Easy DIY Projects For The Holidays That You Can Do With The Kids.
Tis the season for fun filled projects with your children. Celebrating the spirit of Christmas brings lasting memories that can be passed down for generations to come. In honor of my little grandson Eli, who turned 3 this past week, VG Invites has gone in search to bring you a collection of the most festive and cheerful Christmas projects of 2016. My hope is that you will find this to be the best holiday DIY blog of the season...and that Eli will have fun creating some of these with his mom, and my daughter, Ashley. Read what I have in store for you below.
Rice Crispie Christmas Trees: When making these treats it is important to use a gel food coloring, says Lauren of Lauren Caris Cooks, Vegan Recipes & Lifestyle blog where she explains, in depth, how to make these delightful winter wonderland treats. Decorate your trees with sugar stars, as Lauren did, powdered sugar to resemble snow, or festive sprinkles. There is no limit to your imagination.
Call Santa Claus and leave a message at his workshop. Have some fun with your little ones and watch as their eyes light up when they hear Santa's voice on a recorded message. At the end of the call your little one can leave their list of Christmas wishes. Put Santa's tele on speed dial and whenever you need your child to behave, you can remind them that you will call Santa. He knows when you are naughty. And he knows when you are nice. ;)
I couldn't help but fall in love with this cute kraft idea found on Easy Peasy and Fun, Crafts for Kids, Color pages, Activities and Fun Food. These clothespin snowman are so easy to make. You just need a few supplies that you can pick up at Michael's or your local craft store. You may even have some of what you need lying around the house. This also makes a fun project for winter Birthday parties for kids. To learn more on how to make these CLICK HERE.
I took the liberty of sourcing the craft supplies for the above project for you so that you don't have to. You can order your craft supplies below and have them delivered to you.
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Remember, we also offer a large selection of Christmas greeting cards and winter invitations. To see our complete line visit VG Invites on Etsy or click here, or visit VG Invites on Zazzle or click here.
I hope that you have enjoyed this post. VG Invites would love to hear you ideas for easy kid friendly crafts. Please leave your comments below.
Invitations and Party Ephemera That You Edit Yourself
VG Invites has updated its line to include invitations and other party paper goods that you can edit yourself. The new an improved invitation line allows you to instantly download your digital invitation files and edit them using MS Word or Pages. You can choose from editable wedding invitations and reception papers, Birthday party invites, religious ceremonies and more. Visit VG Invites on Etsy and click on MS Word Invite Template. If you don't see what you are looking for, convo Victoria on Etsy. She is happy to help you with your editable invitation needs.
Some VG Invites designs can be altered to suit your specific needs. If you see a design you like for a baby shower, but would love it for a bridal shower, consider editing the text to reflect a bridal shower invitation. First read the description of the listing to be certain that you can edit all of the text.
Below are some specifics about the VG Invites Editable Line:
♥ ABOUT THE INVITATIONS
• Dimensions Invitation: 5x7 inch Flat Card
• Shape: Square Edges
• Invitation 2 to an 8.5 x 11 page
The listing is for a digital file. Use your home computer and printer to create stunning printable invitations.
♥ HOW IT WORKS
Once you have selected your desired invitation, you may add your invitation to your cart and follow the checkout procedure. You will be prompted to download the file instantly. Edit your template in MS Word or Pages.
♥ DOWNLOAD INCLUDES
5x7 Invitation Template in a .doc, .docx & pages file 2 to a page
♥ WHAT YOU CAN EDIT
In most cases you can edit all of the wording - add, move and delete text. You can change the fonts - size, color and font type of above text. You can delete background
♥ WHAT YOU CANNOT CHANGE
In most cases you can not change the colors of background and artwork.
♥ SOFTWARE NEEDED
VG Invites templates are editable on both mac and PC.
PC: Microsoft Word 2007 or later
MAC: Apple Pages or Word 2007 or later
If you don't already have Microsoft Word, don't worry, you can get a free trial for both Mac and Windows here: http://products.office.com/en-us/try
♥ WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING
"Wonderful working with Victoria. The invites were beautiful and we got lots of compliments"
"I purchased the Do It Yourself version. Very easy to work with. For a fancier look, one could consider having it customized by Victoria. Overall very satisfied with purchase, received lots of compliments. Will purchase from this shop again."
"These were perfect. Exactly what I was looking for for our Christmas party and reproduced beautifully."
