These personalized gift tags will be a huge hit and you won't have to put names on your presents. Kids can make them. Have more fun and use baby photos!

We created these personalized gift tags and they were a HUGE hit. We got a bunch of photos printed at the local 1 hour place and then sat down with a tag punch and punched away. If you have a large family, you can make it even more fun by using baby and child photos of adults. People LOVE looking at the tags and trying to figure out who is who. It makes an already special holiday even more so. All you need is a large tag punch. Making the tags is as much fun as finding them on the presents Christmas morning and even kids can do it. This means you don’t write names on the presents. Just attach the photo tag. Follow the simple directions below and you’ll be on your way to a very unique Christmas morning and it just might be the start of a new tradition for your  family. If you’d like some other tradition ideas take a peek at our kit for Christmas Eve Traditions. It’s FULL of specific ideas themes and printables! And if you’d like an incredibly unique way to package smaller items and use your personalized gift tag, check out our Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas using Soda Bottles.

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NOTE ON PUNCHES: You want one that is large enough to get a photo or head into. We used a Recollections brand purchased at Hobby Lobby. Below are two that we found on Amazon that should work great.

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You can also print photos out on your home printer if you don’t mind using the ink. Black and white photos also work great for tags. If using a store for printing, use a place like Walgreen’s that always has specials. You can get 4 x 6 photos for pennies each on a regular basis. If you have time to order online, places like Shutterfly usually has going specials and does great work.

  • Lots of 4×6 photos
  • Large tag punch (see a couple of choices below that we found on Amazon)
  • Small 1/8″ hole punch for string (For small tags) or you can just tape them on!

Instructions

All you need is a stack of photos and a tag punch.

These personalized gift tags will be a huge hit and you won't have to put names on your presents. Kids can make them. Have more fun and use baby photos!

You’ll want a test photo to see how it punches. You can also use a 4×6 index card or piece of paper. These personalized gift tags will be a huge hit and you won't have to put names on your presents. Kids can make them. Have more fun and use baby photos!

Center your photo and make sure it’s pushed evenly all the way back against your punch. Punch the tag with firm even pressure. These personalized gift tags will be a huge hit and you won't have to put names on your presents. Kids can make them. Have more fun and use baby photos!

You can now see where it punched the hole. These personalized gift tags will be a huge hit and you won't have to put names on your presents. Kids can make them. Have more fun and use baby photos!

I can now lay my template over a normal picture and see where it will punch if I put my picture in the exact center. These personalized gift tags will be a huge hit and you won't have to put names on your presents. Kids can make them. Have more fun and use baby photos! These personalized gift tags will be a huge hit and you won't have to put names on your presents. Kids can make them. Have more fun and use baby photos!These personalized gift tags will be a huge hit and you won't have to put names on your presents. Kids can make them. Have more fun and use baby photos!

You will have many photos that you will have to trim to insert. It’s difficult to be exact with most punches. Just do the best you can!These personalized gift tags will be a huge hit and you won't have to put names on your presents. Kids can make them. Have more fun and use baby photos!

These personalized gift tags will be a huge hit and you won't have to put names on your presents. Kids can make them. Have more fun and use baby photos! These personalized gift tags will be a huge hit and you won't have to put names on your presents. Kids can make them. Have more fun and use baby photos! These personalized gift tags will be a huge hit and you won't have to put names on your presents. Kids can make them. Have more fun and use baby photos!

If you choose to tie your tags on with ribbons, you will need to punch a hole in them. For smaller tags use a smaller hole punch. These personalized gift tags will be a huge hit and you won't have to put names on your presents. Kids can make them. Have more fun and use baby photos!

Punch the holes.These personalized gift tags will be a huge hit and you won't have to put names on your presents. Kids can make them. Have more fun and use baby photos!Add string or ribbon. These personalized gift tags will be a huge hit and you won't have to put names on your presents. Kids can make them. Have more fun and use baby photos!

We did the entire family one year using old and new photos. personalized-gift-tags-14 These personalized gift tags will be a huge hit and you won't have to put names on your presents. Kids can make them. Have more fun and use baby photos!

 

 

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Make these merry candy candy Christmas candles! They're easy, quick, inexpensive and beautiful. Plus there's a free poinsettia pattern included to adorn them!

If you need a last minute table centerpiece, holiday gift or even something simple that the older kids can make, these candy cane Christmas candle sticks are perfect! All the supplies can be purchased at the dollar store which is yet another bonus. They are beautiful and you can, of course, decorate them any way you like. These are a perfect match for our other poinsettia decor items. I’m talking about our Poinsettia Christmas Placemats, our matching Poinsettia Christmas Placecards and of course our gorgeous Poinsettia Lights. There’s no shortage of poinsettia crafts here,  for sure!  But the best thing about making these candy cane Christmas candles? You get to eat the left overs!

Christmas Candles Supplies

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Make these merry candy candy Christmas candles! They're easy, quick, inexpensive and beautiful. Plus there's a free poinsettia pattern included to adorn them!

Instructions

IMPORTANT: Candy canes break easily. HANDLE THE FINAL WITH CARE. Once you have placed them on the glue, you can only adjust them for just a second or two. So be quick! The trick is to get your candle to stand straight. If it does not, in the end you can glue a little something under one side to make it even, such as a sliver of wood, then paint it to match so it won’t show.

Gather your supplies!Make sure to keep the wrappers on your candy canes and your candles. This is because of the obvious reason. The glue will not hold to wax. Also the candy canes will melt.  Choose candy canes that are not broken. It helps to have extras.

Make these merry candy candy Christmas candles! They're easy, quick, inexpensive and beautiful. Plus there's a free poinsettia pattern included to adorn them!

Lay down a 3 to 4 inch heavy strip of hot glue on the candle base. Make these merry candy candy Christmas candles! They're easy, quick, inexpensive and beautiful. Plus there's a free poinsettia pattern included to adorn them!

Quickly stand up the candle and press the first candy cane on it to make it stand as straight as possible. Make these merry candy candy Christmas candles! They're easy, quick, inexpensive and beautiful. Plus there's a free poinsettia pattern included to adorn them!

Add your next row of glue. Make these merry candy candy Christmas candles! They're easy, quick, inexpensive and beautiful. Plus there's a free poinsettia pattern included to adorn them!

Quickly stand up your candle and press on your cane. Because these are taper candles the candy canes will touch at the top but will have small gaps at the bottom. Again, the goal is to get your candle to stand straight.Make these merry candy candy Christmas candles! They're easy, quick, inexpensive and beautiful. Plus there's a free poinsettia pattern included to adorn them!

This shows the bottom of my candle after all the candy canes were glued on. Make these merry candy candy Christmas candles! They're easy, quick, inexpensive and beautiful. Plus there's a free poinsettia pattern included to adorn them!

You can see the gap at the bottom because of the taper. This is fine. Make these merry candy candy Christmas candles! They're easy, quick, inexpensive and beautiful. Plus there's a free poinsettia pattern included to adorn them!

Cut out your poinsettia pattern. Make these merry candy candy Christmas candles! They're easy, quick, inexpensive and beautiful. Plus there's a free poinsettia pattern included to adorn them!

Cut the leaves out of green and red cardstock. Make these merry candy candy Christmas candles! They're easy, quick, inexpensive and beautiful. Plus there's a free poinsettia pattern included to adorn them!

These are ready to glue together. Make these merry candy candy Christmas candles! They're easy, quick, inexpensive and beautiful. Plus there's a free poinsettia pattern included to adorn them!
Glue your poinsettia together. Make these merry candy candy Christmas candles! They're easy, quick, inexpensive and beautiful. Plus there's a free poinsettia pattern included to adorn them!

Add a bell. Make these merry candy candy Christmas candles! They're easy, quick, inexpensive and beautiful. Plus there's a free poinsettia pattern included to adorn them!

Glue your ribbon around the candy cane base. Make these merry candy candy Christmas candles! They're easy, quick, inexpensive and beautiful. Plus there's a free poinsettia pattern included to adorn them!

 Add a large dob of glue to the front and add your poinsettia flower.  Make these merry candy candy Christmas candles! They're easy, quick, inexpensive and beautiful. Plus there's a free poinsettia pattern included to adorn them!

If your candy canes have uneven spots where the plastic sticks up you can clip them off. Make these merry candy candy Christmas candles! They're easy, quick, inexpensive and beautiful. Plus there's a free poinsettia pattern included to adorn them!

The finished Christmas candles. Please handle carefully!  Make these merry candy candy Christmas candles! They're easy, quick, inexpensive and beautiful. Plus there's a free poinsettia pattern included to adorn them!

 

 

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With four Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest reversible Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

Four dollar store Santa hats and some felt  that’s all you need to make this darling two sided Santa pillow. It does require a small amount of straight sewing. But I use hot glue for the rest. Feel free to sew it all if you like! You end up with the cutest reversible pillow you’ve ever seen. It only takes minutes to whip one up and they make great neighbor gifts! We even made a special tag poem to print out should you decide to use them that way. If you’re looking for more creative ideas like this make sure you check out our Christmas Caps for Visitors and 2 No Prep Last Minute Gifts from Your Pantry.

