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Snowman Scarf Featured in Kids Crafts 123

{Snowman Scarf Featured in Kids Crafts 123}

The latest issue of my favorite magazine, Kids Crafts 123 just hit the stands! If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a publication for kids (from littles to tweens) chock full of ideas for crafting and creating. It features easy to follow instructions and specific product lists, so it’s easy peasy to make the projects.

Kid's Crafts 123

 I’m thrilled to have a few projects in this edition of the magazine: 

Kids Crafts 123

No Sew Snowman Scarf

Kids Crafts 123

Valentine’s Day Frame

Kids Crafts 123

Heart Stamped Tote Bag 

This magazine would make a great Valentine’s Day gift for the young crafter in your life!

 {Where to Buy Kids Crafts 123}

 You can find this fun magazine at stores like Walmart, Michaels, Barnes and Noble and my favorite local Seattle/Eastside area craft shop, Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames

 

Santa Mason Jar

{Santa Mason Jar}

Santa Craft

Ho Ho Ho! I’ve got a super quick Santa Mason Jar Crafts to share with you. It’s so easy!

Santa Craft

 Supplies: A Mason Jar, spray paint, Santa hat and belt (by Darice). All craft supplies from Ben Franklin Crafts in Redmond.

Santa Craft

 Spray paint the Mason Jar red.

Santa Craft

 Add the hat and belt. You are done.

Merry Christmas! 

Dollar Store Cookie Stand

{Dollar Store Cookie Stand}

DIY Cake Stand

 Hi… well we are getting down to the wire with Christmas coming tomorrow! I wanted to share one of my favorite gifts to make and give: a Dollar Store Cookie Stand. I like this gift because it’s cute and it only costs TWO DOLLARS if you have a few basic supplies around. 

DIY Cake Stand

 Supplies: Festive plate (mine is from Dollar Tree) and candlestick holder (also from Dollar Tree). Since everything at Dollar Tree truly is one dollar (YAY) that’s just two bucks for the main components of this project. You’ll also need red spray paint and E-6000 glue.

DIY Cake Stand

 Directions: 1. Spray paint the candlestick red.

DIY Cake Stand

 2. Glue the candlestick to the bottom of the plate.

DIY Cake Stand

 3. Add cookies (or a cake!)

DIY Cake Stand

 That’s all there is to it. 

Wishing you and your family a joyful Christmas!

Simple Wreath Rolls

{Simple Wreath Rolls} 

If you’re having friends or family over for Christmas dinner, it can mean a lot of baking and cooking. Here’s a very simple idea to take some of the stress out of preparing a holiday meal: Simple Wreath Rolls.

Holiday Rolls

Ingredients: One can of refrigerated biscuit dough (I used Pillsbury), chives and one red pepper. Also grab a wine glass or small drinking glass.

Holiday Rolls

 Unroll the dough and punch a circle out of the center with the glass. If you are wondering what to do with the circle you just made, Rosemary Cheddar Rolls are an easy idea.

Holiday Rolls

Chop up the chives and sprinkle them on the “O” shapes. 

Holiday Rolls

Dice the red pepper into little squares. Add to roll. 

Holiday Rolls

 Bake them at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

Holiday Rolls

 Enjoy the “Oohs and Aahs” knowing how little effort these cute rolls took!

If you enjoy easy roll recipes, check these out:

Personalized Rolls

Dinner Rolls

 Personalized Rolls 

Rosemary Cheddar Rolls

Holiday Entertaining with Frozen & Refrigerated Foods

 Rosemary Cheddar Rolls

 Wishing you a delicious Christmas!

Reindeer Mason Jar

{Reindeer Mason Jar}

Mason Jar Craft

Hi Friends… well I have to admit that I’m fully in the holiday zone these days. My kids ended up having a snow day on Friday (no school!) so we jump started the holiday break with fun in the snow. We’ve also made Christmas cookies and gone out to a holiday breakfast with my mother-in-law. And I went holiday shopping with my mom. Lots of fun times already! Anyway, I wanted to share this Reindeer Mason Jar craft… because it’s super cute, simple and quick!

Mason Jar Craft

Supplies: Mason Jar, candle holder, brown spray paint, 1 light brown pipe cleaner, googly eyes, red pom pom, E-6000 glue, hot glue and a pencil. 

Mason Jar Craft

 Spray paint the Mason Jar, Mason Jar parts and candlestick holder. 

Mason Jar Craft

 Use E-6000 to adhere the Mason Jar to the candlestick holder. Let it sit. I like to let it dry overnight but I’m a nervous nellie. 

Mason Jar Craft

 Use a pencil to twist either side of the pipe cleaner.

