Many of you will spend this Christmas with an empty seat at the dinner table….. your loved one in a far off land fighting for the safety of others and making sure we as Americans will continue to enjoy our freedom. Please know that we personally pray for your families and all the service men and women daily, we are so grateful for your sacrifice. I ran across this video on youtube and wanted to share it will you all. If you can not view the view below click here.
I posted this last year… but thought I would post it again because it is a fun thrifty idea for Christmas. Hope you enjoy!
My kids are still little so they are SO excited about Santa, and they are trying really hard to be good cause they know his elves are watching them. So I decided to have a little fun with them and let them get a special secret message.
For this project you will need white paper, a white color crayon and water colors….. and children who believe in the magic of Christmas
While my kids were are at school I took normal paper, and used a white color crayon to draw a Christmas message for each of them.
I then put the paper back in the pile as if it had never been touched. When the kids got home from school they wanted to paint…. so they started to paint as normal…..TILL they started to notice something was hidden on their paper.
As they painted they unveiled hidden images. They were so confused as to how they got there.
My kids decided it MUST have been Santa’s sneaky little elves playing a trick on them.
It was so much fun to hear them giggle and laugh as they painted.
Try this “thrifty” fun project with your kids!
Neighbor Gift~ Quick and Thrifty Gift Idea
Looking for a quick gift idea for your neighbors or friends? Here is a printable poem that you can attach with a roll of tape and a roll of wrapping paper. Useful and thrifty all at once!
You can print this poem off from here.
You will need:
Roll of tape
Begin by punching a hole in the corner of your poem. Now thread a small piece of ribbon through your hole as well as the center of your roll of tape. Tie in a bow around the wrapping paper.
That’s it! Really! You are done with a useful, thrifty, creative gift for your neighbor!
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Paper Candy Canes
Looking for a craft to do with the Kids while they are out for Christmas break? These are great for keeping them busy, and then use them to decorate the house for the holidays when they are done! I found the original idea here, and then let my kids get creative and make the stripes any way they wanted. It ended up keeping 2 ten year old girls busy for over an hour! Not bad for such a thrifty craft!
What you will need:
Paper (printer paper is fine)
markers and/or pens
Pencil or straw
Begin by cutting a regular sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper into a square. If you haven’t done that before, you fold it into a triangle and trim off the left over rectangle. Unfold to reveal a square. Now that you have that done, begin your pattern. If doing it with kids I would encourage something under the paper to prevent them from writing on your table. Begin making large letter “L” shapes to cover your paper like this:
Create this pattern 5-6 times. Once you have done that flip your paper over so that the pattern is face down. Take the end that doesn’t have the pattern and begin to roll around a pencil or a straw. Once you have rolled it a few times, take the pencil or straw out, but continue to roll the paper.
Once your paper is rolled into a tube shape, secure it shut with a small piece of tape. (Should be in the middle where my thumb is in the photo)
Trim the ends so that they are flat. Take one end and roll it around a fat marker to create the cane portion. This will flatten your paper, but will give it a nice cane shape.
There you have it! Create several and make a nice garland. Hang a few from the Christmas tree. Add some to a jar for a festive center piece. So many possibilities for supplies that you have around the house!
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Gift of “Nothing”~ Christmas Gag Gift
I don’t know about you, but my husband is impossible to shop for! Every year when I ask what he wants it is the same answer. “Nothing.” The worst part is that he is serious! It is like trying to pull teeth to get ideas from him! Granted, I can usually come up with something that he will like or needs, but 12 years of “nothing” he has earned a little good natured pay back! This year I am going to make him think he is actually getting nothing! I am sure it will be a let down, because I doubt I will get a reaction out of him. More then likely he will probably thank me for finally listening! My husband is fun loving and silly so I know there will be no hard feelings. If you can’t say the same about the person you want to pull this off on, it may not be a good idea! It is Christmas after all.
I think we all have that someone on our list that always tells us “nothing”. And whether they really mean it or just don’t want us to spend the money on them, it is time for us to get them what they ask for! *Disclaimer: I would really not recommend you not get your spouse or loved one “nothing” unless you are looking forward to a Christmas full of awkward silence and possibly sleeping on the sofa.
So here is a nice note, feel free to copy it for your own use! I forgot to save it other then the photo I took of it, but if you were to open it in a free photo program (like Picasa or PicMonkey) you should be able to crop it and cut it out. Sorry!
I am going to wrap mine up with a few rocks to really throw him off. The key to making this work is making sure that any sign of other gifts is hidden. You don’t want to leave the real gift under the tree. Maybe even wait a while to give them the real thing (if you can pull it off that long!).
Good luck pulling off this Christmas prank!
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Reindeer Noses~ Easy Christmas Craft
I’m not sure how Rudolph and his buddies would feel about their noses being considered food… but I am thinking these would be so cute to hand out to my kids’ classes at their school Christmas party!
What you will need:
Whoppers chocolate candy
Red jaw breakers or Atomic fireballs
Snack size Ziploc bags
Christmas card stock
White printer paper
To begin, the size of the Ziploc snack bags are 6 1/2 x 3 1/4. You will want your card stock to be 6 1/2 inches wide so that it fits together seamlessly.
You can do a plain rectangle, or cut out in a design. This is the shape I used for my base. If you are going to cut it in a shape you will want to make sure it is symmetrical (so it can be folded in half and be the same on both sides).
Find a cute reindeer clip art that is free to use. I used my Silhouette machine to do my creating in. It was, by far, the best gift I have ever received and I use it almost daily. If you are someone that crafts a lot, I would highly recommend you consider getting one. They are amazing. If you know a crafter and are looking for a great Christmas gift, you can’t go wrong with one of the Silhouette machines! They have two sizes here and here. Okay, sorry about that. I absolutely love my Silhouette and get a little excited when I start talking about it!
On with the tutorial.
If you don’t have a program to create in, there is no need for expensive products, just make it in Microsoft Publisher, or a similar program. Just be sure that you are putting your clip art and text in with plenty of room to cut around. It would also be cute if you made a finger print reindeer, and simply wrote “reindeer noses” next to it. That would be a super cute way to get the kids involved too! Remember, this is going to be folded in half also, so don’t put your design right in the middle!
Cut the same shape as your base card stock around your words and clip art. Glue that on to the card stock base. Fill your snack bag up with whoppers. I used one for each of Santa’s reindeer excluding Rudolph. (Just in case you aren’t sure that would be it is 8.) Throw in a red jaw breaker or an atomic fire ball for Rudolph’s nose. Seal the baggie and staple your label on to the top of your baggie. You want to cover the closure so it looks nice and pretty.
There you have it! A craft you can hand to the kid’s school class, use as party favors or keep by the door for those unexpected carolers!
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