Looking for an easy Mother's Day gift idea? These DIY dragonfly fingerprint succulent planters are easy and such a blast to make! Mom and kid approved!

DIY Dragonfly Fingerprint Succulent Planters

Every year we love surprising the grandmas with a handmade gift from the kiddos. The kids love making it and grandma delights at the surprise. This year we made these adorable DIY dragonfly fingerprint succulent planters. They are easy to make and your kiddos will love getting messy with paint. (Just don’t forget to put on their aprons or shirt to protect their clothes.) A little tip to make the process easier: give each kid and extra pot and some paint then let them go nuts. This will keep them from getting impatient waiting to add their fingerprints to the planters.

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Looking for an easy Mother's Day gift idea? These DIY dragonfly fingerprint succulent planters are easy and such a blast to make! Mom and kid approved!

Materials

 

Looking for an easy Mother's Day gift idea? These DIY dragonfly fingerprint succulent planters are easy and such a blast to make! Mom and kid approved!

Step 1

Paint your wings with white paint spaced at random over the pot.

 

Step 2

Next, paint “Mother’s Day” on the rim of your pot.

 

Looking for an easy Mother's Day gift idea? These DIY dragonfly fingerprint succulent planters are easy and such a blast to make! Mom and kid approved!

Step 3

On the opposite side of the rim, paint the current year.

Step 4

Allow the paint to dry before moving on.

 

Looking for an easy Mother's Day gift idea? These DIY dragonfly fingerprint succulent planters are easy and such a blast to make! Mom and kid approved!

Step 5

Next have one child dip a finger in the green paint and place 3-4 fingerprints in the center of 2 sets of wings.

 

Looking for an easy Mother's Day gift idea? These DIY dragonfly fingerprint succulent planters are easy and such a blast to make! Mom and kid approved!

Looking for an easy Mother's Day gift idea? These DIY dragonfly fingerprint succulent planters are easy and such a blast to make! Mom and kid approved!

Step 6

After the first child has finished, have your second kid dip the first finger in the blue paint and put 3-4 fingerprints on the remaining wings.

 

Looking for an easy Mother's Day gift idea? These DIY dragonfly fingerprint succulent planters are easy and such a blast to make! Mom and kid approved!

Step 7

Allow all of the fingerprints to dry.

Step 8

Spray your pot with acrylic sealant and allow it to dry.

Step 9

If you want the pots to be used outside, add a second coat of acrylic sealant.

 

Looking for an easy Mother's Day gift idea? These DIY dragonfly fingerprint succulent planters are easy and such a blast to make! Mom and kid approved!

Step 10

After your sealant has dried, fill your pot with large river stones.

 

Looking for an easy Mother's Day gift idea? These DIY dragonfly fingerprint succulent planters are easy and such a blast to make! Mom and kid approved!

Step 11

Next, remove your faux succulent from the stem and place it into the pot.

 

Looking for an easy Mother's Day gift idea? These DIY dragonfly fingerprint succulent planters are easy and such a blast to make! Mom and kid approved!

Looking for an easy Mother's Day gift idea? These DIY dragonfly fingerprint succulent planters are easy and such a blast to make! Mom and kid approved!

Looking for an easy Mother's Day gift idea? These DIY dragonfly fingerprint succulent planters are easy and such a blast to make! Mom and kid approved!

Looking for an easy Mother's Day gift idea? These DIY dragonfly fingerprint succulent planters are easy and such a blast to make! Mom and kid approved!

