2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop!

Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop

Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!

I was lucky enough to be paired up with the lovely Megan from C’Mon Get Crafty.  If you like DIY and crafty stuff you have got to follow her on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for some great ideas!  We are long distance mailing between countries but I will be posting my ornament when I get it.

 

2017 Ornament Exchange and Blog Hop

Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts

Erlene ⋅ My Pinterventures Kim · Made In A Day Amanda · The Kolb Corner

Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons Michelle · Our Crafty Mom

Beverly · Across the Blvd. Christene · Key to Inspiration Pili ⋅ My Sweet Things

Nicki · Sweet Parrish Place Megan · C’mon Get Crafty

Hilary · Raising Fairies and Knights Emily · Two Purple Couches

Tina · One Crafty Mess Marie · The Inspiration Vault Debra · Shoppe No. 5

Trisha · Rosewood and Grace Jeanie · Create and Babble Katrin ⋅ Kreativ K

Terri · Christmas Tree Lane Maureen · Red Cottage Chronicles

Toni ⋅ Small Home Soul Ula ⋅ Lulu & Celeste Sue ⋅ A Purdy Little House

Pamela · Home On The Corner Lorelai Life with Lorelai Cindy ⋅ DIY Beautify

Debbie ⋅ Tweak and Style Stephanie ⋅ Swoodson Says Chelc ⋅ Inside the Fox Den

Susan ⋅ Super Mom – No Cape! Molly ⋅ Just a Little Creativity

Roseann ⋅ This Autoimmune Life Angela ⋅ Simply Beautiful by Angela

Vicki and Jenn ⋅ 2 Bees in a Pod Joanne ⋅ Our Unschooling Journey

Tylynn ⋅ Bitterroot DIY Sam ⋅ Raggedity Bits Mary ⋅ The Boondocks Blog

Cyn ⋅ Creative Cynchronicity Dione ⋅ Clever Chameleon Quilting

Erica ⋅ Erica Ever After Chelsea ⋅ Love Paper Crafts Evija ⋅ From Evija with Love

Samantha ⋅ Little Bits of Home Hope ⋅ Hopes Crafty Niche Anne ⋅ Orange Bettie

Pam · P.S. I Love You Crafts


Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop

Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament

Materials Needed:

  • Clear fillable ornament (I got mine from Micheals)
  • Ribbon in your favourite colour, possibly two colours
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Citrus Fruit
  • Use of your oven, knife and a baking sheet
  • Glue gun and extra sticks
  • Extra charms if desired

How to make:

Part One:  Dry the Fruit

  • First slice your fruits into thick slices.  I did lemons, mandarin oranges, and limes.
  • Preheat your oven to the lowest setting.
  • Assemble your cut fruit on a baking sheet and bake for two hours, turn over, then back in for another three hours.
  • I found it still needed to dry for a few days on my stove to be completely dry.  I did not want them moist at all and attracting fruit flies or smelling, that would not go on a tree well.

Part Two: Assemble the Holiday Ornament

Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop

  • I filled the ornament with the citrus fruit.
  • Inserted a cinnamon stick.  I was lucky that the sticks were short enough to fit inside the ornament without needing a trim.
  • Take some pretty ribbon to use to hang the ornament.
  • I made three different versions of the ornaments.
  • One version was plain with just a pretty ribbon.  The second one I used patterned ribbon to glue around the ornament.  For a different third option I tied a ribbon around the cinnamon stick before inserting it inside.

 Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop


FIND ALL 47 HANDMADE ORNAMENT TUTORIALS BELOW AND SHARE YOURS TOO! Use Hashtag #2017OrnamentExchange so we can see your creations on social media.


Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft

Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft - Come check out Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy a great Christmas book with an accompanying Wand Craft to go with it. Perfect for toddlers & kids of all ages.

 I chose to do Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft because my daughter loves this series of books.  Besides, wands are super fun to play with so I knew this would be great.  I also have a toddler son, who likes to be included in everything.  I thought I could have him do the craft too that way both kids would have fun and do something age appropriate.

 

 

Back to Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft, this is a great craft to do with any age of kids, you can adapt it to make it age appropriate for them.  For the little ones you will do all the cutting and tracing, then have them help with the gluing part.  My daughter was able to help trace and use the pen.  For my son I had him hold the template so I could trace around it, there is always a way to adapt a craft to make it fun for all ages.

