preschool craft- paper cone ornaments Bonus Project!!

Get out the construction paper, glue and piles of embellishments and make paper cone Christmas trees with your preschooler to decorate this holiday season. You can decorate these trees however you like and with whatever you like. Use green construction paper or get creative and use something completely different. These cute paper trees are fun relatively simple to create. Let the holiday crafting begin!

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Materials you need:

  • Construction paper
  • Embellishments such as buttons, glitter glue, paper scraps, gems, whatever you like
  • Glue
  • Paper clips while glue dries
  • Scissors
Cut paper and decorateCut paper and decorate
Use whatever you'd like to decorate your paper Christmas treeUse whatever you’d like to decorate your paper Christmas tree
Wrap, glue and hold edges togetherWrap, glue and hold edges together

How to make a paper cone Christmas tree:

  1. Cut construction paper into a 1/2 circle.
  2. Decorate, covering the front side of the paper but leaving a little on each edge blank for gluing later. Let dry.
  3. Wrap paper into a cone shape and glue edges. Place paper clip along bottom of glue edge to hold in place while it dries.
  4. Enjoy!

Upcycled Lid – Kids Ornaments

Plastic lid ornaments

Use plastic lids from all that holiday entertaining food to make ornaments and play with glitter glue. Plastic does not work well with washable markers, so be prepared to use a permanent marker set for this project. Definitely a project for older preschoolers. Make sure, if you use glitter glue, it isn’t layered on too thick, otherwise when it dries, the glitter might peal right off the plastic.

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Coloring a recycled plastic lid
Coloring a recycled plastic lid

Once the marker or paint, or whatever you use to decorate your plastic lids dries, add a ribbon to hang it up. Punch a hole in the top edge of the lid, tie on a ribbon and you’re all set. Plastic lid ornaments are an inexpensive activity that you can make to decorate or give as hand made gifts from your preschooler.

9 kids candy cane crafts and a free template

candy-cane crafts

Candy canes are a favorite Christmas and wintertime treat around my house and not just for the kids.  My kids love to eat them and even craft with them.  We don’t limit ourselves to just the red and white canes.  The Starburst canes are our favorite and you can find them in most local big box stores.  We like to make crafts, decor and gifts from candy canes for the holiday season. You can find all types of color combos for candy canes now, so you are not limited to the classic red and white.  Plus if you craft with them you can save yourself a few calories.  Who am I kidding?  I like to stir my hot Chocolate with the candy canes. Click on the images below to find directions for each of the projects.  You’ll find some fun candy cane craft ideas you can do with your preschooler… adding a little extra holiday cheer with every sweet idea!

Free candy cane craft template

The template is free for you to use in your candy cane crafts. It is the perfect size printable to pass out to the kids.  They can color with crayons, glue on colored paper, paint it or anything else you can think of.  Best part about it it the template is free and you can print as many as you need.  You can try all kind of crafting techniques.  Color it or glue on it… make all kinds of fun candy cane projects with it.  To make the crafts even more fun you can snack on them while you are making the crafts or you can try my White Chocolate peppermint rice crispy treats.  Have the kids help you crush the candy canes.  There recipe is quick and easy plus it tastes great.

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Angelic Recycled Crafts

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Tis the season of giving and finishing up last minute projects for those holiday presents.  I decided to make and share with you my idea for recycling soup cans.

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I removed the labels and washed out a tin can and covered it with scrapbooking paper. I used silver metal from Walnut Hollow’s Creative Metal Line. I cut it into 1″ strips and folded it accordion style. I placed decorative scrapbooking tape over the metal before adhering it to the center of the can with strong adhesive.

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The angel placed on the front of the can was created with wood wings, a stamped circle and chipboard shapes. I used a photo-realistic stamp and Staz On ink in black to stamp a piece of smooth cardstock. I cut the face out and used Collage Pauge to adhere it to the painted circle. Rub ons provided the holiday sentiment in the center of the angel.

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I added a jeweled brad and glittered ribbon to the bottom of the front for extra sparkle.

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As an extra fun detail, I punched small holes with a heavy hole punch and placed brads at the back of the can on the seams. I added a sparkly beaded handle and glued the angel to the can with Aleenes Original Tacky Glue.

These cans can be used to present gift cards, baked treats or other small gifts.

Happy Holidays and thanks for letting me share with you today!

Live Life Creatively,


Button Tree – Christmas wall hanging

Button art Christmas Tree decor

You can make some neat Christmas decor pieces using buttons, I’ve created a Christmas tree using a recycled woven placemat red ribbon and buttons from Buttons Galore and More. I created this piece to hang on the wall, but you could create mini versions as ornaments, pretty accents for your gift wrapping or a little bit of decor to give as a gift.