These DIY dragonfly fingerprint succulent planters were such a blast to make! The youngest got upset that green paint got on his hands which made it even more adorable. Don’t forget to give your kids a pot to paint to keep them entertained while they wait to put their fingerprints on. This saved my life during this project. This is also a great DIY for moms if teachers or dads want to get in on the artistic action. You can get more fun Mother’s Day ideas with these Kid Made Mother’s Day Storybooks. They are a fantastic way to preserve memories and a great way for kids to practice their writing skills.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

DIY End of Year Autograph Scrapbook

The end of the school year is fast-approaching. For a lot of kids (and moms) the end of the year is bittersweet. Your schedules are thrown out of what which can be frustrating. Kids miss playing with friends that they only see at school. On the flip side, you have more time to spend together and strengthen your family. If your kids love school as much as mine, though, they will miss it and all of their teachers over the summer too. Unfortunately you can’t change the school year but you can give your child a keepsake to look back on over the summer break. Let him collect memories of the school year with a DIY end of year autograph scrapbook.

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The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Materials

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 1

Put a ruler sticker border across the center of the cover of your book.

Step 2

Trim any excess off of the border.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 3

Place a sticker with your child’s current grade in the center of your border.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 4

Next, add the school year above the grade sticker and add embellishments.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 5

One the first page, add a border sticker across the top of the page.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 6

Then add a teacher sticker to the bottom.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 7

On the next 2 pages create a class autograph section by adding a title to the pages and embellishing them.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 8

Next, add an art page.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 9

After you have created your heading, embellish the page.

Step 10

Add a library page next.

Note:

I didn’t have any stickers that I liked for the title so I hand drew mine (and many others in the book). If you choose to use a sticker, skip to step 14.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 11

Start by drawing the “R” in block style in the bottom center of the page.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 12

Next, draw the rest of your block letters working out from the “R”.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 13

Fill in your letters by drawing a series of lines inside of each one as pictured.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 14

Finish off your library page by embellishing with a book sticker.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 15

On the next page draw 5 straight lines at the top of the page as pictured.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 16

Next, draw a treble clef and write the word music on the staff.

Note:

I dotted the “i” with an eighth note but that is completely up to you.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 17

Highlight the word “music” with a silver colored pencil to help it pop against the black.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 18

After you have finished drawing the title, embellish your music page.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 19

On the next page, draw the word “GYM” in large block letters in the bottom center of the page.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 20

Fill in the letters with angled lines as pictured.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 21

Next, embellish your gym page.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 22

On the following 2 pages, draw the title “Lunch Time” and embellish.

Tip:

This lets your little one get autographs from friends that are not in the same class.

Step 23

Finish your book off with a recess page to let your child catch anyone they may have missed.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook anytime he is missing school or his friends this summer. You can take it a step further and preserve memories about your child too. On the last page, have him answer questions so that you have a record of this year of your child’s life. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Age
  • Teacher
  • Favorite Subject
  • Best Friend
  • Favorite Show/Movie
  • Be When Grow Up
  • Favorite Food
  • Favorite Toy

These are just some ideas to give you inspiration. Anything that you would be interested in 5, 10, or even 20 years from now would be fun to include. If you want more ways to preserve your kids’ memories, check out these DIY Kids Summer Memory Books! Make one for each kid or complete one as a family to preserve your memories for years to come.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

How to Throw a Cupcake Wars Monster Party + Money Saving Tips

Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

One of our family’s favorite shows to watch together is Cupcake Wars. My oldest has even decided that when he grows up, he and I are going to go on it and win. Of course, he clearly doesn’t realize that all of those cupcakes I bake come from a box but that’s okay. We’ll let him dream. To give him a little taste of the competition, I surprised him with a Cupcake Wars surprise party. After the raging success, I can teach you how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100 with Oriental Trading. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget!

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Party Supplies

 

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Cupcakes

It’s not practical to have the kids create their own cupcakes from scratch in the time-span of a birthday party. Instead, bring cupcakes that are already baked and iced with white frosting. Make the competition about the decorations. Encourage kids to create the most outrageous and awesome monster cupcake ever!

$ Saving Tip: Make your own cupcakes and only add enough frosting to seal them. There is going to be plenty of candy added to them at the party.

