Christmas Crafting

Christmas Break is coming and I'm making a list and checking it twice.
It's not about who's naughty or nice. It's about crafting supplies. I make a daily craft project for my kiddos while out on Christmas break. It keeps us busy and focused on something other than video games or TV.
I thought I would share some great ideas I have found to make with them this year.

This one will be easy to do with all my buttons I've collected.
I also save ribbon, beads, wire, ect...
I think this will basically be a freebie craft for us.

Count your blessings with Christmas Blessings Mix 
Most of my RHOK girls know that I love to make these Blessings Mix Bags. I make the "recipe" on cute cards and hand them out around the holidays. I thought I would share the Christmas recipe. 
Mix the following ingredients. Put in small bags or boxes. Each ingredient reminds us of a holiday blessing.
Bugles: Bring us the joyful message of the Heavenly Host, announcing peace on earth, good will to men.
Pretzels: Symbol of a mother's loving arms; as Mary wrapped her Son in swaddling clothes and laid him in the manger.
Red Hots: Red berries that decorate the holly plant, a reminder of eternal life and Christ's redemption.
Nuts or seeds: Promise of a a future harvest, one we will reap only if seeds are planted and tended with diligence.
Dried fruits: Remind us of the rich gifts brought by the Wise Men.
M&Ms: Memories of those who came before us to guide us to a blessed future.
Hershey's Kisses: The love of family and friends that sweetens our lives.
Candy Canes: Represents the shape of the shepherd's crook, used to bring lost lambs back to the fold.

Christmas Blessings Mix brings a festive touch to your Christmas celebrations. Share them with church friends, co-workers or family for a meaningful little gift.

Christmas Aprons
Two ways to start this project:
One - do you have Christmas or Winter tea towels that you have grown a little tired of this year? 
Round them up.
Two - go out with the kiddos to the cheapo-deapo store and have them pick out a couple of towels they like.
This would be a great project to plan for next year and buy tea towels after Christmas on sale.
Don't sew? Don't panic and quit reading. Anyone can make these aprons...Super Easy--Super Fast!
Get two different tea towels or fabric squares, cut to the size you prefer. 
If you don't sew, use Wunder Under available at Hobby Lobby or any fabric store. All you need is an iron and damp cloth.
Add contrasting fabric tie or grograin ribbon that goes completely around the waist and ties in the front and coordinates with both sides.
A great idea is to make the aprons reversible with a year round fabric on one side and Christmas on the other.
If you can iron, you can make this apron. Follow directions on the Wunder Under.
Before ironing two pieces together, place fabric tie or ribbon in position so it is included when fusing the apron together.
Please do not allow children to iron un-attended. Mommy may need to complete this part of the project depending on age and skill set.

How cute is this little number? Wouldn't it be fun to make coordinating aprons for the family? I have two boys and they would love to find reindeer towels to use for their "cooking towel apron".

So what do you plan to do over Christmas break with your crew? If you have a favorite activity or craft to make, please share with us. Leave a comment with your email and I will send you a cute Christmas Blessings Mix recipe card you can print :)
Remember to take some time during your Christmas break to just enjoy your children and family. Then plan a fun MNO (Moms' Night Out) to relieve some stress.

"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time."
~Laura Ingalls Wilder

"Christmas Day is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both"
 ~Phillips Brooks

"It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air."
~ W.T. Ellis

Peace and Blessings over your Christmas Break,

Mrs. Montgomery

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