Easy Paper Christmas Ornaments

These Pretty Ornaments are easy to make and can be used on your tree, around the house, or on a banner!

These Pretty Ornaments are easy to make and can be used on your tree, around the house, or on a banner!

One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is to make crafts with the kids. The other is to eat my weight in Christmas Cookies. We make these ornaments every year and use them to decorate the tree, hang on doors, and even use in banners and decorations to hang from the ceiling. They are easy to make and require only a few supplies.

suppliesFor this project, you will need:

  • cardstock (I used a holiday pack from my local craft store)
  • scissors
  • stapler or tape
  • twine or ribbon
  • stickers, buttons, or some sort of embellishment
  • ruler

First, you want to take a ruler and make one inch lines on the back of the paper and then cut the paper into one inch strips.

cut paper

Then you want to take two strips, make a cross and then use tape or a stapler to put them together.

3Take two more strips and place them over top the first two like shown below and then staple or tape.

4Then take your sticker, button, or other embellishment and place in the middle to hide the staple.

5When done, cut a piece of twine or ribbon to hang your ornament.

6That is all there is to it! I do suggest using bigger stickers or buttons than what I used to have a more polished effect. I must confess that I went with the sticker choices my kids wanted, so they are a little small.

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Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub!

I have been under the weather for the past few days, so I am just feeling kind of blah. Because I have been abusing the hand sanitizer to keep from spreading germs, my hands are really dry, so I thought it might be a good time to make this really easy homemade sugar scrub!

Here is what you need:

1/4 cup Olive Oil. I used extra virgin so my scrub is a little on the green side

1/2 cup sugar

4-5 drops essential oil (optional). I used Eucalyptus oil because it was handy, and I have a cold.

Pour the sugar into a bowl, add the Olive Oil and mix. Then add the essential oil. It feels so good. Your hands and other dry parts will thank you!

Here is what mine looks like, it is not pretty, but it works. It also makes a great gift. All you need is some ribbon and empty baby food jars!

easy homemade sugar scrub

Wine rack Re-purpose

As much as I love a glass of wine now and then, I don’t usually have the opportunity to use my wine rack for the purpose of entertaining as much as I would like. We also have been needing a bit more counter space, so I thought it might be fun to use it for my morning coffee. It also made a nice display for my mommy friends when we had our holiday party this past weekend.

Here it is:

coffee bar

coffee bar2

The nice thing about this particular wine rack is that I can still store my wine bottles for a grown up evening. I also have enough room for coffee mugs as well. I can now have my coffee maker, latte maker, syrups, teas, cocoas, and everything all in one place. If you would like to have a coffee bar, you could also use a simple buffet table or re-purpose an old dresser.

So what kinds of DIY projects are you working on this week?

National Get Organized Month

By Stefanie Slater, Bear Haven Mama Contributor

January is National Get Organized Month!!! Have you started cleaning out your closets, making piles to donate old toys and clothing? If you have not then join in with millions others who are taking the step to get organized. Being organized will help you to be more productive in your home. Does your five-year old daughter still need that baby rattle? I do not think so. Grab the trash bags now and write your local donations name on it to start filling them up!

So now that you got the motivation, where will you start? I like to tackle the kids rooms and the basement. Those two link together because the basement is where most of the kid toys are. The holidays are a time where many spend time with one another, but it is also a time when your home is filled with more toys, toys, and more toys! So if you are bringing in the new, make sure you are getting rid of items that can be donated.

There are many products you can buy to help organize your child’s rooms and toys too. One item I LOVE and definitely thinking about buying more than one is Closet Maid’s Stackable Cubicles. They come in a few colors, but I always prefer white myself. I think when you buy the fabric bins in the bright colors and mix them up they really pop! Coordinate with other fun colors for a basement playroom and your children will never leave!

If you are like me then you have several toys that are small, and can be lost in a regular toy bin. Using the fabric bins in the cubicle is a great way to stay organized, and be sure to grab your label gun! Hey, being organized also does include labeling too. I know many moms are getting super excited about just being able to label things. Plus, this is always a great learning process for your children too. They can learn to spell out the word of a toy or a piece of furniture as they are using it.

