Friday, January 4, 2013

Super Secret Christmas Project 2012

Hello and Happy Friday! :)  First Friday of 2013!  Whoo hoo!

Now that all of the intended recipients have received their handmade Christmas gift from Annaliese, we can finally share with you what they were!  :)

While browsing Pinterest, I came across 2 fun and easy ideas to give as Christmas gifts from Annaliese.

First : A "Hand"-made ornament.

1/2 cup of all purpose white flour
1/2 cup of salt
Approximately 1/4 cup of cold water (I had to add a tiny bit more, but didn't measure)

Mix it and knead it with your hands and presto!  You have dough!

Roll it flat to about 1/4'-1/2' thick, get a hand imprint, then cut out the hand leaving about 1/4' around.

*If you're making them into hanging ornaments, make sure you make a hole for the ribbon before baking them.

Bake at 200 degrees for 4 hours.

Justin and I got creative and each made an ornament for Annaliese too 

Here's the finished product, after some acrylic paint, a sharpie and some ribbon!

We loved how they turned out and the family loved receiving them!  We are thinking of doing one every year and having them hanging in chronological order on our wall at Christmas time, but we'll see if that actually happens :)

Second : just for the grandparents, we bought some pre-stretched  canvas frames from Michaels and took Annaliese's foot prints and made them into pictures.  (Also inspired by Pinterest)

We're very pleased with how these turned out and Justin and I (and Annaliese too) really enjoyed making these for our family.  It was really inexpensive, very simple, very fun and most importantly, very treasured because handmade gifts from young ones are the best.  :)


  1. Super cute!! I'd seen the "Mistletoes" one on Pinterest and LOVED it! - definitely keeping that one in my back pocket for when God graces us with another child!

    I hadn't seen the Santa hand ornament and it is super cute!
    Way to go, crafty momma! (And daddy!!)

    I had thought about posting my DIY Christmas gifts on my blog today too...

    1. Thank you, and YES we do think alike! :) I actually loved to do crafts like back in the girl scout days...but haven't done it for YEARS and I didn't realize how much I missed it until now. I'm slowly getting back into it :) Having a kid to do crafts with makes it more fun!

  2. These are so cute! I especially love the little Santa hand ornament...sorta wishing I had a baby so I could make one next year.*

    *"sorta"= for a split second sometimes I want a baby, but only a split second, because I already have 3 kids and that is enough.

    1. Yeah 3 is a good number! Probably the number we'll end at, but Lord knows! Thanks for the compliment, friend! Maybe we can meet up someday and make our own handprint ornaments. #CauseAdultsCanBeSuperCoolLikeThatToo ;)

  3. So cute! Love the footprints. I don't think my 9yo would go for that ;)

    1. Haha! Thank you! They do have extra large pre-stretched canvas frames ;)

  4. I love the hand ornaments. I'm stealing the idea ;)

    1. Go for it! I've already stolen it! :) hehe!


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