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Goodie Bag Creation

Fill each of your monster gift bags with the following:

  • Fan
  • Glasses
  • Sucker
  • 3+ Temporary Tattoos
  • 4+ Pixie Stix

$ Saving Tip: Buy the goodie bag items in bulk from Oriental Trading to have plenty to fill the bags without spending a lot of cash.

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Party Set-Up

  • Place your tablecloths on each the tables.
  • Add a monster centerpiece to each one.
  • Place a blank chef’s hat at each seat.
  • Provide markers throughout the table.
  • Have everything else set off to the side but easily accessible.

$ Saving Tip: Don’t feel the need for a ton of party décor. There are so many monster items for decorating that it looks like there is a ton of décor.

Party Outline

 

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  • Have the kids decorate their chef’s hats with markers.

 

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  • When they have finished, fit the hats to each child’s head.
  • Next, provide each kid with a frosted cupcake on a monster plate.

 

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  • Fill a paint tray with various sprinkles for each child.

 

  • Then let everyone pick a cupcake wrapper, monster eyes, and cotton candy for monster fur.

Note:

  • They may need help with the cupcake wrappers.

 

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  • As the kids finish decorating their cupcakes, set them off to the side for judging.
  • Once all of the cupcakes are finished, hold up each cupcake creation one at a time and have kids and parents vote by a show of hands.

Tips:

  • We let everyone vote as many times as they wanted and still had a clear winner.
  • Keep track of votes for each cupcake in some form.
  • You can have a specified prize for the winner if you would like. We did not and the kids were still happy.

 

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  • Let the kids devour their cupcakes.
  • Hand out the goody bags for them to play with while they wait for everyone to finish eating.

 

  • Once everyone has finished eating, end the party with presents and play.

 

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Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

This party is a big crowd pleaser! Even kids who aren’t into crafts and art will love creating crazy candy cupcake monsters. Remember to always have a backup in case the party activities move along faster than expected. For this party we had mini notebooks for each of the kids to color on and take home. We have also had tissue paper fights in the past which are always exciting for kids. Lastly, if you’re looking to save even more on your party, don’t forget that Oriental Trading has a coupon page, too!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Competition is a healthy part of life. Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold!

Easy DIY Game Night Medal

It’s no secret that family game night is big in our home. We simply love laughing and competing over an awesome board game. We even own the Champion Monopoly. You know the one that comes with a trophy? That got me thinking. What if we had some sort of trophy for the winner of our other games? The kids would love to have something to show off when they defeat the parents. Thus, this easy DIY game night medal was born. It’s perfect because it is inexpensive to make and pretty! Remember these DIY birch bark vases? This is a great DIY to use up the lids left over from that project!

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Competition is a healthy part of life. Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold!

 

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Materials

 

Competition is a healthy part of life. Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold!

Step 1

Clean your baby food jar lid and then swab with rubbing alcohol. This will help ensure that the paint sticks.

 

Competition is a healthy part of life. Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold!

Competition is a healthy part of life. Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold!

Step 2

Paint the outside with gold paint. Allow it to dry.

Step 3

Next, paint the inside of your lid gold. Also allow that paint to dry.

 

Competition is a healthy part of life. Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold!

Step 4

If needed, add a second coat of paint to the outside of your lid. Allow this coat to dry before moving on.

Tip:

  • The inside won’t likely need a second coat. The white rubber holds the paint well and is easily covered.

 

Competition is a healthy part of life. Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold!

Competition is a healthy part of life. Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold!

Step 5

Punch a hole in the side of the lid using your Crop-a-dile.

Tip:

  • This only works with the original one. I first tried with the Big Bite and it wouldn’t reach. 

Step 6

Next, attach your jump ring through the hole.

 

Competition is a healthy part of life. Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold!

Step 7

Cut a length of ribbon roughly 24 inches long. (Yes, those are kid’s scissors… they were the closest pair.)

 

Competition is a healthy part of life. Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold!

