Easy Christmas Craft – DIY Wine Cork Reindeer Ornament

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Wine Cork Reindeer Ornament

Do you have some wine corks lying around {don’t worry, no judgement if you have enough to make enough ornaments for the entire neighborhood} just waiting to be upcycled into these cute {and EASY} reindeer ornaments?  These cute little ornaments take all of about 2 minutes to throw together, and would be adorable hanging around the neck of a bottle of wine {or sparkling cider} as a Christmas gift.

wine-corks

You’ll Need:

Wine cork
Twine, ribbon, yard {whatever you have on hand}
Googly eyes
Tiny red pom-pom
Brown pipe cleaner
Glue gun

Wine Cork Reindeer Ornament

Directions:

Start by attaching a looped piece of twine, ribbon, etc. onto the top of the cork using the glue gun.  Next, wrap the pipe cleaner around the top of the cork and twist it {like a twist tie on a loaf of bread} to get it to stay in place.  Bend the excess to make them look more like antlers.  Next, glue the googly eyes onto the top of the cork, just below the antlers.  Finally, on the end of the cork, glue the small red pom pom for the nose.

Now go pour yourself a Gatorade and recoup from a whole 5 minutes of crafting.

~Mavis

 

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Kid’s Christmas Craft Roundup: 10 Easy Crafts

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Easy Kids Christmas Crafts

So many Christmas crafts, so little time. Good thing all these crafts are easy peasy. In fact, you could gather a bunch of ingredients and have a big craft day, and I bet you could get through most of them in a day. I mean that’s extreme craft overload, but it’s totally possible! And even though most say they are “kid’s crafts,” with the exception of a few The Girl helped me with, I did these all on my own and enjoyed every minute of it. So I guess they are for Kids at Heart, too!

Go get your craft on, whether you choose to do one or all of these very Christmasy crafts.

Reindeer-Root-Beer-BottlesReindeer Root Beer Bottles:   Bottled root beer is the only way to go. Throw some antlers and a red nose on it, and you have the perfect, hip Christmas gift for friends and neighbors. {Pin it for later}

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Bird Seed Ornaments:  I love these little ornaments.  They are a great way to decorate the bare winter branches outdoors, and the kiddos will love the fact that the birds are there because of them. {Pin it for later}
Easy-Christmas-Crafts-Candy-Cane-Reindeer2 Candy Cane Reindeer: This craft is a great way to get rid of leftover yarn and is pretty easy for little fingers.  The whole project will only take you about 10 minutes–now that is my kind of commitment.  {Pin it for later}
Easy-Crafts-For-Kids-Potato-Stamp-Wrapping-Paper1 Potato Stamp Wrapping Paper:  Such a fun craft to do with the kids that you can actually use!  They will have a blast “playing with their food” while making the potato stamped wrapping paper, and you can use their creations to wrap gifts. {Pin it for later}
Easy-Kids-Christmas-Candy-Craft-Ideas-–-Rudolf-the-Reindeer-Candy-BarRudolph the Reindeer Candy Bars:  These decorated candy bars are like a craft, treat and wrapped present all in one.  And since I’m all about getting the most out DIY, this craft is genius. {Pin it for later}
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Candy Cane Sleighs: These candy loaded candy cane sleighs will not only make great gifts for your kids’ friend, but will probably make you the most popular mom on the block {with the kids, at least, the parents may hate you when their kids are climbing up the drapes-ha!}. {Pin it for later}
Hershey’s-Kiss-Candy-Mice-Ornament Hershey’s Kiss Candy Mice Ornament: First off, what kid doesn’t love a project that involves chocolate?  Second, these Hershey’s Kiss candy mice ornaments are so cute and would make great gifts for their classmates without breaking the bank.  {Pin it for later}
how-to-make-a-candy-train How to Make a Candy Train: These little old school candy trains have been a tradition in our house for years. The Girl Who Thinks She’s A Bird has been making them and gifting them to friends for as long as I can remember. I bet it’s a tradition she passes on to her kids.  {Pin it for later}

