25 Days of Christmas Fun: Snowman Soap Craft

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

Reader Sylvia emailed us this fun craft idea a couple of years ago – I’d never thought of doing this, but I have several bars of Ivory soap in the stockpile, so I might have to try it with the kids!  You know how you MUST proudly display your kids’ strange, malformed interpretation of a “bud vase” – precisely because your kid malformed it just for you?  I think that’s how this soap might go over in the grandparents bathrooms.  :)

This comes from Sylvia’s Post Here:

  1. Grate the soap using a cheese grater*. When grating, lay a piece of wax paper or foil on your work surface.
  2. Place grated soap into a bowl. Idea: use a disposable bowl for easy cleanup.
  3. Add a small amount of water and mix with a spoon or popsicle stick. The soap will start to stick back together.
  4. Take the soap out of the bowl and separate it into three sections. Roll each section into a ball and stack the balls to form a snowman.
  5. The balls should be slightly different sizes with the largest ball on the bottom and the smallest ball on top. If necessary, rub a little water on the soap where you are joining the pieces. This will help it stick.
  6. Make sure you flatten the bottom ball so your snowman can stand without falling over.
  7. Optional: Using a tooth pick, take a little paste food coloring out of the jar or squeeze a few drops of liquid food coloring out onto a paper plate, old plastic lid etc. or use washable paint. Paint a face and buttons on your snowman using a thin paint brush (liner brush).

Jamie’s note: Unless you want to get colored hands everytime you wash with your snowman – or have your snowman turn pink immediately from red food coloring – you might want to skip that optional step.

Thanks Sylvia!

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Everything Doesn’t Have to be Pinteresty

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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Earlier, I read a facebook update from Heidi St. John, The Busy Mom (here) and instantly felt relief. It’s so easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed by the season. Especially, now with social media images and Pinterest perfect pictures everywhere. Today, I took a step back to evaluate what truly matters to my husband and kiddos so I could concentrate on those things. My kids don’t care if my house looks like a perfect Christmas Pinterest photo, or if we have beautifully wrapped gifts with matching coordinated wrapping paper. Speaking to myself here, as it is so easy to judge myself and create unrealistic expectations. Making memories together and celebrating the REASON for CHRISTmas is what truly matters, everything doesn’t have to look “Pinteresty.” [Read more...]

25 Days of Christmas Fun: Ribbon Wreath Craft

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We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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Our sweet friend Laurie over at Passionate Penny Pincher posted this perfectly precious craft for making Christmas wreaths out of ribbon!  We just had to share it – thanks Laurie!

 

Two friends of mine found some cute ideas over on Pinterest, so we got together to make these and I’m so excited to have mine done!  It’s easy, won’t take you more than 30 minutes, and if you have a friend who wants the same colored wreath, you can make them fairly inexpensively.  Here’s what you’ll need . . .

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Christmas Tree Cupcakes

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.
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Aren’t these the most adorable Christmas tree cupcakes? I thought they were so cute. I think they would be so fun to make with my kids. I’ve included step by step instructions below for your convenience.

 

Ingredients

CHRISTMAS TREE CUPCAKES

Yields: 24 Cupcakes / Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 box white cake mix (plus required ingredients listed on the box, i.e. eggs, oil & water)
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
4 tablespoons milk
White Sugar Sprinkles
Round Colored Sprinkles
Green Food Coloring
Sugar Cones

Directions:

1. Prepare cake batter according to box directions and bake in cupcake pan using liners.

2. While cupcakes cool, make frosting. Start by using an electric mixer to beat butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until fully incorporated. Beat in vanilla extract. Pour in milk and beat for an additional 3 minutes.

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3. Place two cups of white frosting in a piping bag with a round frosting tip. Mix green food coloring in remaining frosting until you reach desired shade of green.

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4. Place one sugar cone upside down onto each cupcake. Using a butter knife, spread a thin layer of green frosting to completely coat each cone.

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5. Fill a piping bag with remaining green frosting and use a small closed star frosting tip to make Christmas tree branches. Start at the top and turn the cupcake, continuing adding branches to fill the entire cone.

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6. Using the white frosting, pipe a thick layer around the bottom of the cone to look like snow.

7. Add white sprinkles to the “snow” and add round colored sprinkles to the “tree”.

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