I couldn’t do a Christmas in July week without doing an AMAZING list of the most adorable, fun and elegant prints I could find, so here y’all go: The Ultimate Free Christmas Printable Round Up!
There’s a TON of beautiful, artistic and down-right funny prints on this list, and they’re all FREE! Yup, I’m a lover of free things, especially ones that will help with my holidays! So without further ado, check out this Free Christmas Printable list!
So many great ideas in this list of 20 Free Christmas Printables from DIY Candy
I had so much fun making these 12 Days of Christmas Printable Tags last year!
You can’t go wrong with this amazing list of 100 Free Printable Gift Ideas for Christmas from Craftionary
I really need this When you stop believing…from That’s What Che Said, for my Wonder Woman who is starting to doubt!
I love chalkboard printables, and these Free Christmas Chalkboard Printables from Mother Thyme are simply lovely!
Look at all the fun prints in this Round-Up of Free Christmas Printables from Pampers, Play Dates and Parties
This Holiday Cheer Printable from Today’s Creative Blog has such cute colors, and love the words she chose to use!
I’m for sure printing off this Jesus is the Reason for the Season Free Printable from How To Nest For Less for my mantel (or on top of my piano) this year! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
So yes, this Free Printable Christmas Planner from I’m An Organizing Junkie is from 2011…but you could still make it work! It’s just too cute to not include here 🙂
Seriously, Desiree from The 36th Avenue is such a talented (and super sweet) lady, and I’m loving her Bright Christmas Printables
Oh my gosh, how fun are these 11 Free Christmas Printables from My Blessed Life?! Super fun, I say!
These Christmas Subway Art & Banner from Mod Podge Rocks Blog are the perfect colors for the holidays!
What a simple-yet-fun print, this Eat Drink & Be Merry Printable from Two Twenty One would be a cute holiday item for my office this year!
My kids loved this Dear Santa: Kids Wish List Printable last year, and I’m hoping to put off this year’s lists at least a few more months!
Sassy Sites has More Than Thirty-Five Adorable & Free Christmas Printables that are just fabulous!
I cannot BELIEVE it’s the end of the school year already. Seriously…WHERE HAS THIS YEAR GONE?! Luckily, none of my own kiddos are even close to graduation (ya, MANY years before that!), but I do have one of my fabulous sisters graduating high school and moving on to college life. CRAZY! I was frantic trying to get a good gift for her, and came across so many fabulous ideas! If you’re struggling to find something, check out this list of over 90 Graduation Gift Ideas! (post originally published May 2014)
Now, if you want to know what I DID finally decide to get my little sis, check out this Graduation Gift Bottle Set! I love how it turned out. And you can nab the Free Printables to make your own!
Now on to the FABULOUS ideas!
This DIY Chalkboard & Tassel Graduation Frame from My Sister’s Suitcase is so simple and cute! What a perfect way for your graduate to display their grad photo!
I love this oh-so-tasty Celebrate S’More Graduation gift with Free Printable Tags from Parties & Patterns.
What a great personalized gift – a letter block with photos and sayings from The Little Hobbit!
So maybe I’m a little biased because my high school colors were blue and yellow, but this display and Graduation Round-up over at Skip to my Lou is darling!
You all probably know that I’m a SUCKER for cute and FREE printables, so this 2014 Printable Graduation Money Card Holder from Thirty Handmade Days is definitely a keeper!
Okay, so I know this is technically a ‘birthday’ post from She’s Crafty…but what a FABULOUS idea for giving money in a fun way!
Aren’t these Graduation Cap Toppers from Lil’ Luna adorable? LOVE THEM!
Especially nice for the root beer-loving graduation are these Awesome Graduate Free Printables from Leslie Miller.
Too many cute choices from these 15 Handmade Graduation Gifts over at I Heart Naptime!
If I were graduating, I would totally love one of these Crafty Ways to Give Money from Good Housekeeping.
Another clever-and-cute way to give money from Larcie Bird!
You just can’t go wrong with these 40 Fabulous Graduation Gift Ideas from How Does She?!
Yes, another one from Lil’ Luna, but she just has so many wonderful graduation ideas! Head over and learn How to Make Money Leis!
