Entries Tagged as 'Crafts'

DIY Glitter Ornaments for Christmas

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03.12.12

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.

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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.

Supplies
  • Unfinished wood circles and  (I found mine at Michaels)
  • Craft Paint
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Glitter

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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.

DIY Glitter Ornaments 002 The snowflakes were created in the same process as the golden coins. Paint, glue glitter.

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Finally string them up with festive ribbon and hang from the tree.

Glitter Ornaments

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!

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How to Make PomPom Garland

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26.11.12

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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.

Supplies
  • Yarn in a few different colors of your choosing
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Clear thread or fishing line

DIY PomPom Garland013 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.

DIY PomPom Garland014 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.

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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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Beaded Christmas Tree

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12.12.11

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It’s been a jam packed weekend around here, full of baking and crafts, and here’s a project I whipped up over the weekend, a beaded Christmas tree created with cone forms and beaded garland. It’s so sparkly and festive, and is the perfect last minute craftiness right before the holiday.

Beaded Trees

These are so simple to create, you can make them in all different sizes and colors. You could even have a very blingy Christmas forest on your mantle, or make little ones at each place setting.

Supplies:

Cone forms (I used both the cardboard kind and foam kind), beaded garland ( I used 5, 18 foot strands for the 3 trees), hot glue gun, ribbon, green craft paint.

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Here’s the simple step-by-step process:

Step 1:

If you’re using a cardboard form paint the cardboard with green craft paint so that any gaps in between the beads would look like the tree peaking through the decorations. If you’re using a green foam form you can skip this step.

Step 2:

Wrap Beads

Starting from the bottom up begin hot gluing the beads to the foam cone. Continue wrapping the beads around the cone pushing each bead so that it settles into the space in between the beads in the row below.  Continue Wrapping

Step 3:

Wrap a ribbon around the base of your beaded tree, securing in the back with a dab of hot glue.

Ribbons

Step 4:

Stand back and marvel at your sparkly new Christmas Craft.

After working with both the cardboard and foam cones, I preferred the cardboard forms, they were easier to glue onto and I liked that they were pointier at the top, where the foam ones were cut off at the top.

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These did take some time to complete, each tree took around 30 minutes of hot glue time, but it’s a easy project you could do in front of the TV. They look so cute on a silver tray with some natural greens and a few ornaments strewn about. They’d make a great sparkly addition to any Christmas table or mantle.

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My Inspiration this Week

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04.11.11

It’s November, and you know what that means?

It means I can officially start talking about Christmas without people looking at me like I’m a crazy person. Yup I’m one of those people.  What can you expect from me, I grew up with a mother who began listening to Christmas music at the beginning of October.  I think I’m pretty well adjusted considering.

Anyway, I’ve been pinning like crazy all of my favorite Christmas idea because I know these things take time and if I want to make anything I’ll have to start now. Here are a few of my favorites right.

You can view my entire Christmas Board on Pinterest here or Follow Me on Pinterest to see all my Latest Finds.

Christmas Button Tree – Source: Unknown via Pinterest

Felt Ball Wreath via Pickles

Stacked Sugar Cookies via Martha Stewart

Button Christmas Tree on Canvas via Balzer Designs

Felted Ball Garland via Small Bird Blog

 

Take Glowing Pictures of your Christmas Tree via Unskinny Boppy

Homey Halloween Spooktacular

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24.10.11

So after all that Halloween Inspiration last week I got my butt in gear and started with some fun Halloween decorating of my very own. I’m not really into bloody and ghoulish Halloween but I’m all for some fun and spooky decorating.

First I grabbed some 4 sheets each of Pumpkin and Black scrapbook paper for around 80 cents a piece.  I thought it would be cool to change out some of my frames with some cool and cheap Halloween art.  I cut out a 1 each of a cat, owl, crow and bat silhouettes out of the black scrapbook paper and only ended up using 1 piece of black paper for all 4 silhouettes.

I slipped the pumpkin paper into the frames and taped the spooky silhouettes onto the pumpkin paper. And… I love them. I might just have to keep some orange accents around once Halloween is over.

On the wall I added additional cut out Bat silhouettes I had in my Halloween box that we had cutout for a party a few years ago. The table is  styled with some wheat bought from HomeGoods and black birds that my husband bought for me a few years ago.

On the jewelry box are a few little ceramic pumpkins and the yellow vase is another Home Goods find.

The large pumpkin is one of those foam craft pumpkins. I used green craft paint to paint some leaves on the top.

Outlined in dots of black puff paint.and some dotted black swirls with some more puff paint complete the foam pumpkin project.

So far I’m loving my touch of Halloween decor there’s still a few more things I’d like to put out but I think it’s shaping up to be a Spooktacular Halloween Home this year.

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