Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide
 Valentine’s Day is around the corner, which means time is running out for you to find a fun, thoughtful gift. Whether you’re spending this day of love with your husband, significant other, or girlfriends, they’ll appreciate a gift that shows your sentiment and appreciation for the special relationship or friendship you share together. If you’re single and not a huge fan of cupid’s favorite holiday, why not buy a festive present for yourself? We all need a little love in this world. Here you’ll find a variety of fantastic Valentine’s Day gifts to help you say “I love you” to the people in your life who matter most.

Macbook Air Sleeve

We all need a little love in this world. Here you'll find a variety of fantastic Valentine's Day gifts to help you say I love you.  Valentine's Day Gift Guide via @tipsaholic #valentine #valentines #gifts #giftguideIf your guy is all about his tech gear, why not get him this sleek Macbook Air sleeve by Gräf & Lantz? Handmade in Los Angeles, this piece is both unique and functional. The rich leather adds the perfect touch of masculinity while the red felt sleeve radiates warmth and personality. Graf & Lantz also have cases for a Macbook Pro, iPad, iPad mini, and iPhone.

 

Our Q&A a Day: 3-Year Journal for 2 People

We all need a little love in this world. Here you'll find a variety of fantastic Valentine's Day gifts to help you say I love you.  Valentine's Day Gift Guide via @tipsaholic #valentine #valentines #gifts #giftguideLife is busy and it can be difficult to find time to stop and reconnect with your husband. Order this journal and you’ll both benefit. By answering a question a day together in the journal, it provides a fun, unique way to document your developing relationship with your husband. Plus, how fun will it be look back on your past answers together a year from now?

Heart Key Fob

We all need a little love in this world. Here you'll find a variety of fantastic Valentine's Day gifts to help you say I love you.  Valentine's Day Gift Guide via @tipsaholic #valentine #valentines #gifts #giftguideThis classic heart key fob by Gräf & Lantz is the perfect little memento to give to your closest girlfriends this Valentine’s Day. Its modern design means your friends can use it all year long while it acts as a fun, daily reminder of the meaningful friendship you share.

 

Love Illuminated

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If your significant other enjoys reading, they will love this book written by Daniel Jones, longtime editor of the New York Times Modern Love Column. In Love Illuminated, Jones draws on his experience reviewing thousands of Modern Love essays to explore ten aspects of love—pursuit, destiny, vulnerability, connection, trust, practicality, monotony, infidelity, loyalty, and wisdom. Whether you and your partner have been together for years or you’re still searching for the love of your life, this book provides valuable insight into “life’s most mystifying subject”.

 

Rifle Paper Co Stationery

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What woman doesn’t love getting stationery? In this technological age, receiving a hand-written note is both refreshing and exciting. Rifle Paper Co has a variety of designs to choose from, so you’ll be sure to find something that matches your best friend’s personal style. Nothings says love and friendship like a heartfelt card or letter.

 

Wine Tote

We all need a little love in this world. Here you'll find a variety of fantastic Valentine's Day gifts to help you say I love you.  Valentine's Day Gift Guide via @tipsaholic #valentine #valentines #gifts #giftguideAre you attending a girls’ night this Valentine’s Day and looking for a hostess gift? Is your partner a wine aficionado? This wine tote is a perfect gift for either scenario. Handcrafted by Gräf & Lantz, this tote will last for years and always prove to be on trend.

 

4 Film Favorites: Romantic Comedy Collection

We all need a little love in this world. Here you'll find a variety of fantastic Valentine's Day gifts to help you say I love you.  Valentine's Day Gift Guide via @tipsaholic #valentine #valentines #gifts #giftguideWhether you’re single or in a relationship, Valentine’s Day if the perfect excuse to indulge in a romantic comedy movie marathon. For less than $11, this romantic comedy collection from Amazon.com includes: You’ve Got Mail, Two Weeks Notice, Laws of Attraction, and Must Love Dogs. On V-Day, pick up some Chinese food, throw on some cute PJs, pop one of these movies into your DVD player, and settle down for a cozy night watching love play out on the silver screen.

 

Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending the last few years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

 

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8 Simple Valentine’s Day Dinner Classics


Take the hassle out of your Valentine's Day by spending a romantic evening at home making and eating one of these classic, simple Valentine's Day dinners! 8 Simple Valentine's Day Dinner Classics ~ Tipsaholic.com #simple #easy #valentines #dinner

 

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Valentine’s Day can sometimes be more trouble than it’s worth when it comes to finding a good restaurant. Everything is crowded, noisy, and wait times can be lengthy! Take a break from the mayhem this V-day and instead spend a romantic evening at home preparing and eating one of these eight classic but simple Valentine’s Day dinners. Each one has less than ten ingredients (give or take a spice), all of them easy to find in your local grocery store. And with short cook times, you’ll have plenty of your evening left for more romantic endeavors!