Maybe it’s because I’m in love with purple, and cupcakes….but these Graduation Cupcakes with Fondant Diploma Toppers from Framed Frosting are adorable! Almost too good to eat….ALMOST 😉
Want to give something ‘inspiring’ for your graduate? Check out this Graduation Gift to Inspire from Create it Go!
Good luck just choosing ONE idea from this fabulous list of 24 Graduation Crafts & Recipes from Family Corner.
Not only a perfect gift, but this Graduation Mason Jar Money Gift from Creative Capital B is a wonderful use of spare change!
‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go’! I love that book, and I LOVE this Free Graduation Gift Printable from my friend Claire over at A Little Claireification!
What graduate wouldn’t love some delicious cookies in a cute jar? And don’t forget to add the adorable Smart Cookie Free Printable from Crazy Little Projects!
Okay, just ONE MORE from Lil’ Luna, but I couldn’t resist these cute (and easy!) Money Cupcake Toppers!
My twins turned 5 this month. FIVE! Ya, I’m still in shock a bit. When we started talking about what type of birthday party they want, it was a definite MINECRAFT answer from both of them! No surprise there, of course. Although this was a few weeks ago, I’m finally getting around to sharing our Minecraft Birthday Party!
One thing that I was really excited about is that there’s SO MUCH you can do with a Minecraft party, from the food, to the decor, to the activities…really, it’s crazy how many possibilities you have to work with! I really like not going broke for a 5-year-old birthday party, though, so I kept it really budget friendly and as stress-free as possible.
I’m really a fan of making our own invitations because 1. usually I can get them cheaper and 2. they’re totally fun! I made sure to include some Creepers, Steve? and his pup, even an Enderman! There’s a spot at the top of the text area you can write who’s celebration it is, then all the spots for details!
Print off the invitation HERE, cut it out and tape/glue the blank sides together. Then just fold on the designated lines, fill in your details, and pass them out. Now get ready to Par-Tay!
We had a ton of fun creating the setting for our party! Our awesome backdrop was a huge hit with the kiddos, and was really simple to put up! All you do is get some square plates in 2-3 shades of green and some black. Lay them out on a table or the floor, creating your Creeper pattern.
Turn them over, being careful to keep them in the patter you’re wanting, and tape all along the plate backs. Across, down, and diagonal.
See how easy it picks up? Then just use little nails or something at the top corners and one in the middle to hold it onto your wall. Easy and fabulous!
On our tablescape we used these fun Minecraft paper/box sets to really make the place look like the game. They come in sheet patterns that you just pop out and fold together. Great activity idea! I also nabbed this Grass tablecloth, which worked perfect!
I hung balloons and put Creeper faces or Enderman faces on them in our kitchen area and at the front door. For the favor bags I just got simple green baggies and taped black construction paper Creeper faces on the front!
I found these awesome swords and pick-axe and the kids LOVED them! Perfect for the decor, then you can use them for a game of ‘fight the Creeper’, then the birthday kid can keep them afterwards. We HAD to get a diamond sword version along with the iron, since my family is kind of obsessed with this game and it just ‘topped it off’.
There’s also PLENTY of Minecraft items HERE you can check out, from glowing wall torches, to pins, to spinning Wither and more!
Like the fabulous torches? Get the Tutorial HERE
Seriously, you could go even more crazy here, too! Here’s some of the delicious snacks and drinks we served up…
- Creeper Juice & Creeper cups (green cups with marker faces)
- Gold Brick boxes (also good for favors) with Coal (chocolate)
- Sticks (pretzels)
- Water (blue jello)
- Lava (red jello)
- TNT (licorice bits)
- Dirt & Grass (pudding with green frosting)
- Bread (biscuits with pizza toppings)
- Redstone (rice krispies with black/grey food coloring and red candy chunks)
- Diamonds (rice krispies with black/grey food coloring an blue candy chunks)
- Creeper Cake (with green/white/black fondant squares to make a face)
I got the fun Free printable food name place cards from Catch My Party.
Minecraft Games & Activities
Like I said, you could play ‘fight the Creeper’ with the foam swords, or go ‘digging’ through some boxes with the pick-axes. You could also create your own sword with this fun Free Printable Sword Stencil HERE.
