Monthly Archives: December 2011

Bow {Wreath}

The activity on our Advent Calendar simply read…. Make a Christmas craft.

At the time that I created the list of activities for our Advent Calendar, I had no idea what craft I would do with our 2 little kids. I needed a craft that was simple enough for both Harper (21 months old) and Lincoln (almost 4 yrs old) to create, but also fun and inexpensive. After searching Pinterest (my favorite place for ideas & inspiration), I found the perfect craft for toddlers and preschoolers…. Bow Wreaths!

What You Need:

  • paper plate
  • gift wrap bows
  • scissors
  • tape
  • ribbon

What To Do:

First, cut out the middle of a paper plate creating a wreath shape. Next, have your child stick bows to the paper plate. Some of our bows did not stick well so I added a loop of masking tape to the back. Finally, use ribbon to hang the wreath.

Lincoln’s bow wreath 

Harper’s bow wreath

My kids really enjoyed choosing their own bows, sticking them to the plate, and seeing their finished project hanging on the kitchen cabinets. His voice filled with excitement, Lincoln said, “They are SO pretty!”


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{Peppermint} Play Dough

Today’s activity on our Advent Calendar.

Lincoln was very excited to make Peppermint Play Dough play dough, especially since we just threw away the Pumpkin Pie Play Dough that we made a few weeks ago. All 3 kids and I enjoyed playing with it. Such a simple and fun family activity to break up the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.

What You Need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 3 tablespoons peppermint extract
  • Red food coloring (we used an entire 0.3 oz vial)

What To Do:

Mix all ingredients together except the food coloring. Cook in a nonstick pan on low heat, stirring constantly until it pulls away from the pan. Remove from heat and stir in food coloring. Allow to cool for 20-30 mins. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Smells like a yummy candy cane! But don’t eat it. Yucky!

And so much fun to play with!!

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Funky Ribbon {Scarf}

I am always looking for fun, funky accessories. And many times, I just can’t find what I’m envisioning. So, I was very excited when my mom and I made funky scarves out of ribbon, trim, and yarn. Even though it’s called a scarf…. it really isn’t the accessory to keep you warm on harsh Iowa winter days. Instead, its more like a necklace… a decoration…an expression of your personal style…

We started with 3 wide pieces of trim. One purple pom-pom trim, one hot pink ric rac, and one multi-colored fringe about 2 inches wide. Then, we added the following 6 strands: one 100% wool aqua yard (from a knitting project),  one funky purple yarn (leftover from a pack of scrapbooking embellishments), one 1/8″ (3mm)  hot pink ribbon, one 1/8″ (3mm) pale green ribbon, one 3/8′ (9mm) white ribbon, and one white fun fur. (each 2 yards in length)

We put all of the strands together and knotted each end approx 3 inches from the end of the strands. This secured all of the strands together.

Finally, we used pieces of the purple yarn to make small ties around the strands at 3 different points along the scarf to further secure the  nine strands.

Project complete! Perfect DIY accessory to give a little “funk” to a basic long sleeve tee.

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I linked the “Funky Ribb0n Scarf” to the following linky parties: Sundae Scoop at I {heart} Naptime , Show and Tell Saturday at Be Different, Act Normal, Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots & Jello, Wednesday Wowsers at Oopsey Daisy, Uncommonly Yours at Uncommon Designs, Live Laugh {Linky} at Live Laugh Rowe


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