Step 8

Next thread your ribbon through the jump ring.

 

Competition is a healthy part of life. Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold!

Step 9

Now tie the ends of your ribbon together.

Step 10

Trim any excess ribbon at the end of the knot.

Tip:

  • If you’re worried about your knot coming undone, singe the ends with a lighter.

 

Competition is a healthy part of life. Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold!

Competition is a healthy part of life. Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold!

Step 11

Lastly, draw “#1” in the center of your lid with a black Sharpie.

Tip:

  • You might need to go back over your “#1” to make it darker. For the best results, allow the marker to dry before going over it a second time.

 

Competition is a healthy part of life. Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold!

Competition is a healthy part of life. Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold!

Competition is a healthy part of life. Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold!

How do you like my model? She definitely took creative license in the photos and these were the best shots that I got. We had fun with it, though. I think she likes the medal, what do you think?

 

Competition is a healthy part of life. Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold!

Competition is a healthy part of life. Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold!

Can you believe how easy this is to make? Surprise your kiddos at the next family game night with this easy DIY game night medal and watch the fun unfold! If you’re looking for even more family game night DIY’s then check out this Family Game Night Board. It keeps the board in place while allowing it to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to pick a board game out. Possibly one that gives me the edge so I get to rock this awesome medal first. Enjoy your next family game night!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

10 Delicious DIY Drink Recipes + Merry Monday Link Party 143

Parties take a lot of effort. Even the simplest parties have you stressing over the cleanliness of your home, accommodating food tastes, and more. Admit it. After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on. After you’ve imbibed or caffeinated, stick around and check out the Merry Monday Link Party below!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

 

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After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Delicious Shamrock Float (Kendra at Simply Darrling)

This amazing little drink couldn’t be easier to make. With only 3 ingredients you can spend less time mixing and more time with your friends!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

S’mores Mocktail (Kelli at 3 Boys and a Dog)

You can’t beat a drink with that delicious s’mores flavor! These decadent mocktails are perfect for a family-friendly party!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Irish Cream and Mint Iced Mocha (Carrie at Frugal Foodie Mama)

Oh. My. Gosh! Talk about a dessert in a cup! This Irish cream and mint iced mocha gives you a jolt of sugar and caffeine to keep you going all night!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Almond Tequila Sangria (Kendra at Simply Darrling)

Did you know that almond tequila was a thing? You are definitely going to want to get some to make this delicious sangria!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Ginger Pomegranate Martini (April at April Golightly)

A good martini is always the perfect party accessory. They don’t get much better than this ginger pomegranate martini.

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Beauty and the Beast Punch (Olfa at Our Family World)

Celebrate your love of Disney with a delicious (and easy-to-make) Beauty and the Beast punch.

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

St. Patrick’s Day Green Sangria (Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom)

Adding mint to sangria is absolutely inspired. This green sangria is a must-try for any occasion.

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Irish Coffee Recipe (Nicole at Tikkido)

Follow up your green sangria with a delicious Irish coffee. It is the perfect pick-me-up after all of that party prep.

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Power Rangers Fruit Punch (Olfa at Our Family World)

Is anyone else incredibly excited for the release of this movie? Make the wait seem a little less long with this delicious fruit punch!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

How to Make a Latte at Home (Shirley at Intelligent Domestications)

Sipping coffee after dinner is a tradition in our family (for the adults, I should say). Find out how to make delicious lattes at home with these easy steps!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Your next party will be a hit with any of these recipes! How delicious do all of these drinks look? You have my permission to try a few or all of them. Now that you’re hydrated, sort of, let’s get on to the Merry Monday Link Party! Feel free to link up or simply be inspired by all of the amazing ideas being shared.


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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

DIY Pokemon Card Valentines

We’re back again with another awesome Pokemon Valentine idea! Since so many of you love the Recycled Pokeball Valentine Box and because my oldest still loves all things Pokemon, I’ve created another fun DIY for you. These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Your little Pokemon trainer will be ecstatic to help you make these for his or her school Valentine’s party. Make yours today for a fully awesome party day!