There’s also a Creeper Pinata – Get the Tutorial HERE
My boys seriously LOVED their party, and everyone had a wonderful time. We were also able to keep most of the decor for the kids to enjoy for a long while yet!
Don’t miss out on more Minecraft Fun…
……Continue until the row is complete, going clear to the other end. If it hangs over the last edge a bit, that’s perfectly fine.
#10: Continue with all of the other rows, working your way from the outside towards the inside.
If it hangs off too much, like more than 1/2-1″, trim it off.
#11: When you’ve done all of the rows, take the edges (the long line you cut earlier towards the center, where it will open and wrap around the tree) and hem them under.
And you’re done!
Note: I left the little gathering edge in the center, because I liked the look. You can always hem that, or wrap a ribbon/fabric piece around it, if you’d like.
Seriously, I absolutely LOVE my skirt – the colors, the ruffles, the size – it’s perfect (for me)! I also love how much EASIER it was than I originally thought – I should’ve made this years ago!
Wow, this project is a bit late getting up today, but there’s a really good reason (I’ll explain at the end). Just goes to show that even us bloggers, who may appear to have it all together online, are as much a mess as anyone else…possibly more so! I’ve been really excited to share this tutorial on how to Make Your Own Stocking Advent Calendar, and hope you enjoy it!
Now, I ended up doing more than one, so please don’t be confused if the pictures show different fabrics. ALL the tutorial steps are done from the same stocking advent calendar, so it shouldn’t be hard to follow these simple steps. Our kids love it when we pull ours out at Christmas, especially because we do put treats in ours for each day. You can do small toys, notes with a special surprise or activity for them, or whatever you want that works for your family! The point is, it’s a really beautiful and fun holiday decoration, plus gives the kids a way to count down the days!
- 1/2 yard Main color fabric (I’ve used felt, fleece and a silky one, you choose) – in the pics it’s the blue or the red
- 1/2 yard Secondary color fabric for the pockets – in the pics it’s the silver or green
- 1/4 yard lining (I use just a plain white, cheap fabric)
- 1/4 yard Quilt batting or thin foam lining
- Sewing machine, thread, scissors, pins, etc.
- Ribbon for a hanging loop
- Bell that fits into the little pockets
- Ribbon/rope/cord to hang the bell
- Ribbon for the trim along the top flap, if desired
- If you don’t want to/can’t sew the numbers on, you can get iron-on numbers or use puffy paint (I don’t recommend the last option, but it’s up to you)
Cut out your fabric
- Cut out your stocking shape…a total height of about 20″ and a width (toe to edge) of about 13″. This allows for the seams. What you will need of this shape: 2 Main Fabric, 1 batting/foam, 2 liners.
- Cut out the top over-flap….it’s one piece, folded on the fat edge (toe side of the stocking). Total height about 4″ on the low side, about 6.5″ on the tall side. Total length of 26.5″. What you will need of this shape: 1 Main Fbric, 1 batting/foam, 1 liner.
- Cut out your rows, about 11″ long and 2.5″ tall, this allows for seams.
- Sew a little hem along the top and bottom of each row, as well as the ends.
- Either sew on your numbers now (you’ll need 4 pockets on the top 4 rows, 5 on the bottom two rows….leave more room on the two sides to allow for seams and such. If you’re ironing or using puffy paint, you can wait until the end.
- Sew each row onto the front Main fabric piece. JUST the bottom, since the top needs to stay open.
- Then sew the edges up the side of the stocking, so they don’t fold over funny.
- Going from the center, pin where you will sew DOWN the stocking, creating each little pocket. Keep in mind the edges will still be used in a seam, so allow room for that.
Put the Stocking together
- To sew the front and back of the stocking together, put the layers ‘inside out’….so the two white liner pieces will be on the outside. The foam/batting goes between the FRONT main piece and one of the lining pieces, and the other main fabric goes on the back.
- Pin and sew all the edges for a pretty seem (once it’s right-side out it’s pretty).
- Making sure you keep the top OPEN (the stocking will actually be open at the top, so you can put things inside if you want) also hem the top edges around.
