KID TABLE CRAFT // Painted Ornament Placemats

Holiday Kid Table Decor- Ornament Placemat

You guys! It’s the eleventh hour. Advent season is almost over, and the kids won’t stop asking me to do crafts and eat snacks. Literally. All day. Every day. I thought this week we’d whip together an easy craft that would harness our festive energy (errr… make that their festive energy!), satisfy their desire for cheese and crafts, with the added benefit of making the holiday kids table the happening place to be.

Lucy and I created these easy and fun ornament placemats with a bit of tablecloth vinyl and some acrylic paint we had on hand. It was so fast and easy, just like these fun cheddar and colby cheese shapes from Horizon Organic! This kids table was a breeze to create, but the make-your-own-cracker-sandwich spread was the real star of the show. Oh, and did I mention there was chocolate milk? Thanks, Horizon for partnering with me on this fun kid-centric activity! For two seconds the girls quit asking me for gingerbread cookies.

I hope this little craft can inspire you to have a little fun crafting with your kiddos before the big day.

Holiday Kid Table Decor- Ornament Placemat

Holiday Kid Table Decor- Ornament Placemat

 

Holiday Kid Table Decor- Ornament Placemat

PAINTED ORNAMENT PLACEMATS

Supplies:
– vinyl fabric, such as the felt-backed material I used
– marker
– scissors
– painter’s tape
– acrylic paint and brushes

STEP ONE: Trace a round plate or circular platter, adding a square object at one end for the top of your ornament. Be careful using a permanent marker, though I was able to remove some marks that I accidentally got onto my ceramic plate.

STEP TWO: Cut out the shape you traced in step one.

Holiday Kid Table Decor- Ornament Placemat

Holiday Kid Table Decor- Ornament Placemat

STEP THREE: Tape off Stripes on the vinyl fabric using painter’s tape. This step was also handy to keep the placement securely in place on my paper-covered table. It made it easier for Lucy to paint.

I gave Lucy four paint colors to choose from and told her she could make each stripe one color, or have fun blending the colors together and painting it as crazy as she wanted. She decided to just do one color per stripe, as you can see!

Holiday Kid Table Decor- Ornament Placemat

STEP FOUR: Remove the painter’s tape and allow the acrylic paint to dry. It only take a few minutes if the paint isn’t on there too thick.

Holiday Kid Table Decor- Ornament Placemat

I put a kraft paper table runner on the girls little table, and considered giving them markers to doodle on it. I may feel braver on Christmas day. But this time around I just cut out wax paper circles to display the fun cheese shapes I pulled right out of the Horizon Organic bags. No need to take the time to use cookie cutters and then figuring out what to do with the scrap pieces. I also placed bowls of organic nitrate-free pepperoni and crackers on the table so the girls could make their own cheese sandwich crackers. It’s a favorite snack of theirs, and paired with chocolate milk, becomes a really special treat!

Holiday Kid Table Decor- Ornament Placemat

I have a feeling the girls won’t mind being sent to the kids table when things get real crazy right before our Christmas feast. We’re excited to bake a big ol’ turkey in our brand new oven, but that doesn’t mean I’m a little nervous about pulling everything off! And in the midst of the crazy, I’m ready to keep the children’s bellies happy with a little snack to hold them over.

What are your go-to snacks to keep your kiddos happy before dinnertime? I’m telling you, cheese is a life-saver at our house! :)

Follow Horizon Organic on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook for more fun snacking ideas! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Our Home for the Holidays

Modern Christmas Decor

It took me a few weeks longer than I wanted, but I did it! I decorated our home for Christmas. Errr… make that, I decorated our living room and parts of our kitchen for Christmas. I’m excited to share the before/after of our living room with you, but consider this a very generous, festive look at the “after” before my detailed post goes live in a week or two!

I had hoped to have most of our first floor renovations complete before the holidays, because decorating for Christmas is one of my greatest joys. But we were able to finish up the living room this December and at least make one room merry and bright! I’m very much looking forward to when our entryway will be completed next Christmas. Draping garland on a stairway railing has been a lifelong dream of mine that I’ll finally be able to accomplish! We didn’t have stairs at our last house, or a mantle, so I sort of felt jipped every Christmas. Funny enough, though I designed this fireplace in our new home, I opted against using a mantle. But! At least I have stair railings.

Modern Christmas Decor

When I shared our Christmas tree on Instagram stories in November, I received a bunch of messages asking where we got it. This is actually the large version of the small trees we had on our dining room cabinet last year. (Check out last year’s decor here.) It’s 9′ tall, though the bottom is pretty far off the ground, so it doesn’t feel super large. I found this silver feather tree on Wayfair, and there are multiple sizes available. (We have three different sizes because I love it that much!) It’s not called a “tinsel tree” or an “aluminum tree,” so I just just stumbled on it when looking for champagne trees, and am so glad! It’s absolutely perfect for our home.

We will be using our old tree in another room next year when more spaces are complete. But this year, we have this one tree, and it feels pretty magical.

Modern Christmas Decor

Our sunroom is kind of chilly this time of year, so we don’t spend much time in here, though it’s warm enough that my plants are happy. I have draped some bead and homemade pom pom garlands over the door and hung my favorite glittery peace wreath in front of the doors. The doors stay closed most of the time, but I opened them for this cozy photo!



