The tissue box is from my stash (I went through a phase of decorating tissue boxes for gifts). I painted it. Then I went on the web and looked for interesting photos of money. I printed my photos on plain printer paper and then wadded them up. Then I smoothed them out and cut them out. I finished by pouring really thick instant coffee over them. I rinsed them and let them dry. After that it was simply a matter of decoupaging them to the tissue box.
Yesterday, I put up the big tree. After putting the tree together and stringing the lights, I was in no mood for decorations and told the girls they would have to wait. K (my six-year-old) decided to make her own decorations. The first one is the manger with Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. The second one is baby Jesus. She made them all by herself.
Every year, I make frame ornaments of the girls for the grandparents. This past January I found these really cute purse frames on sale.
I started this on C's first Christmas. Every year the grands get a framed ornament of the girls. I hope that someday it will serve as a unique record of their growth. On our tree I hang an ornament of a family picture and of a picture of the two of them together. When I started this project I had a hard time finding frame ornaments I liked so I decided to simply buy the little frames used for wallet pictures. I remove the kickstand, drill some holes for ribbon and tada!!
If you want to read a full tutorial you can check out the tutorial I posted on Suite101.
Finally, the girls and I made applesauce ornaments.
We've made these several times now (they make great air fresheners for the car). I have instructions for them posted at Suite101.
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