You’re a Gem Valentine’s Day Printable Cards

I’ll make this post short and sweet.

Girly and pretty. That’s how I describe these little Valentines. Attach the cards to a Ring Pop and you’ve got a “Gem” of a Valentine.  I’m sharing the free You’re a GEM Valentine’s Day printable cards HERE.

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My daughter is excited to give these to her classmates.

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?

Have a Happy Day!

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Minecraft Valentine’s Day Printable Cards

Moo, oink, baa… Why am I hearing animals?

I used to ask myself this question when my kids first started playing Minecraft. Funny how I didn’t notice the other sounds coming from the popular video game. All I could hear and still hear loudly are the animals.

Anyways, since Valentine’s Day is near, I created these Minecraft Valentines for my son to give to his classmates. I’m sharing the printable with you – download the Minecraft Valentine’s Day printable cards HERE.

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I love how this design is simple. The wording is not specific for any kind of candy or treat.

Do your kids play Minecraft? I knew my son would love the game but I didn’t expect both my daughters to love it also.

I hope you have a happy day!

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Christmas Tree Rice Krispies Treats

Did I tell you I have not one but three kid birthdays to celebrate just days before Christmas?

I already told you about one in the previous post.

The other two are on the same day – the twins.

After 10 years of this, I should be used to all the crazy fun it brings to the holidays. I am… kind of.

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I try to make their birthday celebrations special and separate from Christmas. Although, my kids like to have their classroom birthday treats Christmas themed.

This year, I made Christmas Tree Rice Kristie Treats for the twins to share with their class.

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I made the classic Rice Krispies Treats recipe.

I cut the Rice Krispies Treats into triangles. You could use a Christmas tree cookie cutter but simple triangles are easier to make.

I decorated them using green icing, mini red M&M’s as ornaments and mini yellow M&M’s as the stars.

I also decided to keep the trees simple by not coloring them green (using food coloring or even green sprinkles). During y first attempt, I did use green sugar sprinkles but it made the Rice Krispies treats taste too sweet. I think it looks nice without the coloring. The green icing garland gives it enough color.

Also, just like on my Christmas Tree Brownies, the green icing garland paired with the yellow M&M stars and red M&M ornament makes it holiday-ish.

Have you made any Christmas treats this holiday season?

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Reindeer Cocoa Krispies Treats

If you’re a mom with kids, especially in preschool or elementary school, then you are familiar with the parent sign-up sheet for parties. You know the one. The teacher lists food and party supplies for parents to contribute and then the parents put their names besides an item or two.

When my kids were in preschool, I was the mom who would volunteer to bring plates, cups, napkins or a bag of pretzels. Something easy and didn’t require me to make it.

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I was definitely not putting together all the cute treats you’ve seen here the past few years. The cute stuff started coming out of my kitchen when all my kids were out of preschool. Maybe, it’s because I was a slacker back then. Maybe, it was because there was no Pinterest to inspire me. I like to tell myself it’s because I was busy with 3 kids in preschool with little time for anything else.

Anyways, when it comes to my kids birthday classroom treats, now I will happily make an adorable sweet treat. My daughter asked me to create something using Cocoa Krispies Treats for her birthday classroom snack. And so I did – Reindeer Cocoa Krispies Treats. I based it off the reindeer treats, Mini Reindeer Donuts, I made last year.

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I made the classic Rice Krispies Treats recipe using Cocoa Krispies.

I cut the Rice Krispies Treats into squares.

I used Wilton Candy Eyeballs. The noses are red M&Ms. I used chocolate icing to keep the eyes and noses in place on the Cocoa Krispies Treats. I drew the antlers using chocolate icing with a round tip. And that’s all I did. Easy.

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DIY Swirly Paper Snowman

Please tell me I’m not the only person who has their outdoor Christmas lights still in a box. I really want to have our outdoor lights and candy canes displayed in the front of our house. I doubt they will be anytime soon with the wintry weather.

But, at least, most of my indoor holiday decorations are up including these cute Swirly Paper Snowmen.

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This paper craft is so simple to create. You could use it as an ornament on your Christmas tree, hang them on a chandelier or use it to decorate a garland like I did.

The materials I used to make these Swirly Paper Snowmen were white cardstock paper, ruler, pencil, straight edge cutter, scissors, Elmer’s glue, ribbon, hot glue gun and glue sticks.

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Each snowman is made with 2 strips of white cardstock paper.

I cut one strip of white paper 11 inches long and 3/4 inch wide. I cut another strip 8.5 inches long and 3/4 inch wide.

The 8.5 inches strip is for the head. The 11 inches strip is for the body.

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On the strip that is 8.5 inches, I drew a line with a pencil 4 inches down. On the strip that is 11 inches, I drew a line with a pencil 5 inches down.

