Everyone around you seems so excited for the holidays, so why aren’t you? Maybe you allowed the busyness of the season to creep in and steal your joy. It doesn’t have to be this way. You just need a minute to breathe, refocus and start again.
Ah, November - the month of Thankfulness and Gratitude. We live in a fast-paced society these days, sometimes we tend to forget, overlook, worry and notice about the things that are lacking in our lives. Instead of focusing and being thankful for what we have, we focus on things that stand in our way or items that we don’t have.
7 Easy, Kiddo Friendly, DIY Holiday Ornaments you can do at home. It's my absolute favorite time of year. The "HOLIDAYS" - such a significant chunk of time in the year that it has it's own special label in my mind. The traditions, the smells, the decorations, the thoughtful searching for the perfect gift to show your loved ones how much you care, and did I mention decorations?
Who doesn't have a bunch of old and slightly boring Christmas Tree Ball ornaments lying around in a box? Give them a makeover by covering them with strips of newsprint and they get a whole new rustic look!
Homemade ornaments are fun, personal and the sky is the limit for your creative juices. I love anything rustic, natural looking, whimsical, and most importantly kiddo friendly. This Star Ornament is one of those that was inspired by West Elms Yarn-Wrapped Ornament. I'm super excited to share our fun project with you!
Is that the most wonderful time of the year I smell in the air? Have I mentioned I've always loved all things Christmas? Our Holiday season is filled with doing all things Holidayish: go ice skating, drink mint Baileys, put up the Christmas tree, lights and decor (at an appropriate time of course - ie after Thanksgiving), shovel snow, go twinkly light hunting, view the Christmas Light Cruise on Lake Coeur d' Alene, wear hideous matching family PJs, spend lots of time with family, and get snowed on. In addition, the kiddos and I make fun Christmas Tree ornaments and wreaths. We usually try to hang at least one wreath to decorate the house. This year, we're going to go with something cheerful, shiny and chic to go with our freshly painted house. Easy, kiddo friendly, DIY copper and twig wreaths, great holiday craft.
I love a cute and creative star ornament, but these simple twig and raffia star ornaments have got to be one of my favorites star crafts that the kiddos and I have made. Being a Montessori family, when we're crafting with the kiddos, we often make our crafts from items found in nature. It's an inexpensive way for us to enjoy crafting, a great excuse to get outside, to explore the beautiful complexities in nature, and to appreciate our surroundings.
Do It Yourselfers young and old will enjoy making a primitive scrap ribbon Christmas tree ornament to gift or place on the tree this holiday season. Learn how to use shades of green and brown scrap ribbon (or whatever colors your heart desires) to emulate the welcoming branches of this simple and adorable ornament.
I’m a huge fan of NATURALS at Christmas. And I love this beautiful bleached pinecones diy! Have you ever bleached a pinecone? They are easy to make and the results are quite stunning! Everyone should do this science-experiment-diy… it is amazing and fun! And you don’t have to be crafty! Really! Let’s make bleached pinecones!
Here's a a mini tutorial on Pine cone Ornaments that took like 30 seconds to put together! Okay, maybe 3 minutes each… (In fact, they were so quick that they’d be the perfect friend-craft-night project. Nice and simple means a little bit o’ crafting………and a lotta bit o’ chatting and laughing. )