6 free diy paper gingerbread houses

I came across these lovely free printable designs from We Love To Illustrate and couldn’t resist sharing these ladies’ talents. There are a million things you could do with these little cuties, from just getting crafting with your kids, to packaging up holiday goodies.

Hop over to We Love To Illustrate to download one or all six of these free DIY paper gingerbread house designs!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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5 Christmas cookie packaging ideas

I bake… a lot… especially during the holidays and I’m always trying to be unique yet practical with my Christmas cookie packaging. For my most recent post with Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com I crafted five ways to package your Christmas cookies this holiday season based on the size and shape of your goodies! These gift wrap ideas are perfect for cookie exchange parties too!

Hop over to Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com to see all five cookie packaging ideas!

But before you go, I’m giving away my crimson red, Tiffany blue and white striped Christmas gift tags, plus a pattern sheet that we used in one of the packaging ideas.

Download your “Eat More Cookies” tags and blank Christmas tags, personalize them with your family name, print and give some yummy Keebler Elf goodness this holiday season!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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free printable Christmas gift tags

I’m spreading a little cheer today with FREE Christmas printable gift tags! You know you’re going to need them once you stock up on black Friday. {wink}

The Christmas tag collection includes 11 designs in two color combinations: Habanero Red, Black and Olive Green gift tags and Persimmon, Black and Lime gift tags. And the best part, you can personalize them right inside the high res pdf before you print. (No special program needed. Just Adobe Reader.)

And what’s more, these tags are featured in Kim of The TomKat Studio’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide.

Soooo many fabulous gift ideas in this year’s edition, as well as recipes and free gift tags from many lovely bloggers I’m blessed to call friends. Here’s a peek at the Table of Contents:

Now DOWNLOAD OUR FREE PRINTABLE CHRISTMAS GIFT TAGS!

And then hop over and enjoy the entire The TomKat Studio Holiday Gift Guide!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy Holidays everyone!

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Thanksgiving owl acorn craft + freebie

Hello everyone! Deanna of Mirabelle Creations here. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching I had the opportunity to style a kid’s Thanksgiving table for a local magazine and I whipped up these cute little acorn owls to go with my printable Thanksgiving party collection

These little owls are a fun craft to get you in the holiday mood. And, they’ll be welcomed visitors at your Thanksgiving kids’ table. Or better yet, let your guests make these DIY acorn owls so you can enjoy more time at the adult table. {Hoot! Hoot!} 

I came up with the idea while my son was learning to ride his bike. I picked up several fallen acorns while he was practicing and at the time I wasn’t sure what I planned on doing with them, but since I knew my Thanksgiving kid’s table was going to incorporate owls, I decided to transform the acorns into little hoot owl crafts.  

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own acorn owls:

  • Acorns
  • Felt (in several colors)
  • Fine Tip Permanent Marker
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue
  • Yarn (optional)

Simple DIY steps:

  1. If not already secure, glue the tops of the acorns to the acorn. Several of the acorns I picked up had loose tops. Before beginning to assemble the owls, glue the tops to the acorn. Alternatively, you could remove the tops and set the acorns upside down, so that the bottom of the acorn becomes the top.
  2. Cut out two oval shaped pieces of felt for the wings.
  3. Using a hole punch, punch two white circles out of the felt for the eyes. If your hole punch does not punch all the way through the felt, use scissors to cut out the circles.
  4. Cut out a small felt triangle for the nose.
  5. Starting with the eye, glue felt circles onto acorn. Follow with the nose and wings.
  6. Using the fine tip permanent marker, make small eyeballs in the white circles. 
  7. If you want you can glue the acorn owls onto yarn to make the Thankfulness leaves for the tree or for a napkin wrap. 

 

And here’s a quick look at my finished Thanksgiving kid’s table. You can find all of these items and more in my shop, Mirabelle Creations, for only $12 for the complete collection. {Hoot!}

But, I’m also giving away my leaves for a Thankfulness Tree, Owl Napkin Rings, Owl Tags and Thanksgiving Owl Coloring Pages for FREE! You can download them from here:

Free Owl Utensil Holder Pattern
Free Thankful Tree Leaves
Free Owl Fancy Labels
Free Owl Coloring Pages

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! Happy crafting everyone!