Paper-Bag-Reindeer-Puppets Paper Bag Reindeer Puppets:  This little craft is totally awesome, because once you have helped them make their puppets they can create puppet shows for hours and you get much needed guilt-free time to get the holiday chores done. {Pin it for later}
Waterless-Snow-Globes Waterless Snow Globes: These waterless snow globes are a perfect place for kids to use up their prized trinkets {you think are junk!}.  They can immortalize all of their treasures in a snow globe, and you only have to pull it out once a year. Plus with no water, it’s mess free and you don’t have to worry about breakage! {Pin it for later}

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Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids – Handprint Christmas Wreath

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Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids - Handprint Christmas Wreath

What is it about your kids handprints that is so endearing {well, except for when they are all over the walls}?  This wreath is a fun way to preserve your kiddos size just as they are and it doesn’t hurt that tracing their hands and cutting them out will keep them busy for hours.

Handprint Christmas Wreath supplies

You’ll need:

  • 2 different shades of green construction paper
  • Red construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Ribbon

Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids - Handprint Christmas Wreath

Directions:

Start by having your kids trace their hands several times on both shades of green paper.  Cut out the handprints.

Handprint Christmas Wreath directions

Layer handprints in the shape of a circle, gluing the overlapping part of the handprint cutouts together as you go.  Cut small circles out of the red paper.

Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids - Handprint Christmas Wreath

Glue the red circles to the wreath.  Allow the wreath to dry completely and then loop the ribbon around the top of the wreath, tying it in a bow at the ends.

Happy Holidays,

Mavis

Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids - Handprint Christmas Wreath

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Making a Cedar Christmas Garland From Scratch

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How to Make a Cedar Christmas Garland

I was at The Home Depot the other day and noticed they were selling 100 feet of cedar garland for $54. Wowza! I don’t know about you, but spending $54 for something I can get for free in my backyard {with a little effort} is kind of nuts.

cedar branches

As you may know, I have a love/hate relationship with the cedar trees in my backyard. I hate having to rake up the mess, but come Christmas… those little cedar branches on the ground are suddenly my new best friend. :)

How to Make a Cedar Christmas Garland

If you’ve never made your own cedar garland before, it’s seriously a piece of cake. It took me about 45 minutes to make a 20 feet of garland start to finish. YOU CAN DO THIS. Trust me. Save yourself some money, honey.

Supplies Needed to Make a Cedar Garland

  • Small Cedar Branches
  • 22 Gauge wire
  • Wire cutters

make a cedar garland from scratch

If you have OCD like me you’ll want to put your branches in neat little piles according to length. Totally not necessary, but hey, I think it comes in handy when selecting the next piece to use. At least that is what I tell myself. :)

Make a Cedar Christmas Garland

Take two ceder branches, wrap floral wire around the top 1/3 of the branches and give it about 3-4 good, tight twists.

making a cedar garland

Add additional branches {2-3 at a time} now wrapping the floral wire around the bottom 1/3 of the branch as you go to secure the greens until you have about a 5 – 7 foot length.

How to Make a Cedar Christmas Garland For Free

Since I was making this cedar garland for my kitchen window I needed about 20 feet.

Once I made 3 {5-7 foot} lengths of garland I wired them all together and let the garland dry out a bit overnight in the garage so I didn’t have wet greenery brushing up against my white window trim in the kitchen.

fresh cedar garland

Now all I need to do is find some twinkle lights and I’m good to go.

Thanks for the free cedar garland Mother Nature. ;)

~Mavis

How to Make a Cedar Christmas Garland

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Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids – Paper Bag Reindeer Puppets

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Paper Bag Reindeer Puppets

This little craft is awesome, because once you have helped them make the puppets they can create their own puppet shows that will give them hours of fun and you much needed guilt-free time to get the holiday chores done.

