Christmas Gift Idea

Here is a cute idea for stocking stuffers, gifts for your kids’ friends, or Christmas table decorations.  They are also fun birthday party party gifts.  When I taught 1st grade, I made these for my students and they loved them.

Make sure you have enough toilet paper rolls.  Then all you will need is tissue paper or Christmas paper, ribbon, and some fun goodies to fill it.  Fill the rolls with candy, stickers, money, hair bows, and other small trinkets.  Then wrap the paper around the rolls and use the ribbon to tie each end shut.  This is a fun family project that your kids can help with.

Showcase Saturday

This is my first Showcase Saturday post and I love the idea.  This is something that my daughter made for me for Mother’s Day last year and then I did it for the grandmas.  I know it’s not really a craft but I thought it was a great present just in time for Valentine’s Day.

I used pink paper and white paint for her hand prints.  Then I typed up four sentences and had my daughter fill in the blanks.  Here are some that I used.

  1. My Nana is prettiest when ______________________.
  2. I love when my Nana  _________________________ .
  3. My Nana always says _________________________.
  4. I love my Nana because ________________________.
  5. My Nana loves to ____________________________.

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Christmas Gift Poppers

Here is a cute idea for stocking stuffers, gifts for your kids’ friends, or Christmas table decorations.  They are also fun birthday party party gifts.  When I taught 1st grade, I made these for my students and they loved them.

Make sure you have enough toilet paper rolls.  Then all you will need is tissue paper or Christmas paper, ribbon, and some fun goodies to fill it.  Fill the rolls with candy, stickers, money, hair bows, and other small trinkets.  Then wrap the paper around the rolls and use the ribbon to tie each end shut.  This is a fun family project that your kids can help with.

Trip to WalMart

Emily and I dropped Ashlyn off at school this morning and had many errands to run.  Our first stop was WalMart where I had to pick up some pictures, a Secret Santa gift for a co worker and fill my car up with gas.  We got to the photo department and there were two people in front of us.  The two employees were trying to find one man’s pictures and he was starting to get impatient. He had paid for one hour and they were now telling him his order wasn’t ready yet.  The second man in line was having a hard time with his order as well.  The two employees didn’t seem too concerned about keeping people waiting. Luckily, Emily was entertaining herself and was in a good mood. 

When it was finally my turn I gave the lady my last name.  She looked in a few places and then told me she needed the confirmation number in order to find my order.  I was a little frustrated since they had never asked me for that number in the past.  Plus, how would a number help them find my order if it wasn’t under my last name.  I didn’t have the number so I called Chris to look up the e-mail with the number on it.  He was having trouble finding it too so I told him to just call me back when he found it.  By now, I’m upset because this was supposed to be a quick trip to WalMart and I had a million other errands to run.  I never said anything to the lady about being mad but I’m sure she could tell by the tone in my voice.

Chris called me back when he found the e-mail.  “Did you find it?”  I asked.  “Oh, I found it!”  he answered.

I hurried out of the store and drove to Sam’s where they were able to quickly find my pictures since that was where I placed my order.

Cute Christmas Gifts

My friend Sheli had a great idea for cute Christmas gifts for her sons’ friends.  She sent an e-mail out to the moms and asked each one to make one place-mat with their child’s help on a piece of card-stock that she provided.  She assigned each mom a different holiday so they knew how to decorate the paper.  They could draw, paint, scrapbook, use pictures etc. but leave enough room for her to add the kid’s names to their set.  Once she got them back, she made color copies of each of them and then personalized them with names and laminated them. Here is a link to some examples of painted place-mats that she found online http://www.kris-10.com/kcweb/products_view.asp?tid=prod&cat=Placemats&subcat=none

A fun creative art project and a Christmas gift.  The perfect combination!