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DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make with Your Kids

What better way to create holiday traditions and memories with your kids than by crafting DIY Christmas ornaments with them? I love this tradition, and this is the first year I will be able to craft an ornament with my son. I know if will be one that I cherish for many, many years to come. In addition to crafting handmade memories, these project ideas are a great way to keep those little hands busy and creative while they’re out for winter break.

 Clothespin Christmas Icons

Clothespin Icon Ornaments

These classic Christmas icons couldn’t be cuter! I love how easy they are to clip onto the tree.

Model Magic® Ornaments

Model Magic Ornaments

Embrace your kiddo’s modeling skills with this fun air-dry clay. Roll it out and use cookie cutters to make shapes. You could even create a handprint ornament to cherish.

Felt Christmas Mouse

Felt Mouse DIY Ornaments

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse! This cute little felt guy can be hung from the tree by his tail!

Dimensional Paper Ornaments

Dimensional Paper Ornaments

These ornaments are so cute, you’d never guess that all it takes to make them is paper, paint, scissors & glue!

Glittered Foam Ornaments

Glittered Foam Ornaments

Add a little bling to the tree with glittered foam ornaments!

Pony Bead 3D Ball Ornaments

Pony Bead Ornaments

Pony beads aren’t just for bracelets anymore. You can make whimsical ornaments too!

Craft Stick Snowflakes

Craft Stick SnowflakeTurn craft sticks into one-of-a-kind ornaments with a little paint, glue and adhesive gems.

Are you crafting with your kids this holiday season? We’d love to see what you’re making! Share your photos on Instagram with us using the hashtag #MadeWithMichaels!

 

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10 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes

It’s that time of year! Holiday events are filling our calendars and that means one thing — time to start baking cookies! Are you looking for a new recipe to try this year? I’ve gathered 10 delicious Christmas cookie recipes for you today that will knock your socks off and impress your guests.

1. Traditional Iced Christmas Cookies

Traditional Iced Christmas Cookie Recipes

2. Rosemary Lemon Shortbread

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3. Metallic Snowflake Spritz Cookie

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4. Grandma’s Kolachy Cookies

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5. Patterned Snowflake Cookies

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6. Cinnamon Spritz Cookies with Dulce de Leche Filling

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7. Criss Cross Candy Cane Cookies

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8. Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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9. White Chocolate Oatmeal Pistachio Cookies

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10. Gingerbread Family Cookies

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There are so many yummy ideas listed here, but you can find even more on our Holiday Desserts Pinterest Board. Which Christmas cookie recipe will you bake?

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Gifts to Spark Creativity in Your Kids

Research shows that creativity is not necessarily an inborn talent, but rather a skill; and one that parents can help their children develop. Being a creative myself, I hope to foster creativity in my children as they grow. I know that it is a key component to happiness, success, and social & emotional intelligence, so it’s very important that I practice creative development in our home.

The first step in doing that is providing the resources for creative expression. When it comes to gift giving, I love to give “creative” gifts to the children in our family.  Today I’ve gathered up some of this year’s most fun & creative gifts that are topping the lists!

1. Crayola® Crayon Carver

Crayola Crayon Carver

I would have LOVED this as a little girl. The Crayola® Crayon Carver let’s you customize your crayons by carving words on them. How fun! See it in action here:

2. Art Sets

Art Sets | Creative Gifts

This is a go-to-gift for me when I’m buying for children. This colorful little case comes with 70 pieces of art supplies and is a great starter set for the beginner artist.

3. Bunchems

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These fun, colorful little balls stick to each other and allow you build pretty much anything you can imagine!

4. Kids Art Studio

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Another great kit for the budding artist is this Kids Art Studio. It provides a great introduction to painting with acrylic paints and even comes with a little easel!

5. Crayola® Color Alive™ Easy Animation Studio

Crayola Animation Studio

Crayola® Color Alive would be perfect for the kid that is into technology and animation. You can design your own characters and bring them to life using the mannequin in an animated video. How fun is that?

These are all great gifts to give children to help inspire their creative side. Of course, a good old coloring book and box of crayons is a great starting place too. How do you inspire creativity in your children?

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Unique Gift Wrapping Ideas

We all know that when it comes to gift giving that it’s the thought that counts, right? Putting a little extra effort and detail into your gift wrapping really shows how much you care as well as makes for a beautiful presentation. I love wrapping presents as much as I love giving (and receiving!) them. Today, I have rounded up a few really unique gift wrapping ideas that are sure to wow your recipient before they even see what’s inside!

This first group of projects really boasts jolly holiday cheer. These gifts are whimsical and wild.

Fur Topped Gift Box

Top your boxes with fun fur for tangible fun. The kids will love this one!

Kraft Gift Boxes

Use plain kraft boxes and add your own pizzazz! Wrap them in washi tape or yarn or just doodle on them with a Sharpie®!

Rainbow Loom Santa Ornament

Rainbow Loom® lovers, this one is for you! Loom a Santa gift tag to top your packages.

