Holiday Bookmarks

This month is booked with holiday activities, and one of our favorites has been making holiday bookmarks for use with our holiday library collection. We don’t own a laminator, but we didn’t let that stop us, and nor should you!

You’ll need:

Construction paper (green, red, or yellow)

Crayons

Hole Puncher

Holiday ribbon

A Printer

Packing Tape

Glue Stick

We broke down this activity into two fun projects: coloring and assembling. Follow this link for bookmark coloring pages, download, and print. Let the kids color them first, and afterwards cut them out and glue over larger, rectangular cuts of construction paper. Carefully apply packing tape so that it covers both top and bottom, using scissors to trim the sides where necessary. Lastly, punch a hole at the top and tie some decorative ribbon for that final, festive touch! Use these with your favorite holiday themed books so the kids can immediately appreciate their usefulness.

Tip: When it comes to wrapping paper, ribbons, and the like, we love to shop big the day after Christmas for major discounts. A year flies by, and the savings really add up! Happy Holidays!

Jumbo sized Advent Calendar

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It’s time to bust out the advent calendar, and this year, we decided to mix things up a bit! Rather than a traditional countdown, which is still loads of fun, we made a jumbo sized calendar that filled the days leading up to Christmas with activities we can all do together. Some of the activities were simple (get the tree), others simply fun (slumber party under the Christmas tree, anyone), and others still character building (donate to the local orphanage). Each day is now filled with an extra dose of suspense, making the few hours spent making these totally worthwhile.20151129_235300-01.jpeg

Homemade Advent Calendar

Cardboard

Wrapping Paper

Ribbon

Tape

Scissors

We cut 25 12×12 squares (in hindsight, 6×6 would have been just as good), wrapped them in wrapping paper, and attached ribbons to them so they could hang like gift bags from the wall. For the instructions, we printed note card sized messages, cut them out and pasted them against fun green backgrounds and taped those to the squares. Simple but effective. 20151201_104019-01.jpegLet the countdown begin!

Hint: Besides an advent calendar, this would be a great way to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, or any festive numerical countdown!

 

Decorative Napkin Rings

Happy Day before Thanksgiving! This being our favorite holiday and all, we like to make an impression. So this year, we decided to spruce things up with some hand made napkin rings. They turned out beautiful, and (more importantly?) they kept our guests busy working while we were busy cooking!

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  • Toilet Paper Rings
  • Hemp String
  • Glue Gun
  • Miniature Flower Embellishments
  • Patience

Cut the toilet rings to your desired width. Start with the hemp on the inside, binding it to the ring with a drop of glue.Rings2

Continue until the ring is completely wrapped, tucking the end underneath and finishing with glue.Rings3Decorate with your favorite embellishments and enjoy the compliments when they start pouring in! (hint, hint)

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And finally, have a wonderful day with your friends and family celebrating the most non-materialistic and precious gifts of all: love and friendship for one another.