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Handmade Christmas Ideas

Handmade Christmas Ideas

Believe it or not, Christmas isn’t that far away. In fact, it’s only about six or so paychecks away for most of us. While ‘tis the season to be merry, the financial strain the holidays place on people can make a scrooge out of almost anyone. And, when you’ve got children, the financial burden of Christmas rises. Not only are you shopping for the kids for Christmas, but you’ve also got to find gifts for your kids to give to their grandparents and some of their friends. One way to alleviate some of the financial strain these extra gifts can cause is to help your kids make handmade gifts to give. Below are some suggestions.

Picture Frames – You know that wedding your little girl was the flower girl in this summer? Well, get a picture of her all dressed up in her flower girl dress and set it aside. Go to the nearest craft store and pick up a plain wooden picture frame (there are some made out of cardboard too), paints and small decorative items that can be glued on to the frame. Then, help your little one paint the frame and decorate it. Finally, place the picture in the frame and wrap it up. Grandparents love homemade gifts like these!

Handprint Plaques – Another great idea is to go and get a small wooden plaque from your local craft store along with some paints. You will need at least two different colors, one for the plaque and one for the handprint and writing. Don’t forget to get a spray on clear coat. All you have to do is help your child paint the plaque, let it dry and then dip their hand in the other paint and press firmly on the plaque. Write their name and date on the plaque, let it dry and then apply the clear coat.

Gift in a Jar – This is a fun, cheap and easy Christmas gift for children to make for their friends and/or loved ones. All you need to do is decide on what gift in a jar recipe you want to make, buy the ingredients and a mason jar and you’re ready to go. There are a lot of gift-in-a-jar recipes to choose from ranging from brownie mixes to bread mixes to cookie mixes to S’mores and many more! Children often love making and giving these gifts. They’re perfect for little ones to give to their friends because we all know how little children love sweets!

Tips for Finding the Right Flower Girl Dress

Weddings bring with them a lot of stress because there are so many decisions to be made. Not only does the bride have to find the perfect wedding dress, she also has to make decisions for her wedding cake, wedding flowers, the reception menu and so many other things. One of the things that many don’t think much about is the thought that brides put into flower girl dresses for their wedding as well. There are a few tips that might make the task easier for you, if you are looking for a flower girl dress for your upcoming wedding.

First, think about the overall style of your wedding. For example, is your wedding going to be formal or more on the casual side? You want your flower girl dresses to match the style of your wedding. Also, you will want to look at a variety of places to find a great dress for a reasonable price. The easiest way is to look through magazines first and get a few ideas of what you want and then look at your local bridal shops, but be sure to compare their prices with those online.

Sometimes you can find great deals online for flower girl dresses, as well as, flower girl baskets, girls shoes and accessories. And, some online retailers, like Kidsformal , offer free shipping when you spend $100 or more.

Although you should be the one to pick the flower girl dresses, you should consider dresses that can be worn again. Most parents don’t mind paying for their daughter’s wedding attire, but all parents appreciate brides who try to find a dress that is somewhat practical and can be worn again. Especially since little girls grow so fast and their dresses can be expensive.