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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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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.

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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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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Easy DIY Personalized Ornament

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This weekend was filled with Christmas parties & breakfasts with Santa. We were on the move all weekend long trying to make sure that the big guy knew that Mai really wanted that train set for Christmas.

The parties had a ton of great activities and projects for the kids to do and as we all know my daughter loves her projects. There was a cookie making station that Mai took full advantage of. They had assorted sugar & gingerbread cookies for decorating along with colored icing and assorted candies & sugars.

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There was also a watercolor station, a sticker station & an ornament making one. The crafts just kept coming. My artsy little girl was in her glory. She brought home several cookies, a few new crafts & a new dolly from Santa. The ornament making reminded me that I had bought a couple of cheap clear plastic Christmas balls at the beginning of the season. I had completely forgotten about them. We kept our craft momentum going when we got home with our quick & easy personalized ornament.

What you will need:

Clear plastic Christmas bulb ornament

A black sharpie

Kid’s paint (We use Crayola’s water based non-toxic paint)

Directions:

With a sharpie draw on the name of the person you are making the ornament for. We made two, one for Mai & one for her Nana.

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After you write in the name, draw random lines & closed shapes all over the whole rest of the ornament.

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Paint each shape in a different color. Mai chose to just mix her colors for her ornament for her Nana because “Nana likes a rainbow.”

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Let the paint dry & hang your ornaments on your tree & admire. I touched up the Sharpie lines on Mai’s Nana ornament after it dried.

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The 12 Days Of Christmas (The Toddler Edition)

Christmas.jpgOn the first day of Christmas my toddler gave to me…
A diaper full of poop & pee.

On the second day of Christmas my toddler gave to me…
Two mismatched gloves &
A diaper full of poop & pee.

On the third day of Christmas my toddler gave to me…
Three glitter pens
Two mismatched gloves &
A diaper full of poop & pee.

On the fourth day of Christmas my toddler gave to me…
Four fresh picked boogers
Three glitter pens
Two mismatched gloves &
A diaper full of poop & pee.

On the fifth day of Christmas my toddler gave to me…
Fiiiivvve hours of ‘Frozen’
Four fresh picked boogers
Three glitter pens
Two mismatched gloves &
A diaper full of poop & pee.

On the sixth day of Christmas my toddler gave to me…
Six tantrums while playing
Fiiiivvve hours of ‘Frozen’
Four fresh picked boogers
Three glitter pens
Two mismatched gloves &
A diaper full of poop & pee.

On the seventh day of Christmas my toddler gave to me…
Seven jokes on farting
Six tantrums while playing
Fiiiivvve hours of ‘Frozen’
Four fresh picked boogers
Three glitter pens
Two mismatched gloves &
A diaper full of poop & pee.

On the eighth day of Christmas my toddler gave to me…
Eight milks a spilling
Seven jokes on farting
Six tantrums while playing
Fiiiivvve hours of ‘Frozen’
Four fresh picked boogers
Three glitter pens
Two mismatched gloves &
A diaper full of poop & pee.

On the ninth day of Christmas my toddler gave to me…
Nine million questions
Eight milks a spilling
Seven jokes on farting
Six tantrums while playing
Fiiiivvve hours of ‘Frozen’
Four fresh picked boogers
Three glitter pens
Two mismatched gloves &
A diaper full of poop & pee.

On the tenth day of Christmas my toddler gave to me…
Ten excuses for not sleeping
Nine million questions
Eight milks a spilling
Seven jokes on farting
Six tantrums while playing
Fiiiivvve hours of ‘Frozen’
Four fresh picked boogers
Three glitter pens
Two mismatched gloves &
A diaper full of poop & pee.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my toddler gave to me…
Eleven boo boos bleeding
Ten excuses for not sleeping
Nine million questions
Eight milks a spilling
Seven jokes on farting
Six tantrums while playing
Fiiiivvve hours of ‘Frozen’
Four fresh picked boogers
Three glitter pens
Two mismatched gloves &
A diaper full of poop & pee.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my toddler gave to me…
Twelve “I’m not hungry”s
Eleven boo boos bleeding
Ten excuses for not sleeping
Nine million questions
Eight milks a spilling
Seven jokes on farting
Six tantrums while playing
Fiiiivvve hours of ‘Frozen’
Four fresh picked boogers
Three glitter pens
Two mismatched gloves &
A diiiiiiaaaaaaper full of poop & pee.

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Tissue Box Christmas Chimney Craft

 

Up on the housetop, click, click, click
Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick…

When I was a child my grandmother used to have a wonderful Christmas record of children singing. This was my favorite carol on the album. I have gotten into the holiday spirit a little bit early & have started singing Christmas carols around our house & even at work. Not everyone appreciates my caroling, but my little one loves mommy’s songs. I think this one is going to be a favorite of hers too. Our tissue box chimney craft is inspired by this wonderful song.

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Paper Bowl & Plate Easter Bonnets

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Once a month at work, we have a pizza party to celebrate all the company birthdays for the month. They bring in a variety of different flavored party pizzas, salad and cakes & cookies. I love this about my job. On this same day, there is always a theme. This past week the theme was crazy hats. I have a large floppy sun hat that I wanted to dress up a bit to give it a little more of a Derby look. I asked my mother-in-law if she had any old ribbon that I could borrow to jazz up my hat. Did she ever? She brought me over two full bags of ribbon. I not only found exactly what I was looking for, I found an inspiration. With all of the beautiful pastel lace ribbon & with the day of the hats, it brought to mind Easter bonnets. As a child I always wore an Easter bonnet on Easter. I love hats, always have & now my daughter is following in my footsteps. Tonight’s fun mommy & daughter project…yup, you guessed it, it is Easter bonnets.

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