 

Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta

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Seafood always makes for a classy dinner, and this creamy pasta recipe will hit the spot for any pasta-lover. The recipe uses refrigerated linguine, but a dry pasta of your choice works too – just cook it as directed and add your shrimp to the pot in the last 3-4 minutes.

 

Oven-Baked Chicken Parmesan

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Using shortcuts like Italian seasoning and a store-bought sauce make this special dish quick and easy without sacrificing taste. A crispy artisan bread and a roasted vegetable or two will round things out nicely.

 

Maple Glazed Salmon

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This simple salmon is perfect for a meal that fills you up without leaving you feeling bloated the rest of the evening – because there’s nothing that kills romance quite so quick!. You can choose to make the pickled vegetables or leave them out, but they do make a nice addition to this dinner!

 

Seared Steak with Onions and Gorgonzola

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A steak can make for an especially decadent meal, especially with additions like caramelized onions and gorgonzola! Follow this simple guide to get the perfect steak at your desired “doneness.”

 

Oven-Baked Fajitas

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If you enjoy Latin flavors there’s nothing better than the sizzle of a fajita! This recipe makes it easy to get your fajitas on the table by baking your meat and vegetables. You can stick with chicken or get even fancier by using steak! Serve it up with corn or flour tortillas and a little salsa and sour cream.

 

Chicken Cordon Bleu

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A crisp layer on the outside and a melty cheese center make chicken cordon bleu a go-to romantic dinner. Keep things easy using boxed bread crumbs and cutting chicken breasts in half before pounding them thin.

 

Pork Tenderloin

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A special cut of meat makes any dish more fantastic, and a seasoned rub will ensure yours is packed with flavor. Serve it with vegetables and a baked or mashed potato and gravy for a full plate.

 

Vegetarian Lasagna

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For the vegetarian couple (or a couple looking to be more health conscious), this vegetarian lasagna is a great Valentine’s dinner. Mushrooms, zucchini, and spinach add textures and flavors even a meat-lover could appreciate.

 

Featured image via Health Magazine.

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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10 Fun Valentine Activities for Kids

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to pull out the paints and doilies, glue and glitter, pipe cleaners and paper and let your kids have a blast!  There are many fun Valentine activities for kids that can encourage creativity and inspire learning. Doing some projects together can make this an even more special time of year. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

 

1. Amp up your learning with Valentine Activity Trays

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There are several ideas for Valentine-themed trays at this link that will help with counting and numbers, color recognition, letters and spelling, matching, small motor skills, hand-eye coordination and more!  Plus, they look totally fun.

 

2. Make Valentine Sensory Bottles. 

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Use the free printable to add a tag to let your kids know they’ve got you “all shook up!”

 

3. Paint with homemade heart sponges.

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Whip out your red, purple and pink paints and let your kids make a painted heart collage.  Throw in some glitter for even more fun!

 

4. Feed the birds

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All you need are pipe cleaners and cereal to make these cute and colorful bird feeders to hang outside!  Your little ones will love threading Fruit Loops onto pipe cleaners and shaping them into hearts.

 

5. Glam up with some DIY heart glasses. 

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When all the cereal is gone, use the boxes and leftover pipe cleaners to upcycle some fun heart shaped glasses to wear all day!  You can even use red cellophane paper for the “lenses”!

 

6. Create these little “love bugs” from clothespins, craft sticks and pom poms!

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Add a magnet to the back to turn them into magnetic clips.  You and your kids will have a great time making fuzzy bugs and they can give them away as gifts to their loved ones!

 

7. Punch a Bunch.

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Of cups, that is.  There’s a game kids can’t resist called “punch a bunch” where you basically fill some paper cups with prizes, cover them with tissue paper and let the kids punch through to the prize.  This Valentine themed punch a bunch game, called “My Heart is Bursting” would be awesome at a party with a ton of kids, or used with 14 cups as an advent countdown to Valentine’s Day!

 

8. Scatter love all over. 

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Make some love rocks by collecting stones from outside and painting them.  Once they’ve dried, deliver them anonymously to places and people who need to feel a little love!  Think hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, bus stops.  Place them around park benches and by doors.  Line a neighbors walkway.  But be sneaky!

 

9. Shoot some arrows – dessert style!

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Create cupid arrows with skewers, sparkly paper and donut holes.  Your kids will like making them almost as much as eating them!

 

10. Weave some baskets

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These Danish Heart baskets are inexpensive and fairly simple to create.  When you’re done weaving them into a heart shape, you can fill them with little treats and drop them off at your loved ones houses!  Or hide them under family members’ pillows!

