Hey guys! It’s Kari from Life PreKARIous! I am so excited to show you this easy wooden Rudolph, today! It’s the perfect edition to your holiday entryway or mantle!

Easy Wooden Rudolph

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Wood (I used a 2″x12″ board and cut it the height I wanted.)
  • 2 branches for antlers
  • a pendant lamp cord (I found mine at IKEA for only $5!)
  • red light bulb
  • drill and drill bits
  • wood glue

First, cut your board to the desired height. Mine is about two feet tall. Then, decide where you want the nose to be and drill a hole for the end of the lamp cord. My lamp cord is an inch and a half.

Easy Wooden Rudolph

If needed, use glue to keep lamp cord in place. I was able to just screw mine in so I didn’t end up needing glue.

Easy Wooden Rudolph

Next, drill some holes on the top of the board for the antlers. Use wood glue in the holes to hold the branches in place.

Easy Wooden Rudolph

Finally, screw in your light bulb and turn it on!

Easy Wooden Rudolph

It’s so simple and will go great along side any other holiday decor!

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One thing that has become a tradition for my girls and I, is making yummy popcorn. They love to help add ingredients and eat it. I love that we get to spend time together and that it’s easy to clean up.

Here’s a fun video of my girls and I making it. (Video by Heather Cluff)


Here is one of our family favorite popcorn recipes, Peppermint Popcorn.

Peppermint Popcorn
  1. Place popcorn in a large bowl.
  2. Melt almond bark according to directions.
  3. If microwaving you can try our easy instructions:
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  9. Once almond bark is melted, add in your peppermint essential oil. Stir this in evenly and add a drop at a time until it is at your desired flavor level.
  10. Pour the melted almond bark over your popcorn and begin mixing. At this point you can start to add in the crushed candy canes, and confetti sprinkles.
  11. Lay out on waxed paper and make one layer.
  12. Melt the dark chocolate chips using the directions above. Drizzle the dark chocolate over top of the popcorn using a fork.
  13. Let cool completely and then break up to serve and share.
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Now to make this a cute gift, just grab a fun gift bag. I love these ones I got from the Heidi Swapp that you can find at Joann. The popcorn looks so cute in there.

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This post is sponsored by Lunchbox, but all opinions are my own. DIY Spa Gift Basket

We all know someone who gives and gives. I feel like the best gift for someone like that is a night of relaxation. Having several friends and family members that could be professional “givers” I thought a great way to show them my love and appreciation would be to make them a DIY Spa Gift Basket.

Wanna know the best part? I can make several of these cause all The Bathery® products from Target are on sale now with a Cartwheel offer for 10% off.


And just so you are ahead of the game here are the upcoming Cartwheel offers on The Bathery® products.

  • Nov. Wk 4 (11/22-11/28) CW 10% off Full Line
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I can’t wait to show you what I did.


I snagged a handful, okay, armful, of The Bathery® products. I love how each item has a number and tells you what order you should use them in. Genius! I also wanted to make some fizzing bath bombs to go with the gift basket. They are so much fun and smell so YUMMY!


I found a cute bath basket in Target near the bathroom products. There are super cute baskets back there FYI. I filled the basket with my chosen goodies. You could add some yummy lotion, lip gloss, or a face mask. Chocolate would be fun too. :)


I added some baker’s twine and this fun printable tag. Which has been made for each of you. Just download by clicking on the box below.

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And that’s really how easy it can be. Make sure you pick out the perfect items from The Bathery® at Target for each friend. They will love that you thought of them each time they use the products to relax.

Now do you think I’d just leave you without a fun giveaway?

Heck no!

Enter below to win a $25 Target Gift Card to make your own DIY Spa Basket.
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With all of the Holiday craziness, it is so easy for all of us to get distracted from what the real meaning of Christmas is…Christ.  We are sharing 5 ideas and ways to bring the true spirit of Christ into your home this Christmas.

5 Ways to Bring Christ in Christmas…

Soft Enough for a King

We love this sweet book and set.  It is called Soft Enough for a King and is a Christmas Tradition of Service that you can begin with your family.  We started this with my family this week and my kids are so excited to do acts of service.  Our family read the sweet story of little Abe who is doing acts of Service for others…and ultimately Jesus.  This is a great way to kick off the Christmas season this week.  You can read more at

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Family Traditions

Love is what I think about when I think about Jesus.  He was the perfect example of Love.  A way we bring LOVE into our home during the Christmas season is through family traditions and activities.  I love bringing our family together for fun outings & activities.  Here are a few of our favorite traditions.

