Holiday Clearance Finds

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!! With family, friends, food, and gifts, the parties may be done for a couple days, until New Years Eve (tomorrow). Some of us may still be traveling, others may start taking down our holiday decor. The other group of us are probably holiday clearance shopping!!!!!!

Out of all of the holiday clearance shopping stores to check out, there are only a few I LOVE.

Cost Plus World Market

Michael’s Craft Stores

and…

Target!

As slowly started putting my holiday decorations away, there were times I took a needed coffee break, and purposely to leave the house….And of course I’d swing by the Starbucks at my local Target. For you Target lovers there, holiday clearance shopping is the next best thing to Christmas itself! From items from 30%, knocked down to 50%, then 70%, and all the way to 90%. Oh my lanta….Christmas decorations, gift wrap, gift bags, lighting, and other do-dads from $8 to $0.50 clearance ya’ll!!

You can also check out their website so see any items you’ve been eyeing out all Christmas season. I, on the other hand love the hunt, and checking whatever Target I roam into, and checking out their inventory. Or, whatever is left.

Ornaments, ornaments, ornaments…..

Remember those $3 ornaments?? What was $3 per ornament (which I DID hold myself back earlier this month,) are now all $1.50-$0.92-$0.30 EACH!!! Yes girl. YES!!! A whopping $1.50 or less for the cutest ornaments from Target!!

My Clearance Finds of 2016: (as seen in the picture below)

  • Navy Blue House Ornament, Target ($1.50)
  • Letter “C” Glass Ornament, Target (Last Christmas 2015, $1.50)
  • Small & Large Gold Deer Candle Holder, Michael’s ($4.99-$3.50)

What cool finds have you found this Holiday?? What great deals are out there? Comment below!!

Can’t wait to continue clearance shopping all break! Be sure to follow me on IG to see what awesome budget deals I find this end of the year.

Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts Pt.2

Here’s part 2 of my Cheap & East Christmas Crafts!! With a few new material’s — these material’s still won’t break your budget for holiday shopping!! From popsicle sticks, gift tissue, and also pipe cleaners. All these items can be found at the DollarTree!!!

Estimated Cost: Under $10

Time To Complete: Under an hour

Primary Technique: Paper Crafts +Using Pipe Cleaners & Popsicle Sticks

Kids love doing a variety of arts and crafts as an outlet to be creative and have some fun! Little do they know that it is so good for their development as well!

 

DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS 

Bilateral Coordination– Crafts such as coloring, drawing, cutting, all require your child to use both of their hands together. This skill is important in other areas of their lives as they continue to grow, such as writing, tying shoes, typing and so much more!

Fine Motor Coordination– In order to draw shapes, cut patterns, and hand writing, your child is required to use their fine motor coordination. These skills similarly translate to other areas of their lives, such as dressing ,eating, and in the academic setting.

Bonding and fun-Your kids will love spending time with you and creating something together! I’m not sure who enjoys it more, myself or my kids most times. Just kidding, I’ve been crafting with my kids since they were little. Everyday, they ask to do a craft. Call me crazy, but I literally TRY to plan a craft for them every week. Not every craft I do makes it to my blog.

Difficulty Level: Kid Friendly

What You’ll Need:

-Colored Construction Paper

-Scissors

-Glue

-Sponge Brush

-Colored Gift Tissue

-Colored Pipe Cleaners

-Popsicle Sticks

 
(Optional)
Christmas Miniatures
 Can be found at craft stores.

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By: Stacey, from Glued To My Crafts

Post: Popsicle Stick Christmas Door, Kids Craft

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Christmas Cards Pt. 2 | Holiday Pages

By: Ewelina, from Kreatywnie W Domu (Blogger from Poland)

Glass Stained Window Ornaments

By: Victoria, from ABC Creative Learning

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Craft For Cards

By: Michelle, from Crafty Morning

I actually mentioned her on Pt. 1, but wanted to feature her again, because she has the cutest holiday crafts on her blog!

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If you haven’t checked out the Pt.1 of my Cheap & Easy Christmas Crafts, you can check it out HERE, or the link below!

I’m super loving all these crafts right now!!! I’m currently saving them for Winter Break, once the boy’s get off school, and our schedules open up! I can’t wait to start crafting!! Having elementary school aged kids is just another level! I’m definietly in a point of a parenting lifestyle transition as my kids are older, have their own school/ extra curricular activities schedules. I miss the day’s of just staying home, and crafting all day.

