99 Days of Christmas

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Here is an easy Christmas craft that even kids can do. What I love about these Marshmallow Snowmen is that they can be made with items that you either already have in your home or can be found at any grocery store.

I've included what I spent on each item below and as you'll see, this is a very frugal craft too!

Items You'll Need
Large Marshmallows ($1)
Thin Ribbon (free - I trimmed the edge off of some thicker leftover ribbon)
White Frosting ($1.50 - or less if you make your own)
Food Coloring (had on hand - should be around $1.50 at most stores)
Rolos (.88)
Mini Peppermint Candies ($1.25 for an 8 pack)
Toothpick (had on hand)

How to Make Marshmallow Snowmen

1. Tie a short length of ribbon around the middle of the marshmallow.
2. Die White Frosting using food coloring. You'll need a little black for the eyes and buttons and orange for the nose.
3. Apply frosting as eyes, buttons and nose using a toothpick.
4. Attach Rolo to Peppermint Candies using white frosting
5. Attach hat to the marshmallow using the remaining frosting.

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Ok, I'm actually in love with this Homemade Christmas Decoration idea. It's a Christmas Village made out of cardboard!

What a fun way to create a custom decoration for your home while saving money in the process. If you don't have any cardboard boxes laying around, try asking your grocery store if they have a few extra.

Martha Stewart has all the instructions on how to make this decoration.

Want to see more Christmas ideas? Make sure to check out the complete 99 Days of Christmas series! Here are just a few of the ideas we have shared:

Homemade Christmas Snow Globes
Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies: Made with Boxed Cake Mix
Homemade Advent Calendars: 5 Ideas to Spark Your Creativity
Single Serving Pies in a Jar
Homemade Christmas Decoration Balls
Earn Extra Money for the Holidays: Top Rated Survey Companies
Homemade Hot Chocolate Kits
Simple Christmas Centerpieces
Reindeer Food
Cookie Cutter Wreath

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A few days ago I shared the Homemade Ribbon Christmas Card Holder. Well, here is another idea for a creative use for Christmas cards...turn them into a piece of art!

This picture is from Better Homes and Gardens and all they did was cut out the cards and add some ribbon. Make sure to bring a coupon to your local crafting store to get an inexpensive frame.

Want to see more Christmas ideas? Make sure to check out the complete 99 Days of Christmas series! Here are just a few of the ideas we have shared:

Homemade Christmas Snow Globes
Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies: Made with Boxed Cake Mix
Homemade Advent Calendars: 5 Ideas to Spark Your Creativity
Single Serving Pies in a Jar
Homemade Christmas Decoration Balls
Earn Extra Money for the Holidays: Top Rated Survey Companies
Homemade Hot Chocolate Kits
Simple Christmas Centerpieces
Reindeer Food
Cookie Cutter Wreath

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I think these Homemade Scrabble Ornaments are adorable. Think of how many different things you could do with these! Here are a few ideas:

-Favorite Sports Teams
-Names of Friends and Family
-"Hope", "Love", "Peace" and "Joy"

You know what else I think would be really neat? I know we don't have ton of guy readers here on Bargain Blessings, but I think it would be pretty cool for someone who wants to propose over the holidays to hang four of these homemade ornaments on a tree..."Will", "You", "Marry" and "Me". :) And that way you could also keep them forever!

For more details on how to make these ornaments make sure to stop by My Sweet Savannah.

Want to see more Christmas ideas? Make sure to check out the complete 99 Days of Christmas series! Here are just a few of the ideas we have shared:

Homemade Christmas Snow Globes
Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies: Made with Boxed Cake Mix
Homemade Advent Calendars: 5 Ideas to Spark Your Creativity
Single Serving Pies in a Jar
Homemade Christmas Decoration Balls
Earn Extra Money for the Holidays: Top Rated Survey Companies
Homemade Hot Chocolate Kits
Simple Christmas Centerpieces
Reindeer Food
Cookie Cutter Wreath

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Christmas is almost here and depending on your friends and family, you may be just about to get overrun with Christmas cards. This Homemade Ribbon Christmas card holder from Better Homes and Gardens is the perfect solution.

I will say that their instructions on how to make these are not terribly detailed, but it sounds like all you'll need is some ribbon, a wreath hanger and double stick tape. They say to stick the ribbon together, but I bet some crafting glue would work just fine. ;)

Want to see more Christmas ideas? Make sure to check out the complete 99 Days of Christmas series! Here are just a few of the ideas we have shared:

Homemade Christmas Snow Globes
Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies: Made with Boxed Cake Mix
Homemade Advent Calendars: 5 Ideas to Spark Your Creativity
Single Serving Pies in a Jar
Homemade Christmas Decoration Balls
Earn Extra Money for the Holidays: Top Rated Survey Companies
Homemade Hot Chocolate Kits
Simple Christmas Centerpieces
Reindeer Food
Cookie Cutter Wreath

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I'm frequently asked for ideas of what to do with leftover newspapers besides throwing them in the recycling bin. Well, here is a great one for you....Homemade Newspaper Trees!

