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Our Homemade Christmas Gift Tradition


Our homemade Christmas gift tradition isn’t an attempt to save money; we often end up spending as much or more on supplies than we would a store-bought gift! And I know we could put just as much thought into a purchased gift – and that we sometimes create something homemade that is the equivalent to a last-minute desperation purchase! What I love about our homemade Christmas gift tradition is that it forces us as a family to think deeply about each other and ourselves. It helps us as parents instil the idea that the value of an object is not in its price or its perfection, but in its intent. And I’ve realized it’s teaching all of us the importance of embracing our creativity. Each year we give ourselves the opportunity to explore a skill we might not otherwise use all year – sewing, woodworking, writing, drawing, or whatever else we dream up.

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DIY Coffee Filter Fall Leaf Banner


Do you love decorating for fall? Then this simple DIY Coffee Filter Fall Leaf Banner will be a sure hit! It’s perfect for little hands and imaginations, but you’re still able to have some control…

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Thanksgiving Day Wooden Turkey Craft DIY

Thanksgiving Day Wooden Turkey Craft DIY


This Thanksgiving Day Wooden Turkey Craft DIY is quick and simple and so much fun! My kids LOVE this little guy – and wouldn’t he look super cute at the centre of the table at…

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School Bus Craft


We made this quick school bus craft as an end-of-year thank you for our bus driver and teacher, but it would also be a great off to school project!

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Easy Easter DIY Banner


This easy Easter DIY banner is the focus of our family Easter decorations – and has been for five years! It takes about five minutes solo, five hours if you’ve got little helpers. Just kidding; a preschool or kindergarten student could do this awesome fine-motor skill building activity self-directed in a half-hour quiet crafting session. And there’s so much room for personal expression!

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Groundhog Day Puppet


Create your own little weather-predicting rodent with this easy Groundhog Day Puppet craft!

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It’s Groundhog Day!


People longing for warm, sunny days have been looking to groundhogs for hope for hundreds of years. It’s a fun way to break up the winter weeks with little ones, as well as a chance…

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Valentines for Veterans


It’s a universal truth: homemade cards from little kids are magical. And what better time to spread a little magic than in the depths of winter, for Valentine’s Day! This year, consider sending your little…

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Buzz Local: Real Christmas Presents


On today’s Buzz Local segment: Simple DIY Christmas gifts, perfect for making with the kids and sharing with everyone. http://buzzlocal.tv/share.php?id=11962&thumb=

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Paper Plate Christmas Tree Craft


Paper plates are one of my all-time go-to craft supplies. So cheap, so versatile, so easy! Check out this little Christmas Tree we made. The goal here was to let little hands create, not to…

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