Tissue Paper Christmas Trees

Tissue Paper Christmas Trees

Today we are turning foam cones into colorful tissue paper Christmas trees in partnership with Oriental Trading. I bet you have seen cones used as Christmas trees before – there are lots of clever ways to decorate them. This particular project uses pre-cut tissue paper squares and Mod Podge, making it particularly fun (and easy!) for kids.

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My number one helper Stella got to work covering her cone with tissue paper squares. I think decoupage with Mod Podge is a great technique to try with kids. Just smooth some onto the cone with a foam brush and press the tissue paper squares on top. Paint another thin layer of Mod Podge on top to seal. It’s magic to see how the trees look after the glue is dry!

We finished off our trees with pom-pom ornaments and a little gold star on top. This technique also works with cardboard cones, which we used to make the smaller green trees.

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These tissue paper squares are a great craft supply to have on hand for kids crafting sessions. I have used them to make these confetti mason jar lanterns as well.  I am also a big fan of these sturdy and washable craft trays to help corral their creative mess!

Reindeer Thumbprint Ornaments

Reindeer Thumbprint Ornaments

Remember the handprint snowmen from last year?
They were so cute to see as I unpacked them this year that I knew we had to do a new version this year.
Enter reindeer thumb prints! These are even easier than last years version…want to make some?

Here is what you need, from this experience I can tell you that the matte ones work a little better and make it easier to see the thumb prints.

You also need some little thumbs.

From my experience last year, I learned to put the initials and date on first.

Paint your thumb…

And press onto ornaments…I thought I would do “eight tiny reindeer”…yeah, not when I have this many to do. 🙂  I ended up doing 4-6 per ornament.

Once the thumbs are dry add eyes with your sharpie…

…then two lines where the antlers go….

…then add “V”s to fill them in…

And for Rudy add a nice red nose.   I did this with craft paint and the end of a paint brush.

If you lower the position of the eyes you get a whole other look, one I prefer. 🙂

Let dry, and you are done!

 

 

 

 

These will be cute teacher and family gifts. 🙂
And I will be keeping a few myself, too. 🙂

Have fun making these! Let me know if you do, I would love to see them!

PINECONE CHRISTMAS TREES

PINECONE CHRISTMAS TREES

Today the girls collected a bag of pine cones to make Christmas trees to hand out on Christmas to family members. First we painted them green and added glitter. Forgot to take pictures, it was a bit messy, but we did it outside!

 

Then I just mixed up a bucket of plater of paris and plopped a glob for each tree and let my daughter stick the trees in the “snow”

 

 

 

Plaster is so easy to use, just mix water and stir in a disposable container and it dried very quicky! We did it on wax paper. They were dry in about 20 minutes and ready to decorate. The tree sticks right it perfectly! It is inexpensive and dries nicely like snow!

 

We cut old necklaces to make the ornaments
They glued the ornaments on with Tacky Glue

 

 

 

Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year!!
And a very Merry Christmas!!
…And here’s the cutest little 4 day old Santa you have ever seen from my newborn shoot Friday! I don’t think you will need to leave him any cookies, he’s pretty ridiculously sweet!!!
Christmas Kids Craft: Grinch Ornaments

Christmas Kids Craft: Grinch Ornaments

When it comes to Christmas classics, the hands-down favorite in our house is The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and after watching the newest version of the holiday film, my boys wanted to create some Grinch Christmas ornaments for our tree.

We started by gathering up some of our favorite craft supplies including feathers, pom poms, pipe cleaners, pony beads, glitter, and more…BUT, the real beauty of this craft project is that it can be customized to use whatever your favorite craft supplies are (as long as they will fit inside of a clear ornament!).

Carefully remove the top of the ornament and check to ensure that there are no sharp edges on the glass or plastic.

Fill the ornament with your craft supplies of choice.

Replace the ornament top and add a glittery heart sticker to represent the Grinch’s heart (which grew three sizes after his escapades!).

My boys ended up using pony beads, pom poms, and feathers for their ornaments, and I love the way that they all turned out!

Finish off the ornaments with a bow, and they’re ready for hanging!

These Grinch ornaments looks so cute hanging up on our Christmas tree!

