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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.

DIY Cardboard Santa Hats

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.

DIY Cardboard Santa Hats

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.

DIY Cardboard Santa Hats

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!

Merry Christmas!
-Kari

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20 Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts - teacher gift, neighbor gifts, ornaments, pillows, christmas decor, diy nativity, scarf, and so much more!

Handmade Christmas gifts… one of our favorite things!  We love the thought and effort that goes into a handmade gift.  But that doesn’t mean the gift has to take days and days to make.  We’ve gathered 20 of our Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts.  (These won’t have you burning the midnight oil.)  They are so fun and personal, you’re going to love them!

20 Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts

DIY Pocket Hand Warmers from I Heart Naptime

20 Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts - teacher gift, neighbor gifts, ornaments, pillows, christmas decor, diy nativity, scarf, and so much more!

Free Stitchable “Unto Us a Child is Born” from U Create

20 Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts - teacher gift, neighbor gifts, ornaments, pillows, christmas decor, diy nativity, scarf, and so much more!

Rosemary Infuse Olive Oil from Pepper Design

Rosemary infused olive oil

Hand Stitched Tree Ornaments from The Crafting Chicks

hand stitched tree ornament

DIY Christmas Plates from Simply Kierste

diy christmas plates

Vintage Truck Christmas Pillow from The Crafted Sparrow

vintage truck christmas pillow

DIY Etched Soap Pump from Design Mom

diy etched soap dispenser

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri and Gift Tag from Yellow Bliss Road

christmas stovetop potpourri

DIY Striped Pillow from Infarrantly Creative

diy striped pillow

Homemade Bath Salts from The Idea Room

Bath Salts

50 of the BEST Neighbor Gift Ideas from The Crafting Chicks

50 of the BEST Neighbor Gifts!

Easy DIY Nativity from A Girl and A Glue Gun

diy nativity

DIY Ninja Turtle Ornaments from The Crafting Chicks

DIY Ninja Turtle Ornaments

Christmas Peppermint Striped Candlesticks from Simply Kierste

diy peppermint stripped candlesticks

Mason Jar Lid Tree Ornaments from Suburble

mason jar lid ornaments

Stamped Christmas Gift Bags from The Casual Craftlete

stamped christmas gift bag

Crocheted Winter Blanket Tutorial from Dream Crafter

crocheted winter blanket

Hand Stamped Wooden Spoons from The Idea Room

hand stamped wooden spoons

Jersey Knit Scarf from The Crafting Chicks

Jersey Knit Scarf

I am Brave from Barn Owl Primitives

I am Brave home decor

20 Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts - teacher gift, neighbor gifts, ornaments, pillows, christmas decor, diy nativity, scarf, and so much more!


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!

Follow me on Instagram to see all the other holiday stuff I’ve got goin’ on!
-Kari

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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 Softenough.com.

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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.

Christmas-Lights-Scavenger-Hunt-Printable Gingerbread Houses with Cousins.  My kids LOVE this and especially sharing this fun activity with their cousins.  sm gingerbread house 4

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.

King of Kings from kiki and company 1 King of Kings Printable  You can download this free printable from our Kiki & Company to add to your Nativity Display this year. King of Kings from kiki and company 2

 

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15 fabulous Elf on the Shelf printables - These will make my life so much easier! We love our Elf on the Shelf!  (But sometimes, he’s a lot of work.)  This year we’ve made it super easy to have fun with your Elf!  Just click and print… your kids will love all of these great ideas!

Elf on the Shelf Printables

 

Encourage your kids to give back with this Elf Arrival Letter from Living Locurto

15 fabulous Elf on the Shelf printables - These will make my life so much easier!

Help your kids to serve others this season with these Good Deed Cards from Over the Big Moon

15 fabulous Elf on the Shelf printables - These will make my life so much easier!

Printable Calendar with 25 ideas from Uncommon Designs

15 fabulous Elf on the Shelf printables - These will make my life so much easier!

Elf lost it’s magic? Use the Magic Elf Dust printable from Sweet C’s Designs

Magic Elf Dust

All in one Printable Kit from Pizzazzerie

Elf on the Shelf printables

Let your kids perform Mission Impossible tasks each day with these printables from Over the Big Moon

Mission Impossible assignments

Try these Cutout Printables from Perfectly Printables, for your elf to play with.

Cutouts

Occasionally kids need a reminder to stay on track. Just print this Official Elf Warning from Harper Loft

Official warning

Give your elf some Printable Props the year, from Glamourous Project.

printable props

Just print and go with these Printable Notes from Frugal Coupon Living

printable notes

Elf Acts of Kindness Printables from Mommy Savers

acts of kindness

Get organized for the month with a Printable Planning Calendar from Crystal and Co.

calendar

Check your child’s behavior with this Official Elf Report from Magnolia Creative

official elf report

Warm things up with a Hot Cocoa stand from Seven Thirty Three

hot cocoa stand

On Christmas Eve, leave this Goodbye letter from Balancing Home

goodbye letter


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!

Deck the halls with boughs of holly and this simple, modern Fa La La Paper Banner!

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?!

Deck the halls with boughs of holly and this simple, modern Fa La La 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
  • Adhesive
  • Letters – chipboard letters, letter stickers, letter stamps, etc. (I used Thickers from my local craft store)
  • Brown ink pad (optional)

Deck the halls with boughs of holly and this simple, modern Fa La La Paper Banner!

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!

Deck the halls with boughs of holly and this simple, modern Fa La La Paper Banner!

Once the circles were attached, I added the adhesive letters in the center of each scalloped circle.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly and this simple, modern Fa La La Paper Banner!

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!)

Deck the halls with boughs of holly and this simple, modern Fa La La Paper Banner!

