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Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments

It's November, which to many over-enthusiastic holiday lovers means CHRISTMAS! Yes, I love Thanksgiving as well—it's just one big holiday celebration for me from now to the end of the year. So far, I've refrained from putting up my Christmas tree, but that doesn't mean I can't prepare, right? This past weekend, I spent some time making some ornaments. I love to create handmade ornaments to add to my little tree each year. 
Lately I've been interested in popsicle stick crafts. I found some super cute ideas on Pinterest (see the links to my Holiday Crafts and Food board and specific posts below). I like that such a simple material can have so many possibilities. Just add paint and glue!
I was able to get my kids involved for part of my craft day. They are ages 2 and 3, so they didn't do much beyond just paint a few popsicle sticks. I turned these painted sticks into little Santa Claus ornaments—two for each daughter as they're bound to ruin some of them …

It's a Very Merry Harry Potter Christmas! Pt. I

It's that time of year. The holidays are in full swing, and I couldn't be more excited. This week, I am taking advantage of some time off to get into the Christmas spirit and decorate my house. My family likes to choose a different theme from year to year. Usually it's a color scheme—silver and gold, red and white, etc—but this year we were inspired by Harry Potter. Anyone who knows my sisters and me knows that we are huge fans of the series, and we have been having tons of fun thinking of different ways we can incorporate it into our holiday decor. Below are a couple of ornaments we came up with. Click on the links to download a tutorial pdf.


Professor Umbridge Cat Plate Ornament
These were inspired by the cat plates that the evil Professor Umbridge has hanging in her office in The Order of the Phoenix. Pretty little patterns and cats—what's not to love? I think these would also make great magnets.



Weasley Monogram Sweater
This is a miniature replica of the monogram sw…