Scrabble Tile Photo Ornaments etc etc etc

19 Dec

Only 5 days til Christmas folks!  Got last minute peeps you need gifts for?  Hate shopping this late in the season because all the good stuff is gone, little old ladies are hitting you with their handbags, there’s a major snow storm coming and a partridge in a pear tree drank the last of your eggnog?  Well, have no fear, because the Crafty Dummy is here!  (I’m a total infomercial right now, aren’t I?)

First handmade gift for you all is this adorable Scrabble Tile photo ornament.  Super easy to make, takes mere minutes and is great for teachers, grandparents and aunts and uncles!  You need hot glue, scrabble tiles, ribbon and cardboard.  IMG_6610Lay out your tiles and spell out whatever words you want.  Mine just happen to be Winter themed, but I chose words that describe Big A’s favorite season.  I glued them to the cardboard I had already cut to the size I wanted.  I tied a bow (I suck at bows) and glued that to the top, leaving a loop for an ornament hook.  I trimmed down Big A’s school picture and glued it to the backing inside the frame.  Cute, eh?  I thought so!

No Scrabble tiles handy?  You can’t go wrong with giving the gift of tasty treats!  The chocolate covered marshmallow treats were very easy toIMG_6618 mIMG_6617ake, and bonus . . . Gluten Free!  You need a bag of marshmallows, the larger ones work nicely.  A bag of lollipop sticks, which you can get at the craft store, or tooth picks if you don’t want to go to the store!  A bag of whatever flavor chocolate chips you like (dark, semi sweet, milk chocolate, white . . .) Sprinkles!   Pour the chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and start with 1 minute on a low setting, or defrost.  Stir and do for 30 seconds, stir . . . keep doing this until they are melted but be VERY careful not to burn them!  Stick your lollipop sticks or toothpicks, one into each marshmallow and dip in the chocolate.  I also used a plastic knife to smooth out the chocolate so it coated evenly.  While the chocolate is still warm, shake sprinkles over your marshmallows.  Once they are all done, pop them into the freezer for about 5 minutes to cool the chocolate.  I keep mine in the fridge because I love cold chocolate . . . but you don’t have to keep them cool.

How about the kids?  They like to get involved in the gift making too, right?  My kids LOVED making and painting salt dough ornaments for the tree, and one batch made enough that they were able to give away a few too!  You need 1cup salt, 1 cup flour and 1/2 cup water.  Mix well, roll out on floured surface, cut out or sculpt shapes (we used Christmas cookie cutters) Poke a hole in the tops of the ornaments with a straw  and bake on a greased cookie sheet for about 2 hours at 200 degrees.  If you want, you can just let them sit our for 2 days to air dry . . . but I’d rather bake them so the kids can paint them sooner!  We used regular acrylic paints to decorate them.  You could do glitter, modpodge photos onto them . . .whatever you want!  Notice the green ninja ornament?  Gee, think my kids like Lego Ninjago or something?


Need more ideas?  Check out my archives for great DIY gifts that will cost under $10 and won’t take more than an hour!  Merry Christmas !






One Response to “Scrabble Tile Photo Ornaments etc etc etc”


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