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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5 Fun Valentine Date Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

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Looking for an alternative to the typical roses and candlelit dinner this year?  Valentine’s Day dates can be full of fun and creativity, and don’t have to cost a lot either!  We’ve got 5 awesome dates for you that you can tweak to fit your own style. Check out these fun date ideas that won’t break the bank!

 

1. M&M Bowling – A simple bag of M&M’s can take your bowling game up a notch!  Before each turn, you pick a candy out of the bag without looking, then check the “color code key” to see how you should bowl that round based on the color of the M&M!  You can come up with your own key and write it out – with ideas like “RED = granny style,” “BLUE = with your non-dominant hand,” “GREEN = backwards,” etc – or find a color code that you can print out and use, like this one from the Dating Divas!  To make it more Valentine-themed, you could create a color code key to correspond to a Valentine bag of M&M’s, or add rules like “For every strike, kiss your date and for every spare, hug your date!” All this date will cost is one game of bowling and a bag of M&M’s!

 

2. Drive-In Theatre – All you need for this date night is a laptop or portable DVD player with a lot of battery life!  Find a romantic or meaningful spot and set up your “drive-in movie” by spreading a blanket and pillows and getting the movie ready to play.  Make sure you have favorite movie snacks and drinks – or more romantic fare – ready to go.  Have your date meet you in the designated spot, then cuddle up together and watch your show!  Some ideas for special spots – a park or beach, near or in a well-known wooded area, a family or friend’s land (if they own a farm, live in the country or have lots of trees this is ideal!), or even your own backyard!

 

3. Ding-Dong Ditch Treats – Baking together can be incredibly fun and romantic!  Bake up some delicious Valentine’s Day treats and make a few goodie boxes.  Attach a tag or card to each one, then deliver them anonymously to your friends or neighbors.  Do it together – one of you place the treats on the step and the other ring the bell, then run like mad!  When you’re finished passing out goodies, return home to eat some yourself!  You’ll make Valentine’s Day fun for you, your honey and a bunch of other people too!  Not sure what to make?  Try these cute Valentine’s Day Cookie Pops!

 

4. Love Letter Review – Break open the memory box and dust off your old love letters!  Tie them up in a pretty package, then whisk your honey off to a romantic spot and open them up.  Take turns reading your love letters out loud to each other.  It’ll be a great reminder of all the reasons you love each other – past and present!  When you’re finished reading, take a few moments to pen a new love letter, then seal it up to be opened next Valentine’s Day.  This date could easily be paired with other date ideas – such as visiting a spot from your past (where you met or first kissed for example) or taking a romantic picnic for two to eat while you read.  Bonus: this date is FREE!

 

5. “Let’s Do It Again” Hunt – Why not set up a treasure hunt memorializing all the special “first’s” in your relationship?  For instance: meet for the date in the exact spot you first saw or met.  Eat dinner in the same restaurant you had your first date. Kiss in the same spot you had your first kiss.  Dance together where you had your first dance.  Exchange simple gifts sitting where you were when you said “I love you” for the first time.  You can include as many “first’s” and milestones as you’d like, just make sure to leave a card with a clue to the next location at each spot.  For a twist, you could leave a photo of the next spot instead of a written clue!  Here are some more ideas and tips for a romantic scavenger hunt.

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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30 Clever Food-Free Valentine’s For Kids

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If your child wants to exchange Valentines with friends, but you’d rather avoid sharing sugary treats, never fear!  There are a lot of creative, clever and cute ideas that you can easily DIY with your kiddos.  Their friends will flip for one of these great 30 ideas for food-free Valentines!  And your kids will have a blast making them with you, too.

 

1. Valentine Stick Bookmarks, bugaboo, mini, mr & me

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These bookmarks are adorable, easy and take just a few materials to create.  You can whip up a bunch in no time!

 

2. Balloon Valentines, Eighteen 25

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Kids love balloons, and with the free download for the cute “love is in the air” printable tags, you’ll be all set for Valentine’s Day!  You can find heart balloons here but don’t underestimate the power of a simple red, white or pink balloon as well!

 

3. Wind-Up Robots, Craftiness Is Not Optional

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These adorable wind-up robots are a little bit nostalgia, a little bit mod and a whole lot of fun!  You can use the free printable and some clear bags to create the perfect valentine for your robot-lover to hang out.

 

4. Paratrooper Valentines, A Pretty Cool Life

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For a cool twist on the classic valentine, try these fun paratroopers, which you can find in the party section at Target.  They’re a cinch to make and will take no time at all.

 

5. Homemade Crayons, Cherished Bliss

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Use a heart-shaped mold to make up some DIY crayons.  Attach a clever tag (which you can find at the link) and friends will love these colorful gifts.

