DIY Winter Snowflake Ornaments


This week my children’s school held bake sales and homemade ornament sales to raise money for a school in Houston whose families have suffered tremendous loss from the hurricane. My kids were thrilled to participate, and wanted to make as many ornaments as they could to raise as they said, “a ton of money.” While they made DIY marbled clay snowflake ornaments of their own, I made a couple, too. It’s a super simple craft for kids and adults of all ages, which is why I’m sharing it with you today. Plus, this is a wonderful gift to encourage the kids to give their family and friends.



Step 1: Lay down parchment paper, and roll balls of clay with the various colors.

Step 2: Combine colors, and then twist and turn to blend the colors together for that marbled effect. With a rolling-pin, roll it out so it’s about 1/4 inch thick.


Step 3: Press the cookie cutters into the clay, both the large snowflake and the small one. Remove excess clay around the cutter.

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Step 5: With a small straw (like the ones used in coffee shops), punch a small hole through the top of the ornament.


Step 6: Bake on parchment paper according to clay package directions.

Step 7: Add a wallet size photo with glue dots on the back of the ornament, string and hang it.



DIY Marbled Snowmen


This may be one of the easiest DIY Christmas projects ever. Do it with the kids. Do it last-minute. Just do it. You need these marbled snowmen in your life.

These DIY, black and white marbled snowmen can easily be made into ornaments, gift toppers, place cards and the list goes on and on.

How-to: Simply twist, twirl, fold, smash and then roll two colors of Crayola Model Magic foam into balls. Make three different sizes – small, medium and large – and stack them on top of each other. Add tiny sticks for arms and don’t forget mini santa hats from Oriental Trading.

Merry marbling to you.



DIY Stained Glass Ornament

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Last weekend we spent an afternoon crafting DIY stained glass ornaments with our kids. Check out the full tutorial at Momtastic.

This year, make your Christmas extra colorful and bright with this easy craft. Tissue paper scraps have never looked so pretty.

DIY Polar Advent Calendar


The craziness of the season sometimes creeps up on us, and honestly we can feel our anxiety rise. Bake the cookies. Buy the gifts. Don’t just buy the gifts – find a good sale on the perfect gifts. Oh, and don’t buy every gift…make DIY homemade gifts. Host a holiday party. Mark the calendar for Christmas Pageants and office holiday parties, too. It’s all very magical, and we absolutely love it. But, wow, it’s exhausting.

Now that we are in Christmas mode, it’s only fitting that we kick it off with our official Advent calendar. Since Jessica is late with almost everything she ever does (and goes), it’s even more fitting this Advent Calendar comes on Dec. 4, 4 days after Advent officially started. Better late than ever. You still have time – make it this year, or pin it for next year.

We made a fun DIY Advent Calendar last year. This year, we shopped Oriental Trading {where the options are endless} and went with a snowy, polar scene topped off with our kid’s favorite toys – animals. Not just any animals, but animals with mini Santa hats. Ho Ho Ho.




Step 1: Set the scene with snowflakes. Hang the snowflakes above the winter advent calendar with fishing wire or twine, and tape.




Step 2: Use a hot glue gun to glue the cute Oriental Trading mini Santa hats to the toy polar animals.





Step 3: Fold the cardboard boxes.




Step 4: Glue, stick or pin the numbers to the front of the boxes.




Step 5: Fill the boxes with goodies such as candy, and mini toys, or make it all about acts of kindness, a family activity or helping others.



Step 6: Stack the boxes so the numbers make sense, and it looks good visually to the eye. Then, place the animals randomly.




Step 7: Watch the kids open the mini boxes everyday with pure joy.




Oriental Trading sent us some items of our choosing for this post, free of charge. We’re so happy they did! All opinions are honest, and our own. No other type of compensation was received. Thanks for supporting the companies that support j. sorelle. We love Oriental Trading, even before this post.


DIY Stocking Stuffer Your Kids Will Love: Reindeer Snot


We can hardly believe we made anything that resembles or even has the word snot in it, as we dislike our kids snotty noses all winter. But, this idea was just too fun not to make. Jessica made Reindeer Snot, aka glitter slime, and shared all the details with Momtastic.

Get a tissue, wipe your nose – do whatever you have to do – just get over there to learn all about it. We used our favorite new stamp-making machine, Silhouette Mint, to make the custom stamp. We got a little stamp happy, and plan to make these holiday favors for the kids friends. Not only is the homemade slime a great DIY stocking stuffer, but also it’s a creative thing to make with the kids that they can ooh and ahh over this holiday season.