Snowman Handprint Ornament


Last Christmas we had all the grandkids together and I thought it would be classic to make an ornament to commemorate the trip. I saw these on Pinterest and fell in love. They were really easy to do, and I even did one for the dog. He’s family, too :)

Once they were all together on the tree they looked SO adorable. I had even brought along markers (much less messy than paint) so the kids could embellish their ornaments. They turned out so cute.

You will need:

  • 1 bottle of $.99 white tempora paint
  • 1 Sponge brush (or something to paint the kids hands)
  • 1 Fine point black Sharpie
  • 1 Package of colored Sharpies
  • As many plain Christmas ornaments as needed, 1 per child.

Generously paint the kids hands one at a time, and help them place the bottom of their palm on the ornament and then slowly roll their hand up. If you mess up, you will have about .8 seconds to wipe off a tiny bit of the paint with a wet paper towel. If you try to wipe the whole thing, it will smear into a giant mess. Place the painted ornament back in the tray or smoewhere where it can safely dry. Once they have dried, allow them to decorate their snowmen with Sharpies. You can use regular gel pens, but then you will have to spray the ornaments with a fixative so they don’t smear off.

I recommend getting nicer ornaments.  This is something you will hopefully have for a long time so it’s worth it if you can afford it.  I believe the Dollar Tree does have glass ornaments, but you can also grab a package fairly cheap at Hobby Lobby when they’re 50% off or use a 40% off coupon.  Hobby Lobby also has the white paint and sponges, but I can almost guarantee you the sponge brushes will be cheaper at the Dollar Tree.  I also got those cute swirl hooks for $.10 at Target’s after Christmas 90% off sale.  I buy stuff like that all the time for the next year, they always come in handy, you can also find the ribbon in the dollar section there or at Dollar Tree.

Merry Christmas :)

Merry Christmas Banner


Last year I saw the cutest picture with a couple holding a “Merry Christmas” banner on Pinterest. I was in love. Of course, being me, I decided to make a banner the night before we went to take pictures.  And of course, didn’t bother to read any instructions or suggestions on how to make one.  I just threw one together and hoped for the best.  I think it looks cute, but if I could do it over, I would do things different.  I also wouldn’t have worn those boots, and I would have curled my hair….

To make my banner I just grabbed some 5×7 creme colored card stock I had leftover from a scrapbook, hand drew the letters on and then just started cutting them out.  As you can see, the letters look a little sad.  What I should have done was print the letters out.  It wouldn’t have been that hard.  But I was too lazy.  And in a hurry.  And probably on the phone, watching TV and listening to the radio.

I used scissors for the straight edges and a dollar store exacto knife for the tough places, and where I needed slits to thread the ribbon through the letters.  And that was pretty much it.  Very simple, even if it looked a little homemade.  After we took photos with it I hung it up in a window frame and it looked pretty adorable.  Since the banner is still in tact and looking just fine, i am not redoing it this year, but next year I probably will.  Overall the craft didn’t actually cost me anything since I had all the supplies at home, and it turned out cute for what it was!   If you are feeling adventurous I do have a few suggestions:

  • Print the letters or trace them from something!
  • Use scrapbook paper for a cute effect
  • Use card stock if possible so it’s a little more sturdy
  • Make sure you have an exacto knife or box cutter for the tricky letters
  • Don’t cut the slits the ribbon goes through too big or your letters will slide all over the place

If you have ever made one of these before, do you have any other suggestions?? 

Adorable Ornament Wreath

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Christmas is right around the corner, and I plan on getting my decorations the day after Thanksgiving. I also wanted to see how hard these wreaths were to make-if they were easy, I wanted to make them with my in-laws while they’re visiting for Thanksgiving. Guess what! They are so ridiculously easy it’s awesome.  And they look beautiful!

I went to Dollar Tree and picked up about 8 packages of ornaments. I would guess that I ended up using almost all of them. I bought a variety of large and small sized ornaments. Then I grabbed a wire coat hanger out of the closet that looked easy to bend.

I untwisted the top of the coat hanger so it was 1 long piece of wire.  Then using just my hands  I bent all the corners straight.  That was surprisingly easy.  From there I did my best to reshape it into a circle.  And that was it for the base of the wreath.  A coat hanger reshaped into a circle.