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!

Deck the halls with boughs of holly and this simple, modern Fa La La Paper Banner!

How about a few more of my favorite simple Christmas projects?!

Eat Drink and Be Merry party pouches from Shaken Together

Eat, Drink & Be Merry Party Pouches

DIY Confetti Glassware from Shaken Together

Easy DIY Confetti Glassware

White and Gold JOY Letters from Shaken Together

White & Gold JOY Letters


We love you all and wish you a very Merry Christmas!

“The first gift of Christmas was a simple gift given by a father to all his children, to us. He gave us His son, the Christ. He is the gift.”

Merry Christmas :: He Is The Gift

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Hi there readers! It’s Ali, back from Dream Crafter. I am so excited to share this Crocheted Winter Blanket Tutorial with you today because its something that has taken me a long time to complete. I love a good project that I can just sit down and do at night. Doing crafts like crocheting or sewing or cross stitch are some of faves because they help me unwind from my day. I started this blanket about 4 months ago (although it didn’t really take me that long to finish. I’m just a procrastinator,) and I love how it turned out.

 crocheted winter blanket tutorial I am a huge fan of grey. You can never go wrong with a good neutral. Especially on something that is so big. Here is what you will need to make it:

1. A million skeins of Lion Brand “Dallas Grey” yarn. Seriously…I think this took me like 15-17 skeins. Of course this depends on the size of blanket you want. I made mine big enough to cover the length of my 6 foot hubby. :)

lion brand yarn

2. You will also need a size J or K sized crochet hook. Remember that the larger your hook, the more “hole-y” your blanket will be, but that also means fewer stitches.

Pattern:

Row 1: Ch (chain) 125, plus Ch 2 for increase

Row 2: Skip first hole and start in second loop working the other direction. hdc (half double crochet) in each ch across. ch 2 for increase.

Row 3-55: Follow same instructions as in Row 2.

Row 56: Finish blanket with single crochet all the way around. Tie off. Re-thread any loose ends from when you finish a skein.

Thats it! Easy peasy!

folded blanket I can’t believe how soft this blanket is. I just want to stay in it all day. Maybe I should have added some sleeves and made it into Snuggy version. :)

soft blanket I think when my mom comes to visit from AZ this is going to be her favorite blanket. And I can’t wait to wrap up my new baby boy in this softy. Huzzah for warm blankets!

Thanks for letting me stop by and share some of my crafting world with you! Be sure to stop by Dream Crafter to see all the other shenanigans I am dreaming up for Christmas this year.

-Ali

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

Hi Crafting Chicks readers!  It’s Keri from Shaken Together and I am so excited to be back with you sharing a fun no-bake sweet treat!  I love to make seasonal treats – you may remember my Red, White & Blue Summer Snack Mix from this Summer.  And this Mayflower Munch Mix is always a huge hit at Thanksgiving!  Since Christmas is right around the corner, I thought a little red and green was in order!  Take a peek at the easiest chocolate covered pretzels EVER {and they make a super cute holiday gift} … St. Nick’s Nibblers – The Easiest Chocolate Covered Pretzels!!

St. Nick's Nibblers - use sourdough pretzel bites for the easiest chocolate covered pretzels ever!  These make easy and delicious co-worker and neighbor gifts!

I have made tons of chocolate covered pretzels before – these pumpkin pie spice pretzels just last month, in fact.  And while dipping pretzels in melted almond bark or white chocolate is not terribly difficult, I always spend a ton of time fishing pretzels out, waiting for the excess chocolate to drip off, getting a smooth pretty surface while wielding two forks or skewers … needless to say, the whole process for me is a little clunky and messy.

BUT, I finally found the perfect pretzel for dipping – sourdough pretzel nuggets!  They are bite size, easy to hold onto and even easier to dip! Here is a look at my set up:

St. Nick's Nibblers - use sourdough pretzel bites for the easiest chocolate covered pretzels ever!  These make easy and delicious co-worker and neighbor gifts!

I line a baking sheet with parchment paper, get a bowl of sprinkles ready, melt my chocolate and get to dipping!!  This would be a perfect snow day activity or a way to get your kids in the kitchen – who doesn’t LOVE sprinkles?!

St. Nick’s Nibblers {The Easiest Chocolate Covered Pretzels!}

St. Nick’s Nibblers – The Easiest Chocolate Covered Pretzels!
Ingredients
  • Sourdough pretzel nuggets
  • White chocolate chips or vanilla almond bark (I love vanilla Candiquik!)
  • Seasonal sprinkles, jimmies, colored sugar, crushed cookies/candy or any other fun thing to sprinkle on
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Fill a small bowl with your sprinkles and have it nearby - I like to put mine right on the baking sheet.
  3. Melt chocolate/almond bark/Candiquik according to package directions.
  4. Dip each sourdough pretzel nugget about ½ to ¾ of the way into the chocolate.
  5. Allow the excess to drip off and place it on the baking sheet.
  6. Add sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet.
  7. Allow pretzels to set - pop them in the fridge for faster setting up.
  8. Package for gifts or munch for a fun seasonal no-bake treat!

You can make a big batch of St. Nick’s Nibblers in no time … then package them in mason jars, seasonal paper treat cups or cello bags, add a cute gift tag and start playing Santa to your neighbors, family and friends!  I bet your co-workers would love to find these cute little chocolate covered pretzel bites waiting at their desk, too!

St. Nick's Nibblers - use sourdough pretzel bites for the easiest chocolate covered pretzels ever!  These make easy and delicious co-worker and neighbor gifts!

This year, I hope your holidays are merry and bright, the stockings full and your hearts overflowing!!  You are a gift!

Now, how about a few more of my favorite easy holiday recipes?!



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