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  • Four Santa Hats per pillow (We got ours from the Dollar Store)
  • Sewing machine  You can get these SO cheap now. I’m not much of a sewer, only using sewing machines for minor crafting projects. But they sure comes in handy for things like this!
  • Felt, black and yellow
  • Seam Ripper
  • Hot Glue
  • Stuffing of some sort
  • Tag Download below (for a gift)

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Gather your basic supplies.

With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

Remove the bottom white bands from your Santa hats. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

Hat with white band removed. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

Open up one seam on the caps. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

Remove the top pom poms. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

You should now have two sets of each of these as shown.  You will be trimming all four pieces as shown.With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.Cutting off the area as shown above on all pieces so you can sew them into square shapes. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

Both sets after cutting of the points. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

Take each set and sew a seam along where you just cut. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

You now have two square piece, the front and back of your pillow. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

Take one of your white brim pieces and iron it out as needed. Fold over the edge that was ripped away and hem it so that it matches the other side that is already hemmed. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

Lay out where you will place the white strip across your pillow.  I chose to glue mine onto the pillow rather than sew it.  Trim the excess off on the ends.With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags. Take three of the pom poms that are left over and glue or sew them onto the center of your white band. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

For the other side of your pillow you will be making a Santa belt. Measure and cut your black felt. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

Using our free pattern cut a belt buckle out of yellow felt. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

Glue the belt together. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

Mark the center of your pillow. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

Glue or sew your belt into your pillow.With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

This shows the front and back of your pillow. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

Place your pillow pieces right side together and sew the edges. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

Make sure to leave a few inches for stuffing. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

I used a wooden spoon to help poke out the corner. Trim the extra fabric off inside on the corner to help them pop out more. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

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Stuff your pillow with whatever stuffing you like and sew or glue up the seam. With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

Completed belt side.With two Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

Completed Pom Pom side.With four Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

Add our wonderful poem for a gift.

With four Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest two-sided Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

With four Dollar store Santa hats, you can make the cutest reversible Santa pillow ever! Keep it or give them away as neighbor gifts! Free fun printable tags.

 

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This magical snowy mason jar craft is beyond beautiful sitting on your mantle or in your window. The snow is old fashioned Epsom salt & kids can make them!

Bring a little magic into your home with this snowy mason jar craft made with good old fashioned Epsom salt! Even children help make them and use the salt to mimic snow. It’s very safe. Add a real or battery operated candle in your jar when it’s finished and set them in your windows or on your fireplace mantle. Or give them to neighbors as a holiday gift. They are inexpensive, unique and they’ll love them! You can see some of ours on our Inexpensive Homemade Christmas Decoration mantle post along with other gorgeous ideas like our Twigs n Twine Wooden Reindeer. For cheap, awesome ideas we’re the place to go!

 

Snow Mason Jar Craft Supplies

NOTE ON SALT: The salt can come in different forms. Some is more crystallized and icy looking, other types is more flaky like we used. All of it is safe as it can even be eaten. It will fall off your jar a bit. you can use a clear acrylic sealer if desired to help prevent this.

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Gather your supplies. This shows a quart size mason jar but I ended up using a pint size.

This magical snowy mason jar craft is beyond beautiful sitting on your mantle or in your window. The snow is old fashioned Epsom salt & kids can make them!

Epsom salt comes in different textures. This is how mine looked.  Place it in a cup ready to sprinkle.This magical snowy mason jar craft is beyond beautiful sitting on your mantle or in your window. The snow is old fashioned Epsom salt & kids can make them!

I placed my jar over a paper plate for quick cleanup afterwards.This magical snowy mason jar craft is beyond beautiful sitting on your mantle or in your window. The snow is old fashioned Epsom salt & kids can make them!

Working quickly, brush Mod Podge down the sides of your jar. You want an even, slightly heavy coat. This magical snowy mason jar craft is beyond beautiful sitting on your mantle or in your window. The snow is old fashioned Epsom salt & kids can make them!

Make sure to bring it down around the curved part of your jar. Notice there are some extra heavy areas. I smoothed those out. This magical snowy mason jar craft is beyond beautiful sitting on your mantle or in your window. The snow is old fashioned Epsom salt & kids can make them!

I had my Epsom salt ready in a cup and sprinkled it over my jar while turning it. A little goes a long way.This magical snowy mason jar craft is beyond beautiful sitting on your mantle or in your window. The snow is old fashioned Epsom salt & kids can make them!

Dump the extra back in for another day, another jar. This magical snowy mason jar craft is beyond beautiful sitting on your mantle or in your window. The snow is old fashioned Epsom salt & kids can make them!

Cut out your leaf pattern and trace your holly leaves. This magical snowy mason jar craft is beyond beautiful sitting on your mantle or in your window. The snow is old fashioned Epsom salt & kids can make them!

Cut where shown and glue them together to make a curved effect.This magical snowy mason jar craft is beyond beautiful sitting on your mantle or in your window. The snow is old fashioned Epsom salt & kids can make them!

Wrap your twine around the jar and tie, gluing two holly leaves underneath it. This magical snowy mason jar craft is beyond beautiful sitting on your mantle or in your window. The snow is old fashioned Epsom salt & kids can make them!

Glue on three small red pom poms for berries. This magical snowy mason jar craft is beyond beautiful sitting on your mantle or in your window. The snow is old fashioned Epsom salt & kids can make them!

Choose your tag of choice if your giving your jar as a gift. Print and cut it out. This magical snowy mason jar craft is beyond beautiful sitting on your mantle or in your window. The snow is old fashioned Epson salt & kids can make them!

Attach some ribbon.This magical snowy mason jar craft is beyond beautiful sitting on your mantle or in your window. The snow is old fashioned Epson salt & kids can make them!

Add it to your jar. This magical snowy mason jar craft is beyond beautiful sitting on your mantle or in your window. The snow is old fashioned Epson salt & kids can make them!

Add in a real candle or battery operated candle and display!This magical snowy mason jar craft is beyond beautiful sitting on your mantle or in your window. The snow is old fashioned Epson salt & kids can make them!

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We'll show you how to hang any wreath with a piece of ribbon and a thumbtack leaving no mark on your door! Toss in a small cork and it stores wonderfully!blank630x20

I’ve never liked putting holes in my doors and I was also never a fan of those metal or plastic over the door wreath hangers either. When I learned how to hang them with ribbon, I’ve never looked back. Then I took it a step further and created by own little system involving large thumbtacks and tiny corks for storage. I feel so organized now!  My door remains hole free and I can match my hanger if I want so it blends right in. We have a tutorial for the Peace Wreath below which I think works for any time of year, depending on how you tweak it.  We also have a Burlap Wreath made from an embroidery hoop which I think is quite clever so check that out!

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We'll show you how to hang any wreath with a piece of ribbon and a thumbtack leaving no mark on your door! Toss in a small cork and it stores wonderfully!

I used some wide burlap to hang one of my Christmas wreaths with. Using ribbon, the sky is the limit. We'll show you how to hang any wreath with a piece of ribbon and a thumbtack leaving no mark on your door! Toss in a small cork and it stores wonderfully!

Glue your tack to your ribbon which attached onto your wreath. We'll show you how to hang any wreath with a piece of ribbon and a thumbtack leaving no mark on your door! Toss in a small cork and it stores wonderfully!

When storing your wreath, push a tiny cork into the push pin. We'll show you how to hang any wreath with a piece of ribbon and a thumbtack leaving no mark on your door! Toss in a small cork and it stores wonderfully!

Keeps it safe and keeps fingers from getting poked. We'll show you how to hang any wreath with a piece of ribbon and a thumbtack leaving no mark on your door! Toss in a small cork and it stores wonderfully!

This is how we store our Peace Wreath.We'll show you how to hang any wreath with a piece of ribbon and a thumbtack leaving no mark on your door! Toss in a small cork and it stores wonderfully!

For this Spring wreath I used a 1″ piece of white ribbon which blends right into our door. We'll show you how to hang any wreath with a piece of ribbon and a thumbtack leaving no mark on your door! Toss in a small cork and it stores wonderfully!

It took about 1 1/4″ yards. We'll show you how to hang any wreath with a piece of ribbon and a thumbtack leaving no mark on your door! Toss in a small cork and it stores wonderfully!

Reach up and push one pin into the ends of your ribbon to secure it above the frame. That’s it!We'll show you how to hang any wreath with a piece of ribbon and a thumbtack leaving no mark on your door! Toss in a small cork and it stores wonderfully!

In case you need an extra example this is one using our burlap hanger. We'll show you how to hang any wreath with a piece of ribbon and a thumbtack leaving no mark on your door! Toss in a small cork and it stores wonderfully!

Depending on your color choice of ribbon it can blend in very well.We'll show you how to hang any wreath with a piece of ribbon and a thumbtack leaving no mark on your door! Toss in a small cork and it stores wonderfully!blank630x20

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These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!blank630x20If you’re always on the lookout for unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas, we’ve got some that will blow you away! Whether it’s for a small gift for a family member or a next door neighbor treat, the packaging will put a smile on the face of the receiver as much as the contents. They are made from plastic soda bottles and are as cute as can be. We have three versions, a clear square and a small petal flap and a tall mixture of both. We’ve also got some fun ways to fancy them up. If you’d like one more awesome way to use a soda bottle for gift giving, check out our other Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas! FYI we put our Quick Healthy 3 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Recipe in one of ours!

