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Snowman family button craft, fun craft for kids

Winter is my favorite time of the year to craft. I am not sure what it is, probably the fact that it is too cold that I don’t want to leave my house! I love when there is a chance to stay home and do something crafty with the kids. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but sitting around together doing something has let us have some of our best conversations. This is a great activity to do with the kids, perfect for a long winter day stuck indoors.

You will need

card stock or construction paper

buttons

hot glue

markers, pens

I had a small container of white buttons in various sizes that I got at Michaels a long time ago, I think it was just a dollar. I love that it came with different sizes and styles of buttons, perfect for something like this. Just pick out your buttons and place them where you would like them to be. You are going to hot glue them on, so you will probably need to help with this to prevent kids burning their fingers, especially if the glue seeps through the holes in the middle of the buttons at all.

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Once the buttons are glued on, let your littles decorate their winter scene any way they would like. I love the differences in the pages, even though they were all doing the same family, they all decorated them differently making it fun to compare and contrast.

This would also be fun to do on a piece of wood or chipboard and make an ornament or decoration out of it.

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Where my heart is ornament ~ Easy DIY Christmas Craft ideas

I love when a craft idea comes to mind and seems to come together as seamlessly as you had hoped.

I saw these bare wood ornaments at Hobby Lobby one day and knew instantly what I wanted to do with them.

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You will need:

USA ornament or cut out

paint

fine tip sharpie or paint marker

I started out by painting my ornaments white. I figured this was safest for most tree decor and color schemes.

Once the paint is dry you can draw your hearts on. With this cutout it had no boundaries for each state, so I had to do a little estimating. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just get it as close as you can. I drew mine on with a fine tip sharpie to be sure that they were small hearts. Then, draw a dashed line to connect the two hearts. I like the swirly lines the best, but a straight line would also look nice. The ornaments I did are from Boise Idaho to Whittier, North Carolina and from Boise to Seattle Washington. I think that I got them pretty close.

I chose to write a little poem on the back of each of them. You could add a little note or a picture too.

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My Idaho to Seattle ornament is a little bare, but I also like the simplicity of it. Painting it in a different color would have given it a little more visual interest I suppose.

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I love these necklaces that look like a bird’s nest and you can have it made to fit however many eggs you want. I think they are an adorable idea. I was walking through a local craft store and came across these eggs. At first I thought they were a little strange as a crafting supply, but the idea of making the necklace idea into a larger ornament struck and I had to get them! These are so great because you can add as many or as little the amount of eggs you want and completely customize it to the family who will be hanging it on their tree, great, right?!

you will need:

jewelry wire

small, plastic eggs

needle nose pliers

ornament hooks or ribbon

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Before we start, the gauge of the wire you choose is totally up to you.  I am not sure what size mine is as I used some I had that was not marked anymore. A large wire would look great, but keep in mind that you will need to be able to poke the wire into your eggs and the larger the wire, the larger you have to make the holes.

Begin by poking a small hole on the end of your eggs. My eggs already had a hole in one end, I just poked a hole in the other end. I used a thumb tack and it worked perfect.

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Once your eggs are ready, thread them onto your wire one after the other leaving a bit of wire hanging off the end. When you have all of your eggs on the wire, bring your two ends together and twist your wire somewhat snug so that it keeps the eggs from slipping off and holds them in place. Twist the wire a few times to make sure it is secured.

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Cut a length of your wire. I wish I had measured, but I didn’t. I would say it was 10 feet. If you do this much and it isn’t enough, you can always cut more off and continue with a new piece. Now you are going to form loops around your eggs to create your nest.  I held with one hand and twisted around with the other. I would go several loops and than take the end of my wire and weave it through the nest in a couple of different spots. This helps hold it into place so if you drop it you aren’t losing all of your work but also doesn’t look like you are wrapping it.  It should blend in with what you are already doing.

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When you are at the size you want, loop the spot of your ornament that you want to be the top several times. This will give you a spot to hang your ornament hanger. When you are done here, simply trim off any extra and secure the end into the nest. It should tuck right into some of the “branches” without even being seen.

What a great ornament! I love that I have my 3 little “eggs” represented on my tree.

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Every Christmas my kids look forward to making ornaments. It is so fun letting them make some of their own creations that they can hold on to as the years go by. This is one that kids will really enjoy and is easy to do with a little supervision.

You will need:

twigs

twine or yarn

hot glue gun and sticks

buttons for the eyes and nose (2 black and 1 red)

Begin by cutting your twigs to equal lengths (6-8 inches works well) and gluing them together in a point.

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Let the glue set for a couple of minutes to make sure that they are good and attached to one another.

Now you will begin to wrap your twine around the sticks. I began by going through the center of the sticks and then covering it by twisting around.

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Wrap around the stick holding the twine so that it is going on without slack. It isn’t necessary to glue every time you go around, but glue periodically. Some areas may still seem pretty bare, be sure to go around those spots a little extra so that it has enough coverage.

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Once you have the coverage you want, clip off the end of your twine and glue it in the back where it won’t show.

Now you are ready to glue your eyes and nose on. I used buttons that were smooth on top but anything will work. I just liked the looks of these ones for this. Glue them on.

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If you want to be able to hang it off a branch, you can now take some ribbon (or use the twine like I did) to make a hanger for the top. I put a dot of hot glue on the top and than wrapped the twine around it twice on each antler.

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