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Here’s a craft the kids and I worked on for Valentine’s Day: glass jar candle holders. You can customize these with any colors or patterns of tissue paper to match any holiday or décor. They would make perfect gifts for holidays or teacher appreciation. Many of the supplies can also be found at the dollar store – woo hoo!

DIY Upcycled Jar Candle Holders - just tissue paper and Mod Podge - customize for any theme, colors, or decor.

WHAT YOU NEED:

WHAT YOU DO:

Tear pieces of tissue paper to use as your first layer, and stick to the outside of the jar using Mod Podge.

Add a second layer with shapes (trace shapes onto tissue paper using cookie cutters then cut out – or freehand cut out your shapes).

After your candle holder has its final design, coat all tissue paper with a layer of Mod Podge and let dry.

Place a flameless tea light inside the jar, and enjoy!

DIY Jar Candle Holders - tissue paper and ModPodge - easy kids craft!

DIY Jar Candle Holders - tissue paper and ModPodge - easy kids craft - use different colors and patterns of tissue paper for your theme.

 

 

DIY Jar Candle Holders - tissue paper and ModPodge -  use different colors and patterns of tissue paper for your theme.

 

Turn plain old jars into candle holders with just tissue paper and Mod Podge - DIY Tutorial

Turn old jars into candle holders with just tissue paper and Mod Podge - DIY Tutorial

flameless tea lights

Our little guy used the tissue paper shapes to make his own Valentine’s Day artwork by gluing hearts on paper…

Tissue Paper Valentines Day Craft - Toddler Art

 

 

Set up a station before Christmas or Birthday Parties - tools, box cutter, batteries, etc so you're not running all over the place once the kids start unwrapping

Every year on Christmas morning, from a giant pile of wrapping paper and tissue paper, we hear “Mom can you open this?” and “this needs batteries,” and “here’s some trash.” This year we’ll be ready. I set up a little station by the tree with trash bags, a box for recycle, tools like box openers, screwdrivers, and pliers, and mass quantities of batteries (separated into gallon ziplock bags by size). This would also work for birthday parties, or showers — add a pen and paper to record gifts for thank you notes later. Happy Holidays!

Here’s an easy tip to de-clutter holiday cards and photos: you need only a paper hole punch and book rings! 

If you’re like me, by the time Christmas arrives your fridge is covered in cards, photos, and holiday letters. Last year I started punching a hole in the corner of them, putting them on a book ring, and hanging the ring on the fridge. When I put away our holiday decorations, I stored the cards, and this year when I decorated for Christmas it was fun to flip through them again. So, an annual tradition has started, I suppose.

I plan on keeping each year on a smaller ring, and looping all the smaller rings on to one big ring. Everything will be together, but separated by year. OCD much?!? 🙂

WHAT YOU NEED:

WHAT YOU DO:

Punch a hole in the corner of each card/photo/letter, and loop on to a book ring. Hang, then add to it as the cards roll in.

use looseleaf book rings to store cards and photos DIY greeting card organization with a hole punch and looseleaf binder book rings

gift tag - book rings and holiday cards

 

Of course, you could also use this method to store birthday cards, trip mementos, wedding cards, photographs, gift cards, or coupons.

Here’s a project I worked on with leftover materials from some felt bird ornaments I made last year: DOG ORNAMENTS. Woof! 🙂 You could also hot glue a magnet to the back instead of attaching a loop, if you wanted to make a magnetic pooch. If you have a strong enough magnet, you could even stuff it inside before stitching the ornament closed.

Just customize with your favorite colors of wool felt, button eyes, and embroidery thread. I used both ribbon, and black elastic, for hanging loops. The possibilities are endless!

DIY Felt Dog Ornaments - free pattern and tutorial

WHAT YOU NEED:

Here’s the free pattern and tutorial, for personal and non-profit use! felt dog ornament – free pattern and instructions

So start some Christmas music, and some slow cooker hot chocolate (tee hee), make ornaments while it simmers, and enjoy!

 

 

slow cooker hot chocolate - just put everything in the crock pot and voila

Here’s a decadent, rich, chocolatey cocoa that you can make in your slow cooker. Throw the ingredients in, take a drive to look at Christmas lights, and come home and enjoy a mug of THE BEST hot chocolate ever. Don’t forget to leave some out for Santa on Christmas Eve! 😉

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 12 oz. heavy whipping cream
  • 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 c. milk chocolate chips
  • 6 c. milk
  • optional toppings: whipped cream, sprinkles, cocoa powder, marshmallows, etc.

WHAT YOU DO:

Combine the whipping cream, condensed milk, chocolate chips, and milk in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for approximately 2 hours, or until the chocolate has melted. Serve warm, ladling into mugs, and add optional toppings.

recipe adapted from mandysrecipeboxblog.com

slow cooker hot chocolate - just throw everything in and in a couple of hours you will have awesome rich chocolatey goodness

Here are some gift jars I put together over Christmas, to give as teacher gifts. The kids and I filled them with trail mix and attached a gift card to the twine. Of course, you could switch up the fabric and string for an anytime of the year gift.

DIY Jar Gifts. Switch up the fabric and twine for anytime of the year. Teacher gifts, etc!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Jars with lids
  • Jar labels
  • Fabric
  • Coordinating twine or string
  • Contents for the jar (trail mix, baking mixes, little trinkets, office supplies, school supplies, etc).

WHAT YOU DO:

Place a lid/ring on the fabric and cut a circle around it so that enough sticks out over the jar.

Fill jar and label.

Attach fabric between the lid and the ring then put the lid on the jar.

Add string or twine.

Canning jars + fabric tied up with string. This is just one of my favorite things. For teacher gifts, holidays, etc. Fill with trail mix, office supplies, etc, and switch up the fabric/string.

Canning jars + fabric tied up with string. This is just one of my favorite things. For teacher gifts, holidays, etc. Fill with trail mix, office supplies, etc, and switch up the fabric/string.

Canning jars + fabric tied up with string. This is just one of my favorite things. For teacher gifts, holidays, etc. Fill with trail mix, office supplies, etc, and switch up the fabric/string.

Canning jars + fabric tied up with string. This is just one of my favorite things. For teacher gifts, holidays, etc. Fill with trail mix, office supplies, etc, and switch up the fabric/string.

It’s Christmas in July! Ha 🙂 I just found some pics of a flock of felt birds I made as Christmas tree ornaments. I used patterns from downeastthunderfarm.com, and different colors of wool felt and embroidery floss.

They looked pretty “special” since I am not really a sewer. I watched some YouTube videos before I started because I needed to learn even the most basic stitches. But here they are, in all their holiday glory…

DIY Felt Bird Ornaments - use nice wool felt and customize with your own colors.

DIY Felt Bird Ornaments - use nice wool felt and customize with your own colors.

UPDATE: I used the leftover materials from the bird ornaments this year, and ended up with felt dog ornaments!

DIY Felt Dog Ornaments - free pattern and tutorial