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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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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Pinecone Toss Christmas Party Game {FREE Download}

Hi there! It’s Aimée and Bettijo from Paging Supermom. With school holiday parties and family get-togethers sneaking up fast, we want to arm you with a simple yet fun game — a Pinecone Toss — you can throw it together with just a few supplies.

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To prepare for a friendly competition of Pinecone Tossing, you’ll need some pinecones, our free printable point value signs taped onto long barbecue skewers and a few buckets. We also spray painted one pinecone gold, and let players know that the golden pinecone is worth double the points!

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This game can be adapted for indoor or outdoor play. Keep it tame for the classroom or living room by lining buckets up and having kids take turns tossing. Head outside and lengthen the distance pinecones need to be tossed — then even the adults will enjoy getting involved. (Just how strong is Superdad’s arm?) If you’re enjoying a white Christmas then play this same game with snow balls instead!

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Ta-da! You’ve just created a Supermom Moment! Want more? We have loads of other fun Christmas ideas and free printables on our blog at PagingSupermom.com.

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:: Download the Free Official Point Value Signs

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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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4 Ideas To Make Your Holiday Table Sparkle

I’m excited to share four of my favorite details for holiday hostessing with you! Hi! It’s Amelia of Amelia Marie again. These ideas are both inexpensive and easy, and will help to jazz up any Christmas and New Year party tables!

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  1. Use ribbon or trim to create bows at the base of stemware, or on the handles of mugs! Subtle, yet fancy!
  2. Coat each glass rim with sugar, sprinkles, or edible glitter! It’s as delicious as it looks!
  3. Would you believe these cupcake toppers were originally Christmas ornaments? Small, clean ornaments work great as food embellishments! Just be sure to wash and sanitize the ornaments before applying to food.
  4. Noisemakers aren’t just for the little ones! These metallic horns are great for decorating too!

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

Resources: Silver ribbon and ornament cupcake toppers - Michaels, horn noisemakers - Dollar General

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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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Believe Christmas Party Supplies {Red, White & Silver with Snowflakes}

Do you still believe in Santa?! Do you love Polar Express? Me too! {grin}

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My BELIEVE Christmas party supplies collection is one of my favorites. The silver, white and red lends it to being a bit sophisticated and dreamy, while the BELIEVE design brings it back to whimsical. The perfect combo for adult and family Christmas parties this holiday season.

You can see more of this party supplies collection in the shoppe. And make sure you have a look at our other Christmas party supplies, and Christmas / New Year Holiday Photo Cards while you’re there.

You can take 20% off the entire shoppe with this code through Dec. 6, 2013: MERRY20

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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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Last Minute Thanksgiving: Darling Turkey Cookies in 10 minutes

Need darling Thanksgiving turkey cookies in 10 minutes or less? I’ve got you covered!

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These turkey cookies are the brainchild of my friend Hilary, and it’s brilliant for the time-starved hostess. Hillary brought these lovely little treats to my son’s class Thanksgiving feast last week.

You know those Pillsbury sugar cookies with the fun images on them?! Yep. These are one in the same with a few little additions. The best part, they’re as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Bake your cookies (they’re already pre-cut right out of the package) and allow them to cool
  2. Taking two cookies and some chocolate frosting, make sandwich cookies (with turkeys facing out moms)
  3. Roll the edges in autumn mix sprinkles

Waalaa! Super easy and super clever right!

Hop over to my latest post on Parade magazine for more fun and creative Thanksgiving turkey treat ideas!  Or, are you Pinterested {wink} in more Thanksgiving food and craft ideas? Thanksgiving Food & Crafts, Thanksgiving Kid Table and Thanksgiving Table Ideas.

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

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