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

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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!

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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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DIY Owl-Shaped Handwarmers

Baby, it’s cold outside! Keep your hands toasty and warm with these cute DIY Owl-Shaped Handwarmers. They are perfect for the cold weather, look adorable, and make great stocking stuffers for guys & girls!

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Hi everyone! This is April from IlliStyle and I have a fun little craft for you! To make these DIY owl hand warmers, you’ll need:

Short Grain Rice
Peppermint oil (optional)
Flannel (1/4 yd will make approximately 12-14 owls/6-7 pairs)
Coordinating thread
Fabric Marker

Easy how to instructions:

*Optional: If scented rice is desired: Place rice and essential oil in air tight container, shake vigorously. Let sit 1-2 days Place flannel right sides facing. Trace owl from printable PDF pattern provided here DIY Owl hand Warmers - illistyle.com

Cut out owls, keeping two pieces together, then flip so right sides face out. Sew Around edges, leaving bottom open.

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Fill with scented or unscented rice. Stitch bottom closed.

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Using a fabric marker, draw on big eyes and a beak.

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Give a pair as a gift. Package as desired. Include instructions – Heat in microwave 1 minute and place in pockets to warm hands.

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These little cuties were actually a baby shower favor I created for a dear friend’s newest arrival. They were a total hit, here’s a picture text I received from one of the party-goers after she used the Owl Hand Warmers on her morning run when she was on vacation in Mammoth, CA:

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If you like these little guys, then you are in luck! I have included the pattern free for personal use. Download the printable 8.5″ x 11″ PDF by clicking the owl template image below:

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Keep warm, crafters!

xoxo April Merry Christmas from illistyle.com

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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.

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

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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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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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crafting with kids: Thanksgiving kids table

Who’s ready for Thanksgiving kid crafts?!

Kid Thanksgiving Craft with The Celebration Shoppe

My kiddos love getting Kiwi Crate boxes in the mail! It’s always exciting to see what’s waiting for them inside and this time it was a special Thanksgiving kid craft box.

Not a member of the Kiwi Crate club? You don’t have to be for this special box. You can buy just this one! {grin}

The box includes everything you need to complete two crafts (even the crayons!): turkey placecards for six and a turkey bowling/toss game. See all the details and contents of the Kiwi Crate Thanksgiving Kids Craft Box.

We’ve already crafted ours, and will be using the placecards and the game to decorate our Thanksgiving kids table this year. But if we hadn’t, I would keep them as crafts for Thanksgiving Day. I’m always looking for ways to keep the boys busy while we cook! {grin}

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Hop over to Kiwi Crate and order your Thanksgiving Kids Craft Box now.


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easy Washi Tape Halloween pumpkins

Who loves Washi Tape?! And pumpkins?! Yep. Me too!

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I needed something fun for my kitchen Halloween decorations so I spent two minutes and dolled up a few pumpkins with Washi Tape. My favorite part besides the designs of the Scotch Expressions tape… the two minutes it took me. {wink}

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Gotta love an easy craft!

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10 easy & cheap ways to style Halloween candy jars

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Eeek – Halloween is just days away! As moms, we all end up with some version of a Halloween Candy Boo-fet {wink}, so why not dress up those candy jars?

I pulled together some great last-minute ideas that are sure to impress even the littlest goblins:

  1. Beverage Labels via Martha Stewart to make these plain jars hauntingly cute!
  2. Easy Apothecary Jars via The Celebration Shoppe
  3. Halloween Candy Jars via Craftberry Bush
  4. Candy Corn Mason Jars via Mason Jar Love are too sweet!
  5. DIY Apothecary Candy Jars via At the Picket Fence are sweet and simple
  6. Wickedly Witchy Candy Jar via  Simply Designing (found on She Knows)
  7. Halloween Candy Jar via Sister Stuff
  8. Free Halloween Printables via The Celebration Shoppe will dress up any candy container
  9. Mummy Candy Holder craft via Parents
  10. Creepy Candy Jars via Target come with the candy and adorable package.

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make a pumpkin witch’s cauldron this Halloween

Martha Stewert DIY Halloween Pumpkin Cauldron

Our friends at Martha Stewart are letting us share a frightfully fun Halloween idea on the blog today, straight from this year’s exclusive Martha Stewart Halloween issue.

I chose this pumpkin cauldron craft idea because I plan on making one for my own Halloween party and trick-or-treat night. How fun… and a bit spooky… will this be! I think I need the pointy hat and leggings too. {grin}

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble!

How To Make A Pumpkin Cauldron

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own pumpkin cauldron:

  • large pumpkin
  • keyhole saw or serrated knife
  • fleshing tool
  • drill
  • sisal rope
  • 3 eyebolts, with washers and nuts
  • 3 long, straight branches
  • 20-gauge wire
  • S hook
  • outdoor stake light (with yellow or orange bulb)
  • twigs
  • sturdy glass bowl
  • dry ice and protective gloves

1. Cut top off pumpkin, using saw. Hollow out pumpkin with fleshing tool. Drill 3 equidistant holes about 2 inches below opening. Cut 3 lengths of rope to hang pumpkin. Tie 1 end of each rope to an eyebolt. Push eyebolts through holes in pumpkin; secure with washers and nuts. Prop branches in a tepee shape, and secure at top with wire; thread wire inside top to hang S hook. Hide visible wire with rope. Knot pumpkin’s rope ends together, and hang from S hook.

2. For “fire”: Insert stake light into the ground, and cover it with twigs. For “mist”: Put glass bowl with dry ice inside pumpkin; add some water. (Wear gloves when handling dry ice.)

Sources:

Keyhole SAW, from $5.50; natural sisal ROPE (65495), 3/8 inches by 50 feet, $9; EYEBOLT with nut, 1/4 by 4 inches, $0.50; CUT WASHER, 1/4 inches, $2.50 for 25, homedepot.com. FLESHING TOOL, $4.50, ceramicsupplyinc.com. Panacea 20-gauge paddle WIRE in Green, $3.50, createforless.com. Thomas and Betts STAKE LIGHT, $8, amazon.com. DRY ICE, dryicedirectory.com for locations.

This year’s issue is on stands now an it’s full of spooky fun, as well as wonderland magic. Make sure you pick your copy up soon! You don’t want to miss it!

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

Photo by Lucas Allen. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Halloween Special Issue. Copyright ©2013.

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