 

6. Pencil Arrows, The Cottage Market

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Turn fun and colorful pencils into Valentine arrows with these Valentine’s Day cards!  Kids will love the gift and the pun on the tag!

 

7. Dino Valentines, Sweet C Designs

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These mini dinosaurs are the perfect tiny gift, especially for boys!  Just print out the provided tag and tie them on for some truly dino-mite valentines!

 

8. Wild Animal Valentines, Sarah M Style

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If you have an animal-lover at home, they’ll think these Valentines are awesome!  Make a cute “wild about you” tag on your computer and attach a mini animal for cute and clever gift.  Have your child pick which animals their friends get for a more personal touch!

 

9. A-MAZE-ing Valentines, U Create

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Get some tiny mazes in the party favor section of your local store, or order heart-shaped mazes here.  Then all you have to do is stick them on the free printable tag.  Kids will love playing with these tiny games for weeks to come.

 

10. Glow Sticks, Delia Creates

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These are such a super cinch to whip up, and what kid doesn’t love a glow stick bracelet??  There are printable tags provided – you just use a hole punch and stick the glow sticks right through.  Cute, clever and everyone will love them!

 

11. Mini Whoopee Cushions, Paging Supermom

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Is there a boy alive who does NOT love whoopee cushions?  This Valentine will have everyone laughing up a storm!  And if you’ve got a boy yourself, you’ll be his hero for providing these mini whoopee cushions to all his friends.

 

12. Little Alligator Clothespin, Inspired by Familia

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You likely won’t have to buy anything special to make these Valentine Clothespin “puppets” with your kids!  Hide a secret message in the alligator’s mouth and wish the class a happy Valentine’s Day with a clever handmade toy!

 

13. Mouth Whistles, Li’l Luna

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These take a bit more work since you need a cute close-up photo of your child to stick the mouth whistle on, but it’ll be worth the effort!  The whistles are favorites among kids of all ages, and the clever pun will make them smile.  Plus, you can always print a tag instead of a photo.

 

14. Nose Pencil Sharpener, JacOLyn Murphy

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There is no child alive who wouldn’t think this is hilarious!  Not only will it have them laughing, but it’s functional, too!  Now they can sharpen all the Valentine pencils they receive!

 

15. Play Doh, g*rated

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Little ones will love this cute Valentine!  A tiny play doh wrapped up in a clever little saying makes this a fun gift for toddlers or young kids to hand out.

 

16. Covered Button Earrings, 30 Handmade Days

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Here’s a great idea if your kids are a little older and want to make something cute for their friends!  Just help them make some earrings (instructions are here) and print out the adorable tag!

 

17. Lego Accessories, Chez Beeper Bebe

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These super cool lego rings and necklaces are fun to make and with the included small pieces for kids to design their own, they’ll be a smashing success!  If you want to make it more unisex, you can attach the base bricks to key rings instead!

 

18. Love Bugs, Dandee

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These creepy critters turn particularly cute when popped on a mason jar card and labeled love bugs!  There super easy to make to, and little kids will love to compare and swap bugs!

 

19. Mini Puzzles, Craftiness Is Not Optional

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Whip up some mini puzzle valentines in a snap with printable labels and clear bags!  Get some Valentine themed puzzles at your nearest Walmart or Target in the party favor section.

 

20. Bubbles, Armelle

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You can pick up a pack of tiny bubbles at your nearest dollar store and make these Valentines in no time.  Stick a label around them and attach them to a card and you’ve got an adorable valentine that kiddos will love to use!  The stickers and tags are free to download.

 

21. Fake Mustaches, bliss, bloom, blog –

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If you want some seriously funny valentine’s this year, have your child hand out some fake mustaches!  You can find fake mustaches here.  Their classmates will have a blast trying on their new facial hair!

 

22. Toad-ally Awesome Frogs, Crap I’ve Made

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Buy some toy frogs at the dollar store and stick them to the free printable tag.  You’ve got a fun froggy Valentine the boys will love to hand out!

 

23. Temporary Tattoos, C.R.A.F.T.

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Here’s a fun idea for an easy to do Valentine.  All you need are temporary tattoos.  Create a card with the cute tagline “I’m stuck on you!” and include the tattoo for an inexpensive but unique gift.

 

24. Bouncy Balls, Paging Supermom

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Have a ball this Valentine’s Day!  Slip a cute bouncy ball in a bag and print off the clever tags.  Staple it all up and in no time you’ve got a Valentine the kiddos will love to play with.  You can cut down on cost by buying the balls in bulk.

 

25. Toys With Wheels, 30 Handmade Days

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Here are some seriously cute cards you can print for your boys to hand out.  Just attach anything that rolls – a car, truck, bulldozer, skateboard – whatever!  They can all be the same or your kid can personalize each one for his friends!

