Felt Candy Cane Wreath

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I needed a new Christmas wreath and when I came across Heather’s Candy Cane Wreath on Whipperberry, I knew I had to make one!

Candy Cane Wreath

I headed to Jo-ann Fabric and Craft Store to pick up a foam wreath, 1 yard of red and white felt, a pack of pins, and some green ribbon.  I also bought a new pair of scissors because they were 50% off and I love cutting with new scissors:)

Then Connor and I put on our favorite Christmas movie, One Magic Christmas, and I got to work making a Candy Cane Wreath.

Candy Cane Wreath Supplies

Step 1:  Wrap the wreath in fabric or ribbon.  I actually used white duct tape because I think it makes the wreath more sturdy in case it falls.  I’ve had too many wreaths fall and break.

Step 2:  Cut your felt into 4 inch squares.

Step 3:  Fold a felt square in half and then in half again (corner to corner).  Pin a row of red felt squares and then a row of white felt squares.  Continue until the wreath is covered.

Step 4:  Add a pretty bow.

Felt Candy Cane Wreath

Now you’re ready to hang your beautiful candy cane wreath!

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Holiday Gifts in a Can

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Looking for a fun way to package your gifts this holiday season?  Why not use a can and some Duck Tape!

Holiday Gifts in a Can with Duck Tape

Everyone’s heard that Duck Tape fixes everything and today I’m sharing how you can repurpose a can into a festive gift package using Duck Brand® Holiday designs tape.

Materials needed:

  • Duck Brand® Holiday Designs tape
  • cans with pop up lids
  • ribbon
  • double-sided tape
  • holiday stickers (optional)
  • can opener
  • glue gun and glue sticks

Step 1:  Open the cans using a safe cut can opener.  Clean can with soap and water.

Holiday Gifts in a Can with Duck Tape

Step 2:  Wrap can with Duck Brand® Holiday tape.  Wrap one layer at the bottom of the can and repeat along top of can.  This will leave a small part of the can exposed along the middle of the can.

Step 3:  Using double-sided tape, wrap ribbon around center of can.

Holiday Gifts in a Can with Duck Tape

Step 4:  Add a sticker or label to the front of the can.  This step is optional because it looks great without this.  I just found these cute sticker and decided to add them.

Step 5:  Fill can with candy and small gifts.  I added Hershey kisses and a Target gift card.

Step 6:  Using a glue gun, glue lid back on to the can.  This needs to be done fast.  You can use super glue but I didn’t have any.

Step 7:  Add a bow to the tab on top using ribbon.

That’s it!  Aren’t they cute?  I’m sure that anyone who receives a gift in a can is going to be very impressed.  I made these for Connor’s teachers and his bus driver.  Connor is so excited about his teacher gifts.  He can’t wait to see if they can figure out how to open them.

Don’t you just love cute ways to wrap gifts?  I know I do!  And I’m in love with the Duck Brand® Holiday designs.

Duck the Halls this holiday with the Duck Brand® Holiday designs tape and pin it to Pinterest using the #DuckTheHalls hashtag.

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Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Cork Trivets using FrogTape®

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Add a little red and green to your table this holiday season with these festive cork trivets.  They are easy to make and would make great hostess gifts for family or friends.  I made a few to give as gifts but now I want to keep them for myself!

Make a Holiday Cork Trivet using FrogTapeThe secret to this project is FrogTape Textured Surface.  It allowed me to make crisp, clean lines on the cork’s textured surface.  I’m a little bit of a perfectionist so if my lines were not perfect, I would not have been happy with this project.

Make a Holiday Cork Trivet using FrogTape

But thanks to FrogTape Textured Surface, I have perfect lines!

Materials needed:

  • Cork trivets – I found mine at Target (2 pack for $3.99)
  • Red, white and green paint
  • FrogTape® Textured Surface Kit
  • Paint brush
  • Multi-Purpose Sealer

Make a Holiday Cork Trivet using FrogTape

Step 1:  Paint the entire trivest white.

Step 2:  Once the paint is dry, apply strips of FrogTape® to trivet.  I covered the entire surface and then peeled of every other strip.  Wrap remaining tape around to the back of trivet and press tape along all edges.

Step 3:  Firmly run a damp cloth along the edges to activate the PaintBlock® and ensure a good seal.

Step 4:  Apply the edge sealer to edges of tape and let it dry for 15 minutes.

Step 5:  Paint over the white with red paint.  Let dry.  Then remove tape.

Step 6:  Create small green stripes by taping over the white stripes, leaving 1/4 inch of the white showing in the center.  Repeat steps 2-5 and paint green.

Step 7:  Apply a top coat of sealer to seal the paint and make more durable.

Make a Holiday Cork Trivet using FrogTape

That’s it!  How fabulous do these holiday trivets look?

Use them as heat trivets or use them as cork boards on the wall.

