Good Luck Favor with Printable

by Dinah Wulf

A Little Gold and a Pinck of Luck St. Patrick's Day Printable

With Saint Patrick’s Day just a few weeks away, I wanted to create something fun and creative for Mia to give out to her friends and teachers on Saint Patrick’s Day. I thought of this Good Luck Favor with Printable that says, “A little gold and a pinch of luck. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!” After all, who doesn’t need a little luck? This is a SUPER inexpensive way to spread some luck to your children’s friends and family.

I made a printable in two different sizes, a two inch circle and a three inch circle. You can print out these tags here:

Good Luck Favor Printable for St. Patrick’s Day

Here is a close up.

St. Patrick's Day Printable

I bought some shiny clover confetti and some plastic gold coins from the craft store. You can package it however you want. Here I placed the gold coins and a pinch of confetti in some small green paper treat bags.

Good Luck Favor with Printable

I also like the idea of seeing the gold coins and pinch of luck, so for these, I placed them in a plastic bag and cut and folded some black cardstock. I taped the two inch tag on the front.

Good Luck St. Patrick's Day Printable

Mia will give these out to her friends and teachers in school and dance class. Hopefully it will bring everyone a little luck!

In case you missed them, here are a few more fun Saint Patrick’s Day crafts and ideas:

Candy Filled Leprechaun Hat Craft

by Dinah Wulf

Candy Filled Leprechaun Hat Craft

This post, Candy Filled Leprechaun Hat Craft, was a tutorial I did for my other blog that I am officially saying farewell to. It was a lot of fun, but I quickly found out that it was more work than I can handle maintaining two blogs. What was I thinking? So, slowly I will be moving over some of my posts, over here to DIY Inspired.

This is a fun St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun hat.  I made two for Mia’s teachers last year. Here is how I made them.

Materials:

  • Clear plastic cups
  • Gold, Black, and Green card stock
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Plate or cup to trace a circle for the rim of the hat
  • Tape
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic wrap
  • Green candies

Instructions:

First I cut out large circles for the rim of the hat. I found that a large cottage cheese container worked well for the type of cup I used.

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Next, I cut out black strips to go around the hat and two gold squares for the buckle.

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Using a craft knife, ruler, and cutting mat, I measured and cut out a buckle.

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I glued the buckle to the black strip and fit it around the hat. It should fit snuggly.

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Next I filled the cups with green candies.

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I covered the top with plastic wrap and secured it closed using a rubber band.

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You can now turn the cup over without the candy spilling. I taped the circle to the bottom of the hat and tucked in the plastic wrap around the edges.

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Lastly, I slipped the buckle and black strip around the hat and secured it with tape. There you have it!

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Easy St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Pops

by Dinah Wulf

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As you may have figured out, I’m not much of a cook. That’s why there are very little recipes on this site! Last year, St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Monday, so many people including myself, celebrated it on the Saturday before.  We had left over cookies from the party, and I had a playdate on Monday, St. Patrick’s Day, so I whipped up these easy St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Pops for our playdate.

Here’s what I used:

  • Cookies from the market bakery
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Cookie icing
  • Treat Bags
  • Ribbon

I had three different kinds of cookies left over.

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I turned each one over and put on some cookie icing. You can also use cake icing, but I thought I’d but the bottle because it was less messy and there was no need to spread it out.

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Next, I simply added a lollipop stick and sandwiched two cookies together. If you use cookie icing like I did, you have to let the icing set and harden which takes about an hour. I recommend using small cookies that aren’t too heavy for the lollipop stick.

Lastly, I put them in little treat bags and tied a cute little green argyle ribbon.

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They were a hit at the play date! It only took a few minutes to put them together. These are great for semi-homemade party favors for baby showers, wedding showers, or birthday and holiday parties. The local bakery always has fun themed holiday cookies that you can use.

Check out more of my St. Patrick’s Day ideas!

