Simple Snowman Vase Craft

Simple Snowman Vase

Do you love all things snowmen? If so, you must give this simple snowman vase a try. This simple snowman vase is just that, simple, and can be whipped up in just minutes. Perfect for displaying all winter long, this snowman vase is a frugal way to decorate your space. Here is how you can get started crafting your own.


Supplies needed:

Glass canning jar
White craft paint
Paint brush (the sponge kind)
Black buttons
Felt or fabric scrap
Hot glue, glue gun

snowman vase supplise


1. Begin by pouring about 1 tablespoon of white craft paint inside of the jar. Use your sponge brush to move the paint around and coat the sides of the jar. Allow a few minutes for the paint to set and dry before applying a second coat.

snowman vase progress
2. Add a drop of glue to each of your buttons and press it to the front of the jar. Place them vertically like the buttons on the front of a snowman.
3. Cut a strip of scrap fabric or felt. It should be long enough to wrap around the top of the jar. Wrap and apply some glue to help it stay in place.

Your simple snowman vase is now ready to enjoy. Place pine branches, pencils, or other decorative objects in it. It will display them well!

Gather your supplies and give this simple snowman vase a try. It is the perfect craft for the winter season.

Holiday Poinsettia Paper Wreath Tutorial

We’ve all seen those beautiful Paper Wreath tutorials on Pinterest.  I have loved them for months but haven’t set aside the time to make one or been able to decide what look I wanted…book pages, bright summer colors, or sheet music.  Recently our friends at Staples asked us to go shopping for a few Staples products that we could use to create a great holiday decor hack or DIY project.  I knew right away that this was the perfect opportunity for me to try my hand at a holiday version of the paper wreath!   #HandmadeHolidays


So I headed to Staples and picked up a few things to create this gorgeous holiday wreath!  I could have ordered what I needed online but decided to see what our local store had on hand and found just what I needed.

Holiday Poinsettia Paper Wreath Tutorial


  • 1 package of Staples Brights Paper (I chose a package that had several colors including red and green).
  • 1 10 pc package brown card stock
  • hot glue and glue gun
  • scissors
  • a cardboard or plastic circle for the base of the wreath (I used a plastic cake plate)

staples paper wreath

I’ve seen lots of tutorials for the paper wreaths that call for using square sheets.  My paper was 8 1/2″ x 11″ and I didn’t want to waste a lot of paper making them into squares so I played a little bit and found that rectangular sheets work just fine too.

If you have a paper cutter, cutting the sheets in half will go rather quickly.  If not, you can use scissors or tear them.  I used about 30 rectangles of green, 20 red, and 11 brown.

paper wreath

Begin by wrapping each piece of paper into a cone.  The top will be open with a pointed tip and the opposite end will be mostly closed.  Use a tiny bit of hot glue on the seam to keep the cone from unrolling.

Glue the cones to the round base, leaving about 1″-2″ between each as you add the first layer.

Holiday Poinsettia Paper Wreath Instructions

When the first layer is complete add another row of green, placing them in the spaces between the first cones.  This will create a layered look.  Continue layering the green onto the wreath until you feel you have enough.  I did three layers.

Holiday Poinsettia Paper Wreath How To

Repeat using the red paper cones.  I added 3 layers of the red as well to create a nice full look.

Paper Wreath Tutorial

When the red layers are complete and you’ve reached the middle of your flower, finish the wreath by adding the brown cones.

Holiday Paper Wreath Tutorial

I drilled a tiny hole in the plastic plate I used for a base and tied a ribbon through to hang the wreath.  You could also hot glue a ribbon or string onto the back if you’re using cardboard or do not have a drill on hand.

This wreath was fun and easy to make.  The kids loved helping with it and decided it looked just like a poinsettia.  It will look beautiful in our home for the holidays!


Lighted Christmas Garland With Fabric Scraps

When I was a child, well still to this day, my mom always decorated her Christmas tree with thick gold garland.  While I love my mom’s tree, I’ve never put garland on my own tree until now.  This year I made my own garland, Lighted Christmas Garland with fabric scraps in red and green!

