DIY Paper Mache Santas

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  This project was originally created for Darice.  This year for Christmas I wanted a nice and simple craft that just screamed cuteness, and I think I hit the mark.  This easy DIY paper mache Santa craft is just what the craft doctored ordered for the upcoming Christmas.  You will have these done in no time and you’ll be itching to make more. Plus, you’ll have more time to make other handmade decorations or crafts for the holidays.  Let’s get started and see just how simple these are to make.

DIY PAPER MACHE SANTA CRAFT SUPPLIES:

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Step 1.  To begin your Santa craft.  Using the cream colored acrylic paint, make an upside down half circle for the face.

Step 2.  Paint the remaining parts of the cone the color you want your Santa to be.

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Step 3. Using the black acrylic paint, make two circles for the eyes.

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Step 4.  Hot glue the red pom pom on for the nose and a white pom pom on for the hat.

 

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I  just can’t stand how cute these are.  I seriously want to make 50 more and put them everywhere around my house, especially since they’re such a breeze to make.  My girls are trying to see who gets what Santa already.  I just might have to make all 50!  Have fun making this Santa craft that is just too cute for words. :)signature

 

 

Wood Slice Snowmen Ornaments

  Check out this really easy tutorial for Wood Slice Snowmen Ornaments.

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I love all things snowmen related.  I just have a thing for them and think they’re the cutest.  Like the old Campbell’s soup commerical where the snowman comes in to have a bowl of soup and he thaws out and melts into a little boy.  Love it!  I was at Target the other day and spotted some wood slice tags in the Dollar Spot at Target and knew these would make for the cutest ornaments. The best part is… I created all 6 of these ornaments for just a dollar.  I already had the paint and ribbon.  But, you wouldn’t have to buy any ribbon, the package of tags already comes with twine.  These also come together in no time and make the perfect homemeade gift to attach to a present, wine bottle, card, etc.

Supplies Needed:

  • Wood Slice Tag From Dollar Spot
  • White, Black, and Orange Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Ribbon

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These are the great wood slice tags that I found in the Dollar Spot bins at Target.  It’s such a bargain to get six of these for $1.  I just had to snatch them up.  I think I will have to go back for more.

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Step 1:  Use white paint to paint the front and backs of the wood slices.  I used chalk paint for this.  I found that it covers things a lot better and wanted to cover up the dark chalkboard circle on the one side.  The chalk paint worked perfectly for this.

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Step 2:  Use a fine paint brush and paint the nose and eyes onto the slices.  Let them dry.  You can seal these with a matte spray paint or leave as is.

Step 3:  Use the twine that is provided for you or use your own ribbon to make a loop to hang the snowmen by.

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Enjoy making these cute little snowmen.  They’re just adorable and so easy.  Now, I’m off to Target to pick up more of the tags.  I hope they still have them.

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Wood Slice Turkeys For Kids

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At our house, it’s typically a long day for the kids and they get a little restless waiting for the big Thanksgiving dinner.  Not this year… I’ve come up with a clever way to create a turkey  using just a few materials and some wood slices.  I love wood slices and how versatile they are for so many crafts.  Plus, they make the cutest darned turkeys.

This project is great because you can have the pieces pre cut and put in separate bags for the kids to complete on Thanksgiving day.  That really helps make this project extra simple, easy to distribute and manage on that busy day.

 

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Supplies Needed:

  • Wood Slices
  • Red Felt
  • Orange Felt
  • Googly Eyes
  • Tacky Glue (It’s great for kids to use for this project.) or Hot Glue
  • Colored Ribbon

 

Step 1:  Cut several pieces of different colored ribbon to roughly 3″ in length.  Make a loop and place a dab of glue between the ends of the ribbon to glue them together.

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Step 2:  Glue the loops of ribbon to the back of the turkey and space them out just a little bit in a fan pattern.

Step 3:  Next, you will create the legs of the turkey by taking two pieces of ribbon, roughly 1″ in lenght and glue these pieces to the back of the turkey.  If you’re using ribbon with a pattern (like mine) make sure the pattern is facing the front so you can see it.  You can angle the legs like I did or have them just go straight up and down.

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Step 3:  Take a little piece of red felt and a cut a curved waddle shape.  Use a small piece of orange felt and cut a triangle for the beak.

Step 4:  Glue the waddle shape down first.  Followed by the beak.  Finally, glue the googly eyes on.

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 Look at these cute turkeys.  They will be a kid crowd pleaser for sure.

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They are not only cute, but they make great a table decorations.  You could also turn these into magnets for the fridge too.

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I hope you enjoyed this project!  I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Until then you can follow me for more craftiness fun at Artzy Creations or on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google +.

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50+ DIY Ornaments For Kids

 Here is a fun collection of  50+ Ornaments to make with your kids for the holiday!

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Christmas Twig Tree Ornaments

Christmas Tree Twig Ornaments by One Crafty Mumma

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Yarn Ball Ornaments by All Things G & D.