Paper Bag Reindeer Puppets supplies

You’ll need:

  • Brown paper bag {lunch sized}
  • Medium sized black pom-pom
  • Craft glue
  • Black, white, red and brown construction paper
  • 4 little bells
  • Scissors
  • Gold glitter pen {or just a marker will work}
  • Glue stick

how to make Paper Bag Reindeer Puppets

Directions:

  1. Lay the paper bag flat.  Flap side up.  {By flap, I mean the bottom of the bag—see the picture if you are confused about the placement}
  2. Use craft glue to attach the black pom-pom on the center of the flap toward the bottom.
  3. Cut out white circles from the construction paper.  Glue them on above the pom-pom as eyes.
  4. Cut out smaller black circles from the construction paper.  Glue them on top of the white circles for pupils for the eyes.
  5. Cut out a black strip of construction paper, about an inch thick and the same width as the paper bag.  Glue it onto the main part of the paper bag, about 1 ½” down from the flap.how to make Paper Bag Reindeer Puppet
  6. Space the bells equally across the black strip and use the craft glue to glue them on.
  7. Cut a circle out of the construction paper.
  8. Using the glitter pen or marker, write your child’s favorite reindeer name on the red circle.reindeer puppet bags
  9. Glue the “name tag” just below the black bell strip—now you have a reindeer collar.
  10. Have your child trace their hands on the brown construction paper {or do it for them if they are little}.
  11. Cut out hand prints and glue them to the top of the paper bag on the back side, so that they make hand print antlers.

That’s it, now repeat if your kiddo wants a whole herd.

Merry Crafting,

~ Mavis

Paper Bag Reindeer Puppets

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How to Make Scented Pine Cones

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How to Make Scented Pine Cones

With Christmas right around the corner I thought I would re-publish this easy peasy How to make scented pine cones tutorial in case you missed it last year.

I can always tell winter is coming when I start to see the scented pine cones popping up the the stores. They look so festive, and smell amazing, that it’s hard to resist not purchasing them.  Here in my neck of the woods though, paying for pine cones is like paying for air–they are everywhere and it just doesn’t make sense to pay for them. Making them scented is also pretty simple, so I thought I would make some to satisfy my winter nostalgia.

pine cones

You’ll Need:

Pine Cones
Essential Oil {I used Edens Garden Essential Oils}
Gallon Ziploc Bags

How to Make Scented Pine Cones

Directions:

Wash the pine cones in warm water to get ride of any debris, dirt, insects, etc.  Then, on a foil lined baking sheet, heat them at 250 degrees for 20 minutes.  Allow them to cool completely before moving on to the next step.

Put pine cones into the zip baggie and put several drops of essential oil {I’m using cinnamon} into the bag.  Zip the bag and then gently toss around the pine cones and oil to mix thoroughly.  Leave the bag closed for 1 week to allow the scent to infuse the pine cones.

After a week, pop them open and place them in a bowl.  I think they make a really cool winter decoration and they smell amazing every time you walk passed them.  When they run out of scent, just repeat the process.

How to Make Scented Pine Cones

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No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Idea – Pumpkins With Ribbons

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No Carve Pumpkin Decorating

If you don’t have time {or the desire} to carve a pumpkin this year, you can use a bit of hot glue and ribbons or Washi tape if you’re really lazy, to spruce up your pumpkins.  It will literally take a couple of seconds, and your neighbors will think you’re Martha freakin’ Stewart {a lot of people don’t know that that is her real middle name :) }.

No Carve Pumpkin Decorating IdeaYou’ll Need:

Ribbon or Washi Tape
Glue Gun
Pumpkins

No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Idea - Pumpkins With Ribbons

Directions:

Okay, follow these precisely, because they are complicated:  wrap the ribbon around the pumpkin {in whatever fashion that floats your boat} and glue it down {or if using Washi tape, stick it on} Did you follow all of that, or should I repeat the instructions?

Simplicity with the allusion of ingenuity, my friends–that’s what it’s all about.

~Mavis

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DIY Easy Canvas Art – Quotes on Canvas

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DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

So it’s probably no big secret that I’m not into scrap booking, own a cricut machine or big on decorating my home with elaborate pieces of art. If I were, this blog would be filled with cutesy arts and crafts stuff. In fact, if you were to look around our previous home of eight years you’d probably would have asked yourself, “how long has she lived here?” Did she just move in?

