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Letter Ornament



Spray adhesive
Glitter (in color of your choosing)
Letter stencils
Hole punch


1.) Gather your supplies and find a surface you won’t mind getting a little glittery

2.) Trace letters on your cardboard piece, cut them out and hole punch.  (You can skip this step by buying pre-made letters at your local craft store as well). 

3.) Apply the spray adhesive to your letters and let dry for a few seconds

4.) Pour your loose glitter over the letter, covering completely.  Repeat on other side. 

5.) String your ribbon through the hole

6.) Tie your ribbon into a bow and hang from your tree!


We hope all of you decide to try this out – it’s so easy and the final effect is beautiful!


What was the best holiday craft you’ve ever done? Share with us in the comments!


Team Tia & Tamera




A stiff felt base and a plastic cup form a snow-globe ornament that your kids can fill with a seasonal display.

what you’ll need

White stiff felt, pencil, round object, scissors, wooden bead, paint and paintbrush, miniature trees and animals, tacky glue ($2; joann.com), polyester quilt batting, plastic cup, sequin trim, hot-glue gun and glue sticks, thin cord

make it

1. Trace a round object slightly larger than the opening of your plastic cup onto white stiff felt; cut out.
2. Paint wooden bead; let dry.
3. Glue miniature trees and animal figures onto stiff felt; let dry.
4. Glue small pieces of batting around the miniatures to create snow.
5. Apply a thin line of glue around the cup’s top rim and glue to the felt circle, covering the snowy scene; let dry.
6. Cut sequin trim to fit around the cup where it meets the felt; glue into place.
7. Hot-glue bead to top of cup so that the bead’s two openings are parallel to the top of the cup.
8. Cut cord to desired length and thread through bead.




Rudolph is the most famous reindeer of all, and with good reason. His shiny red nose, which the other reindeers teased him about, is the very thing that saves the day. Rudolph is a reminder to celebrate what makes each of us unique. 

These Rudolph ornaments are easy to make. They’re perfect for a class project or fun crafternoon with the family.


What you’ll need

  • Tan felt
  • Brown felt
  • Red felt
  • Scissors
  • Candy Canes
  • Ribbon
  • Glue

How to make it

  1. Cut a 4 inch by 4 inch square out of tan and brown felt. Cut a circle out of red felt. Cut two small circles out of brown felt.
  2. Place brown and tan squares on top of one another. Rotate squares to form a diamond. Loop a piece of ribbon and tuck inbetween squares at the top most corner. Pin the ribbon in place if you’re sewing it together.
  3. Sew or glue around edge of felt. Leave a 1 inch gap on each side of diamond 1/2 inch down from the top most point.
  4. Glue on eyes and nose.
  5. Tuck a candy cane into each opening. Hang.


    You can find more of Jennifer’s playful ideas on her site Classic Play. You can follow her on facebook, twitter and pinterest.


Total Time 1 hour Ages 5 to 8

This year, consider adding a fun twist to your family’s holiday greetings. Send out wishes for a “Merry Mouse Christmas” with homemade cards that feature paper snowmen topped with Mickey ears. Your kids will have fun making them all unique with drawn-on faces and colorful ribbon scarves.  


Download Mickey Mouse Snowmen Cards Template

by Cindy Littlefield

What you’ll need

  • Mickey Mouse Snowmen Cards template
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbook paper or cardstock (white, black, and brown for the snowmen and additional colors for the cards)
  • Ribbon or thin strips of fabric
  • Glue stick
  • Colored markers
  • Tiny buttons (optional)


How to make it

  1. Fold the paper you plan to use for the cards into sizes that will fit into a standard size legal envelope.
  2. Print the template and use the pieces as patterns to cut out a white paper snowman and black paper ears for each card.
  3. Glue the ears to the top of the snowman. Then tie a ribbon or fabric scarf around the neck.
  4. Glue the snowman to the front of the card.
  5. Draw on eyes, a carrot nose, and a mouth.
  6. Glue on a row of tiny buttons or use markers to draw buttons.
  7. Cut out a pair of thin brown paper stick arms and glue them in place.



During the holiday season we all rush and scrap all we can to spend money on our children so that they will know we love them or to keep up with the crowd and latest stuff. This year I challenge to not spend more money on your child/children but to spend more time with them.


Our children’s behaviors are learned behaviors. They don’t come out asking for more stuff but they pick up on what we present to them as important. This was something I did up until my daughter was in high school and then the light bulb went off in my head. She doesn’t need more stuff. She needs me to spend quality time. Don’t start you children out being materialistic. That is not what the season is all about. Show them how to give to others. Donate a toy to Toys for Tots. Make a fruit basket and take it to the nursing home. Our children are what we create them to be.


You may already have some stuff put on lay away at a local store or already made the list out. I challenge you to re-evaluate the list and see what is really needed. Read them the true meaning of Christmas from bible. Give your child/children more of your time and they won’t need the stuff.

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