Seeing the Lights

Our family loves to go see the lights in our city and other nearby cities.  It is often to cold to walk through the lights, so we go for lots of “hot cocoa and Christmas lights” drives.   Here is a fun Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt that you can add to your Christmas drive this year.

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The White Stocking for Jesus.

Not sure where we first heard of this tradition, but it has been such a great thing for our extended family on Christmas Eve.  We each write down a few goals or things we need to work on in the coming year.  We add these slips of paper to the “White Sock” as a gift for Jesus on Christmas Eve.  Our family also looks back on the last years’ goals.  We love this! sm stocking 6

Service Countdown

‘Tis the Season to Serve.  Most families have some sort of Christmas Advent or Countdown that they do together each year.  Try slipping these little Service Ideas into each Advent pocket or Box.  We did this service countdown last year and it really helped our family to remember Jesus and how grateful we all for all we have.  My kids loved getting in on the service action!

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12 Days of Christmas for Someone

We just shared gift ideas for the 12 days of Christmas this week.  My family finds an older woman in our neighborhood, and we leave them little goodies 12 days in a row.  We love to find someone who could use a little extra love this Christmas season.

Can you imagine how happy this 12 days idea could make someone you know?  Maybe someone who needs to be uplifted and loved this Christmas season.  We are excited for our round this year!  The kids love getting in on it…and they LOVE being my secret elves.

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Display a Nativity

Our family has a Nativity we display each year.  We put it in a place for all to see…and so we can remember each day what Christmas is about.

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This  Homemade Cranberry Sauce is easy to make with just a few ingredients and one pot!  With a quick recipe like this one, make sure it ends up on your holiday table this year instead of the canned preserves.

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Hello there!  It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog.  Today I am sharing a super simple recipe for Homemade Cranberry Sauce.  This recipe tastes so amazing and is a must have side dish this holiday season.  It is made with a few wholesome ingredients that turn up the flavor on traditional canned cranberry sauce.  It goes great with turkey, rolls, mashed potatoes, or by itself.

Easy to make Cranberry Sauce

Growing up as a kid the only kind of cranberries that made an appearance on our holiday table were out of a can.  I never ate it probably because it didn’t taste good and it wasn’t real food.  Whole cranberries are very easy to find in local grocery stores these days.  They are usually located in the produce section and are available all season long.  Also, you can buy a bag of cranberries and always freeze them until you need to use them.  I bought two bags this year, one to make this homemade cranberry sauce and the other bag is for a future smoothie recipe.

Easy homemade cranberry sauce

Other than the cranberries, you probably already have the rest of the ingredients at home.  For my homemade cranberry sauce I used:  1 – 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries, 1/2 cup of water, 1 cup honey, 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice and the zest from one orange, 1/2 tablespoon of ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Other than those super simple and fresh ingredients, you just need one pot.  How awesome this that?!  In a large pot, over medium heat, combine all the ingredients.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low, stir occasionally and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated.  Transfer to a separate bowl and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.  This is a fantastic recipe to make the night before, saving you time.  This homemade cranberry sauce should make appropriately 2 1/2 cups.

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce with fresh all natural ingredients

This homemade cranberry sauce is served best cold and paired with your favorite holiday foods like turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing and broccoli cheese rice casserole.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Serves: 2½ cups

This Homemade Cranberry Sauce is easy to make with just a few ingredients and one pot!
  • 1 - 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice and the zest from one orange
  • ½ tablespoon of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. In a large pot, over medium heat, combine all the ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low, stir occasionally and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated.
  2. Transfer to a separate bowl and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Thank you so much for letting me share my Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe.  I hope it makes an appearance on your holiday table this year.  Cheers!

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This post is sponsored by Heidi Swapp  I was selected for this opportunity as a community member of Snap. All content and opinions are my own. 

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One of our favorite Christmas ideas is the 12 days of Christmas.   My family finds an older woman in our neighborhood, and we leave them little goodies 12 days in a row.  We love to find someone who could use a little extra love this Christmas season.

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This year, when I saw Heidi Swapp’s Holiday line for Christmas treats, and treat packages, I knew we had to use them for our 12 Days.  I love how they all coordinate.  I’m excited to share the ideas we came up with for all 12 days.

This new line by Heidi is now available exclusively in Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores.  These pretty products range from cookie baking tools to holiday card kits and packaging.  It’s all so dreamy and pretty!  But move fast because they have a limited amount of product…& you can get these items online or in the store.

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After cutting out the numbers, you can tape or glue them to your packages. sm 12 days all 3 Day 1:  For the first day, we wrapped up our favorite treat.  Cadburry Mini’s for Christmas wrapped up in this pretty gold polka dot box.
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Santa will have to put you on his nice list when you leave him a plate of this easy, no bake Milk & Cookies Bark on Christmas Eve!

