Penguins and Bears, Oh My!
Child-centric Holiday Decorating

Bring the whimsical wonder of lovable characters to your holiday home with wall art and plush playmates that will delight children and adults alike.

Set the scene with a colorful wall quilt featuring fluffy Berber polar bears adorned with snowflakes. This quick wall quilt is easily finished in an afternoon and will be a cherished part of your holiday for years to come. An over-sized bear and plush penguin dressed in wintertime wear are cute companions for the wall quilt.

Penguins are very popular right now because of several movies featuring this South Pole symbol. It's easy to give a penguin a starring role in your home with this cute and colorful wall piece. Felted wool means that edges don't need to be finished on the appliquéd penguin and a repeating stripe makes it easy to create the multi-colored mitered border. After quilting, we stretched the wall piece onto a frame, but you can finish as desired. A cuddly plush penguin keeps his friend company.

Continue the penguin theme under the tree with these fabric gift bags. A fabric panel makes these bags super simple to make and you'll use them year after year. Gift bag panels are available at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Stores.

The holidays are all about family and it is fun to focus on far-away family and friends with these scrapbook projects. A simple frame becomes a work of art when embellished with scrapbook paper and cut-out tags to spell out “family” and “joy.” Place a photo of the whole family in the frame, or focus on a favorite holiday scene. A wooden or acrylic cube becomes a movable feast of family by featuring a different photo on each side. The kids will love turning the cube to see all their favorite photos. Make several cubes of different sizes and stack them up for a fun decorating accessory.