Fireworks Ring Craft

Fireworks Ring Craft

Do you ever begin a craft project with a concept in mind only to find that it quickly transforms into something entirely new?That’s how these simple, quick fireworks rings got their start.Lovey said, “Yay! ” as I was getting materials ready for another project.Are we making rings that sparkle?!?”I could not say no.

We stopped working on the project I had planned and spent some time dressing up our day.It turns out that they make adorable jewelry that can be worn to New Year’s Eve fireworks shows or Fourth of July parties and other patriotic events.

To make our fireworks rings we used red and silver tinsel stems. For each ring we used three whole stems. We cut them in half to make 6 pieces of equal length.

Easy Fireworks Ring Craft for Kids...great for New Year's and Fourth of July

To make one ring, gather five of the stems and fold them in half. Leave enough of a circle to fit the child finger. You may need to shape it into a circle a bit. Then wrap the sixth stem around a couple of times to secure the ring.  Be sure the ends lay flat so they don’t poke the child’s finger.

Easy Fireworks Ring Craft for Kids...great for New Year's and Fourth of July

Turn the ring so the loose ends face up and bend them slightly into the shape of a burst of fireworks. Leave the stems raised enough so they aren’t poking into the child’s hand.

Easy Fireworks Ring Craft for Kids...great for New Year's and Fourth of July

Repeat and make fireworks rings in all of your favorite colors.

Easy Fireworks Ring Craft for Kids...great for New Year's and Fourth of July

Extend the fun with these fireworks rings, and try some process art with this fun fireworks art project.

New Years Eve Toddler Bubble Wands

New Years Eve Toddler Bubble Wands

We truly adore bubbles, and as you know, during the summer, we are obsessed with our simple bubble recipe (it is so delicious), have made numerous bubble wands, and participated in numerous bubble-related activities!However, as I was getting ready for New Year’s Eve, I thought that Star Bubble Wands would make an excellent Toddler New Year’s Eve craft. Consider it in two ways:While the adults have “real” bubbles, the kids get to make their own for New Year’s Eve. Or, instead of loud and scary fireworks, have Toddler Bubble Fun instead.A perfect way to spend New Year’s Eve with young children (plus, I thought it was perfect because we still had some sparkly pipecleaners from our pipecleaner Christmas trees).We now have them.Bubble Wands for Toddlers on New Year’s Eve.

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Because the beads give the children something to focus on and play with, this is an excellent sensory toy for SEN Kids.The wand is a great alternative to sparklers that still sparkles brightly for those SEN children who are sensitive to sound and struggle to process noise.Why not pair it with a torch so that it can shimmer and twinkle for hours of sensory play?Enjoy!!And no matter what your child needs, have a happy and peaceful New Year’s Eve.

How to Make DIY Bubble Wands with cookie cutter shapes

Cookie Cutter Bubble Wands – Supplies:

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  • pipe cleaners (gold and /or silver are great – eg, get some here US/ UK)
  • colorful beads (again we used silver and gold pony beads left over from our Christmas Ornaments – get some here US/ UK)
  • cookie cutters shapes (star shapes are best for New Year’s Eve and the smaller the better – e.g. US / UK)
  • DIY Bubble Recipe

Remember to make your BUBBLE RECIPE EARLY as it gets better with time (and use yellow or clear dish soap!)

Shaped Bubble Wands – Instructions:

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1. If you use small cookie cutter shapes for your DIY bubble wands, you’ll need one pipe cleaner per bubble wand. Start by wrapping the pipe cleaner around the cookie cutter, forming the shape of a star.

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When you reach the end of the shape wrap the remaining pipe cleaner section around the shape a few times to close it shut. Then the remaining excess of the pipe cleaner becomes the handle for your bubble wand.

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2. Thread the bubble wand handle with gold and silver beads. When you reach the bottom of the pipe cleaner with your beads, fold the pipe cleaner end up to secure the beads in place. We like to bunch the pipe cleaner up into a little ball on the end after bending it up to help it stay sealed shut. Or just fold it over. It is a question of preference!

Now your DIY Bubble Wands are ready to play with!

New Year's Eve Toddler Bubble Wands - these toddler bubble wands are perfect for a calm New Year's Eve for kids. Instead of loud fireworks have fun with bubbles instead... REAL Bubbles for the grown ups... and Bubble Wands for Tots. More can you want!! Happy New Year Everyone!! #preschool #preschooler #toddler #newyearseve #newyearsevecrafts #newyearseve2018 #bubbles #bubblewands

Pour some bubble solution into a shallow dish, dip the pipe cleaner shape down into the solution and then blow bubbles through your bubble wand.

And these DIY Bubble Wands the cutest?? I hope you love them as much as we do. And we do ADORE our DIY Bubble Recipe, it is used by the Science museum in London at their bubble show and really is the BEST!!!