 

26. Crazy Straws, Gingersnap Crafts

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Let your kids hand out a fun and functional valentine their friends will use over and over again!  These straws are such a blast for kids to drink from.  Attach a little tag to let them know just how crazy for them you are!

 

27. Paper Yo-Yo’s, Full House

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Create your own paper yo-yo’s with blank receipt tape and skinny wooden dowels!  They’re easy to make, and even more fun for your kiddos to personalize!  Use stamps, paint, markers, stickers, glitter and anything else you can think of to be as creative as you can.  Then just roll them up, secure them with twine and deliver them to classmates – watch as they yo-yo their hearts out!

 

28. Friendship Bracelets, Dandee

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How cute are these friendship bracelet valentines?!  They’re perfect for slightly older kids, who will love making them as much as handing them out!  With a cute printable tag and a hole punch you can turn friendship bracelets into an awesome valentine friends will wear for a long time!

 

29. Slinky, bugaboo, mini, mr & me

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The tag for this cute valentine reads “You put a spring in my step, Valentine!”  Print it out, tie it on a slinky, and you’ve got one cute, fun toy to give to friends!

 

30. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, Just Another Day In Paradise

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Here’s a cute idea that’s bound to be a hit during the cold winter.  These “Bee friends” valentines are practical but oh, so adorable!

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 DIY Valentines for Guys

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Valentine’s Day is all about expressing your feelings to those you love.  Maybe you’re tired of the trite Valentine’s Day card and chocolate standby.  Maybe you want to make something personal.  Maybe you’re on a budget.  Whatever the reason, if you’re looking for something new and unique to DIY for your special someone, we’ve got you covered.  These are 20 DIY valentines for guys – and they’re sure to love them!

 

1. Mountain Dew Gift, Detail-Oriented Diva

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If your guy is a mountain dew lover, use his favorite treat to remind him of your love!

 

2. Orange Crush, Boxwood Clippings

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If he’s is more of an orange soda guy, you can make this cute little gift in a snap!  You could use even more puns, as well, “Orange you glad…”?

 

3. Rootbeer Float Basket, 30 Handmade Days –

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Perhaps his favorite is actually root beer floats?  Give him a basket with all the makings of his favorite treat to let him know how much he “floats your boat!”

 

4. Dude Valentines, Please Note –

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These are some funny valentines, for those of you who don’t want to take this holiday too seriously!  There are printable tags that’ll make him chuckle which you can put on lottery tickets, jerky or beer – depending on what your guy likes!
5. Donuts and Holes, Izzy and Ivy Designs –

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Gift your sweetheart a yummy breakfast of pastries and donut holes!  Use the free printable provided at the link, then fill a bag or cute box with his favorite donuts and donut holes.  Valentine’s Day breakfast will be super sweet!

 

6. Love ReminderMoorea Seal –

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Whip up a few of these adorable stuffed fabric hearts and place them in a jar with a note of instruction.  These hearts are reminders of your love for him – and he can place them anywhere he may need them throughout the day!  Or, you could go a step further and place them in pockets, a glasses case, on the dashboard, in his lunch, and anywhere else he’s likely to spot them!

 

7. Love Jar, Brika

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Craft a few small, handmade items that represent your continuing love for him!  There are picture instructions for a heart, cupid arrow, personal message and “punny” love card that will all fit in a small jar.

 

8. 52 Reasons I Love You Mini Book, Paper Vine

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Use a deck of cards as the base for this cute book filled with personal reasons you love your man.  Decorate it how you wish and glue your reasons inside – one for each card.  It’s a handy, pocket-sized reminder of how much he means to you!

 

9. 7 Days of Love, The Dating Divas

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Celebrate your love all week long!  Fill a pill organizer with small candies and a note for each day of Valentine’s Day week.  You can use the printable notes provided, or make your own with meaningful quotes, short poems, or encouraging words!  He’ll have something to remind him of you each day!

 

10. The Fortune Cookie Game, bugaboo, mini, mr & me

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Turn those cute felt fortune cookies into a fun game for your guy!  Write up your own “fortunes” on slips of paper and tuck them inside felt fortune cookies, then wrap them up in a Chinese takeout box.  The game is played over time, so this gift keeps giving all year long!  For the full rules, check the link.

 

11. Bear Hug, Studio DIY

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This is a particularly clever gift if you and your honey are apart on Valentine’s Day.  Send him a bear hug along with all your love!  It’s clever and bound to put a smile on his face!

 

12. Anatomical Heart Pillow, Hearts and Sharts

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This is so clever and fun, and sure to be a hit with any geeky guys out there!  The instructions show how to create a patchwork anatomical heart for a pillow cover, but you could patchwork it on just about anything for your guy!  A backpack, a t-shirt, or even paste it together on paper for a wall hanging.

