Our family is a huge Nintendo fan and our kids have grown up playing all the Super Mario franchise games. This year, the kids had their own tree to decorate and we decided to make some Perler beads ornaments. We are looking forward to making lots of ornaments this holiday season.
Mario and Luigi in Christmas Stockings
Mario in the stocking original design came from dinandehn. After making Mario, I changed the red to green to create Luigi. When ironing, we left one of the top beads open and not too melted. This allowed us to put a Christmas hook into the hole which helped it fit easily on the tree.
Red and Green Mushrooms
Original design by dinandehn. Same as above- once made, we melted everything but the top bead to allow for the ornament hook.
Star and Mushroom Tree
Mushroom original design by dinandehn and the star original design by jekrus. Don’t forget while melting to leave room for the hook.
Yoshi Christmas Wrapped Egg!
Original design by beadsmeetgeeks – this Christmas wrapped Yoshi Egg was super easy to make and looks great as a Christmas ornament.
Original design by beadsmeetgeeks- turned out super cute! Made with sand, black, white and red Perler beads. Will also work for Hama or just plain melty beads.
If you would like to see some other Super Mario patterns, visit menu at the top of click the links below.
For our last parade float, our younger Girl Scouts voted on a Candy Land theme float.
To make super cute candy lights, the girls poked a hole into two plastic cups, strung the lights through the cups and wrapped them in tissue paper to look like a piece of candy. The result is above. They turned out fantastic all around the sides of the float.
The girls also built a Gingerbread House. They used a refrigerator box that we got from Lowe’s, hot glued paper plates (for the roof shingles) and added some candy decorations from Hobby Lobby.
Our girls really wanted to go inside it but we had it sealed so they couldn’t go in. It made a neat little house that was on the back of our float.
More pictures to come later….. But please check out some pictures from our Whoville Float…
So… this year, we decided to get a real Elf on the Shelf on Black Friday. I didn’t know too much about this but after reading the book that came with her, the kids and I were hooked. I am having so much fun finding her in so many new situations. The kids immediately go to the bookshelf every morning to see if she is there. If she’s not, its a giant scavenger hunt till she is found.
The other day our elf, Josie, was watching Christmas movies after she got back from seeing Santa! She must have been inspired by the North Pole!
Not causing trouble at all…
Well, maybe a little
The one above is one of my favorites. I saw several people do variations of this so I was super excited that Josie chose to put green streamers on all 3 of my kids’ doors!
Our Girl Scouts voted on a theme for last year’s Christmas Parade float and decided on Whoville!
One of the mom’s found a cool sign on Etsy, but we couldn’t order it in time, so the girls made one. The girls cut the signs out of cardboard, and painted them to look like the movie. They then used hot glue to glue them to a candy cane that we purchased from Wal-Mart. The final product is here! It turned out pretty well and looked really neat on their float. A super Thank You from our girls to the people who make these really neat on Etsy and sell them for profits!
The girls needed presents for the Grinch to steal, so they wrapped Cardboard boxes in different types of wrapping paper (which was donated) to decorate the trailer.
The younger girls also made candy to decorate using paper plates and markers. We then used cellophane paper to wrap and twist the sides. A little ribbon on the sides and instant large candy. We used this to tie around the float.
Finally it was time to get dressed up. The girls pulled their hair up in weird ways including combing it over a water bottle. We even had a Grinch (can’t put a picture till I get permission) who was a dad who dressed up. One of our scout’s little sister who was a two year old was even dressed like Max. It turned out really, really well!
Looking for a fun and easy Holiday gift or something to give a teacher, hostess or co-worker.
This super easy recipe was fun and my kids even helped.
I started by using a recipe from allrecipes.com.
½ cup confectioner’s sugar
½ cup butter
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Blend everything together until whipped (about 3-5 min) Tastes amazing but if it is too sweet, you can make some using pumpkin pie spice. YUM!
Makes about ½ pint.
