We had some snow days last week and decided to get crafty in our free time. These cute little Christmas crafts are perfect for decorating your house, giving as gifts, and most importantly keeping the kids from going crazy in the house!
Popsicle Stick Snowflake
- Popsicle sticks
- Red yarn
- Apply the glue to the sticks and place them together as desired. Sprinkle on the glitter and let dry. Tie yarn around your snowflake so you can hang it on your tree!
Handprint Christmas Tree
- Green, Brown, and Yellow Paint
- Optional: Black sharpie and other colors for fingerprint lights
Mugs for Teachers
- White Ceramic Mugs
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes
Gingerbread Photo Ornaments
- Clear Ornaments from craft store
- Paint tray or aluminum foil pan to fill with the paint
- Put the paint into the pan and let them roll it around. After it dries use a metallic sharpie to add dots.
Modeling Clay Christmas Shapes
- Modeling clay in desired colors
- Cookie Cutters
- Use the cookie cutters to cut shapes in the modeling clay. Add embellishments and let sit to dry.
Do you have a favorite craft for the holidays? Link to it or let me know!
It was hard to find a lot of Green Eggs and Ham specifics in our local stores. They simply didn’t sell Sam-I-Am and his crew by themselves, even during Dr. Seuss’ birthday! Who would have thought but the orange pom poms were not in stock at any party store around here either! Amazon to the rescue: Green Eggs and Ham balloons, Orange Tissue Pom Poms, and Green Tissue Pom Poms!
Can you tell it was a breezy day?
These cute foam hands were an awesome find at the dollar store! I would tell you to be sure to use some serious hardcore tape. Foam does not like to stick to anything!
For the banner we simply cut the book pages into triangles, layering them with bright orange, and using the same sparkling green chipboard letters from the Goody Bags.
Everyone was asked to sign “Happy Birthday to You” By: Dr. Seuss. The pictures were taken from the books and the frames were found at Marshalls.
First things first, lets talk cupcakes.
For the cupcakes, we used a circle cutter (found at your local craft store) to create the toppers. The images are actual pages of the book. The book nerd in me cried out when we had to cut into the books but these were used copies so at least they were being recycled! The icing is colored with natural food coloring, because well you know I don’t like anything artificial!
For the food we wanted everything to be orange or green.
Green: Grapes and Eggs. The eggs are actually avocado deviled eggs. I found the recipe here and modified it to omit the cilantro, hot sauce, and onion. In the end we did add mayonnaise and extra lime juice. They tasted great and there was no need for fake food coloring. I would recommend tasting as you go to get the flavor/texture you want.
Orange: Cuties, cheddar Annie’s bunnies, and sweet potato chips.
Combination: Tri-Colored Italian cold pasta salad, regular salad with cucumbers, carrots, avocados, & tortilla crunchies on top, egg salad topped with parsley, and deli ham and cheese sandwiches.
Toss the Fox into the Box
These pages were taken straight from the used books as well.
Pin the Green Eggs and Ham on Sam-I-Am
It wouldn’t be a party without Goody Bags!
Or in this case pails! We Seussed up the pails with Green Eggs and Ham stickers, ribbon, and sparkling chipboard letters. Then filled them with Green Eggs and Ham pencils, finger eraser, bubbles, lollipops, and eggs filled with Unreal candy!
Coming soon: Green Eggs and Ham Birthday Decorations!
When my darling husband asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day I of course said Tiffanys, a spa getaway, or a new Shelby Mustang. He did not seem thrilled about any of those suggestions so I had to come up with some else. I was struck with the idea to rearrange my Pinterest boards and came across one of my first pins. It was a picture of a shadowbox with a little girl’s ballet shoes and picture. I remember pinning this thinking it would be a great keepsake for my own daughter’s first year of ballet. Perfect gift idea, a shadowbox, so I could finally complete a project I intended to start!
Mother’s Day came and like a good husband he got me exactly what I asked for and then some. I was excited to finally be able to begin this craft and find a home for her pre-ballet memories. So excited in fact that I put the shadowbox back in the bag and set it in a corner! Don’t judge like you’ve never put something off before…
Today was the day, I got the itch to finish what I hadn’t started. This is the pin that inspired me.
I decided to not only do her shoes but also her leotard. After all, what is cuter than a tiny pink ballerina outfit?! Also, I added both bun accessories from her recitals that year. She loved it and can’t wait for me to hang it in her room. Now that I have completed one pin I feel ready to take on another. Most likely though, it will be awhile before that happens!
Handprint frame kit. This one is super easy. You can find these at any craft store and with a 40%/50% off coupon you will pay less then $15 for it. Unfortunately, my dog knocked mine off the table it was sitting on and it cracked. So my advice, keep it out of reach of animals and children, especially if you have a 100lb rottweiler like me.
Tissue Paper Flower. My daughter made this for me when she was 3 and I still have it proudly displayed for all to see. Since I have a black thumb, this flower is my favorite kind! All you need is a styrofoam cup, 1 green pipe cleaner, and tissue paper in whatever colors you choose. To make the flower: Pick up 6 to 8 squares of tissue paper and stack them on top of each other. Create an accordion fold by folding about 1/2 inch over then under until you have folded the entire stack of tissue paper. Get the sides as even as possible when you fold. Wrap one end of a pipe cleaner around the middle of the folded tissue paper, and twist it shut. Start separating the layers of tissue paper and opening up the paper flower. Continue to open up the flower until you have a pretty, ball-shaped flower.
Picture Flower Pot with Fingerprints. I helped my kids make this for my grandmother. She is an avid gardener and she told me these are the prettiest flowers she has ever seen. You will need a clay pot, styrofoam disc, green bendy straws, cupcake wrappers, paint, basket straw,and glue gun/tape. The caterpillars are their fingerprints and the lady bugs and bees are their thumb prints. After the paint dried I used a sharpie to add eyes, stripes, legs, etc. Poke holes in the styrofoam to the desired depth and arrange your straws (I staggered mine). If your straws are loose use the glue to secure them. Flatten the cupcake wrappers and glue the photos into the center. Then tape them to the top of the straws. I used brown paper basket straw to fill the inside of the pot. Using scrapbook paper, the kids made her a card to tape onto the bouquet.
Canvas Picasso. I think my kids favorite art projects are the ones where I don’t hover around telling them what to do. I bought a pack of canvas at my local craft store (again use a 40%/50% off coupon), and let them have at it. The end results are one of a kind, true to the artist paintings. If your child is old enough have them sign their work and when they are famous you will have their very first creations. I use my children’s paintings not only for gifts but to decorate my walls. In our upstairs hallway, we have original artwork hung up, it is almost like a mini gallery.
Remember, getting covered in paint, glitter, and marker is part of the fun!