Making a fun craft for the holidays with decorating Gingerbread M&M’s

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The holidays is by far my favorite time of year because this is the time of year when I have a good excuse for baking up a storm! One thing I do know for sure is that we definitely are going to make some gingerbread cookies and decorate them, because it fills the need for making a holiday craft too. JP is mostly excited to get to squeeze frosting on to each one and bring it to life with some M&M’s, so he’s all on board with whole decorating gingerbread cookies idea.

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Since the objective was just for decorating, I didn’t bother to fuss with a recipe from scratch. Instead I used a basic mix for gingerbread cookies and paired it with some  royal icing made from egg whites, sugar and vanilla.

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They cut out evenly and nicely with the cookie cutter and were baked to perfection in just 8 minutes. Once they cooled, it was time for decorating!

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I thought these ‘gingerbread cookie’ flavored M&M’s would make the perfect buttons! These are sold exclusively at Walmart this season incase you are looking for this specific flavor. I dug deeper in the pantry and discovered some mini chocolate chips, which also doubled nicely as eyes.

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Gingerbread cookies craft -#HolidayMM #cbias #shop

 

And……Ta Da!!!

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You can guess which part of this was his favorite!

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Once JP got to decorate and eat his 1 cookie, he suddenly lost interest in the cookies and left it for me. Gladly, I took over and started to get all fancy. It’s really hard to push that royal icing through the nozzle, but I did my best.

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Gingerbread cookies craft -#HolidayMM #cbias #shop

Looking to find the M&M’s I used to make these? Look no further than your local Walmart in the holiday candy section. 1 bag retails for 2.88$, but with the 1$ off coupon found here, it takes it down to 1.88$!

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Pictures are worth a thousand words – so if ideas is what you seek then check out this pinterest board featuring all the talented bloggers making something fun for the holidays with M&M’s.

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Making Halloween Ghost Pops with Cottonelle Triple Roll Tissue from Target

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Ghost pops are the easiest craft in the world – it’s fun & simple, and you can have your kids help. This week, I began preparing some of these adorable halloween treats using dumdums, pipe cleaners, Cottonelle Triple Roll & some markers.

I started this craft by tearing off squares of the Cottonelle bath tissue that I purchased this week from Target because of the coupon I found for Cottonelle Triple Roll. Using two squares per dumdum, I carefully wrapped the pop without ripping the tissue. Since it was so soft and strong – this wasn’t an issue. Once I had it covered, I secured it with a small piece of pipe cleaner.

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All that I had left was to draw a face with the markers. Using JP’s crayola markers, I made two black dots for eyes and one red one for a mouth – and done! I went ahead and made a bunch of these to make grab bags for trick or treaters and also to pass out at JP’s school. Kiddos get such a kick out of things like this!

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…And that’s it! Pass these out for halloween, and you will have many excited little monsters! Be sure to shop at Target to get your 12 roll pack of Cottonelle Triple Roll and use this coupon to get a carton of tissues FREE with the purchase! Hurry, because supplies are limited!

 

Creating Studded and Glittered Pumpkins inspired by The Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club

I wrote this post as part of a sponsored campaign with The Dollar Tree and The Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

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This week I decided to visit my local dollar tree in search of some halloween decorations, because I was so inspired by all the halloween crafts I saw within the pages of the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club. The Dollar Tree is such a great place for getting raw craft materials, I love picking up obscure items and finding a different purpose than what it was intended for.

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad I picked up a few things while I was there, like these carvable pumpkins and a package of thumbtacks for studs. I picked up a few other items, such as a package of permanent markers, glitter, school glue, glitter glue pens, white out & foam brushes.

My favorite thing to do when I get home from craft materials shopping is to lay it all out and look at what I got to work with – then I let the ideas swirl around, while I figure out what to do…

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I decided to start with the permanent black markers, and color the entire pumpkin black, since I thought it would glide on smoothly. To my delight – it did! Once I had it all colored, I placed gold thumbtacks in each of the pumpkin’s crevices in a vertical line.

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad

I like my black & gold studded pumpkin, but for my next one, I was wanting to do something a little more spooky… I wanted a white pumpkin! Since there’s no good white paint at The Dollar Tree, I decided to improvise and use liquid pen corrector (white out) as a white paint. Sounds kookie, but it worked perfectly!

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Once it was all painted with the white out and dried, I got out one of my red glitter pens, and made it a bleeding pumpkin!

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad

I was having so much fun with the glitter and glue, I didn’t want to stop! I got out my white school glue and foam brush to lay down some glue for the glitter to rest on.

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad

These were the easiest crafts ever! It’s a perfect one to share with your kids, cause I’ve never met a kid who didn’t like glitter and glue.

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad

Glittered and Studded Pumpkins - a Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club craft #ValueSeekersClub #ad

Enter in my giveaway for 100$ giftcard to The Dollar Tree so you can come up with your own holiday inspired craft from The Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club.

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See what all the other talented bloggers in this campaign came up with too!

 

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