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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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DIY Ring Holder from a Dollar Store Soap Dish, Great Gift Idea

Everyone needs a handy place to keep their jewelry when they are cleaning,bathing or just going to bed.  No one wants to take the chance of losing a precious piece of jewelry down the drain!

This is the perfect gift for a anyone on your list and with how inexpensive it is to make, grab several and have them on hand for those forgotten or last minute gifts!

You will need

A soap dish from the dollar store

sticker or vinyl cut in desired shape

That is it!

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The directions couldn’t be easier really.  You are going to take your sticker or vinyl and stick it in the middle of your dish.  Be sure to press it down well.  This would be great with a monogram for the person you are gifting.

Isn’t that simple!  You are all done.  Now if you want to be really generous go ahead and throw some nice jewelry in too! ;)

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Breaking Bad Inspired Ornament, Great Gift Idea

Ok, I admit, I don’t like the show Breaking Bad.  But my husband does.  And so does his brother and dad.  So when I saw the sprinkles in the store and they reminded me of the blue drug the characters in the show make, I knew I had to make something with it.

We do ornaments each year for each member of our family.  It is impossible to find ones for my husband, this is perfect for a super fan of this popular favorite! It is definitely one of those things that isn’t for everyone, but could make a really funny gift or gag gift!

You will need:

blue sprinkles

glass ball ornament

green vinyl

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This is so easy, thrifty and quick!  All you have to do is poor the sprinkles into the glass bulb.  Use a funnel if you want.  I poured the whole bottle in one ornament.  I didn’t want it full, just some in the bottom.

Once you have the sprinkles in, it is time to put your vinyl on the outside.  I know I have mentioned my love for my Silhouette cutter.  You guys, seriously.  This machine is amazing.  I use mine all of the time.

To cut this shape,I traced the logo in my Silhouette software and cut it out of green vinyl.  I then used transfer tape to attach it to the ornament.  I love the way that it turned out!

I think that it will definitely be a memorable gift to say the least!

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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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Santa Belly Pillow, Made from Bandannas!

This is such a great project that uses very little effort and is thrifty!  There is no need to go to the fabric store and stand in line forever cutting fabric, because all you need is some bandannas from the craft store, some black ribbon, a regular pillow and a sewing machine!

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Begin by cutting your black ribbon and the length of your bandannas and pin it half way, in the middle of one side of one bandanna.

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Now turn the bandannas with the “nice side” together and pin around.  Now sew all except for one long side.

Once you have it sewn, you will be ready to stick in your pillow, you need to turn it right side out. These red bandannas that I got from Hobby Lobby were so big that I was able to stick a standard size pillow in.  It is so big, and cooshy!

Once it is stuffed, you can sew that bottom edge shut.  You will want to fold down the edge so that it is flat.

Now you will need to sew on the belt buckle.  I used some jingle bells that I had, but that will be hard to lay on if you are going to use this pillow for more then decoration.  I am sure you could find something else pretty or an actual belt buckle for a great look!  You will most likely have to sew this on by hand.

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There you have it!  A quick way to add some Christmas cheer to any room!

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