 

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We have three styles! You can just start on down the list or click on of the links to jump to the one you want.

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Style 1: Tall Mixed Style Container

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We used a typical 2 Liter bottle for this one. Many of these have lines around them near the bottom or top. We use those as a base line for measuring, depending on how tall we want our container to be.  Mark your container circle into four equal parts. Then mark it where you will be folding it at.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Fold straight down to your marked area on each “corner” area. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Once you fold one side you can easily fold the other straight across from it. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

When you are finished you will have a perfect square on the top. The bottom of the container is the bottom of the bottle. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Cut each corner down to where you marked it. This will be how “high” the container will be.  My bottle is still too high so I’ll end of trimming the petal flaps even more. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Keep in mind that the points where you cut are VERY SHARP. They will poke and draw blood. You’ll be fixing those in a minute. But be careful in the meantime. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Fold the flaps over to the inside and crease the edges sharply using a bone folder tool or the handle of a metal butter knife to press them down.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!      You will now pop the flaps back out and trim them down, curving the edges. The flaps will most likely be too long. Keep trimming them evenly until they fall halfway to the middle of the container. They can barely overlap each other or almost touch.  Make a nice curved shape on the edges so they won’t poke anyone. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

This shows a completed curved edge.These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

You can overlap the flaps one at a time to close them.These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift! They should stay closed on their own. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

You can also punch a hole in two of the flaps for tying them together. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

The container can be held together this way also. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

 I used ours for a 3 ingredient  Chocolate Fudge Recipe you can get here. This is a perfect holiday neighbor gift. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

To make it even more special, I happened upon these ornament cards from Shutterfly and fell in love with them.  They are 50% off and typically stay that way during the holidays. There are many choices and you get to customize both sides and even add a photo if desired, which I did. Attach one to your gift and it doubles as a card/tag for neighbors and friends.  (I love it when companies make me look good for a low cost.)These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Hey, who’s that good looking dude I’m with?  This is the back side of the Shutterfly card /tag. Their online system lets you design it up very easily. You can add all kinds of text in a huge variety of styles.  (FYI, the tag I used is called “Merry Chalkboard Berries”.  Again, it’s one of their Ornament Cards.  Brilliant idea. christmas-gift-wrapping-ideas-using-soda-bottles-44blank630x20

 

Style 2: Small Petal Box

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I used a tall slim 32oz bottle for this one though any size will work. (Walmart has a wonderful slim tall 33oz size in their own brand that I use for quite a few crafts for 88 cents each.) Mark the bottle as high as you want it and cut around. In this case I cut off quite a bit as I wanted a fairly short gift container. The flaps themselves will only be 1.5″ or so long. The rest  will be the height you wish the bottle to be.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

For the petals you need six flaps, so measure around and divide the bottle into six even sections and mark accordingly. (Finally… that math you took in school comes in handy!)  In all honesty it does NOT have to be exactly even. I eyeballed it to tell you the truth. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Remember, because we are making a short bottle we used the line that was already at the base of the bottle as our guide line  to cut down to. Had that not been there we would have measured and marked around it with a dry erase marker. If you wanted the container taller you would just need to measure up from that line and cut higher.

Cut down to your base line. Also remember that those edges are sharp until you curve them! The petals will need to fold over about half way into the middle of the bottle. Trim them if they are too long. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Bend over each of the six flaps to the inside and press firmly with a bone folder, as you see me using, or a butter knife handle to get a nice clean edge. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Pull the flaps back out and trim around the sharp pointed edges making rounded petal shapes. You can draw on with a dry erase marker first if you’d like a pattern to follow. Remember, dry erase marker wipes right off when you’re done!These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

After your petals are trimmed and creased you can fold them one at a time, overlapping each, and they will close over the top. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

This is the finished container.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

It can hold not only treats but small gifts. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Since we made this at Christmas time, the more we looked at this one the more we thought it resembled the bottom of Santa’s pants. So we added a black ribbon belt. We toyed with the idea of a big red pom pom or a white bow. The bow won out.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

We  painted black on the four bumps to signify the boot parts and added a paper buckle. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!blank630x20christmas-gift-wrapping-ideas-using-soda-bottles-38

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This next container was made from another tall 32 oz bottle though you’d never know it!  Measure and cut off both ends of your bottle making it the size you want. Then measure around making four even marks using a dry erase marker and crease each one as shown on above bottles. Make sure to get a nice sharp crease. I love using my bone folder for that but anything hard will work.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

This shows two of the the nice creases. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift! Now you’ve got a complete square. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

For the bottom flaps you need to measure up on each corner. For my small container I measured up about 1.5″  then cut.These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Fold them over like the top part and crease. Again, remember the points are very sharp. Overlap them to close and seal. The bottom could actually be glued if desired to keep it together. Round the very tips of the pointy parts for safety. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Curve the four top flaps either on just the edges or you can also make petal shapes if desired. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Overlap them to close the top. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

  We added a bit of gold Washi tape around the middle. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Two small holes were punched  in two of the flaps to tie on a matching gold ribbon and bell. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!blank630x20These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

christmas-gift-wrapping-ideas-using-soda-bottles-41The only thing better than a good chocolate fudge recipe is a quick 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe!  Well we gotcha covered!  Honey, coconut oil and cocoa or cacao if you prefer.  A few minutes in your fridge and it’s ready to eat.  Good any time of year, it’s especially perfect at Christmas time as a last minute neighbor gift. Put it in one of our Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Soda Bottles and they will “oooh” and “ahhh” over how clever you are while they drool over the the fudge. It’s a win win situation all around.  Want to give them another type of treat?  Check out our Healthy No Bake Cookies! Decorate your container another way! And if it’s not Christmas time and you just want to be a nice neighbor slap a ribbon on your container. They’ll still be amazed.

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Chocolate Fudge Recipe

  • 1 c. coconut oil
  • ¾ c. honey
  • 1 c. cacao OR cocoa powder

Mix the liquefied coconut oil and honey and add in the cocoa powder. Blend with a whisk until very smooth. You can also blend it in a blender.
Heavily grease a small pan and pour in your mixture or you can line it with wax paper or foil if desired for easier removal.
Chill in your fridge or freezer. It gets firm very fast due to how quickly the coconut oil firms up.
Must be stored in the fridge to maintain its shape.

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Ingredients
  • 1 c. coconut oil
  • ¾ c. honey
  • 1 c. cacao OR cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Mix the liquefied coconut oil and honey and add in the cocoa powder. Blend with a whisk until very smooth. You can also blend it in a blender.
  2. Heavily grease a small pan and pour in your mixture or you can line it with wax paper or foil if desired for easier removal.
  3. Chill in your fridge or freezer. It gets firm very fast due to how quickly the coconut oil firms up.
  4. Must be stored in the fridge to maintain its shape.

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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This is the creamiest quickest 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe ever! Makes a great gift for the holidays or better yet just eat it all yourself!

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Create a gorgeous mantle using homemade Christmas decorations that cost very little if nothing to make & don't forget to download our free quote to display!

You won’t believe how gorgeous your mantle can be with these homemade Christmas decorations! Some of them cost pennies to make and we’ve got a free elegant quote you can download to add into the mix. Our mantle is made of things we created through past posts with a couple new items tossed in. We’ll link to each item below. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing your handmade decorations, created with love, staring back at you from a beloved spot in your living room. Many will be handed down and become keepsakes. Keep that in mind as you create them.

Homemade Christmas Decorations Used

How To’s can be found for the following items:

We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.
These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete!
This beautiful illuminated upcycled decor light was made from the covers on an old ceiling fan. Learn to look past what something is to what it can become.
DIY Candle Holders From Plastic Soda Bottles 12b
If you need more Christmas Countdown Ideas
You can make these elegant and simple Christmas Spiders from bells and pipe cleaners. Download the printable story poem tags and give as gifts or ornaments.

 

New Items Added

These items were added and most literally took minutes to make!

Framed Ornament

I found two old frames, an 11×14 and an 8×10,  and painted them bright red. For one I glued on two ribbons and attached two gold ornaments. For the other I printed out the quotation we designed below and framed it.

Create a gorgeous mantle using homemade Christmas decorations that cost very little if nothing to make & don't forget to download our free quote to display!Create a gorgeous mantle using homemade Christmas decorations that cost very little if nothing to make & don't forget to download our free quote to display!

Snowy Mason Jars (Full Post Tutorial Coming December 13th!)

I’d seen these done online and wanted to add a couple to my mantle. They were so easy. All you do is paint on a coat of Mod Podge them and sprinkle on some Epson Salt! I glued on brown string and cut some leaves off of some old artificial greenery I had and added that. Then I added in two battery operated tea lights.

Create a gorgeous mantle using homemade Christmas decorations that cost very little if nothing to make & don't forget to download our free quote to display! Create a gorgeous mantle using homemade Christmas decorations that cost very little if nothing to make & don't forget to download our free quote to display!Create a gorgeous mantle using homemade Christmas decorations that cost very little if nothing to make & don't forget to download our free quote to display!

Gold Sticks

Grabbed a few sticks from the back yard and painted them gold!

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Snowflakes

Most people know how to make snowflakes from paper . There is a site where you can get patterns for these very beautiful ones. I purchased the entire CD but they have some free ones on this page. You will need some nice detail paper scissors for cutting these snowflakes.