Santa will put you on his nice list when you leave these easy, no bake Milk & Cookies Bark for him on Christmas Eve!

Hi friends! Keri back from Shaken Together with another easy adorable no bake dessert to help you spread Christmas cheer this year!  With all of the hustle and bustle that comes with the holiday season, there is nothing better than a sweet treat that is done in minutes and ready for munching or giving to friends and family!

Milk & Cookies Bark

Santa will put you on his nice list when you leave these easy, no bake Milk & Cookies Bark for him on Christmas Eve!

The kiddos will love adding the mini chocolate chip cookies and sprinkles – this no bake dessert is perfect for a snow day or play date! And I bet that jolly old man in the red suit won’t mind finding this Milk & Cookies Bark waiting for him after a long night delivering toys!

Santa will put you on his nice list when you leave these easy, no bake Milk & Cookies Bark for him on Christmas Eve!

So if you haven’t made ‘bark’ before, it is basically melted chocolate (or almond bark – my fave) spread out into a thin smooth layer and then sprinkled with any add ins that you can dream up … pretzels, candy, cookies, sprinkles, etc. Or gummy worms if you remember the Worms & Dirt Chocolate Bark that I shared earlier this year!

For this Christmas version, I used vanilla almond bark to represent the milk we leave for Santa and of course, I had to add cookies! And it’s never a bad idea to use sprinkles 😉 Once the bark is set – pop it in the fridge to quicken the process – use a sharp knife to cut it into smaller pieces.

Santa will put you on his nice list when you leave these easy, no bake Milk & Cookies Bark for him on Christmas Eve!

Once the bark is cut, all that is left to do is chow down!  Oh okay, or package it for gifts, too. This Milk & Cookie Bark would make a cute addition to any cookie tray!

Milk & Cookies Bark {No Bake Christmas Treat!}
Santa will have to put you on his nice list when you leave him a plate of this easy, no bake Milk & Cookies Bark on Christmas Eve! This recipe is easy enough to make with the kiddos, too!
  • One 16 oz. package vanilla almond bark
  • Mini chocolate chip cookies
  • Christmas sprinkles
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  2. Melt vanilla almond bark according to package directions.
  3. Pour the melted almond bark on the prepared pan and spread it out into a thin, even layer.
  4. Place mini chocolate chip cookies on the almond bark (even the broken pieces) - try to put enough that once broken, each piece of bark will have multiple cookies.
  5. Add Christmas sprinkles.
  6. Allow the bark to set up - I put the pan in the fridge to speed up the process.
  7. Use a sharp knife to cut the bark into smaller pieces.
  8. Enjoy!
See? Easy, festive and absolutely delicious!

Santa will put you on his nice list when you leave these easy, no bake Milk & Cookies Bark for him on Christmas Eve!

More Easy No Bake Christmas Treats!

St. Nick's Nibblers - use sourdough pretzel bites for the easiest chocolate covered pretzels ever!

St. Nick’s Nibblers

O Christmas Tree Munch Mix from Shaken Together

O, Christmas Tree Munch Mix

Eggnog Pudding Pies from Shaken Together

Eggnog Pudding Pies

Hope you holiday season is merry & bright!!

Hi, my name is Havalah from Sisters, What! and I’m so excited to be here as part of the Deck The Halls series. Real quick, a few things nonsensical things about me: I eat burritos everyday, I like to tip toe and I love tickling little people. Anyway, today I’m sharing with you a wood plaque with my favorite Christmas song on it, Silent Night. I know it’s one of the number one songs sung, but I just love the words and the peace it brings.
I got this 8×8 wood plaque at Joanns a while ago with the intent of doing something, but it got lost and forgotten on the island of misfit crafts (name that movie). However, I was digging through the misfit crafts and suddenly thought of the perfect use for it. I originally planned it as Thanksgiving Gather Sign (see it here), but after I did the gather side, I hated to have the other side empty and useless. I used my silhouette to cut the stencil out, but you can easily free hand it as well.
DIY Silent Night Wood Plaque
Round wood plaque
Vinyl or contact paper forstencil
Download Silent Night Stencil  –>>Silhouette File or JPEG Printable 
If you are using the cut out stencil, then place it on your plaque. Then paint. I painted my letters white and it was too light to read, but I had already taken off the stencil at the point. So I ended up putting the contact paper letters over the painted letters and it turned out better than expected.


Here are some of my other favorite Christmas Projects:

Glad I could stop by today.

