Archive for the ‘Christmas Crafts’ Category

I’m a little…well, a lot…behind this year but I finally got my act together and am showing you our house all fancy and decorated for Christmas. The link-up parties have come and gone but its always fun to post this so I can remember what I did the year before! There are a lot of pictures and just a few comments so if you have a question, please leave a comment below or send me an email.

2013 Christmas House1My favorite part of the whole house…a lot of wine and champagne was drank in here this season!

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2013 Christmas House3Wrapping paper from Ballard Designs, burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby and tree skirt from Pottery Barn…I prefer modern in my home design but traditional at Christmas is my favorite.

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2013 Christmas House5I copied Wisteria’s holiday catalog, using red instead of blue. I love the many functions of this giant clam shell.

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2013 Christmas House9The coffee filter wreath from 2010 has held up so well – who would have thought?

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2013 Christmas House10The dogs favorite spot – by the OSU tree, looking out the front window.

Christmas Dogs 1Santa Max and his little elf, Carl, hope you all had a fantastic holiday season! See you in 2014.

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I love a good craft and I love it even more when the craft is super easy and super cheap! Setting the table is one of my favorites things to do, especially at Christmas. The one thing missing this year was a place card for each person. Here is how I made my DIY Chalkboard Ornaments-turned place cards!

28991991320846776_Lv1mkU8e_cThis picture was my inspiration…once again from Pinterest. I’m very addicted to that site and I make no apologies for it – so many cute ideas! This was once sold on an Etsy site but is now sold out. The beaded short white candlestick is adorable!

DIY Chalkboard OrnamentsMy version started with a package of six clear, glass ornaments (half-off at Hobby Lobby) and six clear glass candlesticks ($1/each from the Dollar Tree). While the warm weather is a buzz-kill for the Christmas spirit, it is fantastic for more spray painting days!

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments2I wondered how I was going to spray paint the ornaments without having to hold them. This was my solution – thank you, to-go containers! The tops of the ornaments were easy to pop off. I cut six holes in the containers so they were big enough for the top of the ornament but not too big so they wouldn’t sit up on top of the boxes. To paint the ornaments, I used two coats of primer and two coats of chalkboard spray paint. (I had both cans on hand already)

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments3These candlesticks were simple and easy to paint – two coats of primer and two coats of glossy white! Easy and pretty.

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments5Once the paint was dry, it was time to pop back on the silver tops and tie some ribbon it. The ribbon strands are black, silver and white and came on a roll together from Michael’s.

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments8I am not the best at tieing bows so some (like this one) fell pretty flat…

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments7And some (like this one), were pretty perky and stood on up!

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments4I really like this year’s Christmas table. The height from the place card is the perfect punch. Next week, I’ll show you the whole table and hopefully do it in some good, natural light. Sorry the pictures are so dark – I took them after work. Not a fan of driving home in the dark!

I’m linking up with Centsational Girl today! http://www.centsationalgirl.com/

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I saw this NOEL sign in the Pottery Barn catalog and loved it! Absolutely loved it. It was huge and metal and so cool…and $149. I’m sorry, say what?! Yeah, right. But then, I saw two great ladies (Frugal with a Flurish and Thrifty Decor Chick) who had made amazing knock-offs for pretty cheap. Now we’re talking.

I knew that I wanted to put this sign above the buffet in our dining room. This spot definitely needed something and I thought this would be perfect!

The N, O, E, and L were purchased at Hobby Lobby. The other girls used Burnt Umber acrylic paint and Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. I had some Hammered Metal spray paint already on hand, so I used it!

Once I put the letters together and saw that it wasn’t going to be as big as I wanted, I knew I needed to come up with a plan B for how I was going to put the sign together. In our old master bedroom, I had three canvases I painted as a quick art for an empty wall. I took one of them and spray painted it with primer and then sprayed the whole thing candy apple red.

Once the canvas and letters dried, I spaced out the letters on the canvas and started attaching them one-by-one to the canvas with hot glue. This part took about three minutes – I love a fast project!

I LOVE how it turned out! It was exactly what I wanted in this spot – a pop of something different and a little flash of Christmas! I didn’t hang it as I didn’t want to make a nail hole on a wall that doesn’t usually have any art but I like it even more just resting on the buffet.

Here is a very bad quality close-up of the finished sign. It might not be as big as the original Pottery Barn one, but I think the color of the letters turned out really great!