Lighted Garland with Fabric Scraps

I love it and my mind has been thinking of all the other occasions that this garland could be made for, like Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s perfect to decorate a tree, windows, or mantels!

Lighted Christmas Garland With Fabric Scraps


  • Christmas lights – I used white lights on green wire
  • scraps of fabric

Fabric Garland


Begin by cutting your fabric scraps into strips that are 1″-2″ wide and approximately 6″ long.  This is a great way to use up scraps from quilts or other projects.  If you don’t have scraps on hand in the right colors, you can purchase fabric squares for under a dollar in lots of prints and patterns.

Once you’ve cut your fabric into strips, you’ll simply tie them to the strand of lights.  I wanted my garland to be well lit and to seem a bit thicker so I doubled the lights for my project.

Lighted Fabric Garland

I used only two fabrics but you could certainly use as many as you like.  I alternated the fabrics, tying a red and green fabric strip between each light on the strands.

Continue tying strips of fabric onto the lights until you’ve reached the end.

Lighted Fabric Garland Tutorial

I added my garland to my Christmas tree and love how it looks with my other holiday decor.  I’m looking forward to making a strand of lighted garland like this to match my daughter’s room as well as to making a strand for the mantel for other seasons!

Do you put garland on your Christmas tree?



Chocolate Chip Cookie Jar Mix

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We love to make things to give as gifts, or with purchased gifts.  Edible gifts are fun to make- we’ve made many this year, including jars of soup mix for the Hawkwing organization. Yesterday we made Chocolate Chip Cookie Jar Mix at Sunday School with the kids, but I wanted to give them a little something extra before we package them for gifting.  Using some fun marker colors and cardstock, I made some adorable (and free) printable recipe card templates that can double as bookmarks!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Jar Mix



For Jars:

Quart canning jars

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) Chocolate Chips

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

Mix salt, flour and baking soda together, add in jar first.  Next, add your brown sugar.  Follow that with the granulated sugar.  Add your chocolate chips. Be SURE to press down between layers- otherwise your ingredients won’t all fit!

For baking: 

3/4 cup softened butter (1 1/2 sticks)

1 large egg 3/4 tsp vanilla  


Preheat oven to 375

Beat 3/4 c softened butter, 1 large egg and 3/4 tsp vanilla until blended.

Add cookie mix and (optional) 1/2 c chopped nuts- mix well, breaking up any clumps.

Drop by rounded spoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet

Bake 9-11 min

Cool on baking racks

Makes about 2 dozen bic-merrymarking-key-limme This was my inspiration for these recipe Bookmark Templates, get the booklet of merry marking and a coupon to start marking on your own! key-lime-marker ** Once your jars are done, grab your free Printable Recipe Bookmarks so you can add a little fun to your gift! You’ll want to grab your Key Lime (and Forest Green) BIC Mark-It™ permanent markers so you can get the perfect green to make these festive! 


I am pretty happy with how these turned out.  I have this thing about handwritten recipes- notes in cookbooks, scraps of paper with notes- I treasure them all.  With technology being such a prevalent part of our lives, I fear that we will lose those little notes- and that’s sad.  I take special care of anything that’s been written by my mom, my gramas, really, anyone. It makes my heart happy to see my mom’s writing, and gramas, when I’m making a recipe they used to make.  That’s why I opted to make labels for these jars by hand, and not with the computer. It’s not perfectly neat, but it’s real, and it’s my writing.  One day, my kids might want to remember the way I wrote! cookies-jar-label

What will you be Merry Marking with BIC Mark-It™ permanent markers this holiday season? I challenge Amanda, Ashley and Jenni to join me in the Merry Marking! 