Button art Christmas Tree by Jen GoodeButton art Christmas Tree by Jen Goode

Create your own: Read the button art Christmas tree tutorial on the Buttons Galore and More blog.

Goode Bags for Christmas

We’re making cookies for the neighbors tomorrow… but I haven’t gone shopping for even an egg. This year snuck up on me, yesterday was mid-July last I looked.  I decided to make a holiday greeting I can share with everyone.

Happy Holidays from the Goodes

Happy Holiday Christmas Penguins by Jen GoodeHappy Holiday Christmas Penguins by Jen Goode

In theory, this Treat bag topper designed by Eileen Hull for Sizzix would have goodies attached to it, however the brownies made last night were attacked by gremlins before midnight. (Yes, The Christmas Penguins are available to purchase on a variety products in my store).

I don’t have the actual die that cut out these shapes, instead of was sent pre-cut pieces to create this project with. However, it’s easy to embellish and decorate pre-cut/pre-made pieces… here’s how.

  1. Gather your pieces. Start off with the pre-cut pieces you’d like to use.
    Sizzix bag topper by Eileen Hull
  2. Pick your art. I chose to print out my own art and text. You can use clipart or go a bit further by stamping and drawing freehand.
  3. Cut and place art. I cut out the art, leaving a generous edge space and ran it through my Xyron for a nice smooth application of adhesive covering the entire piece evenly. I applied to the cut pieces and then trimmed off the excess paper.
  4. Color and accent. Next I colored the entire piece with Prismacolor markers to give more of a handmade feel.
  5. Add the details. I then drew various extras (white dots, loose circles, holly leaves etc.) with Marvy Uchida Puffy Velvet fabric markers, following the instructions to create a bit of a textured effect to my project. I Repeated the process around the edge of the sign piece as well as the white on Santa’s outfit.
  6. Final touches. Finally I applied DecoArt Twinkles glitter paint (crystal) to create the sparkle effect.
Decorated treat bag topper by Jen GoodeDecorated treat bag topper by Jen Goode

The Ultimate Upcycled Boxes


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Last year  All-star designers created projects with  Sizzix dies designed by Brenda PinnickEileen Hull and Karen Burniston. Each designer posted a project on their own blog using that week’s featured die. You’ll be able to hop around and view all the creations by using the back and forward button on the sizzix logo on our blogs. The Hop went for seven weeks, with a different die being featured every Thursday. To see a list of all the designers participating in the hop, click here.

This wonderful Beauty Blooms Die, designed by Brenda Pinnick   is one of the best layered flower dies I have worked with. I received some die cuts in white, so I immediately knew I wanted to add some sort of color and stamps to my flower pieces.

I decided to use recycled pet treat boxes, which I always seem to have plenty of, and make an inspiring gift box based on the twelve days of christmas carol. This year, my family has decided to go the way of the white elephant (gift exchange) and give gifts low in monetary value but high in meaning and entertainment. These boxes will be perfect to jazz up what I plan to give them. And they are so fun to create!

I started by taking the box apart carefully at the glued seams and laying flat on the work surface.

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Since I love creating little windows and peeks, I used a Coluzzle knife to cut a rectangular shaped window from the front of my box, which I had already covered with patterned paper.

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Needing a backing for the window, I used a recycled cereal box to cut the appropriate measurements and covered that with a patterned paper as well. To create dimension, I placed sticky foam dots, layered one on top of each other, in the corners. This will be placed behind the box front.

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I used wool felt from National Nonwovens to cut a four using my Big Shot Machine and my Serif Essentials Numbers die set.

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Since the theme of this gift box is “four calling birds,” I used Sizzix’s Bird in Cage die cut to cut four red wool felt birds. I glued these to the box using Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue.

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I did trim the tails of the birds slightly and machine stitched in place using a loose free form pattern.

I used Staz on Jacquards Pearl Ex Pigment Stamp Pad in Black and  a scrip stamp fromHampton Arts to stamp text on the flowers.

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I then used color washes made from acrylic paints to slighly add color to the flower petals.

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The fun continues when you add color blocks for embellishing and color washes over the patterned papers to create depth and texture.

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I used tiny alphabet stamps and black ink to stamp the sentiments in the color circles and to create a tag for the box. I also should add that I covered the entire box by measuring and cutting patterned paper pieces to fit. Adding papers to the inside of the box is a good idea as well. It makes the box extra sturdy and adds a little finished touch in case you want to display the box after removing the contents.

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I layered the flower and added a jeweled brad for extra sparkle.Once you have finished embellishing your art box, re-assemble with strong adhesive tape, using the original seams. You may want to also dry brush the edges of the boxes to mask any original color that peeks through.

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For the “partridge in a pear tree” box, I used Sizzix Bird with wing die and free hand cut a plum from the wool felt.

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The addition of a scalloped cardstock top, dry brushed with acrylic paint, add a wood handle attached with wire completes these little fun mixed media creations.