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These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

 

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Materials

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 1

Fold your card inside out so that the white is on the outside.

Step 2

Turn your card so that the folded side is at the bottom.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 3

Cut your card in half down the center so that you have 2 smaller folded cards.

Note:

  • Set one card to the side.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 4

Next, cut the top half off of the front flap of your card. When folded, your card should now be half red and half white from the front.

Note:

  • Set aside the piece you cut off for later in the project.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 5

Now cut a 1.5 inch strip from your black cardstock.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 6

Trim the strip of black cardstock to the width of your card.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 7

Attach your black strip to the white flap on the front of your card so that half of it overlaps the red.

Note:

  • Do not add glue to the red portion of your card.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 8

Next, grab the piece of your card that you cut off in step 4 and draw a circle on it with your compass.

Tip:

  • Do this on the red side so that your pencil marks do not show in the finished product.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 9

Cut out your circle and trace around the edges of the white side with your black marker.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 10

Attach your circle to the center of your black strip.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 11

Next, carefully add glue to the inside edges of your card.

Note:

  • The width of your glue runner will be too big to leave a large enough pocket for your Pokemon card. Place your card on a piece of scrap paper and run your glue runner so that only ¼ of the glue is on the card edges.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 12

Now, write “I Choose You” in the center of your circle with your black marker.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 13

Next, write “From” and draw a line at the bottom of your card for your kid to sign.

Step 14

Repeat steps 1-14 until you have made enough cards for your child’s class.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 15

Lastly, open a pack of Pokemon cards and add one to each Valentine.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Now your child will have an awesome, unique Valentine to hand out at his or her party this year. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that your kid will get to keep any of the extra Pokemon cards (sorry, Mom). It’s also a fantastic alternative to candy Valentines. Pair these DIY Pokemon card Valentines with this recycled Pokeball Valentine Box to complete the whole theme. Your little Pokemon trainer will love you for it!

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These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

DIY Rainbow Notebook Valentines with Pencils

This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading. All projects, ideas, and opinions are my own.

Ever since seeing the Trolls movie I am even more obsessed with rainbows and glitter and so are my kids. It’s no surprise that when deciding on class Valentines this year my oldest immediately started brainstorming Trolls-themed ones. Trolls love glitter, rainbows, and scrapbooking. These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines have it all covered! The only way they could channel any more awesome Troll energy would be if they sang when you opened them. Alas, we haven’t quite mastered that one but maybe your child could sing while handing them out to classmates. Either way, kids will love receiving these Valentines and parents will love one less piece of candy coming home from school that day.

 

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These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

These notebooks are such a great quality! When you’re getting small notebooks you expect them to be a little flimsy and flexible. I was so surprised to find these notebooks had thick, almost canvas-like, covers that were incredibly sturdy. That makes them perfect for crafting with because they will hold up to glue, paint, and more.

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Materials

Step 1

Cut a strip of rainbow Ducktape that is 1 inch longer that the height of your notebook.

 

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Step 2

Place the strip of tape centered on the right side of your front cover.

Tip:

  • Leave a small amount of the cover on the right. See the picture above for reference.

 

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Step 3

Wrap the overhanging edges of tape over the edges of the notebook cover and secure on the back.

Step 4

Select 3 foam conversation hearts, 1 large and 2 small, each in a different color.

 

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Step 5

First, attach the large conversation heart in the center of the white space on the cover.

 

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These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

Step 6

Next, attach the 2 smaller conversation hearts above and below the larger one.

 

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Step 7

Trace the letters on the large conversation heart with glitter glue.

Step 8

Allow the glitter glue to dry before moving on.

Step 9

Cut a strip of ribbon that is roughly the length of your pencil.

