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Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Stamps

Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Ornament Stamps

Last Christmas, we made Christmas ornament stamps out of potatoes. These were a big hit with my daughter. She loves stamping projects & we are a big fan of potato stamps. I have seen many people using toilet paper rolls as stamps by bending them into various shapes such as leaves, hearts & pumpkins and I thought what a wonderful idea.

We used our tubes to form two different shaped ornaments. I cut one tube and bent it to form the top of the ornament.

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I used a glue gun to glue the tops in place like shown. Make sure the top piece is flush with the tube.

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The ornaments are then ready to stamp with. I cut out a Christmas tree shape for Mai to stamp on, but she was not interested in the tree. She just wanted to stamp on a plain piece of paper.

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Mai did not want to use the tree, but mommy did. I stamped the ornaments on the tree & let the paint dry.

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I used paint & glitter to decorate the ornaments & my daughter chose to use scissors & cut hers out for a project of her own.

Christmas Ornament toilet paper roll stamps

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More Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Hello Kitty Ornament for Christmas

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This year because of our living circumstances we will only be putting up a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. As all of our ornaments & decorations are buried in storage until after Christmas, my husband suggested that we hand make all of the ornaments for this tree. Challenge accepted. We already have made a few here & there throughout the season.

Last night we made a couple more for our tree. My daughter loves Hello Kitty & since she is such an easy figure to make, that was our first project of the night.

What you will need:

A medium-sized plastic Christmas ball

Cotton balls

White, yellow & black foam sheets

Red felt

Black pipe cleaners

Hot glue & school glue (Always operate caution when using. Not recommended for small children to use)

Directions

Stuff the inside of the ornament with cotton balls until jam-packed. My daughter loved this. This is a great fine motor skill activity too.

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Cut two triangles for ears out of the white foam. Put glue on the front & back and cover in a light layer of cotton.

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Use the hot glue to glue ears into place. For best results apply glue to the ear not the ball.

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Cut 2 black ovals out of the foam & one yellow one. Cut a pipe cleaner into six equal pieces & cut a bow out of the red felt. Use a Sharpie to draw in detail on the bow.

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Glue all pieces into place using the hot glue. Buy hooks for your ornament or use a pipe cleaner or string to hang.

Hello Kitty Christmas Ornament

We made one more ornament.

Mai loves to draw & I adore her drawings. I wanted a hand drawn ornament for our tree.

For this ornament, I drew & cut out 2 identical ornament shapes out of an old cardboard food box.

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I glued them together with a loop of yarn in between.

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I painted the top portion silver & let it dry.

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I glued the ornament down onto a piece of red construction paper & then cut the excess off to form a circle. I did this for both sides.

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I cut two smaller white circles & gave them to Mai. I asked her to draw on both pieces.

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While she drew, I added a bead of glue around the edge of the ball & sprinkled glitter on it. It gives it a lovely sparkly outline & covers up the seam where the cardboard & the paper meet.

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When she was done drawing, I glued her drawings on both ends. This picture is of the whole family looking out the window. I will treasure this one forever.

Kid Drawn Ornament for Christmas

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A Partridge In A Pear Tree Craft

A Partridge In A Pear Tree Footprint Craft for Christmas

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This week has been a fun holiday filled week. We snuggled up every night & watched a different Christmas movie and yesterday went to the library to pick out holiday books. When we got home we read our new books and listened to Christmas carols.

We got to listen to one of my favorite carols, which is ‘the 12 Days of Christmas’ This is a holiday song my daughter doesn’t know very well yet. She listened to me sing & asked “What’s a partridge?” I told her it was a bird. “I can make that” she told me. I asked her if she wanted to make the partridge & the pear tree. She did, of course.

Since we are still living with our little friend Ashley while our house is in the final stages of construction, Ashley joined us for holiday crafts.

As I told you before, my daughter is very into cutting these days. She will take every opportunity that she can to use her scissors. She wanted to make the pear trees out of cut paper, so she cut green & red construction paper into little pieces, while Ashley & I tore some.

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I cut out trunks for everyone out of brown construction paper & I cut out a big blue circle as a back drop & a guide for placing the pieces of paper.

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I gave the kids glue sticks & let them glue away.

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I cut out small pear shapes for them as well & they added them to their trees. They drew their own partridges with markers.

