Snowman Potato Printing – Kids Craft

Unfortunately, December flew by for us this year.  Right as Christmas was flying by, my kids said, “Why didn’t we do any Christmas crafts this year?”  The only answer I could think of was that I didn’t really feel like it, but that’s hard to tell to your kids.  I’m pregnant, so everything extra to do is effort.  Instead, I quickly turned my answer around and said, I don’t know, but we’re going to do some winter crafts!  So..we began our winter crafts with Snowmen!

These snowmen were a lot of fun to make.  You cut a potato in half and use it as your stamp.  It’s funny how something so simple can please the kids so much!  (Hint:  cut your potato as flat as possible, or you’ll have a bumpy looking snowman).

Snowman Potato Stamping

 

Supplies:

Potato Stamped Snowman

White Paint
Construction Paper
Twigs (or Construction paper) for arms
Potato cut in half
Black paper for buttons, eyes & mouth, cut into circles
Orange paper for nose
Clear or White glitter to embellish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cut your potato in half.
  2. Dip it into white paint
  3. Let the kids make 3 balls for the snowman out of it.
  4. Use 9 black dots to embellish the snow man.  2 for the eyes, 3 for the mouth and 4 buttons going down.
  5. Use an orange triangle for the nose.
  6. Glue twigs down for the arms.
  7. My kids wanted a top hat, so we cut one of those out of the black paper at the last minute.
  8. They wanted to complete their pictures with snow on the ground and snow falling out of the sky, so I gave them that freedom as you’ll see in the photos below.
  9. Be sure to sprinkle with clear or white glitter, to make your snow glisten.

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4 year old’s finished project.

Potato Stamped Snowman

8 year old’s finished project.

Potato Stamped Snowman

11 year old’s finished project

Potato Stamped Snowman


Black Friday Sale: 25 Days of Easy Christmas Crafts!

The Christmas season is going to go by fast and it’s so easy to just forget about making it fun for our kids.  We get caught up in getting the house decorated, presents bought and wrapped, Christmas parties gone to and everything else that keeps us busy during the holiday season.  It’s time to take some time to do fun little craft projects with your kids.  Cook with them, craft with them, play together and have a great time!

When I first created this e-book a couple of years ago, my kids and I had a great time putting together the crafts!  We had made some festive decorations and precious memories together, too!

25 Days of Christmas Crafts Ebook Cover

Some great aspects about this ebook:

  1. You can use these 25 crafts as Advent activities, counting down the days until Christmas OR
  2. You can pick and choose your favorite crafts to get done, if you don’t want to be doing crafts every day.
  3. You won’t be spending a ton of money on craft supplies, we use many household items!
  4. There are templates for a few of the crafts,  that you can just print and cut out.
  5. Color photos throughout the book, showing you details you can’t get from just black and white.
  6. They’re super easy to get done and don’t take a lot of time either.

What are you waiting for?  Black Friday through Cyber Monday, this ebook will be on sale for $2 off (nearly half price)!  It is normally $3.97 but starting Friday morning, November 29th through the end of day Monday, December 2nd, we will be discounting it $2, making your price a whopping $1.97!  That’s not much of an investment when you figure how much time you’ll be saving yourself!

Once you’ve done some of your crafts, do me a big favor and post pictures of your kids with their finished products on my Facebook wall.  I’d love to see their smiling faces and how their crafts turned out!  Christmas is such a fun time of year.  Lets make the most of it!

 

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Budget-Friendly DIY Thanksgiving Wreath

DIY Thanksgiving Wreath on a Budget @destinyblogger @Embracing Destiny

My daughters and I love decorating for fall and Thanksgiving, but we discovered on a recent visit to Wal-Mart that store-bought wreaths are expensive! We wanted something cheerful for our front door, but just couldn’t swing the store price in our budget. So, we decided to make our own wreath from materials we purchased at the dollar store. We were able to make our own wreath for just $4 as compared to the $20+ store version. We were very pleased with the results — it’s a bright and welcoming splash of color for the gray November days leading up to Thanksgiving.

Materials Needed (all found at your local dollar store):
  • craft/floral foam ring

  • package of decorative leaves

 

  • 2 bunches of artificial flowers

 

  • ribbon (optional)

 

If you choose a bigger ring (ours is about 8 inches across), then you may need more leaves and/or more flowers. You can use ribbon as a hanger or add a ribbon for a little extra flourish.

How to Assemble the Wreath:

We put the leaves all along the outside of the wreath first. The leaf stems easily poke into the foam ring and hold securely that way. Then we filled in the inner part of the ring with the bunches of flowers. I did need scissors to cut apart the flower bunches. The flower stems were longer, so some of them came through the back of the wreath. You can either trim them or bend them over to help secure the flowers. You can see what that looks like in this picture:

back of the wreath

That’s really all there is to it! I love simple and inexpensive, don’t you?

Thanksgiving wreath 2

It looks so pretty next to our front door. We discovered that it tended to fall off every time we opened and closed the front door so we moved it to a nail on the outside of the house instead. It is under the front porch roof so it is still protected from the weather. It would look just as nice hanging inside, too. From a distance as we’re driving up to the house it looks like a big sunflower, which we thought was a pretty neat effect.

DIY Thanksgiving wreath on a budget

You can get as creative as you want with it by choosing different flower colors and types, too. Another possibility is to use it as a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Simply set it flat in the center of the table and put a candle with a hurricane globe over it (also available at the dollar store) and you’ve got a bright and cheerful centerpiece. Even the littlest kids can help with this project.

DIY Thanksgiving Wreath on a budget

Have fun and have a happy Thanksgiving!

Sara @ Embracing Destiny

Sara is a happy homeschool mom of 3 girls (ages 11, 6, and 4) and has been married to her high school sweetheart for 18 years. She blogs about homeschooling, raising daughters, faith, autism, books, and life in general at Embracing Destiny. You can find her on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook. She is also a contributing writer at The Homeschool Post.