3-D Paper Heart Wall – Free Template Download

I “heart” paper crafting, especially 3-D paper crafting. {wink}

3-D Heart Valentine Wall - Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones of How About Orange made this simple, but impactful, wall of 3-D paper hearts with a series of various size hearts and a bit of glue. Hop over to her blog for the free heart template download and to see how she makes them 3-D. You’ll have a wall of hearts in no time.

I’m actually thinking of making something similar for my entryway or my reading nook. Speaking of my nook, I’m posting an easy DIY Valentine pillow cover set over at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores blog today.

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

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Geometric Heart Boxes in 8 Colors – Free Valentine Printable

Valentine’s Day is just a month away and I’m already looking for creative and fun class Valentine ideas.

Geometric Heart Boxes from MINIECO

These geometric heart boxes from Kate at MINIECO are lovely! I have two boys so they won’t hand them out, but I might just whip some up for my friends! {wink} And what’s best… she’s offering them in 8 colors as a free printable download!

Kate’s paper crafts are darling. Hop over to download these freebies and check out all her fun and bright designs.

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

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3-D Geometric 2015 Calendar – Free Printable Download

I don’t typically have a calendar out on my desk these days because I’m so tied to my technology. However, this free printable 3-D geometric calendar from Ananda of A Piece of Rainbow is just too cute and easy to make.

3-D 2015 Geometric Calendar | A Piece Of Rainbow

You can download her 3-D dodecahedron calendar made of just 2 pieces of paper as a pdf or as a silhouette machine template. These would be fun gifts for friends and co-workers over the next few months too!

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

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Football Jersey Pull-A-Part Rice Krispies Treats Cake

The superbowl is just around the corner and this football jersey pull-a-part Rice Krispies Treats cake is the perfect fun snack for your tailgate party!

Easy Football Jersey Pull-A-Part Rice Krispies Treats Cake | @kimbyers

What I love best is that this pull-a-part Rice Krispies Treats cake is super easy to assemble and it can be personalized to any team you’re rooting for. We watch the superbowl, like the rest of the country, but we’re college football fans. The hubby is all about the Big 10 and Ohio State and given I’m a southern girl, I grew up rooting for the SEC, specifically Alabama (Roll Tide!), even though my undergraduate degree is from Mississippi State. Yep… my dad had a tough time with that one. And let’s not talk about the Sugar Bowl this year… if we’d had a few more minutes we could have tied it up and went into overtime… OSU got lucky. {smirk}

At any rate, when fall comes back around, we’ll be serving a slightly different color palette. I guess good thing OSU and Bama have similar jersey colors. And I’ll just eat all the other colors in the M&M bag. Seems like a good trade-off, right?! {wink}

You can find the step-by-step tutorial for this quick half-time snack over on Kellogg’s Family Rewards, along with tutorials for several other of my pull-a-part cakes. Remember the pumpkin pull-a-part cake… the kids loved that one!

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

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Big News! JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores Launches A New Blog – The Creative Spark

I’ve been holding this secret for a while… JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores has launched a beautiful new blog and they’ve asked me to contribute. Yay!!

Kim Byers for JoAnn

And don’t you love the name?! The Creative Spark. Genius.

You can expect amazing DIY adventures on Jo-Ann’s new blog. You can expect posts ranging from sewing to crafting, kid-friendly to table-saw-required, last-minute to week-long, and everything in between. And I couldn’t be more proud to be part of it.

Hop over there right now to read The Creative Spark welcome post and to bookmark it so you don’t miss a thing! Plus, you can visit the contributors page to see who else will be joining me and meet the editorial team: Angela, Katie and Joe.

I’ll be contributing twice a month to The Creative Spark and sharing updates on my social media accounts. If you’ve not already joined me, I’d love to chat with you on facebook, instagram, google + and pinterest. As a matter of fact, all my posts will be featured on my joint pinterest board with Jo-Ann:

Follow Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores’s board Create with Kim Byers on Pinterest.

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

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Easy Child Art Needlework Christmas Ornament

Remember I told you about my love of reindeer this holiday season when I shared how to make my reindeer wreath, well my little boy drew a Santa and reindeer on his Christmas list this year and I couldn’t resist making his art into a needlework ornament. It’s so easy!

Child Art Heat Transfer Christmas Ornament | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s super simple so let’s get crafty!

