Easy Christmas Kids Craft: Paint Marbled Ornaments and Garland

Over the years we have amassed quite a collection of Christmas ornaments for our tree. It's a really good thing we have a tall one! Some of my favorites were made by my children years ago. Making ornaments together is a fun family activity, and children love seeing their creations hung on the tree. Keep the project simple so you have plenty of time to sit back and enjoy the fun!

Need an idea? Try this fun Christmas Kids Craft I shared on The Shabby Creek Cottage last month. These colorful paint-marbled ornaments and garland make a great family-friendly Christmas craft project and only require a few supplies which you might already have on hand!

For these simple paper ornaments and matching garland you only need a few supplies and some drying time.

Print It: Merry "KISS-MAS" Rudolph EOS Printable

With the Holidays fast-approaching, I often find myself in need of a small last-minute Christmas gift. Inspired by the You’re the Bomb Valentine I shared in February, I grabbed my iPad and stylus and put together an EOS lip balm printable card featuring my version of Rudolph.  I shared this fun stocking stuffer idea over on Landeelu last month, but here it is again just in case you missed it:)

Add a red EOS lip balm to printable Rudolph holiday cards. Cute stocking stuffer!

In addition to making great stocking stuffers as is, these EOS printable cards would make super cute Secret Santa gifts or party favors when wrapped in clear cellophane bags and tied with red bows. 

Make It: Mini Mason Jar Ornament

Some of my favorite holiday crafts are tree ornaments. I don't know if I've ever made it through a Christmas season without making at least one! Last year I shared this easy snow globe jar ornament tutorial on Landeelu.com.

Make a Christmas tree ornament from a miniature mason jar.

Mason jar snow globes are everywhere right now. I’m sure you’ve seen them, big small, all shapes and sizes! Well, I can’t seem to get enough of them, so when I saw inexpensive mini mason spice jars when I was shopping at Target, I just had to put together an ornament version.

Here’s what you need to make your own:
  • Mini Mason Jar with handle (I found mine at Target. They’re about 3 1/4″ high.)
  • Assorted Miniatures to fit your jar (Check your local craft store.)
  • White Tile Adhesive
  • Faux Snow (optional)
  • Ribbon for hanging
  • Jingle Bells & Bakers Twine


Make It: Jack-o'-Lantern Pendant

Earlier this month, I shared an easy DIY jewelry project for Halloween on Landeelu.com.  If you've got a few minutes, there's still time to make one (or several)!

Glass tile pendants are a fun and easy photo jewelry craft. Ever since I helped my niece make one featuring her favorite pooch, I've been wanting to try some of my own. For this Halloween version, I used a favorite "glowing" jack-o'-lantern photo that I took several years ago.

Follow tutorial to make a Halloween glass tile pendant. Easy jewelry craft.

Choose a Halloween photo for your pendant or download mine below. Gather your supplies.

Supplies Needed for Glass Tile Halloween Pendants

  • Glass Tiles (Mine were about .9" square. I ordered online, but I've also seen them at my local Hobby Lobby.)
  • Pendant Bail (one per necklace)
  • Black Satin Cord (or necklace chain of your choice)
  • Mod Podge or other jewelry decoupage medium (read label to make sure it can be used on glass)
  • Small Brush
  • Scissors or Paper Trimmer
  • Halloween Image (printed and cut to fit your tile)


Make It: "Admit One" Ticket Memory Box

Do you make gifts for the holidays? Here's a fun and easy DIY gift idea for teens and tweens that I first shared on Landeelu.com last month.

Do you or someone you know have a collection of ticket stubs from concerts, sporting events, or other performances stuffed in a drawer or tacked to a cork board?

Safely display those memories in a shadowbox turned memory box. I found these 8x8 Wish Bank frames at my local Michael's store.

Tips for Adding Text to Your Favorite Photos

Whether you're adding text to photos to boost your social media presence, creating inspirational wall art, or enhancing the stories in your family memory albums...these simple tips for adding text to your photos are sure to come in handy. (I've even included a couple free photos for you to download and practice!)

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If I'm working on my computer, Photoshop CC (part of the Adobe CC Photography Plan) and Photoshop Elements are still my go-to programs for editing and embellishing photos. That being said, with my iPhone almost always in reach and a love of Instagram, I find myself using apps on my phone for more and more of my workflow. Today I'm pointing out a few of my favorite apps for editing and embellishing photos. Snapseed is probably my favorite app for adjusting and editing photos on the go. I have to credit Chari over at Persnickety Prints for getting me hooked on that one. I really like the flexibility of working with layers, and once she pointed out the selective adjust tool, there was no going back! When I've got the look I want, I save to my camera roll and pull the photo into another app if I'm adding text. There are lots of great editing apps out there. My advice, try a few until you find one that works for you:)


Make It: Stamped and Beaded Garden Markers

Do you have a vegetable garden or know someone who does? It's on my very long list of things to do/try, but my sister has a beautiful garden and she's been hoping for some new plant markers for a while now:)
Stamped and Beaded Garden Marker craft

Easy DIY Garden Markers (tutorial)

Stamped & Beaded Plant Marker Tutorial

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Supplies Needed for Your DIY Plant Markers


Make It: Easy Twisted Cord Bracelets

Looking for an easy summer craft? Try these easy twisted cord bracelets I first shared last month on Landeelu.

