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The Best Scented Ornaments

27 Nov

We made the best smelling ornaments. They are made out of just applesauce and cinnamon and they are so darn cute! Here’s what you’ll need:

*1 cup applesauce

*1 cup cinnamon

*cookie cutters

*rolling pin

*cutting board

*pencil

*ribbon The first step is to dump the 1 cup applesauce and 1 cup cinnamon into a bowl and mix it.

After it gets lumpy, take it out and knead it on a cutting board (sprinkle cinnamon on board before to keep dough from sticking).

Then roll out the dough. I added a little flour to mine and kneaded it some more because it kept sticking to the rolling pin (and I was out of cinnamon, otherwise I would have used more of that!) 

Cut the shapes out. I cut out 9 shapes, but the number would vary depending on the shapes you use. Make sure to poke a hole (using a pencil) for the ribbon to go through. 

Then put them on a cookie sheet and in the oven at 150 degrees F for 3-5 hours (or you can air dry for several days). 

Add a ribbon and hang them on your tree! 

Isn’t this the most adorable little tree? I got this for the boys to keep in their room and it is a huge hit. I remember having a small tree in my room growing up, so I’m hoping to keep up with tradition. Make sure you try this easy craft out this Christmas season! You won’t be disappointed!

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Superhero Masks

16 Nov

Troy is REALLY into superheroes right now…thanks to his dad! 🙂

Tomorrow we’re celebrating his birthday and I made these fun superhero masks for the party! We’ve also had fun playing superheroes around the house.I can’t take any credit for these masks, so if you want a tutorial, check out this gal’s blog.  It was pretty easy for a beginner sewer like me. It has been awhile since I’ve gotten my sewing machine out and I forgot that I actually do like doing sewing projects…well easy ones, that is! 

This is Troy’s Hulk face…he is off to fight the bad guys with a toothbrush!

And just in case you wondered where this little guy is, he is off reading books! Seriously, he reads this DOG book twenty times a day. He did play superheroes with us, he is just too quick for pictures!

Have a beautiful weekend!

Magnetic Frankenstein

23 Oct

My idea today was to make a magnetic Frankenstein for the boys to play with on the fridge. I see those magnetic skeletons around and I didn’t want to do that, so I thought I could use the same concept but make it out of Frankenstein. So, first I used my Silhouette to cut out a Frankenstein monster. It came in pieces and I glued some together and colored it with crayons. I couldn’t find any markers in this house, otherwise I would’ve used markers. Then, I used contact paper to laminate them. Lastly, I added a small piece of magnet to the back.  You could have an older child do some of these steps, but with my small kids, I did it for them.I think it looks better in person, but this picture will do.

Since you may not have a Silhouette, I traced the Frankenstein pieces for you. All you’ll have to do is print the pieces (on card stock), cut them out, color them, laminate (if you want), and add a magnet to the back.

This activity is kinda like a puzzle, where the child has to figure out where each part goes and fits together. Troy enjoyed doing this on the fridge and Wes enjoyed destroying it…that’s pretty typical these days. And there you go! A fun, easy activity for them to do while you’re making dinner, cleaning, and the list goes on & on…

A Simple Halloween Craft

19 Oct

Today we made a simple Halloween craft. We made little ghosts. Here’s the finished product! 

We originally tried painting fake leaves white, but it did not turn out.  You see, the paint dried funny and didn’t fully cover up the color on the leaf.

So we went to plan B. We used my Silhouette craft cutter to cut out white leaves. If you are a crafter and you don’t have a Silhouette, you need to check it out! It is so neat! If you don’t have a craft cutter, you can just find a leaf template or stencil to create these.

To create these, you just glue googly eyes to the leaf and viola, they look like cute lil’ ghosts!

Something we talked about while doing this craft was matching and sizes. You’ll see that there is a range of sizes with these googly eyes. I made him find a match for each pair of eyes, which made him search for the correct size. We talked about how some eyes were tiny, small, medium-sized, large, and huge. The word medium was a new concept to him, so it was a good teachable moment.So there you have it…a simple Halloween craft. I think we’ll add these to our window along with the leaf sun catchers. We also made some cookies for our neighbors today, which was fun and messy!

And to add a fun touch to the cookies, we put one of the leaf-ghosts on top of the plate. Troy was VERY proud of his work! Enjoy the weekend and see ya back here on Monday!

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