Monday, January 16, 2017

Felt Footballs for Meals on Wheels

I started making felt footballs for a Meals on Wheels Superbowl treat. So far I have made around 20 while watching the Australian Open tennis tournament. I need to make 30 more!

Supply List:

brown felt

football shaped cookie cutter

white chalk pen

sharp scissors

white embroidery thread

brown embroidery thread

embroidery needle

thin white ribbon

cotton balls 


Trace the football cookie cutter with the white chalk pen onto the brown felt. Each ornament requires two football shapes. Cut out all the football shapes that you need for your project.

Using the white embroidery thread - sew the football lines onto the front of the football.

Sew the front and back of the football together. Before sewing the ornament shut stuff the ornament  with a few cotton balls and sew in a white ribbon loop.

I started sewing them with a running stitch.

But I think that using a blanket stitch looks a little more football-ish.

I think these footballs would look amazing on a Christmas tree or as decorations for your Superbowl party! Let me know if you decide to make them!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Three Wise Men Cookies

I made some Three Wise Men cookies for the first graders.  Yesterday I made round sugar cookies. Once they cooled I put them in an air-tight container. This morning I decorated them.

This is my Melchior cookie. I don't spend a lot of time decorating cookies for 1st graders - they barely look at them before chowing them down.

These are my Caspar cookies. The jewels on the crown are mini m&m's.

The final cookie is Balthazar - the kids wanted to know why he had blue hair. I explained that it was a turban.

When I asked the kids if they knew what gifts the wise men brought the baby Jesus. Answer: Gold, Frankenstein and Myrtle. Frankenstein?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Preparing to Substitute Teach 1st Grade

On Wednesday I am substitute teaching a 1st grade religion class. The two subjects that the class is learning about this week are the Holy Spirit and the Epiphany.

First graders like to color - so I have some fun coloring sheets.

I am actually going to spend more time teaching the Epiphany.

I also made a little coloring book out of the three gifts - gold, frankincense and myrrh.

This little coloring book is a reminder of the gifts that brought to the baby Jesus.

I made little bags of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Matthew 2:11

The gold is a bag of Rolo;s. The frankincense is a bag of carmel corn and the myrrh is a bag of banana chips.

I put a bag of each "gift" into a brown paper bag with a colorful ribbon and added a Three Wise Men graphic.

I think the kids will like the little take home treat and it will reinforce the story of the gifts. 

I am planning on making some Three Wise Men cookies tomorrow - hopefully I will remember to post them!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Valentine Rings for Meals on Wheels

Today I made some little rings for a Meals on Wheels Valentine treat. I happened to have everything that I needed for this project in my craft cabinet. That is one of my resolutions - to use up current craft supplies - before buying new supplies.

While the glue gun heated up I and laid out some felt flowers and heart shaped buttons. 

I glued the heart shaped buttons onto the small felt flowers or round red buttons.

Then I glued the button and heart flowers onto a silver ring. I just need to label and package them. Let me know if you make this project. And Happy Valentines's Day!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Wrapped Christmas Gifts

I like to gift wrap packages of my homemade Christmas ornaments. This year I have used the Poinsettia pins as ribbons on the packages. The Poinsettia pin is day 10 of the the twelve days of ornament project.

 I have used a lot of polka dot wrapping paper. Most of this wrapping paper was left over from last year!

I actually wish that I had made more felt poinsettias! I think they make really cute bows.

This gift has a homemade jingle bell ball ornament.  I have wrapped all of my gifts with a little homemade ornament tied onto the ribbon. 

Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Felt Advent Wreath - Day 12 of the Twelve Days of Ornaments

I was originally going to make an Angel for the last ornament and I even cut out all of the angel components out of felt and changed my mind and made this Advent wreath. I found the pattern and directions on the  and then I modified the pattern to fit my needs and the felt I had on hand.

Supply List:

Pattern from Wild Olive blog

Black pen


Pinking shears

Turquoise felt

Green felt

Purple felt

Pink felt

Yellow felt

Embroidery thread in green, yellow, purple and pink

Purple thin ribbon

Hand sewing needle

Cut out the components to make the ornaments and lay them out in order.

The turquoise felt is cut with pinking shears. On the turquise felt sew the purple candles on with purple thread - leaving room for the pink candle.

Next sew the pink candle and yellow flames with coordinating threads.

Sew the wreath beneath the candles and the sew the turquoise felt onto the green felt - sewing the purple ribbon in at the top.

Wishing you a blessed Advent season.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Small Jingle Bell Wreaths - Day 11 of the Twelve Days of Ornaments

This is such a super easy craft that your kids could make them with a little help.

Supply List:

Craft wire


Jingle bells


Fancy ornament hooks


Cut a 12 to 14-inch piece of wire and twist a very loop at one end.

I think I purchased the craft wire at Hobby Lobby.

Start threading the jingle bells onto the wire and end with another loop.

I used gold and silver jingle bells. But they come in red, green, blue etc.

Take both loops and twist them together. Thread the ribbon through the loop and tie with a bow. Then add a fancy ornament hook. I had the ornament hooks in my craft cabinet. I am not sure where I purchased them.

With extra jingle bells I made little balls.

I also found some red and green bells in my craft cabinet and I think they make a festive ornament.

I also made a wreath out of beads and I think it came out super cute.

I think these will look super cute on the tree. Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Poinsettia Pin - Day 10 of the Twelve Days of Ornaments

Today I made these super easy Poinsettia pins. They can be pinned onto a stocking, pillow or a gift. The small pins can to pinned onto a sweater..A  few large pins could be used to create an ugly Christmas sweater. If you are planning on attending an ugly sweater party!


Red felt

White felt


Red embroidery thread

White embroidery thread

Bar pins

Glue gun

Glue sticks

Rhinestone beads or buttons


Cut strips of felt into 3-inch pieces, 2-inch pieces and 1-inch pieces. Then cut each strip into rectangles and squares.

Hand cut each square or rectangle into a leaf or teardrop shape.

Trace circles onto felt with a juice glass for small poinsettias and a large water glass for large poinsettias.

On the back of each circle sew a bar pin using coordinating thread. I was out of white felt so I used a green felt circle for the larger pins.

Turn the circle with the pin facing down and start gluing the larger leaves around the circle.

Then another row of leaves between the firsr row.

Then another row of smaller leaves and finally glue in the a rhinestone.

Notice some poinsettias are small and some are large - these were so much fun to make. I am planning on putting the smaller ones onto gift packages.

If you want to use these for ornaments on the tree simply glue in a ribbon loop.

I also made some white felt flowers but they didn't photograph very well!