Add twisted cord to bracelet links for this simple jewelry craft.

Whether you're looking for an easy summer camp craft, inexpensive gift, or an afternoon boredom buster, these simple wrap bracelets are sure to please. Similar to woven friendship bracelets or the simple braided bracelets that some call "wish bracelets," these take only a few minutes to make.

Print It: Surprise Can Gift Wrap -- UPDATED for 2015

Remember this fun Graduation gift wrap idea from last spring? Well, it's that time of year again, so I'm sharing an updated label just in time for those grad gifts you've got left to wrap!

Make It: Kids' Art Embellished Keepsake Boxes

Mother's Day is just around the corner, but don't worry because these Kids' Art Embellished Keepsake boxes go together in a jiffy. If you're short on time, look for an already painted box like the one I found. If you don't mind adding a coat of paint yourself before the decoupage step, you can find wood boxes in assorted shapes and sizes at your local craft store.

Photocopies of Children's Artwork looks great decoupaged on Keepsake Boxes. Great gift idea!

How to Decoupage Children's Artwork onto a Keepsake Box

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Children's art is one of my favorite things and when I can use it to make memorable gifts, all the better! Here I found some small painted boxes in the Target dollar spot and decoupaged favorite artwork on the top to make an adorable keepsake box. Wouldn't one of these make great a great gift for mom or grandma? And they're inexpensive too!

Supplies Needed for Decoupaged Keepsake Box

  • Painted Wooden Box (mine measures 4 1/8 x 6 1/2" and are 4 1/2" high, $3 at Target)
  • Mod Podge or your favorite decoupage medium
  • sponge brush
  • copies of artwork sized to fit
  • optional: craft paint (if your box is unpainted), decorative paper or fabric, stamps and ink, decorative edge scissors

Make It: Color-Wrapped Mystery Braid Bracelet

Hello! Do any of you like to pack up a project or two when you travel? Or maybe you're looking for a few new projects to do at home while the kids are off school? With it being spring break season, I thought I'd pull out this fun bracelet idea that I first shared last summer on i heart naptime.

Many of you have probably made or received woven friendship bracelets. And, some of you have probably seen the mystery braid bracelets too! When I had my supplies pulled out one day last summer, I started wondering about making the Mystery Braid bracelet more colorful in some way. After a couple of false starts and a knotting lesson from my sister, I came up with this fun version.

What You Need:
Mystery Braid Bracelet kit (I found mine at Michael's)
Cotton Embroidery Floss (3 skeins in colors of your choice)

You'll also want a scissors and tapestry needle on hand for ending off each thread color.

Make It: Bit of Luck Hand-Stamped Pendant for St. Patrick's Day

As many of you know, I contribute monthly over on Landeelu. Last month, I shared this fun little hand-stamped pendant for St. Patrick's Day. I've been wearing my pendant already! I hope you get a chance to make one too!

Stamp a Shamrock design on a blank for a simple pendant.

Do you wear green on St. Patrick's Day? Whether you go all out or just need a bit of green to keep you pinch-proof, this little hand-stamped pendant will complete your look.

Team Landee Spring Giveaway

Hello! Can you believe it's March already? I can't.

To kick it off, I'm joining my Team Landee friends for a fun Spring Things giveaway. We are each giving away some fun spring items. You can enter over on Instagram today! (Don't delay, though, it ends in 24 hours.)

I'm giving away a NordicWare Easter cakelet pan (just like the one I used to make these Egg-cellent Crayons last spring), an Easter Egg table runner, a new box of crayons, and a $20 Target gift card to make your Easter Kids' Table Egg-cellent ;) this year! Good Luck!!

Thanks for stopping by today! See you on Instagram!


Print It: You're the Bomb! Lip Balm Valentine

Since it's been a busy month around here, I haven't posted as many diy Valentine's Day ideas as I had hoped to. So, I thought I'd at least post this printable Valentine card that I shared last month on Landeelu. I'm really happy with how it turned out!

Fun You're the Bomb! printable Valentine's Day cards for EOS lip balm.

Printable You're the Bomb (lip balm) Valentine

Here's a fun printable Valentine's Day card makes a fun non-candy option for your daughter or granddaughter. Or maybe for a teacher? It might even make a fun gift for the favorite babysitter who's watching the kids for you on Valentine's Day!

Print It: You Are My Sunshine Valentine Printable

Last year I shared a "Kool" Valentine printable for Kool-aid drink pouches. This year I put together a new version to use with my daughter's favorite CapriSun drink pouches. It goes together quickly with only a few supplies, and BONUS, you can avoid being tempted by all the goodies in the Valentine aisle!

You Are My SunShine DIY Valentines

So grab some drink pouches from the pantry or put them on your shopping list, print and cut apart the You are My Sunshine cards, and gather some little helpers. You'll have classroom Valentines ready to go in no time!

Happy New Year & Top Posts of 2014

Happy New Year to you all!

While I started sharing a few posts here in 2013, the close of 2014 marks my first full year of blogging. I thought I'd kick off this New Year with a round up of my most viewed posts of 2014. Looking at the numbers, a few of last year's Christmas posts would actually be in this year's top ten! I decided to limit the list to posts published in 2014, but I'll give you a peek at those popular posts of 2013 later:)

So here it goes, my top ten most viewed posts of 2014:
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