Now its really getting down to the wire. Are you ready for Christmas? Do you have a few people to shop for? Have you found out people are coming over unexpectedly?
Some of the things Little Miss and I have done this month may help you out. We’ve decorated the house and made gifts all on a budget. This is my list of everything we did.
1. Coffee Filter Wreath. After several weeks of being outside in a few wind and rain storms, its still looking good. I must have picked the perfect place on the house for it.2. Ornaments in the window.3. Snowflakes on the wall. (My personal favorite.)4. Ornament wreath.The instructions for #’s 2-4 can be found here.
1. Grandparent mugs.
You will need:
Stickers with whatever design you want for your mug
We bought our mugs at Goodwill for fifty cents each. The stickers were from the Dollar Store. The sharpies were about $2.50, only because I wanted to use different colors.
Put the stickers on your mug. Give the mug to the kid and let them go to town. Make sure they outline the stickers though, I didn’t at first…let’s just say Grandpa Rex will know its his mug because I’ll tell him it is…
Let it dry. Take the stickers off. My daughter really liked this part, but be aware, the ink will come of if scratched at this point.
Put in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. I haven’t tested them out yet, but apparently the sharpies are baked on and you can run the mugs through the dish washer. I love how they turned out, but be warned, the colors aren’t nearly as vibrant once baked.We added some candy in the mug and wrapped them.
2. Sriracha Salt
I love Instagram! Have I said that yet? I have learned so much from the other mamas on there! This fancy salt was from a mama who posted a photo with instructions the other day. The following are from what she posted and how I adapted…
You will need:
3/4 cup coarse salt
3 Tablespoons Sriracha Chili Sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degress. Mix ingredients together. Spread on a baking sheet as evenly as possible. TURN OFF THE OVEN. Put the baking sheet in.
Original instructions said to leave for 3-4 hours. I checked it after 2 1/2 and it was caked onto the pan (or foil, rather).
3. Birdseed Ornaments
So much easier and faster than I expected!
You will need:
Cooking spray (Olive oil works fine too)
3/4 cup flour
1 packet unflavored gelatin
3 Tablespoons clear corn syrup
1/2 cup water
4 cups birdseed
Cookie cutters or molds
Put some parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Spray cookie cutters with cooking spray.
Mix flour, gelatin, corn syrup, and water. Add birdseed. Mix well.
Throw it all into your cookie cutters. Fill it up and press firmly. Make a hole wherever you want the twine to go, I used a cut up drinking straw. After about an hour, gently push out the ornament. Let dry for a few hours and flip over. Put your twine through and you’re done.
I only had one Christmas cookie cutter, a gigantic snowflake,so the rest of our ornaments are random animals…Stegosaurus, anyone?If you’re freaking out because you need a few last minute gifts, I hope this helps. Who doesn’t want a gift made by your little one, anyhow?
Good luck, happy crafting, and have a Merry Christmas!!