Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Crafts

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Boo Mama is hosting her annual Christmas Tour of Homes and I thought I would join in this year and show you some Christmas crafts we enjoy.


We love to make these cute little treats at Christmas time. They are very simple to make and fun to eat!

Hershey's Kisses
Almond slices
chocolate chips (for melting)
cherries (with stems)

Dip the cherries into the melted chocolate and stick a Hershey's Kiss on to form the head and body of the mouse. Before the chocolate has a chance to harden, put two almond slices in for the ears. Use decorator's icing for the eyes. Or leave them off if you prefer your mice blind.

Notice the matching Christmas pajamas? Another tradition. I make these and wrap them up for them to open on Christmas Eve. Then, in all of the Christmas morning photos when they are all sporting a raging case of bed head, at least their pajamas look good.

This is my Christmas tree skirt. I started it when I just had 2 small children. Every year I trace each child's hand onto a piece of felt. Then I stitch the name and year and sew it with a blanket stitch onto the skirt. One of these days I'll need to add another layer to the outside edge to have room for more hand prints. I love to look back at how each child has grown.

This is our annual gingerbread decorating party. (I'll be posting details about constructing the houses for this week's Works For Me Wednesday.)

I taped freezer paper to the table and drew a little neighborhood. Then, I scattered candies and markers on the table and gave everyone some icing on a piece of wax paper to use for attaching their candies.

We award honors to each house. The above house won Grand Prize. Notice the little bridge with licorice hand rails. The one below won Best Interior Design. It even had furniture!

Below is the winner for Best Landscaping. Do you see the swing set?

Make sure to see my post about this year's Gingerbread House Decorating Party. We had 15 participants and a rockin' good time!

For more Christmas cheer, click on the "Christmas Tour of Homes" button at the top of this post, and you will be directed onto the Boo Mama train that will lead you right straight to Whoville (after the Grinch repents, Silly!)


Katie said...

I really love those mice!

Heather of Washington State said...

Love the tree skirt with the hands. What a wonderful keepsake.

Pixeltrash said...

That tree skirt is a keeper idea! Wish I had known of it while my boys were tiny! Oh well...there are always grandchildren someday!


Anonymous said...

What a fun household. You are creating some wonderful memories.

Kathy b

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Both the mice and the tree skirt are such a great idea!! LOVE them.
Lidy said...

Everything looks beautiful! I really like the mice...any animal out of chocolate sounds good to me right now! :) We're homescoolers!
Merry Christmas!

Phyllis@Aimless Conversation said...

The mice and your tree skirt are positively charming.

How, how, HOW have I not known about you before now??! I have just lost an hour of my life reading your (very funny) archives. I will be adding your blog to my (very full) reader. That should mean I visit again...or at least semi-regularly.

Merry Christmas!!

Susanne said...

What fun! Those chocolate mice are so cute. And that tree skirt is absolutely unique and fun!

Merry Christmas!

Jessica said...

I love the tree skirt!!!! What a great idea! Hope you and your family have a merry Christmas!

Michie said...

The tree skirt is beautiful - and those houses look great! Someday I'll get around to trying to make one with my daughter.

Mrs. Darling said...

Aha Im going to make those mice this very day!

Jillian said...

i just stumbled upon your site and i was wondering, what is your tree skirt made out of.

Smockity Frocks said...

Jillian, The tree skirt is made entirely of felt. The great thing is felt doesn't need to be hemmed or finished in any way because it doesn't fray or ravel.

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