Materials Needed

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  • Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy book by Bugbird Tim
  • Construction paper and recycled cardboard.
  • Glue, scissors, marker, star template (I used a cookie cutter), paint brush, tape
  • Pom poms in Christmas colours of red, green, and white
  • 2 green pipe cleaners per wand

How to Assemble

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  • Use the cookie cutter to mark out the shape of a star on the white construction paper.  Or draw free hand if you are good at it, which I am not.  Then cut it out and glue it on your brown piece of cardboard paper.14657513_10157775739695245_5767303453574340878_n
  • Cut out the cardboard around the star leaving some extra space.
  • Glue a selection of pom poms onto the star and let dry.
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  • Grab the pipe cleaners, try to make the fun bow design on one then twine it with the other one.  Next glue it onto the back of your cardboard star, or tape it on (glue did not hold up to my toddler & preschooler waving it about!).

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My kids had a blast running around and trying to make up magic spells with their wands.  They got destroyed pretty quickly with their vigorous play but it was worth it to keep them entertained for so long. We of course pulled out our Georgie the Gingerbread Fairies book so we could play with our new wand craft as we read.

Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft - Come check out Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy a great Christmas book with an accompanying Wand Craft to go with it. Perfect for toddlers & kids of all ages.

What is your favourite Christmas Story?  Comment below and let me know!  I am looking for ideas for the Monthly Crafting Book Club this month too!

 

 

Monthly Crafting Book  Club

A monthly installment I host on my blog is called the Monthly Crafting Book Club were every month we do a craft based on a book.  If you are interested check out some of my posts below on them.  Or if you are a blogger and want to join us join the Facebook group here, totally up to you which ones you want to participate in and no pressure once you join.  We have the following books coming up:

December any winter themed book, January is Ladybug Girl series, February is Giraffe’s Can’t Dance.

All you have to do is schedule your post to go live in the morning on the 25th of the month, and send me a picture and the URL by the 20th, that is all it takes to join us!

Monthly Crafting Book Club for December - Christmas themed book & craft

Check out the other awesome Christmas related book crafts below:

Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft - Come check out Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy a great Christmas book with an accompanying Wand Craft to go with it. Perfect for toddlers & kids of all ages.

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If you enjoy doing fun crafts and activities to go along with kids books then check out these below.  We love to encourage children’s literacy and pairing a fun craft or two with their favourite book is a great way to encourage them to read.

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

 

I am participating in a fun blog hop this month hosted by Emma Owl where each blogger chooses a Christmas-themed book.

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Follow Raising Fairies and Knights’s board Children’s Literacy on Pinterest.

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Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft - Come check out Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy a great Christmas book with an accompanying Wand Craft to go with it. Perfect for toddlers & kids of all ages.

Christmas with Kids FREE

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A month ago I reviewed this really fun book filled with activities and crafts to do with kids.  Well, for this weekend only it’s FREE on Kindle!  So click the link blow and download it while you can for free.

 

Hope you enjoy!  Let me know which activity you are most excited to participate in.

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Check out my review below:

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Product Review – Christmas With Kids

3D Christmas with Kids

This book is so cute!  It has a great compilation of crafts that are good for a variety of ages.  I cannot wait to start trying out some of the crafts with my family.  I especially like the wide range of ideas you can do with your kids as they get older.

There are also some fun recipes to try out and a few fun activities like a Christmas Eve Scavenger Hunt and tips to hosting a cookie exchange.  I love how there are even some gift ideas incorporated like various Mason Jar gifts.  This book is pretty much a fun collage of a bunch of things.

One thing I especially like about the book is it is lacking religious affiliation.  I love Christmas, but since I am not Christian it can be hard to find holiday and Christmas activities and crafts that are not related to Jesus and mangers.

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I would for sure recommend this book.  I like how I will continue to use I as my kids get bigger because it continues to provide crafts that are challenging and age appropriate.

The release date for the book is November 10th, but if you head over to the website now and sign up you can get a sneak peak at some fun videos to go with it.

Check out the links below for purchasing.

 

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DISCLAIMER:  I was not paid for this post but I was given a free copy to review and this post may contain affiliate links.

 

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