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I rolled (quilled) each strip (first the 8.5 inch strip and then the 11 inch strip) with a pencil until I reached the marked pencil line. I rolled it out a bit so it made a swirl. I placed a light amount of glue near the marked pencil line on the strip and placed the other end of the strip to attach. Note: Too much Elmer’s glue did cause the circle to bend a little at the glue line. I just manually shaped my paper until it was more circular again.

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Now, I have two swirly circles.

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I glued the two swirly circles together to form a snowman.

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I cut some red ribbon 6 inches long. I attached the scarf to snowman using a hot glue gun.

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I placed thin ribbon through the top of the snowman to use for hanging.

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The Swirly Paper Snowmen are a perfect accent to our Christmas garland.

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Frosty the Snowman Tissue Box Cover

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8 years ago, I remember this…

My daughter, who was almost 2 years old at the time, would grab my hands and spin around “ring around the rosie” style to the following…

“Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul with a corncob pipe and a button nose and 2 eyes made out of coal…”

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I was also 35 weeks pregnant with twins. Imagine a toddler and expecting twins all around Christmas time. It was a memorable December. Someone pass me a tissue because I’m getting teary eyed just thinking about it.

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In addition to needing tissues for my tears, my entire family has also needed a lot of tissues recently. Cough and cold season made an appearance in our household. We were in need of several boxes of Kleenex tissues. Kleenex facial tissue is our preferred brand.

So, I went to Target to purchase several boxes of Kleenex facial tissue using this $1 off 4 or 6 pack Kleenex facial tissue coupon (coupon available while supplies last).

During the past several weeks, my kids, husband and I have had a cold. One person gets it and then another catches it. You know how it goes.

A cough and cold is tough on the kids. Runny noses are the worst. My kids use a lot of tissues during this time. They like knowing there is a box of Kleenex facial tissues next to them. That’s why we always have a tissue box nearby when they are sick – you’ll find one next to their beds, in the bathroom, in the family room, and even next to them on the kitchen table.

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We’ve used so much Kleenex tissues, we had a supply of empty tissue boxes. I asked my kids for ideas for a tissue box craft project. They came up with a brilliant idea – turn an empty tissue box into a bank.

Since I’ve been feeling nostalgic about Frosty, the kids and I decided to create a Frosty the Snowman Tissue Box Cover. Your kids can use this as a bank or storage if the box is empty OR use as a tissue box cover.

The materials we used to make this Frosty the Snowman Tissue Box Cover were blue felt, white felt, black felt, red felt, stiffened glittery black felt, pink felt, my Frost the Snowman face template, pencil, silver Sharpie marker, scissors, ruler, hot glue gun and hot glue gun sticks.

Download our Frosty the Snowman template HERE.

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I cut out two rectangle pieces of blue felt measuring 5 1/8 inches by 9 1/2 inches.

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I glued one rectangle blue felt piece with the other with an overlap of about 1/2 inch. I wrapped the blue felt around the tissue box snug. I attached one end to the other using glue.

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NOTE: This tissue box cover was not glued onto the tissue box. It’s meant to slide on and off a box so that it’s reusable.

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I printed and cut out my Frosty the Snowman template. I used the template as a guide. Download our Frosty the Snowman template HERE.

I traced my template pieces on felt using either a pencil or a silver Sharpie marker. The pencil lines are tough to see on the dark felt colors so I used a silver Sharpie marker.

  • I used white felt for the head and outer eyes.
  • I used black felt for the pupils and mouth.
  • I used red felt for the nose.
  • I used pink felt for the flower and blue felt for the middle of the flower.
  • I used glittery black stiffened felt for the hat.

I cut out all my felt pieces.

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My kids helped me glue the Frosty pieces together and then glued him onto the blue felt tissue box cover.

Watch the short video below to see Frosty put together. If you can not play the video in this blog post, then watch it HERE.

For added fun, the kids also attached snowflake stickers on the other sides of the tissue box cover.

Our Frosty the Snowman Tissue Box Cover is adorable. Frosty the Snowman is such a happy and lovable character. He’ll be great to have around to bring cheer when you’re sick and in need of a tissue.

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You can purchase Kleenex facial tissues by going to Target and using this $1 off 4 or 6 pack Kleenex facial tissue coupon (coupon is available while supplies last).

Do your kids love Frosty the Snowman? Have you made any tissue box crafts?

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DIY Felt and Burlap Christmas Wreath

A few weeks ago my husband and I went on a vacation to Puerto Rico. Imagine a place where the weather is warm, the resort’s scenery is breathtaking, the pool is relaxing and there’s a Starbucks.

I must emphasize…Starbucks is not my top memory of Puerto Rico. I mention it only because it’s where I noticed a pretty Christmas wreath. It inspired me to create this Felt and Burlap Christmas Wreath.

