Painted Wooden Clothespin Snowman Ornament

These little snowmen will add charm to any Christmas tree or gift box!  They are quick and simple, and make a great project to do with the kids!



  • Wooden Doll Pins 3 3/4″ (package of 30, sold in craft stores)
  • Red or Green felt for hat
  • Acrylic paint: white, black, orange, red and or green
  • Clear Gloss Varnish
  • String or ribbon for hanger
  • Thin ribbon (to tie on hat)
  • Paint brush
  • Black Ultra Fine Sharpie
  • Glue (I like hot glue)
  • Scissors
  • Optional: small jingle bell, sequin snowflake, Twinkle Crystal by DecoArt (glitter paint),fine sandpaper, toothpick, Q-tip


Paint the wooden pins white (you do not need to paint the top ball part because the hat will cover it). If needed, sand with fine sandpaper; sometimes the sides are rough so just smooth with a little sanding.  It will take 2 or 3 coats of white paint, I have found that an old shoe box works great for a drying rack (you are going to want to make more than one). With black paint make 2 eyes (look at picture below for placement) and with red paint make a simple scarf, one stroke from the right side, one stroke from the left, small circle (knot) then two separate strokes down make tales to the scarf (hope that makes it easy).

Make a carrot nose with orange paint, let dry and add rosy cheeks.  Mix red and white to make a soft pink, I find it easy to use a Q-tip as the brush, just a quick up/down.  My next little trick is to use a fine line Sharpie pen for the smile, just 4 or 5 little lines and lets add some personality by adding 2 little eye brows with the Sharpie (wasn’t that easier than a thin paint brush).  Now for the white in his eyes, looks hard but it’s not, dip the end of a toothpick into white paint and make a little dot in each eye(you might to test out the size on scrap paper first).  After drying, paint with a coat of Crystal Twinkles (glitter paint…I love this stuff!). Let dry and paint with a coat of gloss varnish.

Let finish with the hat, cut a piece of felt 2″ by 3″. Fold up one side of the 2″ side and glue, glue hat on the snowman.  String a small jingle bell on to thin ribbon and tie tight with a knot around top of hat, you may need to cut a little off.

For the hanger, side or glue thin ribbon or string through tied ribbon on hat. Glue a sequin snowflake on hat.  You are finished!

How many of this cuties are you going to make?  They are great for the Christmas tree, and fun tie on to a gift bag or box!

Button Snowman Pin

These cute little snowmen pins are so quick and easy (not to mention a great way to put all those spare buttons to use!).


  • 2 buttons- smaller for head, larger for body: buttons with 2 holes
  • 1 small pin back that will fit behind your buttons
  • small strip of fabric or ribbon for scarf
  • Super Glue or any strong holding glue


Find the size buttons that work for you – smaller for head and larger for body.  Glue the smaller head button on with the button holes going cross ways, then glue larger button on with the button holes going up/down.  When glue has dried, tie on a fabric or ribbon scarf, and that’s it! Easy-peasy!

What a cute gift for a teacher or friend to get them in the holiday spirit!


Gift In Recycled Pop-Top Can

Looking for a unique and eco-friendly way toThe surprised look you get when you give the decorated can as a gift is so worth the effect.  Recycling your pop top soup cans will be a sure way your special gift will be remembered!


  • Pop top soup can (opened from bottom of can)
  • Can Opener that makes a clean cut out from the side not the middle of can (I used a Pampered Chef can opener)
  • Holiday paper or wrapping paper
  • 8″ – 10″ piece of ribbon (to hold gift inside can)
  • Scissors
  • Double stick tape
  • Glue (Super Glue, Weldbond or any strong glue)
  • Gift that will fit inside the can-gift card, money, jewerly, key to new car
  • Optional: Gift tag, extra ribbon, bells, stickers for decorating can, Zots adhesive dots


Your can needs to be a pop top can (like some soup and veggie cans), and the can opener is the key to this unique gift wrap idea. I used a Pampered Chef can opener, it cuts the can open from the side, making it possible to glue back on without anyone notice. First pick your can and open from the BOTTOM.  Remove label, clean the inside and bottom cut out piece,and dry them off.

Cut wrapping paper or holiday scrapbook paper to fit around can, and tape in place. Add decorative ribbon or sticks.  Now it’s time to put your special gift in!  With a piece of ribbon about 8″ – 10″ long, tape or tie your gift to one end and on the other end stick strong double stick tape (I like to use Zots clear adhesive dots). You are going to stick the ribbon with tape on it to the inside top of the can, I use the earser end of a pencil to gently push taped end to stick to the inside of the can.

Put your gift into the can, and run your glue around the edge of bottom of the can (the piece you cut out) and place back on can. Push and hold in place, wipe out extra glue and let dry. You can’t even see that the can has been opened! 🙂

Add a gift tag and get ready for your special gift to be opened.  You might get some interesting looks, just point to the top and watch them pop in open.

What a fun way to give a gift!  Are you having soup tonight?!?

So much fun let’s do it again…what will be in this one?!

