Make a Christmas Wreath From Pipe Cleaners

As the title of this post tells you, today I want to show you how to make a fun Christmas Wreath using only pipe cleaners (or chenille stems). Aren’t they cute?

All you need are pipe cleaners in a few colors…3 green, 1 white, 1 red and 1 sparkly and 1 pen or pencil for wrapping some of the pipe cleaners.

Begin by wrapping 1 green pipe cleaner around the pen or pencil. Make sure both ends are wrapped around the pencil so it’s all uniform.

Continue wrapping until you’ve used the entire pipe cleaner.

Slide the wrapped pipe cleaner off the pencil.

Wrap the other 2 green pipe cleaners in the same way.

Next, take the red pipe cleaner and the white pipe cleaner and while holding one end of each together, begin twisting them.

Continue twisting to the other ends of the pipe cleaners. It will look like the stripes on a candy cane. πŸ™‚

Take the red and white twisted pipe cleaner and slide a green spiral onto it.

Slide the other 2 green spirals onto the red and white pipe cleaner too.

You will now bend the red and white pipe cleaner into a circle and the green part will begin to look like a little wreath.

Give the red and white ends a twist to hold your wreath in a circle.

Now to make the red and white bow. You will not actually tie a normal bow. Just bend a loop off to the left side and let the tail cross to the opposite side.

Take the other tail and bend a loop on the right side, letting the tail cross over to the left.

Now you’ll need to wrap a piece of pipe cleaner around the center of the bow to hold it in place. If you have a scrap piece of pipe cleaner in a matching color you can use that. Or use the end of your sparkly pipe cleaner.

Take the ends to the back side, twist them together and clip the ends short.

Your wreath could be finished now or you can use the sparkly pipe cleaner to fancy it up a bit.

Stick one end of the sparkly pipe cleaner into the back of the wreath spiral end by the back of the bow.

And then wrap the sparkly pipe cleaner around your wreath in wide wraps, leaving spaces so there is some sparkle all around the wreath.

Once you have used up the sparkly pipe cleaner, tuck the end into the green part of the wreath so it isn’t seen. And you have finished your first pretty little wreath! πŸ™‚

You can experiment with other colors like blue and white to make more pretty wreaths. I hope you’ll enjoy this latest Christmas craft project! πŸ™‚

Let’s Make a Christmas Tree With Buttons!

Hi there! Today we’re making another Christmas craft using buttons. Yep, it will be a Christmas tree! What’s nice about this project is that there is an easy version for younger kids, but also a more challenging version for older kids or even adults. πŸ™‚ You will need some green buttons, 1 brown button, 1 star button (or sticker or cutout), a piece of cardstock and glue.

Start making your Christmas tree by laying 1 green button in the first row, then 2 green buttons in the second row, and 3 green buttons in the third row. Look at the following picture to see how to place the buttons. You can glue the buttons down as you go or get them all in place and then go back and glue them.

Continue in this manner, adding 1 more green button for each new row until you have laid out 6 rows of buttons.

Add the brown button at the bottom in the center for the trunk of the tree. And put the star above the top button.

And there is your Christmas tree! πŸ™‚ How cute is that?!

Next, I’ll show you version #2, which is still a simple version, but uses different colors and only 5 rows of buttons. This time you’ll need 6 red buttons, 9 green buttons, 1 brown button and 1 star.

Row #1 is 1 green button. Row #2 is 2 red buttons. Row #3 is 3 green buttons. Row #4 is 4 red buttons. And finally row #5 is 5 green buttons. Add the star to the top and the brown button for the trunk at the bottom. And this tree is done! πŸ™‚

For the last (harder) version for today, make the tree part with all green buttons and add in as many rows as you’d like to make the tree larger. The tree shown here has 9 rows of green buttons. I used slightly different shades of green for my Christmas tree. I used 2 brown buttons for the trunk of this larger tree.

If you would like to decorate your tree, make sure all the tree buttons are glued in place and have had a chance to dry before continuing. I had some tiny heart shaped buttons that I used to make it look like 2 strings of lights on my tree.

Or you can place your decorations randomly around the tree for this effect.

You could also use bits of pretty yarn or thin ribbon to decorate your tree. So whatever skill level your kids are at, I hope they can have fun making their own Christmas tree! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday #62 – What Goes With Peanut Butter?

Here we go with another Taste Testing Tuesday! Did you ever think about all the things you can do with peanut butter? It can be used to make cookies, cakes, pies, pizza, chili and it’s paired with all sorts of veggies and fruits, oatmeal, drinks, candy…the list goes on and on! For today’s taste test, we’re just going to put some peanut butter on some small pieces of bread and see what we can think of to put on top of it. Are you ready? Let’s go!