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For my tree, I decided that I was going to make a footprint partridge.

I painted both girl’s feet in blue & pressed them onto a piece of paper.

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I proceeded to turn them both into partridges.

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I cut around the partridges & added them to my trees.

A partridge in a pear tree footprint craft for CHristmas

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Snow Man Ornament

DIY Snow man Christmas ornament

This has been a crazy holiday season for us. If you are a regular follower, you know that we are in the process building a house. We have been staying with my husband’s aunt during the build. She has a finished basement that has become our temporary home. We realized the other day that it is very possible that we will not make it into our home before Christmas, which means we will not be able to put up our Christmas tree. This made me a little sad. My husband suggested that we purchase a small Charlie Brown Christmas tree & that Mai and I could make all the decorations ourselves. That sounded like a wonderful idea.

I had bought a few clear plastic bulbs for us a few weeks ago to use for homemade ornaments & last night decided to make our first one.

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What you will need:

A small clear plastic Christmas ornament

A Styrofoam ball smaller than the ornament & another for crumbling

White paint

Any colored felt

Button

Black foam sheet

Glue gun (Always use caution when operating a glue gun)

Directions

 

Take a mini Styrofoam ball & crumble it up with your hand until it is in fine flakes.

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Remove the top of the clear ornament & paint  it with white paint & generously sprinkle the Styrofoam on the wet paint.

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Stick a marker in the ornament & put it in a cup to let it dry.

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Run a bead of hot glue around the opening of the painted ornament & press a Styrofoam ball into the ball as far as it can go. Then push the ornament top into the top of Styrofoam ball.

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Cut a small piece of pipe cleaner for the nose & fold it in half & press into the middle of the Styrofoam. Cut out small round pieces of black foam for the coal for the eyes and mouth. Glue into place.

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Cut a long piece of felt& snip the edges so the are frayed. Wrap around the neck & tie like a scarf.

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Glue on buttons to finish it off.

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This will make a lovely addition to our little tree. I can’t wait to make more ornaments today with my little girl to fill it.

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20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For The Kids

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love. The Levitator is so cool.
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Last week my sister-in-law had asked me to make Star Wars inspired footprint crafts out of my nephews feet. I was so excited being that I am a bit of a Star Wars geek. I was happy with the results & so was she.

Star Wars Inspired Footprint Crafts - Adorable Keepsakes made out of kid's feet

The post was very popular & after a lot of feedback on our Star Wars project, I realized that a new generation of Star Wars fans were here. Star Wars is a favorite of both young & old & with the new movie coming out it is just gaining more fans every day. I can remember being a young girl and playing with my action figures. Leah was my favorite, of course. I loved her so much, that my mother had to put my hair in those famous side buns every day.

The holidays are upon us. If you have a little one that embraces the force as much as I did, I know that they will love these great Christmas gift ideas inspired by the movie.

JEDI MIND TRAINING

Use science to suspend and move things in air with this …

Star Wars Jedi Force Levitator

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

Challenge your mind or a friend with this 3D maze puzzle.

Death Star Maze & Puzzle Box

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

ITS ALL FUN & DROIDS

Now why didn’t they have these when I was little. I am half tempted to buy these for my daughter just so I can play with them.

Darth Vader Potato Head or Storm Trooper Potato Head

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

 

What child doesn’t like Legos? They always make the perfect gift.

Star Wars Legos

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

FOR YOUR LITTLE WOOKIE

Chewbacca Slippers

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

 

TO DECORATE YOUR DEATH STAR

All of these would be great for a Star Wars themed room.

 

Star Wars Peel & Stick Wall Decals

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

Star War Night Light

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

Darth Vader Alarm Clock

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

Light Saber Motion Lamp

 

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

FEELING CRAFTY

I am a huge fan of hand, foot & finger print crafts. This is adorable & all of the creations look like so much fun to make.

Star Wars Thumb Doodles Kit

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

Make 30 different folded flyers.

Star Wars Folded Paper Flyers

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH FOOD

I am sure a few little Star Wars fans will love waking up to a waffle in the shape of the Death Star.

 

Death Star Waffle Maker

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

If your child enjoys helping you cook, check out this adorable measuring set.

