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Holiday Crafts: Christmas Light Fingerprints!!

It is my favorite time of year. The holiday time can be really busy and hectic, and I find that with little kids under the age of four to entertain while I get everything done it is best to have some sort of art or busy activity to keep them happy. I love to give them activities that will turn in ot keepsakes for me later on. Bonus if they are something that I can use as a decoration. 

This fun craft is perfect for holiday time, it is festive, uses fingerprints so it reminds you how tiny your little ones were every time you see it, and it can be put out every year as a Christmas decoration. It can be messy, so if you do not have children that can handle that alone they will need help. I have a designated art space in our kitchen area that is easy to clean so I allowed my toddler to do this craft alone. 

I found this fabulous craft at Camp Slop, a fabulous blog that has incredible activity ideas perfect for camp, pre-school, home-school, or at home play. You can get the full details on how to create the craft at their blog. They even have other fun handprint/fingerprint holiday crafts. 

As I said earlier I allowed my little man to do this craft on his own, it was the perfect distraction while I wrapped presents. I simply made the line for the christmas lights ahead of time. I even made this as a christmas gift for the Great Grandmothers in the family. So I simply made the canvases with the “string” line pre-made and let my toddler go nuts with the finger paint. I always leave a picture of the sample so my son can see what it will look like, but gives him the chance to make it his own as toddlers will do.

Now I just have to wait for them to dry and I can package them up as gifts for the holiday season, but do not worry, I always keep one for myself! 

Turkey Crafts!

Halloween may not be for a few days yet, but many of us are already thinking ahead! Thanksgiving is coming soon, and if you live far away from friends and family you may be travelling for the holiday or sending care packages to loved ones. When we were young we lived far away from our grandparents, but my parents always made sure that they got to be part of our holiday gathering — even if they weren’t travelling to join us. That meant that we started our holidays early every year by decorating and creating care packages and videos to share with our grandparents in the mail. Now that everyone can face-time or video chat this seems like an outdated tradition but it still feels great to receive something special from the people we love. So this year we are going to send little care packages to our cousins out of state, so they know we are thinking of them. That means I am in full holiday mode with my eye out for fun little items to send. My kiddos are excited because they are preparing crafts to send to their cousins. We found some amazing turkey crafts that will impress and dazzle the young cousins. Since we have so many cousins we are making lots of different crafts to send. Turkey Finger Puppets: These fun little crafts from I Heart Crafty Things will make everyone giggle! Head over to learn how to make them today! Turkey headband: Thank you to Preparing for Peanut for this fun turkey headband. Coffee Filter Turkeys: This fun and simple craft from Typically Simple is fun and easy for everyone to make!

Spooky Decor: Halloween Decoration DIY

It is September, and for many that means back-to-school routine, cooler weather, and shorter days. In our house, it means Halloween prep. We have already established that I love holidays. I decorate for Halloween and Christmas WAY before I should. It bother’s some people. I like to do it because ti brings me joy, it brings my family joy, and when people see it they are joyful too. We could use a little more joy in this world!

So do not be upset when I tell you I am already decorated for Halloween, and my kids already have their costumes. I am by no means an over achiever. I just enjoy certain things in life, and Halloween is one of them. So I have a fun and frugal Halloween decor idea for you to try. This year we created a Vampire Welcome Mat for our front door. Thank you to Megan Andersen at Creative Live for the fangtastic idea….. I kid.

What you will need:

– Jute doormat with rubber skid on the bottom (10$ at Home Depot)
– Pencil
– Box cutter or cutting blade
– Cutting mat
– Sharpie in pink, yellow or any other medium-light color
– Acrylic paint in white or unbleached titanium, black, and red
– Medium and small sized paint brushes
– Small paper plate

All of this is fun and simple stuff, much of it we already had. Thanks to Megan I now have a really cool and unique welcome mat for the front door this Halloween. The kids and their friends have already started commenting on how cool it is. I so rarely get to be the cool mom, so I enjoy getting these kudos at Halloween. After all, holidays are the times when parents get to be kids too!