Hey guys! It’s Kari from Life PreKARIous. These easy DIY Cardboard Santa hats are so fun and easy to make! Can you believe it’s almost Christmas?! These hats are seriously so simple and will only take you a few minutes to put togeher! I’ve seen a ton of different Christmas trees made out of these cardboard cones. These hats are a fun little addition.
You willl need a couple card board cones from the craft store, some felt, pom poms, faux fur, and hot glue.
For the Santa hat, using hot glue, cover the cone with red felt first.
It’s ok if the felt doesn’t go all the way to the edge. Next, you’ll add the faux fur around the bottom and at the top.
Use the same process to make the fun elf hat, too. I used red and green felt and pom poms instead of faux fur.
These would be so perfect for a holiday mantel or entry table! I might even add a fun reindeer one using brown felt, a red pom pom for the nose and pipe cleaners for the antlers!
This post is sponsored by Dispy Dabber, but all opinions are my own.
If you are anything like me putting Christmas decor away is a whole day project. I feel like I need to clean out, dejunk, and scrub down anything that had Christmas decorations. Maybe it’s because I have a clean slate once all the Christmas decorations are down. I wanted to share with you my favorite things to do to get my home cleaned after the holidays. And really, this would work anytime you want to refresh.
First off I made this bright printable checklist that you could store in with your Christmas decor. That way you will have it from year to year.
I love to enlist the help of my kids in getting everything cleaned up and put away. It’s nice for them to have responsibility. It also helps them take ownership in our Christmas decorations and the rest of the house when they get a chance to help put things away and place things where you want them to go.
I especially love their help with the tree.
On the printable above I have explanations on what to do and why you’ll want to do it. When it comes to the touch-up paint, you might be saying, “Are you kidding me?” I’m really not and let me tell you why.
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You pour your paint in the can.
Add a little sample color on the label.
Write all the paint information on the label.
Now all you need to do is clean and spackle the wall and once it’s dry, use your Dipsy Dabber to touch up that paint.
It’s so easy my 9 year-old wanted to do it. She was pretty dang good at it.
Wanna see it all in action. Check out this video from Heather Cluff.
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Sharing this pretty gold circle garland today! So easy to make…and just in time for New Year’s or any celebration coming up in 2016. I used it as part of my Christmas decor too. I love how it turned out and it was SOOOOO simple to make! To make the Gold Circle Garland, you will need:
-2 inch gold sparkly circles (you can use a circle punch, I used Sparkly gold paper and cut the circles with my Cricut explore)
-Thin gold string (I used stretchy string)
-Hot Glue & hot glue sticks You will need to glue two circles together with the thin gold string inside. I placed each circle about 1 inch apart. Keep gluing and adding circles. You can make your garland as long as you would like…just buy a few spools of the gold string and extra gold paper. I love how pretty it looks in my home.It goes perfect with my Felt & Gold Celebrate banner.
This post is sponsored by Pottery Barn Kids. All opinions are my own.
As a mom, I find myself trying to find easy, quick ways to keep my house clean. The bathroom is one of those rooms that can go from clean to destroyed in 1 second. I’ve put together some of the quick and easy tips for kids bathrooms that I’ve found can help my kids become more accountable for their bathroom.
Bright Decor with Good Basics
One my best tips is using good towels. I think kids even need good towels. Good quality towels are game changers!
I love the ones from Pottery Barn Kids. The colors are so bright and they all go well together. You can mix and match to get a great look for boys and girls. Make sure that you get styles that the kids can grow with because these towels will last you a few years.
When you go for a shower curtain, get a basic color like white. That way you can use it for years to come and change out your towels and other decor.
Also, look for ways to use things that your kids keep in the bathroom as decor. For example my girls love their big bauble jewelry, so I threw it in one of these jars and I LOVE the look of them as decor. They can get to the jewelry to wear and use, but it has a home and a place to be, and also adds fun color to the space.
Everything Accessible and Easy to Clean-up
Make sure everything has a place. I’ve found if we don’t have a place for something like, toothpaste or a hairbrush, then it just gets set somewhere. So find a place for all the things your kids use.
Try as hard as you can to not have anything on your counter other than soap. This is a great way for your kids to know that the bathroom isn’t clean. If you don’t allow anything but the soap they will know what they need to clean up and put away.
Storage for kids is essential. Everything needs a home!
Once again, use jars to store bath time essentials. My girls love bath bombs and they can use them for a bath every once in a while. Having them in a jar makes great storage but also adds to the decor.