 

13. Woodgrain Notebooks, Damask Love

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Here are some creative notebooks he can take along with him on trips or keep by the phone for notes.  What makes them so fun is the woodgrain pattern, along with the pun on the tag!

 

14. “I’ll Tumble for You” Game, Tried and True

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Though this Valentine themed game is toted as great for kids and families, you can easily tweak it for your sweetie.  The mini jenga-style game is found at the dollar store, and fun “love” inspired instructions are written on each wooden piece.  When you draw a block, make sure you follow the instructions before placing it on top!  It’s a gift AND a date night rolled into one!

 

15. Rock Messages, Sare Shares

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Here’s a fun gift that he can use and look at for years to come.  With notes written on the rocks around the candle, he’ll be reminded of you every time he looks at it.

 

16. Photo Keychain, Sugarbee Crafts

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You can easily make him a keychain using a photo of the two of you together.  All you need is a photo pendant (found in the jewelry section at most craft stores) and a key ring!  Put them together, and he’ll have a keepsake to use every single day!

 

17. 12 Months of Dates Booklet, The Thinking Closet

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This little booklet has one date per month, all planned out and ready to go.  The handwritten pages are sentimental and fun, and he’ll love that you put so much thought and effort into it – and that he doesn’t HAVE to!

 

18. Open When Letters, Frugal Maine

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This is an easy gift to make and put together for your guy, but it takes thought and effort.  Something he’ll appreciate over and over again throughout the year as he opens each card or letter just when he’s supposed to.  It’s a bit sappy, but not too much!

 

19. Framed Keyboard Message, Paper, Plate and Plane

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You can create a custom framed message for the computer guy in your life.  With this tutorial, you only need one keyboard, as it shows how to create duplicate letters on existing keys!  It’s a fun way to show you care that he can display in the office!

 

20. Reclaimed Wood Light Up Love Sign, bugaboo, mini, mr & me

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If your guy likes reclaimed or recycled elements, try this DIY!  It’s a fun take on the reclaimed wood signs, because there’s a frame in back which houses Christmas lights.  With the cute, love-y quote, it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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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Tiny Tinsel Trees

Small tannenbaums with bold colors and lots of sparkle have a big impact on a tree. Love a good tinsel tree? Create some tiny tinsel trees using metallic pipe cleaners. Keep the kids busy and enjoy some quality time together. - tipsaholic.com #trees #tinsel #diy #crafts #kids #ornaments Tiny Tinsel Tree Ornaments

Small tannenbaums with bold colors and lots of sparkle have a big impact on a tree. Love a good tinsel tree? Create some tiny tinsel trees using metallic pipe cleaners. Keep the kids busy and enjoy some quality time together.

Supplies:

  • metallic pipe cleaners
  • glass beads
  • tacky glue
  • utility knife
  • a cork
  • washi tape
  • pushpin
  • string

Directions:

Form a small loop at one end of a 4-inch length of metallic pipe cleaner. This will be the top of the tree.

Make branches by wrapping six to eight 2-inch lengths of pipe cleaner around the trunk, then trim them so that the branches at the top are narrower.

Adhere a glass bead to the end of each branch with a dab of tacky glue.

Use a utility knife to cut a cork to the width of washi tape (an adult’s job) and wrap the tape around the cork.

Make a hole in the cork with a pushpin, then glue the tree trunk in the hole and allow it to dry.

Add a length of string for hanging the trees.

Featured image and tutorial via Family Fun.

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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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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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8 Christmas Traditions To Try This Year

In search of some new family Christmas traditions? Here are 8 Christmas Traditions To Try This Year - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #traditions, #Family, #holidays, #kids, #christmastraditions

 

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For many of us, the holiday season can be a time of chaos – rushing to holiday events, cooking and baking holiday favorites, parties, concerts, family get togethers, traveling, decorating, making, doing, buying… it can be an overwhelming whirlwind if we let it!  It’s important to carve out some time to be with our loved ones and create lasting traditions everyone will cherish.  Christmas traditions make the holidays less frantic and more meaningful.  They strengthen family bonds and provide the fodder for memories that will withstand the test of time.  Chances are, you already practice several traditions that have been passed down from your parents or even grandparents.  If you’d like to start a few new traditions this year, we’ve got some ideas for you!  There’s always time to start something fun and new – and find something that perfectly suits your current family situation.

