Styrofoam Snowman Ornaments

I mentioned the other day how I play favorites.  Rudolph, Santa and Snowmen seem to pop up everywhere when I craft and decorate for the holidays!  Today I have this fun Styrofoam Snowman Ornament that is so easy to make and the perfect little gift for neighbors, mailmen, trash and recycling guys and even just for your own tree!

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Now let’s get to this ornament!

Supplies Needed:

  • Styrofoam ball
  • Black Pipe Cleaner
  • Colored Pom Poms
  • Felt
  • Wire or an ornament hook
  • Black Puffy Paint
  • Orange Sculpey Clay

Christmas Kid's Crafts

To start out make a small orange cone out of your sculpey clay.  Bake as directed on the package (I baked mine at 275F for 15 minutes) You can also use orange felt if you’d like!  The clay is fun to use!

Christmas Kid's Crafts

While your carrot nose is baking, start by trimming your pipe cleaner to reach half way around the Styrofoam ball and glue in place.

Christmas Kid's Crafts

Next add matching colored pom poms as ear muffs.  Glue in place.

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String of Lights Fingerprint Frame

This might be my new favorite project!  I know I say that last sentence a lot!  This light bulb fingerprint frame is so easy to make and is SO CUTE!  These are quick and inexpensive gifts that you can give family and friends that are still personal for the holidays!  You can let each kid do their own or you can combine all the prints of your kids.  These would also be great for teacher presents!  Have each child in class contribute their finger print for the string of lights!

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Supplies Needed:

  • Frame with white mat border
  • colored ink pads
  • fine tip sharpie
  • little thumbs to help :)

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I found these frames at Wal-Mart for $2 a piece.  They worked PERFECTLY!  Plenty of room for the kids to add their prints and for me to make the bulbs and string!  Be sure to choose a frame with a wide enough mat so they have plenty of room to create! 

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Santa Gift Wrap

You can scour Pinterest and find a million ways to wrap a gift.  Options really are endless.  I made the boys a “Book-a-Day Advent Calendar” this year and I wrapped each of the books to look like Santa!   They thought I was GENIUS!  This Santa Gift Wrap is so easy and sure to add festivities to under your tree!

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Supplies needed:

  • Red Wrapping Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Black Ribbon
  • Gold Scrapbooking Paper (mine was cardstock)
  • X-acto Knife

I simply wrapped all the books in the red gift wrap.  I used some from Hobby Lobby that was really nice and thick…it was kind of a pain for the small children’s books.  I went to Dollar Tree the day after and found red gift wrap there…I’d use that next time, lol!

I taped a piece of black ribbon in the center of the package and then cut out a buckle from the gold cardstock with my scissors and Xacto knife.

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DIY Chevron Gift Tags #lifestylestudios

Today I am super excited to show you my DIY Chevron Gift Tags using my Lifestyle Crafts Tools!  I am thrilled to be a part of their Studio Teams and I get to show you a great home/organization project each month using these great products!  If you didn’t hear already…We R Memory Keepers purchased Lifestyle Crafts!  So now I get to show you projects using BOTH companies products!  Yay!   All opinions are 100% my own!  Make sure you read until the end because there may or may not just be a GIVEAWAY for you!!  Woo Hoo!

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Supplies Needed:

  • Lifestyle Crafts Evolution Die Cut machine
  • Genius Platform with included Dies
  • We R Memory Keepers Chevron Washi Tape (in Emerald)
  • Cardstock
  • Crop-A-Dile with included eyelets
  • Twine or Ribbon

Before I get started on this project, I want to tell you that if you are interested in any of these tools or products you can use code CHESAYS and get 20% off your order!  I’m kind of in love with this stuff!

First I cut a piece of Kraft cardstock to fit my Genius Platform and I applied a strip of Chevron Washi Tape down the length of the paper.

Chevron Washi Tape

Chevron Washi Tape Handmade gift tag

The Genius platform is great because it’s magnetic so your dies don’t slide around while you are positioning everything in your machine.  I followed the directions and put my die down, topped with my washi cardstock and then put down Mat A and fed it through my machine.

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Simple Classic Christmas Mantel

Today I thought I’d share my Simple Classic Christmas Mantel today!  As much as I want to be a “fun color” girl…when it comes to the holidays I really gear towards more classic colors!  Red and Green.  Gold and Silver.  My mantel this year is things that I already had on hand.  The only new addition is I added my Burlap Fringed Christmas Trees.

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Some simple garland that I wrapped in white Christmas lights hangs right below my mantel.  I love the ambiance that white lights create, especially at night!  I also reused this giant mirror that I had sitting against the wall in my bedroom.  Mirrors do a great job of reflecting the light from the garland as well as it picks up my Christmas Tree lights too!

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On the left I have a large vase with some berry sprigs.  I picked up that vase as a housewarming gift to myself when I bought my first house out of college!  :)  I picked up the berry sprigs on clearance after my first Christmas in that house!  I also have the DIY Christmas Trees from Plastic Spoons that I made for the series last year!

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Dot Hand Painted Wine Glasses #handmadegift

This post is sponsored by DecoArt.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Do you need a last minute handmade gift idea?  I have the perfect one for you and any wine lover on your holiday list.  These Hand Painted Wine Glasses are so easy and fun to make!  You can customize them to say anything you want!

Handpainted Wine Glasses

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Supplies needed:

  • 3D Opaque Glass Paints from DecoArt
  • Wine Glasses (I picked mine up from Dollar Tree)
  • Scrapbooking Stickers
  • Xacto Knife


Handpainted Wine Glass Supplies

I started off by spelling out the word “cheers” on my glass with my scrapbooking stickers!

Dot Handpainted Wine Glasses

Next I started with one color of my 3D Opaque Gloss Enamels and made dots all round the letters.  Be sure to leave room for your second color.  Make your dots dense around the letters and then slowly taper off as you extend outwards.