- Sew together the top ‘flap’ pieces….main fabric, then batting/foam, then lining. Hem the top edges really nicely, then sew the two side ends together. So the pieces would stay together nicely, I quickly stitched along the bottom. If you’re going to add the trim to the flap edge, you’ll CAREFULLY fold the ribbon (so the middle edge) is sticking out between the main fabric and lining, then the edges sticking inside. It’s a bit tricky, but looks better. I don’t have photos of the trim, but will try to add some soon.
- You’ll then sew the bottom of the flap piece to the top of the stocking, as shown in these photos… The stocking is inside out, then put together at the top like this. When you fold the flap over, it will look like this. And the inside will look like this.
- Take a loop of ribbon and just sew it inside the stocking, so it hangs near the top edge, as shown.
- Also sew in one end of the rope/ribbon/cord for the bell. Attach the other end to the bell, making sure the entire thing can reach the bottom pockets on the stocking.
- If you didn’t sew on the numbers, now you can iron them on, or use puffy paint.
THIS IS WHY I HAD ISSUES TODAY: I tried the puffy paint on this beautiful silver and blue Stocking Advent Calendar. It looked terrible….and we accidentally spilled some on one of the pockets so it smeared and looks AWFUL! I went to quickly remake that stocking, since I had enough fabric and such anyway….and my sewing machine decided to break. Until I can get that repaired, no ‘finished’ pics of the pretty silver/blue stocking 🙁
Having used various fabrics, I decided I prefer the felt/fleece best. It doesn’t slide around and wrinkle like the other shiny stuff. Go with what YOU prefer, though! We love our stocking, and can’t wait to get started on it in just over a week….so fun!
I can’t believe it’s almost Mother’s Day – but I guess that happens with every holiday lately! Totally creeps up on me, then it’s gone in a blink. Luckily, this Mother’s Day Flower Photo Gift is adorable, fun and super simple to make! Plus, it’s the type of gift she’ll want to hold on to for a long time to come!
Growing up, I thought that I had to go all-out for Mother’s Day, spending tons of money and loads of time creating something amazing. Guess what? It never meant as much as the simple things; things that held more memories or sentiment to them! Now that I’m a mom, I totally understand this! Now we focus on really special gifts that don’t take a ton of time or money….but that she’ll want to keep for a long while. This Mother’s Day Gift is perfect for that, so let’s get started!
- The free printable templates (found below)
- Cupcake wrappers in color of choice (I use 5-8 per pic for layering/thickness)
- Photo to cut for center
- Tape (double-sided preferably)
- Photo frame, if desired
- Print out one of the Free Printable Templates by clicking these links: Tall Straight Stem in Pink or Blue. Sideways Stem in Pink or Blue. Each of these print 8×10 in size.
- Use your tape (either double-sided, or fold over one-sided) to secure the first cupcake liner to the top of the flower stem.
- Insert the rest of the liners one-by-one, using tape below to stick it to the bottom liners. I like to make sure the ridges don’t fit together perfectly, to add some fun dimension and texture to it.
- Use the center circle of the liners to trace out your photo, then cut it out and tape to the center of the top liner.
That’s it! Now you have a beautiful Mother’s Day Photo Gift for her to display for all to see! A little tip – I found it easier to tape the liners on AFTER putting the print into a frame. If you want, you can put an initial or name in one of the corners to make even more personalized!
My kids had a lot of fun choosing their cupcake liner colors, so even THAT showed a bit of their personality in each framed print!
I know my mom is going to LOVE these special gifts from her grand-babies! Honestly, these would make a fun craft just for Spring, and a gift for anyone, really – gotta love flexibility, right?
Check out these other great posts that would be PERFECT for Mother’s Day!
If you’re a mom of littles, you know how important crayons are. And you also know that with crayons, come the crayon bits that are leftover. They get everywhere, am I right? Once the crayons aren’t brand new anymore, the kids just seem to leave them alone and want a shiny new box! Happens. Every. Time. Honestly, I hate wasting perfectly good crayons so I had to come up with a way to reuse them and I think the kids will love it! With a few simple supplies, you can make these fun Heart Shaped Crayons for Valentine’s Day.
