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Gnome In Your Home

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Meet the Christmas gnomes. Left to right: Papa G, Mama G, Kiddo G, and Baby G. Kiddo’s hat is just a teensy bit too large, but it’s Papa’s old hat, and Kiddo can’t wait to grow into it. Aren’t they cute? They’re round, fluffy, and just a wee bit bouncy!

Make one or more—these guys are a great gift idea! With magnets on their feet, they are simply adorable as jar toppers. (Looking for homemade gift ideas in a jar? Click here.) They also might like to hop on your refrigerator or filing cabinet! Who knows what other mischievous things these gnomes might get into…

DIY Play Dough Ornaments

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Before we jump into this craft, I want to say “Thanks!” to Kristi for submitting this recipe. I tested the recipe and can now say it’s elf-approved. (Have a craft or blog idea you want to share? Contact us here.)

These dough ornaments are easy to make and fun for the whole family. For our American readers, this would be a simple and festive project to do while the whole family is together for Thanksgiving. You can imprint anything you like in the dough: each family members’ fingerprint and the year, handprint, paw print, or anything with texture (bumpy glass, lace, beads, pine needles, stamps, etc.).

Mary

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Scandinavian Woven Hearts

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My mother taught me how to make these hearts many years ago. She used to make these out of red and white velvet ribbon, but today I’m making them out of paper. I didn’t know it back then, but these woven hearts are actually native to Scandinavia. These are easy to make and are addictive, so pull out scissors and your favorite paper!

Crafty Cardboard Labels

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Crafty Cardboard Labels

These cardboard labels are perfect for labeling food dishes at a potluck, luncheon, or any party. Sturdier than a typical paper tent, they can be used more than once, if desired. Pay attention to the grain of the corrugated cardboard and use it to your advantage to show off the pretty wave. Just be sure you are using a sharp X-Acto when you cut the cardboard, otherwise it’ll tear and you won’t have clean, crisp lines. These labels have a palm tree to match the paper palm tree wall decorations at our Christmas in July Party.

Mary

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S’more Snowmen!

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S'more Snowman

In keeping with our Christmas in July theme, here are some super cute marshmallow snowman s’mores. I made two variations of this concept: one snowman is sitting on a graham cracker and a chocolate bar and the other snowman is hanging out with his chocolate-dipped graham cracker surfboard! These snowmen are soft and cuddly (suitable to give as a gift) and are perfect for playful table centerpieces.

In this post I’ll show you how to make the following:

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Tree People for the Kids’ Table

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This is a great project for kids! Perhaps you are making a centerpiece for your dinner party, but your little ones want to help. Here’s a fun idea—jazz up the branches with a few accessories and wiggly eyes and use them as centerpieces for the kids’ table.  I used the leftover pieces of tree branches from when I made the tree card holders. You may also recall my earlier posts about burlap runners, balls, bunting, and yarn pompoms. These cheery, little, tree characters are a great way to have the kids’ table decor match the adult table!

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