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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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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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Maybe its just me, but I love a good pun or play on words. I think they are cute in the right context. I especially love when they go along with a small gift. That is why I searched for one when I decided to give my kid’s teachers lotions and body sprays for Christmas this year. I couldn’t find anything that I liked, so instead I made my own and now I can share them with you!

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These are great for more than just lotions though. The “Berry” Christmas one would be great for anything having to do with berries. The SCENT-sational one (center in photo above) would be great with anything scented. (think lotions, soaps, room sprays, candles, so many different ideas!). And the Be Merry is great for anything and everything. I think they are a fun way to add a special finishing touch to your thoughtful gift.

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DIY Nativity Christmas Ornament

I am sure that most of us have seen the large version of this nativity craft.  I have loved it and had it pinned for years.  But I never got around to making it.  Then I decided that it would be so adorable on a much smaller scale as an ornament!

So here is what you need:

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A square wooden dowel

2 large wood balls

1 small wood ball

I wish I knew where to find these great little rectangle pieces.  I got them at a little, local craft store.  They are about an inch and a half long and have jagged ends, which I loved!  I am sure you could find some thin, small rectangles that would also work great!

Craft paint 3 colors plus skin colored

Brushes

small rectangle of fabric for Mary

hot glue gun and stick

Begin by cutting small sections off of your dowel.  I cut one 3 inches long and another one 2.5 inches long.  Then sand the cut ends so they are smooth.  Clean off any dust and paint your choice of color.  Once you have them painted, including the balls for the heads, it is time to hot glue them together.  Glue the 2 large round balls onto the dowel ends.  Glue the small one onto the wooden rectangle.  This will be the baby Jesus.

Now that you have those glued together, it is time to add Mary’s cloak.  I kept mine with a rough edge to give it an aged look.  Wrap that around and add a dot of hot glue to attach it to her head, and again to her chest.  Once it is glued on, you are going to attach baby Jesus to the front of them.

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This will keep them attached together.  Scoot them close and press down the baby Jesus to make sure it is attached firmly.  Now you are ready to attach something to hang the ornament.  I chose to use bakers twine because I love it.  I tied a knot in a small section and then glued it to the back of their heads.  I also wrapped a section around all three figures for decorative purposes.

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I love the way it turned out, and I think it will be my all time favorite ornament!

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