You’ll need:

  1. Fabric
  2. Embroidery hoop
  3. Heat transfer pencil (for lighter fabrics)
  4. Transfer paper
  5. Sewing pins

Note: For dark fabrics you might need to pin the design on the fabric and stitch through the super thin transfer paper, for lighter fabrics iron the design onto the fabric and stitch.

Easy how to steps:

  1. Draw – have your child draw a picture, or take a picture you love that they’ve already drawn.
  2. Trace – overlay the picture with transfer paper and trace.
  3. Heat transfer – flip the paper over and using a heat transfer pencil redraw the design.
  4. Iron – iron the design onto the fabric
  5. Stitch – stitch the design following the pattern.

Child Art Christmas Ornament | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You can find all the supplies for this project at JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores, including this darling dot fabric.

Want more reindeer ideas? Just click on the images below!

Reindeer Wreath:

Rudolph Wreath | Kim Byers TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Reindeer Thumbprint Favor Bags Tutorial and Video:

Rudolph-Cello-Treat-Bags-with-thecelebrationshoppe.com

Simple Gingerbread Circle Cookies Decorated To Be Rudolph:

Rudolph Cookies

You can also join me on Pinterest! I’ve pinned almost 200 incredible ideas (so far!) to keep me crafting and baking through the holiday!

Follow Kim {The Celebration Shoppe}’s board Holiday {Christmas Food & Craft Inspiration} on Pinterest.

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

Kim

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Easy Reindeer Treat Bags With Clothespin Antlers

Remember I told you about my love of reindeer this holiday season when I shared how to make my reindeer wreath, well I couldn’t resist whipping up a super easy treat bag idea too. It will be perfect for my cookie decorating party this year!

Reindeer Treat Bags | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s super simple so let’s get crafty!

You’ll need:

  1. Cookie sleeves/bags
  2. Clothespins, medium
  3. Poms, I prefer glitter poms
  4. Glue
  5. Optional: Medium googly eyes

Easy how to steps:

  1. Fold – measure about 1.5” from the top of the bag, crease and fold.
  2. Nose – place nose just below the center of the folded bag and glue or use a glue dot.
  3. Eyes – attach evenly above nose. Or leave off if you want a more modern look.
  4. Treat – insert candies or cookies.
  5. Antlers – add two medium clothespins as antlers and to close the treat bags.

IDEA: Make 24 bags, add number stickers and these could be a darling advent calendar idea! I would use brown noses on the first 23 and leave the glittery red nose for December 24! {grin}

Mod Reindeer Treat Bags | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

They’re even darling with no eyes for a more modern look.

Want more reindeer ideas? Just click on the images below!

Reindeer Wreath:

Rudolph Wreath | Kim Byers TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Reindeer Thumbprint Favor Bags Tutorial and Video:

Rudolph-Cello-Treat-Bags-with-thecelebrationshoppe.com

Simple Gingerbread Circle Cookies Decorated To Be Rudolph:

Rudolph Cookies

You can also join me on Pinterest! I’ve pinned almost 200 incredible ideas (so far!) to keep me crafting and baking through the holiday!

Follow Kim {The Celebration Shoppe}’s board Holiday {Christmas Food & Craft Inspiration} on Pinterest.

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

Kim

 

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Reindeer Wreath & Hot Cocoa Bar

I’m in love with reindeer crafts this holiday season so for a few of my latest ideas with JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, I whipped up some easy takes on the famous reindeer with the red nose!

Rudolph Wreath | Kim Byers TheCelebrationShoppe.com

The traditional silhouette reindeer is beautiful for Christmas dinner placecards and the antlers alone are so very popular for casual home décor, but as a mom of two young boys I have to mesh my love of design with their love of Christmas… and that often means a twist of whimsy. {grin}

I’m using my reindeer wreath with kid-like antlers to adorn my hot chocolate bar for my annual cookie decorating party. I’ve been hosting it since my oldest was just two and it is one of my absolute favorite traditions. I mean, sprinkles everywhere, sticky fingers and happy little faces smudged with icing… what’s not to love!

If you’re not hosting a party this year, this wreath would be fun in a child’s bedroom, above the mantel, as the welcome sign in your front entry… anywhere you want your family and guests to smile.

Okay, let’s get crafty!

You’ll need the following items from one of my favorite stores, JoAnn:

  • 18” wreath
  • Silver vinyl, 12” wide
  • Red glitter cardstock
  • Sewing pin
  • Green foil or glitter cardstock
  • Red and white candy cane stripe ribbon, 2” wide
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Small glue dots
  • Cricut Explore + my project in Design Space*
  • Optional: Command Strip to hang (I often place party and holiday décor in places that normal home décor don’t hang and I don’t want holes in the wall afterwards!)

