Snowman With Kid’s Photo

This Snowman with a Kid’s Photo is a darling idea for displaying a child’s picture! They’ll get lots of laughs and giggles out of making their face appear on a snowman. Add a carrot nose for fun, too!  After all, winter is not over yet! At least in our area, it has just begun!

Snowman with Kid's Photo

For this project, you use inexpensive and basic materials which you already may have on hand.

Materials:

Photo of Child printed out on copy paper

White, Blue, Brown, and Black Construction Paper

White Felt (optional) I used felt because I liked the texture. Either paper or felt works fine! Kids can cut construction paper easier than felt.

White Paint

Sponge brush or small sponges for painting

Toothpick for painting the snowflakes

White Glitter (optional)

Fabric Glue or regular glue if using construction paper

 

Directions:

Take a photo and print a black and white or color copy on regular copy paper. Print size should be as big as you choose to make the snowman. Take a measurement of the photo and make a circle a 1/2 – 1 inch larger. You want a margin of white around the photo. I use this Best Art tool. It is so handy when you need to make circles a certain size. Check the link for more information about this tool!  Best Art and Craft Tool

I use this tool all the time!

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Make snowman out of white paper or felt. Start with the picture circle and make each one a bit larger.  Cut out the inside of the top circle and paste face behind the opening. (An adult needs to do this part for younger kids.)

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Paint the background on blue construction paper.  Add snow at the bottom with a sponge brush or other paint brush. (sponges work, too)

White glitter is optional….

To make it more 3-D, glue cotton over the paint.

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Now, glue the snowman on the background paper. Add hat, arms, and other details to the snowman. Finally, add “snow” using a toothpick in white paint.  Cut a “carrot” for a nose!

 

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To use as a school writing project, students write a story about their snowman or about things they like to do in the snow.

This is a fun project to do with any preschool through early elementary child. The end product becomes a keepsake! 

 

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Enjoy!

Phyllis 

 

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Reason for the Season – Nativity

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Reason for the Season – Nativity Set Tour

There has never been the birth of a child that has been internationally known and celebrated as is the birth of God’s Son, Jesus. He came to save a world that would kill Him. He loved us so much that He was willing to die to save us! What overwhelming love Jesus has for us!  Let the story of Christmas be celebrated and told around the world.

As we have traveled different places, instead of souvenirs, I decided to start a Nativity Set Collection from places that we’ve visited. Believe me, it is not always easy to find them, but I hunt them down. Some have been given to me as gifts from places I’ve never been. I always appreciate unique sets and like them especially when they reflect the culture. 

 

The first set I received was from my mom. She gave each daughter an Anri set from Italy. That started it….

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It is still a favorite! I love the expressions on the faces.

The next one is from Mexico. On our first trip to Puerto Vallarta many years ago, I found this sweet set. They have lots of Nativity sets, but I’ve never again found one as detailed from Mexico.

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The one on the left is carved from one piece of stone.  The one on the right is a slice of a nut. It is so unusual and measures only 1  1/2 inches wide and 1  3/4 inches tall.  This one was found at Tarpon Springs, Florida. These are the smallest in my collection!

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While this is not a set with Mary and Joseph, I loved just the manger. It is by Annalee.

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A Nativity Set made of small gourds from Columbia, So. America was a gift from a friend. Love all the detail!

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This pottery set is also from Columbia. The small gourd is from Mexico.

 

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Many years ago, I was on an adult exchange with Friendship Force (started by Jimmy Carter to foster friendships with other countries through adult exchanges). I went to Belarus and lived with a family for a week. It was a wonderful experience and we still keep in contact with the Belarussian family. Of course, I did find a Nativity set!

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These next few Nativity sets are from a trip through Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic visiting the Christmas markets.

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Two more small ones from Germany……

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The next two are from the Czech Republic Christmas markets.

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This one is made of dough. It has weathered pretty well for as many years as I’ve had it.

 

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The smaller nativity set is from Austria and the globe is from the U.S.A.

