Mini Snow Globes

Love the whimsy of snow globes? Now bring the fun home and create your own mini snow globes that can be used as ornaments. Just a few supplies will have you on your way to creating these fun Christmasy ornaments via @tipsaholic #ornaments #snowglobes #diy Mini Snow Globe Ornaments

A drift of Epsom salts helps set the scene in this winter wonderland. Love the whimsy of snow globes? Now bring the fun home and create your own mini snow globes that can be used as ornaments. Just a few supplies will have you on your way to creating these fun Christmasy ornaments.

Supplies:

  • clear plastic shot glass
  • card stock paper
  • pinking shears
  • glue dots
  • small plastic figures (trees, penguins, etc.)
  • epsom salts
  • tacky glue
  • metallic pipe cleaners
  • string
  • button

Directions:

Trace the opening of a clear plastic shot glass(we got ours at a dollar store) on card stock.

Use pinking shears to cut a circle slightly larger than the traced line, then use a glue dot to adhere a small plastic figure to the center.

Add 1 tablespoon Epsom salts to the plastic cup, then line the rim of the cup with tacky glue and adhere the card stock base.

When the seam is dry, glue a piece of metallic pipe cleaner around the bottom of the globe.

Thread string through a button for a hanger, then glue the button in place.

Featured image and tutorial via Family Fun.

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Petite Gumball Machine Ornaments

 Kids always love gum and gumballs. Have a little more fun with their love for gum by creating petite gumball machine ornaments. They are adorable and would add a fun flair to your Christmas tree. Add a bit of sweetness to your holiday with this tiny version of a childhood favorite. - tipsaholic.com #gum #gumball #ornaments #DIY #christmas

Petite Gumball Machine Ornaments

Crafting is a great way to spend some time at home during the holidays. Ornaments are always fun to create. Kids always love gum and gumballs. Have a little more fun with their love for gum by creating petite gumball machine ornaments. They are adorable and would add a fun flair to your Christmas tree. Add a bit of sweetness to your holiday with this tiny version of a childhood favorite.

Supplies:

  • red card stock paper
  • tack glue
  • clothespin
  • silver glitter card stock
  • clear glass ball ornament
  • small round beads
  • large button

Directions:

Roll a 3/4- by 5-inch strip of card stock into a 11/4-inch-diameter tube and secure it with tacky glue (clamp it with a clothespin until the glue dries).

Glue one end of a small rectangle of silver glitter card stock to the tube.

Fill a 11/2-inch diameter clear glass ball ornament with small beads.

For the base, glue the tube to a large button (ours has a 11/2-inch diameter), then glue the ornament in place.

Featured image and craft via Family Fun.

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Stay Frosty Wreath

Christmas is just around the corner and this is the perfect time to get out the craft supplies and have some fun with the kids. have them help you create this adorable Stay Frosty Wreath. It is easy, simple and can even be used after Christmas and all year long. - tipsaholic.com #frosty #wreath #crafts #kids #christmas #snow

Stay Frosty Snowman Wreath

Christmas is just around the corner and this is the perfect time to get out the craft supplies and have some fun with the kids. Have them help you create this adorable Stay Frosty Wreath. It is easy, simple and can even be used after Christmas and all year long.

Stay Frosty Snowman Wreath

Supplies:

  • circle punches or scissors
  • white card stock paper
  • black card stock paper
  • tacky glue
  • 18-inch-diameter wood wreath form
  • orange card stock paper

Directions:

This snowman won’t melt even on warm afternoons. Using circle punches or scissors, cut about five dozen 2-inch circles from white card stock.

For the eyes and mouth, cut two 2-inch and seven 1½-inch circles from black card stock.

With tacky glue, cover an 18-inch-diameter wood wreath form with the white circles (start at the outer edge, gluing the circles so they overhang a bit).

Roll an 8-inch square of orange card stock into a narrow cone.

Glue on the eyes, nose, and mouth. Add a paper hat as shown.

Featured image and craft via Family Fun.

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6 Ways to Banish Your Family’s Winter Blues

Don't let winter blues keep you cooped up. Find lots of great ideas to banish your family's winter blues with this list of ideas from tipsaholic.com #winter #family #activities #winterfun #kids 6 WAys to Banish Your Family's Winter Blues

If your climate is less than balmy during the winter, you may find yourself dreading the doldrums that can so often occur during the coldest months of the year. So if you’d like to see your family doing more than just willing away the hours in front of the TV or staring at a smart phone, give these ideas for staying happy a try! Banish those winter blues!

1. Get out of the house. While it may not seem ideal when you have to bundle yourself in a dozen layers, it can truly be the best medicine for a bout of boredom. Some suggestions for time spent outdoors:

  • Snow forts
  • Sledding
  • Snow painting
  • Build a snowman
  • Nature walks
  • Winter photography
  • Ice skating
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling or four-wheeling
  • Ice fishing

2. Participate in holiday activities. There are not too many things more disheartening than watching the holidays pass the same as any other time of the year. Get out with extended family or friends and enjoy some of these activities:

  • Visit holiday displays
  • Light tours
  • Caroling
  • Parties
  • Community events
  • Food and toy drives
  • Shopping
  • Finding a Christmas tree
  • Sleigh rides
  • Holiday themed shows, plays, ballets, and more
  • Decorate with friends or extended family

