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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! 

DIY Snow-globes!

DIY Snow-globes! Christmas may be over but that doesn’t mean that you have to put away all your favorite winter decorations. Sure Snow-globes are very popular during the holidays but they are excellent expressions of the wonderful winter world so why not keep them out all winter long? You can even make your own winter Snow-globe. This Snow-globe craft is simple, fun, and leaves you with a beautiful piece of art that you can enjoy all winter long! We found the perfect tutorial for baby food jar snow-globes at a great craft blog entitled U Create Crafts. This great blog is written and managed by Kari and Becky. These two mom crafters love to share their incredible ideas on all things creative. Together they write and manage a blog that focuses on all things crafty from glue crafts, to sewing, and cooking. They share fun activities and crafts that include awesome easy-to-follow tutorials for others to follow. This month we want to highlight their incredible baby food jar snow-globes. What You Will Need:
  • Baby food jars (you can also use small mason jars, or regular mason jars)
  • Plastic toys that will fit into your jar
  • Glitter
  • Silicone Sealant
  • Glue Gun
  • Water
You will want to pick an object or item that you love. You can also make an incredible snow scene with small figurines from a hobby lobby or similar store. Then all you need to do is check out the incredible step-by-step tutorial created by Kari and Becky. Their pictures make the steps easy-to-follow and understand. This is a great craft for your boys to get involved in. They can create snow-globes that feature their favorite sport, tv show, movie, or hobby. The possibilities are endless. They also make an excellent keepsake. With Christmas just over you can even use a small toy that your son has outgrown but doesn’t want to give up yet. Now he can keep it forever as a special keepsake. Don’t forget to check out the incredible tutorial and many others at U Create Crafts!