I’ve also loved putting the clean towels on the storage shelves. Easy for them to grab when getting out of the tub or shower, but not taking up space under my sink. That’s valuable real-estate to me.
I also use the towel hooks instead of a bar to give us more room. Then the kids can easily grab their towels and hang them up.
Here are some other places I made storage:
Having girls, you know I have hair things. I used a Command Strip cord hook for the ribbon bow holder. The girls are able to snag their choice and then put it away super easy. And I don’t have to worry about the ribbon holder walking away somewhere.
Headbands are another hair staple at my house. I found this storage container that fits them perfectly. We take out a headband and can easily put it away. I also store other hair supplies like elastics and bobby pins in food storage containers so they aren’t lose in the bathroom drawers.
When I said under my counter was valuable real-estate you might have laughed. But honestly I need the storage under there to hide things that I don’t want seen but need to be used, like this step stool. Not so easy on the eyes but necessary. Maybe one day I’ll buy the cute ones from Pottery Barn Kids. 😉
So of course I had to add a fun video of my daughter and our little morning routine. Video was done by the talented Heather Cluff.
Boys are interesting creatures. They don’t really care about decorations, and at the same time they have a lot of opinions about what’s going in their room! And finding decorations isn’t easy. Go ahead, search pinterest for a ‘teen boy bedroom’ and you’ll find there aren’t a lot of options. There are a lot of stereotypes of what boys are, but what do you do when your teenager isn’t really a football star and comics aren’t his thing? I’m going to share how we decorated for a guy who is kinda geeky and kinda still figuring out what he likes.
The apple must not have fallen far from the tree (no pun intended), because these vintage Apple posters once hung in my husband’s bedroom. We dug them out from under the bunkbed in my husband’s old room, dusted them off, and framed them. Ghandi, Jim Henson, and Thomas Edison are great role models for a kid finding his way in the world. And I’d much rather have his walls filled with them than other posters, if you know what I mean.
Over the years I’ve learned that the less flat surfaces my oldest son has the better. He is limited to this shelf and the side table. It’s enough space to set the book he is reading and his glasses for the night, but not enough space to collect too much stuff. All of his clothes are in the closet, so we don’t have to deal with a dresser or even a desk collecting stuff. On the shelf we have his karate belts in the glass jar, baseball figurines and his favorite pinewood derby car.
I love the details on this duvet. I could’ve gone with a plain duvet, but think the pocket and rivet adds another dimension to the bed.
I sure hope he won’t mind his mom hanging out down here, because I really like how it turned out.
Create a simple yet stunning jingle bells holiday wreath, with only a few supplies!
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.
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.
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!
Deck the halls with boughs of holly AND this colorful, modern Fa La La Paper Banner this holiday season! Super simple and perfect for your mantel, desk or any spot that needs a little holiday cheer!
I’m Keri from Shaken Together and I am so excited to be hanging out with the chicks for their fun Deck the Halls series! With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to haul out the decorations and definitely deck the halls! And what better way to do that than with a simple, modern paper banner?!
Since I needed a fairly short phrase for this banner, I decided to use Fa La La from “Deck the Halls”! You could also use ‘Ho Ho Ho’, ‘Merry’ or even ‘Christmas’!
You’ll need just a few supplies for this banner:
Red/white striped banner (I picked this up in the party section of Target for $4)
Assorted Christmas papers – solid colors or patterns
Craft punch – this one makes 3.5 inch scalloped circles and it is one of my favorite crafting tools
Letters – chipboard letters, letter stickers, letter stamps, etc. (I used Thickers from my local craft store)
Brown ink pad (optional)
First, I punched out six scalloped circles from my Christmas paper. If you don’t have a punch, use a small bowl or glass to trace circle on your paper and cut them out with scissors. I used a brown ink pad and ran it around the edges of the punched circles. This is optional but it does define the edges of the circles a bit and adds a little character. (You can see this in the picture below.)
Next, I used scrapbook adhesive to stick the circles to six of the banner flags. I also decided to flip the banner flags between the words to make it easier to read. Luckily, my banner was solid red on the other side!
Once the circles were attached, I added the adhesive letters in the center of each scalloped circle.
Finally, using the string that was included in my banner, I put the banner together and it was ready to hang! (And can we talk about that super cute white pom pom garland?! $3 in the Target Dollar Spot!)
Anyway, this Fa La La Paper Banner is so bright and colorful … pop it on your mantel, string it across your desk at work or anywhere else that needs a dose of Christmas color!
How about a few more of my favorite simple Christmas projects?!