Super Easy Christmas Craft – Miniature Wreaths

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I heard of these years ago from another mom at my kids’ gymnastics class. She had older daughters and told about all the fun they had making these mini-wreaths to use as wrapping decorations.

That was before Pinterest was a thing, so I only have her to credit for the idea, and I don’t even remember her name.

But I’m sharing, because if you’re like me, you like Christmas crafts that are cute and easy and cheap.

And these are all of those.

Super Easy Christmas Craft – Miniature Wreaths plastic rings at ASlobComesClean.com

Supplies:

The little plastic ring from a water or soda bottle. It’s kind of hard to get off, but if you can get your fingernail between the ring and the bottle, run it around and the plastic ring will eventually twist off. (Don’t use a knife with a point or any sharpness. That might sound like a good idea, but it isn’t. Really. Ask me how I know.)

Red ribbon

Green pipe cleaners. (These are sold in bags for .97 at Walmart unless someone rudely bought every green pipe cleaner bag in your town. If they did, the bigger bag with some green in it is still less than 3.00.)

Instructions:

Wrap a pipe cleaner around the ring. Trim off the excess.

Super Easy Christmas Craft – Miniature Wreaths plastic rings at ASlobComesClean.com

Use a chopstick to tie a teeny-tiny bow with the red ribbon, and hot glue the ribbon onto the wreath.

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Yay for easy Christmas crafts!

Here are more ideas for you:

 

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--Nony

Super Easy (and Awesome) April Fool’s Day Dinner Prank

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Last year, for the very first time ever, I thought about making a Prank Dinner BEFORE April 2nd.

Go me!

I posted pictures on Facebook, and the response was great, though it was tinged with a little “Ummmm, thanks for the idea NOW THAT IT’S TOO LATE!”

So here I am, remembering to post it at the very end of March.

Again, go me.

Credit (and affiliate link) must go to FamilyFun Magazine, where I saw the peas and carrots idea years ago. I googled ideas last year, and saw general ones, but then made up my own versions of everything.

I started the meal by declaring that we were going to eat dessert first. The family was thrilled at this idea.

For dessert, we had cupcakes.

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Meatloaf cupcakes.

You can use your favorite meatloaf or mini-meatloaf recipe. My husband claims he despises meatloaf (and I’d say the same), so I just made up a meatloaf-ish recipe. I added bread crumbs, seasoning, an egg, and grated cheese to ground beef and shaped it into meatballs. Then, I made instant mashed potatoes, colored them with green food coloring, and snipped the corner off of a ziploc bag so I could “frost” the tops of the cupcakes after they came out of the oven.

Things I’ll do differently this year (now that this is a tradition instead of a prank): I will bake the meatloaf cupcakes without the cupcake liners and then transfer them into the liners. There was quite a bit of grease, so this will allow me to lift them out of the grease and into a clean liner.

Then, we had our veggies:

April Fool's Veggies made from Starburst and Laffy Taffy at ASlobComesClean.com

They looked pretty realistic. My family was totally fooled. The main problem was that there were SO FEW! This was the “dish” that took the longest. A VERY long time. Longer than I expected.

I used orange Starburst candy and green Laffy Taffy. The Starbursts I cut with a sharp knife into four pieces each. I put the Laffy Taffy in the microwave for five to ten seconds and then cut off pieces to roll into peas. That was harder than it sounds.

My family was totally enthralled with this meal at this point. They had LOVED the meatloaf/mashed potato cupcakes. When they found out that the vegetables were actually candy, they cheered. I was a hero.

Best. Mom. Ever.

And then, for dessert, we had chicken nuggets.

Chicken Nuggets for April Fool's Day made from Bananas at ASlobComesClean.com

I’d looked up ideas that were fairly complicated, but then realized I could simply put graham crackers in the food processor and then dip banana slices in the crumbs.

Don’t those look amazingly like chicken nuggets? They really do.

They look TOO much like chicken nuggets.

Even though I was a hero for all my tricky food up to this point, my children were HORRIFIED that these were not “real” chicken nuggets. My daughter (7 at the time), was especially upset. In fact, she cried. Bawled. Hysterically.

Her disappointment was heartbreaking.

Evidently, I NEVER ever serve chicken nuggets. Ever. She was giddy with happiness through the first part of the meal, partly because of her creative mother, but mostly because she was thrilled at the thought of having chicken nuggets. At home. For dinner!

When they weren’t actually chicken nuggets (duh!), she was devastated.

Kind of ruined the mood, honestly.

FYI, I did buy some popcorn chicken and served it the next week.

What stunts have you pulled for April Fool’s Day at your house?

 

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--Nony

MORE Clutter Free Stocking Stuffer Ideas

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Last fall, I shared an AWESOME list put together from your suggestions of things to put into stockings that won’t end up as clutter.

This year, I’ve been sharing some ideas for Clutter Free Stocking Stuffers over on my Facebook page for the last month or so. It’s fun to think of things now that might not occur to me during a frantic trip to the store on December 24th.  And, of course, it’s a great opportunity to put out lots of Amazon affiliate links, as I’ll be doing in this post now . . .  (Though, of course, most of these things can be found in any store.)

Please note that these are suggestions. Each one must be examined according to the person whose stocking it will stuff. For real. While one person might think loving thoughts about you while she sharpens her kitchen knives, another might find that knife sharpener in her overly cluttered drawer and think altogether different thoughts about you.

Clutter is oh-so-personal.

 

Stocking Stuffers for Women (or men)

(If you stuff your own stocking, it’s a great chance to replace some of those kitchen things that need replacing.)

Kitchen Scissors

Can opener

Stainless Steel Kitchen Utensils (I got a set a few years ago that I LOVE so much!)

wooden spoons (In case yours are broken or starting to splinter like mine might be.)

New (stain-free, unripped) Kitchen Towels

Scarves

A Knife Sharpener

 

Stocking Stuffers for Men (or women)

Fishing Lures

Playing Cards

Anything from the list above that you didn’t have room to stick into your own stocking.

T-Shirts (I got everyone a fun t-shirt last year and they took up LOTS of space in the stocking!!)

SD Cards

Bear Claw Telescopic Back Scratcher (These take at least 4 weeks to ship, so get it now. Hubby got one just like this last year in his stocking, but I’m pretty sure Santa meant it for me. I LOVE that thing!!)

Razor, shaving cream

Nail clippers

Cellphone Car Charger (Just be sure you know the kind of phone so you buy one that’s compatible.)

 

Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Uno or Phase 10 (Or other card games the whole family can play together.)

Gamewright Little Hands Playing Card Holder or Playing Card Holders which help small hands hold playing cards. (Also see the suggestions from many of you of homemade versions!)

Towel hooks like these (I got plastic ones at Dollar Tree that have worked beautifully for years now.)

Warm hats and gloves

Don’t forget there are many more ideas in my post from last year. Click here!

 

 

--Nony

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