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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”.
pail Advent Calendar3 Rustic Pail and Tree Advent Calendar
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.
Felt Bell Ornament2 Felt Bell Ornament
2. Sandwich the two layers together and seam closed with contrasting embroidery thread using a wide blanket stitch.
Felt Bell Ornament3 Felt Bell Ornament
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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How-to Make Felt Ice Skate Ornaments

November 15, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts, Winter Crafts

Felt Ice Skate Ornaments How to Make Felt Ice Skate Ornaments
If you’ve got a little skate fan in your house, why not make a few of these little felt ice skates for them? Cute on a Christmas tree, they are equally fun dangling from a doorknob, adorning a gift or hanging from a mobile. These can be scaled up or down by using larger or smaller paper clips.

Time required: 20 minutes
Difficulty level: moderate

Things you’ll need:
Orange felt
Grey felt
Boot Template
Embroidery Thread
Embroidery needles
Large paper clips
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Using the template, cut out two felt boots per ornament from the felt.
Felt Ice Skate Ornaments2 How to Make Felt Ice Skate Ornaments
2. Sandwich the two boots together and cut a three foot length of embroidery thread. Knot one end and thread your needle.
3. Using either a running stitch or blanket stitch, sew around the edge of the boots to seal them together.
Felt Ice Skate Ornaments3 How to Make Felt Ice Skate Ornaments
4. Bending the end of a paper clip up slightly, thread the end into the heel of the boot and along the bottom of the shoe to form the blade of the skate.
Felt Ice Skate Ornaments4 How to Make Felt Ice Skate Ornaments
5. Add a loop of thread for hanging to the top of the skate.

Felt Christmas Light Ornaments

Christmas Light Ornaments Felt Christmas Light Ornaments
Remember those big, fat colorful Christmas lights from your childhood? I sure do. I know you can still get them but these days it seems to be more LED lights and a sea of white. Sometimes I crave those old, inefficient, colorful bulbs. You know? Which makes these ornaments perfect for my tree, and yours too. Or make a whole mess of them and create a felt light garland! Either way! So cute!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Felt in multiple colors, including gray.
Scissors
Yellow Embroidery thread
Embroidery needle

Things to do:
1. Cut out two bulb shaped pieces of felt for each ornament. Also cut one rectangle of gray felt per ornament that is as wide as the top of your light and twice as long so that it fold over to create the screw top.
Christmas Light Ornaments2 Felt Christmas Light Ornaments
2. Sandwich the two “bulb” pieces together and fold the screw top piece of felt over the top.
3. Stitch, starting along one edge of the screw top, using a blanket stitch, until you have reached the other edge of the screw top.
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4. Add a loop at the top for hanging and trim away all ends.

Wooden Spool Snowmen

Spool Snowmen Wooden Spool Snowmen
Although I live in a part of the world where there is plenty of snow for snowmen outside all winter long, I know that there are many of you out there who long for the white stuff and a cheery snowman to greet you when you arrive home each day. Even with all the snow at my house, we still love to have a few indoor snowmen to keep us company and this spool snowman is just the ticket, appealing to my crafty side and my kids playfulness.

Difficulty level: Easy (great kid craft!)
Time required: 5 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
3 wooden spools
teeny black buttons in two sizes
Craft glue or hot glue gun/glue sticks
Miniature top hat
Scrap of fleece or felt
White paint and paintbrush
Orange marker
Scissors

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, paint the three spools all over with white paint. You’ll need two coats and should allow each layer of paint to dry thoroughly before adding the next.
Spool Snowmen2 Wooden Spool Snowmen
Spool Snowmen3 Wooden Spool Snowmen
2. Once the spools are dry, glue them together in a tower using your craft or hot glue.
3. Glue the top hat onto the top of the stack of spools and add eyes and buttons with the larger buttons and a smile with the smaller ones.
4. Cut a length of fleece or felt to make a scarf and tie it around the neck of your snowman.
5. Draw in a carrot nose to finish.
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Baker’s Twine Snowflake Gift Tags

Snowflake Gift Tags Bakers Twine Snowflake Gift Tags
These quick and fun tags are a great activity to fill a cold afternoon for the little ones. How many spokes on the snowflake depends, entirely, on how many slits you cut around the tag and it’s always fun to see what shapes the kids will make and your giftees will love these fun little tags. Instead of baker’s twine, try colorful embroidery thread or yarn for a different look!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less that five minutes per tag

Thing you’ll need:
Round tags
Scissors
String, baker’s twine, yarn or embroidery thread

Things to do:
1. Cut small slits at even intervals around the tag, as many as you like.
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2. Slip one end of the string into one of the slits so that the tail is on the back side of the tag.
3. Wrap the string around the tag into the slits to create a pattern.
4. Slip the string in through one more slit to the back side and trim the end.
Snowflake Gift Tags3 Bakers Twine Snowflake Gift Tags
5. Add a loop of string through the hole and tie off for attaching to the gift.