R2D2 Measuring Cups

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

Star Wars & candy.. two great things that go great together.

Star Wars Jelly Belly Dispenser

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

This R2D2 lunch box has both light & sound.

 

R2D2 Light Up Lunch Kit

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

LUKE, I AM GOING TO READ TO YOU

See the gentler side of Vader in these sweet & funny children’s books.

Darth Vader & Son or Good Night Darth Vader

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AND FOR THE STOCKING

If your child is anything like mine than they love Bandaids. My daughter fakes boo boos just to be able to put them on & just a plain Bandaid won’t do.

Star Wars Band Aids

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

Add a little fun to tooth brushing with these cool toothbrushes.

Star Wars Toothbrushes

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

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Toilet Paper Tube North Pole Scenes

toilet paper tube snowman, Santa, penguin at the North Pole. Recyclable cardboard roll arts & crafts for kids for winter and Christmas

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This weekend my husband and I got out for a very rare date night. The movie Elf is a favorite of both of ours. They had a musical version of Elf in the city & we just had to go see it, so we called in Nana for the night and went out for a much needed date.

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The musical was wonderful. The cast did a spectacular job. The songs were cute, catchy and well performed, but I was most impressed with the scenes. Maybe it is the Christmas lover in me, but the North Pole scenes & the Christmas in the city really got me. They also inspired some North Pole craft ideas that I couldn’t wait to do.

What you will need:

Toilet Paper Tubes

Egg Carton

Paper Bowl

Paint

Construction paper or foam

Popsicle stick

Cotton balls

Sharpie

Googly eyes

Glue

Ribbon

Pipe cleaner

Small regular pieces of cardboard

 

I had three North Pole characters in mind, Santa (of course), a snowman & a penguin.  I painted all of the pieces first to allow time for all of them to dry, but here is a break down of each craft.

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Penguin at the North Pole

  1. Paint a toilet paper tube in all black. I realized later that I needed to paint the inside as well. Let the paint dry.
  2. Squeeze glue on about 2/3 of the tube & spread cotton over it in an oval shape.
  3. Cut flippers out of black construction paper or use foam, as it is sturdier. Cut a beak and feet out of orange. Glue them into place & add googly eyes.
  4. Cut a small slit into the side of a paper bowl. Slide a Popsicle stick into it & glue into place. Cut a piece of cardboard into a small rectangle. Write North Pole on the sign & glue it to the top of the Popsicle stick. Glue the penguin to the bowl. Glue stretched out cotton balls all over the bowl & around the penguin and the sign. Add a small line of cotton to the top of the sign.

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toilet paper tube penguin at the North Pole. Recyclable cardboard roll arts & crafts for kids for winter and Christmas

Santa at the North Pole

  1. Paint 3/4 of a toilet paper tube red & the rest in black. Paint the pointy separator of the egg carton red & let all dry.
  2. Glue the egg carton portion to the top of the red end of the tube.
  3. Glue a ring of cotton around the bottom of the egg carton & at the point right above where the red & black meet.
  4. Cut a small oval shape out of flesh-toned paper. Add googly eyes to the oval shape & paint in cheeks a small nose & a mouth. Glue it right under the hat.
  5. Glue stretched out cotton around the outside of his face and between his nose & mouth to form a mustache and beard. Add a small cotton ball to the top of his hat.
  6. Draw in buttons on Santa’s coat.
  7. Follow the steps in step 4 from the penguin craft above to finish off the craft.

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Snowman at the North Pole

  1. Paint a toilet paper tube in white. Paint a piece of egg carton in black. Let them dry.
  2. Draw the snowman’s face in with a Sharpie & paint in the carrot nose with orange paint.
  3. Cut a black circle a bit larger than the egg carton piece out of black construction paper or foam & glue the egg carton to the the center of it. Let dry.
  4. Glue the hat to the top of the snowman.
  5. Cut a piece of ribbon to use as a scarf. Glue it into place.
  6. Glue pipe cleaners in place for the arms.
  7. Follow step #4 from the penguin craft to finish off your craft.

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toilet paper tube snowman at the North Pole. Recyclable cardboard roll arts & crafts for kids for winter and Christmas

These were so much fun & cute to make, I wanted to make more.