To make it gift ready, my daughter traced outlines of the top on the back of wrapping paper – then cut it out and glued it on the top of the jar using hot glue.
-To make the top of the jar complete, we used hot glue and some ribbon to wrap the top of the jar.
-After pouring the butter into the jar, using a spatula, we added the top of the jar, a tag that said Cinnamon Honey Butter and it was complete. We made several of these batches using to give to friends and family. So far they have been a big hit! Next year, we are going to try to make these in our older Girl Scout troop. Should be great!!
My son and I were trying to come up with some Christmas decorations Lego style. He decided that his Lego people needed a Christmas tree. 🙂 The result….
We used brown bricks for the base of the tree and green bricks for the tree itself, making it move into a triangle shape. At the end, we topped it off with a yellow brick for the star.
To add a little more festive feel, we had some stickers from Hobby Lobby left over from Girl Scouts. We added some red glitter stickers for garland, and some glitter dots for ornaments.
-No tree is complete without presents, so we added some. To make the presents, we used 2×2 bricks and a small round piece for the bow. The tall present was just made from a different type of brick. You could make any type of present from any size Lego bricks.
Have fun! We would love to see some of your tree creations and present designs.
Last week, we were looking for another easy Christmas craft that our older Girl Scouts could do and came across this in Hobby Lobby. I love easy, fun crafts that the girls can do in a meeting or less and this was no exception.
You could very easily buy all the parts to this or possibly may have them on hand. However, if you’re like me and looking for something to add at last minute, Hobby Lobby sells a box with all of the pieces included for 24 candy canes. With Christmas sales at 50% off, I bought the entire set for $4.00. If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, I found a similar set with different colors (makes 16) on Amazon located here.
27 Red beads – the beads slide together and remind me of dog bones
27 white beads – same as red
1 piece of wire
1 piece of ornament string for hanging – any string will do
Take a piece of wire (about 8 inches) and use the needle nose wire pliers to form a loop at the bottom so your beads don’t fall off.
Give each girl 27 white beads and 27 red. Have them alternate them in a pattern.
After the beads are attached, use the pliers to curl the opposite end.
The girls can shape the their wire into a candy cane shape, add a string for hanger and Voila! – an ornament ready for hanging.
For our Brownies, I cut the wire and curled the end so they only had to put the beads on in the correct pattern. Once they had strung the beads, we then assisted them in curling the other end.
For our Juniors & Cadettes, we let them cut their own wire and do all of the work. We just assisted if needed.
The result – a super cute candy cane that they could hang on their tree that night. Even our older 8th grade girls, liked this and several asked if they could do more small crafts.
The whole craft took about 15-20 minutes for everyone to finish.
A couple of weeks ago, my co-leaders and I were looking for some fun, easy ornaments for our Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts to complete. Our girls had 2 ½ hours to go to 10 different stations making crafts to take home – this was called a Make and Take Workshop.
While researching, we came across this great site called littlebitfunky.com in which she had made these adorable reindeer ornaments. (check her out for her version and a few different variations) We decided to try them out with a few modifications. The result: an easy, cheap, awesome craft that our girls and parents loved.
A few of the finished products…
The only things we needed were some brown paint, a black Sharpie, red sticker gems (original was done with red paint) and an ornament for each girl. Sharpies we had, brown paint was $.50 at Walmart, red gem stickers were $1.99 and the ornaments were only $3.00 for 12. So far, so good!
How to make it
The girls wrote their names and the year at the bottom of the ornament. (Great keepsake for parents or grandparents)
Next, they put their thumb in the brown paint and added their print to the ornament. I had them do it thick since we were only adding 1 print.
Their ornaments were allowed to dry for about 10-15 min. Once dry, they added the antlers, and a red gem to stand for Rudolph’s nose.
They looked super cute and the girls couldn’t wait to put them on their tree.
Special thanks to littlebitfunky.com for the original idea.