Candy and Non Candy Sayings for Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

Over 50 Candy and Non Candy Sayings for Party Favors

After talking to some friends and realizing that they may not enjoy making party favors and Valentine’s like I do, I thought I’d put together a reference list of Candy and Non Candy Sayings for Party Favors. You can use these for Valentine’s Day or for birthday party favors as well. So far, I have come up with just a little over fifty! Let’s start with Non Candy gifts. Enjoy!

Non Candy Sayings:

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

TOYS

  • Bouncy Balls – “Have a ball!” or “I hope you have a BALL!” or “You make my heart BOUNCE”
  • Bubbles – “You BLOW me away!” or “You BLOW my mind!”
  • Airplane – “You make my heart SOAR!”
  • Bookmark – “You’re #1 in my BOOK!”
  • Shovel – “I DIG that we are friends.”
  • Glow Sticks – “You make my heart GLOW.” Or “I hope your (holiday) is merry and BRIGHT” or “You LIGHT up my life!” or “Have a BRIGHT holiday!”
  • Crazy Straws – “Sip sip hooray!” or “You are ex-STRAW special to me!”
  • Stickers – “I’m STUCK on you!”
  • Maze – “You ah-MAZE me!” or “I’m ah-MAZED by you!” or “You are an ah-MAZING friend!”
  • Cars – “I like how you ROLL”

FRUIT

  • Banana – “You’re the best of the BUNCH!” or “You’re my favorite of the BUNCH!”
  • Cutie Orange – “I think you’re a “CUTIE!” or “You’re a real CUTIE!”
  • Pear – “I think you’re PEAR-fect!” or “You’re a PEAR-fectly great friend!”
  • Apple – “You’re the APPLE of my eye!”
  • Orange – “ORANGE you glad we are friends?”

SNACKS

  • Raisins- “You’re the RAISIN I’m smiling!”
  • Teddy Grahams – “I can’t BEAR to be without you!”
  • Gold Fish – “You’re a great CATCH!”
  • Fortune Cookie – “I’m FORTUNATE-ate to have you as my friend!” or We are so FORTUNE ate to have you in our lives!
  • Minion – “You’re one in a MINION.”
  • Mini Chips Ahoy Cookies – For our own special ‘COOKIE’ monster!
  • Anything with cookies – We love you so much it makes us COOKIE!
  • Rice Krispies Treat – I think it’s a “TREAT” that you’re my Daddy/Friend/Teacher!
  • Slim Jim Twin Pack – Daddy, we hope no one gives you any “BEEF” today at work!
  • Mini Nutter Butters – We love cookies “BUTTER” hearts are with you.
  • Fruit Roll Up or Tootsie Roll– “I like how you ROLL.”
  • Nuts – There’s “nuttin” I wouldn’t do for you!

OTHER

  • Burt’s Bee’s chapstick – “Will you BEE my Valentine?”
  • Lip Balm – “You’re the BALM”

Candy Bars and Candy Sayings:

  • Butterfinger – We love you so much “BUTTERFINGERS” won’t count that high!
  • Kit Kat – We don’t ever want a break from you!
  • Snickers – We love how you make us laugh and “SNICKER”!
  • Junior Mints – You are worth a “MINT”!
  • Peanut M&M’s – We’re “NUTS” about you!
  • Almond Joy – You bring me so much JOY it’s NUTS!
  • M&M’s – You make us melt!
  • Peanut Butter M&M’s – We think you’re Magnificent and Marvelous!
  • Hazelnut Chocolate Bar – We love you so much it’s “NUTS”!
  • Milky Way – We think you are out of this world!
  • Zero Bar – You’re not a “ZERO”. You’re our hero!!
  • Whoppers – You’re a WHOPPER of a Valentine!
  • Heath – Sugar and Spice you’re everything nice!
  • York Peppermint Pattie – Daddy, we get the sensation from you!
  • Twix – Just be “TWIX” you and me, we love you!
  • Rolos – Daddy/Teacher, you’re my “ROLO” model!
  • Anything with Nuts – There’s “nuttin” I wouldn’t do for you!
  • Anything chewy – I CHEWS you!
  • Bit O’ Honey – You’re as sweet as honey.
  • Here are some sweets for my sweet.
  • Pop Rocks – You ROCK!
  • Bubble Gum – You BLOW my mind!

