There is just something extra special about a handmade gift. Often we are pulled in so many directions during the holiday season it can be difficult to find time to make something for everyone on your gift list. This simple craft strikes a great balance for creating something unique and handmade!

Start with:

  • Sketch or doodle book
  • Pen/pencil
  • Colored cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Paper Fasteners
  • Single hole paper punch (optional)

Create it!

Step 1: Draw holly leaves and berries on corresponding colored cardstock.

Step 2: Cut out holly leaves and berries.

Step 3: Use single hole punch or simply poke paper fasteners through base of each leaf and center of berry cluster.

Step 4: Fashion leaves and berries on paper fastener to create a sprig of holly.

Step 5: Use single hole punch or press holly on paper fastener through cover of sketch/doodle book and secure.

So simple to make but adds a fun, festive look to a useful gift your loved one is sure to enjoy!


Any December babies? Just me or do December babies sometimes seem to have their birthdays nearly disappear amidst the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season? This hat is fun for December birthdays or festive holiday gatherings! We used a hot glue gun which could burn little hands without careful supervision. Join in the fun and make this project together!

Start with:

  • Cardstock (white and yellow)
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Long Roll of Green Paper (we reused shipping paper)
  • Multicolored Pom Poms 
  • Hot Glue Gun

Create it!

Step 1: Cut cone shape out of white cardstock. We didn't have a piece large enough so we cut and stapled three standard sheets together.

Step 2: Staple cone together to form base for Christmas tree hat.

Step 3: Unroll portion of green paper and begin twisting.

Step 4: Staple or hot glue end of twisted green paper to the bottom of the cone. Continue twisting, wrapping and gluing until all but the top portion of the cone is covered.

Step 5: Cut and staple small cone from yellow cardstock.

Step 6: Cut and glue star to small yellow cone. Place on top of Christmas tree hat.

Step 7: Glue poms to tree.

This hat comes together pretty quickly, just some waiting for the glue to dry. It's a fun and festive way to enjoy the holiday season!

No school yesterday and we were in the mood for some Halloween inspired crafting! We decided to make string bookmarks - some spooky and not so spooky - but all Halloween fun!

Start with:

  • Colored Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Large Hole Punch
  • Glue
  • Embroidery Thread or String

Create it! (for the Jack-O-Lantern version)

Step 1: Punch four circles from orange cardstock.

Step 2: Cut or draw (will need black marker if drawing) Jack-O-Lantern face.

Step 3: Glue face to orange circle.

Step 4: Cut approximately 1 ft. of embroidery thread and tie knots at each end to prevent unraveling.

Step 5: Add glue to one orange circle and place string in center.

Step 6: Cover first orange circle and string with Jack-O-Lantern circle.

Step 7: Repeat at bottom of string.

These bookmarks are a fun and useful way to add a little  Halloween excitement to the everyday! 

For some of us summer break is already here and for others, it is quickly approaching! There are so many reasons to love summer. And, I really do enjoy it. Occasionally though, and when I am in the middle of making dinner more often than not, I hear the dreaded - "There is nothing to do!" You too? I am all for setting out invitations to create type activities but when I don't have the time, I direct my kiddos to the Something to Do Box. The box is filled with 30 or so activities that they can do while I finish making dinner, etc. And, because of the added element of surprise (drawing an activity) they really love it!

Start with:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tissue Box (It already has a hole built in!)
  • Glue
  • Pen or Marker

Create It!

Step1: Write or print activities on sheets of paper.

Step 2: Cut to separate the activities.

Step 3: Fold and place activity strips into box.

Step 4: Draw or print a sign and glue half to box so it can be lifted to reach in and select an activity.

There is always something fun and creative to do. Sometimes a little reminder is all they need!