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I can’t wait to surprise my kids with these. They are so fun and it also means I won’t find bits of crayon ground into the flooring or stuck in pockets at laundry time. It’s a win win! 😉
What You’ll Needed
- Silicone Heart Mold
- Preheat oven to 250 F.
- Take paper off of crayons.
- Break into small pieces. (Unless you’re like me and have tiny crayon pieces everywhere. 😉 )
- Put 2 different crayon colors in each mold or mix a few different colors. Be creative – there are no rules here!
- Place mold on cookie sheet and place in oven for about 5 minutes. Watch carefully and take them out when crayons are melted.
- Let them cool completely, then pop crayons out of your mold.
- You’re ready to color!
I love this project so much, that I’m even thinking ahead to stocking stuffers and classroom gifts! Since you can use any mold you like, these heart shaped crayons for Valentine’s Day can become turkey shaped for Thanksgiving, or elf shaped for Christmas. If you try it, tag me on Instagram so I can see your work!
Woohoo, it’s time for another Craft Lightning post! I love joining in on this every month, being able to join with other amazing bloggers as we share crafts that take 15 minutes or less. With October drawing near (aaack!), we’re doing some fun Halloween crafts, like this Trick or Treat Smell My Feet Halloween Gift, with free printables, of course! Originally shared September 2014
Who else thinks this is just totally adorable? Plus it’s combining a cute gift package with a delicious treat….cookie mix in a jar! This was super quick to put together, and I can’t wait to hand them out to neighbors soon. As you can see, the recipe (and the wet ingredients for the person to add) are nicely included on the tag.
Printables you’ll need
Plus this tracing sheet for the witch shoes & legs
Supplies – per Halloween Gift
- Printables listed above
- Jar with lid
- 2 fun Fabric pieces
- Ribbon of choice
- Paper for legs & shoes of witch
- Paper for tag
- Scissors, Hot Glue Gun & Hot Glue, Tape, Glue Stick, Hole Punch
- For cookie mix in jar: 3/4 cup Brown Sugar, 1/4 cup Sugar, small pack Instant Pudding Mix, 2 1/4 cup Flour, 1 tsp. Baking Soda, 1/2-1 cup Chocolate Chips (or Halloween M&Ms to make it extra fun)
- Print out the tags and traceable sheet. Cut out the pieces. Use a glue stick to attach the tag parts to the front and back of some cute paper. Tape the witch shoes to the legs, then the legs to the jar.
- Cut out your fabric pieces for over the lid. Hot glue onto the top of the lid. Fold over the edges and glue a ribbon around the edge of the lid. This will make the fabric ruffle like a skirt!
- Put your ingredients for the cookies into the jar, then put the lid on top. Use a ribbon to attach the tag, and you’re good to go!
Don’t forget to check out the other fabulous Craft Lightning posts!
I can’t believe Halloween is right around the corner! With all the crazy-ness of the past, well, YEAR, I’m so behind on everything. The last thing I want is to be super-stress and overloaded during the holidays! I better get a jump start on this holiday, though, with a little help from this Spooktastic Halloween Treat Bag Round Up! Originally shared September 2014
I love cute packaging, whether it’s a bag, mason jar, candy wrapper or even just a fun decorated cellophane bag! It just makes it all the more fun during the seasons, I think. Whether you’re doing a party, just passing out to close friends, or because your kiddos need a nifty craft to get them in the mood, here’s a fabulous Halloween Treat Bag Round Up to get your creativity flowing!
Bat Candy Bar Covers from Skip To My Lou
Bat Box on Parents.com
Treat Cone on HGTV.com
Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet Mason Jar Gift on Busy Mom’s Helper
Treat Bags Kids Will Love on Mud Pie Studio
I’ve Got My Eyes On You from Then She Made
Halloween Treat Bag from Scrapbook Paper on Ella Claire Inspired
DIY Halloween Treat Bag from Live. Laugh. Rowe.