 

1. Host a Cookie Swap Party.  The holidays can be crazy with Christmas parties for work, church, school, family; but this party is one with a purpose!  For a cookie swap, invite friends and family who enjoy baking to make their favorite Christmas treat and bring it to share.  Everyone takes a few of each home with them for a smorgasbord of delicious treats to enjoy with their own families.  This is a great way to cut down on your own baking, not to mention your grocery bill!  Be sure to provide cute boxes and tags for your guests to pack their cookies in, plus include “free samples” with your party food.  Play Christmas music to set the mood and have warm drinks available like cider and hot chocolate.  Check out this guide on Better Homes and Gardens for more ideas!

2. Make some “special deliveries.” Once your Christmas treats are all baked and boxed up, take some to the local fire station, police station or your family doctors office.  This is a great way to thank them for the service they provide the community while wishing them a happy holiday!

3. Hold a special birthday party.  On Christmas night, when the excitement has settled, host a small birthday party.  Make a cake with a candle and put up a few decorations.  Explain to your family that this birthday party is special, because it’s the day Christ was born!  This is particularly meaningful for very young kids who might night understand the why behind Christmas.

4. Nativity Count Down.  Wrap each piece of the nativity scene in special paper and include the corresponding scripture or a simple explanation and story in the package.  In the weeks leading up to Christmas, take turns unwrapping one package each day as a family and read the scripture or story together.  Whoever unwraps the item gets to decide where it will be placed in the stable.  Unwrap the baby last, on Christmas morning.

5. Enjoy the arts.  Christmastime is a veritable treasure trove of performing arts events.  As a family choose one play, musical, ballet or concert to attend in or around your area.  They can be professionally produced or community activities.  Check your newspaper for listings and look online at specific theater venues for their seasonal events.  The spectacle of the arts can really bring the season to life!

6. Rock out.  Create a holiday playlist full of favorite seasonal tunes.  Have each family member contribute ideas and make the list together.  Play it as often as you can (even in the car!) but reserve a special time – perhaps right after dinner – when you have a “dance party” and everyone dances and sings along!  This nightly ritual will be especially popular among kids 10 and under.

7. Christmas Camp-Out.  Have a special Christmas-themed camp-out right next to your Christmas tree.  Have your family bring sleeping bags and pillows, set them up around the tree and leave all the lights on.  Pop popcorn and make hot cocoa.  Read a few favorite Christmas stories and sing Christmas carols.  If you’ve got a fireplace, don’t forget to light a cozy campfire!  You could do this on any night leading up to Christmas, but it would be an especially fun way to end a day of putting up the tree and decorating it!

8. Get Chinese food.  Have you seen the movie A Christmas Story?  One of the best parts is when Ralphie’s family ends up in the Chinese restaurant on Christmas Eve because their special Christmas dinner is unintentionally ruined.  You can adopt this into your Christmas traditions!  On Christmas Eve, load up the family and eat out at your favorite Chinese restaurant!  Don’t like Chinese?  You could go anywhere, really, but Chinese restaurants seem the most likely to be open and uncrowded.  No big dinner to make, and no clean up!

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 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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Sometimes you come across a decor idea that borders on pure genius.  Those ideas are what really get your own creative juices flowing.  With Christmas lurking right around the corner, it’s time to start brainstorming holiday decorations.  To help you on your quest, here are 10 seriously clever Christmas decor ideas that win in every way.  If you’re in a decorating slump, check out the brilliance here – it’s sure to jump start your own design vision!

 

Need some Christmas DIY inspiration. Find it with these 10 Clever Christmas Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #decor, #holidays, #christmasdecor, #decorations, #DIY1. Erin had a fabulous idea for how to upgrade plain white Christmas lights on the cheap!  Check out the photo how-to on her blog, This Journey.

 

Need some Christmas DIY inspiration. Find it with these 10 Clever Christmas Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #decor, #holidays, #christmasdecor, #decorations, #DIY2. No space for a tree?  Allergic to pine?  Want something fun and different?  Check out this PVC Pipe Tree on Martha Stewart.  It’s whimsical and modern!  Just hang it right on the wall and decorate the cubbies.

 

Need some Christmas DIY inspiration. Find it with these 10 Clever Christmas Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #decor, #holidays, #christmasdecor, #decorations, #DIY3. If you’re short on counter space, you can still display a cute nativity this Christmas.  Just make one to hang instead!  Go see Create it. Go! for instructions on this wood chip garland nativity.

 

Need some Christmas DIY inspiration. Find it with these 10 Clever Christmas Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #decor, #holidays, #christmasdecor, #decorations, #DIY4. Update your boring red and green with some fun color – these trees are perfect!  All you need is wood, a saw and craft paint to make this colorful forest by Inspired By Charm.

 

Need some Christmas DIY inspiration. Find it with these 10 Clever Christmas Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #decor, #holidays, #christmasdecor, #decorations, #DIY5. Give your chilly walkway some welcoming warmth with a few holiday ice lanterns!  They’re cheerful and warming, and super easy to create.  Oh My! Creative tells you how.

