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Easy, Snowman Ornament

It is holiday season again!  Time to think about decking the halls and spreading the joy.  I love snowmen.  All things snowmen.  Not only do they work for Christmas decorating, but all winter season!

Here is a quick snowman ornament that you can make for your own tree, or as a quick yet meaningful gift for teachers, friends, anyone on your list.

You will need

Wooden, craft, thread spools.  I bought a package similar to this one here

White craft paint

strip of fabric, any color about an inch thick by  12 inches.  Mine is white with gold polka dots, scrap that I had but love!

black paint marker

orange paint or paint marker

Tiny plastic hat. Like these here. Aren’t they adorable!

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Begin by painting your wood spools white.  Do the sides first and then after that is dry, do the ends.

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Once the white paint is dry, you can begin threading your fabric through.  I rolled my fabric up as skinny as I could and worked it through the first hole.  Once it was through, I tied a knot on each end.  You should have fabric left over, just trim it off.

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Do this for all 3 spools.  Once they are all on the fabric and knots are tied at each end, hot glue your tiny hat to the top.

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Draw on your face and buttons.  Let that dry.  Once it is dry you can rip a small piece of fabric off of your remnant, or another coordinating fabric if you would like.  I tied them around the knot between the top two spools for the scarf.  I also took a small amount and tied it around the hat to give it a decorative trim.  This makes him cute, but also gives a spot for a hook to be hung on the back for easy hanging on the tree.

There you have it!  Wouldn’t these be a great craft for kids to make?  Would be a great activity for a class Christmas party even, for the kids to gift to their parents.  So many options really!

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Washi Covered Cookie Cutter Ornament

This cute, little ornament is perfect for a simple Christmas season!  Not only does it make a thrifty ornament for your own tree, but also is a great, thrifty gift for teachers, friends, etc.  Make several and have them on hand when you need a last minute little something to give!

You will need

Washi tape

Metal ornament

hook, twine, ribbon, or something else to hang ornament with

The possibilities with this are pretty much endless with the amount of choices out there for washi tape designs as well as the amount of shapes you can find cookie cutters in.  Its a little overwhelming to narrow the choices down!  I went with a snowman design because I have a weakness for anything snowman this time of year!  I had this cute, non Christmas washi tape on hand, and it matches my colors so I went ahead and used it instead of an traditional Christmas design.  Also, it is a little thicker than my Christmas tapes, so I was able to completely cover the edge of the ornament.

Once you have your cookie cutter and tape picked out, simply start on a side and press down the washi tape as you make your way around the ornament.  Be sure to press firmly to make sure there are no bubbles and that the tape is sticking all the way.

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Once you have gone all the way around the ornament be sure to cut your tape with scissors to leave a clean cut line as opposed to a jagged, ripped line.

Now you are ready to hang the ornament.  I used bakers twine, I love the looks of it.  Cut a long enough section that you can tie it off and still have enough to get over the branches.  Tie, hang and enjoy!  What a fun, easy craft!  This would also be something great to let the kids help make.  My kids love when they get to craft with me and this is relatively easy to do!

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Reindeer sucker, fun christmas craft for kids. Fast Christmas Crafts for ChildrenQuick and easy Christmas treats for kids  these are great to make as a craft project/ treat in class or at a party.  Easy to prepare for and easy to clean up… that is my kind of craft project.  If you have a younger group you could have the kids sing the Rudolph the red nosed reindeer song and conduct the music with their pops.  Or have them roll play and so some actions to the song with their pops.

You Need
Lollipops
candy eyes or wiggly eyes
Red pompoms
brown pipe cleaners
Hot glue or double sided tape

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First start by getting your eyes and gluing them to your lollipop. (You can also use double sided tape if your hot glue might melt the lollipop wrapper.
Then get your red pompom and hot glue that where the nose should be at the bottom in between the eyes. Let that sit and settle for a moment.

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Then you are able to glue to tape the pipe cleaner down to stay in place if need be. There ya go! Super easy and cute craft that is edible.Reindeer sucker, fun christmas craft for kids. Fast Christmas Crafts for Children

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Polar Express Inspired Ornament With Free Printable Tag!

Polar Express is a family favorite at our house.  We love it and watch it every year.  Since it is special to our family, I wanted to create an ornament that I knew everyone would love.  I think it turned out even better then I thought it would.  And, just in case your family is fans of the movie too, I created a printable of the tag so you can make your own!

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You will need:

This printable pdf here Believe.  This is the same as the photo above.

Jingle bell ornaments or decorations

Something to hang the ornament

Printer,scissors and card stock

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Begin by printing the above tags.  Be sure you have your printer set to color if you want the golden ticket color and that you have it off fast draft.  I know many of us use fast draft for printing our coupons!  Cut out the ticket/tags.

Using a hole punch, punch a hole in one corner of the tag.  You will string the string to hang your ornament through the tag as well as the ornament.  If your ornament already has a string connected, just tie the tag on.  Trim your ends off the string so they aren’t hanging there.

I tied two bells together because I liked the way it looked, but it isn’t necessary.  I purchased a package of 9 from Dollar Tree, making this an extra thrifty gift idea!

So, go print off your tags and get started on an extra thrifty gift, or just a fun ornament for your own tree!  What is your favorite Christmas movie?

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One of the best lines he has is when he says “some people are worth melting for”.  I have seen some ornaments using that phrase and wanted to put my own spin on it!

You will need

white craft paint

fake snow or glitter

glass ball ornament

small black beads

orange craft paint

skewer (to cut off the end for the nose)

2 small branches (I got mine off of a wicker type wreath)

black vinyl, sharpie or letter stickers for saying

Begin by taking the top off of your ornament and squirting in some white craft paint.  You want to coat the bottom, but not have it all up the sides.  Let it dry for a while and add some fake snow, or glitter to give it some texture.  Then let it continue to dry.

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While that is drying, paint the end of your skewer orange.  Set it where it can dry.  I balanced mine on the top of my paint bottle and put paper under so if it dripped it would catch it.

Once the skewer has dried cut off the end for your carrot nose.  You can paint the cut edge now if you would like or leave it.

Once your ornament has dried a while, drop in your 2 branches, your carrot nose and 2 beads for the eyes.  You should be able to wiggle it around a little to place them in different spots if you don’t like where they landed.

If you are cutting your saying out of vinyl, be sure to make it small enough to fit on your ornament.

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My vinyl was cut 2 inches.  Also, if you can weld your letters together, it makes it easier to apply with such a small space.  And consider using a font that isn’t perfectly straight, it helps hide imperfect spacing better!

A trick I use when applying vinyl to the rounded ornaments is to apply in small sections.  So instead of transferring the whole saying at once, I cut and placed each line separately.

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You are done. You can place the top back on your ornament and hang it, or add some ribbon for a bow if you would like!

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