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Fancy Tags with Washi and Stamps

Fancy Tags Fancy Tags with Washi and Stamps
I’m something of a tag-a-holic when it comes to the holidays. I really prefer a good tag over ribbon (although I usually choose both!) so I like to have a whole stash ready for the gift giving season. This fancy tag is perfect for smaller gifts where there might not be room for tags and ribbon, and with a little bit of decoration, you’d never notice that the ribbon was missing!

Difficulty level: easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Tags with two holes
Hemp twine
Washi Tape and/or Stamps and Stamp pad
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Decorate your tags. If using washi tape, either wrap all the way around or trim at the edges for the most polished look. With stamps, center the stamp on the tag.
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2. Cut two pieces of twine long enough to more than wrap around your package.
3. Fold one piece in half and thread the ends through one hole, and then through the loop created from the fold. Pull the two ends tight to form a knot. Repeat with the other hole.
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4. Place the tag on the top of the box and tie the two sets of twine together at the back. Trim away excess twine.
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25 Days of Christmas Bunting Advent

November 21, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Winter Crafts

Bunting Advent 25 Days of Christmas Bunting Advent
I’m an avid Advent Calendar fan, in fact, we’ve been known to have two or three (or four) going in our house each holiday season. But with Winter Break looming and the cry of “I’m Bored Mom” on the horizon, I’m switching some of our traditional Advent Calendars to a 25 Days of Christmas Project. I’ll give my kids one Christmasy task per day. Anything from “Watch a Christmas Movie” to “Make an Ornament and Give it to a Neighbor!” to help get them in the mood and count down to the big day. This 25 Days of Christmas Bunting is the perfect way to display those projects so the kids have something fun to look forward to each day leading up to Christmas.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
25 Tags
Washi tape, glitter, stamps and more for decorating
Pen
Wooden Bead Cranberry Garland
Hemp twine
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Using the tape, glitter and stamps, decorate one side of each tag. If you want you can also number them.
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2. Write a Christmasy task on the back side of each tag.
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3. Using the twine, hang the tags from the cranberry garland at even intervals.
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4. Hang the garland in a child-accessible spot and get ready for some fun!
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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, Button and Cinnamon Stick Trees

November 19, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Winter Crafts

Cinnamon Stick felt Trees Felt, Button and Cinnamon Stick Trees
These rustic trees are a great way to use up felt scraps and odd buttons and are simply adorable hanging from your tree, adorning a wreath or topping a gift. You can also add a small amount of fiberfill inside the trees for a poofier finished product.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 20 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Buttons
Scissors
Cinnamon sticks
Craft glue
Embroidery thread
Embroidery needle

Things to do:
1. Cut out two triangles for each tree. These do not have to be exact and can have rounded edges or be uneven for a more rustic look.
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2. On one triangle, sew buttons at random onto the tree, avoiding the edges.
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3. Sandwich the two layers of felt together and, starting just a little off center on the bottom, sew around the trees using the blanket stitch. If you are adding fiberfill, you’ll want to do that now.
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4. When you have almost reached the place you started sewing, dab a little glue around the top of a cinnamon stick and insert it into the bottom for a trunk.
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5. Stitch right up to the trunk and then wrap the thread around the trunk a few times before securing the end of the thread and trimming the tail. If using as an ornament, add a loop of thread at the top for hanging but allow the glue to dry before using the trees.

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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DIY Gold Letter Pumpkin Placecards

Gold Letter Pumpkin Placecards DIY Gold Letter Pumpkin Placecards
The big fall dinners are fast approaching, which means it’s time to start thinking about how you want your table to look for the event. Why not tie in the favorite vegetable of the season in your table decor with these fun placecards! The gold letters add a touch of whimsy and glamor and guide people to their seat but you could also paint the letters to match a different color scheme.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Miniature pumpkins
Narrow yellow ribbon
Wood letters – pick out the first letter of each guests name
Gold Spray Paint
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. In a well ventilated work are, lay your wooden letters out on a covered surface and spray with gold paint. You’ll want to paint two coats, allowing each to dry before adding the second.
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2. Once the letters are dry, flip them over so the unpainted side is up.
3. Plug in your hot glue gun and cut a 10 inch piece of ribbon for each letter.
4. Fold a piece of ribbon in half and, using a dollop of glue, attach it to the upper corner of the letter on the back side.
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5. Once the glue has dried, gently lift the stem away from a pumpkin. Tie the ribbon around the pin that holds the stem in and tie into a knot. Push the stem back in.
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6. Tie the tails into a bow and trim the ends. Repeat with remaining pumpkins.
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Embroidered Felt Mitten Ornament

November 16, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Winter Crafts

Felt Mitten Ornament Embroidered Felt Mitten Ornament
I don’t know about you, but where I live, it’s cold outside! And cold means mittens in our house. I love mittens, we have piles of them! There’s something sweet and wintery about mittens that gloves just can’t touch. So these mitten ornaments are right up my alley, and I bet they’ll be up yours too. The embroidery on these mittens can be anything from a simple snowflake to a complicated pattern to no decoration at all. They are adorable either way!

Difficulty level: moderate
Time required: 20 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Mitten template
Embroidery thread
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Using your template cut out two mittens per ornament.
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2. Cut a 3-foot length of embroidery thread.
3. Thread your needle and knot the end.
4. Choose one mitten to be the top and embroidery a decoration if desired.
5. Sandwich the two layers together and, using the blanket stitch, sew the two mittens together.
6. Add a loop of thread to the top for hanging.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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