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Our Puerto trip was our first kid-free trip since our oldest child was born. She is almost 10 years old.

10 years! We never even took a weekend getaway together. If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen a few pictures from our amazing Puerto Rico vacation.

Anyways, the resort we stayed at had a Starbucks which is where I saw my inspiration wreath. It reminded me of my Felt Leaf Turkey Wreath minus the cute turkey face. I loved how the burlap leaves and red ornaments formed a holly. I knew instantly I wanted to make a similar wreath but using brighter red ornaments.

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Christmas Wreath inside Starbucks at El Conquistador Resort – Puerto Rico

Since then, I wondered if this wreath at other Starbucks. My local Starbucks has a convenient drive-thru so I rarely step inside it. But, I did notice yesterday while peaking through the drive-thru window while waiting for my Vanilla Latte that yes, indeed, the same Christmas wreath was also displayed there.

Maybe, you’ve seen this Starbucks Christmas wreath? Did you ever think about making one for yourself?

Well, here’s a tutorial on my version – a Felt and Burlap Christmas Wreath.

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The materials I used to make this Felt Leaf Christmas Wreath were wreath form (12 inch), kelly green felt, burlap, red ornaments, scissors, pencil, red Sharpie marker, hot glue gun and glue sticks.

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I cut out several rectangle pieces of the green felt. The rectangles were about  2.5 inches by 1.5 inches.

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I then cut those rectangles into pointed feather shapes. I did use my first cut leaf as a template so the leaves were similar size and shape.

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I glued the felt feathers onto the wreath. I glued 3 leaves in each row. See photo below.

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I only glued the feathers onto the front of the wreath. Later, I cut some green felt to cover the back of the wreath.

I took the ornaments and glued onto wreath and to each other.

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I made two burlap leaves by tracing a leaf template onto my burlap. I cut out the burlap leaves.

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I drew random patterns onto each burlap leaf using a red Sharpie marker. I drew diamonds, curved lines, circles.

To stiffen the burlap, I lighted brushed Mod Podge onto each burlap leaf. I let it dry completely.

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I glued the burlap leaves onto the felt wreath.

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This beautiful Felt and Burlap Christmas Wreath is hanging above our fireplace. It’s looks perfect with the rest of our Christmas decorations.

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Happy Crafting!

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Christmas Countdown Printable

I have a secret I’ve been wanting to share. Until this post, only a few people know.

Today, we have a special countdown set to “1 Day.” No, it’s not this Christmas Countdown Printable but our Disney Vacation Countdown. Shhh…the kids have no idea we’re going to Disney World. It’s a super secret surprise trip.

They’ve seen my new Christmas Countdown Printable and said to display it instead of the Disney Vacation Countdown since Christmas comes before our next Disney vacation (which they think is in the summer). Hehe…see they don’t know.

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We’ll be in Disney World tomorrow. I think it’s safe to post this today unless 1) my kids get access to the internet at school , 2) decide to show off my blog to their teachers and friends and 3) read this post. Chances of all that happening are low.

The big surprise will be revealed when the kids get home from school. The Disney Vacation Countdown displaying “1 Day” will be one of the clues as they walk in our door.

Anyways, I decided to make this simple Christmas Countdown Printable because of a dear reader. She made a comment in the Disney Countdown post stating she wanted to make something similar for Christmas.

We love counting down to Christmas. We display a countdown on our family room mantle. We hang a countdown ornament on our Christmas tree. Can a family have too many countdowns?

Personally, I don’t think we really need a third countdown. To be honest, I made this printable countdown more for YOU…maybe you don’t have a Christmas countdown OR an advent calendar OR you don’t want/have time to make one yourself OR you don’t want to spend the money to buy one. Maybe you want something simple.

If you have a an 8×10 frame with glass, a printer, paper, scissors and a dry erase marker, then this Christmas Countdown printable is for you. Just print and frame it. That’s it – easy.

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Download our Christmas Countdown printable HERE.

This printable is meant to fit in an 8×10 frame.

TIPS: I recommend printing it on white card stock paper. I also recommend checking your printer settings. My printer’s “Print Quality” setting is normally on “Standard” but  I changed the “Print Quality” to “High.”

After printing, you’ll need to cut around the red frame of the Christmas Countdown printable to make it an 8×10 picture.

IMPORTANT: Make sure your frame has a glass top. The glass is where you write the numbers. It’s also why you’re able to erase and change the days with a dry erase marker. We use a slightly damp napkin to erase the numbers.

Does your family like to countdown the days until Christmas?

Happy printing and counting down!

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DIY Spiral Paper Christmas Trees

Is it too early to start decorating for Christmas?