3. Do something creative with your time indoors. Ending every day with three hours of TV and web time is less than enthralling. Keeping every mind busy and full of pleasurable time as a family during the winter can become the glue that holds you together during busier times of the year. Try a few of these ideas:

  • Board games
  • Minute-to-win-it games
  • Baking and cooking
  • Teach someone a new skill
  • Read together
  • Make and watch family videos
  • Learn something new
  • Visit the library
  • Go to a museum
  • For little ones – indoor fast food play areas, other indoor play places (Chuck E. Cheese, trampoline gyms, other indoor activity places)
  • Do a few crafts
  • Try indoor gardening

4. Plan and prepare for the months and year ahead. No time of the year will be more productive if you follow through with a few of these suggestions:

  • Organize closets, drawers, cupboards, etc.
  • Redecorate a room
  • Work on family preparedness – emergency and disaster kits, winter car kits, food storage, fire escape plans, etc.
  • Re-evaluate family goals and rules
  • Talk about family traditions you’d like to have
  • Plan a family vacation

5.  Perform acts of service. Putting smiles on the faces of others is bound to put smiles on the whole family. Even the simplest acts can turn a lack-luster day into a great one.

  • Shovel a neighbor’s driveway
  • Write a letter to someone
  • Send a package to a soldier
  • Visit a nursing home
  • Invite someone to dinner
  • Take goodies to someone
  • Make and distribute care packages for the homeless 

6. A few more ideas that will go a long way:

  • Eat well
  • Exercise
  • Spend time in the sun
  • Have dinner together
  • Talk
  • Snuggle
  • Spend time with friends

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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Indoor Winter Crafts Your Kids Will Love!

Need something to keep the kids busy when they are cooped up in the cold weather? Here are 8 Indoor Winter Crafts Your Kids Will Love! via tipsaholic.com #winter #crafts #kids #kidcraft #coldweather Indoor Winter Crafts Your Kids Will Love!

Take advantage of the chilly conditions outside and cozy up with your kids to do a few crafts inside this winter! 

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Felt snowman building

Whether you’ve got snow in your area or not, building a snowman is a great winter pastime. The grand scale of this indoor snowman building craft makes it almost lifelike. Watch your kids get creative with a variety of snowman features to place on his face and tummy. Scale things down a bit if you like and enjoy a frosty friend inside!

 

 

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Sensory snow

Packable white “fluffy stuff” is perfect for indoor snow play and sensory bins. Color the snow with powdered tempera paint and show the kids how to make snowballs!

 

 

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Snow globes (no liquids required)

A classic winter project sans the spilled water mess, these sweet little snow globes will make a great wintry addition to your child’s dresser.

 

 

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Snow measuring stick

If you’ve been impressed by the amount of snow that’s fallen outside, why not help the kids learn to measure it with this fun craft? A simple paint stick or old ruler are all you need – unless your snowfall calls for a yardstick!

 

 

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“Snowman Slam” game

Get your kids’ wiggles out before bed with this fun snowman slamming game from Growing a Jeweled Rose. Between crafting each snowman face and playing the game, this could add up to hours of fun!

 

 

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Borax snowflake science

Mixing a little science into your long winter will both teach and impress your little ones! A bit of Borax and a cleverly crafted pipe cleaner snowflake make for an easy and decorative project. Mix things up by trying different shapes and maybe even the letters in your child’s name.

 

 

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Monster claw gloves

If your kids have turned into wild animals being cooped up all winter, indulge their imagination with these easy monster claw gloves! Upcycle a pair of gloves by adding claws and maybe even a bit of fur.

 

 

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Winter playdough play

Playdough may just become your best friend through the chilly season. Dress up your kids’ dough time by adding woodland scents, creatures, and colors. Use white dough for an avalanche of fun!

Featured image via Tidy Mom.

