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As promised here, this is the blog post about the hands/feet wreath in the middle of our Christmas mantle.

I found this on Pinterest and I knew I had to try it!

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I had supplies.  I had green cardstock in two different shades.  I had red cardstock scraps and a circle hole punch.  I also had a paper plate to make the process of wreath-creating much easier.

I took two full 12in x 12in sheets of green cardstock in a light shade and a dark shade.

I took M’s hand and traced it out.

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Sorry so blurry.  It was hard enough keeping her still to trace her hand, so you could imagine how hard it was for me to try to trace her hand AND take a picture at the same time!

After I did her hands, she wanted her feet traced too.  The pinterest project doesn’t feature feet, but I figure we could take some creative license and add some feet.  So I took the other shade of green cardstock and used that for her feet.

In the end, we had a stack of hands and feet.

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I cut a hole in the middle of a paper plate, covered it with glue and we just started sticking the hands and feet down.  It took a bit of guidance from me to make sure we made it circular.  She had fun sticking things down in the “goopy glue.”

I used my 1in circle hole punch to punch out several red circles out of a piece of red scrap cardstock.  I put down blobs of glue and allowed M to stick them down where the blobs of glue were.

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I’m sure we could have covered the paper plate better buy adding more hands and feet, but the amount of hands and feet we had were just the right amount to keep her attention.

Have I told you how much I love having a three-year old during Christmas time?!

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I’m learning that any festive holiday with a three year old is fun.  She LOVED Halloween.  Now she’s totally embracing the Christmas spirit.

So far, we done several Christmas crafts.  I featured one here and plan on showing you more before the month ends..

We put the tree up early because of this unpredictable pregnancy and have been letting M have free reign over all the decorating.  It’s a four foot pre-lit tree, just her size, she she’s been having a blast putting all sorts of things on it.

This is what our tree currently looks like.

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Ignore the mess.

With Hubby’s help, she wrapped the garland around the tree.  At one point, she hung the light clips around the tree as decoration.  Light clips are clips that you install outside to make hanging lights from the house easier.  They aren’t really made for tree decorations, but I let her imagination go wild.

Sure, it’s not gorgeous, but it’s made with the love of a three year old.  To me, that makes the tree perfect.

This is the first year that we have a mantle to hang stockings from.  Last year, in the apartment, we just thumb-tacked them to the wall  This year, we hung them.
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M got to choose her own stocking this year, so she chose the white bear.  Last year, she had the tiny pink one.  This year, that tiny pink one is for her soon-to-arrive baby sister.  Next year, who knows what the mantle will look like!

Hubby added some left over lights to the mantle and we just love it!

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That little wreath was a Christmas craft that M and I did using her hands and feet.  I plan on making a post about it soon.

We also plan on creating little Christmas trees using popsicle sticks to add on top of the tinsel for added decoration.

I’ve always loved Christmas.  I love it so much more being a mother!!!

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Before bed, M and I sometimes browse Pinterest on my phone.

She LOVES looking through the Christmas pins, so we’ve been finding some toddler-friendly Christmas crafts to do.

One big shopping trip to Joann’s later, we had enough supplies to start working on these Christmas crafts.

M and I started with this pin.  Clicking on the picture will take you directly to the pin.  Clicking here will take you directly to the pin’s website.

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These items were super easy to find at Joann’s AND they were reasonably priced.  All these items costs less than $10 and we have enough to make about 10-15 candy canes.  Perfect to hang around the Christmas tree this year.

M loved stringing the beads onto the pipe cleaners.  She started off following a traditional candy cane pattern of alternating red and white, but after awhile I let her just do her own thing.  After finishing the first candy cane, she was so proud of herself.  She held it so carefully so she wouldn’t ruin the shape and would look at it many times.

She wanted to make a second one.  She started off ok, but being three years old, the lure of just playing with the beads was just too strong.  So I finished the second one for her, and I let her continue to play with the beads.  We counted them, lined them up on the ground, and sorted them by color.  It was a great learning opportunity AND a super fun craft!

I can’t wait to work on more Pinterest Christmas projects with her!

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