Have I inspired you to create something with FrogTape Textured Surface?  Share your project on Pinterest and use the hashtag #TexturedSurface.

For more inspiration, follow @FrogTape on Twitter.  There are so many gorgeous projects that you will love.  It makes me want to paint everything!

What textured surface would you like to paint using FrogTape Textured Surface?

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Holiday Gifts with EZ Start® Packaging Tape

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Many of you already know that my husband is deployed right now for 9 months and Connor and I have had a lot of fun putting packages together for him.  We have been sending him a package every two weeks and it really has helped this deployment go by faster for all of us.  In a recent email, my hubby mentioned that a lot of people on the ship haven’t received any care packages and most likely won’t.

Holiday Gifts with EZ Start® Packaging TapeI was a little shocked by this.  So after talking to my mom and my aunt, we decided to create Christmas care packages for some of the sailors.

My husband sent me the names of 10 sailors and we got to work on filling the boxes with items they needed and wanted.

Then I thought it would be fun to decorate the inside of the boxes to make it as festive as possible.  I used EZ Start Printed Packaging Tape, scrapbook paper, and holiday stickers to add a little Christmas cheer to each box.  This way when they open the box they will see pretty ornaments or peppermints.

I love the way they turned out and I can’t wait to hear what they think of their care packages.

Holiday Pencils

I also had a lot of EZ Start Printed Packaging Tape left over and thought it would be fun to make holiday pencils for Connor.  I cut a strips of packing tape the length of the pencil and wrapped the tape around the pencil.  Then I found these erasers at AC Moore and Connor added them to each pencil.  We kept a few at our house and gave the rest to his teacher to give out as prizes in the class treasure chest.

Now I’m looking around for more stuff that I can wrap in EZ Start Printed Packaging Tape!!

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Candy Cane Reindeer Craft

I was looking for fun holiday treats to put in Tim’s Christmas care package and I kept coming across candy cane reindeer.   I thought they were the cutest thing but my hubby is not a fan of candy canes.

Then I had an idea!

Make Candy Cane Reindeer using the plastic candy canes filled with candy!!

Candy Reindeer

How cute is this little fellow?

I used plastic candy canes filled with Reese’s pieces since those are his favorite but you could use any of the ones they have.  I found mine for $1.

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 plastic candy canes filled with candy
  • 1 toilet paper roll
  • two wiggly eyes
  • red yarn
  • one jingle bell
  • baker’s twine
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • tape

Step 1:  Tape two plastic candy canes together.

Step 2: Cut toilet paper roll and wrap around both candy canes.  Tape or glue.

Step 3.  Make a yarn pom pom.  I used this tutorial by Dana Made It and just used my fingers.

Step 4:  Glue eyes and yarn pom pom on using glue gun.

Step 5:  Wrap baker’s twine around a few times.   Add jingle bell and tie a bow.

Step 6:  Now hold it out and admire your reindeer.

Isn’t he adorable?  I am so happy with the way it turned out and now Connor wants to make them for all his friends at school.

I just love when projects are easy and come out the way I imagined it in my head!

Happy Holidays!!

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Owl Ornaments Using Clay and Buttons

Today I’m sharing cute owl ornaments I made for my nieces along with a fabulous collection of handmade ornaments from a few of my friends.

These ornaments were so much fun to make and were inspired by the supper talented Jill from Homemade by Jill.

Owl ornaments using clay and buttons

Materials needed:

  • Sculpey clay
  • Felt buttons and black buttons for the eyes
  • Glitter Mod Podge
  • Yellow Foam sheets for the nose
  • jute rope
  • large drinking glass and small glass.  I used a shot glass because that was the smallest glass I had:)
  • large skewer for chest and making the hole at the top for the rope
  • glue gun and glue sticks

Step 1:  Roll out the clay and use the large glass to create the owl’s body.

Step 2:  Use the smaller glass to cut out a small piece at the top.  Then gently press in the small glass on each side to create the wings.

Step 3:  Use the skewer to create dots on the chest.  Then press the skewer all the way through at the top so you can hang the ornament on the tree.

Step 4:  Paint the owl.  I used two different colors for each owl.  Then I painted a layer of the glitter mod podge over the entire owl.

Step 5:  Once the that was dry, I glued the eyes on and cut a small triangle from the foam sheet for the nose

Step 6:  Thread the jute rope through the hole and you are ready to hang your ornament on your tree.

Such a cute and fun ornament.  Now Connor wants to make a blue owl for our tree so we will be making more this weekend.

Now check out these fun projects from the Adorable Little Ornaments blog hop.

Adorable Little Ornaments

And enter this awesome giveaway for a Sculpey and Button Craft pack valued at $50!

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Happy holidays!

