Let’s Get Lit: DIY Paper Lanterns for Kids

diy paper lanterns-holiday kids craft

It’s that time of year when Pinterest overwhelms us with fun and crafty ideas to get in the festive holiday spirit. There’s so many creative people in the world who share such amazing ideas, it’s hard to narrow it down to our favorites. We want to do them all. Every year, this DIY lantern remain a top holiday craft for our families. We can’t take credit for this idea. A local library and art business host this craft every year in Vail, then the kids walk through the village with their lit lanterns. It’s a favorite tradition for all ages. There’s always something magical about lights, and when our kids artwork is illuminated, it’s even more special.

You can use various mediums with this project including water colors, acrylics, or tissue and mod Podge. Tissue and mod podge, along with water colors were our kids favorite. Order these items this week to get them in time for Christmas break! It’s really fun to get kids together for an afternoon of art, especially when it’s cold outside.

Let’s light up the night sky this season with magical DIY paper lanterns.

DIY Paper Lanterns

Materials:

  • Paper lanterns
  • Tissue paper, scissors and Mod Podge (these cut outs are a great option for tissue paper)
  • Watercolor paints, and paintbrushes
  • Acrylic paints
  • Light (this or this will work)
  • Pipe cleaners (you need to hang the light inside, and also to hold and hang on a tree, or hook)

Directions:

Step 1: Open the lantern, and add wire to keep it open

Step 2: If you choose to use tissue paper and Mod Podge, cut the tissue paper into various shapes. Add Mod Podge to the lantern, add tissue paper and then cover with a thin layer of Mod Podge.

If you choose to use paint, then let your creative side take over so you can create a winter masterpiece.

Step 3: Insert the pipe cleaner through the mini light, and then hang from the internal wire. Also, add a pipe cleaner to the top two wire circles to hang the lantern.

Step 4: Find a special spot to hang it. This makes a fantastic gift for grandparents, too. You can press try to press it down when the season is over, and hang it next year.

diy paper lantern for kids - holiday craft

 

diy paper lantern to make with kids - holiday season craft

‘Tis The Season to Bee Joyful: Honey Gift Idea + Free Printable

bee joyful holiday gift tag-local Colorado honey

Last week, we thanked teachers, friends and family with a Thanks Fir Everything label to go along with Frasier Fir scented all-purpose cleaner. It makes cleaning smell so good! Today, we have another FREE holiday label for you + a sweet gift idea for this holiday season! We’re sharing a BEE JOYFUL label to go along with a honey-themed gift! It’s the sweetest!

We purchased local Colorado honey from Bjorn’s Colorado Honey this season. To go along with the honey, we bought adorable honeycomb waffle makers (for less than $12, these are must buy). Next, we made cute labels. You can either print the label on sticker paper, or attach it with a tag. These two items are great price points – the honey is $14 and up. The waffle maker is just $12. So you can buy both, or one or the other, but the label works either way! Get the free labels below (6 per sheet).

You still have time to order these gifts, especially the honey. That’s the beauty of ordering small and local. It’s not made in China. :)  If you don’t live in Colorado, they will ship to you. It arrives quickly, and they have deals happening right now.

bee joyful colorado honey -holiday gift and free printable

We bought raw local Colorado honey for tea, baked goods and cooking. We also bought Propolis Honey. Propolis, sometimes called bee glue, is a mixture of plant sap, beeswax, and honeybees’ natural enzymes that helps keep the beehive in one piece, and prevents the growth of fungus. For humans, propolis has benefits, too. The flavonoids function as antioxidants, which helps with free radicals (can reduce risk of cancer), it’s a natural anti-histamine, has anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s rich in B-complex vitamins. Plus, it has anti-microbial properties, as well. Um, yes please. A tablespoon a day is what the bee ordered.

bee joyful free printable and gift idea - honey and honeycomb waffle maker

colorado honey gift

bee joyful free labels - holiday gift idea

You can download the Merry Christmas free label is here. And, the Happy Holidays free label is here.

Happy gifting!

DIY Pumpkin Turkey: Thanksgiving Craft For The Whole Family

DIY turkey pumpkins with leaves - fall decor If you’re looking for a last minute Thanksgiving DIY, craft for the kids, or table place cards, we’ve got an idea for you to gobble up. You can put these DIY turkey pumpkins together with limited materials (you probably already have them in the art cart, or outside), and in less than 15 minutes. Get all the details here. DIY turkey pumpkins with leaves - fall decor

DIY Pumpkin Turkey: Thanksgiving Craft For The Whole Family

DIY turkey pumpkins with leaves - fall decor

If you’re looking for a last minute Thanksgiving DIY, craft for the kids, or table place cards, we’ve got an idea for you to gobble up. You can put these DIY turkey pumpkins together with limited materials (you probably already have them in the art cart, or outside), and in less than 15 minutes.

Get all the details here.

DIY turkey pumpkins with leaves - fall decor

Frasier Fir Gift Idea + Free Printable

thanks fir everything-thymes multi purpose cleaner-neighbor and teacher holiday gift

We realize we’re jumping straight into Christmas with this post, but with all the shipping woes and economy meltdowns, we got started early this year. We want to help you do the same.

The smell of Christmas makes us so happy. So, might as well make it smell like Christmas as often as possible, right? Typically, it’s candles and diffusers that diffuse our favorite smells around the house, but this time, we’re talking about the Thymes Frasier Fir All-Purpose cleaner. The reality of being a mom is that we clean our counters (among other things) about 5 or more times a day. While gifting or receiving an all-purpose cleaner isn’t the sexiest gift, it’s a practical one that can be use daily, and also one that smells amazing. It’s worth sharing something that evokes cheerful emotions, especially when we are doing mundane tasks.

Let’s spread the smell of Christmas cheer this year with our latest printable to go along with Thymes all-purpose cleaner. We’re giving these early to teachers and neighbors this year.

We made two versions of the free printable. One says HAPPY HOLIDAYS and the other says MERRY CHRISTMAS. Choose the best one for you, and print it on card stock paper, then attach it to the bottle.

We have some holiday gift guides coming your way soon, so be on the lookout for those.

You can buy the Thymes all-purpose cleaner here or it’s on sale for $11 here.

If the cleaner isn’t your thing, you can buy a beautiful candle or diffuser oil.

thanks fir everything-thymes multi purpose cleaner-neighbor and teacher holiday gift

thanks fir everything-thymes multi purpose cleaner-neighbor and teacher holiday gift

 

thanks fir everything-thymes multi purpose cleaner-neighbor and teacher holiday gift