Modern Christmas Decor

When Phil and I were newlyweds, I used a lot of red and green in our home’s decor all through the year, so it felt natural to use a lot of it at Christmastime. But now that I’ve honed my home’s style a bit more and have gathered favorite things through the years, I have a more specific vision of festive decor, and surprise! It’s mostly neutral. I like to use lots of white and winter themed items, because we can keep them up longer, but also because it fits my home’s style. I also add more glam this time of year because, well, ’tis the season! Disco balls, glitter, and silver tinsel aren’t things you’ll see me use any other time of year, but it would seem I can’t get enough of it at Christmas!

Next year I may add more natural elements like homemade cedar garland, but we’ll see how the spirit moves me. :) More rooms will be ready, so I may even do different themes in different rooms! Am I a little Christmas crazy? Why yes, yes I am.

Modern Christmas Decor

Modern Christmas Decor

I found these paper globe lantern lights at Target, and bought the last three they had in stock. No regrets! I’m only using one in the living room for Christmas cheer, but I plan on using the other strings year-round in the kiddo spaces of our home when those are complete. They’re so fun, glowing and cozy in the evening, but when they’re unplugged, they still look nice hanging there by the window!

The silver peace wreath hanging on our french doors was found at World Market a year or two ago. But I saw a friend of mine made her own myrtle version this year, and I thought it was perfect!

Modern Christmas Decor



Modern Christmas Decor

Our new TV is hung by the chimney with care, but the stocking are still tucked away, because, well, I had planned to hang them on the stair rail, and as you know, the entryway isn’t looking very festive just yet. But! We are just so elated to be able to gather in our finished living room to watch Christmas movies and read Christmas books together as a family. We watched my childhood favorite, The Muppet Christmas Carol, with the kids over the weekend, and it was a smashing success. 

What’s your family’s favorite movie to watch this time of year? We love the Polar Express too, but I’m still looking for a really good one about baby Jesus. In the meantime we love that A Christmas Carol teaches about the perils of greed and the joy of giving. xo

Modern Christmas Decor

Gifts from the Kiddos- Canvas Artwork

kiddo artwork

Do you remember picking out gifts for your adult family members when you were a kiddo? I do, and most of the time it was snoring boring. Adults just didn’t want things that I thought were fun to give! It’s a wonderful thing to teach children the joy of giving, and I discovered a way to get my children super excited about family gift giving this year— We took a couple of days out of our week to make gifts.

Alright, so the thing about homemade gifts is that while they are often fun to give, they’re not always so fun to receive! Of course, loving grandparents will cherish anything their grandkiddos gift them in earnest, but I wanted to make it easier for Lucy and Juniper’s family to really use and enjoy the gifts the girls made for them, so we settled on the things I’ve been most in awe of as far as their kiddo talents go: abstract paintings!

kiddo artwork

The girls always love to paint. Give them a store receipt to paint and they’re thrilled, but give them an easel and a canvas? Suddenly their inner Matisse comes out! Such a thrill for them to do, and a joy for me to watch.

Below are the paintings the girls made over the course of two days. They’re really special paintings that I’d totally hang on my wall, so I’m certain Lucy and Junipers grandparents, aunts, and uncles will as well! Right now I’m working on framing them up to look very polished and much like something you’d pick up at a boutique or artisan market. Some of the frames will be natural, some stained dark, and some painted white. I was able to find quite a few small scraps of wood from my workshop to fashion the frames, so I’m pretty happy about that!

kiddo artwork

A lot of you have asked what kind of process we do when we let the kids paint, so I wanted to talk a bit about that. We used acrylic craft paints for these primed canvases, and I didn’t bring out all of the paint colors we have in our home. I selected the colors that I put into little glass bowls, and then they could choose from them as they worked on their canvases. Since they painted the canvases over the course of two days, I was able to have different paint colors for each session. For the first paint session I gave them pink, orange, teal, and brown. The second day they were able to use shades of green and blue and browns, but then we finished up with some pink and yellow per their request.

The reason I restricted the color scheme may be obvious, but I wanted to have finished paintings that would coordinate well with the gift recipients’ homes. The girls would’ve chosen wild colors and create a brownish mashup after all of their blending (I’m looking at you, Juniper!), and something like that wouldn’t be as special hanging on the wall, even if it is framed.

kiddo artwork

 

As far as their technique goes, I did try to guide them when they painted the large canvas for our living room (mostly because it was such a huge space for them to work with), but this time around I just let them go to town, occasionally suggesting they try a certain color of quit when it looked nice, but literally every time I made a suggestion it was ignored! Ha!

I did ask them not to dip a brush with one color of paint on it into a bowl with a different color of paint. I spent quite a bit of time washing and drying brushes as they painted, but we tried to designate certain brushes for certain colors of paint. That didn’t always go over very well. They were little divas telling me to wash their brushes. But hey! At least they listened and didn’t make all of the bowls of paint brown from mixing.

We will eventually talk about mixing paint and I can teach them about making new colors after blending, but right now they’re not too interested in learning. They just love the process, so I give them some parameters so they can create something really lovely with their efforts.

kiddo artwork

I will say, the first day we painted, Juniper had a little meltdown when we finished up. Poor thing! She was having so much fun. However, she was ready for a nap. I learned from that experience and the next day we began painting after she woke up from her nap and had enjoyed a little snack. Much better!

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