First, cut some bread into small pieces or use some crackers like Ritz crackers. I made 9 little pieces of bread for 1 person’s taste test.

Spread some peanut butter on each piece of bread.

I will share with you the 9 foods that we paired with our peanut butter but feel free to come up with your own combinations.

#1.) Strawberry Jam.

#2.) Honey

#3.) A slice of banana

#4.) Miniature Chocolate Chips

#5.) Apple Butter

#6.) Miniature Marshmallow

#7.) Raisins

#8.) Chocolate Syrup (The kind that goes on ice cream.)

#9.) Caramel Topping (Also the kind that goes on ice cream.)

Make the same taste test for each person that wants to participate. Let the tasting begin! They all look so yummy!!

For some added fun, make a chart so you can record what each person thinks of each type of peanut butter bread. Here’s what my chart looks like:

I put the names of the participants down the left hand side of the chart and filled in the spaces across the top with the names of each item I added to the peanut butter and bread pieces. As you taste each kind of sample, draw a smiley face in the corresponding square on the chart to show what you thought of that sample. A face that is smiling means, “YUM!”. A straight face means “It was ok.”. And a frowning face means, “No, thanks!”.

If you have room on your paper, you can add another column titled “Favorite” and each person can write in which sample they liked the best.

And now you know what your family likes with peanut butter! πŸ™‚ I wonder if there were any samples that everyone liked? Or one that everyone didn’t care for? Whatever the results are, I hope you all enjoyed our Taste Testing Tuesday! πŸ™‚

I’m back! Let’s Make Santa’s Hat!

I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving holiday and weekend! I’m sorry I didn’t get to post last week but things were pretty crazy here! I’m here now and I have an adorable craft for you today. I’ll show you how to make Santa’s hat using buttons and a pom pom. πŸ™‚

You’ll need an off white or darker colored piece of cardstock, approximately 15 red buttons and 7 white buttons and 1 white pom pom. And glue to hold it all in place. The number of buttons will vary according to the size of buttons you use and how large you want to make your Santa’s hat.

Start by placing 1 red button toward the top of your piece of paper. In the second row, place 2 red buttons. You can glue the buttons down as you go or go back and glue them down after you have them all in place.

Row 3 will have 3 red buttons, row 4 will have 4 red buttons and row 5 will have 5 red buttons. Your Santa’s hat should look like this so far.

Now it’s time for the white buttons. They will go in row 6 along the bottom to be the white edging on Santa’s hat.

Add your white pom pom to the top and you’ve finished making your Santa’s hat! Great job!

I wanted to use the darker brown craft paper for my background, but I didn’t have any on hand. I would suggest using a darker color of cardstock than I did for mine because the white of the hat will show up better. Here it is on green:

And one more time using a blue background.

Which way is your favorite? I think I like the blue background best. πŸ™‚ You can make Santa’s hat as a decoration to hang up or make it on the front of a card for a special Christmas card. Whatever you decide to do, I hope you will have fun making a Santa’s hat from buttons! πŸ™‚

Free Thanksgiving Coloring Pages and Games from Crayola

Partially colored-in pie and turkey coloring pages with crayons

Check out these fun pages for kiddos this Thanksgiving! Besides coloring pages, you can also play some Thanksgiving Bingo, do a craft, a matching game and more! Have fun! (Use the link below to find the fun.) πŸ™‚

Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Thanksgiving is just a week away! It’s time to make a fun Thanksgiving Turkey!

You’ll need an empty toilet paper roll, some different colored paper, pencil, glue and/or tape, scissors, a piece of thin cardboard or cardstock, 2 wiggly eyes and you might want some markers.

If you would like to color your turkey’s body (the toilet paper roll) with the markers, go ahead and do that first. I decided since the toilet paper roll was already brown, I would use it as is. Glue the wiggly eyes onto the turkey’s body.

Let’s make the turkey’s beak next. Cut out a small rectangle from either orange or yellow paper.

Fold the rectangle in half, bringing the 2 shorter sides together.

Keeping the folded side up, cut from approximately the middle of the bottom side up to the right hand corner.

Make the same type of cut up to the upper left hand side, forming a folded triangle.

Still keeping the folded edge at the top, glue the bottom side of the triangle onto the turkey below his eyes.

Cut another small rectangle from red paper to make the turkey’s wattle. No need to be perfect, just cut something similar to the one in the following picture.

And glue it on the turkey beside his beak.

It’s time to make some feathers. Using the thin cardboard or cardstock, draw a simple feather shape to use as the pattern for making feathers for the turkey’s tail. (It doesn’t need to be perfect. The feathers will overlap each other and hide any flaws.) πŸ˜‰

Trace around the feather pattern on several different colors of paper. I used 6 different colors but if you don’t have that many colors, make more than one of the colors you have so you end up with 6 feathers.