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Chocolate Chip Cookie Jar Mix #BicMerryMarking #KeyLime
  • For Jars:
  • Quart canning jars
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups (9 ounces) Chocolate Chips
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • (Be SURE to press down between layers- otherwise your ingredients won't all fit!)
  • For baking:
  • ¾ cup softened butter (1½ sticks)
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ tsp vanilla
  1. (Mix salt, flour and baking soda together, add in jar first. Next, add your brown sugar. Follow that with the granulated sugar. Add your chocolate chips. Be SURE to press down between layers- otherwise your ingredients won't all fit!)
  2. For baking:
  3. /4 cup softened butter (1½ sticks)
  4. large egg
  5. /4 tsp vanilla
  6. Directions
  7. Preheat oven to 375
  8. Beat ¾ c softened butter, 1 large egg and ¾ tsp vanilla until blended.
  9. Add cookie mix and (optional) ½ c chopped nuts- mix well, breaking up any clumps.
  10. Drop by rounded spoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet
  11. Bake 9-11 min
  12. Cool on baking racks


How to Make Birthday Invitations in PicMonkey

Do you love to be creative? DIY invitations are a great way to show off your creativity, but sometimes the design is difficult to put together. To get ideas, browse sites with birthday invitations. Use that inspiration to create your own! Print them on printer paper at your house or order prints from another site. Either way, have fun making your child’s day special!

How to Make Birthday Invitations in PicMonkey

We’ve talked about how to make business cards in PicMonkey. Now it’s time to learn How to Make Birthday Invitations! You can really make invites for anything using this tutorial. Leave links to your creations in the comments!

Don’t forget to order prints!

How to Make Birthday Invitations in PicMonkey

How to Make Birthday Invitations in PicMonkey

Choose a size — I use 4×6 in the “design” option on PicMoney’s main screen. Add a frame if you’d like.

How to Make Birthday Invitations in PicMonkey

There are also tons of backgrounds, or you can add your own!

How to Make Birthday Invitations in PicMonkey

Click on the butterfly to the left, then upload your own photo or use ones that are already loaded into PicMonkey.

How to Make Birthday Invitations in PicMonkey

If you want to use custom fonts, upload them first. This is the step where you can get really creative. Add more photos, more/less text, etc. Just be sure to include the date/time and RSVP number!

How to Make Birthday Invitations in PicMonkey

Silhouette Portrait T-Shirt Project

I have a new toy, and I love it!  The Silhouette Portrait puts all other crafting tools to shame-  Not only is it super easy to use but the variety of projects and mediums that you can use makes it a crafters MUST have on your desk at all times item. Check out what I made on my first try with the Silhouette Portrait!

silhouette portrait main


I must say honestly, at first I was intimidated when I first opened the Silhouette Studio software. There were A LOT of drop down menus, options, and various tools for the machine.  There was no way I could learn this. I decided to start with a project using one of the kits they sent me-the Heat Transfer Starter Kit, this kit came with 5 different colors of heat transfer material in various finishes, a hook tool for lifting cut vinyl, an instructional DVD, a simple booklet, and a card for 10 exclusive  heat transfer designs from the Silhouette Online Design Store.

silhoutte cameo heat transfer kit

The first page in the book had simple step by step instructions for using the kit with your Silhouette.  While there are a lot of options on the software the instructions broke it down so easily that I was choosing and  downloading images from the store in less than 10 minutes after I installed the software-seriously that easy.  I opted for a simple T-Shirt since I had a couple white plain t’s laying around waiting to become craft projects.  I found this cute phrase, pulled out the vinyl I wanted, and had it cut and inhered in another 20 minutes. Here is how I did it.


Choose and download your image and/or fonts from the design store.

Create your design.

Choose mirror option (the booklet will give more detailed instructions on how ) so that when you iron onto your fabric it will be the correct way.

Select type of material that you are using from the right drop down menu, it will tell you exactly which setting to put your blade on, remove blade and change number with the tool provided.

silhoutte screen shot

Insert heat transfer material shiny side down.

Press button to feed it into machine.

Send to Silhouette (via the top row of buttons in design studio).

The machine cuts out your design within a minute or two.

Peel off excess vinyl, leaving only the design attached to the shiny transfer paper.