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Bow Te Noodle Wreath by Crafty Morning.

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Pinecone Christmas Trees by Elementary Fun

Cupcake-OrnamentCupcake Ornaments from By Stephanie Lynn.

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Toilet Paper Roll Choirs by Sew Sensational.

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Scrap Ribbon Tree by Fireflies and Mudpies.

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Kids Fingerprint  Christmas Lights Ornament by The Happier Homemaker.

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Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Ornaments by Spoonful.

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Popsicle Stick Snowmen Ornaments by A Day of Wonders.

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Popsicle Stick Tree Ornaments by Ziggity Zoom.

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Pom Pom Pinecone Christmas Trees by The Wool Acorn.

Melted Bead Christmas Ornaments.

Melted Bead Suncatcher Ornaments by Artful Parent.

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Reindeer Ornaments by Plain Vanilla Mom.

Melted Crayon Ornaments

Melted Crayon Ornaments by Meet the Dubiens.

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Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees by One Perfect Day Blog.

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Ribbon Trees by Star Inspirations.

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Woven Ornaments by The Crafty Crow.

Borax Star Ornaments

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How to Make Borax Star Ornaments by Artzy Creations.

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Pom Pom Olaf by Kids Activities Blog.

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 Scrabble Ornaments by Life Your Way.

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Fun Elves by Parents.com.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Ornaments by The Crafting Chicks.

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Owl Ornaments for Kids by Meet the Dubiens.

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Thumbprint Reindeer Ornaments by Little Bit Funky,

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Salt Dough Hand Print Ornaments by Nest of Posies.

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Felt Stacked Christmas Trees by This Heart of Mine.

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Plastic Bottle Snowflake Ornaments by DIY Cozy Home.

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Paper Straw Christmas Trees by Simple As That.

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 Fingerprint Frozen Olaf Christmas Ornament by Crafty Mornings.

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Popsicle Stick Reindeer by Crafts by Courtney.

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Star and Circle Paper Ornaments by Picklebums.

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Stable Orrnament by Adventures of a DIY Mom.

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Pinecone Reindeer by Kids Craft Room.

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Salt Dough Ornaments by Alisa Burke.

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Puzzle Ornaments by Thats What Che Said.

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Toilet Paper Tube Poinsettia by Craft Klatch With Mona.

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Easy Santa Hats by Buggy and Buddy.

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Cinnamon Stick Ornament by Sussle. 

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Felt Button Trees by Hands On As We Grow.

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Kids Fingerprint Ornaments by Cutesy Crafts.

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Construction Paper Christmas Tree Ornament by Parents.com.

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Pony Bead Ornaments by Plum Pudding.

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Fabric Scrap Ornaments by Jillian In Italy.

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Pom Pom Photograph Wreath by She Knows.

Snowman Fingerpring Ornament

Snowman Fingerprint Ornament by Joybobo.

Owl Ornament

Snowy Owl Ornaments by The Artist Woman.

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Cork Reindeer Ornaments by Blog Vicky Barone.

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Yarn Wrapped Christmas Trees by Fantastic Fun and Learning.

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Painted Origami Stars by Hello Wonderful.

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Icicle Ornaments by Happy Hooligans.

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Twig Tree Ornaments by StowandTellU.

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Fox Leaf Art For Kids

Create a fun and simple craft with your kiddos that cost next to nothing by using some fall leaves to make cute foxes.

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 I love getting outdoors with my girls and going for walks in nature.  This time of year is perfect to have your kids collect some leaves that they can use to make some really cute art work and enjoy the outdoors at the same time.  There are so many things that you can make with leaves… the possibilities are endless.  Here’s a craft idea to make a really ADORable Fox Leaf Art piece with your kids.  You will love how simple this project is and it honestly doesn’t require a whole lot of supplies.  Let’s get started and see just how easy this project is!

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Supplies Needed:

  • Variety of Orange or Yellow Leaves
  • Dark Colored Leaves For the Ears
  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes or Sharpie Marker
  • Scissors

Step 1:  I learned from experience that it’s best to press the leaves for at least a day.  This way when you glue the foxes to the paper, the leaves won’t curl up and make your foxes look funny.

Step 2:  Cut the stem off the leaf that will be used as the foxes face.  Cut out triangle shapes for the ears.  My daughter cut the ends of the dark leaves for this.  Cut a triangle for the nose.  Glue all of this onto your main leaf.

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Step 3:  Glue on the googly eyes.

Step 4:  Glue all of your foxes to your paper or papers.

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My daughter thought these were so fun to make that she made several of them.

I love how each one takes on a different personality… the googly eyes make me laugh.

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This fox was my daughter’s favorite.  It makes me laugh…thinking this fox must have of had a rough day.  I need to keep this one around for when I have a bad day so I’ll be sure to giggle. 🙂

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These really are the cutest.  If you don’t have any googly eyes, just use a piece of white paper and a black marker as a substitute.  I promise your kids will love these and you will just as much too.  They will bring a smile to your face.

