Snowflake Craft: When is Nap Time?

Hello friends! I have a SUPER GREAT friend named Amber! She blogs over at When is Nap Time? We met through a mutual friend and have been attending bible study together for the last year. She is a great mom, super crafty woman, woman of God, and a GREAT friend! I truly am honored to have her guest post on my space! Be sure to check out her blog as I am guest post over there!

I had big plans to go DIY crazy this year for Christmas! Pinterest gave me a whole mess of ideas and I couldn’t wait to make them all!! Unfortunately, life happened and I was only able to get one made and it was a decoration for my husband’s office. There was a big space to fill so I chose to make a craft stick snowflake. It took less then 15 minutes to make and turned out super cute!

Supplies needed:

Craft sticks (AKA Popsicle sticks)

Hot glue gun

White paint

Glitter (optional)

Ribbon

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Start by painting the sticks white. After they dry begin gluing 3 sticks together making a star shape. This will form the middle. From there, connect 2 sticks making a letter V shape from the points of the middle. Glue a stick to the peak of each V. Then glue 2 sticks sideways to the end of that. It is actually much easier to follow the photo. In reality, there are many ways you can make this snowflake and the beauty is that if yours doesn’t turn out exactly like this, no two snowflakes are identical anyways!

After you get your snowflake glued together, add another thin layer of white paint. Sprinkle glitter lightly on top. The glitter will stick to the wet paint as it dries. If you do not wish to add glitter a second coat of paint is not necessary.

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Once your snowflake is dry, attach a ribbon to hang it from.

Easy peasy! And looks so cute! Here is how it looks hanging in my husbands’s office

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You can see it will take up a good amount of space! I have also seen it as a decoration for the front door! Merry Christmas friends! I hope you are able to find more time to craft this month than I have!

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December 16th: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on Christine from Choosy KidsChoosy’s Holiday Tale.

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Choosy prepares for a healthy holiday season with friends, family, and fun traditions! Video version included!

Be sure to check out Erin from Sugar Crumbs, Dark Chocolate Honeycomb Candy

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This candy looks AMAZING! I am thinking that this needs to be added to my Christmas baking list. What a beautiful blog and YUMMY recipe!

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December 15th: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on Britney from The Princess and Her Cowboys, Gingerbread Men Banner.

Gingerbread-Banner1A fun banner to hang up in your home that will take little space in the Christmas boxes for next year. This is a super cute banner that I will be making to add to my Christmas box! Love her blog also!

Be sure to check out Kate from Diary of an Urban Housewife, 10 Family Friendly Movies and Games.

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10 fun holiday movies and games to play as a family this holiday season. I am thinking I will need to watch ALL the movies on this list. It has also sparked a great idea for a future blog post. As a teacher (one that loves to read), I am thinking I should put together 25 of my favorite holiday books so that you can wrap them up for your littles to open each night for 25 days! What do you think?

Be sure to check out Jen from Jen A. Street, Holiday Crafting with Friends.

holiday crafting with friendsChristmas time is all about spending times with loved ones and creating memories. Holiday crafting with friends satisfies both of those!

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December 13th: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on  Love Life Simplified, A Christmas Issue: Stuff vs Experience.

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A Christmas issue that we have every year is about buying our children more toys and gifts they don’t need. Come check out our solution to this problem

Be sure to check out Shere from Shere y Paul, Xmas Gifts for Travelers Kids can make.

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Fun gift ideas for kiddos and parents to make for the travelers in your life!

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December 13th: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on Debi from Confessions of an “Evil” Stepmother, Favorite Christmas Cookie.

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These cookies look both equally yummy and easy! I think these may have to be added to my Christmas baking line up!

Be sure to check out Valerie from The Kitchen Revival, GF,DF Cranberry Orange Quick Bread.

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This cranberry orange bread looks AMAZING and it is Gluten and Dairy free! I am thinking the bread will have to be made in my house!

Be sure to check out Lina from Life According to Lina, Christmas Ornament Collection.

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Start this fun personalized ornament tradition with your kids while they’re young- they’ll be able to have their own collection by the time they’re ready to move out!

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December 12th: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on Nichole from Craft Junkies, DIY Holiday Canvas.

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Be sure to check out this super simple craft to add just enough Holiday Cheer to your home. SUPER CUTE! I think I may have to make this for next year!

Be sure to check out Megan from Welcome to the Zoo, DIY Wax Melts!

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Check out this fun and easy DIY to be sure your house smells fresh for the upcoming Holiday Season!