So Happy organizing in 2012! I hope to hear about your organization projects you are taking on!

Tips for making life easier

I have no idea where this originated, but these are some great ideas, so I had to share them with all of you!

1. Hull strawberries easily using a straw.








2. Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture
will disguise dings and scrapes.







3. Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or
computer screen with WD40.






4. Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box
by securing with a rubber band.








5. Overhaul your linen cupboard, store bed linen sets
inside one of their own pillowcases and there will
be no more hunting through piles for a match.










6. Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone & iPod
in a bowl.  The concave shape amplifies the music.







7. Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.











8. Attach a Velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.









9. Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a
stocking over the vacuum hose.









10. Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting
crosses into a box lid.








11. For those who can’t stand the scrunching and
bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet.











12. Forever losing your bathroom essentials?  Use
magnetic strips to store bobby pins, tweezers
and clippers, behind a vanity door









13. Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty
soles rubbing on your clothes.  And you can
find them in just about every hotel.








14. A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy.  Magnets
hold the plastic cups down to make them









15. Bread tags make the perfect cord labels.






16. Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones, so
much more fun and easier for kids to eat.











17. Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper
bag.  Much healthier and cheaper than the packet









18. Install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles.









19. Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough
over the top and voila, you have cookie bowls for fruit
or ice-cream.








20. Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing
sunburn relief.









21. Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.









22. Use egg cartons to separate and store your
Christmas decorations.









23. Add this item to your beach bag.  Baby powder
gets sand off your skin easily, who knew?!










If anyone knows the origination of this post, please let me know, so I can credit the author! Hope you find these tips useful!

Arts and Crafts Birthday Party


If you are going to have an Art Themed Birthday Party, why not start out the experience by making invitations? If you have some stamp sets, use cardstock and make some cute invites. If you don’t have a stamp set, you could also decorate the invitations with stencils and stickers. Make sure you note on the invitation for the children to bring an old t-shirt or smock to wear, so that they do not ruin clothing with the art projects you do.


If you have any children’s easels, set them up. Also take some of your child’s recent artwork and hang it around the room like a gallery. Use Art Paper rolls to decorate the table with paint brushes and paints in the middle so that the kids can color the their seating area. If you have young children or do not wish to use paint, you could also put markers and crayons in the center as well. If you have enough room, you will want to set up stations for your various art projects to keep the chaos under control.


Spin Art Fun

Here are some suggested activities for your stations. You probably want between two and four crafts depending on age and attention span. Also save a station area for your food. I will explain that part in a bit.

  • Coloring pages: You can print these for free from Crayola.com
  • Play-doh Station: Let the kids create using modeling dough by making your own and getting some fun tools or save yourself some time and get a kit like a Clay Play kit from Melissa and Doug.
  • Decorate Your Own Door Hanger: It is fun and also doubles as a party favor
  • Spin Art: The kids get to spin their own design onto cards.
  • Beading: Again, another fun idea that is also a great party favor.
  • Sand Art: If you don’t mind the potential mess, this is an activity kids always enjoy
  • Paper Plate Crafts: The DLTK’s website has a lot of fun ideas for paper plate crafts from masks to puppets.
  • Paper Bag Puppets: Using these templates from DLTK, the kids can make fun puppets to take home.

Paper Bag Puppets from DLTK (posted from their site)


This is where that extra station will come in handy. The food served is edible art in the form of Decorate Your Own Cupcakes and Sundae Bar

Cupcakes: For this, you need plain cupcakes and whipped topping (like Cool Whip).

Ice Cream: Pick One or two flavors for the kids to use and colorful bowls if available.

Using small cups (think paint cups) to hold the toppings, include fun things like sprinkles, colored sugar, gummy bears, crushed graham crackers, Skittles, crushed candy bars, and M and M’s.

The kids will have a blast creating and eating their “art!”

Treat Bags:

You can use the artwork the kids made as the treats or fill treat bags with things like play-doh,mini stamp sets, crayons, coloring books, and notepads.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you have tried this party, I would love to hear about it!