How to Make Candy Cane Reindeer

How to Make Candy Cane Reindeer

Do you remember making these sugar cane reindeer at school? Isn’t it interesting? How could it be so simple, but we have forgotten it for years? Then it pops up on Pinterest and you are like “Oh yes! Those are great!” And you will find yourself going to Michael’s house late at night after the kids go to bed, because earlier in the day when you ran errands, the dollar store and Wal-Mart does not have any brown pipe cleaners. Then you have to buy 100 brown pipe cleaners because the sizeable 25 pipe cleaner packages are out of stock. Do not? Is it only me? (What the hell am I going to do with 100 brown pipe cleaners!?)

I think the purchase process for this item was not smooth, but I finally found everything. The holidays are still early, so the Christmas shops are not fully stocked yet. The dollar store doesn’t even have candy canes. All the Christmas boxes are stacked in the aisle, but the packaging is not opened. Although I wanted to pull out the keys and tear the tape on those boxes, I resisted (although it is difficult…considering it, I must stare at the boxes for at least a minute… ). But don’t worry, candy cane is the first thing I see when I walk into Wal-Mart. It was those damn brown pipe cleaners that I had to spend more time.

I haven’t seen these for a long time, they are a perfect craft for kids! Maybe I’m just a big kid, but it’s so fun to make these! I like my three-year-old kid to help me, I like these are almost foolproof!

 

Candy Cane Reindeer

You’ll need:

  • Googly eyes
  • Small red pom poms
  • Brown pipe cleaners
  • Candy canes
  • Hot glue gun

Do you remember making these candy cane reindeer when you were a kid?! They're so cute and SO EASY! What a great holiday craft to do with the kids!
You’ll definitely want to pull out your trusty glue gun for this. I’m pretty sure nothing else is going to stick to the plastic. The glue gun was perfect though.  I placed one of the eyes badly and tried to rip it off and it ended up pulling off part of the candy cane plastic underneath it. So if you are worried about eyes and noses falling off, don’t be, because they’re not going anywhere.

Do you remember making these candy cane reindeer when you were a kid?! They're so cute and SO EASY! What a great holiday craft to do with the kids!

I tried a few different sizes of pom poms, but the small ones seemed to work the best. It was a toss up between these and the super mini ones, but the minis were just too small.

Do you remember making these candy cane reindeer when you were a kid?! They're so cute and SO EASY! What a great holiday craft to do with the kids!

I’ve seen these made both with tiny googly eyes and the size that I chose here. If you do a quick search on Pinterest, you’ll find lots of other examples of these candy cane reindeer with different sizes of eyes and differently shaped antlers… and some other cute ideas too!

Do you remember making these candy cane reindeer when you were a kid?! They're so cute and SO EASY! What a great holiday craft to do with the kids!

I tried out a few different antler shapes, but ultimately the spiral ones were the easiest, so that’s what I went with.

Do you remember making these candy cane reindeer when you were a kid?! They're so cute and SO EASY! What a great holiday craft to do with the kids!

Wrap the pipe cleaner around your finger and then bend them into shape.

Do you remember making these candy cane reindeer when you were a kid?! They're so cute and SO EASY! What a great holiday craft to do with the kids!

I got to “borrow” my three year old’s finger to bend a bunch of the pipe cleaners. She was thrilled to help!

Do you remember making these candy cane reindeer when you were a kid?! They're so cute and SO EASY! What a great holiday craft to do with the kids!
She found the dollar store Santa hats that I bought for our Christmas card photo (Eek… I can’t believe it’s already time to start planning the Christmas card photo! No candy canes, but they had Santa hats…). She couldn’t do any gluing since we were using the hot glue, but she loved passing me all the pom poms and googly eyes. Those googly eyes are a pain to pick up off the table! Plus, it was festive just having her around in her Santa hat.

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And then, just for fun, we finished them off with little red and white bows. I used 50 cent ribbon I picked up from Walmart. Not that it needed it, but it just added some extra cuteness!

Do you remember making these Rudolph candy canes when you were a kid?! They're so cute and SO EASY! What a great holiday craft to do with the kids!
These guys are so fun, and so easy to make!

Do you remember making these Rudolph candy canes when you were a kid?! They're so cute and SO EASY! What a great holiday craft to do with the kids!
They’d make great little Christmas ornaments for the tree!