This past Saturday the weather was unusually sunny and warm. I actually saw a neighbor putting up their outdoor Christmas lights. Do you think that’s crazy or smart? Personally, I’d rather hang my outdoor holiday lights while wearing a light jacket versus a thick coat and gloves.

Christmas décor usually makes an appearance at my house after Thanksgiving. Why then am I posting this pretty paper craft - Spiral Paper Christmas Trees – shown hanging on our kitchen chandelier? Well, it’s because I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

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I respect the turkey…really I do.  Thanksgiving is not a holiday to take for granted.

Honestly, the paper trees were up temporarily for the photos. It will return hanging from our kitchen chandelier spreading Christmas cheer…but not until after Thanksgiving.

Here’s how to make beautiful Spiral Paper Christmas Trees. It’s a quick and easy craft.

The materials I used to make these Spiral Paper Christmas Trees were green cardstock papers, patterned cardstock paper, yellow cardstock paper, circle template (almost 4 inches wide), pencil, glue stick, star punch, 1/16 inch hole punch and string.

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NOTE: I used cardstock paper for the spiral trees. I did try it with printer paper and it didn’t hold it’s tree shape. The paper is too light and thin. It will look more like spiral paper streamers.

I did two layers. Pattern cardstock paper is on the top. Green cardstock paper is the bottom.  I love the layered look of two different papers. You could only do one layer.

I traced a circle on to the green paper. I traced a circle on the pattern paper.

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I cut out the circles. I placed the pattern circle on top of the green circle.

Starting at the outer edge of the circles, I cut in a spiral until I got to the middle. I folded/bent the middle up. I glued the two top middle parts together.

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I made stars using a star punch on yellow paper. I used two stars for each Christmas tree. You could use a small circle as a tree topper or star stickers if you don’t have a star punch.

I glued the stars onto the top middle of my spiral. There’s a start on both sides.

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I used a 1/16 inch hole punch to make a small hole at the top of the star. I put string through the hole and tied it.

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As I mentioned earlier, I love having two layers in the spiral trees. The paper Christmas trees look different depending on where you view it.

Sometimes you see mostly green.

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Sometimes you see more of the fun patterns on the paper.

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Either way you view them, the Spiral Paper Christmas Trees look fun and festive.

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Have you made any Christmas decorations?

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DIY Thanksgiving Burlap Banner

The inspiration for this Thanksgiving Burlap Banner came from a reader. She left a sweet comment on my Halloween Burlap Banner post. She mentioned how I needed “to design a cutie pie Thanksgiving one.” Ask and you shall receive. I actually love the idea and was more than happy to design a pretty little Thanksgiving Burlap Banner.

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I was excited to start creating Thanksgiving themed pictures for this banner because I love to draw and color. I must point out this a mini banner. The pieces measure about 3×4 inches. It may be small in size but it’s still adorable. You could, of course, size yours to be bigger.

The materials I used to make this Thanksgiving Burlap Banner were Sharpie markers (brown, orange, red, yellow, gray and black), burlap (light color), felt (dark brown color), scissors, banner templates, ribbon, mini clothespins, hot glue gun and hot glue sticks.

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One banner template is slightly bigger. I used the big template for the felt background and the smaller template for the burlap.

I traced my big template using a black Sharpie onto the felt. I cut out my felt banner piece. I repeated until I had 5 felt banner pieces.

I traced my small template using a pencil onto the burlap. I cut out my burlap banner piece. I repeated until I had 5 burlap banner pieces.

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I drew one Thanksgiving themed item for each banner piece. I drew a turkey, pumpkins and leaves.

I kept my drawings simple. Just like the drawings in my Halloween banner, you don’t need be a detailed artist to draw these Thanksgiving themed objects.

See the photo below to see how I drew a pumpkin. The pumpkin is orange with brown as the outline and stem.

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I love how the falls colors blend together in our Stained Glass Turkeys. I wanted the same effect for the leaf design. I first colored in the leaf mostly red, then added some orange and then some yellow. I outlined the leaf in brown. See the photo below to see how I drew and colored the leaf.

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The turkey was based on my Thanksgiving Turkey Cups and my Turkey Wreath. The turkey is brown and it’s feathers were outlined in brown. Eyes are black with yellow outline, beak is yellow and wattle is red. See the photo below for how I drew the turkey.

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Similar to the leaf design of this banner, I wanted the turkey feathers to be a mix of colors together.

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The burlap banner pieces and the felt banner pieces were attached using a hot glue gun. I put glue only at the top part of the banner pieces.

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I have the banner pieces hanging using mini clothespins attached to ribbon.

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My pretty little Thanksgiving Burlap Banner is complete. Isn’t it a work of art?

Have you made any Thanksgiving decorations?

Happy Crafting!

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