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teens

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Are you stumped when it comes to stocking stuffers for your tween or teen?  When small toys will no longer cut it, it’s hard to know what to fill their socks with!  While making your own small gifts is generally more durable and more meaningful, hand making for the 10-17 crowd can leave you flustered.  Here are some cool DIY stocking stuffers your tween and teens are sure to love!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensCustom Sharpie Mug, Pounds4Pennies – If your teen loves hot chocolate, tea or coffee, this cute mug is sure to please.  Even if they’re more into milk and cookies, a monogram mug in their favorite colors will have personal meaning.  Plus they could use it for a pencil holder or even a vase for their bedroom!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensDino Necklace, It All Started With Paint – This cool necklace is super easy to create and makes a fun statement.  Metallics are super trendy, too.  Not into dinos at your house?  You could use any small plastic animal – just paint them up in gold or silver!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensVintage Book Trinket Box, Lovely, etc. – Everyone needs a secret spot for notes, mementos, and other small treasures.  This trinket box looks just like a vintage book – because that’s what it is!  Give them a spot to hide precious items from nosy siblings – bonus points if you can find a favorite book or author to use!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensKitty Studs, The Pink Samurai – Small and simple kitty studs make the cutest little statement perched in your tweens ears!  They’re fun and whimsical, but simple enough to look chic.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensMini Duct Tape Notebooks, blitsy blog –  A mini notebook is super handy for keeping in a purse, pocket or bedside drawer.  Kids can keep track of ideas, inspirations, and notes while they’re out and about.  They are so easy to make, you’ll want to make a few sets for yourself as well!  Personalize them for your teens with papers in patterns and colors they’ll love.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensComic Book Magnets, Crafts By Amanda – For the superhero fan, these magnets are a surefire hit.  They require just a few materials to make and teens will love the fun shapes, sizes and comic theme.  They can put them in their lockers for more personalization.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensSwiss Army Key Ring, Man Made – Once your kids start driving, they’re bound to have more than one key to keep track of.  This awesome swiss army knife-style key ring is the perfect solution!  It folds up in a clever disguise your boys will love.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensGlitter Rings, A Splendid Assemblage – Add some sparkle to your daughters’ hands with these cute glitter rings!  It’s an easy and quick project, so you can make one for each finger, or a rainbow of glitzy colors.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensDino iPhone Tripod, Eat, Sleep, Make – A phone tripod is super useful for watching videos, using the internet for homework, taking photos, and tons of other things.  This particular tripod – featuring a fun dino tail – will be a hit with your guys.  Use any kind of dino tail you want; you could even paint it different colors!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensMystery Braid Bracelets, A Pumpkin and a Princess – These leather mystery braid bracelets are fun, trendy and unisex!  Stuff their socks with an accessory anyone can rock!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensLego Belt, Delia Creates – Are legos slowly taking over your house?  These tiny building bricks make an awesome belt!  This is a super fast project they can have fun with AND wear for years to come!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensPom Pom Bookmark, Design Mom – If you’ve got any bookworms in your house, this is the perfect little stocking stuffer for them!  A fun, fuzzy pom pom makes just about anything cuter, but these bookmarks top the list.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensLeather Sunglass Case, Whimsey Box – Sunglasses can be a fun gift, even in the winter time.  Wrap them up with these DIY sunglasses case.  The neon shapes on the light leather pack a big style punch.  You can customize them however you like so your tween and teen will love them!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensCereal Box Notepads, Infarrantly Creative – Here’s another way to encourage them to keep track of ideas, notes and other things they’ll want to remember throughout the day.  The cereal box covers are bright, fun and quirky – sure to catch the eye.  And you can make a whole set in one afternoon.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensLip Balm Locket, Beautylish – This fun accessory is full of charm.  If your girls like a little vintage style, these lockets will impress for sure.  Hidden away inside is some homemade lip balm!  It’s a lovely addition to their trinkets.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensSpa Kit, Doodlecraft – Your daughter will feel very adult with her own special spa kit!  Loaded with nail polish, nail file, lip balm, lotions and a bath poof, these tiny jars pack a lot of relaxation and thoughtfulness inside!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensFoxy Kindle Case, Eskimimi Makes – This super cute case is designed to fit a kindle or iPad.  It’s made out of fleece so there is no fraying to worry about and it’ll keep your kids’ devices nice and snug.  They’re going to love the little fox design!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensLeather Coin Pouch, Always Rooney – These geometric and leather circle pouches are loaded with style.  They can be loaded up with all your teens change, too!  What a fun way to keep track of their pennies; and a simple sewing project too.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensSnowman Hershey Bars, Robin’s Creative Cottage – You just can’t go wrong with chocolate!  If you want to add a little fun to the treats in your kids’ stockings, try dressing the candy bars up like snowmen.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensSnowman Gum, My Little Gnochi –  And continuing the snowman treat theme, why not draw some snowmen on the plastic packs of white gum?  Ok, it might be a little too “cutesy” for your 17 year old son, but at least his breath will be fresh!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teens

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas


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If you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffers for your little ones, you don’t need to search the stores.  There are plenty of awesome DIY ideas out there!  We’ve got 20 super cute DIY stocking stuffers to provide inspiration.  Most of these are simple projects that require minimal time and materials, making them awesome candidates for filling up the kids’ Christmas socks!  Better yet, these stuffers won’t fall apart within a day like cheap store-bought toys and they don’t need batteries.