And the answer would have be no, I lived there for 8 years thank you very much. I just don’t like a  lot of crappity crap on the walls, piled up on tables and every cupboard stuffed shut.

black canvas

And then there is the other part about how I don’t like buying “art” from Target, Pottery Barn or anywhere else that sells mass produced, anyone can have it because it was made in China, pieces soulless “art.”

e.e.cummings quoteSo last winter when it was like 30 degrees outside and I was all cooped up with nothing to do, I made something really cool. Or at least I think it’s pretty cool anyway.

3m hi strength spray adhesive

Note to self: Spray Adhesive can make you loopy if you don’t have proper ventilation. DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

Putting your favorite quote on a canvas is super simple!

First, buy a canvas, and then paint it with whatever acrylic paint you want.  Then, jot down your favorite quote and head on over to your local office supply store and have them print it out on whatever size paper you’d like to put on your canvas {I paid $2.19 for a 20×30 sheet}.

see and sew pattern

Next, grab an old pattern. If you don’t have one check your local thrift store. I paid $0.25 for mine.

DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

Unfold the pattern pieces and lay them across your dry, painted canvas.

school glue

In a bowl, mix 1 part washable school glue to 3 parts water and stir until you have a nice consistency.

DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

Brush watered down glue mixture on to your pattern, making sure to use enough glue to adhere the pattern to the canvas.

DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

Wait for it to dry. DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

Pour some black acrylic paint into a container and grab an old shopper card {I like to use them because they are nice and sturdy} and get a wee bit of black acrylic paint on the card.DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

Gently scrape the painted card onto the canvas with so much wild abandon that your kids will be like, watch out, mom’s on a craft binge again. Stay away.DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

There is no perfect way to do this. You can’t mess it up. There are no rules. Just go with it until your canvas has an aged, urban art type of appearance.

DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

Let the whole thing dry overnight and then hang that baby on your wall.

Easy Peasy.

~Mavis

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DIY Witch’s Broom Paper Bag Party Favors

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Witchs Broom Paper Bag Party Favors

How cute would these be for a school Halloween party or if you live in a small neighborhood and just get a few trick or treaters? I’ve been making these for a couple of years now and they are always a big hit with the kiddos.

halloween witch broom candy bags

You’ll need:

  • Lunch-size paper bags
  • Scissors
  • Small branch or piece of wood
  • Candy
  • Twine or raffia

Witch Broom Paper Bag Party Favors

Directions:

  1. To make one broom, you’ll need two lunch bags.  Unfold the bag, then fold back together the left and right sides {so the base is open and flat, but the sides of the bag have been folded in again}.Witchs Broom Paper Bag Party Favors
  2. Cut the bag into thin strips, stopping at the base.  You want to keep the base of the bag intact so it can hold the candy and sit flat.  Cut thin strips into the top inch of the second bag.Witchs Broom Paper Bag Party Favors
  3. Open both bags and place the second bag {with the one inch cuts only} inside of the shredded one.  Fill the inside bag with candy.
  4. Insert a small branch 1-2 inches into the bag:  cinch the tops of both bags and secure them with twine or raffia.

Now just sit back and enjoy being the most creative mom ever.

~Mavis

Witchs Broom Paper Bag Party Favors

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Upcycled Picture Frame – DIY Vanity Tray

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Upcycled Picture Frame - DIY Vanity Tray

You know those vanity trays you can buy all fancy schmancy and put together…for a price?  Well, they are actually super  easy to make, and bonus, they cost about a fraction of the price–especially if you have an old frame lying around.

DIY Vanity Tray

You’ll Need:

Spray paint
Wood balls
Hot glue gun

Picture frame {8×10 or 5×7 works best}

how to make a vanity tray out of an old frame

Directions:

Remove picture and back from frame, leaving just the frame and the glass.  Spray paint the wooden balls to match or compliment your wooden frame {or, if you want, spray the frame and the wooden balls}.  When the paint has dried, glue the wooden balls onto the back side of the frame {one on all four corners}.  Flip it over and put your toiletries on display–that way all of your friends and family will know that you do, in fact, wear cologne. ;)

~Mavis

Upcycled Picture Frame - DIY Vanity Tray

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