It’s Christmas and I am thinking of our beautiful NB Beaches! #MyNBChristmasTree

Over the past few summers, my boys and I have spent many hours on the road, visiting and exploring our beautiful New Brunswick coastline.  As I thought about a theme for a New Brunswick Christmas Tree, my very first thought was to create a tree that represents all those fun day trips and adventures we have spent as a family. Family is our focus this time of year, so we decided to create some ornaments that cherish those tidbits of time spent Discovering NB Beaches. There is so much more to explore in NB, and I look forward to adding more hand made ornaments to this tree each year. 

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Pinecone Christmas Tree Craft 

Here's an easy craft for the kids to do. My little guy loved making these.

What you need:

  • Pine cones 
  • Pompoms
  • Glue (white glue works great)
  • Yellow Paper to make star OR Foam Star Stickers

For little kids, I simply put some glue on a plastic plate or sandwich bag and let them dip the pompoms in it. (It washes off the plate no problem when done)

This craft is so easy for little hands and makes them very proud they made a craft all by themselves (with a little guidance).

Adults can make the star for the top, or if you have the foam stars they can even do that part themselves. 

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Decorative Christmas Wrapping Ideas

Decorative Christmas Wrapping Ideas

We usually spend lots of time picking out the perfect gift and budgeting our purchases, but how much time do we spend on wrapping?
If we are going through the trouble to be creative with our ideas for gifts, why not present them in a beautiful way. Gift wrap does not need to be expensive, as you will see in the examples I found below. Hope these inspire you this holiday season!

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Santa's Belt Gift Wrap: Simple and everyone recognizes what it is. Plain red paper, black ribbon and gold cardstock!

Cookie Exchange Boxes: Auntpeaches.com shared this frugal and creative way to box cookies for a cookie exchange. Saran Wrap, Tin Foil or Parchment paper boxes are the perfect size to box cookies.

DIY Gift Bag: Innova Crafts presents a simple way to make a gift back from a piece of paper.
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Here's another DIY Bag variation from Designer Trapped

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Chip Bag Wrapping: Turn an old chip bag inside out and clean with dish soap to remove any greasy residue. Use as a silver shiny gift bag! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

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Cute idea for the kids from Miss Webbie. Colour Me and Car With Road These could be made a little more Christmas themed by using different colour paper or crayons with a Christmas wrapper or tape.

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Another really cute Kids Wrap Idea! From Lines Across:  Make this reindeer from a brown paper lunch bag!

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Love these from October Afternoon:
It could be as simple as Christmas Washi tape with a bow on top, a Large Glitter Number with paint splattered paper, Paper Pennants and Twine or some Colourful buttons and paper cutouts collage. Use up some of those odds and ends in your paper crafting stash!

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My artsy side LOVES these DIY Chalk Board Wrapped Gifts! By Going Home to Roost
You could do this same technique on any dark paper, Green or Red/ Burgundy if you want it a little more "in season". But I really like this idea as it is.

Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments: Salt Dough

Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments: Salt Dough

 

Yesterday while we were in the midst of having our house painted, I decided to try to occupy Clayton (almost 3yrs) with a craft. Not having many options in my craft bags, I opted for whipping up a batch of Salt Dough.

 

As I picked a few Christmas/Winter theme cookie cutters out, Clayton informed me that there were Reindeer cutters in his playdough bucket. So, here is what we produced on a whim!

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Salt Dough Recipe:

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Veg. Oil *
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice **

 

NOTE: Oil and Lemon Juice are optional

Simply combine all ingredients in a bowl to form a sticky dough. remove from bowl and kneed for about 2 minutes. The dough is easy to work with and you can create cut outs or free form creations.

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Once all shapes are ready, place in oven at low temp (200 degrees), for about 3 hours.

Once cooled, Paint or colour the ornaments. We used washable markers on ours this time. It is easier for little ones to control, but painting is ALWAYS fun.

* Vegetable Oil makes the dough easier to kneed and a little less dry.

**Lemon Juice helps the dough to harden when baked.