Create a gorgeous mantle using homemade Christmas decorations that cost very little if nothing to make & don't forget to download our free quote to display!

Create a gorgeous mantle using homemade Christmas decorations that cost very little if nothing to make & don't forget to download our free quote to display!

 

8×10 Printable Quote

Download and print the pdf. Place your 8×10 frame glass centered over the paper text. Trace around it and cut out the quote. Insert it in your frame.

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Create a gorgeous mantle using homemade Christmas decorations that cost very little if nothing to make & don't forget to download our free quote to display!

Create a gorgeous mantle using homemade Christmas decorations that cost very little if nothing to make & don't forget to download our free quote to display! Create a gorgeous mantle using homemade Christmas decorations that cost very little if nothing to make & don't forget to download our free quote to display!

With the lights off.Create a gorgeous mantle using homemade Christmas decorations that cost very little if nothing to make & don't forget to download our free quote to display! This is our little chalkboard countdown.  Create a gorgeous mantle using homemade Christmas decorations that cost very little if nothing to make & don't forget to download our free quote to display!

Our Christmas spider post has a lovely little printable poem that comes with it. Create a gorgeous mantle using homemade Christmas decorations that cost very little if nothing to make & don't forget to download our free quote to display!

These little wooden reindeer cost virtually nothing to make!Create a gorgeous mantle using homemade Christmas decorations that cost very little if nothing to make & don't forget to download our free quote to display!

Make sure to grab this free printable quote on this post!Create a gorgeous mantle using homemade Christmas decorations that cost very little if nothing to make & don't forget to download our free quote to display!

Create a gorgeous mantle using homemade Christmas decorations that cost very little if nothing to make & don't forget to download our free quote to display!

 

 

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Christmas Caps for Visitors

Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave!

Let your visitors join in the holiday festivities by donning a Christmas cap that you keep conveniently hanging next to the front door! Choose one of four sayings or a poem that is sure to make them smile. You can get the hats at any Dollar store and the hanger whips together in no time very inexpensively. We created two different versions. For more fun and creative DIY Christmas decor ideas, check out our Whimsical Burlap Tree using 6 Hangers and our Poinsettia Twinkle Lights!

 

Christmas Caps Supplies

NOTE: We used some gold scrapbook letters for one of our plaques.

Quote & Poem Printables

Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave!

Instructions

Gather your supplies. You can use whatever color ribbon you like. You just need a nice 2.5″ to 3″ wide ribbon for the base ribbon .

Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave!

We put bows on one set of clothespins. Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave!

Then glue bells on the bows.Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave!

Paint your clothespins and hot glue them onto your ribbon. Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave!

Glue your decor onto the clothespins. Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave!  Paint your plaques. We used gold for one and white for the other. Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave!

Cut out the poem or quote you choose. Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave!

Cut out paper holly if you are using that. Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave!

For the holly, add red pompoms.Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave!

Glue your poem or quote onto your plaque. We use spray adhesive. Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave!

Clip on our hats and hang your plaque where it can be easily seen!Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave!  Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave! Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave! Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave! Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave! Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave! Invite visitors to wear Christmas caps around your home and join in the merriment of the season! Just remind them to hang it back up before they leave!

 

 

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We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

This rustic little tree is made with six plastic hangers, some twinkle lights and burlap. It’s a great little, easy upcycle project and would make a perfect tree for a small family or an extra tree for another room in the home. Set it in a window and light it up for a beautiful eye catcher as people drive by. Make some of our rustic Twig & Twine Wooden Reindeer to go with it or adorn it with Christmas Spiders. Now that would be unique!

Burlap Christmas Tree Supplies

NOTE ON BURLAP: Use tight weave burlap. We bought a roll of 12″ at Walmart that had silver threads running through it. It was 10′ long. We cut it into two 6″ strips and it just did one tree. However, we did not overlap ours very much going up. In retrospect I would have put them a little closer, which means I would have needed a bit more.  You can also use thinner strips but you will also have to use more burlap to cover the tree that way.

3D Star Pattern Download

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Instructions

You are going to take two hangers and lay them as shown on top of each other. I’m using a blue and white one so you can see how they lay out easier.

We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Cut some chenille stems for tying your hangers together. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Tie them in the spots shown. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Two on each side and one on the top.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Make three sets like this. These form the three sides of your tree.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

You will not attach the side together using more chenille stems plus the ones already attached.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

The side ones can be twisted together if you left them long enough. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

If the side pieces are too small you can just add more chenille stems.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

You will now attach the top parts together using new chenille stems as shown.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Attach the three together, twisting the chenille stems tightly. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

This is how it will stand up once it’s secured. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Taking a 3rd piece of chenille stem, tie the entire thing together. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Tie it together at the bottom also. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Here is your tree base!We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Get your burlap ready. We used a 12″ by 10′ piece.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

We folded it in half and cut it so each piece is 6″ wide. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Cut a few more pieces of chenille stems for attaching your lights to your frame. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Weave your lights in and out around your frame. You would also put them into the center but I was concerned they would not be bright enough to show through. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Attach your lights where needed to keep them from slipping. You can also hot glue your chenille stems in place to help. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Keep weaving your lights around, in and out and down. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

As I tried to push a big wad of the lights through my frame it broke one of my hangers. I tied it back together with a chenille stem and held it with hot glue. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Keep in mind all of the lights that stick out will be pushed to the inside as you cover your frame with burlap. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Make the frame more sturdy by gluing the sides together in places as shown.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

More gluing. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

I ironed my 6″ piece in half for a nice sharp edge then cut up in 1″ slits about 1″ from the top. ONLY CUT ONE LAYER.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

This shows how I only cut one layer. This assures that the frame does not show through. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Begin gluing your burlap around your frame. You will cut each side piece separate and wrap it around for gluing.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Make sure each side is glued well.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Overlap each piece as you go around so none of the frame shows through.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Push the lights into the back if they stick out too much.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

After you have done one row move onto the next, overlapping. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Keep going around as before, overlapping the sides. As you can see, I didn’t cut enough on one row and the frame showed through. See the next photo for the fix.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

I cut a single strip to cover the open spot. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

As you get closer to the top you will  need smaller strips. Near the very top one strip will cover three sides and possibly all four. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Usually, one last piece will wrap around the top completely.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

You will have to curve it in a way that it makes the point. Make sure you aim the back of it towards the actual back of your tree.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

You can now glue on your bells. Do this while the tree is on its side as the glue will run. Also, metal is a heat conductor so use something to help hold the bells as they will be hot from the hot glue as you hold them!We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Paper Star Instructions

We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Attach a chenille stem to your star.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Insert it down into your tree top.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

 

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We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.Brighten up your holiday with these beautiful poinsettia lights made using twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper and some floral tape. They are just gorgeous and add a touch of magic to where you place them.

If you love poinsettias you can also learn how to make poinsettia placemats, and download our free poinsettia place cards! And don’t forget to top it off with a simple Christmas Peace Wreath!

Poinsettia Lights Supplies

NOTES: LED Lights are COOL TO THE TOUCH and VERY SAFE. Also, we found some red and green glittery tissue paper at Walmart in the party section.

LED White Twinkle Lights w/green String (Get a GOOD brand that lasts. The ones linked to are not glass and will work great.)

Red & Green Tissue Paper (We used 12 sheets each of 20″ x 20″ (33 sq. feet for each color) and it was just enough to make 50 flowers. Possibly a few more.

Floral Tape

Awl or something with a point to poke a hole in the tissue flowers with

Free Poinsettia Pattern

We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

Video Of Poinsettia Assembly

Instructions

NOTE ON STORAGE: Tissue paper is very delicate  so DO NOT STORE WHERE DAMP. Store them carefully in a box with lots of room.

This is all you need!

We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

I stapled my tissue paper together to help hold it as I was cutting more than one poinsettia leaf at time. FYI don’t cut too many as they tend to slide around. We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.Start cutting out!

We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

I stapled my tissue paper together to help hold it as I was cutting more than one poinsettia leaf at a time. FYI, don’t cut too many as they tend to slide around. We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

For each flower you will need three red and two green leaves.We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

Your finished Poinsettia!We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

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Get all your items ready in an assembly line. We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

Layer the flowers as shown, making sure to keep them centered.We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

Using an awl or something sharp and pointy, poke a hole into the very center of your leaves. Wiggle the awl to make the hole a little larger.We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

The hole made using the awl.We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

Carefully push your light through the hole all the way down to the base. This will require a small amount of tearing. Just don’t tear it too much!We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

The underneath side of your flower.We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

Fold all your leaves over like a sandwich. We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

Try to fold them in the other direction, then scrunch them together.We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

Take a few inches of floral tape and start wrapping the base, squeezing it tightly as you go. We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

Keep wrapping as you move down. We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

The tape is very waxy and holds perfectly. If it tears just add more. We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

Carefully pull out the petals a bit.We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

Your finished Poinsettia!We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

We'll show you how to make these inexpensive and beautiful poinsettia lights using normal LED twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper, and floral tape.