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas1. Sock Donuts, bugaboo, mini, mr & me – These adorable pretend play donuts are a super fast project.  They look like felt food, but they’re really made out of socks!  You could make all kinds of funky donuts with different patterned socks, and kids will love playing bakery with these soft, adorable treats.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas2. Doll Diapers, Bee in My Bonnet – Little doll clothes are the perfect size to roll up into a stocking!  These tiny diapers will thrill a baby-loving child who loves to dress and undress their dolls!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas3. Dino Magnets, C.R.A.F.T. – Kids love to hang their artwork and school papers on the fridge, and playing with magnets are a great time occupier!  If you’ve got a magnet wall or board that your kids can’t resist, these dino magnets are the perfect addition.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas4. Felt Ballerina Doll, Snugglebug University – If your kids love paper dolls, they’ll love this cute version!  Make a set of felt dolls – like paper dolls but without the tabs.  They stick to a flannel board or even another piece of felt.  They’re even easier to make AND play with than paper dolls are.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas5. Superhero Softie, TutsPlus – Who doesn’t wish they were a superhero?  With this pattern and tutorial you can design a superhero softie that resembles your own child!  This little action figure is perfect for cuddling, when it’s not saving the day.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas6. Magnetic Fishing Game To-Go, Crafts Unleashed – Magnetic fishing games teach motor skills, sharing, taking turns and other social skills.  They’re also cute and fun!  This mini version is so small it fits in an altoids tin!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas7. Lucky Penny Necklace, Kaley Ann – Boys and Girls alike will love this piece of jewelry.  A penny for luck that they can wear around their necks!  It’s super easy to create and you can personalize it by using ribbon or colored twine.  Find a penny with your child’s birthday on it for added luck!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas8. Monster Lacing Cards, So Here’s My Life – Make a set of these monsters for your little monsters and they’ll have a blast!  This tactile activity increases hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.  Plus they’re adorable, fun and easy to make.  Get them laminated for more durability.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas9. Lego Minifig Necklace, Lil Blue Boo – These are so easy to make you can whip up a bunch in just a few minutes.  All you need is some glue and a mini screw eye!  You could even attach them to a key chain or lanyard instead.  If you know someone crazy about legos, this is the perfect tiny gift for them!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas10. Felt Owl Pouch, Do Small Things With Love – Give them an adorable pouch for their tiny treasures!  This owl is super cute, and small enough to fit in the palm of their hands.  They can store all the little things they love – squinkies, stones, coins, stickers.  It’s the perfect spot for a little collection.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas11. Animal Key Chains, Megan Olsen on Flickr – Paint some inexpensive plastic animals, add an eye screw and attach a key ring.  Easy as that!  Kids will love the look of these wild animals, and they can attach them to backpacks or coats for zipper pulls, or keep their house key close at hand.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas12. Three Little Pigs Finger Puppets, Obsessively Stitching – Make these tiny cuddly critters out of just a bit of fleece; the free pattern makes it a cinch.  Kids will delight in an impromptu puppet show when they find these in their stocking!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas13. Car Carrier, Crazy Little Projects – These pouches keep toy cars snug and carry them wherever your little ones want to go!  They’re an easy sew and entirely customizable as far as pattern and number of pockets.  If your kids love keeping their cars close at hand when you’re out and about or on car or plane trips, this is a great gift idea!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas14. Fabric Marble Maze, Twin Dragonfly Designs – With some scrap fabric and a bit of sewing you can create a fun, portable, reusable maze for your kids.  Sandwich a marble between the two pieces of fabric and sew the maze design right on.  Kids can take it anywhere for some quiet play – it’s sure to keep them busy for a bit!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas15. Molded Crayons, She Knows – Use all those old crayon bits and pieces to create something cute and new!  Find adorable ice cube molds in all different clever shapes and make your kids a whole set of marbled crayons.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas16. Peg Dolls, Running With Scissors – Painting a set of peg dolls is a super cute way to make a personalized stocking stuffer for the kids.  All you need are raw wood peg people, some painters tape, paint and brushes.  You can make them any way you’re little person would love best!  Recreate your family – you could even get mini pegs for pets!  Disney princesses, characters from a favorite movie or book, and super heroes are just a few ideas.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas17. Hand-Stamped Memory Game, Claire’s Place – Mini memory games are perfect for stocking stuffers and easy to create.  Plus, they’re guaranteed kid pleasers!  This version has an almost vintage feel with the wooden discs and adorable hand-stamped animals.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas18. Cold & Hot Comfort Sacks, Delia Creates – Sew a bunch of rice bags in cute shapes for your kids to use.  They can be warmed up for hand warmers in coat packets or to place in bed for icy toes.  Or you can pop them in the freezer and keep them as ice packs.  Either way, these fun packs will be loved and used over and over.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas19. Mike Wazowski Coin Collector, Onelmon – This hilarious little coin collector will get laughs all around!  It’s made from a tennis ball and you need just a few materials and tools to create it.  Not only is it a super fun way for your kids to carry change, but it’s instantly recognizable as the lovable Mike from Monster’s Inc.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas20. Rock Dominoes, Childcareland Blog – Paint up a small set of rock dominoes to play with your kids!  This cute version of dominoes is perfect for young kids.  It will help with color identification and teach the basics of Dominoes.  They’re bright and colorful, and your kids will love showing off their skills!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kids