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On a visit to the Ozarks, these had to be in my collection!  The wood slice one is a favorite!

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 Ahhh! From Israel where Jesus was born!

 

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This is not all of my collection, but a look at some of the more unusual and favorites that I display every Christmas. My grandkids like to go around and find all the sets I have displayed.

This is the true meaning of Christmas and the “Reason for the Season”!

 Jesus, God’s Son, came to earth to pay our penalty for sin! We have the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ! That’s something to celebrate! 

Have a Blessed Christmas! 

Phyllis

 

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Winter Walks = Healthy Fun

Winter Walks Provide Healthy Fun for the Entire Family

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The temperature may be plummeting and the snow might be falling, but winter is a great time to get out into the bracing air and take a walk around local parks or even into the countryside.

Get your children bundled up into their warmest clothes and head outside on an adventure walk full of frost-covered forests and frozen lakes.

Warm clothing is vital

The winter weather is not a reason to sit huddled indoors watching the television and this is a beautiful time of the year for walks provided you take adequate protection. Warm clothing including those padded jackets with hoods, woolly hats and scarves are a must to keep out the chill. If you’re intending on rambling over some country terrain then invest in some durable, waterproofed footwear. The right footwear will make it a lot easier for children to scramble through snow and muddy paths without suffering the discomfort of getting their feet wet.

Get outside, get healthy

A good walk will help to beat that winter slump, can enhance your mood and is a great low-impact aerobics activity. Any type of exercise will bring health benefits and walking is an easy way to be healthy as well as allowing you to get that daily dose of vitamin D. Buy a pedometer for each person in the family and keep a record of how many footsteps you take on each walk – it only takes 2000 footsteps to complete one mile. With kids, you can make it a game and calculate the number of steps in one week! Not only are you getting exercise, but improving math skills, too!

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Turn walks into an adventure

If your children are slightly against the idea of heading outdoors then turn the walk into an adventure. Visit a special preserve, park, historical site, or countryside for your walk, Winter adds an extra dimension to walks due to the frost or snow-covered landscapes and it’s a great time for some family photographs. Adding some activities such as wildlife spotting or finding animal tracks can turn what would seem like a tedious chore for children into a fun activity. Kids love winter activities so get them away from video games and TV and have a winter adventure outside together!

Walking in groups is a fun social activity regardless of the season and it’s something that can be undertaken by people of all ages. Get the entire family involved, bring the dog and spend some time this weekend exploring new scenery and sights in and around your local area.

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Now instead of sitting inside, get out and take a walk! It’s beautiful, healthy and fun!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

 

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Hot Spiced Cider Punch

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On a cold winter evening, serve your guests Hot Spiced Cider Punch as they arrive. The aroma in the room will be so inviting and the hot punch will be just what is needed for a quick warm-up! What I like about it that it is ready to go when your guests arrive. There’s no last-minute preparation and anything left over is still good to use the next day. I use a large coffee percolator to keep it warm and ready to serve. This is a great non-alcoholic cider punch for any winter get-together.

  

Hot Spiced Cider Punch

1 gallon cider

1/2 cup sugar

1 stick cinnamon

5 whole cloves

Simmer these ingredients for 30 minutes.  You can make this in a saucepan over the stove or in a coffee urn.

When I use a coffee urn, I place the first ingredients in the basket and pour the cider in the coffee urn. I let it perk through the cycle and get hot. Then, I remove the basket and add the O.J., Lemon Juice, tea and mix together.

 

Add:

1/2 cup orange juice concentrate – do not dilute the concentrate

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon instant tea or 2 tea bags

Let everything get hot and serve.

 

 This is so quick and easy to make. We served this at the last Christmas women’s event at church and they loved it!

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Enjoy! 

