Create a new family tradition: The whole family will enjoy a new tradition of decorating their own chalkboard gingerbread person to hang on the tree. At the end of the holiday season, wipe these little folks clean and they are ready for the next year. How fun is that?
Wooden gingerbread-shaped ornaments (available at craft stores)
Tinted chalk board paint (available at hardware stores)
Twine or Ribbon
Paint wooden shapes – it may take up to 3 coats – and let dry. Glue twine to the back of the ornament. Decorate with chalk
Make an entire village of gingerbread people as they make wonderful stocking stuffers, tree ornaments and gift tags.
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Every year the girls and I like to make Christmas ornaments for ourselves and to send to our family spread across the ocean. This year we made Christmas tree photo holders. Each pretty tree is supported by a matchbox, which contains a little accordion book of pictures.
*Colored card stock
*Decorations - felt balls, stickers, or glittery glue
Step 1: Place the matchbox on the cardstock and draw a triangle for the tree – make sure the tree is big enough to hide the matchbox! If you are making lots of trees, make a pattern to draw around.
Step 2: Cut out the triangles and decorate. We used colored felt balls, but you could use stickers or glittery glue.
Step 3: Cut a piece of pretty paper to cover the matchbox. Attach the box to the back of the tree.
Step 4: Cut a piece of card stock to the height of the matchbox and 6 times as long as the box. Score and fold the card to create an accordion book.
Step 5: Personalize the accordion book with pictures, drawings or fun information about the year. Attach to the inside of the matchbox.
For my part, I'm making each family member a simple gift wrapped in a reusable bag - I hope these bags will last for a few years and will become a familiar treat under the tree.
I made at least 12 bags in one night - I have to admit that I got a little carried away with the fun words and quickness of the project.
To make the bags, I bought pre-made muslin bags and used fusible fabric paper to iron felt words on to the bags.
I used a small stencil to draw the letters and stuck to 3 letters per bag. It was fun coming up with words which range from joy, luv, and hi to ???, wow, and zap!