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Whether you have one kid or 8, toys  can quickly take over your home!  Finding a functional, stylish, child-friendly solution to toy storage can be difficult – not to mention pricey.  There’s also the added issue of finding room for storage pieces that are large enough to accommodate all the kid clutter . Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can cut costs, including reusing old or found items, shopping thrift stores, flea markets and rummage sales, utilizing common storage in uncommon ways, and considering underused storage spaces (like walls, doors backs, etc.).  If you need some ideas for wrangling the toy mess, we’ve got you covered!  Here are 25 fun toy storage ideas that are bound to have you thinking outside the toy box!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsUpholstered Bucket Storage Ottoman, Killer B. Design – Repurpose a galvanized tub with mdf, foam and fabric to create storage that doubles as an ottoman!  Not only is this a green project, but it’s multifunctional and pretty to boot.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRolling Under-bed Storage, That’s My Letter – This is a simple build from plywood and castors.  The great thing about this storage is that it easily slides completely out of view into an totally unused space – under the bed!  It keeps things organized and tucked away.  Plus it’s easy to build and personalize to your decor.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsHanging Fruit Basket, 8FootSix – In this case, the hanging tiered fruit basket is suspended from a shower curtain rod for bath toy storage – which is a clever enough idea on its own.  But this could easily translate into bedroom storage – in the closet or from a hook on the ceiling.  It’s simple and inexpensive and has an industrial feel.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsPlastic Tote turned Toy Box, Creative Dominican – Using an inexpensive rubbermaid tote for storage?  You can glam that up to look like a fancy pants, custom built toy box in no time!  Cover it with fabric and add some fence post caps for feet!  It’s inexpensive and can hold lots of toys.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsPlastic Tote turned Basket, Happy Go Lucky – Here’s another large plastic tote idea!  Get the look of an oversized, expensive, lined basket by wrapping the bin with jute twine!  Add castors for even more functionality and style.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsPeek-A-Boo Bags, Tiny Sidekick – Here’s a storage solution you can sew yourself.  These bags are super handy for keeping small toys together by category.  It’s easy for the kids to see what goes where and you can hang them, place them in a drawer or box, or line them up on a shelf.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsCrate Bench, Operation Home – Turn old (or new) crates into a trendy storage bench!  Kids will have a place to store toys and books PLUS plenty of seating when playing!  It’s a fairly easy build and requires basic materials.  You can paint or stain it to match decor – or make it shorter or longer to accommodate the size of the room!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsAntique Tool Box, Better Homes and Gardens – This is a prime example of thinking outside the box and utilizing common storage in an uncommon way!  Large stand alone tool boxes are typically found in the garage, but when you bring it into a play room or kids bedroom, it can be great for storing toys!  Not only does it have a vintage industrial feel that is popular right now, but they can be found at thrift stores and flea markets for a fraction of normal toy storage prices.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsAntique Crate Floating Shelves, Babble – Turn an old crate on its side and attach it to the wall.  You’ve got instant floating shelves for all sorts of storage needs!  If your crate has separate compartments, even better!  You can store small toys in their own slots for even more organization.  The plus with this one is that these crates are relatively easy to find and inexpensive.  Plus, you’re utilizing wall space, keeping your floors clear for playing!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRolling Crate Bench, This Little Street – I don’t need to point out all the awesome functions for this little upcycled project, do I??  It’s a storage box for toys!  It’s a window seat for reading!  It’s a footstool to kick up your feet and relax!  Plus, it rolls anywhere you need it – and can even roll out of sight when necessary.  Pick your own look – with fabrics, paint, stain or natural wood – to match it to your room.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsStuffed Animal Net, A Lemon Squeezy Home – A super easy sewing project that you can personalize with colors and patterns leads to some cute hammock-style organization!  You could make this for dolls and small, light toys as well, not just stuffed animals.  Considering making a set and hanging them in a tiered fashion, one above the other, for even more space.  It’s inexpensive, easy and keeps toys up off the floor!  Every room as an unused corner just waiting to be utilized!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsCar Play and Store Mat, The Creative Vault – This cute car mat cinches up tightly into a bag to hold cars and roadway accessories!  If your kids love playing with a specific “set” of toys, consider making them a themed mat in a circle shape like this one.  With a draw string around the outside, it’s easy to leave the toys where they are and simply pull the bag closed around them.  You could do a zoo theme for animal toys, a neighborhood for dolls or cars, or even a flat “dollhouse” with interactive flaps.  Once the bag is cinched up, hang it from a hook or stash it in the closet for easy storage.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsKnife Rack Storage, Just a Girl and her blog – It might seem counterintuitive to attach knife racks to the wall in a kids’ room, but imagine the storage possibilities!  Anything small and metal just gets stuck right up there!  Cars and trains are the obvious choices, but you could also store magnetic building toys, gear toys, phonics toys, or any toys that come in a small metal box.  The ones from Just a Girl and her blog are from Ikea – they’re super affordable and easy to install.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRolling Table and Storage, Refurbished Ideas – If you’ve got car tracks, train tracks, legos, blocks, puzzles, or anything that involves a lot of pieces and or building, this idea is not only storage brilliance, it’ll keep you sane!  There’s no way a kid wants to clean up all their hard work and effort and put it away in neat bins at the end of the day.  With a rolling table, they can leave their imaginations on pause, push the toys under the bed, and pick up where they left off the next day!  You can build them yourself with plywood and castors.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsAnimal Swing, It’s Always Autumn – With a little effort you can build a custom animal swing to hold all of your kids’ stuffed animals!  The bonus to this project is that it requires no special skills for the build.  The kids will love that they can still see their toys even when they’re “put away” and the floor remains clear of clutter!  You could use this for dolls, balls, even larger cars or plastic toys.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsDoor Back Tote Bags, Popsugar – Don’t forget about all that empty space on the back of your doors!  Label large canvas tote bags and hang them on hooks for ease in finding items and to keep them out of the way when needed.  No bulky furniture, building required, and even your walls stay clutter-free!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsHanging Planter Stuffed Animal “Chandelier”, DIY Inspired – You’ve seen hanging metal planters transformed into beaded “chandeliers” or mobiles in a kids’ room, right?  Well, why not make it decorative AND functional?  Pretty up a planter for a decorative element, then pop all the stuffed animals inside.  Don’t just limit it to stuffed animals, either!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsHideaway Lego Tray - This handy device is great for stowing small toys away out of sight.  When all your kids’ have to do in order to clean up is slip a tray under a couch or bed, their rooms are bound to be spotless!  The tray is great because it serves as play space for almost any small toy, not just legos, and doubles as a hard surface for games, puzzles or placing snacks on!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRepurposed Dresser Drawers, The Golden Sycamore – Even if you can’t build your own under-bed storage, and even if your bed is low to the ground, you can still take advantage of the space beneath!  Just use old dresser drawers!  You can find old drawers at resale stores like Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Thrift stores and flea markets.  Just make sure the drawers are sturdy, fill them with toys, and slip them under the bed!  Drawers can be found in tons of sizes, depths, widths, and heights, so they’re a great option for an awkward under-bed area.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsMesh Bag Storage, fudge banana swirl – Keep all those tiny parts together with mesh storage bags!  Even if you’ve found a larger storage solution already, it can be hard to keep multi-piece toy sets together.  Mr. Potato Head loses all sorts of facial features, Barbie can’t find any shoes, legos are scattered throughout four different rooms, and puzzle pieces from all different puzzles end up in the bottom of the toy box… if you’re sick of the headache of searching for that long lost piece, use simple mesh bags to corral sets together, then simply place them in your larger storage area – be it a box, bin or closet.  You don’t have to make them yourself, and you can purchase them on the cheap at the dollar store!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsFigurine Cubby, Young House Love – Whether it’s action figures, cars, La La Loopsies, Disney Princesses, Squinkies, Littlest Pet Shop, or the hundred other very small toys that kids love to collect, this wall cubby is the perfect place to keep them safe.  The plans and a full tutorial make building this piece a breeze.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRolling Chalkboard Box, A Beautiful Mess – While these chalkboard boxes started out as simple wooden crates that you can find at nearly any craft store,  the end result is chic and charming!  Covering the slats with plywood makes them even sturdier and allows to small toy storage – since there are no cracks to allow for escaped or runaway playthings.  The chalkboard paint is a nice touch that is both functional and fun – label your boxes for easy cleanup and let your kids decorate them!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsHanging Fabric Storage Boxes, Ucreate – These are completely DIY-able.  The sewing is fairly easy to accomplish and the only other thing you need is a dowel or curtain rod.  Just slide the baskets on using the tab on the back and you’ve got vertical storage that’s cute and personalized.  You can make them nearly any size, though the tutorial illustrates large boxes perfect for toys and books.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsShelf Zoo, On the Banks of Squaw Creek – There are several versions of the stuffed animal “zoo” out there , with different types of “bars” to keep all the toys wrangled.  This particular idea for stuffed animal storage makes use of a shelf and wooden dowels to create the caged look.  It’s a clever way to keep toys from spilling off of shelves and all over the floor.  It would work well for dolls and other toys, as well.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsFrom Diaper Box to Toy Bin, 2 Little Faces – These toy bins are bright and whimsical with their fun patterns.  They’re also easy for little hands to use with their large, slanted openings.  But the best part?  They’re made from cardboard diaper boxes so won’t cost a dime to whip up!  The tutorial uses wrapping paper in child-friendly prints, but you can cover them with just about anything to suit your tastes.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kids