Children’s Art Cutting Board

Childrens Art Cutting Board Children’s Art Cutting Board
If your kids are anything like mine, they are pretty prodigious when it comes to the creation of art. And while it might seem like this profusion of art will last forever, it really wont, some day they’ll be too busy and too grown up for those sweet doodles. So here’s a way to save some of your favorite drawings forever and make something useful in the process! These make excellent gifts for grandparents, aunties and uncles or even teachers as well so gather those drawings and get to work!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 45 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Cutting board
Kids art
Trace paper
Pencil
Wood burning tool

Things to do:
1. Lay a piece of trace paper over the drawing and trace it with your pencil, pressing heavier than you normally would to deposit more graphite onto the paper. If your drawing has words, you’ll need to flip the trace over and retrace the image on the back side of the trace, otherwise you’ll have a mirror image of the art.
Childrens Art Cutting Board2 Children’s Art Cutting Board
Childrens Art Cutting Board3 Children’s Art Cutting Board
2. Flip the trace paper onto the cutting board and color over the drawing, this will transfer the drawing onto the board.
Childrens Art Cutting Board4 Children’s Art Cutting Board
Childrens Art Cutting Board5 Children’s Art Cutting Board
3. Plug in your wood burner with a tip that will work well for your particular piece of art.
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4. Trace the image using your wood burner. If desired, add a date and name and oil the cutting board with cutting board oil.
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DIY Nature Wood Play Block City

Nature Wood Play Block City DIY Nature Wood Play Block City
We’re big block builders in our family. Even as my kids start reaching out of the toy years, they still like to dig through that big old bin of blocks and build away. This project has taken that age old game to a new level, expanding on the creativity that makes their city-scaping so fun. And to add to the fun, let the kids sketch out the city blocks themselves and take over for the burning portion of the project.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
Wood blocks
Pencil
Wood burning tool

Things to do:
1. Sketch, or let your kids sketch, the basic elements of a building on the blocks. Mix it up, making some blocks have doors, some have windows, some work as roofs and some have whole houses or buildings on them.
Nature Wood Play Block City2 DIY Nature Wood Play Block City
2. Screw in the fine or chisel tip into the wood burner and plug it in.
3. Trace the lines that you sketched with the wood burning tool.
Nature Wood Play Block City3 DIY Nature Wood Play Block City
4. Once the basics are done, start embellishing. Add buntings, hash marks, dots and shutters to give texture and interest to the blocks.
Nature Wood Play Block City4 DIY Nature Wood Play Block City

Recycled Egg Carton Candy Monster

Egg Carton Candy Monster Recycled Egg Carton Candy Monster
It’s that time of year again, Halloween! And when all those cute little costumed ghosts and ghouls come do your door, why not give them just a little fright when they reach for their candy with this fun little Recycled Egg Carton Candy Monster. Fill the “mouth” with candy and (gently, of course) snap the jaws closed as they reach in!

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

Things you’ll need:
Craft Paint
Egg Carton
White construction paper
Googly Eyes
Glue stick
Scissors

Things to do:
1 . Paint the inside and outside of the egg carton in the colors of your choice. You may need two or more coats. Allow the paint to dry completely.
Egg Carton Candy Monster2 Recycled Egg Carton Candy Monster
Egg Carton Candy Monster3 Recycled Egg Carton Candy Monster
2. Remove the flap on the bottom half of the egg carton using the scissors.
3. Using glue stick, place the eyes to cover the holes on the top half of the carton.
Egg Carton Candy Monster4 Recycled Egg Carton Candy Monster
4. Cut the paper into two jagged strips for teeth, just slightly shorter than the length of the egg carton.
Egg Carton Candy Monster5 Recycled Egg Carton Candy Monster
5. Using the glue stick, attach the teeth flat against the bottom edge of the carton and inside the top edge.
Egg Carton Candy Monster6 Recycled Egg Carton Candy Monster
6. Allow the glue to dry then add candy and get ready for the trick or treaters!
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