Making Memories: Glowing Snowmen

I just love snowmen. When I was little I always made one. So of course I love this DIY decoration, from Stuff By Ash. You will need:

  • Empty milk jugs
  • Black and orange paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Yarn
  • Fun Foam
  • Red paint
  • Paint brush
  • Knife
  • Scissors
  • Christmas lights

First you need to collect all the milk jug for your snowmen and then clean very thoroughly. Then cut out circles from card stock for the smile and the eyes. Make sure two of them are larger than the rest. Then cut an orange triangle for the nose. Then attach all the pieces using a  hot glue gun. Then make the cheeks all nice and rosy some paint. The paint might have some issues staying on the jug, so just spray with hairspray for good measure.

Then use some yarn and make some cute pom poms and then cut out ear muffs with some foam and attach everything together. When you cut out the back, the lights stay in better if you cut it out leaving the cut out as a flap.

Add the lights and you’re done!

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Making Memories: Twinkling Vases

All you need for this Martha Stewart creation is some ribbon, white Christmas lights, and frosted glasses. Just attach the ribbon with double sided tape at the bottom of the vase and fill with the lights by loosely coiling it into it. Run the cord behind the vase so that it is hidden. Make sure to unplug it while its unattended. It has a very beautiful and serene look!

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: Bundles of Spirit

I have a quick and easy way way to spiff up your staircase this holiday season from BGH.com (item five on the gallery on blog). Just get some branches for the back, add some evergreen branches and bright berries and use florists wire to attach together and to the banister posts. Then add some light green or chartreuse ornaments. Then tie it all together with a matching ribbon!

Making Memories: A First Christmas Ornament

This is such a cute ornament from All Events Adviser that is a perfect example of why I call these series Making Memories.

You will need a glass bulb, paint and ribbon. Make sure the paint is usable on glass surfaces. You can paint the inside, or add anything to the inside. To paint the inside, just add a small amount of paint inside and just rotate the bulb until the paint completely covers the inside. Make sure to rotate it occasionally while it dries so there is not a glob of paint dried to the bottom. You can then use paint to add your child’s hand or footprint. Then just add ribbon so you can hang it on your tree!

Making Memories: Photo Garland

If you’re wanting a lot of photos to your Christmas tree, this is for you!

First you need to print out the photos. Scrappergirl by setting her template in Photoshop to a 4″ x 6″ and shrunk the photo to 1″x1.5″ to get a grand total of four photos per strips. Cut them out and attach to cardstock of your choice. Cut those strips again .

Now all you need to do is make a loop and staple it, take a new strip, make a loop through that loop, and staple. Many of you will remember this from elementary school!