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Easy five min Christmas crafts for kids

This is a decoupage project you may easily do with your kids. It’s an easy Christmas craft of making cardboard Christmas tree decorations.

easy Christmas crafts for kids

easy Christmas crafts for kids

Here is the how to for this easy Christmas craft for kids:

What you need:

– cardboard

– glue

– napkin

Making cardboard Christmas tree decorations.

Print out or draw the patterns: elm tree, heart, start, or anything you want. Cut out them out of cardboard. Glue the napkin on both sides.

easy Christmas crafts for kids

easy Christmas crafts for kids

I have cut out the middle of the heart. Now I can use it as my Christmas tree decoration or as a small decoupaged picture frame. The good thing is that you do not have to do the perfect decoupage for this easy Cristmas craft.



Unique handmade Christmas gift ideas: cotton wool Christmas tree toys

Just few days ago I stumbled on one amazing handmade Christmas gift idea: handmade cotton wool toys for a Christmas tree. You may find a how to here.

Even though the video is in Russian, you may easily understand the technique. Here is what we’ve made with my kids.

handmade toys

handmade toys

It’s a mushroom made out of cotton wool.

handmade christmas gift ideas

handmade christmas gift ideas

It’s the top of the Christmas tree handmade mushroom.

Handmade Christmas bonny toy

Handmade Christmas bonny toy

We’ve called this toy a funny bunny. It’s a hare made out of cotton wool and decoupaged with a napkin. These handmade Christmas gift toys look funny and vintage. In Russia our grandmothers used to make such toys for Christmas tree decorations. These can make great handmade Christmas gifts for kids and even for adults.



DIY glass cup decoration and bonsai tree

This is something new I learnt these days. This DIY project differs a bit from anything I have done this far.

Here my bonsai tree:

handmade DIY bonsai tree

I’ve been dreaming of making a bonsai tree for a long time, but all the techniques for making flowers or leafs were too complicated. Some people offered making them from beads, while others suggested crocheting them.

Finally, I have found a great and easy way to make these flowers. It took me only 15 min to make 10 of them. Guess what they are made of? It’s very green and upcycling thing to do. I’ve make them out of a plastic bottle!

plastic bottle flowers for bonsai

I think they look nice. Here is what I’ve done. I have cut out ‘flowers’ with three petals from a white plastic bottle. Then I used a thick needle, heated it up over a candle and pricked a hole in the middle of a flower. Keeping it on the needle, I put the plastic bottle flower over the candle heat to get it shaped the right way.

Then I removed the needle, used some thin wire to put the bead inside the flower and for fastening it onto the bough.

I had an old glass mug in my home. It’s veteran mug, it survived for 8 years in a home with two small kids. Finally, it got cracked, but I was sorry to throw it away. I had a piece of old vintage looking lace to use in my bonsai tree DIY project.

Here is what I’ve done:DIY glass mug decoration with lace

I glued the lace over the mug using PVC white glue. I sort of decoupaged the mug with the lace, as I’ve done it with my crocheted jar.

Finally, I have painted the bough with some silver paint to give it a frosty look. And, I’ve gathered some moss to put in the mug.

handmade bonsai

I believe those plastic bottle flowers look great and they offer much space for your creativity. Plus, they are eco friendly and it’s a great upcycling idea.

Coconut and yarn crafts project: bottle decor and handmade box

Here is another one of my bottle decor and upcycling projects.

Upcycling: yarn for glass bottle and coconut

I have gotten a roll of natural linen yarn. I also picked a nice bottle for upcycling. This bottle decoration project is very easy, unlike the decoupage one. You simply roll the year around the bottle. I used yarn of two colors and have crocheted a small pendant to decorate the bottle.

The only difficulty was to wrap the yarn around the part of the bottle between the think and thin. I had to use a bit of glue to make the yarn stay there and not slip in loops.

I also had an empty coconut I was sorry to throw away. So, I used the same yarn to crochet a cover for it and now my daughter is using it as a box to store her hair pins in. So, it’s a simple, but very useful coconut box and yarn bottle decor and upcycling project.

Upcycling: yarn for glass bottle and coconut

Little bit of useful decoupage

This is a paper box decoupage project. I have had a trouble with storing by spices. They used to lie around on the shelves and it was a mess. I had several of the packs opened and they would occasionally get spilt. Today, when I cleaned the mess out, I noticed, I had two packs of ground black pepper and two packs pf coriander opened.

I even had a funny incident with these messy spices. My coriander and cinnamon packs look pretty similar. They are designed in the same color. And, in Russian coriander and cinnamon sound pretty much the same: coriander and coritsa. So, I have gone ahead and put a tea spoon of cinnamon into my soup instead of coriander! Can you imagine that!


But, here is my decoupage solution for the messy spices:

spice box decouapge

This decoupaged item used to be a wine packaging box. So, it’s a great upcycling and green living idea, too.

I cut out part of the box and repainted it to cover up the print on it. Then I decoupaged it with a napkin.

spice box decouapge

Of course, I could fit only part of my spices in the decoupaged box. I’ll have to get couple more of them done. But, I already cleaned part of the mess and every little bit helps.

So, now I

spice box decouapge

That’s my spice box decoupage