These felt mittens treat holders are fun to make with kids!

Hi friends! These cute felt ornaments do more than look good in the Christmas tree, they can also hold a treat! You can fill them with candy canes, lip balm, small jewelry and gifts or even gift cards. They can also be reused year after year!

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If you are a teacher, scout leader, classroom volunteer, librarian, parent or grandparent this is the perfect wintertime craft to make with the children in your life. The supplies are easy to find and affordable and you might even have everything you need already. Watch the video to see how! Don’t forget to grab the free template below!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

I miss the days when my children were really little. Their elementary school did “Polar Express Day” and parents would volunteer to run games and craft tables with the kids. The day would commence with the principal reading a wintry book to all of the k-3 kids, then the kids would travel around to classrooms to play games and do crafts and end with a viewing of the movie The Polar Express. There are many books that would be nice to feature with this craft if you have little ones in your life and I got some great suggestions from viewers:

  • The Mitten by Jan Brett
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Snowman at Night by Caralyn Buehner
  • and my favorite (actually I love all the books in this series and so did my kids…aww, miss those days!) Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. And there is The Bear Stays up for Christmas and actually if you have little kids on your Christmas list and you like to buy them books there is a Bear books boxed set, all of the bear books are so enjoyable, the words have a lovely rhyming cadence to read and the illustrations are beautifully done. I just loved these books so much when my kids were small.

If you have a girl or cub scout troop you could make the ornaments and then take them to a nursing or veterans home with a candy cane in them. The residents always enjoyed it when we brought the kids in to sing Christmas carols and you could hand out these treats and since they are reusable they can use them to gift to their loved ones too. Sometimes it is the smallest thing, in this case a felt mitten or stocking, that can make people feel appreciated and loved. Take care of yourself and each other and til next time happy crafting:)

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Let’s Crochet a Shamrock!

Hello friends! Do you have something to wear this Saint Patrick’s Day? Don’t you know if you don’t wear green you might get pinched? Well, Here is an easy tutorial for crocheting up a cute little shamrock that you can pin to your shirt. It’s so easy you won’t need the luck of the Irish to make it! Watch the video to see how:

Pattern:

Make a slip knot leaving a 6″ tail and place on your hook. Use a hook to match the yarn you are using. It’s not a big deal if you go up or down a size, gauge is not important. Chain 6 and join to make a ring (or use the magic loop method)

*Chain 3, 2 double crochet (DC)  in the center of ring, chain 2, slip stitch to center. Repeat * 2 more times so you have 3 leaves on your shamrock.

Hold the working yarn and tail together and  chain 4-6 stitches to make the stem, snip yarn and secure.

Now use a safety pin to attach this to your shirt! Happy St. Paddy’s day and til next time happy crafting!

A St. Patty’s Day Free Craft & $1 Retirement Sale!

Happy President’s Day! I know many people are off work today and many kids are on school vacation so it is the perfect day to share the craft I plan to teach next month at my free craft class at the local library. This craft is fun! Feel free to teach it to your childs classroom, scouts or home school group, that is why I am sharing it 🙂 Although if you know me in real life you can just bring your kids to my free class 😉

 

The most fun thing about this project is the Magic Rainbow Paintbrush and you can make it your self. Just take a 1″ foam paintbrush (they are on sale for 5 cents each at ACmoore this week!) and squeeze yellow paint on the cent and red and blue at the sides as shown. This needs to be tube watercolor, gouache, or tempera paint, I tried liquid watercolor and it was a mess, the colors blended together too much. Now spritz the brush with water. Then you want to work the paint into the brush by painting the brush back and forth on a palette, don’t flip the brush, keep the color lined up. Now you should be able to make a lot of rainbows, just give the brush a spritz of water when it dries out. You can let the paint dry up in the brush and spritz it with water when you are ready to use it again! You can make these in other colors too, oh the possibilities!

 

You can download the instructions and template for free here. They are in PDF format so no need to worry about sizing.

Since you are going to my shop anyway please check out my retiring products on sale for $1! The sale ends on Wednesday the 22nd so Don’t Wait!

Chic Calendar Scrapbook kitHoliday Sweets Party PrintablesHomemade Holidays Paper PackBowling fun PapersArcade Party PrintablesSweet Treats 2Strawberries & Watermelon StampsSchool Rules! stampsCrafty Tools & Puns StampsSew Pretty StampsBirds & Branches StampsPretty Favors SVGLayered Waterlilly Stamp & SVGPretty Primative Digital Stamp SetPeacock Digital StampSweet Stuff Digital Stamp SetRecipe Digital Stamp SetCoffee Talk Digital Stamp Set

Phew, that’s a lot of $1 steals! Don’t wait tho, they are only availble at MyGrafico until Wednesday during the Semi Annual Retirement sale! Thanks for stopping b nd til next time happy crafting!

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