Mason Jar Craft

 Adhere the pipe cleaner to the jar with hot glue.

Mason Jar Craft

You can also use hot glue to add the eyes and the pom pom nose. 

Mason Jar Craft

 Isn’t he adorable? At my house this little reindeer is hanging out with his friend “Snowman Mason Jar.”

Snowman Mason Jar Craft

 More Mason Jar Crafts

Christmas:

Pretty Peppermint Scrub

Christmas Candy Bark

Holiday Granola

Winter Wonderland Mason Jar Craft

 Thanksgiving:
 

Turkey Mason Jar

Corny Containers

Halloween:

Pumpkin Candy Vases

St. Patrick’s Day:

St. Patrick’s Day Magic Vases

Summer:

Citronella Soy Candles  

7 DIY Christmas Gifts

Catch these ideas LIVE on KOMO-TV Monday December 16th at 4pm

7 DIY Christmas Gifts

If you haven’t had a chance to buy Christmas gifts for the folks on your list– why not consider making them? There is still plenty of time to create something special! 

Christmas Gifts

DIY Clock

What time is is? This gift would be perfect for Dad, Grandpa or any one who likes rustic decor. This project is super easy.

DIY Christmas for everyone on your list

Supplies: Large wood slice, clock motor, clock hands, Rust-oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Cabernet, metal numbers or acrylic paint to create numbers. You’ll also need a drill and a AA battery. All craft supplies available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames Redmond.

Directions: 

1. Stain the wood slice. Let it dry

2. Drill a hole in the back of the wood piece to fit the motor in (follow package instructions).

3. Add hands and numbers. Many kits include metal numbers or hand paint your own with acrylic paint.

 Leather Napkin Rings

Know someone who enjoys entertaining? They will love showing off these handmade napkin rings at their next dinner party!

DIY Christmas for everyone on your list

Supplies: Leather cording (you’ll need 12″ for each napkin ring), large silver “beads,” metal wire. Note: the leather cording, beads and wire are all found in the jewelry department. All craft supplies available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames Redmond.

 Directions:

1. Cut a 12′ piece of leather cord and double it.

2. Use wire to fasten it to the large bead.

3. Insert napkin… you’re done!

 Confetti Candle Holder

Let there be light… and let it be festive for the holidays! This Confetti Candle Holder is a great project for the kids to make for Grandma. It will add light to her holiday decorations.

DIY Christmas for everyone on your list

Supplies: Clear glass candleholder, Paint (we used Americana multi-surface stain), and small daubers. You’ll also need rubbing alcohol and a few cotton balls. All craft supplies available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames Redmond.

Directions:

1. Clean the glass well with the rubbing alcohol and cotton balls.

2. Use the daubers to add different sizes of dots on the glass.

3. Follow paint bottle instructions to “cure” it.

4. Add candles.

Teacher’s Travel Mug

This customizable mug makes a fantastic teacher’s gift. Have your kids draw a picture, add photos, or embellish with a fun piece of scrapbook paper or fabric. 

DIY Christmas for everyone on your list

Supplies: Plastic Travel Mug and whatever you want to decorate it with! We used fun teacher-themed fabric. All craft supplies available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames Redmond.

Directions: Unscrew the bottom of the mug and remove the paper liner. Use it as a template and trace it onto paper or fabric and cut it out. Draw on the paper, or add photos… or just add fabric to the mug like we did.

Loom Band Organzier

The Loom Band craze is stronger than ever! Kids love making the plastic bracelets and necklaces. So what do you get the kid that loves to create with Loom Bands? A Loom Band organizer.

DIY Christmas for everyone on your list

Supplies: Clear plastic storage box with dividers. Colored letter stickers or paint pens. All craft supplies available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames Redmond.

Directions:

1. Add dividers to box

2. Use letter stickers to indicate which colors go in each section.

3. Add Loom Bands.

You and your kiddo will enjoy having these small plastic bands organized and accessible! 

Framed Jewelry Holder

The fashionista on your list (I’m thinking tween or tween girl)  but any accessory loving lady would appreciate this present. All craft supplies available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames Redmond.

DIY Christmas for everyone on your list

Supplies: Large wood frame, Aluminum Metal Sheets (these are by MD), tin snips or scissors and stapler.

Directions:

1. Measure frame opening and cut metal sheet to fit, giving a few extra inches on all sides.

2. Staple metal to frame.

3. Add earrings!

Wish Bank

Three cheers for easy and clever gifts! This customizable “Wish Bank” can be tailored to celebrate whatever your child is saving up for. This one was created for a tween boy. The possibilities are endless.