No one would guess you started with throw away cardboard boxes!

Live Life Creatively,


Make Metal Washer Ornaments


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Looking for an inexpensive and quick photo ornament idea for your holiday decor? Look no further than your local home hardware store or even your own garage.

These flat metal washers make sturdy but elegant frames for showcasing some of your photos. To dress them up a little, I dry brushed the edges of the washers with black acrylic paint. I added a rub on sentiment to the “frame.” I scroll style sticker gives them a little bling. I used a wool felt die cut flower by Sizzix to back the frame and sandwhiched a metal braid cord between the wool felt and washer to use as a hanger. Finally, a simple small sprig of holiday greenery was added.

You can make a whole batch of these in no time! Vintage images would also look fab inside these!

Live Life Creatively,


button snowman ornament idea

button snowman ornament

Quick and easy Button Snowman Ornament, perfect for when you need and ornament for a gift, package topper or an ornament exchange?  Why not make your own this year.  Button Ornaments are a great and inexpensive solution.  I made a few dozen while catching up on my favorite tv shows.  The buttons I used come in a great storage jar that also makes it easy to craft on the go.  For me on the go is not in my crafting cave.

Button Snowman Ornament

To make this cute and simple button snowman ornament:

  • a wire cutter
  • 14-20 guage wire. approx. 24 inches
  • one orange bead ( barrel or bicone)
  • two brown or black beads for mittens
  • Various size black buttons (5- 8)
  • White buttons ( 18-26)
  • I used buttons from a jar in the Portrait Collection

Directions for a button snowman ornament:

Cut a 12 in piece of wire.  Make a loop or add a crimp bead  at the bottom. Stack white buttons on to desired height.  Wrap a six inch piece of wire around to form arms.  Attach beads for mittens and cut off any excess. Cut off a3 inch piece of wire and attach orange bead as the nose.  Stack on more white buttons and then add largest black button to form brim of hat.  Stack on more black buttons to make hat.  Use the remaining wire to form a loop as shown.



Make Hand Painted Patchwork Christmas Trees and a Giveaway.

Stuffed trees 1Painting on canvas has become a favorite crafting project of mine. When I recently received these canvas sheets from Canvas Corp, I knew I could make some cool custom fabric using Jacquard’s Lumiere and Neopaque Paints.

Canvas sheetFirst, I cut my sheets into rectangular shapes measuring about 5″ x 7″ using a rotary cutter and mat.

Cutting canvas 1I used a template but a clear cutting ruler designed for quilting would work as well. Once you get your canvas shapes cut, paint them in Jacquard Products Lumiere and Neopaque paints.

Painting canvasThe canvas will likely curl while it is drying so dont be alarmed, you can press it flat once it is dry.

Painted canvas

Painted canvas 2Once you have your sheets base coated, add some interesting patterns using the Neopaque and Lumiere paints. I opted for red polka dots, which I created on the Citrene Green rectangles, created with the end of a pencil.

Making polka dots
I also created an interesting pattern using swatches of paint and stamped over them using a paint lid. Dripping paint over a metallic silver rectangle creates yet another cool yet easy pattern.

Painted patternsOn the turquoise rectangle, I opted to create a script background using a tee juice fine point marker.

Tee juice scriptThis technique is easy. Simply start out with a letter and end keep going using squiggly lines so that the script is illegible, but looks real. Once you have your desired patterns in place (at least four), cut the rectangles into random pieces using the rotary cutter and mat.

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To create the patchwork patterns, sew the wrong sides of the strips together using a sewing machine, thread and straight stitch and press the seams open with an iron set on steam.

Steam seams openTrace a rounded tree pattern on the right or wrong side of the patchwork rectangle.

Draw patternYou will need two pieces- one for the front and one piece for the back. Once you have the two pieces cut out, join the wrong sides together and sew using a sewing machine and straight stitch, about 1/4″ from the edges. Leave the bottom open for stuffing.

Stuffing trees
Lightly stuff the tree and sew the bottom together, leaving a 1/2″ opening in the center. Paint a 1/2″ dowel that has been cut to about 4″-6″ and a doll pin stand Neopaque brown.

Neopaque and woodInsert the dowel into the small opening at the bottom of the stuffed canvas tree and secure with glue. Finally, insert into the doll pin using some glue to secure.

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I chose to dry brush the tree stands with Lumiere in metallic silver and use some ofCanvas Corp’s fun burlap to change up the look of the tree collection.

Canvas corp burlapThese trees are bright, happy and merry! They will make a fun mantel decoration of a cute table centerpiece.

Canvas corp products such as the burlap and canvas can be purchased

Dont forget about the contest that ends December 15th. You can win some fun treat bags and a copy of Cloth Paper Scissors Gifts.

Live Life Creatively,