Kid Craft: Easy Paper Christmas Ornaments

Do you love making easy Christmas ornaments with your kiddos? A craft they can do all by themselves and be proud of? Me too!

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My boys loved this simple paper ornament craft idea. It’s as easy as 1-2-3! We picked our supplies up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores:

  • DCWV The Holiday Cheer Stack
  • Paper trimmer
  • Stapler and staples
  • Small hole punch
  • Embroidery thread to hand them on the tree

And here are the easy steps:

  1. Cut strips of paper (I chose this DCWV stack because it’s double sided) 1″ wide
  2. Cut the paper again in varying heights: 6″, 5″ and 4″
  3. Take two 6″ strips, two 5″ strips and one 4″ strip, staple the top, pinch the bottom even and staple again!

If you want to hang or use as gift wrap decorations, just punch a small hole in the top of the ornament and thread with embroidery thread.

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

This #papercraftedChristmas project was created in partnership with JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and DCWV. The Celebration Shoppe did receive compensation and supplies, but all opinions and ideas are my own. You know I’d have it no other way! And make sure you check out my DIY advent calendar too!

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DIY Gift Wrap: Kraft Boxes Embellished with Icicle Wool & Pinecones

Do you love gift wrap? Me too! This year I’m using a series of Kraft paper boxes embellished with wool yarn and pine cones. So simple, yet so lovely!

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For a project with HGTV and JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, for the annual HGTV holiday house, I created a Christmas mantel with lots of woody and natural elements. These simple Kraft boxes are just a small touch, but make a big impact.

You’ll need:

  • Rectangle and mini hat Kraft boxes
  • Icicle wool
  • Red angel hair yarn
  • Pine cones
  • Glue

Easy how to steps:

  1. Wrap yarn around, on top, across the craft boxes attaching with dots of glue
  2. Embellish with pine cones

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

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Joy To The World Christmas Mantel

I love a white Christmas! When I was little growing up in Alabama I dreamed of a white Christmas, which I never got. Now we live in Ohio and I see too much of it. {wink} But regardless of my location, I love decorating in white and this year a bit of silver and red too!

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For a project with HGTV and JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, for the annual HGTV holiday house, I created a Christmas mantel with lots of woody and natural elements. This wool wrapped “JOY” lettering and “to the world” ball were my favorite elements.

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To make the JOY letters and ball, you’ll need:

  • Icicle White Wool
  • Kraft covered letters (12″ J, 8″ O and Y)
  • Elmer’s Glue (dries clear)
  • 3″ Styrofoam ball
  • Straight pin
  • Kraft paper (just a few strips so you could use a brown paper bag if it’s handy)
  • Letter stamps and stamp pad

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Easy how to steps:

  1. For letters – Start at the base of the letters, wrapping and gluing every inch.
  2. For the ball -
    1. Wrap Styrofoam ball with yarn and end with a straight pin to hold the yarn in place
    2. Cut Kraft paper into 3/4″ x 3″ strips
    3. Stamp “to the world”
    4. Trim triangle out of each end
    5. Attach to ball with straight pin

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I was very excited about how it turned out. So much so that I want to wrap everything in that wool. It is so very soft! LOVE!

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I’ll share more details about my Christmas mantel this week so stay tuned! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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How To Make An Easy DIY Christmas Advent Calendar {Tutorial}

We love having a Christmas advent calendar. The kids bounce out of bed each day giddy to see what is inside. When they were really tiny it was always a little note about how we would celebrate the season that day. Reading a book together, hot chocolate, etc.

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Last year they really wanted to the LEGO advents in addition to our regular advent. My oldest got the original and my youngest got the Star Wars. They were fun and the boys wanted to do it again this year. After looking at the 2013 sets and how similar they are to the 2012 sets, I decided I’d rather buy a bigger Christmas set and separate it into the advent myself. The set was only a bit more and it is much cuter!

Well of course to make this magic happen that meant I had to create my own DIY advent calendar. Let me tell you, it is a huge hit with my kiddos and it looks pretty in my living room. {grin}

So let’s get crafty!

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To make your own advent calendar, you can find all of these supplies at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores:

  • 4″ boxes or bags for the number of days that you’ll be celebrating (these exact boxes are from Pick Your Plum, but JoAnn has similar boxes & paper bags)
  • Mini clothespins (in the wood section)
  • Bakers twine or ribbon
  • DCWV The Christmas & Winter Glitter Cardstock Stack
  • DCWV The Holiday Cheer Stack
  • DCWV Chipboard Christmas embellishment (shown on top of frame)
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue Spots 1/8″ thick
  • Whimsy frame 2.5″ punch
  • Circle 1″ punch
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Optional: 30″ wide frame and hot glue (a banister or mantel would work great too)

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And these are the easy steps:

  1. Measure – if you’re hanging your boxes or bags inside a frame, measure the width of your packaging and the inside edges of your frame. Lay them out on the table in the arrangement you want.
  2. Select paper colors – flip through the DCWV The Christmas & Winter Glitter Cardstock Stack and select glitter paper.
  3. Punch frames - punch the sheets and set aside
  4. Punch and/or cut numbers – in the front of the DCWV The Holiday Cheer Stack you’ll find two sheets of frames and numbers. I punched the numbers from 1-19 out with a 1″ circle punch. I then cut out the frames for the 20-24 boxes.
  5. Attach frames and numbers – using 3/4 glue dots, attach the frames to the center of your packaging. Top with a foam adhesive dot and add the day/number.
  6. Hang – string bakers twine inside your frame (or along a banister or mantel), attach with hot glue or push pins (depending on the surface) and clothespin on each box.
  7. Give – I chose to only put the next morning’s gift in each day. There are two reasons for this. One, my boys might look… {grin} and two, it keeps the weight on the string to a minimum.

And if you’re like me, and you’re filling yours with LEGOs, take 24 resealable bags (or 48 in my case) and separate the LEGOs according to the instruction book. My boys are loving getting a new piece to their creation every day!

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I used small detail scissors for the whimsy frames on the numbers.

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And this is what the foam adhesive dot looks like between the frame and number. Gives it just a bit of 3-D effect!

Guess what?! DCWV and JoAnn are offering you a coupon to get your craft project started!

 click here, print your 50% off coupon and let’s get crafty!

 

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

This #papercraftedChristmas project was created in partnership with JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and DCWV. The Celebration Shoppe did receive compensation and supplies, but all opinions and ideas are my own. You know I’d have it no other way!

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DIY Christmas Ornament: Paint Dipped Snowman

Our Christmas tree tells a story… the holiday story of our family. And I love every inch of it!

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Almost every ornament was either collected during a holiday outing, given to us as a gift or handmade by my sweet babies. There is nothing designed or matchy-matchy about it, but it’s completely beautiful and wonderfully sentimental!

This paint dipped, hand-drawn snowman ornament is our latest ornament addition. To make these with your kiddos, you’ll need:

  • circular, flat front, clear plastic ornaments (I picked mine up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • pearl white craft paint
  • orange and black Sharpies
  • flat paint dish or plate
  • sheet of paper

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To make your own:

  1. Trace an outline of the ornament on a sheet of white paper and draw a simple snowman face in the outline to get your proportions correct
  2. Place paint on a flat surface and roll the back side of the ornament around in the paint until covered
  3. Flip ornament over and allow to dry completely
  4. Using the guide you or your child drew on the sheet of paper, draw the snowman face on the ornament with Sharpies
  5. Hang and enjoy

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In my opinion, there is nothing sweeter than something your little one made for you.

Here are a few of my other favorite holiday projects you might enjoy!

Rudolph Treat Bags

Snowman Gift Wrap + FREE Christmas Gift Tags

Christmas Tree Footprint Art

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

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easy DIY fabric Christmas goodie bags

Hi everyone! I whipped up a few fabric goodie bag designs for Christmas gift giving.

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I’m sharing one here and I’m thrilled to be over at Amy’s blog, Positively Splendid, as part of her Swell Noel, sharing a second tutorial!

So let’s get crafty and make a few goodie bags. They’re easy to make, easy to personalize and fun to share!

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First you’ll need to make a Snowflake Cork Stamp. Grab a wine cork, Sharpie and Xacto knife. Draw a basic snowflake with the Sharpie, trim it out with the Xacto knife and instant stamp!

Now that you have your snowflake, you’ll also need:

  • Red canvas (my bags are 4 1/2″ x 6″ each and my fabric is from JoAnn)
  • White thread
  • Sewing machine (I used a simple blanket stitch)
  • White and blue fabric paint
  • Letter stamps (S-N-O-W-B-A-L-L-S)
  • Pinking shears
  • Fine paint brush
  • White gumballs (I got mine from Candy Gallaxy)

And now for the easy DIY steps:

  1. Cut red canvas in 4.5″ x 6″ pieces, you’ll need two per bag.
  2. Using a fine paint brush, lightly paint each stamp and apply design to fabric.
  3. Allow paint to dry completely.
  4. Set sewing machine to blanket stitch and sew three edges.
  5. Trim off the top of each bag with pinking shears.
  6. Fill with candy. I used large white gumballs… SNOW BALLS. {wink}

Wanna know how I made the Santa Stache Stamp and bag in the “materials” picture above? Hop over to my post at Positively Splendid and check out the full tutorial!

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

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easy leaf applique napkins for Thanksgiving

Who’s hosting Thanksgiving dinner?

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I made these simple leaf applique napkins for our Thanksgiving table this year. My mom has these amazing blue dishes and I wanted something fun and festive to match.

I picked up standard tan fabric napkins at Target, some felt from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and using a quilt die cut press, cut out these fun and color leaves. No mom with a quilt die cut press?! {wink} No worries.  These would be super simple to cut out by hand using a paper template, straight pins and good scissors. Nothing fancy needed.

