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Monday, December 20, 2010

Fun Holiday Ideas

After a weekend participating in an interactive live Nativity scene and going on an evening desert stroll on a path lit by only luminaries, we now begin Sweet Boy’s, home for the holidays, Christmas vacation. I find that we do better when we have our week somewhat mapped out.

Monday is ornament crafting at a friends home.

I have been saving toilet paper rolls for several months now. Have you heard that they may be doing away with these cardboard crafting staples forever? I am prepared. Tuesday we will host friend Frederik and create these darling Santa napkin rings.


Wednesday my children will be crafting gingerbread houses with their friends in our kitchen. Hands down the best deal  going is the Trader Joe’s kit. It is a mere $7 and it includes everything for an entire afternoon of fun.

Thursday we shall have friend Blake over to craft. I love these nutty elves.

Nutty Little Elves

I myself have a clothespin soldier from my childhood on our tree. It just might be Sweet Boys turn.

Snappy Soldiers

But my very favorite project we will be doing is this snowy scene. One paper coaster, a clear plastic drinking cup, a small mirrored disc and a few trees and deer nestled in “snow”. So cute!

Friday will have me in the kitchen all day so I hope he will be content to peruse one of my favorite sites that literally has dozens of free holiday craft ideas and printouts: Enchanted Learning.

While none of the projects shown are expensive to make, the time spent together will be truly priceless.

What do you have planned for the holidays?


UPDATE: As with all my posts, the tutorials and links for all images are available if you click on the highlighted words. They are red this month.



Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh these are all so precious!!! I loveeeeeeee the napkin rings! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

April said...

I LOVE the snowglobe cup idea. I even just happen to have all that stuff on hand(sometimes being a pack rat pays! lol)!
We have not baked the first morsel of anything holiday-ish--but I bought the Wilton mini gingerbread village kit this weekend for $7, myself. Two years ago we spent two or three days making the yummiest gingerbread from scratch--but getting a late start this year, I am hoping the kit helps.
You and Sweet Boy will have a wonderful fun-filled week! Merry Christmas!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love the nutty elves, too! How cute is that. Have fun, Laura!

Willo said...

These are novel ideas! I love how they reuse every day objects! I am off to share this with my readers on Facebook and Twitter! Have a great day!

Debby said...

What great ideas. Love the plastic cup idea. Merry Christmas. said...


The little peanut elves and clothes pin soldiers are priceless. We are making 'Christmas Crackers' today using the old staple -- toilet paper rolls, scrap book and tissue paper, trim, ribbon, and all the goodies to fill them with. These will look lovely on the Christmas dinner table.

Your Friend,

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Laura Sweetie...
Oh you are definitely in the holiday spirit sweetie. Looks like the elves will be busy at your home this week.

I love all the beautiful crafts. Those elf shoes are just darling. I love the little elves from the peanuts as well. Those Santa napkin rings are precious and would be easy to make, and no I hadn't heard they were considering stopping the paper roll cardboard inserts. We have repurposed them so much, what a shame for us crafters. Wahhhhh...

Now that drinking cup snow globe is SO delightful. I may have to give that one a try next year with the grands. That would be a fun day. Thank you for the share.

Please take pics of the projects and of the kids making them. I can't wait to see the fun.

I wish you only the best this CHRISTmas season sweet friend. May God richly bless you and your family, and guide you with the decisions you need to make this coming year. It is going to be the BEST sweet friend.

Many hugs and SO much love, Sherry

Maija said...

Sounds like you have lots of fun ahead! Merry Christmas Laura!

French said...

Oh, are we going to get tutorials on these Christmas Crafts?? I can't decide, each one is cuter and more clever than the last! Sounds like a very fun week is planned~ wishing everyone a fun Christmas vacation....

Mindy said...

Laura, thank you for stopping by my blog. I love your blog and the ideas that you present here. I'm thinking I will have to case those Santa napkin rings!! Have a Merry Christmas...but then I know you will becauase you have Christmas in your heart! Miss Mindy

jeanette from everton terrace said...

How are they going to change the TP? I know nothing about this, which isn't surprising in the least. Seeing as my daughter is grown now we don't do these types of crafts anymore but I remember them all fondly. We will hopefully be doing baking and cooking this week.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Thank you for your sweet comments, how lucky the boy's are to have a weeks worth of fun planned. What, no more toilet paper rolls??? I love the snowy scene. Have a wonderful week, and a Merry Christmas!


Mimi said...

GREAT crafts for sure!!I may have to save these ideas for miss C and I to do in a few years!!!!
love to do stuff like that, I'll never toss a toilet paper roll again!!!!
So cute!!!Love the clothes pin soldiers too!!!!
Have a Very Merry Christmas my dear sweet friend

Ann Nichols said...

Oh... it all looks like so much fun! Have a wonderful Christmas Week!
PS What am I going to do this week, you ask? Until Thursday I will write in the mornings and shop in the evenings! Yep - I still have to do my Christmas shopping (I love doing it the last week!) But Friday will be a time of children caroling in the morning with me running back and forth between the front door and the kitchen (while scooping up my kitty so he doesn't run outside!) as I hear the children sing and help prepare our Christmas day feast!
Merry Christmas dear, Laura!

Deanna said...

Dear Laura, May you have the best Christmas ever and a very Happy New Year!

Your ideas are darling and thx for sharing them. Enjoyed.

I will be staying home this Christmas and having family come in. Better run...much cleaning to still do.

God bless,

TRay said...

Hey! Love, love, LOVE the nutty elves!! Also, the snow scene is great!! I'm voting for tutorials... :) We will be having a cookie throwdown in Kitchen Stadium this week!! One more work day & I'm off--this is the best schedule I've ever had over the Christmas holiday. Ever! I'm really looking forward to a stretch of days off at home and all the preparations of the week. Have fun!

La Petite Gallery said...

I don't know what I like best,

Have a very wonderful Christmas


Privet and Holly said...

I love these all,
because they aren't
complicated or frilly;
boys would enjoy
making them all!
xx Suzanne

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

So sweet and it will be some wonderful memories....

I wish my sweet boys were not alread sweet MEN!

Merry Christmas and enjoy...

Lou Cinda

Bettyann said...

Dear Laura..a Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year to you and your lovely family...

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

All are so cute!

Have fun crafting!


timbuck2mom said...

You have some wonderful crafts picked out! I really like the napkin rings, the elves, snow globe and oh yes, the toy soldiers. I guess I just like them all!


Craftymoose Crafts said...

LOL! I just saw a huge billboard on the way out today from one of the well-known TP roll companies. They are already taking out the cardboard tubes!