Happy creating!

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5 Minute Mason Jar Christmas Decor

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Do you need a quick Holiday decoration?  Are you looking for a really cute gift idea?  This quick and simple 5 Minute Mason Jar Christmas Decor combines the best of these two ideas.  Not only does this project make for a quick and simple Christmas decor but it is also beyond cute.  If you really wanted to, you could give it away, but I don’t think I will be parting with mine.  I have a slight obsession with Mason Jars and this one is too cute.  Let me show you just how easy it is to create this very simple project.  Let’s get started!

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Supplies Needed:

  • Soft Snow
  • Little Christmas Tree
  • Mason Jar with Chain Lid (These can be found at Michael’s)
  • Hot Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun

Step 1:  Hot glue the tree to the inside bottom of your mason jar.

Step 2:  Fill with a fair amount of Soft Snow and hang!

 

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Yup, it’s really that simple.  You could have a couple of these hanging in a large window, one on either side of a fire place, or perhaps several hanging from a tree.  The possibilities are just endless.

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Have fun making this jar of cuteness!  I can’t wait to share more of my cute holiday creations with you.  Until then…

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DIY Paper Mache Santas and Darice

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Hi Everyone!  Today, I’m over at Darice’s blog, Live Craft Love, sharing a tutorial for these DIY Paper Mache Santas that are super easy to make.  They will make a great addition to your mantel or table decor for the holidays.  Plus, they’re so easy too make you’ll have plenty of time for more crafts or holiday shopping.  Go check out this easy tutorial and make some Santas that scream cuteness!

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One Eyed Monster Brownie Bites

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If you’re a busy parent like myself with too many irons in the fire to keep track of,  you will love this simple yet fun Halloween treat.  This is perfect for those occasions where you have to put something together at the last minute for your son or daughters classroom or maybe you’re throwing a last minute Halloween party.  These One Eye Monster Brownie Bites are just thing.  The best part is… your kids will flip over them.

All this  recipe requires is a few simple things that you may already have in your house.  The only thing I had to go and get were the monster eyes, but they were pretty easy to find.

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They look like this and I even found them at my local grocery store.  The eyes can also be found at Walmart or Michaels.

So here’s all you need:

  • (1) Box of Brownie Mix
  • (2) Packages of Eyes
  • Small Cupcake Liners

Prepare the brownies in a small muffin tin.  Check them periodically so they don’t over cook.  When you pull the brownies out, let them cool for a few minutes and then insert the eyes on top.

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Your kids will squeal over these.  Both my daughters took these in their lunches to school and they make for a fun lunch conversation.

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 No sense in driving yourself batty with some of these over the top Halloween treats!  Lol!  I couldn’t resist.  Just keep it simple and easy with these One Eyed Brownie Bites.  Simple, easy, and still super cute.  Plus, your kids will have fun making these with you too.

 Enjoy!

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Back To School Clipboard and Tater Tots & Jello

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Hi Everyone!  Today, I have a great Back To School project that I’m thrilled to sharing over at Tater Tots and Jello.  Jen has a new line of paper products called Home + Made that just came out that I used to make this really cute Back To School Teacher Clipboard.  Her new line of products are adorable.  You will love them.  Head on over to TT&J to get the full tutorial on how to create your own clipboard for that special teacher in your life or just because you want your own really cute clipboard.  🙂

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Back To School Teacher Crayon Wreath

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 Can you believe it’s back to school time already?  I can’t.  The summer has flown by and being a teacher myself,  I’m gearing up for the new school year.  Buying my new pencils, pens, crayons, not only for my kiddos, but for myself as well.  This Back To School Teacher Crayon Wreath is a simple but awesome back to school teacher gift that would bring a smile to any teacher’s face because it would make for a great room decoration.  Trust me on this… being a teacher, I definitely know! 🙂

 

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Supplies Needed:

  • Round Picture Frame
  • Piece of Cardboard
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Chalboard Paint
  • Crayons ( I used three boxes.)
  • White Chalk
  • Paint Brush
  • Hot Glue

Step 1:  Find a picture frame that has a thick border to it at your local craft store.  Paint the surface with the black acrylic paint and let it dry.

 

Step 2: I painted the cardboard insert that is used to hold and support an actual picture with chalkboard paint.  Make sure to use a heavy piece of cardboard that isn’t corrugated because you don’t want the ridges.  It’s needs to be a smooth surface.  Apply 2 to 3 coats of the chalkboard paint and let dry.

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Step 3:  Hot glue the crayons in place.  You can do a single layer like shown above or continue with a second layer as shown below.

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 Step 4: Use a piece of chalk to put A+ Teacher or the name of the teacher in the center.

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It’s that simple and easy!  And with crayons on sale right now, it really makes this project inexpensive.  I’m telling you that any teacher would love to receive this as a back to school gift and you’d certainly put a big smile on their face.

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Here is the wreath on my wall at school!

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Check out these fun projects too:

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