 

Need some Christmas DIY inspiration. Find it with these 10 Clever Christmas Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #decor, #holidays, #christmasdecor, #decorations, #DIY6. This yarn-wrapped Christmas bulb garland is so cute and quaint!  Yarn is a cozy decoration around the holidays and this garland makes a festive statement.  Turn a few replacement light bulbs into a more charming decoration with Kojo Designs.

 

Need some Christmas DIY inspiration. Find it with these 10 Clever Christmas Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #decor, #holidays, #christmasdecor, #decorations, #DIY7. Monsters Circus shares another great Christmas light upgrade – this one using wooden balls.  The look is clean, crisp and modern, but you could put your own twist on it by painting the wooden balls as well.

 

Need some Christmas DIY inspiration. Find it with these 10 Clever Christmas Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #decor, #holidays, #christmasdecor, #decorations, #DIY8. Create outdoor topiaries for your porch using tomato cages and faux pine garlands for a tiny fraction of the cost of real Christmas topiaries!  Camp Clem give you all the details you need.

 

Need some Christmas DIY inspiration. Find it with these 10 Clever Christmas Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #decor, #holidays, #christmasdecor, #decorations, #DIY9. If you really want to wow your guests this Christmas, create an invisible tree by hanging green ornaments from jewelry string!  The look is pretty jaw-dropping and it’s apparently not as difficult as it appears.  See how on Not Martha.

 

Need some Christmas DIY inspiration. Find it with these 10 Clever Christmas Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #decor, #holidays, #christmasdecor, #decorations, #DIY10. Use straws (straws!) to create some seriously awesome himmeli-inspired ornaments, just like Vintage Revivals. If you want more authenticity, spray paint them gold or brass.

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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11 DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Garlands

 Find a fun way to countdown the days to Christmas and get a little crafty. Try one of these adorable 11 DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Garlands ~ Tipsaholic.com #Christmas #countdown #advent

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There are many ways to count down to Christmas, but an advent calendar is one of the best! Kids and adults alike can look forward to opening an envelope, peeking into a stocking, or unwrapping a small gift. Celebrate the holiday season this year by creating your very own advent calendar and filling it with your favorite goodies, drawing some inspiration from these 11 DIY Christmas advent calendar garlands. Hang one from the mantel, on a wall, or even use it to decorate your Christmas tree!

 

1. Paper Stockings

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This fun paper stocking advent garland comes with a template for the stockings and is a great one to make with help from the kids. Use ribbons, buttons, crayons and other basic supplies to dress up your stockings!

 

2. Snowman Capsules

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If your kids love the quarter machines that spit out prizes in little plastic capsules, you might want to save up a few for this clever advent project! Turn those capsules into snowmen and string them together and watch little eyes light up each day as they pop open a new one.

 

3. Felt Envelopes

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Use the basic pattern provided by Jenny Allsorts to cut felt for these envelopes. A bit of contrasting hand-stitching and a bright button really makes them pop!

 

4. Baby Socks

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Are the kids growing out of their cute little socks? Recycle them into a super-simple baby sock garland by adding number stickers! Mini clothespins definitely increase the cute factor.

 

5. Felt Mittens

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You’ll love the sparkle and shine on this adorable felt mitten advent garland. And Nana Company generously provides a free PDF pattern for the mittens, so just pull out the sewing machine and get busy!

 

6. Santa Hats

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Search dollar stores and craft stores for “Santa hats” to put this garland together, or try sewing your own (with your choice of fabrics!) using a simple tutorial like this. Stitch a button to each hat to hang a numbered tag.

 

7. Paper Mache Boxes

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This advent garland is made using paper mache boxes. The boxes are perfect for small treats and papers with fun activities written on them and look great with painted lids.

 

8. Paper Cones

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Roll up some paper cones and string them along your mantle with fun things inside! This garland is quick and easy and would be a great project for the kids to join in on.

 

9. Printable Paper Envelopes

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If you’re looking for something bright and colorful that can be put together at the last minute, look no further. The free printables from Oh Happy Day are perfect for folding into envelopes, clipping to a ribbon or string, and hanging on a wall.

 

10. Paper Bags

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This advent calendar may just be the easiest on our list! Use paper bags (miniature bags, if you please!) and clothespins to hold all of your advent goodies.

 

11. Velvet Santa Bags

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A bit of simple sewing and these cute Santa sacks will be hanging for all to see. Use a faux velvet fabric and soft cord to give an authentic, Christmasy feel to your garland.

 

 

Find a fun way to countdown the days to Christmas and get a little crafty. Try one of these adorable 11 DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Garlands ~ Tipsaholic.com #Christmas #countdown #advent

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

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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