First of all we want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! We thoroughly enjoyed every last minute of 2012, giving gifts, enjoying family, building snowmen and watching too many movies to count.
As I began to gather all the Christmas decorations to put them away for next year I wanted to share the best way I’ve found to store our Christmas Ornaments. I’ve always wanted to buy those special boxes for storing ornaments but always found that they were priced ridiculously high for what they are. That is until I figured out my own system for storing ornaments.
The best part about this is it’s simple, free and works like a charm.
First you’ll want to grab an old copy paper box. I snagged mine from the print room of my office, they usually just break them down for recycling anyway so I asked them to save a few for me. Any box would work but these boxes are great because the lid slides on and off and they have handles built in.
After I had my boxes I then grabbed a few pieces of extra cardboard. I cut 2 pieces so that they’ll slide inside the length of the box and 3 pieces for inside the width of the box.
Then in the widthwise pieces I cut 2 slots equal distance in the cardboard as illustrated above and 3 slots in the lengthwise pieces.
Once that’s all done slide the pieces of cardboard together so that the form an interlocking grind inside the box. The grid will form a number of cells where the ornaments can be slid securely. When I put the ornaments away I wrap each ornament individually in tissue paper and slide them snugly into each cell inside the box.
So there you have it an easy, free and safe way to store the Christmas ornaments. I been loving this system for a few years because it works great, no broken ornamnets. Once everything is packed away I just put them on top of the closet and everything stays safe and secure till next year.
Happy Monday, I’m back with another simple and fun Christmas ornament idea. I love the way these glittered ornaments turned out and they couldn’t be simpler.
I’ve been thinking about the tradition of gold coins at Christmas this tradition stems from the gift of gold given to the Christ child from the wise men. I wanted to create a nod to that tradition and thought of these wonderful gold and glitter circles. The snowflakes were just too cute to pass up so I ended up making both. I live mixing and matching different colored ornaments and both expensive and DIY stuff together to make a one of a kind tree filled with Christmas memories.
- Unfinished wood circles and (I found mine at Michaels)
- Craft Paint
- Elmer’s Glue
To make the golden coins paint your circle with gold paint. Mine took a few coats to get nice even coverage. Before the last coat I took very fine sand paper and sanded the entire ornament smooth. Once dry I covered one side in glue and sprinkled with glitter set aside to dry and shook off the excess. Finally add a string to the top of the ornaments and hang.
The snowflakes were created in the same process as the golden coins. Paint, glue glitter.
Finally string them up with festive ribbon and hang from the tree.
PS. Don’t forget to check back later today for the first of our 2012 Christmas gift guides. We’re starting of with Stocking Stuffers and you won’t want to miss it!
PS: If you like this project stroll on over to our projects page to see more
The holidays have officially begun and my favorite time of the year is in full swing. I’m a big fan of collecting Christmas Ornaments as treasures and keeping them year after year. Each year I like to buy a few ornaments to add to my collection this year I decided to make personalized ornaments and decoration. I all about simple and easy things too make. If it’s too complicated I tend to lose interest. I already shared our simple pompom garland we made.
So with simplicity in mind I turned to salt dough ornaments. These took no time at all to make and were really fun.
I made the dough by combining 1/2 cup table salt, 1/2 cup water, and 1 cup all-purpose flour into a mixer. Then I rolled the dough out onto my baking surface until it was about 1/4 inch thick.
To make the trees use a Christmas tree stamp (I found mine at Michaels) and green ink on the raw dough. Cut out a triangle around the stamped tree with a knife and punch a hole in the top with a straw. Place on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 200 degrees for approximately 4 hours.
To make the filigree disks cut out in the raw dough with a glass. Punch a hole in the top with a straw and bake. Once cooled decorated the circles by hand drawing the filigree design with a gold sharpie.
Add a string and they’re ready to hang on the Christmas Tree!