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DIY Dollar Tree Funnel Set Christmas Trees

These DIY Dollar Tree Funnel Set Christmas Trees, turned out so cute!  My favorite part? They only cost about $3.50 each to make!

Hi friends, how have you been? The Christmas crafts are in full-swing around here! Last weekned, I paid a trip to the Dollar Tree to look for some cute add-ons/ supplies for a few of the holiday crafts that I'm working on. I was disappointed when I couldn't find any cone foam forms in their floral section. I have a bunch of stockpiled ribbon, and I had my heart set on making ribbon trees to display on the tops of my kitchen cabinets for Christmas. Though I had a plan, I certainly didn't want to shell out $5-$8 for each of the cone foam forms from the craft store, to make my ribbon trees.

After perusing the aisles, my eyes landed on a 3 piece funnel set in the cooking section. Each set comes with a small, medium, and large funnel (just $1 for each set of 3). After stacking them on top of each other, I decided that I could easily use the funnel sets, in place of a cone foam form, to make my ribbon Christmas Trees. Now that they're complete, I actually think they turned out better than they would have, had I used foam forms. The funnels are wider, which gives a much fuller look than the narrow foam forms would have. While I'm using my Dollar Tree Funnel Set Christmas Trees as a display on the tops of my kitchen cabinets, they would also make a super cute DIY holiday gift idea, this holiday season!

Read on for the full supply list, and my simple tutorial to make your own Dollar Tree Funnel Set Christmas Trees.

10 Minute Hot Crab Dip + Grab Your $1 Off Cole’s MIDDLES™ Printable Coupon {Available NOW At Walmart!}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cole’s MIDDLES™. All opinions are 100% mine.

This 10 minute Hot Crab Dip is AMAZING, and it pairs perfectly with Cole's MIDDES™  Bread Five Cheese bites. So delicious, and simple! This Hot Crab Dip and Cole's MIDDLES, make a great fuss-free appetizer to serve to guests during the holiday season. It's also a great make-and-take recipe, for toting to all of your upcoming holiday gatherings.

Friends, not even gonna' lie. The past few days have been a bit crazy around here. The holiday whirl has definitely begun! As a busy mom (4 kids keep me super occupied, for sure!) I don't have a ton of excess time on my hands, and the busyness of the holiday season only tends to add to our already hectic schedule. In all of the busyness though, I want to pause and soak in some of the holiday magic with the kids this Christmas. So, in an effort to free up some time,  I grabbed my recipe book and earmarked a few of my favorite fast and delicious holiday recipes, to ensure that I don't spend the entire month sequestered in the kitchen! One of my top 5 favorite family recipes, is this 10 minute hot crab dip. My mom used to make this when I was young; totally timeless and always a crowd pleaser!

Looking to grab a few extra special moments with your family this holiday season, too? Grab my easy recipe for 10 Minute Hot Crab Dip and print your $1 off Cole's MIDDLES coupon, below.

DIY Dollar Tree Funnel Set Angels

These DIY Dollar Tree Funnel Set Angels are made from a 3 piece funnel set, and other simple supplies from Dollar Tree! Total cost rang in at about $6 each, to make. The pictured DIY Dollar Tree Funnel Angel stands at about 18" tall, and is perfect for displaying during the Christmas season (or even adding to the top of your Christmas tree!)

Hi friends, how was your week? We are super busy these days, but in the very best ways! These DIY Dollar Tree Funnel Set Angels, were our project of the day, yesterday. By stacking the funnels, and using them as a form/ base, it gives the illusion that the Angel is wearing a 3-tiered dress. My oldest daughter helped me assemble several of these, in about an hour and a half. I prepped everything by cutting down all of the ribbon into 5" strips, bundled the raffia to create Angel wings, and cut down all of the felt to create the face/hair. Then she helped me assemble them, using low temp hot glue. I was originally planning on leaving the faces without features - but my daughter had the idea of stitching on closed eyes / a mouth on each Angel, before gluing the felt down. I absolutely LOVE how they turned out, and I'm so glad that she suggested this super simple add-on. If you made our Dollar Tree Funnel Set Christmas Trees last year, these are just as easy to assemble! These make great handmade holiday décor and they'd also make a great gift!

Read on for the simple supply list and our easy tutorial to make your own DIY Dollar Tree Funnel Set Angels, this holiday season!

Yarn Wrapped Snowman Napkin Rings

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Yarn Wrapped Snowman Napkin rings are super simple to make, and such a fun craft for the kids! These adorable yarn wrapped snowman napkin rings are an easy fiber craft for kids, and add that special touch of fun to your holiday winter tablescapes and gatherings. My favorite part, aside from the fact that they are super cute, of course?! You only need a handful of supplies and upcycled / recycled materials to make these; all in, we made upwards of 30 of these yarn wrapped snowman napkin rings, for under $5! Not bad, right?! These yarn wrapped snowman napkin rings would also make a great handmade DIY holiday gift idea!

