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Last Minute Christmas Crafts

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

The kids are home from school and you either need…

  1. Something to entertain them or
  2. A way to put them to work wrapping or making those last minute gifts!

Here are a few crafts you can do at the 25th hour while having a bit of fun! I featured all of these original crafts on my blog, Project Kid in a 10-craft, 10-day Countdown to Christmas. Visit Project Kid for even more ideas for ways to spend the day crafting tomorrow!

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Craft Your Own Elf on a Shelf

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

…or mantle, windowsill, dresser, side table. Really, there are no rules as to where this little elf can go! You can also thread some string through his felt hat and hang him on the tree. A versatile little elf, he is!

Mr. S. H. Elf is part of the crafty Countdown to Christmas I’m doing on my blog, Pop on over (Get it? Pop? Champagne cork?) for the instructions for this and to check the other last minute crafts I’m making to help pass the time before December 25th!

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Good Gift Alert: DIY Clay Charm Book

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

As a kid, I was obsessed with Fimo (polymer clay). I remember my sister and I spending hours making food for our dollhouse. (I was an expert pizza maker and she excelled at the hot dog.) I gave this Klutz book, Make Clay Charms, to my 10-year-old niece Hannah, and I swear, it took about 3 minutes before we were at the kitchen table, hard at work on her hamburger.

If you’re looking for a surefire hit for an 8+ kid in your life, this is it! And then, once she’s mastered the 30 designs here, just hit up Pinterest for a gazillion more ideas! Here are some of my favorites…


Maybe surprise your child with an early gift, and makes some charms as Christmas gifts! It’s a win-win for everyone! These cute ones are from Emariecreations on Etsy.






The crayon box really gets me! Would love a key chain charm like this. (Hint. Hint. Hannah are you reading this?) You’ll have to translate this link for the tutorial!






Learn how to make letter charms out of polymer clay at Fashion On Blog by Dana.




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Tags: | Categories: Bookshelf, Christmas, Crafts, DIY, Family, Gifts, kids

Creative Clear Glass Ornament Crafts

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

A clear glass ornament is like a blank canvas—the decoration possibilities are endless! And even better than a flat canvas, you can embellish both the inside and the outside of a clear glass Christmas ball. Here are 4 of my absolute faves!


You can either pour some paint inside the ornaments and swirl it around, or dip the bottoms in your favorite colors. Visit Hi Sugar Plum for more details.





Crafter extraordinaire Sania Pell used both the inside and outside of the clear glass ornament to make these super-modern and cool Christmas ornaments.





Do you have some extra yarn pom-poms lying around? Blair from Wisecraft had the genius idea of putting them inside the clear glass ball! I’d love to decorate a whole tabletop tree in these!





The melted snowman ornament never ceases to crack me up! This one from Free-n-Fun Christmas is made with epsom salts, but table salt, fake snow, white glitter or sugar would work too!

Keep your little ones entertained with these holiday printables.

Stamped Snowman Card
Stamped Snowman Card
Stamped Snowman Card

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Good Gift Alert: Family Portrait Mobile

Monday, December 9th, 2013


I love mobiles, I love creative family portraits, and I love handmade genius, so there is no reason in the world why I wouldn’t love these family portrait mobiles and wall hangings by Pink Cheeks Studio on Etsy. You send the artist photos of your peeps, a color scheme, and any other useful info, and she will create these adorable little characters for you to hang in a nursery, your kitchen, your foyer…wherever!


The bad news/fine print is that there is a 10 week turnaround, so if you want one for the holidays you’ll have to gift an IOU, but I truly think these are worth the wait.



PS…Head over to Pinterest this week to see favorite gift picks (both store-bought and homemade) from Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave, Lydia Beiler of The Thrifty Frugal Mom, and yours truly! Pin your favorite kid gift ideas and label with #ParentsGifts and you might get repinned!

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Tags: | Categories: Christmas, Decor, Family, Gifts, Holiday