Place clear backing so that the design is on your t shirt, cover with a thin cloth, and hold iron over the entire design for 45-60 seconds. Remove fabric, and backing, if letters stick to backing instead of fabric, lay it down again and repeat, be sure to press firmly.

silhouette portrait collage

The heat transfer kit isn’t only for t-shirts you can dress up plates, mirrors, pillows, candle holders etc…

This isn’t all the Silhouette Portrait can do however- it cuts card stock, vinyl, fabric, transparencies, vellum, magnet paper, and more. You can also replace the blade with sketch pens and make customized stickers or other embellishments.  If you are a beginning crafter or a veteran and have been thinking about purchasing one of these machines I highly recommend the Silhouette Portrait.


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I received the Silhouette Portrait electronic cutting tool as well as a heat transfer starter kit and double sided adhesive starter kit in exchange for my review but opinions are my own true impressions of the products.

DIY Gift Idea: Manicure in a Jar

Items Needed to make this DIY Gift Idea: Manicure in a Jar:

Cotton balls

Sealable Clear Container


Ideas for Gifts:

Nail polish

Nail File


Nail Clippers

Travel Size Nail Polish Remover

Hand Lotion


Fill the bottom of your jar with cotton balls.


Add in your gifts, placing additional cotton balls around items to help keep them up right.


Fill remaining empty space with cotton balls and seal the jar.

Print the labels, affix, and you are done! Manicure PDF (Labels)


Elf on the Shelf Kissing Booth

I love my elves. I love the whole idea.  I don’t do a lot of the mischief. Sometimes I do. I love the magic of Christmas, and the spirit of things, and that’s why I love the elves. We’ve shared Elf on the Shelf ideas a few times, and we’ve also shown you some of the Elf on the Shelf Alternatives that are kickin’ around the internet.



Once you have your little Elf friend, you’ll want to have some fun with it, right?  (Listen, mine usually just move around to a new hiding spot. A doubting child made my husband create a stop motion video so that the elf vanished *poof* last year). A kissing booth and chocolate? How can you go wrong?

Give a kiss

Today is our little gift to you.  Here’s a little kissing booth for your Elf on the Shelf (or Elf Magic, Popinkins…) that you can download and print for free.  Click the photo of the template to download it- or download your free Elf on the Shelf Kissing Booth here!I would not be sad if you shared photos of your elves in them with me, not at all!!  Be sure to use cardstock to print, printer paper isn’t going to stand up very well for this!

Elf Kissing Booth




By the way- if you don’t know what to name your Elf, head over to my friend Jen’s blog.  She’s got a fantastic post about How to Name Your Elf on the Shelf.   (Jen also did the photo shoot with her Elf since ours are not yet … well, where I remember I put them last year!) Once you’ve named your Elf, come check out some of our fun Elf on the Shelf ideas!


DIY Date Night Invite

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My husband is the hardest person on my list to shop for.  He doesn’t like a lot of ‘stuff’ and we don’t like to buy gifts just to buy gifts. BUT, he’s also my husband and I love him and want to do something for him for holidays. Thanks to a little inspiration from the folks at BiC, from their BiC’s Month of Merry Marking, I have a whole date night planned out that I’ll surprise him with Christmas morning.

DIY Gift Idea: Date Night Invite

First, I made some movie tickets. I’ll let him choose the movie we see, since it is his gift. This was my inspiration, you can get the booklet of merry marking and a coupon to start marking on your own! diy-date-night-collage Which I took a few liberties with, but it was inspiration and I decided since we are trying to have less “things” in the house, that buying new cardstock just to match a color was maybe not something I needed to do.  I actually love the Fandango Pink on the green paper, it’s fun and festive!

