This is the second-to-last Saturday in December, and with that, comes the top 5 crafting posts from The Organized Mama!  It really has been fun looking back over the past year to see what you like reading, what you are pinning, and what I can do to help you get organized!  I love sharing my tips and tricks to get you organized and help you create systems so you are spending more time playing and less time searching!

Art Room

5. Kids Art Area

I really love the kids art area that we made in our mud room/office/craft room.  We play in this room at least once a day.  I leave out paper, crayons, colored pencils, chalk, and pencils for the kids to explore with.  Then we might take out the water colors, or finger paints to make a mess.  We might take out stamps to decorate.  Or we might just make a mess with all the Play-Doh we have stored under the art table.  The top of the art table is painted in chalkboard paint, along with a wall.  That wall also has hooks to hang a roll of paper for the kids to use as an easel.

4. Cookie Monster Game

Creating this Cookie Monster Button Game was really fun, and the kids love playing it.  We are now using the game to roll the dice, and put that number of buttons into the box.  It is a great game to work on number recognition, counting, fine motor, visual motor, and turn-taking.


3. Candy Land Party

The Candy Land Party was for the school fundraiser.  It was a ton of fun creating and bringing the game of Candy Land to life to support the kiddos school.  I loved creating the giant candy lollipops, and gumball wrappers using cellophane and ribbon.  I shared tutorials for recreating all of the giant candy here.

Upholstered Bench Cushion Pillows

2. IKEA Bench Cushion

Taking a bench we purchased from IKEA, painting it, and upholstering the bench to create a cushion was my first attempt at such a large project.  After almost a year, the bench is in perfect condition.  I think because I used inside/outside fabric, the bench has stayed clean and hasn’t ripped.  I was rather scared to try such a big project, but am so glad that I did.  I challenge you to try a big project this year.  Because you never know what will happen once you accomplish something new!


1.New Mama Care Package

The new mama care package was my top posted crafting pin of 2015!  I am so glad you all love creating meaningful gifts for new mamas.  It really does take a village to raise a child, especially right after having a baby.  I needed everything that was in this care package, and I know that everyone I have given it to has truly found it useful!  I have spruced up the tags for you, so check out the post and print off the new tags to create a new mama care package for the friend or family member with the new bundle of joy!

I hope you enjoyed looking back at these posts as much as I did!  I cannot wait to share some of the crafting projects I have in store for 2016.  Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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I'm Jessica

I am a mom to two kiddos + a fur baby. I am wife to Ben. I enjoy coffee, gluten-free desserts, and sleeping in. And I am The Organized Mama. 

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