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5 Hanukkah Activities for Kids

5 Fun Hanukkah Activities for Kids - Tipsaholic.com

 

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Whether you celebrate Hanukkah with your family or want to teach your children about other cultures and their holidays, here are five simple yet fun Hanukkah activities for kids.

 

1. Read books about Hanukkah

Sometimes the best way to learn about something new is to read a book. Check out an exciting picture book about Hanukkah from the library and read it with your kids a few days before the holiday begins. The book Maccabee! The Story of Hanukkah is one great example – it will entertain your kids and teach them about the history of Hanukkah.  After reading the book, your children will know the reasons behind the candles on the menorah and the length of the holiday.

 

2. Cook latkes together

Many holidays are celebrated in part with traditional and symbolic food, and Hanukkah is no exception. Fried foods, including latkes (potato pancakes), jelly-filled doughnuts, and loukoumades (deep-fried puffs dipped in honey), are cooked and consumed during the holiday to remember the oil that lasted for eight days. Cooking with your kids is always a fun (and messy) activity, so try cooking latkes with them using this recipe.

 

3. Play the dreidel game

The dreidel is a spinning toy that is traditionally made of wood but also comes in plastic versions. It has a letter from the Hebrew alphabet on each of its four sides. The dreidel game is a simple gambling game that is traditionally played with chocolate coins, or gelt, and is one of the most popular Hanukkah activities for kids.

 

4. Craft a menorah

Doing something with your hands while learning something new helps cement acquired knowledge in little minds. When you teach your kids about the history behind the symbol of the menorah, you could make a beautiful menorah with your kids using embossing foil and glass votive holders.

 

5. Play with Hanukkah helpers

You’ve probably heard of The Elf on the Shelf for Christmas, but there’s also a Hanukkah version: Hanukkah Helpers. These cute little dolls are dressed in blue outfits and partake in fun adventures during the night. Your kids will love finding what they’re up to when they wake up in the morning.

 

Looking for ideas for decorating your home for the holidays? Here is some mantel decorating inspiration for Hanukkah as well as Christmas.

 

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Top 10 Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make (on their own!)

Encouraging your children to make gifts for family and friends can help them embrace the spirit of giving.  There are tons of ideas for DIY kids’ gifts out there, but only so many that Aunt Betty would actually use!  If you want your child to get excited about creating AND giving, but you want your family to get excited about their gifts too, you’ll have to up the ante on homemade Christmas gifts a little.  Don’t worry; there are plenty of fun, simple and inexpensive gifts that will have everyone cheering about this Christmas season!  Read on for our top 10.

Want to give something from the heart this holiday season, but want to give something more useful. The kids will have lots of fun creating these 10 Christmas Gifts even kids can make on their own via @tipsaholic #christmas #gifts #giftideas #kids

10 Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make

 

1. Kid’s Art Tea Towel, Setting for Four – Have your budding artist use fabric markers to draw an artistic family portrait or Christmas scene.  To make sure it’s not too busy and doesn’t clash with other home decor, you could have them use black on a white towel.