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“Merry” Mantel Sign

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I am not going to lie that I got this idea from a free sheet at Joann’s! I saw the paper and thought wouldn’t that be SOOOO cute in a Christmas word (or any word for that matter). I went to Joann’s and bought all the supplies when I had a coupon so it did not cost as much as I thought it would.

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Supplies:spray paint

Cardboard Letters

Spray Paint

Yarn

Hot Glue

First, I started by spray painting all of the letters in the word I decided to do. You could do Joy, Peace, Love, Christmas it all depends on how much space you have on your mantel. I decided to do the word Merry in silver so I spray painted the letters completely front, back and the sides outside of course.

Merry Supplies

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After spray painting the letters I plugged in my hot glue gun and added some red and green yarn to the letters. As I pulled the yarn around the letter I would just put a little bit of glue to hold the yarn in place. I thought about adding some felt in the shape of holly but decided that I liked the small hit of red and green the best. If you decade to make this get creative and add more yarn or only use one color. Maybe you decorate your house with colors other the red and green for Christmas. This craft is really fun and customizable to your taste!

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Here is what the completed project looks like! ENJOY!! Merry1

Comment below and let me know what word you would place on your mantel!

Be sure to check out more Countdown2Xmas ideas!!!

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December 11th: Countdown2Xmas

IS IT FRIDAY YET!? I feel like this week has gone by so fast! As a teacher this is the crazy part of the year where we are getting finals together and wrapping up our curriculum to relax and celebrate the holiday season with our families. I am so excited that my sister is coming home from Arkansas. We will all get to spend the holiday’s together. OH AND……. Sister 3 who just recently had a birthday is coming home with a BEAUTIFUL ring! Yes, She is ENGAGED! I am so excited for my sister and her soon to be husband!

Enjoy the fun and exciting posts before the Christmas season!

Be sure not to miss out on Jenn from Sincerely Jenn, Christmas Day Outfit Inspiration.

Christmas-Day-Outfit-InspirationNeed an idea for what to wear for Christmas? Check out Jenn’s AWESOME outfit ideas!

Be sure to check out Heather from My Life Well Loved, Paleo Hazelnut Cookies.

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These paleo, healthy cookies are so delicious your family won’t even know that they’re good for them! These all natural cookies are delicious and simple so they make the perfect Christmas treat!

Be sure to check out Ashley from Forever Ashley, Magic Christmas Date Ideas.

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No kids!? Read Ashley’s great ideas on how to make the holiday time special for you and your spouse.

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December 10th: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on Shambray from Shambray, Shapes Christmas Tree Craft.

(PLUS a FREE Printable)

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The BEST last minute Christmas craft to do with you toddlers and kids! Just 3 items that you already have at home to put together this fun craft. It will teach your kids shapes matching & recognition as well as motor skills.

Be sure to check out Michelle from Our Three Peas , DIY Paper Bag Gingerbread Man

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Check out this super CUTE craft to be made with any little kiddos in your life. This is a fun activity to use up recycled materials. I will be saving this for when I have little ones running around.

Be sure to check out Rachel from Officially Stoked, The Snowball Effect.

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Be sure to check out this AMAZING recipe for truffles! It also includes a FREE PRINTABLE!!!

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December 9th: Countdown2Xmas

I am so very sorry this out later then I had expected. I am planning a wedding that will be happening in less then 11 days. I took the day off of my “9-5” job to go and run errands for my wedding! My fiancé and I accomplished a lot but there is still more to do! Please be sure you check out these AWESOME ideas below!

Be sure not to miss out on Mindy from Mindy Alyse Celebrations, How to Host a Cookie Exchange.

(PLUS a FREE Printable)

Cookie-Exchange-Cover-1024x807Inspiration to throw an amazing Holiday Cookie Exchange Party! Including FREE Party Printables. I met Mindy at a local crafting event. I just LOVE her work and she is such a sweet lady so be sure to check out all the other exciting things she is doing in her day to day life!

Be sure to check out Heather from Mommy by the Sea, Countdown to Christmas. (PLUS FREE Printable’s!)

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Fun activity to do with the littles in your life to help with the excitement of the Christmas holiday!

Be sure to check out Nichole from Baby Moon Mama, Baby’s First Ornament.

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This is such a cute and WONDERFUL idea to document your little ones first Christmas! With a new nephew in my family I am thinking this would be a SUPER cute gift idea! Thanks so much for sharing an out of the box idea! IN LOVE!

Love and Peace

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