 

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These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

Step 10

Next, tape the ribbon to the end of your pencil with the rainbow Ducktape.

 

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These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

Step 11

Secure the loose end of the ribbon to the notebook by tying it loosely around the spirals.

Tip:

  • Make sure that it is loose enough not to pull the wire spirals out of shape.

 

These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

Step 12

Slide the pencil into the spiral binding.

 

These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

Step 13

Repeat steps 1 through 12 for your remaining notebooks.

 

These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines turned out so adorable. They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. They also channel that fun-loving Trolls energy for fun and colorful living. Don’t forget to get your kids involved in creating these fun Valentines. It is a great activity to bond with them during. Have a hand in creating them will also instill your children with a sense of pride at giving their friends something that they made! If you want more awesome Valentine ideas then check out these Free Printable Kids Valentines and this Recycled Pokeball Valentine Box! Don’t forget to stock up for Valentine’s Day at Oriental Trading to get everything you need (including the materials to make this awesome project)!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
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3 Creative Activities to Rock Snow Days

Being a parent is a full-time job and you’re never off the clock. Unexpected snow day can throw a wrench in your routine making you stressed or frustrated. I get it. Your responsibilities don’t stop because school is closed. Instead of letting snow days aggravate you I want to challenge you to see them another way. Snow days are unexpected gifts that you can fill with fun and creativity. They provide you with moments you can’t replace. Goldfish brand knows this, too, and together we want to help you create Smile Worthy moments with these 3 creative activities to rock snow days.

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DIY Look and Find Book

This is an incredibly simple way to get creative on a snow day.

Materials

  • Small Toys
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Construction Paper
  • Phone
  • Small Photo Album

Step 1

Gather a collection of items: small toys, art supplies, and other small objects.

Step 2

Give each child a piece of construction paper.

Step 3

Have your kids fill their paper with small items. Let them have fun with it and get as creative as they want.

Step 4

Sprinkle Goldfish crackers over the scene your child has created.

Step 5

Take a photo of the scene using the edges of the construction paper as a guide.

Step 6

Do this for each child. Feel free to let them dump the scene after you’ve photographed it and make another.

Tip:

  • Let your kids keep creating as many different scenes as they want. The more pictures you have, the better you can fill their Look and Find books.

Step 7

Print out the photos and place them in a small, inexpensive photo album.

Tip:

  • Be sure to print out multiple copies of each photo if you want each child to have his or her own book.

 

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Goldfish Cracker Mosaic

Make macaroni art a thing of the past with Goldfish cracker mosaics. This low-mess activity will make it easy for your child to discover their inner artist.

Materials

  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • ½ Cup of Water
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Construction Paper
  • Paintbrush

Step 1

Mix your flour and water in a small container to create a non-toxic paste.

Step 2

Give each child a piece of construction paper, a paintbrush, and a small bowl of Goldfish crackers.

Step 3

Show them how to create their mosaics by painting flour paste on the back of a Goldfish cracker and attaching them to the construction paper.

Tip:

  • If your child wants an idea to follow you can draw a shape or outline on the paper before he or she starts adding Goldfish crackers.

Step 4

Allow their artwork to dry then hang it on the wall to display.

 

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Stop Motion Video

This is a fun, creative activity that will have your kids excited for days! They will love coming up with the story, making the background and costumes, and showing off their movie masterpiece. If you’ve never made a stop motion video before, don’t worry. It’s easier than you think. GoldfishTales has an awesome video tutorial to help you out but essentially it is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Step 1

Think of a story and create your background.

Step 2

Place your Goldfish crackers on your background and take a picture each time you move it.

Step 3

Add all of your photos to your favorite video app and play.

Tip:

  • If you need app suggestions, check out the Goldfish how-to video.

This is an absolute blast! My kids and I had so much fun brainstorming and creating. Right now Goldfish Brand wants to inspire you to create your own stop-motion video as a family with an awesome contest. Get information, tips, and ideas at GoldfishTales.

