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Holiday Crafts

December 12, 2013

In preparation and giddy anticipation of the upcoming holidays, we decided to make homemade ornaments this year. The kids love anything crafty, particularly when glitter is involved, so naturally they were ecstatic little helpers. Some of the ideas came from my own noggin, and the others were inspired by a few links I found on Pinterest. I will admit that I am notorious for not following directions, particularly if they are highly detailed. I tend to wing it. I will provide the links the the directions for those of you who don’t feel comfortable winging it. We started off with the pipe cleaner/bead candy canes. I was amazed at just how fast my 4-year-old son completed his candy canes. I would be halfway done with mine and he would be asking me for another pipe cleaner. I started to get a complex…

This one has no link to directions, because it’s really very simple. You need pipe cleaners, I cut them in half, and some colored beads. Simply loop the pipe cleaner around the bottom bead to keep it secure and then add the rest of the beads. Secure the top bead the same way as the bottom bead. Add an ornament hook and you’re done! Here are a couple examples…

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Aren’t those cute?? Next, we made some clothespin ballerinas. This was an idea I found on Pinterest. I followed directions as far as taking apart the clothespins and gluing them together. After that step, I winged it…wung it?? Here’s the link… http://diycozyhome.com/clothespin-ballerina-ornament/

Here is a picture of a ballerina we made. These were so fun and adorable.

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At this point in the day, the kids started to get antsy, so we took a break. This worked out nicely anyway because the last few projects were far more complicated and were probably better done sans children. By “complicated” I mean they involved sewing. Now, I’m not usually one to spend lots of time on back-breaking detail work for a craft, but these were so damn cute that I couldn’t resist. I plan to guard them with my life for Christmases to come. Again, I will supply you with the links to these, but I found most of them wildly too detailed and more complicated than necessary. To each their own though… First up, the adorable owl ornament. http://www.bhg.com/christmas/crafts/make-christmas-ornaments-with-felt/

Here’s my felt owl. I love him.

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After that, I moved on to the pine cone elf. This was inspired by a Martha Stewart craft. Now, Martha is notorious for complicated instructions, so I basically looked at the picture of the elf and copied it. Again, feel free to follow her extreme instructions. http://www.marthastewart.com/908316/pinecone-elves

You’ll also notice that I took liberties by adding bells to the elves shoes. I made one elf for each of my kids and figured they would have fun jingling their boots. I love these elves. They make me smile every time I look at them. Totally worth the time they took to make.

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Seriously. How could those elves possibly not make you smile???

So at this point, I was starting to see double, but then my bestie, Andy showed me one more crafty ornament to make and I could not resist. I call him “nut bird”. This one was for sale on Etsy and therefore did not come with instructions (sorry guys!), but naturally I did not care. Had I not been crafting for 8 hours straight, I would have made more than one nut bird, but there’s always next year! This is the link to the picture I worked from… http://www.etsy.com/listing/88735309/cozy-bird-christmas-ornament-bird-on

This is a picture of what I ended up with…I love him.

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A couple days later, the kids and I made one more crafty ornament. We just took popsicle sticks and glued them together in a crisscross shape using a hot glue gun. You could certainly use Elmer’s glue, but I don’t have the patience to wait that long for the glue to dry. I also hot glued some twine to the back of the ornament to hang it on the tree. Then the kids smeared them with glue and decorated them with glitter and sequins. They loved it. I did too.

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We have had such a great time this year getting ready for Christmas. I hope that you are inspired to make some or all of these ornaments too. Making them is half the fun. We went out and cut down our Christmas tree the following day. The kids were such great helpers. Happy holidays to you all. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. Cheers!!

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