby Lobby. I love the blue and red together so I had to create a fun printable to match.

Hobby Lobby christmasGive love free Christmas Printable

Merry and bright printable5×7 Merry & Bright

Christmas kids gift tags Christmas Gift Tags

Christmas Gift Tags

Magic Reindeer food

Every year I make Reindeer food for my daughters to sprinkle outside on Christmas Eve. They love it and it is so easy. If you’re hosting a Christmas party with kids, get a bowl of oatmeal and sprinkle glitter in it, and let them scoop some up in a bag. Here is a cute free printable made by Hip 2 Save that  you can attach to their bags.reindeer food

Santa's Number Printable for kids they will love calling this

Watch your kids faces light up when they call this Santa number.

christmas pay it forward

Tis the season to give back. If you’re planning any random acts of kindness this season here is a little cheerful note to add to your gift. I have so far given one to my Starbucks Barista with a Target $5 gift card.

elf notes

Elf on the shelf teaching to give back

Here is a way to get your kids involved with giving back with help from Elf on the Shelf.

elf letter

Welcome back letter from your elf. chalkboard christmas

Chalkboard 5×7 Merry Christmas

north pole snow

North Pole snow 5×7. I used to cover some fake snow I bought in a box. If your having a party and have fake snow for the kids to play in you can use this sign.

merry christmas new print

Merry Christmas 5×7

Merry Christmas

I'm back elf on the shelf letter!

Another version of a welcome back letter for your Elf on the Shelf

Christmas Diy Garland

Diy Christmas Garland from Target items Total cost less than $11

I know I am not the only crazy one out there that has already started decorating for Christmas. In my defense; I do work retail so by Thanksgiving I won’t have time nor want to do it. So during my weekly/almost daily walks through Target (on my lunch break) they were putting out the new Christmas Target items. So like any normal Christmas lover would do I squealed and filled up my basket.  I came across these light bulb ornament’s for a pack of three for $2.00 I bought four different colors so I had 12 bulbs. I also bought this silver tinsel garland for $3.oo. Target Diy christmas garland1All I did was run my ornaments through using the string the ornaments had on them, tied a knot around my tinsel and cut the remaining string off. There you go: a fun and easy Christmas garland that anyone can make. Plus it only cost $11.00 to make. Don’t forget to look for extra savings with their cartwheel app.

 

Elf On The Shelf Welcome back Letter

elf on the shelf teaching to give with free printables

Alright guys our little Elf on the Shelf will be flying back from the North Pole soon!  I really wanted to tie in pay it forward ideas for my daughters and I knew our little Sugar (Elf) could help us out and make it fun. I have seen all sorts of cute welcome back ideas for Elf on the Shelf. I love the North Pole breakfast idea. Below  is a free 5×7 Elf on the Shelf “welcome back” letter, you can frame it or cut it out on cardstock.

elf letter

 I created these little cards with pay it forward ideas that our elf can bring with her on random days.

elf notes

Simply print and cut out and place on your Elf’s lap

elf on the shelf 6

I found instant snow at Dollar Tree and I created a better looking cover, here is a freebie.

north pole snow

elf shelf 3 Elf shelfelf shelf 2 better

These cups are the cutest things I have ever seen. I bought them at Target for $1.99. They had all sorts of fun Christmas mugs for children and have matching adult mugs. Dollar Tree had Christmas mugs as well and had traveler Christmas mugs.

**update** Here are some pictures of our pay it forward ideas

Give hot chochlate to a salvation worker Candycanes Pizza's to our local firestation Donate toys to Goodwill Toy Drive

Cupcake Liner Christmas Tree DIY

Cupcake Liner Christmas Tree

These little Christmas trees are easy and fun to make, and they take very little time to make. I found these cupcake liners at Wal-Mart for 1.00 a pack for one color. Like the picture below; first cut the sides of the liners. I have used double sided tape and hot glue for my trees, and the tape is easier to manage. If you mess up you can easily fix it.

cupcake liners to make tree

I found these Christmas tree cones at AC Moore. Last year I made my own cones out of cardstock paper, which is the picture below. They were not as sturdy as these,  but they looked the same.  I started at the top and measured how much cupcake liner I needed and cut.  And there you go: simple and affordable Christmas Décor!

 

cupcake Trees DIY

Easy Glitter ribbon clothespins

I have a confession: I actually do not like glitter. Well glitter that falls off and gets all over you, the couch, the car, the floor, etc. I actually despise halloween costumes that have glitter on them. It gets EVERYWHERE. I’ve been cheating for a long time now when I glitter things like clothespins. I have an Ikea art runner, where I made my own decorative clothespins to hold the art, cards, etc.

My trick: Glitter ribbon. I get most of mine from Michael’s but you can find it at any craft store and even Wal-Mart.

I picked up a lot of different colors out of the $1 bin of Michael’s this year. I have made these clothespins for myself and as gifts for others.

You can double side tape the ribbon to the wood clothespin or Mod Podge the ribbon to it. In order to Mod Podge; you paint a light coat on the clothespin and place your ribbon on. Smooth down and cut. Let dry and then coat the top of the glitter ribbon with a thin coat of Mod Podge. I use Gloss Mod Podge to make it shinny.

black glitter clothespins

Black Glitter Clothespins that I used in a “Gatsby” party. Also made Gold glitter ones to go with the black. Black can be used for Halloween decor.

I have an assortment of glitter clothespins for my art display. Red, Green, and Gold for Christmas; Pastel colors for Easter; Sea foam green and blues for Summer; etc.

You can also make as gifts and leave as is or put a magnet to the back for their fridge. Or make a set as bag clips. I made a Christmas set for my aunt a couple years back for her to hang Christmas cards from.

decorative clothespins

You can also decorate clothespins with other ribbons and burlap. A set like these were for sale at Michael’s for $3. You can pick up clothespins at Dollar Tree and use burlap or other ribbon you have on hand.

Mod Podge works wonders and you can decorate clothespins with scrapbook paper as well. You will need to outline your clothespins on the back of the paper before you start cutting, but it is easy enough. After the paper dries, sandpaper the edges a little to smooth the ends of the paper.

Washi tape can also be used to decorate clothespins. Glue a thumb tack to the back to post on bulletin boards.

 

 

Burlap DIY Fall Garland

 

Burlap garland Diy Decor

I have been getting my “craft on” for my fall Décor this season. I found this 15 ft. Burlap at Hobby Lobby already in a roll for $5.99 and I used a 40% coupon app so it came out to $3.60. They have the same roll in the Christmas section and the fall section with just the title fall or Christmas and it’s already 40% off, that way you can save your 40% coupon for something else.  I have seen these garland go for over $25 on etsy and $25 at Hobby Lobby. No, I only do easy crafts so if I can do this — anyone can! burlap store

The way I gathered my burlap:I used florist wire. I first tried a needle with thicker string and it was just not working out well for me.  I simply unrolled my burlap across my living room floor sat down and as I ran my wire through I bunched my burlap. Play with it – the closer you bunch, the tighter your garland will look. At the end of each wire I tied twine around it so It would look better when I tied up.

wire

Diy burlap garland bunched

There you go another easy craft. They do have shimmer burlap that I thought was pretty, it does cost a few dollars more.  Cant wait to put some pumpkins under my garland!  burlap garland diy fall decor