Cut the feathers out. This is great practice for kids in using their small motor skills.

Glue the feathers to the back side of the turkey, but put glue only on the bottom part of the feathers. Only put glue on the part that will be up against the turkey’s body or where it lays on another feather.

And your Thanksgiving turkey is finished and ready to be part of your home’s decorations for the holiday! What’s nice about this turkey is that nobody will be eating him! πŸ˜‰

Easy Paper Chain Snowman

Are you ready for a snowman craft? It’s just about a week till Thanksgiving Day and we’ve had some snow here already so I think we’re good to go! This guy is so cute and so simple that you and the kids are going to love making him. And maybe want to make more than one! πŸ˜‰ Check him out!

All you need to get started is some white paper, a small scrap of black paper, a pencil, a ruler, scissors, glue or double sided tape and some colored pens or makers.

Begin by cutting the white paper into strips approximately 1″ by 6″.

Take 1 strip of white paper and draw a snowman’s face in about the middle of the strip of paper.

Using either your glue or the double sided tape, attach the 2 ends of the paper strip together to form a circle.

Now cut a hat out of the scrap of black paper, making it as wide as the snowman’s head.

Glue only the small area shown in the following picture so that the snowman’s hat will stand up.

Place the hat on the snowman and hold it in place for a few seconds while the glue starts to set up.

Now you will add a few other strips of the white paper to make a chain. To do this, slide one strip through the snowman’s head, as shown in the next picture.

Using either tape or glue, again fasten the ends together in a circle. Continue adding strips of white paper until your snowman is as long as you’d like him to be.

I made my snowman 4 chains long but he can be as long as you like! πŸ˜‰ I drew some buttons on his “belly”.

If you would like to be able to hang your paper chain snowman up, perhaps on your Christmas tree, you’ll need a piece of string or a paper clip. If you use string, just fold the string in half and tape the ends to the back of the snowman’s head. I’ll show you how to use the paper clip.

Open the paper clip up.

Using regular scotch tape, tape it to the back of the snowman’s head.

And you’re done! Now you have a cute snowman to use to decorate your house for winter! Have fun making paper chain snowmen! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday #61 Teddy Grahams

I’m finally back with another Taste Testing Tuesday! This week we’re looking at Teddy Grahams snacks. These are little graham crackers made in the shape of Teddy Bears. πŸ™‚ Very cute and quite yummy! I only have 2 flavors to use for my taste test due to being in quarantine for weeks because of my hubby and I catching Covid-19 at different times. (I haven’t been to a store since October 15th!) Teddy Grahams come in a few more flavors so check your grocery stores to see what is available near you.

As you can see, the flavors used for our taste test were Honey and Chocolate. You might want to use some cupcake liners to serve your Teddy Grahams in.

These snacks are so cute! Can you see the two different poses the teddy bears are in? Here’s a close up of the Honey flavor.

Here are the chocolate ones.

I know Teddy Grahams also come in at least Chocolatey Chip and Cinnamon so be sure to keep an eye out for those flavors too.

The boxes of the Teddy Grahams also have some fun ideas on the back of the boxes.

And it looks like there are more discovery ideas at the Teddy YouTube Channel. πŸ˜‰ (I haven’t seen it myself yet.)

Which flavor is your favorite? I think I like the Honey flavor best! πŸ™‚ I hope you can have some fun with a Taste Test of Teddy Grahams snacks!

America Recycles Day 2021

Yep, my calendar told me that today is America Recycles Day.

So what does that mean? Well, here’s a little blurb I found that explains it:

“About America Recycles Day

The Keep America Beautiful America Recycles DayΒ is theΒ onlyΒ nationally-recognizedΒ day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Held on and around Nov. 15, America Recycles Day educates and encourages individuals on how to be more mindful of what they consume, where and how to properly recycle, and to pledge to recycle more and recycle right in their everyday lives.”Β Β 

Ok then! So today I want to share some ideas with you about some ways you can recycle things you might have otherwise thrown away into something that can be used again. Here are a few things we’ve had fun recycling at our house.

Some cardboard pieces found in a box of tea bags…

Turned into bookmarkers!

An egg carton…

Turned into a caterpillar!

Empty toilet paper rolls…

Turned into adorable snowmen!

A empty, washed milk bottle…

Turned into a bank for saving coins!

Repurposing an empty Ovaltine container…

Into a great place to store things!

Turn an empty Q-tip box into…

A super place to store Barbie doll shoes!

How about turning an empty oatmeal container…

Into a Special Treasures container!

I hope these ideas will spark some ideas of your own on ways you can reduce, reuse and recycle! Happy America Recycles Day 2021! πŸ™‚