*If you don’t own a Cricut Explore, these items are easy to cut out by hand. Just use the words “reindeer antler template” in Pinterest search and tons of options will come up. You’ll want to resize each antler to 6×8” or so to fit the 18” wreath I’m suggesting.

Easy how to steps:

  1. Cut – using your Cricut Explore, or scissors and a template, cut the antlers out of vinyl, cut a nose out of red glitter cardstock and cut a scarf out of green foil cardstock.
  2. Hang – loop ribbon around the wreath and hang. I suggest making the ribbon about 30” (doubled it will hang 12” or so after it’s tied).
  3. Nose – insert a sewing pin with a small round head into the wall at the center of the wreath and place a dot of hot glue on the tip. Attach the nose. Using the pin gives the nose a 3-D effect.
  4. Antlers – remove the vinyl from the backer and attach to the wall. It peels up easily with no damage on clean flat surfaces, but I do recommend a ruler so you minimize adjustments.
  5. Scarf – using small glue dots, attach the scarf to the underside of the wreath, as if off to the side of the reindeers neck.

Here’s a quick shot of how to attach the nose:

Reindeer Nose for Wreath

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Reindeer Thumbprint Favor Bags Tutorial and Video:

Rudolph-Cello-Treat-Bags-with-thecelebrationshoppe.com

Simple Gingerbread Circle Cookies Decorated To Be Rudolph:

Rudolph Cookies

And what about inspiration for an amazing hot cocoa bar?

Homemade Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks & Bar Service

You can also join me on Pinterest! I’ve pinned almost 200 incredible ideas (so far!) to keep me crafting and baking through the holiday!

Follow Kim {The Celebration Shoppe}’s board Holiday {Christmas Food & Craft Inspiration} on Pinterest.

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

Kim

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Reason For The Season Chocolate Transfer Cupcakes + Blogger Round Robin

Make these easy “reason for the season” chocolate transfer Christmas cupcake toppers in less than 5 minutes. A great way to serve Happy Birthday Jesus cupcakes!

Reason For The Season Chocolate Transfer Cupcakes

But before I share the tutorial, I’ve teamed up with 20 other bloggers to bring you so many more fun and creative Christmas ideas. Come hop with us! At the bottom of my post you’ll find a clever and creative idea from my friend Mariah’s blog, Giggles Galore!

Blogger Round Robin

Although I love the whimsical and fun side to the holiday season, and you’ll see tons of ideas here for reindeer treats and Santa cookie decorating party ideas, my family keeps the real reason for the season close to our hearts: God’s gift of His son!

These chocolate transfer cupcakes are so easy to whip up. Just make your favorite chocolate cupcakes and top with brilliant white icing. (I’ll be honest, these are dark chocolate fudge cupcakes made with a Duncan Hines cake mix. My kiddos love it and it’s dairy-free for my little guy!)

For the chocolate transfer toppers, you’ll need:

  • Candy melting chocolates (available in the baking section at your local craft store)
  • Resealable  bags
  • Wax paper

For the simple steps:

  1. Melt 6-7 candy melts in the microwave in a resealable bag in 8-second intervals.
  2. Snip a small hole in one corner of the resealable bag.
  3. Script the word “Jesus” and stars onto wax paper. (Note: For more complex designs, draw them on paper and place them under your wax paper so you can follow the outline.)
  4. Allow to dry and carefully peel up the chocolate. (Tip: Tilting the wax paper to peel will help the chocolate not to break.)

Oh Holy Night Chocolate Transfer Cupcakes

And now I hope you’ll hop over to Giggles Galore for some whimsical Christmas fun with Reindeer Ho Ho Treats!

Blogger-Round-Robin-Giggles-Galore

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

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DIY Keepsake Ornament: Mistle-Toes

I don’t know about you but I’m trying to hold on to every “little” part of my boys. And this super easy (as long as their toes aren’t ticklish…) DIY ornament keepsake is just the kind of thing I’m always trying to do!

Ornament Keepsake | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You’ll need:

  • Round glass/plastic ornament (picked mine up at JoAnn)
  • Craft paint in red and green
  • Paint brush
  • Ribbon
  • Little toes…

Easy how tos:

  1. Paint their little toes. I suggest one at a time…
  2. Press them to the ornament
  3. Paint on ribbons and words “Mistle-Toes.” My guys are old enough to paint the ornament all on their own, which only makes it that much more special.

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

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