 

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Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

What’s more festive at Christmas than a wreath and what fits the meaning of Christmas more than a Christmas peace wreath complete with a peace on earth quote? All you need is some inexpensive garland, some burlap, hot glue and foam board. You could even use cardboard for the wreath base instead of foam board. We also show you the best way ever to hang wreaths that doesn’t use a wreath hanger and doesn’t put a nail hole in your door! While you’re here, check out our Twig & Twine Wooden Reindeer and our Poinsettia Christmas Placemats!

 

Christmas Peace Wreath Supplies

NOTES: Cardboard can be used in place of foam board.

  • Foam Board 20″ x 30″
  • X-acto Knife
  • Scotch Tape for pattern
  • Scissors
  • 24 feet green garland  This is all Amazon currently had in stock. We purchased a 50 foot batch at Walmart for $8. You can try the Dollar store too.
  • Burlap 12 plus 2 feet burlap, 2″ to 4″ wide. We used a glittery type similar to this one.
  • Brown Twine
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Large Thumb Tacks (I use the large for hanging all my wreaths though regular tacks can work but are less strong. They are an awesome, no-nail way to hang a wreath!)
  • Tiny Cork I buy a package and use the tiny ones for my wreath storage purposes. They are perfect as you will see below!
  • Small gold or copper Christmas balls –  Check out the Dollar Store for these.
  • Small wood plaque 3.5″x 5″ These sizes were the best fit, however we supplied quotes for a variety of sizes.
  • Gold Paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Printable quote below
  • Printable pattern below

 

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InstructionsPromote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

You will need two pieces of 12 foot garland and one piece of 12 foot burlap. They will be braided so you will need to hold them together on one end. I used a binder clip tied to a chair to help out. Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

Because you will be dealing with extra long amounts of items, you can wind them up if needed while you are braiding them. It is, however, very helpful to have one or two other people help you.Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

Because our burlap was so wide we opted for a different type of braid. I’m not sure what it is called but we took a video of it below so you can see how we did it. You can use whatever type of braid you like, just make sure to not make it super tight. Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

Here is a video showing how we “braided” ours.

Next you will print out your peace sign wreath pattern and tape it together.

Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

After taping it together, cut it out. Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

Place your pattern over your foam board or cardboard and trace it. Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

Using an X-acto knife cut out your pattern. You are welcome to paint your cardboard or foam board to make it match better. The goal, however, will be to make sure that your braid covers the peace sign entirely so that none of it shows through. Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

You will start to hot glue your braid onto the foam board, again, making sure it covers the peace sign completely. christmas-peace-wreath-15

Glue the ends under.Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

Make sure to use enough glue to hold the braid down.Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

Once you have completed the circle you will carefully cut off your braid and tack the end with glue. You will use the remaining parts to make the peace sign feet, gluing them on as you did the circle. christmas-peace-wreath-18

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Paint your plaque gold. Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

Glue on your quote and Mod Podge over the entire plaque. Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

Add on the brown twine.Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

Add on any decor you like. Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

To hang your wreath, add a strip of burlap glued firmly to the top, barely enough to reach over the top of the door.Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

We used plastic balls and clipped off the part that stuck out so they could be glued onto our burlap.Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

Our plaque was glued on.Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

Two balls were glued on above the plaque. Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

A line of hot glue was placed along the top edge of the burlap to keep it from unraveling. Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

A large thumbtack was placed on the top for hanging. Glue the thumbtack onto the burlap.Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

This shows how it will hang on the top of the door. No nail needed! Place a tiny cork on the end of the thumbtack when not in use. Promote the meaning of the season with this Christmas Peace Wreath using some inexpensive garland, burlap, a foam board and hot glue. It's simple and quick!

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Download beautiful free printable poinsettia Christmas placecards. All you need are scissors and some glue and dab of glitter to add sparkle to your table!

Make these beautiful 3D placecards by downloading our free printable below. Print it on cardstock and add a bit of gold glitter and you have a sparkly addition to your Christmas table. It’s a perfect match to our Poinsettia Placemats or Centerpiece! Also, even though you’re working with a tiny bit of glitter here, make sure to check out our How to Organize & Use Glitter post for tips on working with glitter easily and with less mess!

Christmas Placecards Supplies

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Download beautiful free printable poinsettia Christmas placecards. All you need are scissors and some glue and dab of glitter to add sparkle to your table! Download beautiful free printable poinsettia Christmas placecards. All you need are scissors and some glue and dab of glitter to add sparkle to your table! Download beautiful free printable poinsettia Christmas placecards. All you need are scissors and some glue and dab of glitter to add sparkle to your table! Download beautiful free printable poinsettia Christmas placecards. All you need are scissors and some glue and dab of glitter to add sparkle to your table! Download beautiful free printable poinsettia Christmas placecards. All you need are scissors and some glue and dab of glitter to add sparkle to your table! Download beautiful free printable poinsettia Christmas placecards. All you need are scissors and some glue and dab of glitter to add sparkle to your table! Download beautiful free printable poinsettia Christmas placecards. All you need are scissors and some glue and dab of glitter to add sparkle to your table! free-poinsettia-printable-christmas-placecards-sq

 

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Make these elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats using a large piece of felt, some artificial poinsettias and hot glue. They also make a great centerpiece!

These elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats can also be used as centerpieces or even wall hangings! All you need is a 12″ piece of square felt and some fake poinsettias and a hot glue gun. They are  easy to make and would be great as a gift. In fact, you could hang one on your front door! These are exactly the same as our Quick Leafy Autumn Placemats we made for Thanksgiving using leaves we got at the local Dollar, store proving yet again that decor doesn’t have to be expensive to be classy!  FYI you may notice that  little white reindeer in the photo from a previous post. Learn how to make those simple Twig & Twine Wooden Reindeer here!

Christmas Placemats Supplies

NOTES: I used a 12″ x 18″ piece of red felt and made a 12″ circle for the base.

  • Artificial Poinsettia (One 12″ circle took two large bunches from Walmart @$3.00 a bunch with some left over. Check the dollar stores or sales at craft stores! You need big leaves preferably.
  • Large Felt  This was the best deal Amazon had but it’s a variety of colors.I I suggest purchasing a single sheet locally if you can unless you need to stock up.
  • Glue Gun

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Gather your supplies.

Make these elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats using a large piece of felt, some artificial poinsettias and hot glue. They also make a great centerpiece!

Trace the size of circle you want. My deviled egg plate was the perfect size!Make these elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats using a large piece of felt, some artificial poinsettias and hot glue. They also make a great centerpiece!

Cut out your circle. Make these elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats using a large piece of felt, some artifical poinsettias and hot glue. They also make a great centerpiece!

Pull the leaves and flowers off the stems. Make these elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats using a large piece of felt, some artificial poinsettias and hot glue. They also make a great centerpiece!

Clip the stems off the leaves. There were no wires so normal scissors worked on mine. Make these elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats using a large piece of felt, some artifical poinsettias and hot glue. They also make a great centerpiece!

Do the same with the red portion.Make these elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats using a large piece of felt, some artifical poinsettias and hot glue. They also make a great centerpiece!

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Because these leaves are so large you will need to put a broad strip of glue at the base to hold them down.Make these elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats using a large piece of felt, some artifical poinsettias and hot glue. They also make a great centerpiece!

Begin gluing on the green leaves around the edge of your felt piece overlapping as shown. Make these elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats using a large piece of felt, some artifical poinsettias and hot glue. They also make a great centerpiece!

If you find that some are lifting up just add a little glue to tack them down more. Make these elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats using a large piece of felt, some artifical poinsettias and hot glue. They also make a great centerpiece!

You can choose to do as many green and red rows as you like, depending on the number of leaves you have of each. I did two rows of green and then started on the red. Make these elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats using a large piece of felt, some artifical poinsettias and hot glue. They also make a great centerpiece!

Offset the leaves as you go along, continuing to overlap them. Make these elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats using a large piece of felt, some artificial poinsettias and hot glue. They also make a great centerpiece!

Once I got to the center  it took five small leaves to finish it off. Make these elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats using a large piece of felt, some artifical poinsettias and hot glue. They also make a great centerpiece!

We used ours as a centerpiece along with our Twine & Twig Wooden Deer. Make these elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats using a large piece of felt, some artificial poinsettias and hot glue. They also make a great centerpiece! Make these elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats using a large piece of felt, some artificial poinsettias and hot glue. They also make a great centerpiece!

The back looks nice and clean. Make these elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats using a large piece of felt, some artificial poinsettias and hot glue. They also make a great centerpiece! Make these elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats using a large piece of felt, some artificial poinsettias and hot glue. They also make a great centerpiece!

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These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete!These festive little wooden reindeer are a mixture of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they’re complete! The best part is you can make them any size. And I mean any size. We made small 5″ ones but you could even make them from logs if you were so inclined!  If you enjoy doing this, you might also like our unique little stand up Christmas Countdown from Wood Slices.

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NOTES ON GLUE: For the tiny reindeer, I used hot glue in the essence of time. This is actually not a good idea if your branches have bark on them as mine did because the sticks will pull the bark off easily. Either use sticks without bark or use larger branches and drill holes to place your sticks into for a firm hold. For larger reindeer I’d suggest a drill and wood glue.

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Our reference sheet can be helpful when cutting your wood if your making a small reindeer. It’s in pdf format.

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Grab some branches. Or do like I did and call your dad up and have him cut you a few.
These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete!

