Elves Food Groups Printable

by leanneja on December 18, 2014 · 0 comments

in Christmas,Printable

Are you ready for another awesome printable? Printables are a fun and inexpensive way to add seasonal or holiday decor to any room. We love watching Christmas movies and seem to watch them earlier and earlier in the season every year. This season started out with ELF, but I’m sure we’ll watch it at least 4 more times. There are so many great quotes from this movie and since we make special treats this time of year I decided to make a Elves Food Groups printable.

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We find the whole syrup part of the movie so funny. He’s like a little kid on a sugar high. Oh, to have that energy naturally! Anyway, I made 2 Food Groups printables, one with elves and one without. Aren’t these elves the cutest?! I chose these colors to match my color scheme this Christmas, plus I love red and blue together.

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Elves Food Groups
Elves Food Groups with Elves

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Handmade Kids Ornaments

by leanneja on December 16, 2014 · 1 comment

in Children,Christmas,Crafts

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

One of our favorite family Christmas traditions is making new ornaments every year. This year we weren’t able to spend more than a few dollars on supplies so I was glad we were able to pick up everything we needed at Dollar General. I’m going to share with you some easy Handmade Kids Ornaments that only need minimal supervision.

What you need for 2 different Ornaments:

Christmas Foam Stamp Kit

Clothespins

Tinsel Garland

Glitter

Wood Rounds (cut from a branch)

String (I used baker’s twine I already had)

Let’s start with the Wood Stamped Ornaments. The kit came with a red stamp pad but I used a black one I already had so it would show up darker and look like a wood burning. The wood rounds were cut from a branch that had broken off a tree. If you don’t want to slice wood you could use anything round for your ornaments, even cardstock, poster board, or construction paper.

The kids stamped on the rounds then we hot glued tinsel garland around the outside of the ornament. If your kids are young then you’ll need to help them with this part. If they are older you can show them how to use a hot glue gun.

Lastly make a loop with the twine and glue it on the back of the ornament. These are so inexpensive that you could decorate a whole tree with them for only $3-4.

The Glitter Clothespins can be used as ornaments, to hold ornaments, to hold tags on packages, or to make a garland.

The kids used a paint brush to apply the glue to the top and bottom of the clothespin.

Then just sprinkle glitter over the top on both sides, shake off the excess, and turn it on its side to dry. Sprinkle the glitter over a paper plate to make it easy to pour the excess back in the bottle.

You can also make Clothespin Spring Star Ornaments with the springs from the clothespins. Find out how easy they are to make in this link.

And you can make these beautiful Clothespin Snowflakes. I’ll show you how to make them in a tutorial later this week.

Since Dollar General carries plenty of art and school supplies there are many more ornament options using chenille stems, pony beads, duct tape, toys and so on. Just check out the art and school supply aisle and let you and your kids imaginations run wild.

For those of you wanting to purchase your ornaments, Dollar General also carries a great selection of pre-made ones.

And don’t forget to pick up some last minute gifts and Christmas bags for gift giving.

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

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I shared these cute Clothespin Snowflake Ornaments at U-Create a few weeks ago and thought it was time to share them here if you missed them. Since I change the theme and colors for our Christmas tree almost every year I love making quick, easy, and inexpensive ornaments to go on it. My colors are red, light blue, mint green, and white this year. These are so easy to make but I love the impact they have on the tree, a garland or even a wreath.

Clothespin Snowflake Ornament - Organize and Decorate Everything

What You Need:

Wood Clothespins
Paint (I used spray paint)
Hemp or twine
Sand paper
Glue gun

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You will need 8 clothespins for each snowflake. Start by taking the clothespins apart and sitting the clothespin springs aside. I will be showing you how I used them in another post. I like to spray paint because it’s quick but you could easily paint them with a sponge brush. I spray painted in the garage then brought them in the house because it was too cold in my garage and they were taking too long to dry. Once the paint is dry, hot glue the flat sides of 2 clothespins together. Work fast when you are hot gluing or they won’t stick well.

Clothespin Snowflake Ornament 20.1

I laid out the clothespin snowflakes first, then started gluing once they were how I liked them. Glue 2 pieces together at a time. Hold the pieces together for a few seconds while the glue dries. Glue the 4 pieces in a cross pattern first then glue the other 4 pieces equally spaced between them.

Clothespin Snowflake Ornament 21.1

I glued the first 4 pieces together in the same way, then changed the next 4 pieces by gluing the other ends to the inside of the snowflake.

Clothespin Snowflake Ornament 22.1

I love how they turned out and how easy they are to make. If you’d like to distress them, you can sand the edges a bit. They would also look so great glittered. Just add mod podge to the top with a sponge brush, sprinkle glitter, and tap off the excess. I decided to keep mine simple this time. Make a loop with the hemp and attach it to the back of the snowflake with hot glue.

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You can make the snow flakes any color you like.

Clothespin Snowflake Ornament 5.1

Be creative and come up with your own designs. I’m off to buy more clothespins because I need to make at least 9 more snowflakes for my tree.

Clothespin Snowflake Ornament.1

There is still plenty of time to make these cute snowflakes and they would be perfect to keep out through Winter.

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Are you still trying to figure out what to give your child’s teacher this Christmas? I have gathered together 40+ Christmas Gift Ideas for Teachers from some of my favorite bloggers for your Christmas giving. There are so may great ideas here and many come with free printable tags. I know you’re going to be able to find something special to give your child’s teacher this Christmas.

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I’m so happy when Anne comes to visit. She has the best ideas. Today she is sharing an awesome idea for a beginning of the new year party. Why not start the year off right and form a friendly group to encourage each other. Have a Healthy New Year Party to get you started on the right track. Here’s Anne to explain the whole idea:

Happy Holidays everyone! Today I am sharing some inspiration for a Healthy New Year Party for you and your friends. I know what you are thinking. “No way! Is she seriously talking about health and fitness right now! I am up to my elbows in granulated sugar and candy canes!”. Me too sister, me too.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SOLO® Brand Products for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

The holiday season is so fun and everyone wants to get together and celebrate, but with so much going on it’s often hard to pull off a full scale party. I have 5 ideas to make your party prep quick and easy so even you have time to enjoy it. With SOLO® holiday entertaining it’s even easier.

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Swirly Christmas Tree Chalkboard Printable

December 10, 2014

I’m still working on a few more chalkboard printables for you before Christmas. I made a pretty Christmas Tree chalkboard art last year and have had a lot of requests to turn it into a printable. I figured it was about time I made it happen, so here is my Swirly Christmas Tree printable version […]

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Bring a Room Together with Kalaty Rugs and a {Giveaway}

December 9, 2014

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kalaty Rug for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. There’s just something about a rug that makes a room feel warm and inviting. It can also add the perfect color and texture to make the whole room cohesive and pulled together. Today we’re going […]

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Red, Blue, Silver Christmas Mantel and Blog Hop

December 8, 2014

I am so excited to be able to share this year’s Christmas mantel with you. I decided last year to go with a Red, Blue, Silver Christmas Mantel. I’ve been deciding the year before what colors I will be using for the next year. It makes it really easy to buy everything at a huge […]

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My Wish This Holiday Season #WishesDelivered

December 5, 2014

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPS for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. The holiday season is a magical time where anything is possible. There are so many people in need but also so many people willing and able to help with those needs. I shared the UPS #WishesDelivered […]

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