Additional Important Information: You must have a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Word to be able to use these templates. If you find that you are unable to DIY after purchasing your invitation you may order extra customization and VG Invites will customize your invitation and send you a printable pdf file along with easy to follow printing instructions and suggestions. Please convo me for details. No font downloads necessary. VG Invites does not give out her font names as the fonts used are an integral part of her designs. Victoria has spent many hours sourcing the right font for each printable which helps make her designs unique. If you don't have the fonts used in the file loaded onto your computer, then your template will default to a font. You may have to make some adjustments and choose fonts that are similar or to your liking. If you are in love with those fonts, you may order customization of the invite and Victoria will customize it for you using those specific fonts. VG Invites does not offer tutoring for editing DIY files. Please use your desktop computer or laptop to download and edit your files. They may not be visible and editable with your smartphone or tablet.
We would love to hear your ideas for editable invitations. Please share them below.
Victoria's Favorite Vegan, No Flour, No Bake and Traditional Cookie Recipes
The holidays are quickly approaching. Soon our homes will be filled with the aromas of freshly baked goods and Christmas cheer. One of my favorite traditions is the cookie swap. Hosting a Christmas cookie swap is a great way to simplify your holiday baking. Instead spending an entire day baking batch after batch of 10 different kinds of cookies, each person makes enough of their favorite cookie to share at at holiday cookie swap. This gives you more time with friends and family. I would like to share with you some of my favorite recipes for vegan cookies, no flour cookies, no bake cookies and a twist on a traditional oatmeal cookie recipe that has become a favorite among my family and friends.
Coconut and Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is a recipe that my dear friend Sharon shared with me a few weeks ago. One bite of this cookie and you will fall in love. The best part is that you only need 4 ingredients. The recipe can easily be modified into vegan cookies by substituting the chocolate chips for vegan chocolate chips. These cookies are also free of flour.
1 Bag of Coconut
1 Bag of Chocolate Chip
Chopped Pecans or Almonds (optional)
1 Can Sweet Condensed Milk
Stir ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Moisten fingers and drop dough by the heaping rounded teaspoon full onto parchment paper, shape, and pat down. Bake at 325 degrees for about 10 minutes.
Victoria's No Bake Chocolate Raspberry Nut Cookies
This is a recipe that I literally dreamed up one night. I love, love, love the combination of raspberries and chocolate. Guilt free, easy to make and perfect if you want just a little sweet. I like to make these for the Holidays and parties because they are so simple.
1 1/2 cups almonds
1 cup dried apricots cut into pieces
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup un-sweetened shredded coconut.
1 pkg fresh raspberries
1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
In a food processor, chop up almonds. Next add dried apricots, then almond butter, and then syrup and process to form a stiff paste or meal. Form into teaspoon-size balls and roll in shredded coconut. Pat down into a round cookie. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler over med-low heat. Add a dollop of melted chocolate to each cookie. Top with a fresh raspberry. Refrigerate before serving. Makes 24 cookies.
Victoria's Chocolatey Crunchy (sort of) Cookies
In case you haven't noticed by now, I am a big fan of chocolate. I developed this recipe back in March of 2011 when I was striving to to limit bad sugars from my diet. These cookies are a guilt-free decadent treat that literally whips up in minutes. Zero processed sugar, gluten free, vegan, and so yummy. AND, as if that were not enough, they are filled with antioxidants, iron, and magnesium. This delicious recipe uses raw chocolate nibs, touted as a Mayan superfood.
1/2 cup CACAO Nibs (Found at Whole Foods)
3/4 cups almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1 tsp cocoa
2 cups grain sweetened non-dairy chocolate chips
1/4 cup hemp milk
Dried cherries or cranberries
30 mini paper cupcake liners
Chop the almonds in a food processor. Add CACAO Nibs, coconut, and cocoa. Pulse a few more times. Add brown rice syrup and pulse until completely blended, scraping down the sides as necessary.
In a double boiler melt chocolate chips. Add hemp milk and stir until completely mixed. Add about 1 tsp of melted chocolate to mini cupcake liners. Layer with about a tspn or less of almond mixture. Don’t worry if the almond mixture doesn’t spread evenly. No big deal! Then add another layer of melted chocolate until the almond mixture is completely covered. Top with a dried cherry (my favorite) or dried cranberry. Refrigerate for one hour. Then enjoy after a long day with a nice glass of red wine… or anytime.
Not Your Traditional Oatmeal Cookies - Cranberry & White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
You may use your oatmeal cookie recipe and spruce it up with the ingredients below. Or you may cheat and use the Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookie Mix like I did. Make extra because these cookies won't last.
