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How to Make a Wood Slice Snowman Face Ornament

Snowman Face Ornament How to Make a Wood Slice Snowman Face Ornament
Snowmen are one of those quintessentially winter things that, unfortunately those of us who don’t live in snow country, don’t always get to play with. But never mind! We’ll make snowmen indoors! This cute little guy is just perfect for your tree and a fun project for a cold day indoors by the fire.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Small wood slices
Little top hats
Narrow ribbon
Scissors
Wood burning tool
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Orange paint
Paintbrush

Things to do:
1. Plug in your wood burning tool with the dot tip attached.
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2. Burn dots for eyes and mouth onto the snowman face.
3. Paint on a carrot nose and allow the paint to dry.
4. Cut a 5-inch piece of ribbon and fold in half to create a loop.
5. Flip the wood slice over and glue the ends of the ribbon to the back for hanging.
6. Add a drop of glue to the top of the snowman’s head and press the hat in place to finish.

Rustic Wood Slice Trees

Rustic Wood Slice Trees Rustic Wood Slice Trees
Bring a little of the great outdoors inside this holiday season with some sweet wood slice trees! These trees can be sized up or down depending on what size slices you use and are perfect for ornaments, place cards or mantle displays. You can also choose colored beads over natural beads for a different look.

Difficultly level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wood slices in several sizes
Wood beads
Branch chucks (optional)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks (high temp)

Things to do:
1. Stack the wood slices in the order they will go, from largest to smallest.
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2. Glue a bead in between each layer to separate them a little.
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3. If you want a trunk on your tree, glue a branch section onto the bottom of the largest slice to finish.
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How to Make Pom Pom Snowmen

December 5, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts, Winter Crafts

PomPom Snowmen How to Make Pom Pom Snowmen
We love snowmen here at our house, even though we don’t get a lot of snow, in fact, probably because we don’t get a lot of snow! These little pompom snowmen are so much fun to make and play with and they make fabulous gift toppers and wreath decorations.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Yarn
Forks
Mini top hats
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Fabric Scraps (optional)
Mini buttons (optional)

Things to do:
1. Wrap yarn around a fork until you have a big thick bundle.
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2. Cut a 5 inch piece of yarn and tie tightly around the bundle.
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3. Trim the loops and then trim the edges so that the pompom is nice and round. Roll the pompom around in your hands to help make it round. Repeat with another pompom.
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4. Glue the two pompoms together and then add decorations such as a top hat, button eyes and a scarf to finish.
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Peppermint Candy Ornaments

Peppermint Candy Ornaments Peppermint Candy Ornaments
It’s holiday time! Which means, if you live anywhere cold, that there will be many days ahead where the kids are stuck inside and need fun activities to keep them busy. These candy ornaments are always a hit and make a great gift for friends as well as looking cute on your tree. While we used peppermint candies here, any hard candy will work so create away!

Difficulty level: Easy, but requires adult to do the baking
Time required: 10 minutes plus baking and cooling time

Things you’ll need:
Metal cookie cutters
Hard candies
Parchment paper
Baking sheet
Toothpick
Baking spray

Things to do:
1. Spray the inside of your cookie cutters with baking spray.
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2. Lay out your cookie cutters on your parchment covered baking sheet.
3. Preheat your oven to 350.
4. Fill the inside of your cookie cutters with candies. If necessary, break candies up to fill the smaller spaces.
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5. Bake in the oven until the candies are melted, about 15 minutes.
6. Pull out and immediately poke holes in the top of the candy shapes.
7. Allow the candy to harden and then pop out of the cookie cutters. Strung with ribbon and hang.
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Easy Clothespin Snowmen Ornaments

Clothespin Snowmen Ornaments3 Easy Clothespin Snowmen Ornaments
Every winter, my kids look forward to making snowmen on snowy days. Unfortunately, we don’t really live in a snow filled place these days so I know they will be missing that part of winter. While they might not be quite as good as real snowmen, these little clothespin snowmen are so cute, I bet they’ll love them enough to make up for the lack of snow.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Old fashioned clothespins
White paint
Orange paint
Black paint
Wide and narrow paint brushes
Top hats (optional)

Things to do:
1. Placing the clothespins on a piece of scrap cardboard to keep them upright, paint a coat of white paint over the entire surface of the clothespins and set them aside to allow them to dry.
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2. Once dry, add eyes, a nose and a mouth with the narrow paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry . Use as gift toppers, ornaments or just for fun little toys!
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Santa’s Buckle Holiday Ornament

Santas Buckle Holiday Ornament Santas Buckle Holiday Ornament
Nothing says Christmas like Santa. He is, of course, the central icon (on the non religious side) of the holiday. After all, who can resist such a jolly old gentleman. Here’s an ornament to add to your tree that uses a little ribbon and a little glitz to recall Santa and liven up your tree. You can, of course, use satin ribbon or curls of red paper to fill your ornament, but raffia really fits the bill nicely, adding texture and color at the same time.

