Craftykins // DIY Gumball Bracelets

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins // DIY Gumball Bracelets

We all know December means peppermint and candy canes, but how about gumballs for a change?

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins // DIY Gumball Bracelets

This is a fun new take on the classic candy necklace, with a Christmas-y spin.  They’re perfect for topping gifts, stuffing stockings, or giving out as party favors.  You could even hang them on the tree as a whimsical ornament!

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins // DIY Gumball Bracelets

To make them, you’ll need:

gumballs {single color bags are available at party stores}

elastic thread

clean embroidery needle

ribbons

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins // DIY Gumball Bracelets

Thread your needle with the elastic thread and then carefully pierce each gumball, working slowly to string the gumballs like beads.  Work slowly, as the gumballs have a tendency to crack when you’re making the second hole.

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins // DIY Gumball Bracelets

After the bracelets are your desired length, knot the elastic thread and trim any excess.  Then cover the knot with a pretty coordinating ribbon.

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins // DIY Gumball Bracelets

Craftykins // DIY Decorations

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // DIY Decorations

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With less than two weeks until Christmas, if you haven’t started putting up your decorations, it’s not too late.  Here are some simple DIY holiday decorations you can do today to give your home that festive feel.

Craftykins // Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // DIY Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

I can remember making these simple Christmas ornaments as a little girl.   They’re easy, kid-friendly, and will make your kitchen smell divine!

To make about two dozen ornaments {depending on the size of your cookie cutters}, you’ll need:

1 cup applesauce

1 cup cinnamon {plus a bit extra for rolling out dough}

2 tablespoons ground cloves

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until everything is well incorporated and a dough forms.  This is easiest using your hands.

Note: even though only food ingredients are used, don’t eat these!

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // DIY Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Roll out dough, sprinkling extra cinnamon as you would flour to prevent sticking to the rolling pin and counter.

When dough is about 1/2 inch thick, use cookie cutters to cut out ornaments.

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // DIY Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Use a wooden skewer to poke a hole through each ornament.

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // DIY Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Place ornaments on a cookie sheet and bake in a 225 degree oven for about an hour.  Ornaments should be rock hard and completely dried out when they’re done.

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // DIY Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

After the ornaments have cooled, thread a piece of twine through each hole and hang!