Saturday, November 28, 2009

Santa Cookie Plates

Fun and inexpencive Gifts
This gift is simple for people of all ages. Take an ordinary glass plate (no decorations on the center plate works best so you can read your saying). Find some 3D paint that will stick on glass. Find the saying of your choice here are a couple we have used:
Dear Santa, Here's a cookie for you and some carrots for the reindeer
1 Day of Coal 364 Days of fun,
I'll take my chances Santa, I know I've been bad all year through so here is my bribe for you!
P.S. We've been good! Santa I Can Explain.
All you need to do is take the 3D paint and write the saying on the plate wherever you want it. This gift is so simple that kids really enjoy making these for their teachers and friends.

Santa's Beard Countdown

Poster board
Paper plate
Red felt
Black pom-pom
Cotton balls
Goggle eyes
Black felt pen

Christmas Tree Countdown to Christmas

Christmas Cheer Cricut cartridge
Cardstock paper, Background color
of your choice, Green, and 5 Christmas designs
of your choice (we used red and white)
Brown, White, and Yellow
24 sparkley pom poms
Using the Christmas Cheer Cricut cartridge pick your Christmas tree 1 cut 8 ¾ " on green cardstock. Trace trunk and cut out of brown cardstock. Trace the star and cut out of white and yellow cardstock. Pick 1 Christmas design paper for carpet. Cut 2" strip of paper and place along bottom of your background page. Glue tree onto background paper right in the middle of the page. Glue brown trunk and white star onto green tree. On your Cricut cartridge use circle foundation to cut 24, 1/2" circles. Number the circles 1 thru 24. Your white star will be number 25 on the countdown. Glue white circles starting at the bottom randomly place in numerical order working toward the top of the tree. Take your Christmas design paper and pick 3 colors for presents and one color for bows. Cut 2 ¼" presents from cricut cartridge (We used all 3 presents from cartridge). Glue around trunk of tree. Title of page: was done using Cricut design software and Cursive 101 cartridge. Enter text 2" then weld together and cut on same designed paper as used for presents. Put pom poms and yellow star in a bag and on the first day of December let your child use elmers glue to pick 1 pom pom and glue on the number 1 circle repeat each day until Christmas. Christmas morning the yellow star is glued on the white star labeled 25

Candy Countdown

Plastic wrap
Hershey Kisses variety
Spread plastic wrap out. Count out 24 groups (if you have three children you will use a group of three candys) Hershey kisses along plastic wrap. Start at one end by wrapping candy and then tie ribbon in between each group of candy. Continue until your you have tied off all 24 groups of candy. Hang your candy garlands on a wall or from the mantel or from a doorknob. Cut one group of candy off each day starting on December 1st. When the candy is gone Christmas will be here

Snowman Craft

Quilt batting
Large pom poms
A little Christmas tree with star
A fence
3 foam balls (one small one medium one large)
Small ornaments
Hot glue and glue gun
Foam board (10 x 1" Circle)
Pipe cleaner-blue. Instructions at

Leafy Napkin Ring

Gold glitter
Fall leaf (silk)
Gold rope
Mod Podge or glue

Visit for instructions

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Materials and Instructions at

Wheat Craft Centerpiece

Water bottle
Hot glue gun
Wheat Stocks
Fall leaves (silk)
Glue wheat around the water bottle leaving some long to pop out of the top to the bottle I place some dirt in the bottom of the bottle so that it will stand Then place leaves and other wheat around like a fan would look Then place sticks and gourds around to finished your look Craft for

Pinecone Hand Turkey

Pinecone Two
Googly Eyes (10 mm)
Low temp glue gun or tacky glue
Red pipe cleaner
Orange pipe cleaner
Wire cutters
Craft foam

Happy Thankgsgiving

At this time of year we are reminded to be grateful.
I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.
Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.
Today I can feel sad that I don't have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.
Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.
Today I can lament over all that my parents didn't give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.
Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.
Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new job relationships.
Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to go to!
Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with knowledge and adventure.
Today I can dejectedly murmur because I have housework to do or I can feel grateful for shelter for my mind, body and soul.
Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped, and here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping. What today will be like is up to me. And I shall decide what kind of day I shall have!"
This advice came from Rex Barker at "How will you live TODAY?" Try reading this every morning for a week, and see how you feel afterwards. And please share this at your Thanksgiving table.
The team members here at MOM-STUFF wish you and your family a grateful Thanksgiving.