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Snowman Toilet paper Christmas “Card”~ Thrifty Neighbor Gift

Looking for something thrifty, different, and fun to give your neighbors this year?  Or something to leave the mailman, paper boy and garbage man?  With how thrifty this craft is, you could make one for everyone that has ever done anything for you for next to nothing! Not to mention giving them a little chuckle at the same time!  Sounds pretty good, right?

Introducing the first ever “toilet paper Christmas card”.  You read that right.  Attached is a little note that says;

” Money is tight

And times are hard,

So we are giving you this

Instead of a card.

Hang over or under

Whichever is pleasin’

And remember we wish you

A great Holiday Season!”

Silly right?  You don’t normally encourage people to wipe with your Christmas card, but why not ;)?

You will need:

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Roll of toilet paper

Gallon size Ziploc bag

 ribbon (Curling ribbon or fabric ribbon either is fine)

glue stick

orange paper

googly eyes

black paper

hole punch

Poem attached to some cute Christmas paper

I created a printable of the poem. If you would like to size it to a 4 x 6 size, or whatever size you want you can open it in a free program like Picasa.  That will then give you the choice as to which size to print it.  I have used Picasa for years, and it is very easy to learn and use.

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Begin by sticking your toilet paper inside the Ziploc bag.  I then trimmed the zip top off of mine.  I like the look of having it tied with a ribbon.

Glue on your googly eyes.  Cut out an orange “carrot” whatever size you want.  Cut 4 round stones for the mouth.  Attach all of those with glue.  Print off your poem and glue it to some cute Christmas paper.  Punch a hole so you can stick the ribbon through it.  Tie that to the top so that it is sealed tightly.

There you have it!  Almost as easy as filling out a card, right?  I guarantee this one won’t be thrown away or forgotten anytime soon!

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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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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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Frozen Inspired Ornament, Melted Olaf

If you haven’t heard of the Disney movie Frozen you probably don’t have any little people living in your house this past year!  If you have, you will understand just how popular this movie has become.  In our house our favorite character is Olaf.  Arguably he makes the movie!

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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