Easy Chinese New Year Red Envelopes

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Chinese New Year Red Envelopes DIY

The picture below means so much to me. One of my oldest and dearest friends from back home posted it on Facebook. It sparked SO many amazing memories of my childhood. Specifically, it reminded me of a unique, special, and irreplaceable friendship I had (and still have) with my older brother, and my mother’s best friend’s children, Tom and Matt… well, back then they were Tommy and Matthew.

I suspect that this photo was taken in 1978-ish. We were in our backyard by the pool. I recall spending EVERY SINGLE weekend with the Evan’s. I was one kinda sorta of the boys. I rode a bike on the dirt trails behind my house; they piled it with mud when it rained. I wore my favorite girly shoes; they would hide them in places that I would never find because they were too far out of reach for my 45 inches.

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I’ll never forget, however, every year around my birthday we would celebrate Chinese New Year’s at the Even’s house. Their Mom, my Tita Ping, would make the most amazing food (especially her eggrolls) and we would eat a ton. All the kids would play in the basement for hours and at the end of the night each kid would get to pick a red envelope before we went home. Every time, I would pray that I would pick a good one.  So, these little Easy Chinese New Year Red Envelopes are dedicated to my Tita Ping and her family.

The red envelope is typically a small rectangle, decorated in gold. It is meant to bring good luck and fortune to the recipient. To make these, I first “Googled” the Chinese characters for “good fortune” and “happy new year”. I printed them in three columns on red paper.

Easy Chinese New Year Red Envelopes

I cut each one in thirds to make three envelopes a sheet.

Easy Homemade Chinese New Year Red Envelopes

Next, I folded them in thirds.

Easy to make Chinese New Year Red Envelopes

I used double sided tape to tape up the sides and envelope flap after inserting some money. I also added some gold trim with decorative tape.

Easy Chinese New Year Red Envelopes Tutorial

That’s it! It took minutes to make, and cost pennies (other than the money inside!). Hopefully next year I can arrange a reunion to spend time with the Evan’s on Chinese New Year. Tom and Matt, if your are reading this, let’s plan it!

Easy Chinese New Year Red Envelopes How To

Mardi Gras Printable

by Dinah Wulf

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I have never really celebrated Mardi Gras, although I have always thought it would be fun. I would love to be in New Orleans or Louisiana, or better yet Brazil or Italy! All I know is that it is a carnival of celebrations when people eat a lot and party. Sounds good to me! I also love the colors of green, purple, and gold, so this year, I thought I’d make a Mardi Gras printable in honor of the festivities coming up in February.

You can use this however you like. I made them as little tags for small gifts. I glued them to cardstock, punched a small hole, and tied some black ribbon onto candy filled milk bottles and test tubes.

Fat Tuesday Printable

I made a little sign with a fleur delis and crowns. You can print the tags as well as the full image in case you need specific sizes. You can also use it for party favors, cake toppers, signs, or invitations.

Mardi Gras Printable Tags

Mardi Gras Image

Here are a few more pictures of the favors I made.

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Fat Tuesday Free Printable

Fat Tuesday Tag Printable

Mardi Gras Free Printable

In case you missed it, my friend Maily threw a Mardi Gras themed party that had some great party decorations and ideas. Check out her beautiful flower arrangements and mask centerpieces.

Check out some other fun theme parties with printables:

Bouncy Ball Valentine Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Bouncy Ball Valentine Printable DIY

This year, my daughter chose bouncy balls to give to her classmates at her Valentine party at school. I loved that idea because a) it’s not candy, and b) it’s easy! We found these bags of bouncy balls at Target. I designed a quick bouncy ball Valentine printable so that you could use them too.