DIY Date Night Invite


What you need:

Cardstock (color of choice, although I’m pretty sure the pink won’t show on a black paper very well) Free Movie TicketTemplates TicketTemplates BIC Mark-It™ permanent markers ( get the booklet of merry marking and a coupon to start marking at home!) Scissors (I had a pair of scrapbooking scissors with a fun edge plus regular scissors) Adhesive (I used a roll of double sided adhesive so the edges don’t curl up) Your creativity


Cut your cardstock into 2 same sized movie tickets. Use our free printable template to make life easier (I tried for an hour to freehand.  Fail!!) I am in love with these markers. BiC’s array of vibrant, low odor and acid free (no added acid, no measurable pH) BIC Mark-It™ permanent markers are so much fun to play with.  SO many colors, a nice fine tip so you can use them on any sized surface… and fun options like the metallics to add a little pizazz to your projects. diy-date-night-supplies Once you have your supplies set, it’s time to relax and get your craft on. I didn’t want to go out and buy new cardstock because I have a good amount- not the perfect colors, but this was not a spend money gift idea. diy-date-night-template You CAN also print the template with cardstock and skip this whole thing, but I decided not to. Either decorate the tickets as cardstock or on printer paper and then cut them out. diy-date-night-template-done

I stayed with the #FandangoPink suggested by BiC in the Merry Marking booklet because I LOVE pink and it’s the best color ever, so why stray? The ultra fine tip meant I didn’t have bleeding into other letters or anything. Once my tickets were designed and cut out, I used a strip adhesive that’s double sided to adhere them to the cardstock.  Then I cut using the outlines. After they were all cut and affixed, I traced the outlines with one of the Metallic BiC markers and you can’t even tell there was black under. Now, the tickets were done, but I felt like they were lacking in presentation. I gave my husband a gift card to a semi-local restaurant we love for Christmas 2 years ago.  We haven’t made the time to use it. So I decided… since I was making this and not wanting to spend a lot… I’d be a little sneaky and include that dinner gift card with our movie date tickets.  Still needed something for him to open to see it all together… and decided I’d just have a little fun, nothing fancy. diy-date-night-coverHere’s the inside: date-night-invite-inside Much better than an envelope with tickets, don’t you think? Now that I made a card, I didn’t have any envelopes to put it in, so I decided I could make something that I can stick on the tree for Christmas. I folded it over the card, wrapped bands of cream cardstock around (cut with scrapbooking scissors) and used my adhesive again to affix it.  Looks a lot like a fun surprise to me! diy-date-night-packaged

I challenge Jody, Racquel and Laura to join me in the #BICMerryMarking crafting!! What will you make?

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Cork Angel Ornament

Do you love crafting your own holiday ornaments? If so, this cork angel ornament is the perfect project for you to try. You can make your own cork angel ornament using just a cork and a few other easy to find supplies. As you can see, the end result is too sweet to miss. Take a peek and see how you can get started crafting your own!

Cork Angel Ornament


Here is what you will need:
1 cork
White paint
Gold or silver pipe cleaner
Wood doll head (check the wood craft section of your local craft store)
1 coffee filter
Hot glue, glue gun
Paint brush

cork angel

You can use old beverage corks you have on hand, or buy a few at your local craft store. I posted on Facebook asking if anyone had some around, because we are making these at church with the Sunday School kids and several ideas I had to check were: local bars, wineries, restaurants, Whole Foods (they have had a cork recycle bin in the past).  Ask around before you head to the store if you want to save some money!

1. Begin by applying two coats of white paint to your cork. Simply brush the paint on, and allow it to dry thoroughly.

cork angel 2
2. Once the cork is dry, you can attach the wood doll head. Add a generous amount of glue to the bottom of the head and press it to the top of the cork. Hold in place until secure.
3. Cut a small length of silver or gold pipe cleaner and twist it into a loop. Add a small dab of glue and press it to the top of the doll head. This will act as the halo.
4. Using the coffee filter, cut out two small triangles. Glue the triangles to the back of the cork so they look like wings.
5. Cut a length of ribbon to use for hanging. Loop the ribbon and glue the ends to the back of the cork.
6. Finish the angel by drawing a face on the doll head. Use a pencil and make some simple crescent shapes for the eyes.


Your cork angel ornament is now ready to be enjoyed. Hang it from your holiday tree and enjoy it all season long! These would be great attached to gifts as well.