Phyllis

 

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Christmas Tablescapes – Part 2

Christmas Tablescapes – Part 2 is another tour of the wonderful tablescapes that many women from our church did for the Christmas Extravaganza.   It’s a beautiful way to begin the Christmas season. I’m sure you’ll find lots of inspiration to spur your own ideas for your Christmas table. I hope you didn’t miss the first post, but if you did, here it is….. Christmas Tablescapes 2014

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I’ll first start with some traditional red, white, and green tablescapes!

Red and white  always make a striking tablesetting!

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Traditional red,  green, and white can be changed and dressed up many ways. The red candle centerpiece, surrounded by greenery and red berries, is set off by the addition of the white cutwork table-topper. Red and green patterned napkins add another festive touch.

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Use glittered branches lit with small lights and place in a vase. Accent the branches with red and silver balls and you have a quick centerpiece!

 

 

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Red, brown, and gold are the colors of the next Christmas tablescape. The color brown is repeated in the napkin rings, tablecloth, pinecones,  and twigs in the centerpiece.

 

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This year, I’ve seen lots of mixing of gold and silver. This table shows that trend.

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Burgundy, white, green, and gold are the next Christmas tablescape combination. The colors in the plates are repeated in the centerpiece, placemats, chargers and glassware. This was the second table that I decorated (first was Duck Dynasty Tablescape). Would you believe I found this set at a thrift store? Yes, a placesetting of 12 for $22! I couldn’t do better at a dollar store! I must have hit the store at just the right time. (Not that I needed more dishes! Ha!)  The napkins are rolled with a burgundy bow attached with wire.! Simple and inexpensive!

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This black, red, and white tablescape has a nature feel with all the birds placed around the centerpiece. The white snow on the bottom had lights underneath which illuminated the centerpiece.

 

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Carolers with a church in the background, look lovely with the Christmas china used on this table.

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A white tablecloth sets off the deep red, antique dishes. The centerpiece is a red mosaic glass candle holder. Around the candle holder is greenery with woodland animals and pine cone accents. Peeking out of the greenery are birds, fox, owls, squirrels and other creatures of the woods.


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Here come the blues!

 The “in color” of turquoise is lovely with this silver and white accented tablescape!  The woman who did this tablescape got her dishes at a thrift store, too! Nice bargain! Those silver and white dishes will go with anything!

 

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More turquoise, silver and white! This centerpiece started out as a garland. The raised 5 candle holders are a glass dish glued on top of a dollar store glass candle holder. The garland wraps through and around the candle holders. The placemats are  from a paper napkin and coordinating paper napkins are placed in the water glasses. I hope you can imagine this table lit as my picture of it all lit up didn’t turn out. Sorry! 

Take notice of the ribbon on the plate! More color and texture are added to plain white plates.

 

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A lighthouse is the focus of this tablescape! How does this fit into Christmas? Well, Jesus is the Light of the World! He came to save the world! A lighthouse saves those who may be lost and can’t find their way, too!  Blue toule surrounded the base and was lit with small Christmas white lights!

 

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If you have a beautiful set of blue dishes, a white tablecloth and silver accents really enhance the blues!

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A glowing candle centerpiece surrounded by peacock feathers features the color tones for this table. Peacock ornaments, turquoise glasses and beautiful peacock feather, textured salad plates make this a very unusual, but gorgeous table for Christmas or New Year’s.

 

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Here’s “The Little Drummer Boy Table!”

How sweet is this Drummer Boy? Criss-crossed burlap runners have some of the lines from the song written on them. The candles are filled with tiny drum ornaments.

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Individual Drummer Boy ornaments with a tiny drum are wrapped around the napkin.

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The women of our church really came up with some gorgeous tablescapes, didn’t they?

Hope you enjoyed the Christmas Tablescape inspiration!

Phyllis

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13 Creative Holiday Party Favors

I love setting a beautiful table at Christmas time. One thing that adds so much detail is placing  holiday party favors at each placesetting. It’s especially fun to use a theme throughout your tablescape and add a favor that goes with it. Sometimes I use a favor as a napkin ring or a placecard holder. Here are some favorites that I’ve pick out. Check out all the details and directions on Hometalk or click on the picture below.

