Turn an old tee from your kid’s closet into a Valentine’s Day top. I love the sweet simplicity of this tutorial from Roonie Ranching. Niki suggests that you could mix it up by using contrasting thread instead of a coordinating color, and I think that would look super rad!
Valentine’s Day is sneaking up! Whether you want to make a card for your sweetie or need a Valentine idea for your kid’s whole class, we’ve got you covered.
Merry Christmas! Now that gifts are open, and you looking for an activity to do with the kids? Growing a Jeweled Rose shows you how to make your own gingerbread puffy paint. Your kids can help mix the paint, then use it to make all kinds of puffy art. I know, I know: nothing is open today. But this paint recipe uses ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen and your medicine cabinet.
I didn’t really understand the point of a tree skirt until a few years ago, when my husband and I started doing the real Christmas tree thing. I used to think of tree skirts as just one more thing that you had to store, pull out, and maintain for the holidays. Until my floor was basically made of pine needles. Now I get it! But I still believe that you shouldn’t spend more time making a tree skirt than you do trimming your tree. These quick and easy tree skirts come together in a flash. There are lots of no-sew options on this list, so don’t think that only seamstresses can have homemade tree skirts!
I love a food gift, y’all. Everyone I know has so much stuff already that gifts almost feel like a burden. But not food gifts! A food gift is a treat that you only have to store until you eat it. No burden, all fun! And if you’re one of my friends, you may just see one of the food gifts on this list in your stocking. Guess which one!
Metallic and glitter branches are super hip for holiday decorating this year, but they are super expensive. If this blustery fall has downed any small tree branches around your neighborhood, snatch them up and turn them into sparkly branches that perfectly match your holiday decor color scheme. Diane Henkler at Momtastic shares a simple tute for making your own, custom sparkly branches from fallen branches you collect. A recycled money-saver that looks beautiful!
Coming up with handmade gift ideas for grandparents can be a little bit tricky, especially if you want to get your kids involved in the making process. If grandparent gifts stump you like they do me, you’ll love this list of DIY ideas from How Does She. The list includes ideas that you can make start to finish and ideas that your kids can help make, no matter what age they are. What they all have in common is that they’re sweet, sentimental, and personal. Your basic 1-2-3 punch when it comes to grandparent gifts.
Need something to entertain the kiddos at Thanksgiving or your tree trimming party? Set up an ornament-making table! They’ll love seeing their creations on your tree, and maybe you can sneak in a few minutes for grown up talk and a mugful of nog while they’re crafting. Some of these kid-made ornaments may require more supervision than others, so choose the one that will work best for your kids.
Thanksgiving is just over a week away. If you’re still working out your tablescape and decorations, these free Thanksgiving printables can help you pull together something sweet on the cheap and do it in a flash.
Bust your stash to make these cute little house ornaments for your Christmas tree. Minki’s Work Table made these sweet ornaments, and I love the clever way that she used an envelope as her house pattern. Her house ornaments are made from felt, but you could really use any medium or heavy weight fabric for these. Denim or corduroy would look nice for the house, especially if you choose cheery contrasting scraps to make the doors, windows, etc.