Read on for the full supply list and instructions to make your own yarn wrapped snowman napkin rings.

DIY Slipper Care Packages For Warm & Cozy Holiday Wishes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 
#BeBetterByGiving #CollectiveBias

With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, we are starting to brainstorm what we can do for others as a family, this holiday season. These simple slipper care packages were our family project last weekend. We assembled several of these DIY Slipper Care Packages, to gift to the residents of a local nursing home this Christmas. We stuffed each pair of slippers with personal care items, magazines, and small treats. This is such a simple way to send warm & cozy holiday wishes to the elderly residents in our community, to show them that value and appreciate them.

Hi friends, how have you been? A few years back, I started to pare down on what we gift to our children for the holiday. Excess seemed to be the word of the day on Christmas morning, and it wasn't a tradition that I wanted to continue to cultivate. Instead, we started a new tradition. We give each of our children 3 gifts on Christmas. They each get a special item (this is generally something that they wouldn't ask for during the year) a new pair of pajamas and something to read. Then we take the rest of our holiday budget, and we use it to give back to others during the holiday season. We stuff shoe boxes with special items and treats, for children in other parts of the World, that have never received a single gift on Christmas morning. We collect toys for our annual donation to a local children's hospital, and we donate our time at our local food pantry. This year, we've added these DIY Slipper Care Packages for the residents of our local nursing home, to our list. And we're still brainstorming more ways that we can give back as a family, before the year ends.

These experiences have given our entire family a broader view of how incredibly fortunate we really are. It's also brought us much closer together. While we may not live a daily life of excess, we certainly have what we need and beyond, and we have each other.  That in itself, is a gift. When we do have excess now, we seek ways to use it for others who may not have even the mere basics.  It's a far better use of our resources; especially during the holiday season.  I love that my children are learning to find joy in serving others, and that they're learning to walk through each moment with a grateful heart.
After all friends, "The one who blesses others, is abundantly blessed."
Ready to give back this holiday season? Read on for my simple tutorial on how to assemble these DIY Slipper Care Packages.

2 Turtle Doves Mini Embroidery Hoop Ornaments + Free Printable Template #ChristmasPriceIndex

This post is sponsored by PNC. All opinions expressed are my own.

"On the 2nd Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 2 Turtle Doves..." It's officially Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas Song, friends! Celebrate by making these simple and beautiful 2 Turtle Doves Mini Embroidery Hoop Ornaments with the kids, using our new free printable template. 

If you love the Holiday season as much as I do, this 2 Turtle Doves Mini Embroidery Hoop Ornament Craft needs no further explanation! It's inspired by the iconic 12 Days of Christmas Song, of course! So many fond memories of belting out that song each year as a child, in carefree giddy anticipation of "the big day”! Oh, what I wouldn't give to have a bit of that childhood naivete back. Those 12 gifts? Super-duper expensive, folks! Really, have you ever stopped to guesstimate what 2 turtle doves cost? As an adult, I certainly have, and so have the folks at PNC. For 35 years, actually; officially dubbed The PNC Christmas Price Index ®.  Each year, PNC calculates the increase/decrease/sameness in the total current cost of each of the gifts presented in the 12 days of Christmas Song. 

Read on for the full supply list (ringing in at about $5) and for our easy step-by-step tutorial, to make your own 2 Turtle Doves Mini Embroidery Hoop Ornaments with the kids this holiday season!

Mini Canvas Snowman Ornaments - A Quick & Simple {Super Cute!} Christmas Kids Craft Tutorial

Looking for a cute Christmas craft to do with the kids? These Mini Canvas Snowman Ornaments are it! This is such a quick and simple {super cute!} Christmas kids craft; perfect for gifting to friends and family - or for your own Christmas tree. If you're into mess-free kids crafts {and what mom isn't, right?), this easy Christmas craft is definitely the craft for you!

Hi friends, how have you been? Each year, my kids make new DIY ornaments for our Christmas Tree, it's a bit of a tradition around here. It's always fun to look back each year on all of the ornaments that we've made together, when we decorate our tree. Last weekend, we got a jump start on our Christmas crafting, and made these adorable Mini Canvas Snowman Ornaments. This is such a quick and simple Christmas craft for kids. These Mini Canvas Snowman Ornaments come together in a cinch with a few simple supplies and Kwik Stix {fast drying} solid tempera paint sticks. If your house is anything like mine you might even already have a stray mitten or two {or 20!} on-hand, without a match, that you can easily upcycle for this craft.

Read on for the full supply list and our easy tutorial, to make your own Mini Canvas Snowman Ornaments with the kids this holiday season.