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I’m sure all these holiday party favors will give you inspiration and ideas for your own tablesetting!  If you don’t have time this holiday season, save to use next year. 

Enjoy!

Phyllis

 

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Shrimp Christmas Tree

I needed a quick appetizer to bring to a party. There was no time to make something so I grabbed a bag of shrimp, went home, and shaped them into a Shrimp Christmas Tree! I lined the tray with spinach leaves. A cheese star is at the top, celery for the trunk, and sliced stuffed olives for tree balls. Along side the tree I placed a small bowl with cocktail sauce. 

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Now, that’s fast and easy!

 

 

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The Shrimp Christmas Tree tastes good, too!

 

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

 

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DIY Gift Bags

 

DIY Gift Bags are fun to make, easy to use and delightful to receive! They make gift-giving even more special when it’s in one of these cute DIY Gift Bags! Kids can make them, too. It is a wonderful classroom or individual project. 

( OK, this is another DIY Gift Bag idea. I got going by doing a snowman and then Olaf and then couldn’t stop with the ideas. So now you also have a reindeer, penguin, puppy and Santa! )

 

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Materials are inexpensive and easily found. The bags are under $2.00 for 50 in the grocery department of Walmart next to the regular lunch bags. Other materials include fun foam or construction paper, felt, and glue (if using foam, be sure you use a special glue).  I used a combination of fun-foam and construction paper on these samples, but if you’re doing it in a classroom, all construction paper works fine and keeps the cost down.

Personally, I like a bit of dimension that the combination gives. For kids, it is harder to cut and more expensive to use the foam.

 

First, gather all your materials…..

Fun foam or construction paper, white bags, scissors, glue, pom-poms, cotton balls, permanent marker and felt

On the following pictures, there are approximate sizes for each piece. 

 

Santa Gift Bag

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 Puppy Gift Bag

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Rudolph or Reindeer Gift Bag  

 

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Penguin Gift Bag 

The only difference for the Penguin Bag is the face piece. Cut from a piece of white  3 1/2 inches by  2  3/4 inches. The orange triangle beak is 3/4 in. by 3/4in.

On the Santa and Penguin bag, add a touch of blush on the cheeks with a q-tip. 

When you have placed the gift in the bag, secure on the sides with a small amount of tape. Now, watch for the comments on your cute DIY Gift Bags. These aren’t just for kids! 

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Enjoy!

Phyllis  

 

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Christmas Tablescapes 2014

The annual Christmas Extravaganza at our church with all the wonderful Christmas Tablescapes, is always a spectacular event. Women decorate a table with their own Christmas Tablescape ideas. Each year, they are unique and beautiful! It is a wonderful start to the Christmas season with great fellowship and a program focused on the real meaning of Christmas. Some tables are whimsical and fun while others are just plain elegant! This is Part 1 of two posts with Christmas Tablescape ideas.

 

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 This tablescape states what Christmas is all about “The Word Became Flesh and Dwelt Among Us”   Notice all the details they included…..

 

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 Old Bibles tied with twine, gold and black accents, along with burlap ribbon make a beautiful combination of textures on this table….

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 Antique buttons also add interest…..

Did you notice the tablecloth covered with pages of words from an old dictionary?

 

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 Antique button napkin rings look beautiful with this setting. 

 

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The next tablescape features three wire angels holding candles. 

 

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An ornament is used as a napkin ring.  Black, white and gold look stunning together.

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 Using a window box as a base, adding a unique metal piece in the middle, sure makes a stunning table centerpiece. Just add lights, candles, pinecones and ribbon! Sounds simple, doesn’t it! This took a bit of vision along with creativity!

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 Red, white and silver are the colors of this table. Fill a glass cylinder with silver balls and another one with red balls. It is simple to do and looks so elegant. 

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 Extra glass vases are glued on top of a dollar store wine glass. It elevates the candle light and becomes a unique piece as part of this tablescape. Alternating the color of the napkins is another great idea.

