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It’s Beginning to look A LOT like CHRISTMAS!
Cheap and Easily Done! Most of Our Ideas, I try to do with Items we have lying around the house. Or bought for Real Cheap. Get Your XMas On… CHEAPLY!
EASY and CHEAP Paper Bag Cutout Decor:
All you need is paper bags (Cut open), pencil (Easier to edit), tape, red transparent tape, desired image. Larger images: Cut paper bags and lay out to desired size, flat. Tape together. With pencil, draw out image. Cut accordingly. Use red tape to give color in areas desired- Red nose/present ribbon. Hang on windows. Leave lights on at night, shut blinds. Enjoy cheap decorations.
(Yes, I realize the notes are backwards. As the hubs and kiddos pointed out… And laughed.)
Works for all holidays- Check out our Halloween Post!
Naughty or Nice?
$3 DIY Christmas Project, helping to keep those Kiddos in Line!
Well, probably a little late for this post. But, with keeping busy with Customizing Mugs, I haven’t had time to post a lot!
So, here’s a late Christmas Decor Post. Naughty or Nice Sign! Customized mini jars, one says Naughty, other Nice. If your child is Good, they pick from the Nice jar, treats. If a Child is Bad, they pick one from the Naughty jar, Chores they must complete (Crumbled Black Paper with Chores written on them, to look as if it’s COAL… Naughty kids get Coal!). As you can see I have: Sweep, Dishes, Kitchen, etc. (Written in Metallic Marker on Black Paper). You can have things OTHER than treats, as well. Like: Movie, Xtra 20minutes up late, etc… And, Lose 1 Toy, Lose TV for the day, etc. for the Coals. Cost me a whopping $3 to make. Wood was $1, Jars, $1 each. Paint, Twine, I had on hand. Kids LOVED it! Also, this is previous photo (I stained the Twine to match the Hanging Twine.).
Printed aged looking Holiday Music Paper (Piano)
– OR Leftover Wrapping Paper
Socks for hats
Cut 2×4 to 3 different sizes. Modge podge paper onto. Glue buttons/beads on. Use sock as hats. (Buttons, I used Yarn. Place glue/modge podge on wax paper, then spiral yarn into circle, til size desired. Lightly smear glue on top. Left sit for a minute and keep moving (To prevent sticking to surface.) It hardened into a cute circle button.)
Don’t worry about being tidy modge podging paper onto snowmen! Some wrinkled, and they look cool and aged. Hats are made from old/singled socks. Some hung down, or I tied off top and cut it, to fringe. I’m sure you can make these much fancier, I just used what we had around the house. Kids enjoyed the scavenger hunt for pieces to build the snowmen. The kids knitted the scarves with the hand knitting craft technique… Showing, cheap can be fun, as well.
EASY and CHEAP XMAS Trees!
Upside down Tomato Cage
Strand of lights (Same color as garland)
Made this under $5. Michael’s garlands 50% off. 1.99 and 2.50. Had tinsel garland laying around, and those cheap tomato cages, laying around. Lay tomato cage upside down. Tape end spikes of cage together to form point (Tree top). Wrap well with garland(s). Twisty tie into place. Wrap with lights. Twist tie into place. Wrap with one more garland, if needed. Plug in. Done.
SIMPLE. CHEAP. EASY. Favorite Christmas-y Tablecloth. Curtain Hanging Clips. Hang as XMAS Curtains. DONE! (Be sure to use a good tablecloth, not one that’s too plastic/stiff).
DIY Wall Art:
But, Baby, It’s Cold Outside– Leftover Faux Wood Shelf (Off our entertainment center). Measure and line up Painter’s Tape, to create Lines to spray paint. I used Satin Nickel Spray, did 1 layer (Looks great, it’s Shimmer Silver and you can STILL see wood grain). Used cutout letters, modged podged em.
Kissing Snowmen. Cutout Letters/Flakes/Snowmen. Modge Podged. (I will be making the “Since we no place to go” BIGGER! It’s too small.)
Reindeer with Ornaments on the Antlers. This image I found online for Free! I did a cutout, used another color for backdrop. Picture doesn’t show well, but, both, the deer and backdrop, are wood grain and the tan is actually burlap/canvas material. I may add red color/glitter/shimmer to the ornaments. The frame I had gotten for free, due to being broke. Just one smack of my hand, and it popped right back in to place! Making this FREE! Always keep those spare wood pieces and old frames.