1 Tblsp Water
1 Stick of Butter Softened
1 tsp. Orange Extract
1/2 Cup Chopped Almonds
1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
1/2 Cup White Chocolate Chunks
Zest of One Orange
1 Pkg Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookie Mix
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl stir together butter, egg, water, and orange extract. Stir in cookie mix, dried cranberries, chopped nuts, white chocolate chunks and zest of orange.
Drop by teaspoon full onto un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool. Makes 4 dozen cookies.
DECORATIVE COOKIE WRAPPING IDEAS
Once you have completed your cookie swap you can share them with your neighbors and coworkers. Wrap your cookies in boxes with festive holiday gift tags or stickers designed by VG Invites. Victoria has designed a complete line of invitations, greeting cards, gift tags and holiday stickers.
Easy X-mas Crafts - DIY Ideas
Whether your are an avid do it your selfer or new to homemade gifting, you will become inspired by VG Invites DIY Holiday projects for this gift giving season.
VG Invites fell in love with this Hot Cocoa gift kit. Easy and fun to make, this gift is perfect to give as holiday party favors, gifts for the mail man, or gifts to give to your neighbors. We found this DIY project on hoosierhomemade.com. The idea is brilliant, simple and fun.
Watch as the tea lovers on your holiday list go gleam with delight as you give them this Christmas tea tree. Easy and fun to make, VG Invites found this unique project on ThristyForTea.com. To learn how to create this festive gift for the holidays CLICK HERE >>
DIY Christmas Card Set by VG Invites. It comes with the holiday card templet, envelope liner, and pattern to make your own craft paper envelopes. It is a unique mini Christmas card project that is fun to do with your children on a snowy day. Click here to learn more >>
These DIY lip balms are not only healthy for your lips, but they make great stocking stuffers. Found on theseasonedmom.com the project only requires 3 ingredients, I've made these myself and have to say that I prefer them over store bought lip balms because they keep my lips hydrated much longer. To learn how to make these gifts for your friends and family, CLICK HERE >>
'tis the season for an invigorating peppermint scrub. This DIY project makes a great gift for the women on your Christmas list. Found on meatloafandmelodrama.com this scrub uses only four ingredients. To learn how to make yours CLICK HERE >>
VG Invites is excited to announce a brand new line of invitations. Victoria has been working hard to develop her brand new line of MS Word invitation templates. They’re customizable, easy to use, editable, and printable.
From a DIY perspective, it might feel as though making your own invites would help you save money but in the long run, there are plenty of ways to get some great designs without having to deal with the extra stress of getting your invitations “just right”. If you don’t have any experience designing invitations, flyers, or adverts, it can feel like a daunting task to create your own plan. DIY invitations don’t have to be created from scratch by you. Buying a template online is a great option for a Do It Yourself invitation.
Enter, the MS Word invitation template. As long as you’re fairly savvy in MS Word, these templates will be a breeze to customize. It is a great money saving option as well.
Unfortunately, due to license restrictions, fonts are not included but if you open the editable invitations template in MS Word, you will be able to choose your favorite font. It is fully customizable:
Printing and Cutting It Down
Since it is printable at home, you can choose the style and quality of paper that you want. Perhaps you want a thick cardstock in a certain color to match your theme or perhaps you want a fun, lightweight invitation for your daughter’s birthday party. Something that she can carry in bulk to her classroom. You can choose to print at home, which is the more accessible and easiest option. This may mean buying some test sheets of paper to see which sheets work well with your printer. However, there is the option of taking it to a print shop or a print station at your local mailing or office supply store.
While you don’t need a professional grade paper cutter, rotary cutter, and tape gun to cut out your own printable invitations, remember that the amount of time and money you put into your invitations will determine how it looks in the end. You can find a great paper cutter and rotary cutter at your local art store for as low as $25. A 12-inch rotary paper trimmer is a great investment and will work for a number of different projects.
For printing and cutting instructions click here >> VG Invites Printing and Cutting Instructions.
If don't wish to do it yourself, Victoria will be happy to customize your invitation for you. Once it is made, she will send you a high quality printable file. Convo her at www.VGInvites.etsy.com for more information. Check out the brand new line of MS Word invitation templates from VG Invites here https://www.etsy.com/shop/vginvites?section_id=19147546. Remember to check often because more designs are on the way.
Do you have a question, idea, suggestion, or comment for VG Invites? Victoria would love to hear from you! Don’t forget to jot down your thoughts in the comment section below!