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 Adding burlap to a Nativity scene makes a lovely centerpiece.  A simple sprig of pine sets off the napkin. 

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This is such a cute, whimsical snowman tablesetting. Notice the hat and hands! Snowman mugs awaited the guests.

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 The centerpiece has a snowman collection to delight the guests. A cute snowman tablecloth is another added detail to this wonderful tablescape!

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 Black and white nutcrackers stand at attention around a sparkly, mirrored tree.

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Beautiful black dishes topped with a silver salad dish add more glitz and detail to this elegant table! 

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 Here’s a beautiful Caroler setting. The mirror underneath reflects the candlelight.

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 Antique china accented with green chargers compliments the entire setting.

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 This tablescape also features Carolers, but these are handmade by her elderly mother. Individual Carolers are at each placesetting. This will be a keepsake for the family! Christmas is full of memories!

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 Yes, this is a Duck Dynasty Christmas Tablescape!  I give more detail on this Duck Dynasty Tablescape post. This is one of the tables that I decorated.

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As I said, this is Part 1 of Christmas Tablescapes 2014.  Part 2 is to follow! 

Hope you enjoyed the variety! Perhaps it gives you some ideas for your own Christmas tablescapes or tablesettings! (I never know which one to call them)

Phyllis

 

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Duck Dynasty Tablescape (for Christmas)

Just for something fun and different, I made a Duck Dynasty Tablescape for a women’s Christmas event. The women at my table were great sports with this unusual Christmas setting. I’ll tell you about how I made the details of the tablescape. It would also work for Thanksgiving if you have hunters or Duck Dynasty fans in your family. I used the green camo as it seemed to go better with the Christmas decor.

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I wanted to have a hunting scene so I downloaded a silhouette of a man hunting ducks. Then, I copied it through a copy machine on an overhead projector transparency. It fit perfectly around the dollar store vases. Just before our first snowfall, I went into a swamp area and cut some cattail leaves. At a local floral shop, I found pencil thin cattails for 10 cents each! I expected that I could just add water and stick the cattail leaves in the vase, but when I tried it, the cattail leaves floated up! (Guess that’s why they stand up so good in the wet swamp) So, I used floral foam covered with a square of burlap and secured them down in the vase. I used submersible LED lights down in the water to illuminate it.

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The burlap poinsettias were on a pick from the Dollar Tree. There were five blooms on the pick for $1.00! The chargers were $.38 on a closeout at Michael’s because they were shiny orange! I painted them green. (Be sure to use spray paint that adheres to plastic.)

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 Christmas greenery,  battery operated lights, along with a few antique duck decoys, decorated the center of the table. At each placesetting, I used burlap ribbon along with wood slices to compliment the napkins. I found duck stickers and just adhered them to the wood slices which my husband had cut for me. I made Duck Dynasty phrases and placed them at each placesetting.  The phrases were:  “Jesus, God’s Son, is born! – That’s a fact, Jack! “, “Happy, Happy, Happy, to know Jesus!” – “Jesus came to save us! That’s a fact, Jack!”, “Jesus – God’s plan for Salvation”, “Happy, Happy, Happy – That Jesus died for me!”

 

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Another view of the table……

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I tied the chairs with camo cloth. I found a thin fleece blanket at Walmart for $2.88. I bought two of them. One I used as a tablecloth and the other I cut into 6 inch strips and tied them on the chairs. I made felt beards, glued a straw on the side and stuck them on each chair. The felt was too floppy so I backed it with cardstock. Duck Dynasty Tablescape   grandparentsplus.com

Here’s my table guests…..

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For a hostess gift, I wrapped a box of  party “Quackers”  (crackers)  for each guest (in Duck Dynasty paper, of course)!

We had a great evening!

 

Are you a Duck Dynasty fan?

Hope you enjoyed the Duck Dynasty Tablescape! I had fun coming up with ideas and arranging it.  

Here’s a link to Duck Dynasty shows…

 

Phyllis

 

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