New Year's Eve Toddler Bubble Wands - these toddler bubble wands are perfect for a calm New Year's Eve for kids. Instead of loud fireworks have fun with bubbles instead... REAL Bubbles for the grown ups... and Bubble Wands for Tots. More can you want!! Happy New Year Everyone!! #preschool #preschooler #toddler #newyearseve #newyearsevecrafts #newyearseve2018 #bubbles #bubblewands

This New Year’s Eve Bubbles really are great for young children – it avoids all the scary noise…. and it is fun for kids to have their own Bubbles whilst grown ups celebrate!! Enjoy!!!!

Giant Cardboard Christmas Trees

Giant Cardboard Christmas Trees

These life-sized cardboard Christmas trees offer a significant expression however are so natural to make!What’s my favorite part?They can be put away flat.The entire tutorial can be found below!

cardboard christmas trees
cardboard christmas trees

This project hits everything on my DIY checklist — it’s affordable, it’s easy, and it’s upcycled. (Not to mention the fact that it’s super festive!) These cardboard Christmas trees are a must-try if you’re looking for a cheery project with a big payoff

cardboard christmas trees

WHY DO I LOVE THESE CARDBOARD TREES SO MUCH?

I had an idea to create some Christmas trees that could somehow fold away flat for people with limited space, and I love how they turned out! They also ended up to solve a few other holiday problems. These cardboard Christmas trees:

  • are totally free (if you have boxes laying around)
  • make a major holiday decor statement
  • are customizable in their shape and size
  • would be a perfect craft project for kids to decorate
  • can be neutral or colorful, depending on your preference
  • make use of recyclable materials
  • store flat to save space
  • can be used year after year

I have become this project’s biggest fan (in case you can’t tell). So let’s make some!

HOW TO MAKE CARDBOARD CHRISTMAS TREES

Materials

  • cardboard sheets or boxes
  • box cutter
  • scissors
  • yard stick
  • pencil
  • optional: saw

Instructions

  1. Gather your cardboard. If you have extra large boxes or sheets, you can make taller trees. You can cut open boxes and lay them flat to maximize your cartdboard. It’s also worth asking friends or neighbors for theirs!
  2. Trace a tree onto a sheet of cardboard with your pencil. Consider the size and shape you’d like, and ensure that your tree is symmetrical. Keep in mind that to create one standing tree, you’ll need three flat cardboard trees of the exact same size.
  3. If you’re using a saw, it’s really easy to layer 3 pieces of cardboard and cut them all out at the same time. If you’re using scissors or a box cutter, just cut out three trees by hand.
  4. Trace a pencil line down the center of each tree. With your box cutter, carefully slice down the pencil line, being sure to only pierce one side of the cardboard (leave the side that’s face-down intact). If you’re using very thin cardboard, you can probably skip this step and just crease your trees down the middle so that they can fold in half.
  5. Cut two small circles of cardboard (about 4″ in diameter).
  6. Fold each tree in half. Create two slits in each tree on the fold, one high and one low on the tree. The slits should be less than half the depth of your cardboard circles (ours are 1.5″).
  7. Insert the circles into the slits of one of the folded trees and open the tree enough to stand. Add the other two trees onto the circles.

cardboard christmas trees

cardboard christmas trees

cardboard christmas trees
cardboard christmas trees

cardboard christmas trees

cardboard christmas trees

MORE THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR CARDBOARD CHRISTMAS TREES

Initially, my plans were to paint these trees bright, festive colors. But when they came together in this natural kraft cardboard color, I loved them just as they were! So with your trees, dress them up any way you like!

I really love the idea of making one of these for a child and handing them a bunch of art supplies to decorate it. I’m thinking markers, glue, pompoms, sequins, stickers — whatever they like.

I think these would also look incredible in a group of lots of them — a recyclable forest! Hope you try these out.

cardboard christmas trees
cardboard christmas trees
cardboard christmas trees
cardboard christmas trees
cardboard christmas trees

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Citrus Garland

Citrus Garland

You only need two cookie sheets, parchment paper, navel and blood oranges, jute or natural twine, a skewer or nail, and decorative hooks to string your own strand.Continue reading for all of the steps:

1.Heat the oven to 250°F.

2.Four oranges make a six-foot garland, so slice them crosswise into 1/4-inch slices.

3.Utilize parchment paper to line cookie sheets.Using paper towels, dry the orange slices and arrange them in a single layer on cookie sheets.

4.Bake for about three hours, or until the top is dry.Turn the slices over at the halfway point to ensure that they dry flat.)Take out of the oven.

5.Make two holes in the top of each orange slice with a skewer or a nail.

6.Place the oranges on the garland evenly apart by threading twine through each hole.Hang from hooks and secure each end with a loop.

Pom Poms and Pinecones Christmas Ornaments

Pom Poms and Pinecones Christmas Ornaments

My mother made numerous handmade Christmas ornaments and decorations when I was a child.Playing with all of the ornaments and arranging them on the tree was my favorite part of Christmas.

Twenty-five years later, my mother was attempting to persuade me that we should divide all of our childhood ornaments among myself, my brother, and sister.”You can’t split up all those old, tattered memory-filled ornaments!” was all I wanted to say.They should always be on your tree!haha… despite the fact that I have my own children, my own Christmas tree, and my mother hasn’t put up those handmade ornaments in years, I guess that sentimental attachment hasn’t disappeared.