Who doesn’t have extra Tinsel/Garlands laying around?! Simply cut and tape up. I will be having kids decorate about 5-6 ornaments (Paper or snowflakes work) to hang from branches/shelf. This is just a base ideas (As all on this site- Making it EXTRA CHEAP!). You can choose to Amp it with Xmas Lights, etc!
Wrap greenage around. Mine was Cheap Dollar Store stuff, fancy can be used!
Wrap shiny red tinsel around.
Fish line string some Sparkly Snow Flakes and bulbs at diff. lengths. You can add shimmer too, with small reflective clear beads once and a while, in middle of line. When they move they’ll shimmer and sparkle.
Easy Mini Tree Decor:
Bend paper/light cardboard (12pk pop cardboard) into a point. Staple. Cut bottom straight, so it stands. Modge Podge/Glue as you go. Wrapping around yarn, of choice. Mine were: Green, tan, and a multi-colored one. Bottom one, I used WIRE ribbon. Which was a pain to deal with while using modge podge, didn’t work out. Then the idea of just stapling ribbon into rings, smaller to larger size rings, then, placing over cardboard.
Add Sparkle! Because we have a cat, we can’t have tinsel on tree. Loving the turnout of using reflective tape for Halloween (Check out our Halloween Post), I wanted to think of some ways to use it for XMas. We bought plastic bulbs ($.50), filled it with the reflective tinsel, added reflective tape snowflakes on the front. Adding reflective beads (Jewelry) works, too. Add to tree, where lights are. Not only do the reflective taped snowflakes glare bright in light, but the tinsel reflects the lights. Adding sparkle. They have all colors, like gold and green. I used silver, because I have a white tree. You can also add these to snowflakes and place outside or inside for glares of snowflakes. I’m going to test tape cut tiny squares for our Mini Town’s windows to glare, vs. a whole mess of string lights. I have yellow, orange, and silver tape.
Not to forget the awesome job the kids did on the tree. Nothing’s better than a kid decorated tree!
Pencil Christmas Trees:
I shaved pencils, with a vegi peeler. Tied Ribbon around (Wire works great for holding branches into place). Cut to size (Longer at bottom going shorter to top.). I will be staining pencils, to amp beauty. Stuffed in candle holders using stretched cotton balls (Mocking snow).
XMas Town under the tree
Create a Mini Town (Dollar Store has town items). I will have a train going around it, as well. Looks beautiful! DON’T Forget the reflective tape cut to fit squares of windows, to reflect light, without mess of plugged in lights!
Simple Little Things to Add the Christmas Feeling. Sparkling Snowflake Stickers added to Wall Art. Simple. Cheap. Beautiful.
I took leftover board. Nailed Pop Tops on left and right of back, for hanging. Front I did a faux wood grain technique (Tool was cheap at lowes or menards- $3) in black paint. Once dry, I watered down deep red paint (I want to say 1 part paint, 3parts water, but start half and half first). I wiped it on board, let sit, wiped rest off- To allow grain to show thro. I then cut letters out, and painted them white with designs (Modge Podge fabric, wrapping paper, etc. will work, too). I then glued it to the back. AT FIRST, I had the letters taped, so after XMas I could switch out NOEL with our last name. Or you can do FAMILY, LOVE, PRAY, etc. But, the red didn’t fit our new paint color, so just kept it Xmas decor.
Give them paper. Have them do all sorts of scibbles, designs. etc. Cut into strips, make personalized chain link to hang.
COOKIES! Old medicine container. Food coloring with little Water+ a pinch of Confectioners (Powdered) Sugar. Paint brushes. They decorated their cookies. (Mom makes icing with powdered sugar, vanilla, and water/milk, I believe. Easy!) I crush candy canes (Plastic bag + Hammer) and have choc. chips, as well, for decorating.
We bought green felt. Folded in half. Drew half a tree. Cut it, unfolded to make complete tree. We cut out circle felt pieces (Using smaller mason lids to trace) and misc. small pieces. Used glitter glue to decorate. Kids loved the craft and can now have a tree to play with and move the ornaments around… All they want! Felt sticks to felt, so NO NEED to glue or tack.. (I did tack the tree and stump to wall, tho.)