Decide on the length of the deer parts. We’ve included a basic sheet of sizes but you can adjust as desired.These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete!

If you are gluing, make sure to cut certain parts that go against the body at an angle. These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete!

I just cut up a bunch of pieces to pick from. These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete!

If some have rough edges, rub them on a piece of sandpaper. These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete!

Glue on your pieces. Remember, I learned that these don’t stick well with bark on the branches. Best to drill holes in that case. These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete!

You can see why we angled the leg pieces a bit. These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete!

Now to add on the little tail. These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete!

ÜThese festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete!

To make the antlers attach better I did drill a hole in the head piece which had the bark removed.These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete!

Make sure the antler pieces fit in and then remove them for painting.  If you drill your legs in the same manner they will hold firmly. These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete!

Paint the antler pieces gold. These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete!

Paint your deer white. Paint the tips of his feet and tail gold. These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete!

Grab some twine and bells. These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete!

Put his antlers in and tie the twine around his neck and glue on a bell. These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete!These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete! These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete! These festive little wooden reindeer are a mix of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they're complete!

 

 

 

 

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Make these memory photo ornaments from wood slices to adorn your tree or give as gifts to grandparents etc. A wonderful way to personalize your decorating! blank630x20

These memory photo ornaments from wood slices are a wonderful way to personalize your holiday! Give them as gifts to grandparents or family. Make one for each new baby. Fill your tree with photos through the years! No matter how you use them, they will be another way to make your holiday memorable.  P.S. Small ones also make great magnets!
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  • Wood discs about 1/2″ thick cut from tree branch. (approx 3 to 4″ in diameter) The cheapest way is of course to grab a branch and slice it up with a saw. If you don’t have that option you can buy the slices at any craft store or on Amazon. Just make sure to get the size you need. The smaller sizes allow you to use 4″x6″ photos.
  • Photos
  • Mod Podge
  • String for hanging
  • Drill
  • Cord trim
  • Extras. Ribbon, bells, artificial foliage etc. We used a cut out graphic of a holly image.

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Cut out your photo inside your traced line anywhere from 1/4″ to 1/2″ so there will be some of the wood slice showing around the edge.Make this quick photo ornaments from wood slices to adorn your tree or give as gifts to grandparents etc. A wonderful way to personalize your decorating!blank630x20

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Oh no… It’s two days till Christmas and you realize you forgot to get Aunt Lou a present. Or the neighbor you hardly see just brought you a small quirky gift and you have nothing to give them. Whatever the situation, if you need a quick personal gift and you need it fast, we can help.

We’ve got 16 easy DIY gifts below that are unique and classy. Give Aunt Lou a beautiful string dispenser. Give mom a lovely clothespin candle holder. Give grandma a CD Photo Album. Or give your friend with the awesome sense of humor an Aromatherapy Inhaler made from a tampon! We’ve even got quick customized pet bowls for the critter in your life. There’s something for almost everyone!  If you’re looking for something even easier than this, check out our 22 No Prep Last Minute Gifts from Your Pantry which has 22 all new printable tags!

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It’s Christmas eve and the neighbors stopped by with a little “something” for your family. Now you feel guilty because you didn’t get them anything. Well we have your back!  If you don’t find at least two or three items on the list below that you can use as a quick gift, we’ll eat our Santa hats! Our list of last minute gifts are things most people have in their kitchen or pantry and when you pair them with a cute tag and some ribbon, you’ve got a nice little gift! You’ll find twenty two tags you can print out that cover all the items listed including a couple of tags you can use for pretty much anything.  If you’re looking for some quick things you can make yourself check out our 16 Last Minute Easy DIY Gifts.blank630x20

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Soda Bottle Candle Holders

I love upcycle crafts where it’s hard to tell what the original item was. In my opinion, this one qualifies for that quite well. These DIY candle holders are made from plastic soda bottles. Typical taper candles fit snugly into the tops. You can paint them any color and decorate them for any occasion or holiday. We’ve given you four different ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

IMPORTANT: These are meant as decor items only. DO NOT light candles in these plastic holders.

 

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Noel is a lesser known Christmas movie that encompasses the underlying true message of the holiday. You'll come away from it with a different perspective. blank630x20What’s your favorite Christmas movie? I’ll bet you have more than one and I’m guessing, as an adult, they will be tied to your childhood or to happy memories with your own children. Because these movies go hand and hand with the holiday, we even created a free Christmas Eve Tradition kit packed of ideas to go with different Christmas movies.

Once December 1st hits, Christmas music plays non-stop in our home and the viewing of the holiday shows begin. I have a bundle of them that get watched pretty much every year. That list seldom gets added to, but about four years back I happened upon a movie I was totally unaware of: Noel from 2004. It had some top names in it so I was surprised I’d overlooked it. It stars Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams and Paul Walker, Penelope Cruz, and Alan Arkin. Most newer Christmas movies just don’t have the “feel” I tend to need for the holidays but I decided to watch this one. It had such a deep effect on me it was an instant favorite and I now watch it every year.

A Perfect Christmas Movie for Perspective FEWe tend to love movies because we connect with them in some way. It’s why I watch the old Rankin Bass claymation shows each year that I watched as a child and that my own kids watched. Powerful ties there and they bring back that deep, profound feeling in my heart that is what Christmas is all about to me.

I loved Noel, not because it was all holly jolly. I loved it because I came away from it vowing to be a better person and pay more attention to the things around me. Without spoiling anything I’ll just say that it’s about the human condition and the things many people face. It’s about an inner connectedness between all of us and how we’re here for each other.  It’s about stepping out of our comfort zones to help others.  It’s about growing through discomfort and how difficult situations can bring out the best in us if we let them.

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I searched for a free place online to watch the movie but though there were a few sites that allow you to do so, I was unsure of their legitimacy. You can, however, stream it online for $1.99 on Amazon.blank630x20Whereever there is a human being there an opportunity for a kindless. blank630x20

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Despite my love for the digital age there are occasions when I realize some things have been lost. One of those is the Sears Catalog at Christmas time.blank630x20

I love the digital age. There’s not a day goes by that I’m not grateful to be alive during the 21st century. We literally have the world at our fingertips, with any information we need just a click away. But there are rare occasions when I realize some things have been lost in our computerized world. One of those is the Sears catalog.blank630x20

Despite my love for the digital age there are occasions when I realize some things have been lost. One of those is the Sears Catalog at Christmas time.blank630x20

Despite my love for the digital age there are occasions when I realize some things have been lost. One of those is the Sears Catalog at Christmas time.

In the 80’s and 90’s, like many households, we received our catalog in the mail at least once a year. It was overflowing with goodies for adults and children alike. But as a kid, one of the great joys of the holiday season was grabbing a pen, finding a quiet spot and sitting down with that thick tome of wonder as we slowly turned each page, methodically circling the things we wanted Santa to bring. Though we never got everything we circled, (because we circled everything) there was excitement, anticipation and hope. The activity itself was the pleasure.

Despite my love for the digital age there are occasions when I realize some things have been lost. One of those is the Sears Catalog at Christmas time.That tradition carried on with my own children and one year I snapped a photo of all of them lying on the floor with the catalog in the middle, as our oldest, Charles, turned the pages.

Time went by, progress was made. We were so busy with our noses in our gadgets we hardly noticed, but the catalogs stopped coming. A small bit of magic was gone.

I readily admit I can now quickly find online everything Sears and any other store sells, including digital catalogs where I can virtually turn pages. And let’s not forget the many trees that are spared from not printing those huge volumes. And yes, it’s basically corporate America trying to sell us their latest and greatest stuff. But that tangible catalog was more than those things. It was tradition entwined with promise and delight. And despite all those valid points, I still feel a tiny ache inside at this little slice of my past that’s gone and all the kids won’t get to experience it.

Luckily Christmas, in and of itself, has a special enchantment and there’s a never ending variety of ways to create those same feelings that children seem to specialize in. I just felt like I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge this small simple pleasure of my past and offer thanks. So here’s to the Sears catalog. Though your purpose was financial, you nonetheless brought joy, hope and a smile to millions of kids over the decades and that’s quite an accomplishment. Gone but not forgotten. At least in the heart of this 57 year old kid.

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This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20

This peace dove ornament is not just for the holiday season.  (Read the  poem below and you’ll understand why.)  The dove is a symbol of peace, which we tend to think about quite a bit during the Christmas season. But this little peace dove is meant to be used throughout the year as a reminder to keep peace in our hearts at all times.

Very simple and inexpensive to make, all you need is a foam craft sheet, glue and thread. We’ve included two sizes of printable patterns and of course the poem, also in various sizes. These make wonderful  gifts for neighbors and friends. Feel free to use them as tree ornaments also!

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Peace Dove Ornament Supplies

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Peace Dove Pattern & Poem Download

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This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.

 

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Using the patterns trace your dove onto a foam sheet.