When I got the hanger shaped I heard a knock at the door.  The neighbor kids had stopped by to say hi.  Their mother is so sweet and is always sending me plates of home cooked food.  I love her.   I enlisted their help for the next part.  We opened up ALL the packages of ornaments.  I had picked green, gold and red colored ones, and tried to grab a variety of designs and sizes.  After dumping them into a pile on the table, we started threading the tops of the ornaments onto the wire.  I think the kids did 90% of putting the ornaments on the hanger.

Once the wire started to fill up I had to play with the ornaments to get them to sit right.  Once the wreath got really full I twisted the ends of the hanger back together.  And that was it.  Done.  I even had a perfect hook to hang the wreath on my door.  Or, set it on a chair and make my dog be a bow model.  I had some large ribbon left over from last Christmas so I used that to make the bow.  It honestly looks cute all by itself and doesn’t need much else.  If you wanted to get crazy, you could really dress this wreath up with lots of bows and more expensive ornaments, it can be as simple or elaborate as you want.

For a grand total of $8 and about 20 minutes of my time, I have the cutest wreath to put on the door.  No hot glue, no Styrofoam, that’s it.  The simplest, easiest, and cheapest Christmas wreath I have ever made.
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Cute Way to Hang Christmas Cards with Twine


I saw a TON of cute ideas on Pinterest as to how to hang Christmas cards. I wanted to do the picture frame with the twine in the center, but it wasn’t big enough for the cards I had. I thought about the ribbons on the cupboard, too. I thought about covering the fridge. I thought about a lot of options. What I came up with was this.

It was easy. I had everything on hand, and I like how it turned out  By the end of the season I had 2 rows of cards on the big window, 2 rows in the kitchen and a row in the door way.  This year I am going to hang some ornaments in between the cards for an added sparkle.

Cost:

50 Clothespins at Wal Mart in the Laundry Section $1
(Be careful, they’re $2.50 if you buy them by the twine!)
Twine $2??
I had it from a Cub Scout project a while back!

 

How do you hang your cards??  Feel free to post pictures on the Facebook page!

Felt Christmas Tree $8


This is one of my favorite crafts I have made, and my little boy loves it.   One of my sweet friends here in Lubbock hosted a craft night at her house.  Everyone put their kids to bed and we left our husbands home and in charge, and then we got together at her house.

She had bought all the felt in advance, which I think came from Joann’s.  They had large pieces of green felt which we used for the trees, and then she was able to grab  a few small colored felt squares for the ornaments.  Each of us kind of went with a different design for our trees-the fabric was so large we had to free hand our own version of the tree instead of using a template.  I ended up doing big, fat turned UP branches and a skinnier tree.

However, if I could go back I would make my tree fatter, and have the branches turned down more.  When I put my tree on the wall the upturned branches flopped down and required a push pin on each branch to keep them up.  Had I gone with a big, fat tree with turned down branches, there would be more room for ornaments and it wouldn’t take 10 push pins to hold it up.  Speaking of push pins, I would use flat ones so the kids aren’t tempted to pull them out.

For the ornaments and the star we traced the shapes.  You can easily find clip art in the shapes of ornaments or stars to print off, cut out and use as templates.

As for decorating the ornaments, I went with what you would expect me to.  I bought a package of 10 glitter tubes from Dollar Tree and used matching colors to outline my ornaments and decorate.  The other girls went and got really cute and crafty with theirs, but I knew if I didn’t finish my tree that night it would never get finished.  I looooove how sparkly the star looks like the gold outline.  We also had tree trunks.  I just cut my trunk out and hot glued it to the felt, although the tree would still be cute without the trunk.

I had also brought some ribbons and someone else brought pom poms, so we used those as embellishments.  Overall, the project was simple, inexpensive and my little guy loves to throw the ornaments on the floor.

Supplies, Time and Money:

Felt $8
Hot Glue and other supplies: On hand
Time: 1 to 1.5 hours

Cute Number Magnets! $.62 Shipped!

Dollar Store Preschool Homeschool Craft

How cute are these number magnets?? I actually ordered these a couple months ago to do a little craft with my kiddo, only I think I paid $2.60 for them! Right now you can score this set of Funky Fun Colorful Magnetic Numbers for just $.62 shipped.  These not only are perfect for helping little kids learn numbers, they’re great stocking stuffers!  And can’t beat the price.

