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!
A few weeks ago I was looking for something to keep both Nikolas and I entertained. He’s at the age where loves hanging out with me while I do projects and helping me where he can. I did all the cutting and he helped me sort and string the pompoms. This turned out to be the perfect easy little garland to make together.
Although these are non-traditional colors I’ll be using mine for Christmas but this garland could work just as easily for spring decorations, birthday parties, baby or bridal showers depending upon the setting and colors you use. The supplies are simple everything I already had on hand.
- Yarn in a few different colors of your choosing
- Clear thread or fishing line
Cut a 6 inch piece of yarn and place it flat on your work surface. Wrap the yarn around 3 fingers 30 times or so, gently slide the wrapped yarn off of your fingers and place on top of the cut piece of yarn. Tightly tie your bundle in the middle double knotting to secure.
Cut the loops on each end of your tied bundle and fluff , it will look a little raggedy at this stage which is OK. Continue clipping around in a circle creating a pompom. Repeat the process and make a bunch of pompoms in each of your different colors of yarn. Thread your needle with clear thread or fishing line. Finally string the pompoms onto the thread spacing evenly. I didn’t even bother to knot in between as the pompoms seemed to stay in place all by themselves.
The garland took about 20 minutes to make and string, when you’re done you’ll have a colorful addition to any occasion.
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Christmas is SIX Weeks away! This time of year is especially busy but fortunately paperwhites are simple to force indoors for beautiful white blossoms just in time for Christmas. They take approximately six weeks to be forced indoors so to give these beauties time to grow and flower for the holidays you’ll need to plant them now.
I’m in love with this picture featured in Veranda of Mary McDonald’s dining room all decked out for the holidays.
Luckily planting paperwhites is very simple. You’ll want to find a a pretty container, I painted and gilded mine from cheap terracotta pots. Paperwhite bulbs, usually readily available this time of at your local home improvement store (I bought mine in Home Depot) and potting soil.
You can plant paperwhites in water, rocks or soil but I find the soil method the easiest.
Southern Living has a great article on planting paperwhites. “Start with a small pot. Fill with potting soil mix. Add bulbs. Plant so that a 1/4 inch of the bulb is sticking out of the top of the soil. Water the soil and bulbs well and drain. Place pots in a cool room (around 55 to 60 degrees) for 7 to 10 days to stimulate roots. Then move to a warm spot (around 70 degrees) with bright light to encourage foliage and flowers. As leaves emerge, rotate your pot every few days to keep stalks straight. As buds swell and open, move the pot to a cooler spot out of direct light to extend the life of the flowers. Keep soil slightly moist”.
Watching these bulbs pop their head out of the soli and grow into white fragrant blossoms are a wonderful and surprisingly easy addition to your festive holiday decor. Soon your paperwhites will have matured throughout the holiday season and before you know it the delicate white blooms will have arrived just in time for Christmas