2. Painted Cork Coasters, Let’s Explore – Use painters tape to tape a design on cork coasters, then let your little ones paint them as they please.  Remove the tape to reveal the full masterpiece!  Have them do a set of 6 in the same design, or switch it up with different patterns but use the same color pallet for cohesiveness.

3. Craft Stick Bookmarks, RedTedArt – Kids can go to town decorating craft sticks however they want.  Let them use markers or crayons to color and pattern them.  They can glue ribbon or yarn to the ends.  For even more fun, add googly eyes to turn the bookmarks into creatures!

4. Personalized Candles, A Girl And A Glue Gun – Kids can create custom candles by drawing on wax paper cut to candle-size, then heating the wax paper around the candle to adhere it.  Smaller children will need help with the heat gun or blow-dryer, but the creativity is all theirs!

5. Easy Button Jewelry, Parents.com – It’s a snap for kids to make some fun and bright cocktail rings to distribute to friends and cousins!  All you need are blank ring backs and buttons.

6. Name Subway Art, Imagination Soup – This is a personalized and sentimental gift family members will love.  Have your kids choose letter stickers they like, then place the name of the recipient at the top of a piece of card stock or on a canvas.  Kids then select words that describe the person and spell them out with stickers all around the name – in different directions.

7. Story Puzzles, bugaboo, mini, mr & me – If your little one loves to tell stories and draw, this is a great idea for them!  Have them draw a picture of family members doing something fun on one side of a piece of paper, then write a story about the drawing on the other.  Then they just cut the paper into puzzle pieces and put it in a fun box.  Use contact paper or a laminator for more durability.

8. Fingerprint Pendants , A Girl And A Glue Gun – This adorable pendants are perfect for necklaces or key rings.  Shape sculpey into a heart shape and press a fingerprint into the center.  Bake as directed for a lasting impression of personalized love.

9. Designer Plates, Craft Jr. – Kids can create art that will last forever on dinner plates which can then be displayed or used as platters, catchalls, or key trays!

10. Lego Keychains and Key Holder, Readapta 2.0 – They might need a little help drilling some holes, but the rest of this project will be a blast for little hands to create.  What kid doesn’t love building with legos?!

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

Featured Image Via RedTedArt.

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10 Charming Christmas Tales for Kids

Themed books can help the holidays come alive for kids!  Of course there are the classics – Twas The Night Before Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express – but if you’re looking for a few fresh Christmas Stories to update your holiday library, here are 10 ideas you may not know about yet.

Themed books can help the holidays come alive for kids!  Of course there are the classics - Twas The Night Before Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express - but if you're looking for a few fresh Christmas Stories to update your holiday library, here are 10 Christmas Stories via @tipsaholic #christmas #kids #story #stories

10 Charming Christmas Tales for kids

 

1. Olive, The Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh – Olive always thought she was a dog, until she realizes the Christmas song is talking about her, “Olive, the other reindeer!”  So she hops on the Polar Express and heads to the North Pole.  Can she offer anything useful to the regular reindeer team?  It’s a hilarious read with fun, graphic illustrations that will make your Christmas merry.

 

2. Christmas Alphabet Deluxe Anniversary Edition by Robert Clarke Sabuda – This beautiful pop-up version of Sabuda’s Christmas book celebrates the sights and symbols of Christmas.  Kids can learn about the alphabet and Christmas, as well as artistic elements of form, color, space and composition with the elegant and imaginative paper pop-ups.

 

3. When Jesus Was Born in Bethlehem by Joseph Brickey – This is a beautiful way to share the story of the first Christmas with your kids.  Gorgeous paintings tell the story of Christ’s birth in a moving way.

 

4. The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman – A beautifully illustrated picture book that will help your child understand the spirit of Christmas.  Sleds, jingle bells, Christmas trees, candy canes and presents are all fun parts of the holiday, but the true magic of the season comes when you spend Christmas with those you love.

 

5. Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner – The snowmen from Buehner’s “Snowmen at Night” are back to share how they celebrate Christmas!  The fun, rhyming text and silly snowmen pictures make this an entertaining read for kids.

 

6. Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry – Mr. Willowby excitedly sets up his Christmas tree which was sent by special delivery!  But he didn’t realize it would be much too tall… He trims the top, which ends up as a Christmas tree for his maid, but it’s too tall for her.  When she trims the top, it ends up as a Christmas tree for the gardner.  And on it goes… each person’s trimmings ending up as a tree for someone else.

 

7. Dream Snow by Eric Carle – It’s Christmas Eve and the Farmer settles in for the night wondering how Christmas will come with no snow.  In his dream, he imagines a snowstorm covering him and his animals, but when he wakes up he discovers the dream has come true!  Then he remembers he has a wonderful Christmas surprise in store.  Told in classic Eric Carle style, the lively collage-like illustrations and a simple, endearing story will make this book a favorite.

 

8. A Wish To Be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe – A poor, overgrown pine is passed by Christmas after Christmas.  What can his woodland friends do to help?  Follow the enchanting text and delightful illustrations to see if this tree’s wish will come true.