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Puzzle Piece Wreath

My sweet child has really been getting into the holiday season. I can tell this is going to be a fun year for our little munchkin.Puzzle Piece Wreath Craft for kids. Christmas and winter arts and crafts for toddlers and preschoolers - with buttons

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 She is ready for winter & has been drawing up a wintery storm. We have snowmen & Christmas trees all over the place. It is adorable.

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Her latest drawing was of a wreath. She was so excited as she was making her wreath.  She made a bow with long strings at the bottom and said that her wreath had ghost floating in the middle of it. Hmmmmm…

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She wanted to cut out her wreath, so we did and then decided to make more wreaths together. We dug through our craft bin to see what we had & came across our bag of old puzzle pieces. It turned out we had just enough to build two wreaths with.

To make these easy wreaths, all you will need is:

Old puzzle pieces of roughly the same size

Glue

Green paint

Green glitter

Red pipe cleaner

Different colored buttons or pom poms

 

Directions:

Glue the puzzle pieces together in a ring like shown. Let the glue dry.

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Paint your ring green & then sprinkle glitter on it.

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Let the paint & glitter dry. Form a bow with a pipe cleaner & glue into place. Mai didn’t want to decorate her wreath. She said that it was a broccoli wreath & you don’t put decorations on broccoli.

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Add buttons or pom poms or whatever else you can think of for embellishments. Add a string to the top & you can use it as an ornament as well.

Puzzle Piece Wreath Craft for kids. Christmas and winter arts and crafts for toddlers and preschoolers - with buttons

Our wreaths came out cute & sparkly and they helped us finally use the last of our mis-matched puzzle pieces.

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Footprint Elf On The Shelf

Footprint Elf On the Shelf - A cute keepsake for the kids for Christmas - holiday arts and crafts

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It is that time of year again. It is time to break out the Christmas decorations, send out your Christmas cards and put on your favorite carols. It is also time to bring that sneaky little elf out of hiding. We started the Elf on the Shelf tradition last year when we thought Mai was old enough to enjoy him. This year unfortunately, poor little Koontz (the name Mai picked for him) is locked away in storage waiting for our house to be finished.

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Footprint Snowman Christmas Stocking

Footprint Snowman Christmas Stocking - An easy keepsake stocking for the holidays

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope that everyone is enjoying their day & having fun with their families. Tomorrow kicks off the beginning of the Christmas season and I could not be more excited. I love the holiday season. Everything about it, the sounds, the smells & the lights just make me happy.

The holidays for me are all about making memories. Before having my daughter, I had a perfectly coordinated tree with fancy holiday knick knacks. Those have slowly been replaced through the years with homemade ornaments & I adore it. Some of my favorites are made out of my daughter’s foot and hand prints. This year I wanted to make a special stocking for our new home & new mantle.

I purchased an inexpensive stocking for a couple of dollars. I am sure you could pick one up at the Dollar Store.

I painted my daughter’s foot in white & pressed it onto the stocking. I used black paint & dotted on the eyes & mouth.

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I cut up some felt pieces for the hat & scarf. I used a Sharpie to stripe the hat and scarf and added glue and glitter for a little holiday sparkle.

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I glued the hat and gloves into place and added a pom pom to the end of the hat. I glued on a nose and buttons.

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We finished off our snowman with pipe cleaner arms.

Snowman Footprint Christmas Stocking for kids

It came out so cute. I can’t wait to hang it up.

 Footprint Snowman Christmas Stocking - An easy keepsake stocking for the holidays

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Torn Paper Christmas Stockings

torn paper christmas stockings with glitter- kids crafts for Christmas and winter - preschoolers construction paper mosaics

I think that I have mentioned that my daughter is big into cutting things right now. She loves using her safety scissors. She will just grab sheets of construction paper & cut them up. Today she cracked me up when she drew a bunch of small pictures and cut them out. She drew a Christmas tree, a plate of cookies & she made some ice for the ground and glued them all onto another piece of paper. I told her that she had made a nice collage & she said “It is not a collage. It is a winter’s day mosaic.” This made me laugh. “Do you know what a mosaic is?” We have made mosaic crafts in the past & I am certain that I have told her the word, but do not think I ever explained it to her. I gave her my best explanation & told her we could make a mosaic with all of the paper that she had cut.

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