Here are the balls. They come in reds and pinks and blues and greens. We bought one of each bag.

Bouncy Ball Valentine Printable

I made and printed these labels that say, “I hope you have a ball this Valentine’s day” and glued them onto some lavender card stock.

Bouncy Ball Non Candy Valentine

I left an area for your child to sign their name. You can use the design in whatever size you need:

Bouncy Ball Valentine Printable

We used double sided tape to attach them to the plastic bags.

Bouncy Ball Valentine Free Printable

Super simple! I hope you enjoy and use the printable!

More Valentine’s Day Inspiration:

Printables:

Valentine Decor:

Handmade Cards and Gifts:

Other Fun Valentine Ideas:

Fortune Cookie Valentine Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Fortune Cookie Valentine DIY

I found the cutest erasers ever in the dollar bins at Target. I couldn’t help myself so I picked up a little bag. I knew IMMEDIATELY what I wanted to do with them as soon as I got home.  I made some printable fortunes to go along with this cute little cookie. So, today, I am sharing this Fortune Cookie Valentine Printable that you can use for real fortune cookies or these cute dollar bin erasers.

Here are the erasers. Adorable, right? They come in a pack of six in light pink, hot pink, and purple. I figured I could have Mia give them to friends, school teachers, dance teachers, or coaches.

Fortune Cookie Valentine Printable

I designed two different ones. One is for teachers with the Chinese symbol for “teachers”, and the other one is for friends or classmates that has the Chinese symbol for “friendship”. They even have lucky numbers like the ones you find in real fortune cookies. They say, “I am “fortune”-ate to have you as my friend/teacher.”

Fortune Cookie Valentine Printable for Student or Teacher

You can download the FREE printable here:

Fortune Cookie Valentine Printable

Enjoy!

More Valentine’s Day Inspiration:

Roses Are Red Printable Teacher Poem

by Dinah Wulf

Roses are Red Violets are Blue Printable Teacher Poem

I know Mia is only in preschool but she has had some amazing teachers. It makes me want to give them something small to say thank you anytime there is a holiday. With Valentine’s Day just right around the corner, I put together this Roses Are Red Printable Teacher Poem to share. It can be used for Valentine’s Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, or Just because. You can also attach it to a single rose (chocolate or fresh) or an entire bouquet!

I found these chocolate roses at Target for $1.00 each. I bought three for Mia’s teacher and her assistants.

Roses are Red Printable Teacher Poem

I designed this printable, glued it onto black cardstock, and punched out a hole in the shape of a heart. It says, “Roses are red, violets are blue, you are a great teacher, and inspiring too.”

Roses are Red Printable DIY Teacher Valentine

I tied on some twine ribbon.

Roses are Red Printable Teacher Appreciation

You can download the design here and make it any size you need it to be.

Roses Are Red Printable Teacher Poem

I loved how it turned out. It only took a few minutes and I hope it brings a smile to their faces on Valentine’s Day.

Roses are Red Printable Teacher Valentine

More Valentine’s Day Inspiration:

Valentine’s Day Crafty Play Date

by Dinah Wulf

Last year, Valentine’s Day fell on a Friday.  At that time, every Friday, my daughter had dance class with her two best friends. After class, sometimes we would continue the fun at my house and the girls would play. Since it was Valentine’s Day, and the girls LOVE making crafts, I decided to make our play date extra special and make it a Valentine’s Day Crafty Play Date. It didn’t take too much time to set up and I used what I already had in the craft room. It turned out so cute!

I set up a special table for three. I honestly didn’t really go out of my way because I already had everything in the craft room. It didn’t take me long to set up. I added a few extra touches like Plastic glasses with lace for their juice.

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Pink candies in little baskets that I also added lace to (thanks to my trusty glue gun)!

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I even made them name place settings because I always keep these dollar bin frames handy for dinner parties. It only took a second to print their names.

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The centerpiece was simple too. I just took an existing arrangement and put it on top of a piece of scrapbook paper and then laid a little pink craft butterfly on top for some added girly-ness!