Black Cat Treat Pouch on Parents.com
Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet by The Fickle Pickles
Pumpkin Poo from Eighteen 25
Bugs & Kisses from Moms By Heart
Easy Mummy Halloween Craft from Mom Outnumbered
Halloween Boo Mix Bag from Sandy Toes & Popsicles
Teachers Deserve Halloween, Too on by Stephanie Lynn
Owl Treats by The Barefoot Teacher
Free Printable Halloween Trick or Treat Bags from Party Planning Center
Pumpkin Gift Bags from Glued To My Crafts
Halloween Playdough Treat Bags from One Krieger Chick
10 Last Minute Trick-or-Treat Packaging Ideas from The Celebrations Shoppe
Halloween S’mores Teacher Gift from Yellow Bliss Road
Witch’s Brooms by Two Crafting Sisters
DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Bags from Lil Blue Boo
Spider Candy Holder from Spoonful
Candy Corn Favors from Country Living
Count’s Teeth from Katherine Marie Photography
Spooky Boo Bags from How Does She
I love traveling, like a lot! I do NOT, however, enjoy long road trips with my kids. I love my kids….very much…but being stuck in a van for hours upon hours is just not my cup of tea! With a 20+ hour road trip this summer (and that’s just one way!), I’ve spent the past few months searching for ideas to help pass the time and keep the kids happy (and us sane). One of the ideas I came across was this super cute DIY Travel Coloring Tote! (this post is reshared from 2014)
When we’re on a long drive, I hate finding color pencils and pages all over the van. Then the kids complain they’re bored, you don’t want to stop and pick them up, and it’s just a headache for everyone. Now they can each keep their coloring pages, stickers and colored pencils together in a simple tote kept right by their seat! Plus, this DIY Travel Coloring Tote is actually really simple to make (which is great, since I don’t like difficult or time-consuming projects)!
Notes: decide ahead of time the size you want your totes, since you’ll need to know the amount of fabric/cardboard you’ll need!
- Fabric of choice, for main tote (I had roughly a quarter yard and it was plenty)
- Fabric of choice, for inside pocket areas (large pieces of scrap fabric is perfect for this). You’ll need a flat piece for the ‘hard coloring’ side, a flat piece for the opposite side, plus a third piece you’ll create the pocket/pencil holder in.
- Poster board or cardboard, for creating your hard coloring surfaces and backing
- Ribbon for handles
- Stretchy ribbon (if desired) to hold coloring pages onto hard surface
- Sewing machine, thread, etc.
- Hot glue gun/sticks
- Any decorations desired (flowers, etc.)
- Get your main tote fabric and place your front and back (or just fold a larger piece on itself) pieces with the good side facing in/together. Sew the edges together EXCEPT for a gap big enough for your to turn it back rightside out. Nicely sew closed that opening once it’s back with the ‘pretty’ sides facing out. Glue your ribbon pieces to the tote bag (so the ends will be covered by your board pieces). If you have just scraps of fabric you want to use for your outside tote bag, arrange it to make a cool pattern (then people will think it was purposely planned that way!). That’s what I did for this one:
- Take your piece of fabric that you’ll turn into your pencil/pages holder. Hem the top edge. Flip over and hem the bottom edge. MAKE SURE you fold it up to see that you’re hemming the correct direction. Fold the bottom up as high as you want the pencil holder part to be, leaving a little extra along the bottom. I did mine about 3-4 inches tall for coloring pencils. Sew the edge along the side so the bottom stays folded up. Then go about every 3/4 inch over and sew up JUST to the top of the folded over piece.
- Place your pocket/holder piece on to one of your flat side fabric pieces, and line them up along the bottom. Sew the sides together (just to the top of the pocket piece, no need to go further). It’s not a big deal if the sides of your pocket piece stick out further than your main piece.
- Cut your poster/cardboard so it’s just a bit smaller than your fabric pieces. (note: I put 3 poster board pieces together to make it more sturdy) Place your piece pretty side down and put the board piece on top, centered. Use a hot glue gun to glue the edges down over the board.
- Glue your board pieces in the center of each side inside your tote bag. If you want to use stretchy ribbon on the flat side, you can glue the edges tight over the sides of the board piece before glueing it to the bag.
- If you want to add any decoration, feel free! I put a fun little flower on Wonder Woman’s bag, but left the boys’ plain.
The kids LOVE their bags, and they’re perfect for our trip AND for other times I need them to sit still and be quiet….like church or even waiting for sister at her dance lessons! They’ve been a huge life-saver, and have held up really well…..woot woot!