Category Archives: Christmas

What To Do With All Of The Holiday Crafts Your Kids Make

21st December 2015

LOW QUALITY PICTURE ALERT…It’s all I could get this year, but I still wanted to share it!  Next year, I will replace these pictures with some that have all that fancy pants quality to them.  Until then…..

My mom has raised 4 children who are grown, with me being her youngest at 33.  Now my mom is in the middle of raising 4 children she adopted later in life.  For all 8 of us, she has saved the holiday crafts we have made through the years and it has become my favorite holiday decor.  Using twine and clothespins, she strings up all of the crafts we have made through the years.  It is such a personal and a neat way to decorate!.  You hate to throw away all of their sweet hard work and this way, you can keep the work from ANY holiday and always have the best kind of decorations.  It is neat to see the growth in the work through the years too.  I’m starting my collections now!  Isn’t this the sweetest?

Hang them over doorways, mantles, windows or banisters!  So many cute ways to hang these little treasures.

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Easy DIY Wood Slice Ornaments

11th December 2015

 

 

 

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These couldn’t be easier! Here is what you will need:

Wood Slices from Hobby Lobby, 4 for $1. (with coupon, 1.99 without)

Sharpies

Pencil to draw design/wording first if you need to

Eye Screws (just push and turn by hand)

Baker’s Twine

I browsed Pinterest and found all sorts of cute ideas for design!  Aren’t the just the easiest, cutest and cheapest things on the planet!

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The Cutest Way To Give A Gift Card

10th December 2015

 

Some people don’t like giving gift cards because they think they are impersonal.  I’m definitely not in that category because nothing gets me going like guilt free money to burn in a store I love!

If you want to add a creative touch or personalize a gift card, why not package it in a really cute way?  Enter mason jars for gift card packaging!  I used the same materials to make my DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes but instead, ditched the glitter and water and affixed a gift card inside.  Using a little hot glue, I lined the bottom edge of a gift card and snuggled it in between craft pine trees.  I put both of the teacher gift-gift card jars side-by-side in a wire basket and personalized each card with a chip board letter that I painted red to match.  My little girl dictated the message inside to her teachers with awesome things like, “Merry Christmas.  I love you.  You look like a candy cane.”

The gift cards were small, but cute and practical and who wouldn’t love to get a gift in something like this? The crafter in me would re-use all of the components if I were to get this gift.  Actually, I think I’ll keep it because I love it.  Just kidding… Or….Okay, I’ll give it to them.

If you are really fun, you can actually make the jars into the snow globe with the gift card inside.  Snow globe gift card packaging?  I might choke on a candy cane I’m so excited about that idea.

Put anything you want in a mason jar to make this packaging party, season, or person specific.  The possibilities are endless!  Here’s to hoping that two pre-school teachers like this gift as much as I do!

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In my dreams, I have that pillow-y fake snow in the bottom of this basket.  In my dreams I also don’t take blog images with my cell phone so I guess, we can’t all be winners.

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Alone, it’s simple and may need a little pizazz but when packaged with the wire basket and cards, it’s ballin’ out of control.  If only the fake snow…..

DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes

2nd December 2015

 

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Make a craft that makes you look like Martha!  Really, these take no skill!  Anyone can do these beauties. I had a craft party at my house and we all made snow globes and other cute crafts soon to grace this blog!  Thanks to Shelly Griffin Photography for the pretty pictures of these creations.

You will need:

Glitter

Small craft trees {These seen here are from Hobby Lobby, Walmart, & Michael’s.  Yep, I had to go three places to find three sizes. Awesome.}

Mason Jar

Super Glue

Decoupage

Washi Tape if you want to embellish the lid like you see below.

Little deer/bunny/squirrel figurines {I didn’t get them for these jars ,but I die for them!  Check out the dollhouse section of Hobby Lobby for these.)

Steps:

Super glue, not hot glue, the trees to the lid

Decoupage/seal in some way the metal tips of the trees and let dry so they don’t show rust when you look at your tree tops

Put a spoon full of glitter into the bottom of the empty jar

Fill the jar with water

Screw on your lid with attached trees

Shake it like a Polaroid picture

 

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The jar above has tinted water due to the trees bleeding color.  It was a neat accident.  I guess you could always use food coloring if you dig this and your trees won’t share their color. The one below has a lid trimmed with Washi tape.  So cute!

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