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I set out some foam crafts that I got on sale and the girls made Valentine’s for their families to take home.

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For dessert I simply went to the local grocery store bakery and added a little pompom toothpick on top.

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It was such a special day for the girls and it really took little effort. They had such a great time! I hope you enjoyed my super easy Valentine’s Day Crafty Play Date!

More Valentine’s Day Inspiration:

Date Night Valentine Card DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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Have I told you how awesome my brother is? Well, he is… amazing, really. I think I may have about an ounce of his creativity.  This year for Christmas, he designed made my husband and I a homemade card.  Inside was a gift certificate for dinner, a movie, and money for babysitting…score!! The card was so beautiful that I asked him if I could share it.  I thought it’d be a great idea for a date night Valentine card DIY for a special couple.

My brother designed the card, but you can use any decorative paper you choose, or design the front yourself. This could be used for any type of occasion like an anniversary or special event like a wedding.

Materials:

  • 2 Foam core boards
  • Glue
  • Decorative paper of choice
  • Cutting board
  • Craft knife
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Tape

Take one piece of foam core and position your gift cards, one overlapping the other. Trace the outside with a pencil. Cut out the outline using a cutting mat, straightedge, and craft knife.

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Glue the two pieces of foam core together.

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Cut your decorative paper to size. Make it long enough to wrap around and cover the card. You may need to use two pieces. Glue the paper to the bottom of the foam core and fold the paper around.

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My brother also made a matching envelope with babysitting money inside and placed it behind the gift cards.

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Insert your gift cards on top.

DIY Date Night Valentine Card

Close the card with a piece of tape on the inside.

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Isn’t it cute? I absolutely love it. Be sure to stop by my brother’s design site Figure Ground Graphics. On there you will find examples of his work along with some free printables he has designed for DIY Inspired!

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DIY Date Night Valentine Collage

 

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Best of DIY Inspired 2014

by Dinah Wulf

Best of DIY Inspired 2014

Happy New Year! Wow! What a great year. I can’t believe we are officially in 2015…yikes! Just as in 2013 and 2012, I wanted to reflect back to this past year and put together a best of DIY Inspired 2014. I broke it up in different categories. Here we go!

Best Furniture Makeover

I did a lot of furniture makeovers for my daughter this year, but the most popular was an old dresser that I’ve had since college. I painted this Chevron Dresser with spray paint and stencils to add a pop of color to my walk in closet.

Best Thrift Store Makeover

I found a little bench at Goodwill for less than $10 and turned it into an upcycled bench for kids with new paint and a cushioned seat, intended for my daughter’s reading nook.

Best Free Curb Side Pickup Makeover

I hadn’t done too much dumpster diving this year. I did love my Santa Stop Here sign from a shelf found in the garbage and a fabric lined serving tray I made also destined for the trash, but the most popular is this DIY Organization Board made with chicken wire I upcycled from an old painting I found in the garbage.

Best Trash to Treasure Project

One of the first projects I did in 2014, January 3rd to be exact, this Repurposed Jewelry Organizer is still one of my favorites of all time.

Best Repurposing Idea

Not ready to part with my daughter’s crib, I made this Repurposed Bed Spring turned Craft Organization,  that is probably one of the most useful things in my craft room today.

Best Theme Party Post

I had some fun theme parties I have helped with this year including a Mad Hatter Tea Party, Rapunzel birthday, Dr. Seuss party, Beanie Baby, The Little Mermaid, and Angry Birds party, but these Angry Bird Boxes were definitely the most popular.

Best DIY Gift Idea

This was so fun to make and all natural and organic! This Mango Pina Lip Balm was a hit in 2014.

Best Party Related Tutorial

Who knew these DIY Personalized Bachelorette Bags would be so popular! I actually made these for a girls trip to Las Vegas, but quickly realized that they are great for anytime.

Most Popular Printable

My talented brother designed these Tic Tac Packs Spice Container Printables, which turned out to be popular for Campers this summer.

