Dollar Store Crafts: Handmade Ornaments

Dollar Store Crafts: Handmade Ornaments

Every year, we make several ornaments to add to our tree. We try to find ornament ideas that are cheap, fun to make and cute! My little girls loved making these snowman ornaments! We made them largely from things we already had on hand.

These empty glass ornaments are available almost anywhere, and you can find packs of four of them at almost any dollar store. We used one of these, but you will also need the following items:

an orange pipe cleaner to bend and create the carrot nose, white glue (we used Modge Podge), buttons for the eyes, a baby sock for the hat, and epsom salt. You can also paint the Christmas ornament white (we did).

First, we painted the ornaments white by pouring paint inside them and swirling the ornament until it was painted completely.

We then coated the outside of the ornament with white glue and rolled it in the epsom salt. You may need to do this more than once to completely cover the ornament. Just allow 12 hours between coats to dry.

We then glued the buttons, carrot nose, and the sock hat to the snowball. When we finished, we had this cute little snowman ornament.

Share your cute and homemade ornaments with us!

Tune in Saturday for our favorite Christmas traditions.

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5 Free Christmas Printables

5 Free Christmas Printables

You guys know all about my affinity for typographical art and quotes, and you know how much I love Christmas. What better to do than combine the two and offer you these five free printables?

1. Let it Be Christmas

If you’re familiar with this classic tune, you will love this cute and colorful printable. You can also download it in red and in green.

2. Simple Merry Christmas

I also offer this one in a few other colors as well. I love the fonts and the cute little reindeer.



3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Sometimes the prettiest printables are inspired by songs or traditional hymns. Here’s yet another printable inspired by traditional carols.

4. Merry and Bright

I absolutely love this simple printable. The font is beautiful and I can imagine using this printable in about five different areas of my house.

I hope you all enjoyed these free printables! Visit next week for our free advent calendar.

4 Christmas Gifts Your Grandmother Will Love

Four Christmas Gifts Your Grandmother Will Love! 

Shopping for your grandmother can be a bit more challenging than shopping for a friend or colleague. You’ll need to find something that she hasn’t already received over the course of her life! If you’re stuck for ideas, here are just a few holiday gift ideas that will suit your grandma.


Photo by Freddie Collins on Unsplash

1. Gift Basket

The great thing about gift baskets is that they’re easily customized depending on your grandmother’s interests. If she likes gardening, you can get her a gift basket filled with seeds, gloves and shovels. If she enjoys gourmet food, you can find a gift basket with cheese and champagne. The sky is the limit when you’re willing to sift through your options.


Photo by Laura Fuhrman on Unsplash

2. Scrapbook

This is a meaningful gift that will bring tears to her eyes. Fill a scrapbook with photos, receipts, ticket stubs, movie passes and loving messages about how much that she means to you. Not only will it be a great holiday gift, but it’ll also be a memento that she returns to again and again throughout the year.

3. Music

Everyone enjoys a good tune, and your grandma will find it especially meaningful if you put together a list of hits from her childhood. You don’t have to buy it on vinyl. You can simply purchase a subscription to a digital streaming service and set up a playlist filled with all of her old favorites. You can even teach her how to use it for extra bonding!

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4. Figurines

Figures are a great gift because they can be displayed everywhere from foyers to fireplace mantles. Whether you’re looking at delicate animal figurines or festive Jim Shore figurines, you’re sure to find something that suits your grandmother’s taste. Just don’t forget the display stand to go along with the figurine!

These are just a few Christmas gifts that are perfect for grandma. However, try not to stress too much over your selection! At the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts, and your grandma will be pleased with any effort that you make. It’s what grandmas do.

How to DIY Christmas ornaments from pinecones!