When you were a kid, did you play with the ornaments on your Christmas tree?It was, I swear, one of my favorite Christmas activities!My goal has always been to have a Christmas tree that my children can play with.As a result, I rarely purchase designer boring sparkling balls.I also have nothing that can be broken.My tree isn’t very popular, and it probably won’t be featured in any magazines. However, I really hope that my kids will enjoy it as much as I did our tree when I was a kid!

I’m aware of this.These Christmas ornaments made of pom poms and pinecones are so simple!But what do you know?They are going to look amazing on our tree, and they turned out to be surprisingly beautiful!The best part was that my five-year-old and three-year-old could both help make them.Even for a three-year-old, they are pretty much foolproof!

 

Pom Poms and Pinecones Ornament Tutorial

These are super easy! And they look amazing! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pinecones
  • Tiny pom poms
  • String or ribbon
  • Hot glue gun

These pom pom and pinecone ornaments are SO EASY! They're a great craft for both kids and adults and they end up looking surprisingly beautiful!

These pom poms are really small. I got them from the dollar store and they were the perfect size to fit in the pinecones.

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Start by adding a small glob of hot glue to the underside of the pinecone “branches”.

These pom pom and pinecone ornaments are SO EASY! They're a great craft for both kids and adults and they end up looking surprisingly beautiful!

Then stick a tiny pom pom onto the dab of glue.

These pom pom and pinecone ornaments are SO EASY! They're a great craft for both kids and adults and they end up looking surprisingly beautiful!

Repeat for all the the pinecone tips. The little pom poms look just like ornaments hanging from a tree!

These pom pom and pinecone ornaments are SO EASY! They're a great craft for both kids and adults and they end up looking surprisingly beautiful!

It goes pretty quick!

These pom pom and pinecone ornaments are SO EASY! They're a great craft for both kids and adults and they end up looking surprisingly beautiful!

Then take about 11″ of string or ribbon and hot glue it to the top of the pinecone. We used this gold chain looking ribbon from the dollar store. I was pretty generous with the hot glue and they feel pretty secure.

These pom pom and pinecone ornaments are SO EASY! They're a great craft for both kids and adults and they end up looking surprisingly beautiful!

Maybe I’m a risky mom here, but I let both my three year old and five year old use the glue gun. They were sooooo excited and they actually did really well with it! It’s just one of those cheap, tiny glue guns, so it doesn’t get very hot.

These pom pom and pinecone ornaments are SO EASY! They're a great craft for both kids and adults and they end up looking surprisingly beautiful!

I had to peel away a lot of glue strands when they were finished, but they cleaned up really well. And now my girls are going to be so excited to hang them on the tree!

These pom pom and pinecone ornaments are SO EASY! They're a great craft for both kids and adults and they end up looking surprisingly beautiful!

It’s still way too early to put up the Christmas tree, so I had to improvise a little bit for the photos. Yup, that’s the kids swing set in the background of this next photo!

These pom pom and pinecone ornaments are SO EASY! They're a great craft for both kids and adults and they end up looking surprisingly beautiful!

And I never realized it, but we don’t have any evergreen trees on our property. So this next photo uses a branch that hangs over our fence by about 18″. Of course our neighbour walked out into the backyard at exactly the same time I was shooting these photos. She probably thinks I’m a bird watcher now. But on the bright side, the branch gives a nice preview of what these ornaments will look like on the Christmas tree.

These pom pom and pinecone ornaments are SO EASY! They're a great craft for both kids and adults and they end up looking surprisingly beautiful!

They’re really simple, but I love how they look natural and quirky at the same time!

Staircase Christmas Decorations for Banisters and Railings

Staircase Christmas Decorations for Banisters and Railings

Picture the event with us while you close your eyes:The sound of tiny feet pitter-pattering fills the air on Christmas morning.In anticipation of discovering what treasures Santa left under the Christmas tree, they rush down the staircase.What decorations are on the staircase?We are here to assist if the response is “it isn’t.”Decorate your banister in an elaborate holiday style with lights, bows, and garlands in abundance to make this moment as magical in real life as it is in your head.

For the holidays, we devote a significant amount of time and effort to interior and exterior decorating.If you’re anything like Clark Griswold—you know who he is—you decorate your outdoor Christmas tree extravagantly.Christmas kitchen decorations, which make the heart of the home an even more popular spot, and Christmas living room decor (complete with a trimmed tree adorned with precious handmade Christmas ornaments, of course) tend to really amp up the cheer inside.Traditional evergreen Christmas garland, twinkling lights, bows, personalized Christmas stockings, and other festive decorations can be used to give your staircase and railings the same holiday treatment as the rest of your house.

These Christmas decorations for your staircase promise a grand and festive entrance whether you’re going up for good night’s sleep or down to start your day.(Ha!) Step up!your game by using these concepts.