Best Halloween Post

My very last Halloween post of the year was so last minute! This DIY Minion Costume was simple, quick, and easy to do.

Best Christmas Post

These two posts tied for most popular and they are both globe ornaments! My DIY Snow Globes and Winter Woodland Ornaments were a hit on Pinterest this past season.

New Years Decorations on a Dollar Store Budget

by Dinah Wulf

New Years Christmas Tree on a Budget

Let’s face it, after Christmas many of us don’t have a budget to spend on New Year’s decorations, especially if you are hosting a party. We started a tradition a few years ago, where a few families with kids get together to ring in the New Year. I wanted to make it a little special this year so I started with making a New Year’s Countdown Tree for the kids. I also went to the 99 cent store to see what I could drum up for decorations.  I only spent $8.00! Here are my New Years decorations on a dollar store budget!

Decorate your Christmas Tress for a New Year's Party

For $8.00 I bought 3 packs of metallic party hats, two packs of noise makers, two packs of New Year’s cut outs, and one pack of poppers. I took down all the decorations from my Christmas tree and put them away. The only thing I left up was the burlap ribbon and white feathers.

I decorated the tree with all my 99 cent store finds. Some hats…

After Christmas New Years Party Decor Idea

…some poppers and noise makers…

New Years Decorations on a Dollar Store Budget

…and some metallic cut outs.

Decorate your Christmas Tree for New Years

I also added some left over hats to the mantle.

After Christmas New Years Decor Ideas

Not bad for $7.00!

Decorate for New Years Christmas Tree

In case you missed it, check out the New Year’s countdown tree I did for the kiddos. I marked the time on several envelopes and the kids take turns opening up each one at the specified time. Inside are dares, activities, game ideas, tasty treats, and sweet gestures for them to complete until they open up the next envelope!

New Years Eve Countdown Idea for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

New Year Countdown Party Idea

Ever since my friends and I had kids, we have been staying in on New Year’s Eve and celebrating with our families at my house. This year, I thought it’d be fun to do a little countdown activity for kids. It’s simple and easy and hopefully, will keep the kids entertained and awake until the New Year. Here is my New Years Eve countdown idea for kids.

Materials:

  • Small bags or envelopes
  • Felt Numbers
  • Cardstock
  • Tape or glue
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Circle punch

I had these felt numbers collecting dust in my craft closet. You don’t have to use these; in fact, it’s easier to just write the numbers on an envelope!

New Year Countdown Idea

I cut out circles with a circle pinch and then put the time in the middle. I started at 6:30 and made a bag for every half hour until midnight.

New Years Eve Countdown Idea for Kids

Then I brainstormed fun, dares/activities/instructions, for all the kids to follow when they take turns opening the bag at the designated time. Some things I wrote are:

  • Go outside and hula hoop.
  • Sing “Jingle Bells” as loud as possible.
  • Play a game of hide and seek.
  • Give your parents a big hug and kiss.
  • Take one piece of candy from the candy jar.
  • Share a pack of candy with the other kids.
  • Do your favorite dance.

New Year Countdown Party Idea for Kids

You get the idea. We will have about seven kids at our party and I’ll let them take turns opening them and the older kids can help the younger kids read them.

New Years Eve Countdown Party Idea

I took down the decorations from Christmas on one of my trees and added the envelopes on the tree.

New Years Countdown Idea

This would be fun to do at any party as well, or for the adults to do dares. I hope the kids enjoy it!

 

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

The other day I shared what Josie our elf did for days 1-10. Today I thought I’d share her antics for days 11-20 for some last minute elf on the shelf ideas.

Day 11: Josie was writing a “naughty and nice list”. Mia’s friends from school were on the nice list, while Scrooge, the Grinch, and others were on the naughty list.

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 11

 

Day 12: Josie was caught hiding in a present under the Christmas tree.

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 12

 

Day 13: We found Josie the bungee jumping Elf over our stairs.