 

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These 3 creative activities to rock snow days are so much fun you will find yourself looking forward to snow days as much as your kiddos! Enjoy the opportunities to have fun together. Create smile worthy moments that become cherished memories for years to come. Don’t forget to visit the GoldfishTales page to submit your stop motion for a chance to win $5,000!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
From utilizing music to a comfortable bed, these 5 tips to get kids to sleep will help you finally end bedtime wars. + win a Baby Bundle from Brentwood Home #ad

End the Bedtime Wars: 5 Tips to Get Kids to Sleep

From utilizing music to a comfortable bed, these 5 tips to get kids to sleep will help you finally end bedtime wars. + win a Baby Bundle from Brentwood Home

It never fails. You are winding down with the kiddos before bedtime. You’re watching their favorite cartoon or reading their favorite story for the umpteenth time. Next, you get them snuggled into bed and it starts. “Can I have a drink?” “I need to use the bathroom.” “We never colored today.” Those sweet little angels turn into stalling masterminds. You have the option of shutting the door and letting them cry it out but there are other steps you can take to make the transition to bedtime easier on everyone. From utilizing music to a comfortable bed, these 5 tips to get kids to sleep will help you finally conquer the bedtime wars.

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Stagger Bedtimes

It’s not always an option for kids to each have their own room. Don’t let this keep you from smooth bedtimes. Stagger bedtimes with your kids to eliminate playing at bedtime. This doesn’t have to be significant amounts. If your kids are close in age, staggering by 15 minutes can still be effective. Staggering bedtimes will mean changing up your bedtime routine (see below) to doing the winding down and prayers in the living room instead of in bed so plan accordingly.

 

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Create a Routine

This is a big one. A consistent bedtime routine not only helps kids mentally prepare for bedtime but also creates physical cues that tell their bodies that it is time to sleep. It doesn’t have to be a big, elaborate routine. Something as simple as setting a specific time to begin baths, read a book, and say prayers has a high impact. My kids cannot get through our bedtime prayers without yawning because it has become a physical cue that it is time for them to go to sleep.

Tip:

  • Consistency is key when starting a new bedtime routine. It may seem hard-nosed but for the first 2 weeks, do not deviate from the routine. That means no staying late at family or friend’s houses, no eating dinner at a later time, and no skipping baths. Once the routine is well-established, the occasional deviation won’t do harm.

Utilize Music

Sometimes kids have trouble turning their brains off at night. They are building memories, creating connections, and learning constantly. Television can be over-stimulating but music, especially instrumental, can be a great way to give them something to focus on without getting wound up. If you are having trouble getting your kids to stay in bed at night, try getting an inexpensive clock-radio, cd player, or even a nightlight that plays music.

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Beware of Electronics

Electronics are not a bad thing. My kids get to watch a television show before bed every night. However, they are not watching an activity-filled cartoon that encourages them to get up and dance or jump around the house. Instead it is a mellow show, often with music. It is also one that they have seen before so that they can enjoy it without wondering what’s going to happen (which can make their brain get more engaged than I want before bed).

Tip:

  • I do caution against any type of video games before bed. Even the most education-filled and mellow of video games can overstimulate them before bed. Their brains begin working on solving problems, adrenaline starts pumping from wins and losses, and it is overall a bad bedtime idea.
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Cozy Bed

You may be tempted to purchase a $50 mattress for your kids, especially if they are still in a crib or toddler bed because they will outgrow it in a few years. I have made that mistake and it resulted in my daughter not sleeping through the night until she was 18 months old. As you can imagine, that was an exhausting nightmare for a mom pregnant with her third child. Instead, invest in a high-quality mattress that is comfortable and grows along with your child, like this Poppy 2-Stage Crib Mattress from Brentwood Home. The mattress has a firmer side for babies and a softer side for toddlers which makes it worth the investment for your kids. Did I mention that it comes with a waterproof cover that is easy to clean and it is free of any chemical fire retardants? Think about how much better you sleep when you have a comfortable bed and imagine how much better your kids will sleep with the same.

