Saturday, December 13, 2014

Punch A Present

Here is another easy, fun project to do.  I found this Punch A Present idea on Pinterest.

I made it for something more along the lines of the game on the Price Is Right, where you punch a hole and hope for more money than the last hole punched.
My oldest granddaughter is spending a couple of nights with us, so I thought it would be the perfect fun thing to do with her. 

Just a large cardboard box from a store.
I used a saucer to trace and cut the circles.
I glued pieces of cardboard behind each hole, to set the presents on.  But that didn't work, the cardboard bent backwards.  I had some small craft sticks, hot glued them to hold up the cardboard.
Worked like a charm.
Outside for quick spray of white paint.
I used red and green tissue to cover the holes.  Then I realized, when the hole was punched, the gift might fall off the shelf.  So, hmm, what to do, what to do.  I took some scrap cardboard and sort of made a wall.  Worked perfectly
I traced some letters and painted them red and green.  I added some Christmas pompoms for a more festive look. 
I will let her punch one hole, then she will decide to keep the gift or trade it in for a chance at a better gift.  They are just small little presents, with the big gift costing $10.00.  The rest were under $5.00.
  I have made a memory for her and I am sure she will enjoy it.
...on to my next project. :)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Stick Christmas Tree

I am a trash to treasure kind of girl.  Why spend a lot of money, when I can gather a few items, use a little (sometimes a lot) of elbow grease and create something unique and different.  I came across this Christmas-Tree-To-Go  made from sticks and Christmas odds and ends.  How hard can it be?  ...not hard at all.

The page is in German, but all I had to do was look at the picture. Heck, I never fully read (looked) at the entire page until just a few minutes ago.  Several months ago, I found the picture, and put it in my inspiration folder.  All I had was the picture, never venturing back to read how to do it. 

What I have found out in the last hour or so, since reading (looking) through the entire page, is that the tree on the page is considerably smaller than the one I have made.  I knew it was called "tree to go".  But never thought about it being so small.

In hindsight, I also like the smaller ones.  To have a small wall space with one tree, or a wall with several small trees would be just as different. ...and I like different. 

It is what it is.  I made mine much larger.  But...I still like.  Actually, I am really diggin it.  I like it so much, that I just might make a tree for every holiday.  The Dollar Tree sells many small trinkets for each holiday.  Plus, it took up a bare spot of the wall.  Win/win.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Dress Up Felt Dolls

My youngest granddaughter is 3 years old and she LOVES to play with paper dolls, magnetic dolls and any doll that you can dress and undress and dress and undress and dress and undress.  Get the picture. 

So, I go online via Pinterest looking for easy dolls to make.  I came across these felt dolls.  Yep, I can do this.  Off to Michaels I go for a variety of felt.  Everything else I had. 

I followed the instructions, sort of, making a few adjustments along the way.  Plus, even though I bought sticky felt, as instructed, and read the instructions several times, I couldn't find where or how to use it.  Oh well, added it to my stash.

Here is my felt doll.  I just know she is going to LOVE playing with it.  Maybe, I will cut out one more doll, every girl needs a friend.