If anyone’s lucky enough to be getting a new car, this is a great way to give the key!



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Paint With Plastic Wrap on Ornaments

Painting with plastic wrap gives these ornaments a new look.  This is a simple way to recycle and refresh your solid colored ornaments.  It’s so easy that the kids are going to want to make some with you!


  • Glass or plastic plain ornaments any size
  • Acrylic Paints – I’m using red, dark green, metallic 14K gold
  • Plastic wrap or cut up plastic shopping bags
  • Paper plates
  • Clear Gloss Varnish and paint brush
  • Optional: gloves, decorative ribbon and glue, piper clear or string



This technique can be done on glass or plastic ornaments.  I had a box of gold ornaments, and painted one red for my sample today.

I’m using a pipe cleaner to hang my ornament, to make it easier to work.  On a paper plate pour out your first color, you want to start with the darkest color and work to your lighter colors.  I’m starting with dark green.  Tear off a piece of plastic wrap about 6″ to 8″  (like Glad Cling Wrap) and squish it up and rub in the green paint.

You might want gloves, it is a little messy.  With the paint on the plastic wrap, go up and down on the ornament moving the plastic wrap around with your fingers.  This will make different designs, you do not want to rub or do a back and forth movement.  Do a little or a lot of color it’s all up to you.  I just did a little because I will be adding a new lighter color.

The next color I’m using is gold. Make sure the paint is dry, it does not take long.  Wash hands or change gloves, pour out your next color on to a paper plate.  Tear off  a new piece of plastic wrap, and do the same up/down motion, moving the plastic wrap around with finger.  Cover the ornament with as little or as much as you want.

Let dry and coat with clear gloss varnish.  Then finish by adding decorative ribbon around the top. I love to use them on the tree, but they are also great filling a bowl or tall vase to decorate around the house.

The color combinations are endless, check out the paints in bronze and copper next time you’re at the craft store!


Holiday Felt Wreath

This beautiful simple wreath is made from felt circles, and can be made in an afternoon.


  • Foam Ring (I used12″ ring)
  • Felt 1 1/2 yards
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins: pack with 300 or more (pins with plain heads, no colored tops)
  • 6″ piece of ribbon (for the hanger)
  • 3″ circle pattern


Make a 3″ circle pattern from paper or card stock and use your circle pattern cut circles. I cut about 280 circles for mine.  If your scissors are sharp, try cutting 3 to 4 circles at a time.

One circle at a time, fold in half, then fold again.  Push straight pin through tip of felt, then push into the foam ring.  You will want to keep them close together,  try a few to see how close you like them. It took me about one hour to finish.  The great thing about using pins, you can move and adjust the felt pieces, making them closer or change the direction.

To make a hook to hang your wreath, cut a piece of ribbon about 6″ long, using two straight pins make a loop for hanging.

This wreath can be in any color that will go with your color scheme – the possibilities are endless with your fabric and color choi



Quick & Easy Festive Fall Candle Holders with Beans

This is a quick and easy way to add a touch of fall to your table.

I did a layer each of popcorn, dried red kidney beans and dried green split peas, then tied hemp around the the vase.  Check out the dried bean section in the grocery store on your next visit.

This candle I glued a band of the dried green split peas on the candle, then tied hemp around it.

If  you have left over dried beans, let the kids make Christmas ornaments (it’s not too early to be thinking about Christmas decorations, is it?!?).  Glue beans to card stock or post board cut into shapes, then spray paint.

Paper Pumpkin Place Cards

These simple little pumpkins are so quick and easy and add that extra charm to your festive table!  They can be place cards with a name or display words of things to be thankful for.  Maybe even let the children cut & decorate the paper with paint or markers and let them finish the pumpkins with each guest’s name or what they are thankful for.



  • Place card Pumpkin template {DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE PDF HERE}
  • Card stock paper (I used orange)
  • Card stock paper for name tags (I used green)
  • Small hole puncher
  • Twine or ribbon
  • scissors
  • optional: 2″ round circle punch (for name tags)



Start by downloading the pattern.  Trace on cardstock paper. If you only have white card stock, why not let the kids paint the paper orange then trace the pattern?


Cut your pumpkin shape and cut or punch what you will use as the name card. I used a 2″ punch.


Fold up the pumpkin sides, match to stem and a good fold on bottom, both sides.  Holding the two sides together, punch a hole where you want your tag to hang.

Have your tags ready with guest and family names, your favorite thankful thought or write something simple like “Give Thanks”.  Punch a hole in the tag, run twine or ribbon through both sides of pumpkin and tag, and tie a bow or knot.

Done! Now how simple and festive are these place cards?!






Decorative Paper Pumpkins

These cute little pumpkins are so easy and versatile – they can be in any color or shape, tall and thin to big and round! Gather up your fall colored card stock paper, and a few sticks from the yard and you’ll be ready to make pumpkins! Add the pumpkins to your centerpiece, on the fireplace mantel, in the kitchen, or – my personal favorite – tie on a cute little name tag and use them as place cards!



