Tell your Valentine just how sweet you think he or she is with this fun Cupcake Valentine!

Start with:

  • Textured Cardboard
  • Colored Cardstock
  • Paper Fasteners
  • Paper Cup
  • Pom Pom
  • Paper Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a paper cup to the height of a cupcake wrapper.

Step 2: Cut a length of textured cardboard the same height as the paper cup.

Step 3: Glue the outside of the paper cup and wrap in textured cardboard.

Step 4: Create a paper ball. Full tutorial here.

Step 5: Glue the paper ball on top of the paper cup.

Step 6: Add a pom pom "cherry" on top.

Step 7: Paper punch "Sprinkles" from different colored cardstock and glue to the cupcake.

Loop a little tag on a string through the paper ball portion to add a special message for your sweet Valentine!

We enjoy making our own Christmas tree ornaments every year and this year is no exception. We used our yarn stash to make these colorful and fun ornaments. Because we used the glue gun, this is a wonderful project for older children or for adults and children to work on together!

Start with:

  • Paper Cups
  • Glue/Glue Gun
  • Yarn
  • Twine
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Create it!

Step 1: With pencil, punch two holes on the bottom of one paper cup.

Step 2: Cut a piece of twine, loop in the two holes and tie a knot to secure.

Step 3: Glue second cup, rim to rim, to the first cup.

Step 4: Place glue on the cup and wind string around it.

With so many bright colors and interesting textures, there are so many fun ways to decorate these ornaments. Perfect for those after school playdates or even for a family craft night!

Decorating gingerbread houses and cookies are so fun this time of year. This Christmas craft - a gingerbread girl necklace - is one that can be worn to make every outfit look festive!

Start with:

  • Cardstock (white, red, black)
  • Cupcake Wrapper
  • String
  • Paper Straws
  • Scissor
  • Glue
  • Single Hole Paper Punch

Create it!

Step 1: Fold a piece of paper or cardstock in half and cut a general gingerbread girl shape to use as a template to trace and cut the gingerbread girl from cardboard.

Step 2: From cardstock, cut out eyes, buttons and strips to decorate the arms and legs.

Step 3: Glue items from Step 2 on to the gingerbread girl.

Step 4: Cut the cupcake wrapper in half. This will form the skirt. To top of wrapper, add a band of cardstock and glue to the gingerbread girl's waist. Cut a bow from red cardstock and glue to the gingerbread girl's head to add a festive little accessory!

Step 5: Punch holes into each of the gingerbread girl's arms and thread string through.

Step 6: Cut straws into pieces.

Step 7: Add the straw pieces to each side of the arms and tie the loose ends of string to create a necklace!

So many different variations to dress up the gingerbread girl - perfect for any fashion loving little maker and would be a hit for any holiday party or playdate! If making holiday necklaces is your thing, be sure to check out this Reindeer Necklace and this Christmas Tree Necklace!

Do you have a favorite holiday candy? Candy canes and peppermints in general are a favorite around here at Christmas! We also love the classic red and white combination and incorporated them into this fun Peppermint Candy Crown.

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint¬†
  • Paintbrush
  • Stapler
  • Cardstock (optional)

Create it!

Step 1: Create a band from white cardboard or paint the cardboard white after securing with staples.

Step 2: Cut circles from cardboard. We used some different sized circles to trace.

Step 3: Paint circles white and allow to dry. Or, glue white cardstock to the cardboard circles.

Step 4: Paint red stripes to the white circles and allow to dry.

Step 5: Glue three circles to paper straws.

Step 6: Glue circles and circles on straws to the crown.

How fun would these be for holiday parties or playdates?!