Painted Cookies – {25 Days Series}

My children had so much fun with today’s craft!  They LOVE making cookies and they also LOVE using cookie cutters.  We didn’t have near as many Christmas shapes as I thought we did, but they didn’t seem to mind!  


Day 8
Painted Cookies
Sugar Cookie Dough (recipe below)
Cookie Cutters
Egg Yolks
Food Coloring
Ice cube tray or foam egg carton
New paintbrushes (or a kitchen one)
1.    In a small bowl, gently stir several egg yolks until mixed together.
2.    Spoon a bit of egg yolk into several compartments of an old ice cube tray or a foam egg carton.
3.    Tint each egg yolk with food coloring
4.   Before you bake, paint each cookie with small paintbrushes dipped in the cookie paint.  (You may want to remind them not to taste the paint before it’s cooked since uncooked eggs could contain salmonella)
5.    Bake and enjoy!
Sugar Cookie Recipe
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1.    In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.   Beat in eggs and vanilla.   Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2.    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3.    Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely. 
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Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree {25 Days Series}

Welcome back to my series, 25 Days of Easy Christmas Crafts for Children.  I am honored that Money Saving Mom sent me so many subscribers!  I’m looking forward to getting to know you all and hope that you enjoy some of the projects and ideas that I have to offer.  When I offer up craft ideas, you’ll find that they are usually both easy and frugal.  Easy, because I have little time (being the busy mom of 6 children, one of them a 5 month old baby!) and frugal, because I find it rewarding to spend as little as possible on whatever it is that I’m crafting.  I won’t even go into the fact that we do not have an endless amount of money sitting around here!  Who does, right?!  

If you’ve been around recently here on Sidetracked Sarah, you’ll know that I’m offering one craft a day during the Christmas season so that you can take it one day at a time.  If you prefer to see them all in advance and plan ahead, I offered my free e-book to subscribers.  I’ve had an overwhelming response to this offer and I thank you all so much!  

Now on to today’s craft!  

Day 7
Christmas Trees
Popsicle Sticks
Paper (white so they can color and decorate it)


  • Lay out the popsicle sticks in a triangle on top of a piece of paper to form a Christmas tree shape
  • Glue them down to the piece of paper
  • After the glue is dry, trim around the popsicle sticks.  You could also cut a small trunk out around one of the edges, so you don’t have to glue it on later.
  • Color green and decorate like a Christmas tree with your markers
  • If you didn’t leave a trunk when you were cutting, cut one out, color it brown and glue it on to the bottom.
This is one of those crafts that is so easy but it turns out so cute!  We first made these sort of by accident several years ago when my oldest 2 children were 2 and 5.  They are now 11 and 14 and we still have them!    They love getting them out and admiring them, remembering when we did that years ago.  
So, tell me, have you been crafting with your children this Christmas season?  What is their favorite craft?  

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Homemade Wrapping Paper – {25 Days Series}

Welcome back to my series, 25 Days of Easy Christmas Crafts for Children.   Today’s craft, I hesitated to show you the picture of. My perfectionist self was trying to get in the way! I wanted to tell them where to place stickers so that they’re not too close together or too far apart and how they need to write neater, etc….but at last, I decided, it’s not MY craft, it’s their craft. So, if you struggle with this, realize you are not alone and it’s OK if it doesn’t look like an adult did it. They are not adults! Obviously we know that, but sometimes it’s good to take a step back and let them create however they want to.  Now on with today’s craft:
Day 6
Wrapping Paper
Brown paper bags/Freezer paper/or other paper you can use
Stickers and/or old Christmas cards
Rubber Stamps
Lay paper out and let child decorate it with stickers, cut out Christmas cards, rubber stamps and drawings.  Wrap presents with it!  Your children will think it’s super special to see presents under the tree wrapped with “their” homemade wrapping paper!