DIY Christmas for everyone on your list

Supplies: Wooden Wish Bank, acrylic paint (we used gold), scrapbook paper double sided tape, masking tape, scissors and vinyl words( if desired). All craft supplies available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames Redmond.

Directions:

1. Remove the back of the frame. Use masking tape to tape off the plastic (both sides). 

2. Paint the frame. It will take a couple coats but it dries really fast.

3. Using the back of the frame as a template, measure and cut out a piece of scrapbook paper to cover it.

4. Use double sides tape to stick the paper to the back of the frame.

5. When paint is dry, put frame together.

6. If desired, add vinyl to front of frame.

Bottle Cap Ornaments and $100 Dollar Tree Gift Card Giveaway

{Bottle Cap Ornaments}

This post is sponsored by Dollar Tree. All opinions are 100% my own. Click here for my disclosure page

Dollar Tree Value Seekers Craft

I love a good Christmas craft… especially when they are inexpensive and fun. There are some fabulous creative holiday ideas from Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club, including their Bottle Cap Snowman Ornaments.

Do you know about the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club? It’s a place to find cheap and chic crafts, recipes, decor ideas, contests, insider info, frugal fun ideas and much more. You’ll enjoy fresh content each month. And they make it easy– project sheets can be saved or printed, which makes it easy to take them to Dollar Tree and use as a shopping list. Membership is FREE!

I am already a proud member of the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club and a self-confessed Dollar Tree addict so I was downright jolly when I got the chance to make one of their December crafts!

Here is what their darling Bottle Cap Snowman ornaments look like:

Bottle Cap Ornaments

I was so charmed by their snowman ornaments, I couldn’t wait to make some of mine own… as well as put my own spin on it by making reindeer version. You can find the full Dollar Tree Value Seekers Bottle Cap Ornament version here.

Bottle Cap Ornaments

 The YoT Snowman Ornament Version

Here’s what I used for my Snowman Ornaments, all from Dollar Tree except the recycled bottle caps.

Acrylic paint, permanent markers, I used recycled bottle caps (3 bottle camps per ornament) but you can find bottle caps at Dollar Tree, ribbon, glue and Fashion Duct Tape. To make this project my own, I used Dollar Tree Fashion Duct Tape like ribbon. To grab the Dollar Tree project sheet head over to the Value Keepers Club now.

Bottle Cap Ornaments

 Paint the bottle caps white (it will take three coats). I chose to use paint but with the Value Seekers, they list different things you can use to create the white background.

Cheap and cute Bottle Cap Ornaments

 Draw the snowman’s face with permanent markers. I used markers but with the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club version, they give you many other ideas about supplies you could use as well.

Cheap and cute Bottle Cap Ornaments

Instead of using ribbon like they did in the original version, I made a scarf out of Fashion Duck Tape. To make the Duck Tape scarf, cut six pieces of Fashion Duck Tape (6 inches inches long). Stick three of them on a hard surface, like the kitchen counter, overlapping them each 1/2 an inch. Flip the large piece of Fashion Duck Tape over and do the same on other side, Cut a strip to make the scarf. Glue it on the snowman.

 The YoT Bottle Cap Reindeer 

Again, wanting to take the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club idea and make it my own, I made a reindeer version. You can use the same supplies: Acrylic paint, permanent markers, bottle caps, ribbon, glue and Fashion Duct Tape. Also add gold pipe cleaners from Dollar Tree.

Cheap and cute Bottle Cap Ornaments

Mix red and green to make brown. Paint three bottle caps brown and let dry. It will take three coats of paint.

Use the back of the paint brush to make eyes and a nose.

Cheap and cute Bottle Cap Ornaments

Cut a strip of Fashion Duct Tape six inches long and glue the bottle caps to the Duct Tape and make a loop on top to make a hanger. 

Cut two 2 1/2 long pieces of pipe cleaner and glue them to the back of the reindeer face. Cut two more small pieces and glue to make antlers.

Dollar Tree Value Seekers Craft

Dollar Tree Gift Card Giveaway 

 To enter to win a $100 gift card to Dollar Tree, simply sign up for the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club! Then leave me a comment saying which project from the club that you want to try first. Make sure to also leave me the email address you used to sign up as we will be verifying them. Giveaway will end 5pm Pacific time, Wednesday December 18th. I’ll put the comments in a virtual hat and pick a random winner.