Whimsy Washi Ribbon Tube

Layer washi tape on a packing tube and add an ornament for a whimsical touch. This is a great way to wrap odd shaped gifts!

Ribbon Candy Cane Ornament

Use your ribbon stash to make unique gift toppers. Wrap thin ribbon around chenille stems to make this cute candy cane adornment.

Ribbon-wrapped Tree Tag

Wine makes a great hostess gift, but be sure to dress your bottle up a little. Use a tag, scrapbook paper and ribbon to craft this ribbon-wrapped tree tag.

Ribbon Wreath Ornament

This ribbon wreath doubles as an ornament for the tree after the gift has been opened. Two gifts in one!Ribbon Embellished Package

Another sweet way to incorporate holiday ribbons into your packaging is by creating tiny buntings for the top.

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If you’re more the traditional type, you can still jazz up your gift wrapping just by adding a little extra. Use floral picks on top of your present or add a floral stem to a gift bag.

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This cardinal-topped gift box would be the first one I’d choose to unwrap!

Wrapped Tube

Wrap scrapbook paper around an old packing tube and add ribbon for a quick and fun presentation.

This year, I challenge you to step up your gift wrap game. Show us your skills on Instagram by using the hashtag #MadeWithMichaels.

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8 Nights, 8 Projects for The Festival of Lights

Let’s celebrate – Hanukkah is here again!  Sundown on December 6th marks the first night of the Festival of Lights, which means it’s time to gather with family and friends for delicious fried foods, gelt and gift giving, dreidel spinning and – most importantly – coming together to light the menorah each night.

This year, share your good cheer and give an extra glow to your home by adding your own special touch to the festive nights ahead.  Whether you’re looking for something lovely, simple, fun, or all of the above, Michaels is here to help!  In honor of the eight nights of Hanukkah, here are eight suggestions to get you started:

1. Make a beautiful menorah.

Votive Menorah

Although traditional menorahs use oil or wax, why not add a little extra light with an LED candelabrum that’s safe for the little ones to admire?  This lovely version is made from mercury glass votive holders and cobalt blue teardrop gems from our jewelry section.

2. Light up your room with a shimmer of gold.

Star of David Art

All that glitters isn’t gelt!  Add a metallic accent to your holiday décor by making this elegant piece of canvas art that showcases the Star of David.  Natural twigs are painted gold and tied with metallic floss to combine rustic and ornate elements.

3. Dress up your door.

Hanukkah Yarn Ball Wreath

Spread the cheer outdoors as well as in with this pretty wreath.  It’s decorated with foam balls wrapped in yarn, and tiny glass and glitter ornaments.

4. Fill the air with stars.

Hanukkah Ornament

Hang these pretty, patterned ornaments from the ceiling or along your banister.  They’re simple to make – just cut, fold and glue.

5. Put your good wishes into words.

Hanukkah Banner

Welcome your guests with a banner – adhesive chipboard letters make it easy to add your message.  Embellish with gold foil “gelt,” stars, washi tape and pretty ribbon to complete this cheerful hanging garland.

6. Send a message to those you love.

Star of David Card

Remember those who can’t be with you for Hanukkah by sending your holiday wishes.  Metallic washi tape adds a sophisticated touch to this simple card.

7. Give the kiddos their own project!

Craft Stick Menorah

Keep the little ones happy (and busy!) with their very own menorah made of craft sticks.  They’ll love adding another felt flame for each night of Hanukkah!

8. Make your gifts extra memorable.

Perler Star of David Gift

Tuck your gifts and treats into tiny tin boxes, then wrap with ribbon.  Get the kids in on the fun with a Star of David made from Perler® beads!

What did you DIY for Hanukkah?  Or, are you still crafting?  Show us what you’re making – we’d love to see!  Share your photos on Instagram and tag with #MadeWithMichaels, and we may feature your work on our social media channels.

Happy Hanukkah to you and your family from ours!

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Holiday Door Decor Ideas

The holiday season is in full swing and if you’re anything like me, you’ve already started decorating! One area of my home that I really like to dress up during the holidays is the front door and porch. It’s such a festive way to welcome guests during the holiday season. This year, go beyond the wreath and make a statement with one of these fun holiday door decor ideas.

Santa’s Belt Mesh Door Décor

Santa's Belt Mesh Door Decor

Recreate that famous red suit by using a square wreath form and decorative mesh to craft Santa’s belt. Don’t forget to add the buttons and a fluffy buffalo snow beard.

Christmas Fireplace Door Décor

Christmas Fireplace Door Décor

Cozy up to a warm fire with this fun one. Use brick printed paper, foam board and a piece of chalkboard paper to create the fireplace. Hang two felt stockings from the wood mantel to finish.

Christmas Countdown Door Décor

Christmas Countdown Door Décor

Create a countdown to the big day on a piece of foam board with markers, ribbon and a battery operated craft lights. Mark off each day with fun patterned washi tape as you count down.

Do you decorate your front door during the holidays? We’d love to see how you’ve crafted. Share your photos with us on Instagram using #MadeWithMichaels!