  • paper pumpkin template {DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE PDF HERE}
  • card stock paper
  • stick (from the yard)
  • hot glue
  • scissors
  • optional: twine, ribbon, wire,decorative name card



Download and cut out the pumpkin pattern.  I’m using a rustic orange color of card stock, but choose a color that works for you.  Trace 8 pumpkin shapes and 1 center piece.  Fold each pumpkin shape in half.

For the center of the pumpkin find a stick the size and shape for the stem.  I curled wire (6″) around a paint brush to add with the stem.  Take the center piece of pumpkin pattern and roll it (you could use a pencil or paint brush), not to small.  Now slide your stick (stem) and curly wire in center and hot glue (the stick (stem) should not stick out to bottom of center).

Let’s glue…run hot glue down the folded edge of pumpkin shape, lining up the straight part of the pumpkin shape with bottom of center piece (see picture).  You want the pumpkin to sit flat on bottom, so each time you glue make sure it’s lining up straight.

I think it is easier if the first 4 shapes are glued across from each other in a X pattern (see picture).

Now glue the other 4 shapes in between. And you made a paper pumpkin!  You can add ribbon or twine to the stem.

Now that you have seen the basic shape, it’s easy to change to size and shape to make paper pumpkin patch of different pumpkins!  (Remember when you change the size, make the center to fit also.)

Have fun and get creative, cut your pumpkin shape with decorative edge scissors (I used Ripple) or give the kids the card stock paper to paint or draw on before you cut.

To make paper pumpkin into a place card, I punched a 2” decorative circle for each person’s name and tied it on with twine…so cute!

Halloween Ribbon Wreath

This is the fastest wreath you will ever put together!  This ribbon wrapped wreath can be make for any holiday or special event – I love this because the possibilities are endless. It looks great hanging on the door, also hanging in a window, or the back of the hostess chair, and even as a centerpiece with a glass hurricane and candle in the center of it.

The hardest part of this whole project is picking out which ribbons to use!


  • Foam wreath
  • straight pins (I use .75″ sequin pins, you get 300 for $1)
  • Ribbon (a fun mixture of  patterns and solids and in varying widths)


Gather up your ribbon and let’s get started! Cut your ribbons into 6 1/2″ pieces (that is the size of my wreath when ribbon is wrapped around, check your size before cutting).  You will need about 40 pieces of ribbon (save some for a bow).  Start wrapping, using pins to hold in place.  I overlapped some and even added ribbon pieces on top of others.

Be creative and have fun.  If you want to add a bow, use the pins to hold it in place.  By adding a ribbon piece to the back again use the to hold you can make a hanger.

Now this is what I love – when you are finished displaying the wreath,  pull the pins out and save, put ribbon pieces (and bow) in bag with label and save for next year.  Your wreath is ready for the next holiday….or birthday….baby shower….like I said, endless possibilities.




Halloween Ghost Jars

Save your old jars and give them new life as adorably spooky Halloween decorations! This project is super simple, tons of fun, and they are so customizable – the faces can be made to match your Halloween decor (and the kids might enjoy designing some, too!).

These ghost jars look great as decorations during daytime and even better lit up at night!


  • Jars any size, shape (remove labels and clean)
  • Black felt (one 9″ by 12″ felt square was plenty for 8 ghosts)
  • Double stick tape (clear)
  • Cheese cloth  (1 1/2 yards will 5 to 6 ghosts)
  • Scissors
  • Battery-powered tea lights (with these there’s no worries about fire)

Make sure your jars are clean and all the labels are removed. If you are having trouble removing the sticky part of the label, try Goo Gone.

Since I’m using the battery tea lights instead of regular candles, the big guy is actually a plastic apple juice container!  I cut the top off with my kitchen scissors (of course, you would not want to use plastic containers if you were using candles with an actual flame – big time fire hazard!!).

Some of the other jars are from pasta sauce, olives, and jelly… any jars will work!

You can find cheese cloth fabric at Jo Ann Fabric, for about $3.00 per yard.  Cut the gauge into strips, 1 1/2″ to 2″ (not to small or  the gauze will fall apart).  Start wrapping the jars, use the clear double stick tape to hold the gauze in place.  You will want some over lapping, I think they look best with about 2 to 3 single layers.  Play with it until you get the look you like, don’t forget the top area.

Now for the fun, out of black felt, cut out ghost faces. Depending on the age of your kids, they may enjoy drawing and cutting out some of the ghost faces (or maybe just drawing if they’re too young for scissors!).  A small piece of tape will hold them in place, and you’re done!

Turn on the battery tea lights and don’t get too scared! 🙂

Yes that is one of those cheap spider rings that I cut off the ring part of… he just looked like he needed a spider on him.  The tall skinny one, I glued two jars together, making a taller jar.

I love that these fun ghosts look great by themselves or with other decorations, during the day or lit up at night! They’re one of my favorite Halloween decorations! I think my favorite place to display them is on the windowsills of the front windows – they look so cool all lit up, and everyone that passes by can see them, too! 🙂


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