We have an Advent. We place candies or monies inside each compartment. Each night a child takes a turn to open and hand out what’s inside. And, hangs the ornament up. Now, before we do this. We read a Christmas Story and an XMas Countdown Story (A Religious one that kinda explains the Time Line up to Christmas), every night in December. Each day our children take turns picking out the 1st book. One countdown story, one XMas Story, and then the Advent, each night in December.
UN-Cooked-ies – Great for Gifts!:
This is such a GREAT Idea! Cheap. Easier than cookies. Because, you save yourself the cooking time. Not to forget, the burning is on them now!!! It’s much appreciated, especially, those busier people. We LOVE frozen prepped dough balls. You can choose to cook a few at a time, for quick treats. Or a whole batch! No more worrying if they’re gonna go bad. As they last A LOT longer! You can pre-freeze to save time, as well!
-Premake your favorite Cookie Dough recipe
-Line Parchment Paper with spoons of dough balls, spaced (I’ve used just plate with no problems). Freeze.*
-Once frozen, place into Freezer Gallon Bag.*
-Label bag with Type of Cookie, Temperature (Degrees), Time to Cook. NO NEED TO THAW! Do test batch to get correct timing (Frozen dough goes a little longer, not much, tho.)
-Place filled freezer bag in bakery store plastic container, decorated. Cookie tin or decorated mason/glass jar may work, as well. Just keep in freezer bag for freshness.
-Be sure to store on ice and let them know it needs to go into the freezer…
*You prefreeze, spaced, to keep them from sticking. If you just throw the balls into the bag, they’ll have 1 big cookie!
—Get the kiddos involved. Paint the containers. Do the handprint/footprint reindeer idea. Grandparents will very much appreciate a gift made for them to enjoy and the art they can save! Use mason jars and line outside with candycanes, modge modge wrapping paper to lid, bow on lid, old knitted sweater sleeves, cut and wrap around outside of mason jars, or knitted mason jar sleeve, add mini scarves around mason jar neck, etc. Decor ideas are endless… AND CHEAP!
Oh the Elfer! Elf on the Shelf: In which we all enjoy and have a good laugh. Our story is that Elfer is a new Elf. And is a bit hyper and naughty (He runs on Sugar!), tho he wants to be nice (Just gets things confused and wrong). It’s our kid’s job to teach him right from wrong. And show him love. A great tool to build humor, forgiveness, and to build their patience and teaching skills of what’s right from wrong. Not to forget, a great tool for behavior… Santa’s WATCHING! Below are a FEW of some ideas we’ve done. Our kids have great humor… Some of these may be too much for other kids. You know your kiddo, do what’s best for their personalities!!! Ex.) I wouldn’t buzz a little girl’s hair!!!
XMAS Eve… We hooked up the t.v. to the computer and did GOOGLE SANTA TRACKER! It tracks Santa. Any Santa Tracker works! The kids had a blast checking in on where he was and where he was headed! (Can you see the hidden elf?!)
9 packs Nestle Hot Cocoa Mix
7 1/2c TO 8 1/2c Milk (Depending on Brand and Chocolate-ness)
3 Crushed Peppermint Candy Canes
Crock pot, low for few hours. Great to start as you head out sledding!
We draw, color, and cut out elves. We hide them in the house, as decor, with them peaking out. It’s cute, easy decor, and personalized! We also have fun trying to find the other’s elves.
*** Every Year XMAS TO DO List ***:
-See the XMas lights. It’s free and beautiful! (Xmas Eve!)
-SANTA Visit/XMas Celebrations. (Cities/Malls/COMMUNITY Centers/NATURE CENTERS usually do their XMas Celebrations on different days… Go to a few! Our Area has TONS of free kid activities!)
-Kids camp out by the XMas tree with movie and hot cocoa.
-Snow ball fight (Dad usually- We surprise attack him when he gets home)
– XMAS Movies- Hit up the Library.
– Good Deed (Leave care pkg. for Homeless: Gloves, Treats, Blessing Note, etc.)
-We do the Planting of Jelly Beans. Decorate cups and plant jelly beans. They start off as sucker sticks, then get bigger and bigger. Then grow into candy canes and suckers! Kids love it!
-Elfer comes December 1st! Sneaky Prankster pranks the kids every night!
-Train Rides (Dinner train ride is beautiful)
–Crafts!: Do different days: Snow flake making, cookie making, decorated chain link, snowman competition, elf making, window snowflake painting (Tape of flakes use washable paint, watered down some, paint- Like Stain! Great idea from a wonderful lady!)
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