Bonus Tip

Allay those bedtime requests by working them into your routine. For example, if your son always asks for a drink as soon as those covers come up, bring a small cup to bed. Fill it beforehand with a sip of water and let him have that sup in bed. If your daughter always wants a second story, build that extra story into the bedtime routine by lying down to read 5-10 minutes earlier. These small changes can make your life so much easier at night.

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My 4-year-old daughter loves her new mattress and actually looks forward to sleeping on it! If you want to help your child be invested in bedtime, make her a part of the whole process. Show her when you’re ordering it online. Let her be a part of the unboxing and setting it up. When your child is a part of the process they actually get excited about bedtime. While you won’t find this little snippet on the Brentwood Home website, I love that the mattress is like a springy trampoline. It supports my daughter while still being soft and comfortable. It also turns out that kids are less inclined to jump on a bed that doesn’t vault them into the air. That’s just an extra parenting bonus. Are you ready to end the bedtime wars and get your hands on your own Poppy 2-Stage Crib Mattress and Sweatpea Changing Pad? Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a set for free!


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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Unique DIY Advent Mailboxes

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof. Even better, you can get everything you need to make them in one place from Oriental Trading.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

 

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Advent Mailboxes Materials

 

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Step 1

Give each child a red mailbox to decorate.

 

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Step 2

Fill one container with glue and one with an assortment of buttons.

Tip:

This makes it easier for little hands that do not quite have the dexterity or hand strength to squeeze the glue bottle. My oldest, who is 7, used a bottle to apply the glue.

 

Step 3

Now let your kids go nuts decorating their mailboxes.

 

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Step 4

Set the mailboxes aside to dry when the kids have finished decorating them.

Step 5

Next, let each child pick a wooden ornament that they like from the set.

 

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Step 6

Give them markers and let them decorate their ornaments.

 

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Step 7

After they have finished their ornaments, label each one with the child’s name.

Note:

I, personally, think the 2-year-old’s ornament is awesome. It’s modern and colorful. Kids are so creative.

 

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Step 8

Place the ornaments on the corresponding mailboxes by sliding the cord over the flag.

 

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Advent Gifts

If you want to make the gifts super easy, use this stocking stuffer assortment and a bag of Hershey’s miniatures to fill the mailbox daily. Simply place one of each into your child’s mailbox. There are enough gifts in the assortment to easily supply 3-4 children’s advent mailboxes. If you are supplying more than that, I recommend purchasing 2.

 

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

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You can be done with your advent mailboxes now if you want. Simply add a new surprise each day to the mailboxes. Be sure to put the flag up so your kiddos know that there is a new treat awaiting them. They will love the entire process and will adore the fun gifts and toys in the stocking stuffer assortment.  If you are like our family and love mixing in activities with your advent surprises, come back next week. Find out how to ramp up your advent with gifts and activities that create memories your family will cherish. Get a sneak peek at our list below and be sure to check out Oriental Trading for more amazing Christmas ideas!

  1. Coloring Set
  2. Christmas Themed Family Game Night
  3. Bracelets
  4. Candy
  5. Make Ornaments
  6. Card Games
  7. Punch Balloon
  8. Festival of Lights
  9. Kick Sack
  10. Candy
  11. Mazes
  12. Decorate Gingerbread Houses
  13. Rubber Ducks
  14. Puzzles
  15. Christmas Movie Night
  16. Candy
  17. Kaleidoscopes and Minivan Express
  18. Candy
  19. Yo-Yos
  20. Christmas Campout
  21. Photo Booth Night
  22. Coloring Book
  23. Candy
  24. Read “The Night Before Christmas”

See where I’m linking up!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.