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free candy corn party printables


Love owls, spiders and candy corn?! Well you’re in the right place!

My Candy Corn Halloween Party collection was featured in Better Homes and Gardens Tricks and Treats issue last year and I’d love for you to celebrate this Halloween with all of my FREE  printable party details — from the invite to the beverage wrappers to the cupcake picks to the cello toppers. 

Join me on Facebook and DOWNLOAD my FREE Candy Corn Halloween Party Printables now!

And browse around while you’re here, I have tons of Halloween inspiration and DIY tutorials including:

and more! Happy Halloween everyone from The Celebration Shoppe!

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pumpkin butter recipe + free printable!


Happy Monday everyone! There is a little hint of fall here in the Mirabelle Creations kitchen and I’m giddy! The mornings and evenings in my part of Kentucky have actually been down right chilly lately. And, I’m ecstatic! Over the last few months, my kitchen has been teeming with fresh tomatoes, corn and beans, but now that cool weather has arrived, I’ve shifted to thinking about apples and pumpkins.

My daughter’s favorite fall dessert is pumpkin pie and this fall weather prompted me to make some Pumpkin Butter for her. The spices added to this treat are the same spices added to pumpkin pie, so it has all of the flavor, without all of the fat!

It’s fantastic spread on toast and muffins, over waffles, stirred in ice cream, paired with fresh apples, or over cheesecake. As a bonus, cooking this light treat makes your entire house smell delicious!

Pumpkin Butter also makes a great hostess gift or party favor. As I entertain and attend gatherings through the fall months, I’ll keep extra jars on hand to share with friends.

And to dress up the half pint jars, I designed a “homemade” label and added some tan cotton fabric over the lid with jute twine wrapped around the lid.

Download your FREE Homemade Pumpkin Butter label!

Print them on a full sheet of white adhesive labels (available at your local office supply store) and punch them out with a 2.5″ circle punch or you can trim them out with scissors. Or, you could also print them on card stock, cut them out in squares and tie them to the jars. Either way, your guests and hosts will be delighted with this lovely and tasty little gift! 

Pumpkin Butter recipe

  • 1 (29 ounce) canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup of apple juice
  • 1 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Place pumpkin, apple juice, light brown sugar, the insides of vanilla bean, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large saucepan. Stir with a whisk. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook for 30-40 minutes. Fill 4 half-pint jars with mixture. Store in refrigerator.

One important reminder about this Pumpkin Butter: it must be refrigerated. Unlike apple butter, which is acidic, this butter does not have a high enough acid content to store outside of the refrigerator. That said, you should easily be able to enjoy the Pumpkin Butter through the fall, as long as you keep it refrigerated.

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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FREE witch sister Halloween printables


These girls are my spooky “witch sisters” and I’m giving them away to my fabulous readers! And they’re 3-D printables! So they’re really “pop” out at your guests for a bit of Halloween fun! {grin}

The cupcake pick has two parts: the face is a 2.5″ circle and the hat. I recommend a circle punch for the face, but scissors work great too. Simply print, cut/punch and adhere the face to a bamboo or lollipop stick, both available at your local grocery or craft store. For the hat, I attached it to the top of the head with a foam adhesive dot, also available at the craft store, giving it a raised effect and even allowing it to move a bit when you pick it up!

For the cupcake wrappers, just print, cut and tape. I also trimmed the top edge with scallop scissors, but they’re adorable with a straight scissor edge too! If you want the scallop you can pick up a pair of the scissors at your craft store for about $2.

I also designed these “Have a sweet, my pretty!” {in your best witch cackle} circles, perfect as cupcake picks, or to cover sweets in cupcake liners. You could hide sweet treats like these or give your guests a fright and cover creepy crawly gummy worms! {grin}

Or maybe temp your guests with my “Try one if you dare…” tags!