Do you remember making these candy cane Rudophs when you were a kid?! They're so cute and SO EASY! What a great holiday craft to do with the kids!

Or you can give them out as party favours or classroom gifts.

Do you remember making these Rudolph candy canes when you were a kid?! They're so cute and SO EASY! What a great holiday craft to do with the kids!

Or, if you’re like us, you can just do them as a fun craft with the kids. My five year old was at school when we made them this afternoon, and when she sees them, she’s going to be so sad she wasn’t here to help!

These candy cane reindeer are so easy to make! All you need are a simple craft materials and you’ll be all set! Make them for the Christmas tree, or as treats to send to school, or just as a fun craft with the kids. They’re really simple, and next to impossible to mess up!

 

Stuffed Paper Bag Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Stuffed Paper Bag Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Using a stuffed paper bag to make a Thanksgiving turkey craft is a genius idea to make some low cost decorations.

The kids will have a great time ripping and scrunching up paper, and there is plenty of cutting and gluing to test out their motor skills at the same time in this easy project.

Read on for step by step instructions on how to make your own paper bag turkey decorations. Including photos and videos to help you along.

 

Prepare Your Craft Area

Your paper bag turkey will be made entirely out of paper. But you will need a handful of other fiddly materials.

Best to prepare a clear area with your materials off to the side. If you have a toddler and they get hold of the string then things could get messy!

Plus it is also safe to keep the scissors out of reach.

Stuffed Paper Bag Turkey Craft Materials

Paper Bag Thanksgiving Turkey Craft Video Demonstration

Before we jump into the written instructions the video below will give you a quick demonstration for how your stuffed turkey craft will come together.

Watching this in full before starting will help you understand the full process so you stay on track when guiding your kids.

Materials

  • Bond Paper
  • Paper Bag
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • String
  • Old Newspaper or Magazine

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Marker

Instructions

Stage 1: Fill the Paper Bag with Crumpled Paper

  1. Step 1 – Tear up some pages from an old newspaper or magazine (if you still buy them?!) and stuff it in the brown paper bag until it is half full. This will form the body of the turkey.Step 1
  2. Step 2 – Tie the opening of the paper bag tightly with string to form a thin neck-like shape that stays narrow all the way to the top of the bag.Step 2
  3. Step 3 – Tear up some additional pieces of newspaper and stuff into the small cavity created above the string to create a ball shape at the top of the neck.Step 3
  4. Step 4 – Seal the top of the bag using glue. This will allow you to mold it into a round shape to make the head of the turkey.Step 4

Stage 2: Cut the Features of the Turkey

  1. Step 5 – Using a marker draw two eyes on white paper and cut into two small circles.
  2. Step 6 – Using yellow paper, cut a small triangle for the Turkey’s beak.Step 5
  3. Step 7 – Then with red or orange paper cut a small J shape for the snood of the turkey to hang underneath the beak area.
  4. Step 8 – Trace a long oblong shape on colored paper.Step 6
  5. Step 9 – Place on top of a multicolored stack of paper and proceed to cut out the shape. This will give you multiple cuts of the same shape to create a colorful array of feathers for your turkey.Step 7

Stage 3: Assemble the Turkey Features on your Paper Bag

  1. Step 10 – Glue the facial features of the turkey; eyes, beak, and snood.Step 8
  2. Step 10 – Arrange the feathers and glue together to create your turkey tail.Step 9
  3. Step 11 – Attach the feathers at the back of the paper bag on the opposite side of your turkey face using tape.Step 10
  4. Step 12 – Your stuffed paper bag Thanksgiving turkey craft is now complete and ready for decoration!

Why Make A Stuffed Paper Bag Turkey

These are cheap to make, and can be a large decoration depending on the size of your paper bag.

You can make a few of these to scatter around the house as part of your Thanksgiving decorations, and you may even want to make a larger one for a Thanksgiving centerpiece.

More Thanksgiving Crafts

If you are looking for more ideas that your kids can enjoy then check out our full list of Thanksgiving craft ideas.

These are all suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Here is a sample of some of our other projects:

 

Final Word

You can get very creative with these stuffed paper bag turkeys, and your kids can go crazy with the colors and some googly facial features if they wish.

Most importantly it is a great way to get your kids involved in the Thanksgiving celebrations, and have some ownership in the day.