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Attach a silver or gold thread into the wings. NOTE: You can also do this after you attach them which might make it easier to determine placement for balance. This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20

Test the fit of your wings onto the top of the bird. The gap on the wings might need trimmed a little to make it fit perfect. This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20

Place a thin line of hot glue on the top of the bird where the wings will sit. This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.

blank630x20Quickly place your wings on the glue. This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20

If giving the peace dove as a gift, print and cut out the size of poem you will use. This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20

You can attach a charm or bead at the bottom if desired. This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20 This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20

You can also place a gem for the eye. This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20 This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20 This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20

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Need ideas for Christmas Eve Traditions? We’ve got 11 fun ones! Download our free 23 page booklet “A Movie, a Munchie and a Message.” Comes with cute quotes.blank630x20Most families have their own unique Christmas Eve traditions. Us? We watch The Muppet’s Christmas Carol and eat baked cinnamon rolls with O.J. and hot cocoa.  For those of you who are looking for your own Christmas Eve traditions or just want a fun family idea for the holidays we came up with “A Movie, a Munchie & a Message”.  Listed below are eleven holiday movies and shows paired with some fun treat ideas and a special Christmas movie quote you can print and hand out that sums up the movies  message. Make sure to grab the full packet below with all the printables and details. The most important thing of all is to make wonderful holiday memories.

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23 pages (pdf)
CONTENT: One Movie List –  Eleven Movie Theme Sheets – Eleven Different Printable Quotations

Need ideas for Christmas Eve Traditions? We’ve got 11 fun ones! Download our free 23 page booklet “A Movie, a Munchie and a Message.” Comes with cute quotes.

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The details below can be found in the packet along with more info and the printable quotations.  Many of the movies below can be watched online at various places such as Amazon, Netflix Etc.

Amazon Holiday Movies & TV

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A Christmas Carol (any version)

MUNCHIE: Non-alcoholic sparkling grape or apple cider in wine shaped bottles. Plastic wine glasses or goblets for toasting with. Most grocery stores carry both of these items during the holidays. They are fairly inexpensive.

MESSAGE:  a. Honoring the feelings and love of Christmastime all year.   b. Many things are more important than money. c. Be grateful for what you have.

NOTES: Print and hand out the quote. Make sure to do a “toast” with your cider and everyone saying “God Bless Us Everyone.”

 

 

 

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Elf, 2003

MUNCHIE: Buddy the Elf Spaghetti Treat.  You could also have regular spaghetti and put the sauce in a washed out syrup container. (Or be brave and have regular syrup on it like Buddy did!)

MESSAGE: a. Wearing a smile makes yourself and others feel better. b. Do the things you love. c. Never give up.

NOTES: Print and hand out the quote.

 

 

 

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MOVIE: The Polar Express, 2004

MUNCHIE: Hot Cocoa

MESSAGE: Sometimes, very small gifts can mean the most.

NOTES: Print and hand out the quote along with a large silver bell from the craft store.

 

 

 

 

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MOVIE: A Christmas Story, 1983

MUNCHIE: Reddish Fudge. Cut into soap bar shapes. (Recipe in packet.)

MESSAGE: a. Family is what really matters. b. Never give into peer pressure. (tongue on frozen pole).

NOTES: Print and hand out the quote.

 

 

 

 

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MOVIE: A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965

MUNCHIE: Snowflake cookies   (Signifies Sally catching snowflakes on her tongue.)  You can buy ready made cookies and draw on snowflake designs with store purchased icing in tubes.

MESSAGE: Remember what Christmas is really about and what’s important.

NOTES: Read the Christmas story as Linus did. Print and hand out the quote.

 

 

 

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MOVIE: The Santa Claus, 1994

MUNCHIE: Chocolate Chip Cookies

MESSAGE: No matter what your age, never lose your belief in magic.

NOTES: Print and hand out the quote.

 

 

 

 

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MOVIE: Twas the Night Before Christmas, 1974

MUNCHIE: Large sugar cookies. Use icing to draw on a simple clock face.

MESSAGE: a. Don’t just wish for things. Work for them too. b. Don’t give up.

NOTES: Print and hand out the quote.

 

 

 

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MOVIE: Frosty the Snowman, 1969

MUNCHIE: Snowman S’mores Recipe Example

MESSAGE: Embrace life and always be as alive as you can be.

NOTES: Print and hand out the quote.

 

 

 

 

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MOVIE: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 1964

MUNCHIE: Cherry Gem Cookies (one recipe) or anything that resembles Rudolph’s nose.)

MESSAGE: Never judge others because they are different.

NOTES: Print and hand out the quote.

 

 

 

 

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MOVIE: Miracle on 34th Street, 1947 & 1994

MUNCHIE: Cookies and milk.

MESSAGE: There is power in belief.

NOTES: Print and hand out the quote.

 

 

 

 

 

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MOVIE: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (either version) 1996 & 2000

MUNCHIE: Green Pudding (make vanilla pudding and add green food coloring). Add a red heart in the middle with icing gel if desired.

MESSAGE: Christmas is about more than the presents and decorations.

NOTES: Print and hand out the quote.

 

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Holiday Movie Quote Craft

As a bonus you can print out the quotes and mount them onto thin cardboard and hand them out with a easel as shown. Pull them out each year as part of your Christmas Eve Traditions.

SUPPLIES

  • Thin cardboard i.e. poster board or a cereal box
  • Glue
  • Glitter, bows, bells etc. (Optional extras)

EASEL TEMPLATE DOWNLOAD

Make the easel as shown using the downloaded template.

Easel Template

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Make a Holiday Christmas Quotation gift or handout using our 12 free printable quotes and easel template. Give singular or as a set!Make a Holiday Christmas Quotation gift or handout using our 12 free printable quotes and easel template. Give singular or as a set!

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12 Sets Printable Holiday Movie Quotes! Comes in our FREE printable holiday idea kit.

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Make these cute retro Christmas angel carolers with a soda can and paint. Add some ribbon and a few extras and you've got some festive singing angels! blank630x20

I made soda can carolers when my kids were young and decided to do an updated version here.  It’s a great holiday upcycle for both children and adults and I’ll show you a variety of ways to create them. All you need are some soda cans, paint and glue to create your own  Soda Can Angel Carolers!  (We’ve provided some printable sheet music for them to hold.)blank630x20

Supplies for Retro Christmas Angels

You have a variety of choices for some items.

ANGEL BODIES

  • Soda cans
  • Paint/Sharpie Marker
  • Glue (I used hot glue)
  • Printouts of sheet music

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  • Wood base if desired
  • Free printables below.

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These angels are super simple to put together and you can use a variety of extras to fancy them up.  You have to bend them carefully and slowly, just enough so they face forward but don’t tip over. It’s a good idea to practice on some plain empty cans before bending your painted ones.   NOTE: The hole edges can be a bit sharp so if you’ve having children make these be extra careful.

Make these cute retro Christmas angel carolers with a soda can and paint. Add some ribbon and a few extras and you've got some festive singing angels!

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These show a variety of things you can use to make the wings.

Make these cute retro Christmas angel carolers with a soda can and paint. Add some ribbon and a few extras and you've got some festive singing angels!

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Halos are fun and optional as is hair.

Make these cute retro Christmas angel carolers with a soda can and paint. Add some ribbon and a few extras and you've got some festive singing angels! Make these cute retro Christmas angel carolers with a soda can and paint. Add some ribbon and a few extras and you've got some festive singing angels!

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Make these cute retro Christmas angel carolers with a soda can and paint. Add some ribbon and a few extras and you've got some festive singing angels!

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Make these cute retro Christmas angel carolers with a soda can and paint. Add some ribbon and a few extras and you've got some festive singing angels!

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Make these cute retro Christmas angel carolers with a soda can and paint. Add some ribbon and a few extras and you've got some festive singing angels!

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No fireplace to hang your Christmas stockings? We'll show you how to make a simple and easy stocking holder from a dowel, some cup hooks, ribbon and paint! blank630x20

How to Make a Stocking Holder My Old FireplaceI grew up in Mesa, Arizona and fireplaces were in short supply. I had some pretty cool parents though and they actually bought a fake cardboard fireplace just so we could hang our Christmas stockings.

If you don’t have a fireplace, cardboard or not, you can  make your own stocking holder with a dowel and some hooks and ribbon. It’s easy and inexpensive and you can hang it on any wall with a couple of nails!
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Stocking Holder Supplies

  • Wood dowel 7/8″ x 36″  (size can vary)
  • 2 Wood balls with flat side. 1″ to 2″ in size
  • Paint of choice. (We used gold.)
  • Glue for attaching balls to ends of dowel
  • 40″ of 1″ to 2″ wide ribbon. I used grosgrain. (Will be cut in half.)
  • Metal cup hooks. I used 1/2″ size
  • Drill with tiny bit (optional but helps in inserting hooks)
  • Metal grommets (optional)

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The sizes can vary slightly on these items.

No fireplace to hang your Christmas stockings? We'll show you how to make a simple and easy stocking holder from a dowel, some cup hooks, ribbon and paint!blank630x20

Paint your dowel and wood balls. Glue the wood balls onto the end of your dowel.No fireplace to hang your Christmas stockings? We'll show you how to make a simple and easy stocking holder from a dowel, some cup hooks, ribbon and paint!blank630x20

Measure the spacing for your hooks. No fireplace to hang your Christmas stockings? We'll show you how to make a simple and easy stocking holder from a dowel, some cup hooks, ribbon and paint!blank630x20

If you can, drill a small hole where each hook will go. No fireplace to hang your Christmas stockings? We'll show you how to make a simple and easy stocking holder from a dowel, some cup hooks, ribbon and paint!blank630x20

Insert the hooks. No fireplace to hang your Christmas stockings? We'll show you how to make a simple and easy stocking holder from a dowel, some cup hooks, ribbon and paint!