Difficulty level: Easy – but requires the use of a hot glue gun
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Acrylic fillable ornament
Silver buckles
Black satin ribbon
Red raffia
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Unravel a few feet of raffia and roll gently around your hand. Tuck the roll into the ornament and let it unravel to fill the space. Close the two halves tightly.
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2. Thread the black ribbon through the buckle, leaving a few inches on either side to wrap around. Trim the ends of the ribbon.
3. Apply a bead of hot glue around the back side of the buckle and press onto the center of the ornament. Wrap the ribbon around and apply a little more glue where the two ends meet.
4. Cut a length of raffia and thread it through the opening at the top of the ornament. Tie in a knot and splay out the ends to finish the look.
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Make-your-own Snow Paint

Snow Paint Make your own Snow Paint
Even if it doesn’t snow at your house in the winter, there’s something enthralling about that fluffy white stuff, isn’t there? This fun winter project will keep the kids busy for hours and supply you with endless wintery scenes (they make great holiday cards!) to decorate your house. For an extra wintery touch, add a few drops of peppermint extract to your paint! Smells great and fun!

Difficulty level: easy
Time required: 2 minutes to make – hours of fun after

Things you’ll need:
Shaving cream – the old fashioned, white, unscented kind
White school glue
Glitter
Paper
Paintbrushes
Jar
Skewer or spoon

Things to do:
1. In your jar, mix roughly equal parts shaving cream and glue, stirring well with your skewer. It should be thick but spreadable. If it’s too thick add a little more shaving cream.
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2. Paint with the shaving cream mixture onto paper and sprinkle glitter on it while it’s still wet.
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3. Allow the paint to dry, it will be fluffy and springy and retain it’s snowy appearance.
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Rustic Pail and Tree Advent Calendar

pail Advent Calendar Rustic Pail and Tree Advent Calendar
If you’re advent calendar crazy in your house, here’s a great option that allows you to put small toys, candies, ornaments or other treats out for each day leading up to Christmas. This tree is also a great alternative to a real tree for the space challenged. Swap out the buckets for ornaments and put a star on top and you’ve got a sweet, rustic tree!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: About an hour

Things you’ll need:
5 pieces Scrap wood between 2-4 feet long
Screws
Saw
Drill with screwdriver bits
Clothespins
Wood Glue
Rustic buckets

Things to do:
1. Set aside one of your longer pieces for the trunk of the tree and cut your remaining four pieces of scrap wood into progressively smaller lengths. Here we cut each piece about 4 inches shorter than the last.
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2. Starting near the bottom with the longest “branch”, screw the boards to the trunk of the trees, spaces about four inches apart and centered on the “trunk”.
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3. Evenly space out your clothespins (for an advent calendar you’ll need 24, if you just want a tree, use as many as you would like) and, using your wood glue, attach the clips to the “branches”. Allow the glue to dry completely.
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4. Open each clothespin and hang the handle of the bucket from them. Fill the buckets with treats and hang to display.
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Felt Bell Ornament

Felt Bell Ornament Felt Bell Ornament
Jingle Bells are the thing this time of year, am I right? Everyone loves to hear bells ringing in winter and this ornament is the perfect combination of traditional bells and jingle bells. And it’s darn cute as well!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 20 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Embroidery thread
Felt
Jingle bell
Embroidery needle
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Freehand cut two bell shapes from your felt to the size bell you want.
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2. Sandwich the two layers together and seam closed with contrasting embroidery thread using a wide blanket stitch.
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3. Once you’ve sewn around the bell, stitch the jingle bell in the center at the bottom of the bell so that your bell really rings!
4. Sew a loop of thread at the top for hanging.

Mini Basket Advent Calendar

Mini Basket Advent Calendar Mini Basket Advent Calendar
There’s nothing like an advent calendar to help count down the days till Christmas. My kids look forward to them every year and we are a little Advent Calendar mad in our house, one (or two, or three) is never enough, so I’m always finding ways to make more. This year we’ve got this beauty. Simple and stylish, it takes up only a little bit of wall space and can be filled with candies, stickers or wee little ornaments for their mini trees. Look for thin, lightweight plywood or heavy duty foam core for your base, you don’t want something too heavy but it should be sturdy enough to hold the baskets and the treats inside.

Time required: 1 hour
Difficulty level: moderate

Things you’ll need:
Thin plywood
Saw
Green paint and paint brush
24 Mini baskets
Arrow tags
Washi tape
Hot temp glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut, or have cut at your local building center, a triangle that is roughly 20 inches high and 20 inches wide at the base.
2. Paint the triangle green with several thin coats of paint. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.
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3. Using the hot temp glue (which holds better than low temp) secure the baskets in a tiered fashion to the tree, making sure they are evenly spaced.
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4. Number the arrow tags 1-24 and add a washi tape accent to the tips.
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5. Glue the tags onto the front of the basket and fill the baskets with treats for your little ones!
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