Pinterest Worthy Christmas Crafts for the Non-Pinterest Mom

I am not a Pinterest Mom.

You know that crafty and coordinated Mom, whose home is thoughtfully and creatively decorated for each holiday? No, that’s not me. Every once in a while, I feel the urge to make it me but then other priorities win out and my hot glue gun takes a back seat for another year.

“Maybe this Christmas will be different,” I say to myself, as I scroll through Pinterest’s carefully curated photos of domestic bliss.

And, if it is to be different this year, here are five easy crafts that even I think I could manage:

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Honeycomb Wreath – Side Benefit: It’s a great way to up-cycle old toilet paper rolls!

Red Ribbon Star – I think the hardest part of this project would be finding the right piece of wood. An easy project that provides a lot of decorating impact.

Baby Sock Advent Calendar – An adorable idea and a great alternative to purchasing a pre-made advent calendar every year. All that’s involved is a little bit of shopping.

Christmas Countdown Paper Chain – Because cutting out paper is definitely something I can do. Though I can’t promise I’ll cut straight.

Homemade Holiday Candles – Turns out making a candle is a lot easier than I thought. These would make great gifts as well.

Have you made any Christmas crafts this holiday season? Let me know in the comments!

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Closet Desk Project

Recently, my parents came to Oakville to visit. That means it’s that time of the year when I order copious amounts of Ikea furniture in the hopes my Dad will put it all together for me. My Dad is a perfectionist so I prefer his handiwork to my husband’s (sorry, Paul).

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Nothing like “vacation”

Over the past year and a half that we have owned our 1960s home, we have done a lot of work to it, including undertaking some large renovations, but my son’s room has remained untouched. At age 5, he had outgrown the “kiddie” furniture still in his room and it was time to reorganize the space to improve its functionality.

Back in February my Dad had helped me turn our guest room closet into an office nook, and I knew a closet desk would work just as well in my son’s room. His closet was becoming a dumping ground for miscellaneous items, so turning it into a desk area makes much better use of the space.

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Our guest room closet turned office nook

I wish I had some “before” pictures of my son’s room but I can tell you his room is 100% more functional after turning his closet into a desk area and adding more storage along the wall.

Closet Desk

 

Shelves

I’m so pleased with the result.

Thanks to my parents for all the planning, building, reorganizing and errand running they did while on their “vacation”. You brought my vision to life and I am so thankful!

Now if only I could solve the storage problems in my own room…

P.S. Here was my inspiration for doing a closet desk in the first place!

 

What do you do with your kid’s art?

If you have a child in daycare or school, or you are just one of those super awesome Martha Stewart-type moms that does cool art projects with your kids all the time, you may have amassed a large amount of children’s artwork by now.

I toss most of Reid and Ramona’s art. I can’t stand clutter and, though it feels wrong to liken my beautiful children’s creative projects to “added clutter”, I don’t know where to put it all without making our small house feel even smaller.

I’ve resorted to editing voraciously. I have a small bin and, if it’s something I want to keep, I’ll slip it into the bin. But even my bin feels like a looming project. Like, am I just going to keep these pieces of paper in there forever?

ArtkiveI came across this article the other day that suggested using an app called Artkive to help with this problem. I think this is such a great idea. Sometimes snapping a picture of your children’s art is not going to replace the real thing, but it does serve of the purpose of saving the picture and having a visual of how your child has progressed.

Have you tried Artkive? What do you do with your kid’s art?

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