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Cut your ribbon into two pieces, approximately 20″ each.  I had a small grommet set so I hammered those into the ends of my ribbon. However, you can use any method you like to hang your holder to the wall! No fireplace to hang your Christmas stockings? We'll show you how to make a simple and easy stocking holder from a dowel, some cup hooks, ribbon and paint!blank630x20

No fireplace to hang your Christmas stockings? We'll show you how to make a simple and easy stocking holder from a dowel, some cup hooks, ribbon and paint!blank630x20 No fireplace to hang your Christmas stockings? We'll show you how to make a simple and easy stocking holder from a dowel, some cup hooks, ribbon and paint!blank630x20No fireplace to hang your Christmas stockings? We'll show you how to make a simple and easy stocking holder from a dowel, some cup hooks, ribbon and paint!blank630x20

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Make a fun countdown to Christmas, a vacation, a birthday, another holiday or any upcoming event using wood slices, some chalkboard paint and a few extras. blank111

Here’s a fun way to make a countdown from wood slices to some special event that’s coming up!  Maybe a holiday, or someone coming to visit. Maybe its a long awaited vacation or days till you buy that special something you’ve been saving for. And of course the kids always count the days until school is out.  Whatever the occasion this little countdown is a fun way to keep track of the time until it happens! It’s a lovely small piece that can sit anywhere to remind you of the wonderful things in your future. blank111

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Countdown Supplies

  • Wood slice discs. About 1/2″ thick cut from tree branch. (approx 3 to 4″ in diameter) If you don’t have a way to cut any you can find them on eBay and Etsy.
  • Chalk paint
  • Raffia
  • Hot glue gun
  • Silk flowers etc.

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Make a Countdown For All Occasions!

Decorate your countdown however you like to match the occasion. I made a general one for any occasion and then one for the Christmas holidays.  Make sure to put on TWO coats of chalkboard paint, allowing it to dry in between. It’s best to let the last coat dry overnight before use.

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Make a fun countdown to Christmas, a vacation, a birthday, another holiday or any upcoming event using wood slices, some chalkboard paint and a few extras.

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Make a fun countdown to Christmas, a vacation, a birthday, another holiday or any upcoming event using wood slices, some chalkboard paint and a few extras.

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Make a fun countdown to Christmas, a vacation, a birthday, another holiday or any upcoming event using wood slices, some chalkboard paint and a few extras.

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These little wood slice items prove that countdowns are NOT just for Christmas! You can use them for any occasion you’re looking forward too. It could be someone special coming to visit. Maybe it’s another type of holiday that you especially love. Or the days until school is out! You can make them in any theme you want. We’ve got three different types that we made… and yes we did include one for Christmas. blank1(1)

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Supplies used for a Christmas countdown.

These little wood slice items prove that countdowns are NOT just for Christmas! You can use them for any occasion you’re looking forward too. It could be someone special coming to visit. Maybe it’s another type of holiday that you especially love. Or the days until school is out! You can make them in any theme you want. We’ve got three different types that we made… and yes we did include one for Christmas.

Of course you can make a standard Christmas Countdown.  We’ve also got more Christmas Countdown Ideas here.

These little wood slice items prove that countdowns are NOT just for Christmas! You can use them for any occasion you’re looking forward too. It could be someone special coming to visit. Maybe it’s another type of holiday that you especially love. Or the days until school is out! You can make them in any theme you want. We’ve got three different types that we made… and yes we did include one for Christmas. blank1(1)

These little wood slice items prove that countdowns are NOT just for Christmas! You can use them for any occasion you’re looking forward too. It could be someone special coming to visit. Maybe it’s another type of holiday that you especially love. Or the days until school is out! You can make them in any theme you want. We’ve got three different types that we made… and yes we did include one for Christmas.

Another fun style.

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For unique, memorable gift wrapping ideas for small items, grab a plastic soda bottle, cut a slit in the back and stuff in your goodies! Add ribbon, tags etc.blank630x20

If you like creative gift wrapping ideas, this one will be remembered by the receiver as much as the gift itself!  It’s perfect  for giving a set of small items such as office supplies, makeup, jewelry, etc.  They are fun to make and can be decorated in a variety of ways for any occasion. We’ve  included some printable tags and adornments below but there’s no limit to how you can decorate these. Let your imagination run wild!

Creative Gift Wraping Ideas Supplies

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Remove the label from your bottle. There is always some residue that will not come off.   I’ve yet to find anything that works as well as Goo Gone. Rub a little on and in 4 seconds the hard sticky stuff wipes right off!

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Do you live where you have access to pine cones? Here’s a great little way to use them in your holiday decorating! Make this darling Santa and Elf. You could cover an entire Christmas tree with these! How cute would that be? blank630x20

These little elf guys will add a bit of whimsy to your Christmas tree! You can make them any color you wish of course. Pine cones, a bit of felt and a couple pompoms are all you need plus a hot glue gun. I had some pine cones I had painted that I used. But doing them au naturel  is just as nice and more earthy. Kids could even do these.

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  • Pine Cones, any size
  • Felt
  • pom poms
  • batting and white fluffy yarn is optional for different types of beards
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Hat pattern you can download below.

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NOTE:  I supply a pattern for the hat which has three sizes. You can just as easily make your own depending on the size of your pine cone. The beard and trim does not have a pattern as you can just easily cut those.

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Do you live where you have access to pine cones? Here’s a great little way to use them in your holiday decorating! Make this darling Santa and Elf. You could cover an entire Christmas tree with these! How cute would that be?

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Do you live where you have access to pine cones? Here’s a great little way to use them in your holiday decorating! Make this darling Santa and Elf. You could cover an entire Christmas tree with these! How cute would that be?

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Do you live where you have access to pine cones? Here’s a great little way to use them in your holiday decorating! Make this darling Santa and Elf. You could cover an entire Christmas tree with these! How cute would that be?

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Do you live where you have access to pine cones? Here’s a great little way to use them in your holiday decorating! Make this darling Santa and Elf. You could cover an entire Christmas tree with these! How cute would that be?

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Do you live where you have access to pine cones? Here’s a great little way to use them in your holiday decorating! Make this darling Santa and Elf. You could cover an entire Christmas tree with these! How cute would that be?

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Do you live where you have access to pine cones? Here’s a great little way to use them in your holiday decorating! Make this darling Santa and Elf. You could cover an entire Christmas tree with these! How cute would that be?

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You can make these elegant and simple Christmas Spiders from bells and pipe cleaners. Download the printable story poem tags and give as gifts or ornaments. blank630x20

This Christmas Spider idea comes from back in the 90s when I made them as holiday gifts. I’m not sure where it originated but there were various stories that went with it. Being someone who loves to write poems I wrote one with some of the same concepts as the stories so it could be attached to the spiders.   A tree filled with these for ornaments would be gorgeous and quite the conversation piece!

Please enjoy this idea and the free poem download that you can print and attach to your spiders for giving as gifts.

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POEM THAT GOES WITH THE SPIDERS. (FREE PRINTABLE BELOW)

You can make these elegant and simple Christmas Spiders from bells and pipe cleaners. Download the printable story poem tags and give as gifts or ornaments.

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Christmas Spider Supplies

  • 2 jingle bells of different sizes for each spider. Gold or silver.  I used  size 1 1/4″  and 1/2″  gold.  1″ would also work for the body.  ( Too small of bells make it too hard to put the pipe cleaners into them. )
  • 12″ pipe cleaners i.e. Chenille stems, gold or color of choice. 2 per spider.
  • Tiny ribbon for bows.
  • Hot glue gun for head bell if desired. (Or any thick glue that will hold well.)
  • Very thin wire (Optional for tying bells together rather than gluing. )
  • Downloadable poem tags printed on cardstock.

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Christmas Spider Poem Printables

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Instructions

NOTE: The body works best with 1″ or 1 1/4″ bells. Smaller bells for the body will not hold the 4 pipe cleaners. The head can be 1/2″ or something close to that.  You can glue the head on. Hot glue will not hold as well as epoxy or tying them on with wire or even string.

 

You can make these elegant and simple Christmas Spiders from bells and pipe cleaners. Download the printable story poem tags and give as gifts or ornaments.

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Gold spider with closeups of tying on the head and ribbon.

You can make these elegant and simple Christmas Spiders from bells and pipe cleaners. Download the printable story poem tags and give as gifts or ornaments.

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You can make these elegant and simple Christmas Spiders from bells and pipe cleaners. Download the printable story poem tags and give as gifts or ornaments.

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A tiny dab of hot glue will hold your spider onto this card.

You can make these elegant and simple Christmas Spiders from bells and pipe cleaners. Download the printable story poem tags and give as gifts or ornaments.

blank11You can make these elegant and simple Christmas Spiders from bells and pipe cleaners. Download the printable story poem tags and give as gifts or ornaments.

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blank11You can make these elegant and simple Christmas Spiders from bells and pipe cleaners. Download the printable story poem tags and give as gifts or ornaments.

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You can make these elegant and simple Christmas Spiders from bells and pipe cleaners. Download the printable story poem tags and give as gifts or ornaments.

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