Making Memories: Wishing Spool

This is a great way to see your children’s wishes and desires change as they move in and out of phases from Family Fun.

First take a wooden thread spool, you can probably find one at Hobby Lobby or the such, and paint it to your desired color. Then have your child write want he or she wants on a strip of paper cut to fit the spool. Then wrap it around the spool using double sided tape, leaving a bit hanging off. Then thread ribbon through the hole in the spool and tie it so you can hang it on the tree. Write your child’s name and the year on a label and attach to the ribbon. Tada! There’s a list for Santa (and yourself) to see what your child wants for Christmas that year, and past years.

Making Memories: Lights in A Jar

As simple as this is, I love it. Its an idea from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs. Just sit enough lights to fill a jar or vase, or anything glass and enjoy.

Warning: Watch how often the lights are on and if they could be a potential fire hazard.

Making Memories: Jingle All the Way

This is our first not tree decoration, and man is cute!

You will need a shadow box, Blue Eyed Blessing used 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, jingleĀ  bells of an assortment of different sizes including the tiny, a Christmas Jingle Bell vinyl, some ribbon, and scrapbook paper.

Start by putting the vinyl on the front of the box. You want to use something thing to apply it it, like a credit card. Then put the jingle bells into the shadow box via opening the back. Then put your scrapbook paper, all nice and cut to fit the box, in the back of the frame and tie the ribbon in a bow around your box. Then just shake the box to adjust your jingle bells, stand back and say a little prayer, and, Viola! There’s your Christmas decoration!