Five Beautiful Handmade Ornament Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I love a great handmade ornament. Someday I hope to have an entire tree filled with my children’s handmade creations. These ornaments are simple and cute, and you can definitely make them with your kids.

1. Snowman face ornament

Just take an ordinary Christmas ball and coat it in epsom salt. You may need more than one coat. Then, fashion a “carrot nose” from a pipe cleaner and glue the carrot and two buttons to create the snowman face. Use an infant sock to create the hat.

2. Pine cone ornaments

You can make these ornaments so easily: just get some jute twine, ribbon for bows and some pretty pine cones from your yard. Tie the ribbon into bows and tie the jute twine around the bow knot. Hot glue the bow and hanger to the pine cone. That’s really it!

3. Snow globe ornament

We made these ornaments by gluing a tiny Christmas tree inside an empty clear ball. Then, we added some epsom salt “snow.”

4. Pipe cleaner candy cane

This is by far the easiest ornament on this list, and you can make it with small kids. All you need are red pipe cleaners and white- no glue and no cutting! Simply twist them together and curve them into a candy cane shape.

5. Picture frame initial ornament

Want a super cute gift for a friend or teacher? Go grab some inexpensive small picture frames and stick on letters (or cut them out with a Cricut or Silhouette). Attach a cute piece of ribbon and you are set!

Have fun creating!! What are some of your favorite handmade ornaments?

How to DIY Christmas ornaments from pinecones!

How to DIY Christmas ornaments from pinecones!
Sometimes you just need a cute, easy craft that doesn’t cost you a dime. That’s exactly what I needed this week, and it turned out super cute.
I picked up these pinecones from our neighbor’s yard but I already had the glue gun, ribbon and twine in my craft cabinet.
I cut the ribbon at the length I wanted and tied them into simple little bows.
I then tied the twine around the knot on the bows and hot glued the bow knots to the base of the pine cones. I told you this was easy!!
And I made six of them in different sizes.
And then I hung them on our tree.
Next year, I may create a woodland tree with these pine cones and wood slice ornaments. Arent they pretty? What awesome and free crafts have you done lately?

24 days of Christmas: the 2021 kick-off!!

It’s that time again! We are gearing up for our busiest season here at Lumber in my Minivan: Christmas!

Each year, we decorate our home and we share 24 Christmas related posts during the month of December. It’s hard and it’s time consuming but it’s a lot of fun!!

Each day, from now through Christmas Eve, we will share something fun and Christmas related. Here is what we have in store for this month:

1. Planning the perfect Christmas dinner

2. Christmas planning binder

3. Recycled Christmas Wreath

4. Fun family traditions

5. Fun Christmas card photo ideas

6. Gifting alternatives

7. Christmas cookie recipe

8. Gingerbread houses the easy way

9. Handmade gift ideas

10. Why I put up six trees each year

11. Southern Christmas traditions

12. Christmas light balls

13. Fun front porch ideas

14. Christmas floral hacks

15. The cutest mantle ever

16. Dollar store crafts

17. Santa photo hacks

18. Christmas morning photo shoot ideas

19. Gifts for grandparents

20. Bible storybook roundup

21. Holiday safety ideas

22. unexpected Christmas cheer (mailman gifts)

23. Christmas candy recipes

24. Candlelight tour

We hope you enjoy our 24 days of Christmas series this year!! Merry Christmas!

Things I Wish I Knew Before Cooking My First Thanksgiving

Last year, we found ourselves scrambling to make Thanksgiving plans amidst a global pandemic. Unable to gather with local family and unable to travel to out of state family, we decided to host our very own Thanksgiving celebration at home for the four of us.

While I am a decent cook, I’m not a chef. I’m far from it. No one at my house is going to go hungry, but I’m not used to cooking large holiday feasts.

Dinner turned out well, and it tasted great, but there are still a few things I would like to share to make your life easier.

1. Plan ahead!

Do as much as you can ahead of time. Plan your meal in advance. Make your shopping list early and buy the ingredients a week in advance- that way, you have plenty of time to make changes or pick up additional ingredients. If there are any dishes you can make a day early, do it. Save yourself some time and last minute planning.

2. Not everything has to be made from scratch.

Not everything tastes good premade but you can get away with using some canned or premade goods. Why not save yourself some time by using frozen yeast rolls or canned yams? If it works for you, and your family is happy, why does it matter?

3. Make sure you have extra cookware on hand

Most of us don’t typically use three or four pots at once to cook dinner, so a lot of us don’t have that many pots. Try to calculate when you will be cooking what so you can ensure you have enough pots before you get started. This way, you can borrow or purchase extras in advance.

4. Research unfamiliar recipes

Never cooked a turkey before? No problem! Just research the recipe that meets your needs! We are a busy family with small, picky children who won’t eat just anything. I searched for a few weeks before I found a turkey recipe I thought everyone in our family would enjoy!

5. And lastly, don’t stress over the small details

Your kids and your family aren’t going to remember whether everything is perfect- they are going to remember how much they enjoyed family dinners with their loved ones. Don’t stress on the small details- remember to relax and have a good time with your family.

Have a great week!!

Fall decor at Michael’s!

I don’t know about you guys, but I absolutely love decorating for fall. We have over a month until Christmas comes and it seems to me that fall decor is getting harder to find in the stores.

Recently, I popped into Michael’s to look at ribbon and was pleasantly surprised by all the fall decor they still had in stock. I thought I’d share some of my favorite finds with you all.

This cute little metal sign was less than $20.

Colorful burlap pumpkins, anyone? Less than $10.

There were a lot of cute fall pillows to choose from. These were less than $20.

These faux pumpkins were by far the most expensive thing I found at $30…but they’re so cute though.

What fantastic fall finds have you found lately?