How to DIY Christmas ornaments from pinecones! Sometimes you just need a cute, easy craft that doesn’t cost you a dime. That’s exactly what I needed this week, and it turned out super cute. I picked up these pinecones from our neighbor’s yard but I already had the glue gun, ribbon and twine in my craft cabinet. I cut the ribbon at the length I wanted and tied them into simple little bows. I then tied the twine around the knot on the bows and hot glued the bow knots to the base of the pine cones. I told you this was easy!! And I made six of them in different sizes. And then I hung them on our tree. Next year, I may create a woodland tree with these pine cones and wood slice ornaments. Arent they pretty? What awesome and free crafts have you done lately?

An Organized Holiday:Christmas planning binder

An Organized Holiday:Christmas planning binder

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Have you ever made lists for Christmas? Making lists is something most of us already do without even really thinking about it. But did you know you can create a binder to help you organize and simplify your Christmas season?

I keep a binder with a December calendar, shopping lists, recipes, grocery lists, address lists, and holiday to-do lists. I also include any pictures or magazine features I want to utilize. I use tab dividers to keep the binder organized and easier to use.

tabbed dividers
$4 at Staples

I used this cute, green polka dot binder to store my Christmas printables and goodies.

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$25 on Zazzle.com

I decided I’d share my handy printables with you all today. Below you will find recipe cards, holiday planning checklists, contact lists, and more. All are available to you for free, but you may not use them for commercial use.

Christmas checklist - Copy

Christmas checklist- BLANK

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Blank Christmas party planning template

Christmas Party Planner Sheet

Christmas party planner

Travel checklist

Traveling checklist

Christmas contacts - Copy

Christmas contacts

recipe card

recipe card

I hope your holiday season is off to a great start! Check back Friday and Saturday for some wonderful Christmas-related goodies!

 

Things you can do to prepare for Christmas RIGHT NOW!!

Things you can do to prepare for Christmas RIGHT NOW!!

Christmas is now a little over a month away and while some of us think nothing of starting our Christmas decorating and planning, others feel as though we’ve just set out our fall decor.

For those of us who want to enjoy Christmas with less stress, here are a few ways to plan ahead for a more enjoyable Christmas season.

1. Inventory your Christmas decorations

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Take out all your Christmas decorations and sort them in three piles: use/keep, broken, and donate. If you’re like me, you buy a few things each year, and your Christmas decor can get out of hand. Go through your things and purge them before you decorate, so you won’t have to worry about it later.

2. Decide whom you’re shopping for and map out your Christmas budget

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Of course, the easiest way to manage Christmas gift shopping is to start early and plan a budget and stick to it. I like to write out a list with the name of each person I’m shopping for and a gift idea and suggested price. I don’t always stick with the gift idea, but I do usually stay within budget.

3. Plan tablescapes and menus ahead of time

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It may sound crazy to plan ahead how you’re going to set your table, but planning your table decor and securing all needed items ahead of time will make things much easier. Planning out menu items will also help you to stick to your budget and your shopping list as well.

4. Take your Christmas card photo and order cards now

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Take your photo now so you can get the Christmas cards ordered in plenty of time. Once your cards are ordered, you can address them a few at a time before dropping them in the mail, or for a little extra money, pay someone else to address them. It will be much less stressful!

What do you do to ensure a less stressful holiday season?

Dollar Store Crafts: Place Mat Pillows

Dollar Store Crafts: Place Mat Pillows

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I have wanted some pretty seasonal pillows, but I don’t always love the price. I was at Dollar Tree when I spotted these pretty placemats.

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They were thin, as far as placemats go, but they were really pretty. Since they were at the Dollar Tree, I went ahead and bought four of them, with the intent of making two pillows from them.

I then took them home and pinned them together where I wanted to sew them. I then turned them inside out and sewed the edges together.

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And after I sewed the edges, I simply turned them right-side out and stuffed them with quilt batting.

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I then sewed the open end together.

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I absolutely love how these turned out! I am now looking for some napkins or tea towels that coordinate with these placemats so I can make some pillows from them!

What Dollar Store Upcycle have you completed lately?