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Browse around while you’re here, I have tons of Halloween inspiration and DIY tutorials including another idea Parents magazine shared in early August: my DIY Monster Pedestal Jars along with my Trick or Treat Halloween Party collection.

Or you might like my:

and more! Happy kickoff to the Halloween season everyone from The Celebration Shoppe!

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back to school teacher gift + printable


Hello there! I’m Deanna, event designer and editor of Mirabelle Creations. I’m so happy to be here at The Celebration Shoppe, sharing a super simple back to school teacher appreciation craft that you can do with your kiddos!

All teachers love a little something at the beginning of the school year and these Edible School “Glue” Sticks, inspired by the traditional Elmer’s Washable Disappearing Purple School Glue Sticks, and fun “So happy to be stuck with you this year!” free printables are a great way to show your appreciation. Plus, they are easy for little hands because they’re simply filled with York Peppermint Pieces candies! But a warning, make sure you have extras because while making these as many candies went into my helpers’ mouths as did into the containers!

The idea for these Edible School “Glue” Sticks came to me last week while shopping for school supplies with my kids and a school supplies themed craft for the teachers seemed like a great way to start off the school-year.

What you’ll need:

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Fill the bottom of the push-up-pops container with a layer of blue candies, about ½ inch thick. Fill the remainder of the push-up-pops container with white candies.
  2. Tape the top of the push-up-pops container closed.
  3. Cut two pieces of orange ribbon, the length of the circumference of the container.
  4. Fold one piece of ribbon in half, lengthwise, securing it with glue dots. Attach it around the bottom edge of the push-up-pops container using the glue dots.
  5. Wrap the other piece of ribbon around the top of the push-up-pops, securing to the bottom edge of the container lid. The taller ribbon at the top will mimic the cap of the glue stick.
  6. Print the Edible School “Glue” Stick label on a full sheet of white sticker paper or regular paper and attach with tape.
  7. Print the I’m so happy to be “stuck” with you tag on cardstock. Punch out the tag and attach with string or ribbon.

Now you’re all set to show your teachers how excited you are about this new school year! Enjoy!

And as always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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free back to school owl lunch box notes


Here in Ohio we’re only a week away from heading back to school. The kids are getting excited and I’m getting anxious about adhering to a strict schedule again… {smirk}. I’m also gearing up by organizing the house, setting up new ways to monitor homework and papers coming home (there is so much!).

AND, I’m thinking of fun ways to remind them how much I love them throughout the day.

Hop over to my facebook page and

DOWNLOAD your FREE printable OWL LUNCH BOX NOTES NOW

they come bundled with my FREE “MINT TO BE” back to school teacher gift printables.

And make sure you stop back in because I have a few fun things lined up to share with you this week! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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end-of-summer bucket list


My boys have two short weeks… just two short weeks before school starts back up and we’re making a plan! We want to squeeze a few more fun days and memories into this summer so we’re making a end-of-summer bucket list!

And since this is their summer and not mine, I’m letting them create the list… with a few parameters. I mean, I too would love to buzz off to Walt Disney World and come back and inspire you to hop a plane with tons of fun and exciting pictures, but it just isn’t in the cards this year. {smile}

Sidenote - We did go to Walt Disney World at Halloween a few years ago for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and if you’re considering it I strongly recommend it. It was so much fun and they even catered to my little guy with food allergies. And not just at Halloween, we’ve been a few times and they are so attentive to his dietary needs. It truly is the most magical place on earth!

So on to the bucket list! These are in no order, and this is only a partial list, but let’s just say I’m going to be exhausted when school starts and gladly so. There is no greater gift than time with my boys!

DOWNLOAD YOUR 2012 END-OF-SUMMER BUCKET LIST now!

Oh, and you can even add your own family name right in the file before printing. No special program needed!

And if you’re not sure what you’d put on your bucket list… just think about fun things, not necessarily expensive things, just things that you can do with your kids to make this the best summer ever! Let’s be honest, they want your time and attention more than any other gift you could give!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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