DIY Christmas Village Out of Recycled Cereal Boxes

Post by Aimée Lowry & Bettijo B. Hirschi from PagingSupermom.com

DIY Christmas Village Out of Recycled Cereal BoxesI have fond memories of decorating gingerbread houses with my cousins on Thanksgiving weekend. It’s a fun tradition, except for the whole baking a bunch of gingerbread thing, but that’s not something a kid has to worry about (just one good example of why the holidays are more fun for kids vs. adults). Though now that I’m the mom tasked with all that baking, those gingerbread houses were an endangered tradition. Then there was the light bulb moment… let’s turn our old cereal boxes into houses, like so:

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So we dug through our recycle bin and pulled out various boxes and cartons to be the “gingerbread” in our Christmas village.

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We used both wrapping paper and scrapbook paper to cover he boxes. Ultimately we decided the wrapping paper was easiest, not to mention readily available this time of year!

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My favorite part of this project is that we didn’t need to buy a single thing for it — Aimee and I grabbed everything red, green and white that was in our craft cupboards; added some candy canes, wrapping paper, tape, glue and scissors; then set to work with our little elves.

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Clearly the kids were having a ball, but even our Superdads were getting in on the fun of playing architect.

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I love Liam’s modern house featuring the printable windows we whipped up. Of course we’re sharing the freebie printable windows in 4 colors!

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I love the mini candy cane bunting — we’ve got a freebie printable of that for you too!

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Reposted with permission by Aimée Lowry & Bettijo B. Hirschi from PagingSupermom.com

Bow Christmas Wreath

Post by Haeley of Design Improvised
DIY Bow Christmas WreathThe holiday ideas keep coming on Design Improvised this week! Did you catch the DIY snow globesred and aqua Christmas mantelglittery vase, and tree chock-full of Snow & Graham paper ornaments? If not, check them out! On tap for today is a DIY bow Christmas wreath that takes only 30 minutes and $15 or so to make. Talk about my kind of project – little money and time invested for big impact.

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A quick project deserves a quick post – there is not too much to this tutorial! Here’s what you need:

Supplies for Bow Christmas Wreath

  • Wreath form (I used a 14″ straw wreath that I got for $4. You could also use a styrofoam wreath)
  • Lots of cheap bows (I used 3 packages of 30 bows at $2.50 each (90 bows total) for my 14″ wreath)
  • Hot glue

I particularly liked these bows because they were a little different than the traditional shiny metallic bows. The matte finish and range of colors and bow styles in the package caught my eye. I think the key to making this wreath not look too uniform is to use a variety of colors, styles and sizes of bows.

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How to Make a Bow Christmas Wreath

It is so simple, there are hardly any steps to lay out. All you do is peel the backing off the bow and stick to the wreath form. You can add a little dab of hot glue for extra hold. I actually kept the plastic wrap on my wreath form, thinking the bows would stick better to it than the straw. For most of the bows, I just stuck them on and then added hot glue as needed to keep select bows in place.

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Keep going until you’ve covered the entire wreath form, making sure to cover the sides of the wreath as well.

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And that’s it! If you don’t have a wreath on your door yet, this one is for you! It really only took about 30 minutes to make – a great project to do while catching up on your favorite show. ;)

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Post by Haeley of Design Improvised

Christmas Treat: Corn Flake Wreaths

Post by Aimée Lowry & Bettijo B. Hirschi from PagingSupermom.com

Today I am super excited to share my most favorite Christmas treat. I remember making these with my mom when I was a little thing, and they still tasted every bit as delicious when I made them with my girls this weekend!

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If I’m being brutally honest I think every variation on Rice Krispie treats is no good — I say stick with the original recipe or none at all. I make one exception, however, around Christmas time for these babies. In this recipe you substitute corn flakes and add some green food coloring and vanilla. Since the corn flakes are wider and a bit more difficult to coat with the marshmallow mixture than Rice Krispies, you also cut back on the amount of cereal used. The result is a much more gooey treat that is pure heaven:

Corn Flake Wreaths Recipe
:: 3 TBS Butter or Margarine
:: 1 10-oz package Marshmallows
:: 4 cups Corn Flakes
:: 1 tsp Vanilla
:: Green Food Coloring (about 1/2 tsp or 40 drops)
:: Red Hots (approximately 50 pieces)

Melt the butter in a large pan over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir occasionally until melted. Remove from heat and stir in the Vanilla and food coloring. Once well blended, gently fold in the Corn Flakes.

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Grease a muffin tin as well as your fingers and a couple spoons. Transfer balls of the mixture to fill each cup about two-thirds of the way. Coat the end of a wooden spoon with butter and press down into the muffin cup using a circular motion to create the wreath’s center hole. Have your kiddos practice counting out three red hots and place them on each wreath.

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Freeze the wreaths for 30 minutes then pop out of the pan. If you’re packaging for gifting, be sure to line between each layer with wax paper because these babies have a tendency to stick together. To help with the sticking-together thing, we actually store these in an airtight container in the freezer and just let sit out for about 20-30 minutes before eating.

So now that you know mine, do share — what is your favorite holiday treat?

Reposted with permission by Aimée Lowry & Bettijo B. Hirschi from PagingSupermom.com

Hazel’s Picks: Christmas Gifts for Little Gals

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1. Bow Headband | Zuzii | $14

2. Animal Memory Game | Land of Nod | $24.95

3. “i heart you” toddler tee | b.children’s wear | $28

4. DIY Nesting Dolls tutorial | Say Yes to Hoboken

5.  Meet Grace | Rabbit Rabbit Softies | $42

6. Babydoll Pram | Valco | $125

7. Powder coated metal doll bed and high chair | The Land of Nod | $69

8. Crayon Rocks | Clementine | $5.40

9. Chalkboard Laptop | Anthropologie | $69

10. “Merrily We Stroll Along” wooden stroller | The Land of Nod | $49

 

By Raechel Myers at Finding My Feet

Raechel is just a mama, trying to raise her children to love the Lord and take their dishes to the sink. She loves sewing, fun design projects, finding killer deals at garage sales, and drinking peppermint mochas all year long! You can also find her at SheReadsTruth.com