 

9. Follow The Star by Andy Mansfield- This pop-up book features intricate, graphic paper pop-ups and cut-outs.  The beautiful spreads are accompanied by a delightful story about the Christmas star. Follow the Christmas star on magical journey, including its first night in the sky above Bethlehem, lighting up a giant Christmas tree and shining high above Santa’s flying sleigh; this book ties all the magic of the season together.

 

10. Drummer Boy by Loren Long – The classic Christmas song, “The Little Drummer Boy” is brought to life through amazing illustrations and charming text.  Kids will get a taste of true magic as they follow the Drummer Boy in the story on an accidental adventure after he is knocked into the trash.

Featured Image via Amazon.

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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Creative Elf on the Shelf Ideas

The Elf on the Shelf can be a fun holiday tradition, But have you run out of ideas for posing the elf every night? Here are some elf on the shelf ideas from tipsaholic.com #elfontheshelf #elf #christmas Elf on the Shelf Ideas

The Elf on the Shelf can be a fun holiday tradition for your child. But have you run out of ideas for posing the elf every single night? Never fear – Santa shared some of his favorite ideas with the Tipsaholic gang and, since we want to be nice and not naughty, we’re passing them along to you.

9 Creative Poses for the Elf on the Shelf

  1. Sitting in front of the laptop watching a holiday video on YouTube
  2. Making a snow angel in the kitchen with baking flour
  3. Stuck inside the cardboard tube of a roll of toilet paper that has been rolled down the stairs
  4. Fishing in the kitchen sink (craft a “rod” of a pretzel stick and some dental floss and float some goldfish crackers in the sink)
  5. Hanging from the string of a helium balloon
  6. Sneaking a drink of something sweet (hang the elf upside down from his knees on a shelf, with his mouth positioned next to a bottle with a straw sticking out)
  7. In the freezer, wearing a scarf (a bit of cloth works well)
  8. Playing a board game with some of your child’s other dolls or action figures
  9. Taking a “bubble bath” (position the elf in the bathroom sink and cover it with mini marshmallows and place a washcloth “towel” on the edge)

What are your favorite ideas for the Elf on the Shelf?

Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

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Mighty Spider Craft

Create an easy Halloween craft and use it to decorate your home. An easy mighty spider craft is the perfect addition for Halloween decor via tipsaholic.com #halloween #spider #crafts Might Spider Halloween Spider

Marching down the dining table, long-legged visitors add arachnid appeal to a Halloween meal. Their twisty limbs can also cling to furniture, banisters, or any other place that could use a little creepy-crawly cool. What a fun way to add to your Halloween tablescape or add a little spookiness around your home.

What you will need to create Mighty Spider Craft:

  • tacky glue
  • small black pom-poms
  • large black pom-poms
  • red jewels
  • wire cutters
  • 18-gauge paper-wrapped floral wire
  • wax paper
  • black acrylic paint
  • foam paint brush

To make each spider’s head and body, use tacky glue to join a small and a large black pom-pom. Glue 2 small jewels to the smaller one for eyes, then set the pom-poms aside to dry.

Use wire cutters to cut 4 equal lengths of18-gauge paper-wrapped floral wire and carefully straighten the wires. Set them on waxed paper, apply black acrylic paint with a brush, and let dry.

Twist the strands together at their center points to create an 8-pronged starburst. Bend the joined wires to resemble spider legs, as shown. Glue the spider body atop the legs’ center point and let it dry.

This idea is so easy that even kids could help.

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Witch Hat Topper Popper

Packing the punch of piñatas without the mess and tears, these spellbinding little witch hats spill goodies when the tags are pulled. Create these easy Witch Hat Topper Poppers via @tipsaholic #witchhat #poppers #party Witch Topper Popper

Packing the punch of piñatas without the mess and tears, these spellbinding little witch hats spill goodies when the tags are pulled. Display them on hooks or a branch. When it’s time to pop them, take each hat down, then hold the cone in one hand while pulling the string with the other.

Supplies needed:

  • black construction paper
  • white paper
  • cereal box
  •  glue stick
  • pushpin
  • baker’s twine
  • yarn needle
  • tape
  • 9 inch plate for tracing
  • black crepe paper streamers
  • paper cup
  • treats
  • white glue

The Brim

  1. Trace a 3½-inch lid on black construction paper and a 1½-inch lid once on cereal-box cardboard and twice on white paper. Cut out all the circles, then stack the black and cardboard circles as shown, securing them with a glue stick. With a pushpin, pierce a center hole.
  2. For the pull string, knot a 10-inch length of baker’s twine to make a loop with a 1-inch-long tail. Thread the loop through a yarn needle and pull it through the brim’s center hole. Tape the tail ends down as shown.
  3. Write Boo! on the white circles. With the twine between them, adhere them back-to-back with glue.

 

The Cone

  1. Trace a 9-inch plate on the black paper. Cut out the circle, fold it in half, and cut along the fold.
  2. For the hanger, knot a 10-inch length of twine into a loop. Tape it to a halfcircle as shown. Roll the paper into a cone with a 2¼-inch opening and secure it with tape.
  3. Roll a 30-inch length of black crepe paper streamer and cut fringe through all the layers.
  4. Starting at the cone’s bottom edge, use a glue stick to attach the fringed streamer, winding it around and slightly overlapping it as you go. At the tip, trim the excess. Glue the end down.

 

Assembly

Set the cone in a paper cup, pointed side down. Fill it with treats. Add a line of white glue around the cone’s edge and add the brim, with the tag side out. Let the glue dry before hanging.

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