Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas craft + toy = hours of entertainment!

I LOVE crafts that are cheap, easy, fun to do and provide my daughter something to play with. Can't get any better than that, right?
So start with a cookie sheet from the dollar store. Make sure it's a steel one, not aluminum. Magnets won't stick to aluminum.
Then I cut out a tree shape and Mod Podged it to the cookie sheet.
Then coat it with a thick layer of Mod Podge. I think this would look extra cool with the glitter Mod Podge, but I didn't have any on hand....
Now get out your scrapbook paper scraps, your buttons, rhinestones, and some magnet strips.
I cut out some to look like presents, and some to look like ornaments, and one for the star. I glued the paper to cardboard, then stuck magnets on the back and put a layer of mod podge on the top.
You can see the magnets on the back. Then I found my glitter glue (also from the dollar store) and embellished the ornaments and made ribbons on the presents. I glued rhinestone hearts to the buttons as well. Here it is, all ready for a little girl to play with!This was so easy to create, it was cheap, and it will store relatively flat when she's not playing with.
My daughter has really enjoyed it. I'm thinking of lots of variations for her to play with!


  1. Great idea! Thanks for sharing ;)

  2. What a great idea. I'll keep this in mind for when my great great grandchild gets a little older.

  3. I love this idea! You could go all kinds of directions with it--birthday cake, cars, paper dolls. Plus, you could print the magnets on the magnet paper from your computer if you are lazy like me!

  4. This is FABULOUS! My little one was old enough to "help" decorate the tree this year and she loved it. I think I'll make her one of these for our upcoming holiday car trips. I think she'll love it!

    Thanks for the idea!