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Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 13 Bungee Elf (2)

 

Day 14: Josie was making Playdoh cookies on the kitchen table.

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Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 14 Playdoh Elf (2)

 

Day 15: Josie was found in a winter scene in a jar in the kitchen.

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Day 16: Josie was reading some reindeer “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” for the 50th nniversary of the show.

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 16 Reading Elf

 

Day 17: Josie was having fun sliding down the staircase railing.

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Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 17 Banister Elf (2)

 

Day 18: Josie was caught stacking Christmas cups.

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 18 Cup Stacking Elf

 

Day 19: Josie was inside a caged candle holder.

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 19

 

Day 20: Josie was hiding up in a wreath over the fireplace mantel.

Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas Day 20

More Elf on the Shelf:

Elf on the Shelf First Day Idea – A cute poem and FREE printable for your elf’s arrival.

Ten Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas – From being chased by reindeer to building a fort with Christmas cards, these ten ideas are clever, but simple.

No Sew Elf on the Shelf Skirt – The Elf on the Shelf clothing you can buy at the store is so expensive. This is a quick and easy no sew tutorial for how to make an apron skirt for pennies.

How to Make Elf Shoes – One day Mia asked why Josie did have shoes. The next day she showed up with a new pair!

Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas – This post shows the first night our elf showed up and nine other adorable ideas including a letter our elf wrote after a day of my daughter misbehaving.

Elf on the Shelf Bad Day Poem with Printable – Speaking of misbehaving, I ended up creating this FREE printable with a poem from your elf for the day after your child(ren) has been not so nice.

Unique Elf on the Shelf Ideas- Some creative ideas I did for Days 1-10, 2014.

Two Dozen Easy Elf on a Shelf Ideas – Two dozen ideas that are helpful, especially when you forget and need a quick move!

Elf on a Shelf Ideas – This is the first Elf on the Shelf post I ever wrote and includes 7 ideas incorporating my daughter’s toys and games.

The Elf on the Shelf Tradition – I wrote this after my daughter’s first year of Elf on the Shelf. This post includes a cute goodbye letter for the final night, including a special “baked” tray of mini gingerbread cookies.

Santa Stop Here DIY Outdoor Sign

by Dinah Wulf

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I am proud to be a 3M sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape . Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.

The other day I found a shelf that my friend was about to throw away. It had a few water stains, but I asked her if I could have it anyway. Immediately, I knew what I wanted to do with it. To be completely honest, my outdoor holiday decorating isn’t that great! We don’t even have the lights up! So, to give my home a little more holiday spirit, I decided to make this hand painted Santa Stop Here DIY Outdoor Sign.

Materials:

  • Wood Board or Old Shelf
  • ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Exterior Surfaces 2097
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Stencils
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Spouncer
  • Plastic Lid
  • Hooks
  • Rope

The first thing I did was gather my materials. I thought about hand painting the words, but remembered some stencils that I had that worked perfectly.

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I measured the length of the board and the width of the letters and words to make sure it would fit, then I taped off an arrow with my ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.

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Next, I painted two coats of red paint on the outer boarder. I wanted the inside of the arrow to remain white so that my green letters would show up better.

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While the second coat was a little wet, I pulled off the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Exterior Surfaces. Holy moly!! I can’t believe how super sharp the lines were!

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Once the paint was dry, I marked off the words in pencil using the stencils.  I did this for two reasons: 1) to make sure the words were centered, and 2) it makes it easier to stencil, because I had to stencil each letter in a different order.  This way, it’s more efficient stenciling a letter one at a time.  You may or may not need to do this, depending on what stencils you use.

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Next, I stenciled the words on using a spouncer in an up and down motion. I also like to use a recycled plastic lid for my paint.

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Allow your sign to dry completely.

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Next, I added some hooks to the top of the sign, measuring 10” from each end.

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I hung the sign off of my balcony in an uneven position so that the arrow was pointing to the roof of the house.

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Here are a couple after photos.

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