FREE Valentine Downloads {Owls, Dinosaurs, Ladybugs and Robots}

Love owls, dinosaurs, ladybugs or robots? I’ve got you covered for Valentines this year with my FREE Valentine cello bag topper printables!

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Download file, type your child’s name (no special software needed, just regular Adobe Reader), print on standard laser paper, and attach to a regular 4″ cello bag filled with goodies.

DOWNLOAD YOUR FAVOR BAG TOPPERS NOW!

Your kid more the Rock-n-Roll type? Or maybe you love chevron and candy bars? I’ve got something for you too! {wink}

By the way, you can get great prices on bulk candy at CandyGalaxy.com!

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

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Easy Reindeer Christmas Ornament {Wine Cork Craft}

A few months ago a craft of mine, wine cork gift wrap, was featured in All You magazine. The challenge was to work with a wine cork, or many, and I made this little guy during that process. In the end, I used the gift wrap images and idea for the magazine article, but I’m still really proud of my reindeer ornament. {smile}

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Want to make a reindeer wine cork Christmas ornament for your tree? Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • 2 Corks, $0.00 (upcycled)
  • 2 Paper Straws, $0.20
  • Holiday Floral Wire with Berries, $.99
  • White Pom Pom, $.99 for a bag
  • Red White Baker’s Twine, $1.99
  • Tools – Hot glue

Wine Cork Reindeer Ornament | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And the easy how to steps to make your own wine cork reindeer: 

  1. Cut straws. Four 1.5” pieces for legs, .5” piece for neck, and two .4” pieces for ears (trim at slant to make pointy ears).
  2. Attach legs, neck, ears and pom pom tail with hot glue.
  3. Attach half of a full size cork or small stopper cork for the reindeer head with hot glue.
  4. Cut 5” piece of floral wire, wrap around head and curve at equal lengths for antlers. Attach with hot glue.
  5. Trim one berry from floral wire and hot glue on head for reindeer nose.
  6. Cut a 5” length of baker’s twine, attach the center point of the twine to the back of the reindeer ornament and hang.

Crafting time: 15 minutes plus drying time

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

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Easy DIY Washi Tape Gift Tags {Have A Ball… A Gum Ball… This Christmas}

I’m hosting my annual Christmas cookie decorating party this coming Monday and that means fun food, creative jars of candies and lots of sprinkles. {grin}

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Most of you know my youngest has severe food allergies. Where my favorite candy is and will always be any form of chocolate {smirk}, his is gum.

I got these bright red gum balls from Candy Galaxy. They’re perfect in an apothecary jar, as holly berries on a wreath cake {oooh! Idea!}, or to package as class party favors. You have to stop in, they have every color!

For our party, I made this fun little tag, “Have A Ball This Christmas!” What can I say… I like puns. To make your own you’ll need:

  • Darice white frame gift tags
  • Scotch Washi Tape
  • Elmer’s Glue Dots
  • Darice red/white baker’s twine
  • Scissors (small detail scissors for trimming tape and whimsy frame scissors for the top sign)
  • White paper

And for the easy steps:

  1. Washi – apply tape at equal distances and trim off excess
  2. Glue Dot – add a glue dot to the center of the tag
  3. Message - in Word, type a message in pretty fonts
  4. Edge – cut the paper edge with a whimsy scissor, or straight edge, whatever you have

Sometimes it’s the little touches at a party that really make your guests smile. Happy Wednesday everyone. Only six more days to Christmas!!! {grin}

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

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Kid Craft: Footprint Manger Scene {DIY Tutorial}

Our faith holds first place in our house at Christmas time and I love reminding my children in the mix of all the excitement what this season really means.

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I warn you… the painting of the feet is ticklish so you may want to place a towel… or two… down. I warned my boys and they still flopped all over the place. {grin} In the end, it was so worth it to have their little (or not so little anymore) feet cradling their version of the baby Jesus.

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To make your own Footprint Manger Scene, you’ll need:

  • Square white canvas
  • Sharpies – 12 ct. multipack, 4 ct. metallic assortment and either the silver or gold 4 pack (I LOVE them all and they’re all on sale at Staples right now!)
  • Brown craft paint for foot
  • Pearl white craft paint for head (we chose to stamp his head on with a finger but there are light Sharpies in the pack)
  • Paint brush
  • Optional: white Kraft paper

Footprint Manger Scene Kid Craft | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And now for the easy kid crafting steps:

Footprint – paint your child’s foot liberally with brown paint and then press evenly to the center lower portion of the white canvas. Allow to dry completely.

Prep and practice – since canvas is unforgiving, I put white paper (available in rolls like gift wrap) out under the canvases so my kids could practice what they’re planning to draw before they put Sharpie to canvas. You can see in the top image my youngest practicing his stars. {wink}

Draw – then just let them go! You can see from the side-by-side shot below that our manger scenes are slightly different, but in my mind that is what makes them that much more precious.

Artist signature – and don’t forget to let them sign their art. We like to date ours too!

Kid Craft: Footprint Manger Art | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Staples has all the Sharpies for your holiday needs! I mean $6 for a 12 ct Multi Colored pack of Sharpies! Woo Hoo! And the Sharpie Metallic Assorted 4-CT pack, including the Silver pack and the Gold pack are only $5. I’m personally a bit obsessed with all my Sharpie colors, but the metallic are my new favorites!

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

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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

Joy To The World Mantel | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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.

JOY to the World Mantel | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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

Joy To The World Mantel | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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

Joy To The World Mantel | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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!

Joy To The World Mantel | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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!

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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)

DIY Advent Christmas Calendar | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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!

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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

DIY Advent Christmas Calendar | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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

DIY Snowman Ornament | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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

DIY Snowman Ornament | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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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Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls {White Chocolate Recipe}

I love OREOS! My kids love OREOS! And now, we’re all loving this classic cookie as a OREO cookie ball!

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Have you tried them? They are so super simple to make and can be modified in so many ways. OREO asked that I give them a try and wow! So yummy!

And since I’m craving all things peppermint these days, I made Christmas OREO Peppermint Cookie Balls! You know, out of the red cream filled holiday OREOs. {grin}

To make your own OREO cookie balls, you’ll need:

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 1 pkg. white chocolate, melted
  • 1 pkg. soft peppermint (I prefer the old-fashioned soft kind!)

Easy steps:

  1. Crush the OREO cookies in a resealable plastic bag or bowl with a ladel
  2. Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well blended
  3. Shape into 1-inch balls, makes about 48
  4. Freeze 10 minutes
  5. Crush peppermint
  6. Melt chocolate in microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between
  7. Insert lollipop sticks and dip
  8. Sprinkle with soft peppermint and allow to cool/dry. (TIP: I use a shallow bowl, grid cookie rack and wax paper to stand the pops up in to that all sides are pretty!)

Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Want more cookie ball recipes?! Hop over for tons of yummy and clever ideas! Or, maybe a few more peppermint ideas? I have a “Peppermint Please” Pinterest board you’ll love!

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

THIS POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY OREO. HOWEVER, ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN, YOU KNOW I’D HAVE IT NO OTHER WAY.

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