More Holiday Projects Inspired by Dollar Tree Value Seekers

Holiday Home Tour

{Holiday Home Tour}

Christmas Home Tour

 Hello! Welcome to my Holiday Home Tour. But let me be clear that this is NOT my holiday home (in my dreams maybe). It belongs to Jody:

Home Tour Jody

I got the opportunity to photograph Jody’s home a few years ago and I love her style as much today  just as much as I did then! It’s absolutely gorgeous and l and I can’t wait to show you around. There are so many creative ideas here that are perfect for the holiday season or any time! Let’s take a stroll around this winter wonderland!

Christmas Home Tour

 A vintage wreath adorns a birdcage. Not Jody also uses the birdcage to hold some of here vintage plates and serving pieces. 

Christmas Home Tour

 I love that she isn’t afraid to have multiple trees displayed! Why should we limit ourselves? Here, two trees flank an oversized chippy vintage chest. 

Christmas Home Tour

Every time I see this photo I can’t help but smile. Jody thinks outside the box when it comes to decor. Here she’s hung a child’s costume (made out of crepe paper!). It’s a work of art and deserves to be treated like one! 

Christmas Home Tour

 Here’s my fantasy Christmas tree! Pinks and aquas grace a fluffy white tree.

Christmas Home Tour

A large pink crinoline skirt serves as a skirt for this special tree, and how fun to have vintage ornaments that are still in the box!

Christmas Home Tour

Here’s Jody’s kitchen table. She was in to blue Mason Glass long before many of us!

Christmas Home Tour

One thing that makes Jody such a great decorator is her use of “things for other things.” This vintage swan started out as a kid’s swing! Jody uses it to stash magazines. Brilliant! 

Christmas Home Tour

 Out of the closet and on to the wall! These dresses (including one of Jody’s prom dresses) add charm and to a white wall. Her collection of vintage hats are a nice complement. See that shelf in the middle?

Christmas Home Tour

It’s made from sparkly shoe heels! 

Christmas Home Tour

 This vignette is one of my favorites. The watercolor was painted by Jody when she was a child. The wintry scene fits right in! 

Christmas Home Tour

Another great example of displaying unusual pieces for visual impact. These tiny festive holiday outfits are so charming! 

Christmas Home Tour

 Every item gets special treatment. Even the paper whites are elevated with some clear crystals. 

Christmas Home Tour

Jody’s bedroom is just dreamy. I love that she has an old sugar sack that’s been transformed into a pillow! Talk about sweet dreams! 

Home Tour Crinoline Lamp

 The crinoline gets put on display as an oversized lampshade! Just beautiful.

Christmas Home Tour

 And finally, this bird who watches over Jody’s sweet dreams isn’t confined to a bird cage (which has been sprinkled with glitter of course!) It’s playfully perched on top.

Christmas Home Tour

Thank you for letting me photograph your amazing space, Jody! I know Jody will be having a magical Christmas this year. Santa brought her gift early this year… she got married last summer. 

Happy Holidays!

Snowman Mason Jar

Snowman Mason Jar

Snowman Mason Jar Craft

I had so much fun creating this Snowman Mason Jar! There’s nothing I like more than a craft project that’s cheap, useful and easy to make. And what could be more cheerful than a snowman?

Snowman Mason Jar Craft

Supplies: Small wide mouth Mason Jar, Cosmo Cricket lid, Design Master spray paint in Glossy White, a glass candlestick holder, E6000 glue, small black hat (and holly and ribbon if desired), google eyes, small piece of orange felt, five small black buttons for eyes, hot glue or craft glue.  

Snowman Mason Jar Craft

 Spray paint the Mason Jar and the glass candlestick holder. I think it took three coats for me to get the coverage I wanted. Let them dry. 

Snowman Mason Jar Craft

Next, use the E6000 to glue the jar and the candlestick holder together. 

Snowman Mason Jar Craft

Cut a small triangle out of the orange felt for the nose. Attach googly eyes, felt nose and button mouth with hot glue or craft glue.

Snowman Mason Jar Craft

Glue ribbon and berries to hat. Glue hat to lid.

Snowman Mason Jar Craft

Snowman Scarf

To make the snowman scarf, cut a piece of felt two inches in width and eight inches in length. 

Snowman Mason Jar Craft

Cut fringe in scarf. Tie it around snowman’s neck.

Snowman Mason Jar Craft

Fill your snowman up with candy or just enjoy it as holiday decor!

 If you LOVE Mason Jar crafts (I do… I happily admit it!), check out my Mason Jar Crafts!

Christmas:

Pretty Peppermint Scrub

Christmas Candy Bark

Holiday Granola

Winter Wonderland Mason Jar Craft

 Thanksgiving:
 

Turkey Mason Jar

Corny Containers

Halloween:

Pumpkin Candy Vases

St. Patrick’s Day:

St. Patrick’s Day Magic Vases

Summer:

Citronella Soy Candles