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Easy Holiday Gift with Extra Gum

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I’m always looking for simple and inexpensive gifts to give to my fabulous co-workers.  And since I’m always reaching for a piece of my gum on my way to faculty meetings, department meetings, and parent-teacher conferences, I thought packs of gum would be the perfect gift to give to my fellow teachers.  Minty fresh breath is definitely a necessity at these meetings!

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These cute gifts were so easy to put together.  I first went to Walmart and picked up a few packs of Spearmint and Peppermint Extra Gum.

Extra gum Walmart

Then I created labels using Picmonkey.  I thought the candy cane border was perfect for the peppermint flavored gum.

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I printed the labels on cardstock and adhered them to the packs of gum using double sided tape.

Now they are all ready for me to take to school!

#GiveExtraGum Holiday Gift TagsNeed an easy gift to give to your friends and co-workers?  Print out your Extra Special Christmas labels HERE and create your own gifts.

I love Extra gum and always have a pack in my purse.  Gum always makes the perfect stocking stuffer.  I think these could also be used as gift tags.  Just add the pack of gum and label to presents after you wrap them.

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15 Minute Holiday Mugs

Don’t you just love when a project comes out exactly like you pictured in your mind?

I’ve been wanting to make sharpie mugs ever since I first saw them on Pinterest.  So I finally said to myself, “What are you waiting for?”

I went out and bought a few permanent markers and then hit my local thrift store for a few white mugs.

Holiday Sharpie Mug

After playing around with a few different sayings, I decided that “May all your days be Merry and Bright” was perfect for this time of year and all year long.

Then bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

I really love how it turned out!

But since this was such an easy project, I couldn’t stop there.

Personalized Snowman Mugs

I made these cute snowman mugs.  Connor and I love drinking hot chocolate now that it is getting colder outside.  So after I baked the mugs int he oven, we enjoyed a nice cup of hot chocolate with our new mugs.

Don’t you just love quick and easy projects?

I think I’m going to make a few and give them as gifts these year.  I could put gift cards and small gifts inside the mugs.

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Monogrammed Snowflake Ornament

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I can’t believe it’s time to start thinking about Christmas.  I’m not sure I’m ready for it yet.  I feel like summer just ended and Connor was starting kindergarten.

I will be pulling out the Christmas decorations next weekend so I thought it would be fun to have a few new ornaments this year.

I love making Christmas ornaments and these ornaments combine a few of my favorite things – glitter, Mod Podge, and monograms!

monogrammed snowflake ornaments

And guess what?  They are super easy to make!!

Supplies needed:

  • clay
  • snowflake cookie cutter
  • foam glitter letters
  • glitter mod podge
  • paint brush
  • ribbon

Step 1:  Roll out your clay and cut snowflakes out with the cookie cutter.  Press a letter in the center of each snowflake then carefully remove.  You want to create a small indentation so you can stick the letter on after it has baked.

Step 2:  Make a small hole at the top for your ribbon and bake according to the directions on the package of clay.

Snowflake Monogrammed Ornaments

Step 3:  Paint the snowflake with mod podge glitter to make it awesome and sparkly.

Step 4:  Add your foam letter to the center.

Step 5:  Tie your ribbon on your new ornament.  Then step back and admire your fabulous monogrammed snowflake ornament.

I just love how they turned out!  Isn’t it amazing how glitter Mod Podge can make any project so much better?!!

Snowflake Monogrammed Ornaments

A few of my friends came over this weekend and saw them on the table.  They immediately started looking for letters so that I could make them ornaments.  I guess I’ll be busy this weekend making more ornaments.

These would make awesome gift tags also.

Is your tree full of personalized ornaments?  Can you ever have too many monogrammed ornaments on your tree?


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Peanut Butter M&M Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

I have to start by saying these cookies are AMAZING!

First of all, who doesn’t love a soft chocolate chip cookie?  And then add peanut butter – what’s not to love?

Peanut Butter M&M Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

I first came across the soft chocolate chip cookie recipe and was surprised to see that it called for a box of vanilla pudding (I guess you can tell that I’m not a baker).  And since I was making the cookies for a Christmas party, I thought it would be fun to add some red and green Peanut Butter M&M’s.

If you love peanut butter and chocolate as much as we do, then you will love these cookies!

Peanut Butter M&M Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies


  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 ounce)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • 3/4 bag of Peanut Butter M&M’s (I would have had a whole bag if the hubby hadn’t gotten to them first)


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Mix flour and baking soda in a small bowl.
3.  Cream together butter, brown sugar and white sugar.  Add pudding mix, eggs, and vanilla.
4.  Gradually add the flour mixture.
5.  Add chocolate chips and M&M’s.  Mix together.
6.  Spoon onto cookie sheet.
7.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Makes 3 dozen cookies.


Peanut Butter M&M Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

The hardest party was not eating too many before I needed to go to the Christmas party.

I officially have a new favorite cookie recipe!  What is your favorite Christmas cookie?

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