Oh where did time go?!

Anyone else going through a transitional time of the kids growing up and their schedule’s take over your life? Anyone? Comment below!

……Until the next blog post.

Happy Holidays!!

And happy crafting!!!!!

Winter Trees

The holiday season is here! I’ve been going down my Christmas TO-DO Lists, and I’m so happy, I’ve made it this far into the month, still happily sane. If you’ve noticed the past Christmas seasons are usually rough and chaotic for me. So much, as I can’t even produce content to share with you all on my blog. I get so busy on the daily life grind, it’s impossible for me to hit publish. This year, I’m taking control of the holidays and checking my list more than twice!!!

We’re about 10 days into December and I want to hit it hard on my blog, sharing crafts, goodies, gift ideas and more!! Like always, budget friendly, thrift store finds, and dollar tree crafts! This post, is a fun holiday kid friendly craft, PINTERESTinspired with an additional add on. Check out my Winter Tree craft!!

Pinterest Inspired By:

Mary, from MaryMaking

Colorful Abstract Winter Trees

All the supplies, are pretty easy to find around the house. You’ll just need colored gift tissue!!

What You’ll Need:

  • Colored Tissue Paper (I got mine for the DollarTree!)
  • Glue
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • White Paper
  • Sponge Paint Brush
  • Purple/Indigo Colored Crayons

Directions:

  1. Take your gift tissue, one of each color, and cut into small cubes. I made mine about 2″x2″inches in size.
  2. Using you liquid glue and sponge brush, lightly brush glue onto the white sheet of paper.
    I used plain, white printer paper, but you can also use construction paper as well. Just make sure it’s white, so the colors show more.
  3. Fill your white sheet of paper, with colored tissue cubes as much as possible. Layering is key!
  4. Set to dry.
  5. Once dry, cut the sheet of paper into random sized triangles (Christmas Trees!).
    Any size will do, as the sky’s the limit as later you can decide to either glue the trees onto a new sheet of paper.
  6. You can create the triangles, by simply cutting “v” shapes.
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  7. After cutting your trees, take your purple, or indigo colored crayon, creating branches.
  8. Lastly, take your hole puncher and hole punch a a white scrap piece of paper. I just used a index card.
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  9. Using s glue stick, randomly glue on your snowflakes (hole punched holes) to your colorful Christmas trees!
  10. Finishing off the craft, you can glue the complete wintery colored trees onto a clean sheet on construction and create a cool wintery forest.The kids and I did two different color winter forests. One with snowflakes, the other, without. I truly really love this craft. The colors of the transparent tissue paper against the white sheet of paper gives this art piece a nice cool modern feel, and different from the rest of the holiday crafts.

Check out what we did with the our left over winter trees!

Since it’s the season of giving, I love sending snail mail to friends and family, so I took our leftovers, and glued it to a few envelopes I plan to use to send out!

Like this craft?! Stay tuned for more posts later this month! Or follow me on Instagram to see sneak peeks on whats to come next!

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Happy Holidays!!!

Turkey Thumbprint

Create this fun and festive Thanksgiving thumbprint turkey this Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving break is next week, and I’m already planning out my weeks worth of playdates, downtown exploring, museums visits, and also crafternoons!! Check out my PINspired (Pinterest Inspired) craft by The Charmed Mom’s: Finger Print Turkey Card!!

Paint

Supplies Needed:

  • Temepra Paint (Colors: Brown, Yellow, Red, Orange)

  • Googly Eyes

  • Orange Construction Paper

  • Scissors

    This low effort craft can keep the kids busy during the Thanksgiving holiday break! Create small turkeys with the cute little fingers of your infant, and keep the tradition going of creating thumbprint turkey keepsakes every year!

Directions:

  1. Take your thumb or child’s thumb and place into desired paint color. I did an ombre orange gradient. From light to dark.

  2. Create a rainbow motion while stamping your thumb.

  3. After 4-5 different shades, using brown paint stamp 1 thumbrpint in the middle, creating the turkey’s head.

  4. Glue 2 googly eyes to the middle of the brown thumbprint.

  5. Add the orange or yellow beak, and wattle turkey flap.

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Have fun with this craft, as this can also be a cute keepsake for the holiday season. You can continue to create these thumbprint turkeys as your child grows. Seeing their tiny thumbs get larger and larger over the years!

 

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