I think these are just gorgeous and am looking forward to making a few this winter! Here is everything you'll need to put these trees together:

Sculpey clay
6mm thick knitting needle
Felt
Craft glue
Clear glass glitter
Receipt spike (optional)
6-by-6-inch card stock
Newspaper
Utility knife
Bone folder
Adhesive spray
Hot-glue gun and glue
Dresden stars

This idea can from Martha Stewart and they have all of the details on how to create your own masterpiece newspaper tree.
Want to see more Christmas ideas? Make sure to check out the complete 99 Days of Christmas series! Here are just a few of the ideas we have shared:

Homemade Christmas Snow Globes
Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies: Made with Boxed Cake Mix
Homemade Advent Calendars: 5 Ideas to Spark Your Creativity
Single Serving Pies in a Jar
Homemade Christmas Decoration Balls
Earn Extra Money for the Holidays: Top Rated Survey Companies
Homemade Hot Chocolate Kits
Simple Christmas Centerpieces
Reindeer Food
Cookie Cutter Wreath

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How cute are these Waterless Homemade Christmas Snow Globes?!? I love them and love that they will not make a big watery mess even if they are dropped. This image comes from Bread and Honey Blog. Unfortunately she does not give much of a description on how she put these together, but from what I can guess you just:

1. Glue some decorations to the lid

2. After the glue dries completely, fill the jar with fake snow flakes.

3. Put the lid on and you've got yourself a homemade snow globe!

Want to see more homemade Christmas ideas? Make sure to check out the complete 99 Days of Christmas series!

Have you ever made a homemade snow globe? How did it turn out and do you have any tips on making them?

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We are big Red Velvet fans in our house, so when my daughter recently asked me to make something for a school bake sale, I started looking around for ideas and found Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies. Needless to say we just had to try them out!

The main ingredient in this recipe is actually a Red Velvet Cake Mix, so they are quite simple to make. I had never made cookies using a cake mix before, so I wasn't exactly sure how they would turn out. I was so pleasantly surprised at how well it worked out, and now I'm really interested in finding out what other types of cookies I might be able to make using a cake mix!
I used a Duncan Hines Recipe but made a few alterations. This particular recipe only calls for 1 egg but I used 2 eggs, which made the dough a bit moister and easier to work with. Because I'm also considered "high altitude" I added 1/4c. of flour to the mix. As you will notice, the recipe also instructs you to roll the dough into a log and refrigerate. I didn't find this to be necessary, as I just made sure to allow the eggs to reach close to room temperature and the butter to cool before adding them to the mix. I then gently rolled the dough into balls using about a 1TBS of dough and placed them on the cookie sheet for baking. It was not necessary to flatten them before hand, as they just baked up wonderfully all on their own. You will want them to remain quite soft, so I only allowed them to bake for about 10 minutes, but did make sure to let them rest on the cookie sheet for just a few minutes before transferring them to the cooking rack. This way they kept there shaped well, and insured that they didn't fall apart.

Once they cooled I placed a generous spoon full of cream cheese frosting in the middle of one cookie and gently pressed another cookie on top to form a sandwich. Super simple and amazing delicious! I was so glad that we were donating most of these to the school bake sale or I would have eaten entirely too many! They really are amazing, and would make an awesome little treat to share with friends and neighbors for the holidays. The festive red coloring lends itself perfectly to this, and I think if you placed a few in a cute cellophane bag with a homemade tag tied around the top, your recipients would be quite impressed as well. :)

We would love to hear if you decide to give this recipe a try and what you think about it! If you are anything like me, it might just become a new addition to holiday baking repertoire!

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An Advent Calendar can be a great way to get the whole family involved in the countdown to Christmas! Event better, a homemade Advent Calendar can be created as a family to add to the excitement. Here are five different creative homemade Advent Calendar ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Use the numbers in the Homemade Advent Calendar guide above to get more details on how calendar was created:

1. Baby Sock Advent Calendar by Martha Stewart
2. Family Activity Advent Calendar by Canadian Family
3. Triangle Advent Calendar by Adam and Julie
4. Advent in a Jar by Zombie and Prejudice
5. Origami Advent Calendar by Homemade Gifts Made Easy

Want to see more Christmas ideas? Make sure to check out the complete 99 Days of Christmas series! Here are just a few of the ideas we have shared:

Homemade Christmas Snow Globes
Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies: Made with Boxed Cake Mix
Single Serving Pies in a Jar
Homemade Christmas Decoration Balls
Earn Extra Money for the Holidays: Top Rated Survey Companies
Homemade Hot Chocolate Kits
Simple Christmas Centerpieces
Reindeer Food
Cookie Cutter Wreath

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Here is another homemade gift idea that I think would be perfect for a neighbor, or anyone else that you would like to surprise a warm delicious treat during the holidays! Instead of making an entire pie and having to deal with either disposable pie plates or asking for your pie pan back, check out these Single Serving Pies which are made in a jar!

My favorite part about these? You can make them in advance and freeze them! How awesome is that?!? Check out Our Best Bites for the recipe and instructions to make these yummy jars of goodness.

Want to see more homemade Christmas gift ideas? Make sure to check out the complete 99 Days of Christmas series!

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