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.

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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 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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