You will need to order these quickly so they will ship in time if you are thinking of Christmas. I think it might take up to 3 weeks to get them!!!

Dollar Store Preschool or Homeschool Craft
I got this idea from my mother in law who taught school for nearly 30 years. I grabbed a cookie sheet from Dollar Tree, used a sharpie marker to write the numbers on, and then you just let the kids play match up!   If you are a teacher, this is a great station to work into your rotation!

Grab the Magnetic Wooden Fridge Number Magnets  or just $.62 shipped
Or grab the Wooden Magnetic Letters A-Z  (entire alphabet) for just $2.68 shipped!

Dollar Store Craft: Ghost in a Frame

Ghost Frame Craft
I was looking for a cute project to do with the kids I volunteer with at church when I saw a CUTE fireplace mantel on pinterest. The mantel had 3 ghosts in empty frames, all different sizes. There were no instructions so I just kind of made this up on my own, and it turned out CUTE! I bought everything at Dollar Tree and was able to make the craft for just over $1 each, although you can honestly do it for just the cost of the frame.  I thought I would add googly eyes and some pumpkins for an added touch.  I bought everything but the glue at Dollar Tree.  I already had glue on hand :)
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You will need:

  • Picture Frames (I used 11×14 from Dollar Tree)
  • Paper
  • Google Eyes
  • Pumpkins
  • Glue
  • Scissors

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First I took the back off the frame. You just want an empty frame and the glass.  These will probably not hang very well on a wall once you remove the back, but they look cute sitting on the mantel anyway.
Ghost Frame Craft 2Then you will want to cut out whatever you want in your frame, a ghost, bats, a moon.  I had some black and yellow construction paper so I let the kids use that to add bats and a moon to their picture.  I also used the picture that came in the frame for my ghost-since I wanted such a large ghost the size of the paper was perfect.  Flip the frame right side up so you are looking at the front.  Then glue the paper, pumpkins and whatever else you wanted directly onto the glass.  So far its been a few days and everything is still sticking :)

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Blow Pop Ghosts- 30 second craft

Blow pop ghost
This is such a fun and simple craft to do for Halloween!  They’re easy enough little kids can help make them, and since the only thing I had to buy was the bag of Blow Pops, my cost was $1!
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Everything you need is available at Dollar Tree:

  • Blow Pops
  • White Tissue,
  • Some string of some sort
  • A marker

I have actually used Kleenex before to make these, but the box I had on hand had cream colored tissues.  This time I grabbed some white wrapping tissue paper and cut it into small squares about the size of a Kleenex tissue.

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To assemble the ghosts, place the Blow Pop in the center of the tissue, wrap the tissue around it and then tie the ribbon around the bottom of the Blow Pop.  Use the marker to draw a face.

And that’s it!

It took my friend just a few minutes to assemble 10 of these little ghosts, and when we gave them to the kids later on at an activity, they were thrilled.   I was thrilled because we made 10 of them for $1!

Free Craft: Halloween Ghosts

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As usual I have procrastinate doing anything until the day of… but these are so quick I thought I’d share them with you! Last year I didn’t want to be the only car at the trunk or treat that didn’t have SOME decoration, so I threw together these trash bag ghosts.  I had actually made these the year before and had them hanging in my tree out side. They were actually pretty cool looking blowing in the wind.

Each ghost needs 2 plastic bags and some string. I used white string, but fishing line would be sturdier and harder to see.
Ball one bag up and stick it inside the other one. Then tie a long piece of string around the outside bag. I use a long piece of string so that way I can use the same one to tie it to a tree or front porch.

I used the scissors to cut the handles and make the ends more fringey. Done. I made about 9 of these in less than 1 Netflix show, and used up part of my large crazy stash of trash bags :)

CUTE Pumpkin Craft from Dollar General

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Look at this adorable pumpkin craft from DollarStoreCrafts! She found the wire pumpkin at Dollar General and decided to jazz it up.
pumpkin decor dg1She added some orange ribbons from the craft section and was able to personalize it with just some hot glue and ribbon.  The whole project cost was estimated at about $7.

For detailed instructions on how to make your own wrapped pumpkin, visit Dollar Store Crafts!