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Jingle Bells Burlap Wreath
Create a simple yet stunning jingle bells holiday wreath, with only a few supplies!

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Hello there! I am Shonee from Hawthorne and Main. The place to find all sorts of rustic modern home decor as well as our adventure is remodeling an old 1950’s home, ourselves. I am so excited to share in The Crafting Chicks’ Deck the Halls series. Wreaths are such a simple way to add a festive look to your home. With Christmas right around the corner, I decided to show you how to make this easy jingle bells burlap wreath.


-Wire Wreath (dollar store)
-Burlap Ribbon
-Bells (dollar store)
-Hot Glue Gun

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To start, wrap the burlap ribbon around the wire wreath. Use some hot glue to secure the burlap in place.
I like using the wire wreath because it helps to add some great texture to the overall look of a wreath.

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Now that the base of the wreath is done, it’s time to embellish!! My favorite part!

Using the hot glue, add the bells to the wreath. I originally bought 4 bells but the wreath looked best with only three. Play around with the placement. After the bells are secured with the glue, wrap the rope around the wreath to give it a little more interest and texture.

Add a ribbon or use a door hanger to hang it on your front door.

Now you have a fabulous wreath that you can display all winter long, not just for Christmas, yay!

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Hello! I am Katie Adams and I blog over at The Crafty Blog Stalker.

Create a fun and fabulous pennant banner using Jen Hadfield Home + Made papers and accessories. Paper crafts make great home decor!

I am super excited to be a guest blogger on The Crafting Chicks. Today I am going to be sharing a tutorial for this super cute 3D Decorative Deer that is perfect for your holiday decor.


Rudolph, the Red Nose Reindeer. Had a very shiny nose…

I couldn’t stop singing this song the entire time I was making this fun 3D Decorative Deer. I love Christmas and quite honestly I’ve been listening to Christmas music since September. I know this reindeer doesn’t have a shiny nose, so instead, I think this reindeer’s name is Prancer.

I love to make my own decorations for Christmas because it gives me time to think of memories from past Christmases. When I was really little we had a 3D reindeer that was made of wood, I think my oldest sister painted it. It was one of my very favorite decorations and I would put it together and take it apart over and over again.

Now I have my own. It isn’t as sturdy as the wood one I played with as a little girl, but it still evokes the same memories.

Supplies Used:

  • Cricut Explore
  • Foam Board
  • Holiday Wrapping Paper
  • Craft Knife
  • Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive
  • Red Glitter Glue

This project started when I was browsing Cricut Design Space for some holiday inspiration. I came across this file called Deer Standup Icon. Isn’t it cute?

MediumComposite That is when I had my idea to trace the cut-out onto foam board to make him a bit more sturdy and dress him up with wrapping paper.

I wanted my reindeer as big as I could get it while still using my 12×12 cutting mat. I ended up stretching it to where the file would have to be cut out on two sheets of 12×12 cardstock. The body on one and the front and hind legs on the other.


Here are my pieces once cut out. These became my pattern pieces.


I used my pattern pieces and traced around them onto my foam core board.


With a craft knife, I went around each line and cut the piece out. This was the most time-consuming part.


I did have to cut the slit on both of the leg pieces a little bit wider than marked, and when assembled my cute little reindeer already looks awesome!


I decided to cover my reindeer with wrapping paper because I would need 4 sheets of matching scrapbook paper, and I wasn’t sure I had that. But I knew I had enough wrapping paper.

Did you know that you can run wrapping paper through your Cricut? You totally can, but I would recommend using a mat that doesn’t have a lot of stickiness left to it. Wrapping paper is much thinner than regular paper and if you have a new or super sticky mat, it will be difficult to remove the wrapping paper without tearing it.


Put your Cricut on the paper setting, and cut.


I kept my file the same size as my pattern pieces and just cut them out of the wrapping paper. Then I went back in and mirrored the file and cut out another set so I could cover both sides of the reindeer.

To adhere the wrapping paper pieces to the foam board, I used Multi-Purpose Spray adhesive. I thought of using liquid glue, but I didn’t want my paper to bubble because it was wet. The spray adhesive worked perfectly.


To hide the stark white edges I applied some Red Glitter Glue all the way around each piece.


I put a bead along all of the edges and spread it out using a thin paint brush, only focuing on one small area at a time.


To dry, I balanced each piece on top of a couple acrylic paint jars. I did this so the glitter glue wouldn’t drip and dry the pieces to my table.


I let the glitter glue dry overnight. The next morning I assembled my majestic reindeer, Prancer. I couldn’t be more pleased with how my 3D Decorative Deer turned out.


What was your favorite Christmas decoration you played with growing up?


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