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I attached these with fabric glue, but you could also work around the design with a simple machine stitch if you wanted.

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

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DIY Halloween costumes: werewolf and werewolf hunter

DIY Halloween costumes are the way to go in my opinion. And these werewolf and werewolf hunter costumes thought up by my boys were so fun! My youngest thought it would be cool to be a werewolf for Halloween this year. And his brother jokingly said then he would be the werewolf hunter… well… as you can see the idea was born.

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My mom is the genius behind Sew Jewell and she made both of these Halloween costumes, which my boys adored!

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For the werewolf there was nothing in stores that wasn’t just downright creepy. All bloody and gruesome… I couldn’t stand it. So we purchased gray silver faux fur from Fabric.com and my mom made it into a slipover vest for his chest with Velcro on the sides. She also made him cuffs for his wrists. We paired her creations with some holey jeans and a button down shirt. A little silver hair paint and some gel… plus some glow in the dark teeth (minus the blood), and we were ready!

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For the werewolf hunter, my oldest, that required a bit more work on Sew Jewell’s part. She picked up a pattern for an overcoat / duster (I’ll find out the brand and update the post), purchased black denim fabric from Fabric.com and created this fun 3/4 length jacket. She also monogrammed “WEREWOLF HUNTER” on the back just to be clear. {wink} Then I got to work and used Krylon Stainless Steel Spraypaint on one of his NERF guns and a plastic bullet belt.

They turned out so fun and got tons of comments as they roamed the neighborhood.

If you’re looking for a custom Halloween costume next year I encourage you convo Sew Jewell on Etsy. She’s amazing! And I’m not just saying that because she’s my mom. {grin}

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Halloween Game: Bowling for Witches

Hosting a Halloween party this year? How about a party game!

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Cottonelle, but all my opinions are my own.

We hosted our annual Halloween party this past weekend and our guests ranged from 9 years old down to 18 months. As you can imagine, we had to have two sets of games set up for the kiddos.

My sons and their friends played outside most of the evening. We decorated our backyard with lights, spider webs, and a sort-of haunted tree house complete with monster eye window decorations, lanterns, jumping spiders, glowing lights and more. (Here’s a quick tutorial for the monster eye window decorations!)

For the little siblings, we kept them indoors and entertained with fun games like this one: Bowling for Witches!

To make this Halloween bowling game you’ll need:

  • 5-6 rolls of Cottonelle Triple Roll (I’ve even got a Cottonelle coupon for you! Buy Cottonelle Triple Roll 12-pack or larger and get a FREE box of Kleenex while supplies last.)
  • Washi tape (for your alley)
  • Ball
  • My free Sinister Sister Witch Download

Three easy steps to set up your Halloween bowling game:

  1. Craft your witches with a 2.5″ circle punch for the head / scissors for the hat and foam adhesive dot (so the hat appears raised) to attach them to each other
  2. Arrange the toilet paper and attach the witches
  3. Use washi tape to make an alley

To play the game, we let the little ones try to knock the witches off! The bigger kids of course knocked the whole thing down. {grin}

As for the witches, they’re also darling as cupcake toppers! The download includes the cupcake wrappers too if you’d like to give them a whirl as well.

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easy monster eye Halloween window tutorial

Make your windows a little spooky this Halloween with this simple monster eyes window décor idea!

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Cottonelle, but all my opinions are my own.

My family hosts an annual Halloween party every year, the Byers Family Boo Bash! {grin} And this year my boys are finally old enough to help me decorate. And with them being old enough to help, that also means they have their own ideas!

With 15 giggling kiddos coming over, my boys wanted to decorate their tree house to be a bit spooky. Nothing too creepy… but just enough to get a “eeek!” out of their friends! There is a flip up, hatch-type window, on the front so the boys made a Monster Eye Window. It was super easy and a big hit with the kiddos!

To make monster eye windows this Halloween, you’ll need:

  • Roll or two of Cottonelle Triple Roll (I’ve even got a Cottonelle coupon for you! Buy Cottonelle Triple Roll 12-pack or larger and get a FREE box of Kleenex while supplies last.)
  • 2 Sheets of Black Cardstock
  • 2 Nails and Hammer (or tape if you’re covering a real window)

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And here are the three easy steps:

  1. Cut two large circles out of cardstock.
  2. Nail to window, or tape if glass.
  3. Wrap with toilet paper (tape at each side if you can’t wrap around).

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In addition to the monster eyes, we also had a mummy wrap game during the party. Sadly, it was a bit too dark to get good pics, these were taken with my iPhone, but it was a riot! Just have the kids pair up and choose who is going to wrap and who is going to be wrapped. Then, starting at the legs, ready-set-go and wrap to the top. The first to finish without the toilet paper breaking wins!

AND, we had a “Bowling for Witches” game. I’ll be posting about it next and it will include FREE printables!

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

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