Here is another shot of the finished project! It may be December 20 but at least we can enjoy it for another week. 🙂

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I love, love, love opening the mail during December! Christmas cards have to be one of the best pieces of mail you can ever receive! I get frustrated though because we have never had a place to display everyone’s hard work and pretty pictures so after seeing an idea in this month’s Martha Stewart Living, I decided to try my hand at my own Christmas card holder.

To start this project, you’ll need a sewing/knitting circle loom thing (yes, that is the technical term), clothespins, ribbon and a glue gun. I chose to add glitter because I like things that sparkle and shine. Wow, that just sounded so blonde! Moving on…
It also helps if you have a cute little guy like Carl to help you sniff each item and make sure it is okay to use. Martha used mini clothespins but I wanted more weight and a bigger wall hanging so I used the regular sized clothespins.
To start, wrap your ribbon around the circle so you already have the hanging spot marked. Then, glue gun the clothespins around the entire circle. I did some on the front and some on the back. Martha (I say Martha…we all know its her staff, right? Right?) recommended just doing them on the front and alternating putting them out and in. I wanted to make sure we had plenty of space and plenty of clips, so I used the front and back of the circle.
Once those were glued and dried, I laid out the newspaper and went to town with the glue and Martha Stewart glitter from Michael’s. Everyone says this is the best glitter ever because it doesn’t get everywhere and is easy to work with…they are so right! It is super fine and hasn’t gotten all over the furniture this is hanging above. Love it!
Here is the finished project! I love it! It is exactly what I wanted and has just enough sparkle and shine to add to the kitchen. I’m glad I went with the clips on the front and back. The back ones face in to the circle and the front ones face outside the circle. We have plenty of room for more cards – can’t wait to see yours!

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So you know those super cute Christmas ornament trees you always see? The ones with regular and mini sized ornaments? Yeah, I have too and I had the brilliant idea that I could make one! And that assumption would be absolutely wrong. Let me take you on a little journey of a Christmas craft FAIL.

Since I waited until two weeks before Christmas to attempt this project, all major stores (Target, Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree & Michael’s) were out of the mini ornaments. I did pick up the Styrofoam cone from Dollar Tree, which made me very happy! Since I couldn’t find the mini ornaments, I thought I could use this silver garland instead and make a great substitute. About two seconds in, I realized this was going nowhere and it looked terrible! On to the next idea…

I went back to Michael’s (and sort of hoped the mini ornaments would pop out at me) and got these red jingle bells of all sorts of shapes and sizes instead. I thought this would be such a cute little alternative! The packages had mini, regular and large jingle bells. Perfect! I could start with the biggest and work my way up to the tiny ones.

Ummm…no. There were gaps and holes all over the place and then I thought I had enough room but didn’t have enough room at the top for more and then I tried to put a bow on it but it made it look worse. Serious, serious fail! I was so frustrated and mad by this point. I had put the bells all the way up to the top and then proceeded to rip them all out (which left huge dents in the Styrofoam since I had pushed these in as hard as I could) and just say, well…its actually not blog-land appropriate what I said but lets just say it was a word and my dog ran away because he thought he was in trouble!

Once I ripped off the bells and was left with a bumpy and uneven cone, I threw the torn off bells (note the pieces of hot glue and Styrofoam in the crevices) into a mason jar with some faux snow and called it good. What else can you do?

So, since it had worked time and time again, I got out the jute twine and wrapped it around the form to make a natural, jute Christmas tree. I’ve seen this on several other blogs and thought it was cute plus I already had the twine and it took like five minutes to wrap this around the small form.

It isn’t all blinged-out like I wanted but it works and I think balances out the shiny and glittery little bird on this Hobby Lobby tray on our ottoman. I kept one bell on top just so people would know it is a Christmas tree and not some cone with jute twine on it for no reason. Or at least I hope they will know.

So that is my tale of my two day, Christmas craft fail. At least it was salvageable, right? I hate not being perfect.

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Hello and welcome to another Holiday Home Linky Party! This time, Kate over at Centsational Girl is hosting a Christmas craft party. I have already seen several crafts people made for the party and I am overwhelmed with inspiration and serious jealousy!

I knew that once I did a mason jar candle this fall, I was hooked on this simple and classic design. I am so happy that Melissa posted her Christmas version and that is was just as easy and cheap as my fall version! Thank goodness for Twitter and the many times it gives me wonderful ideas for my house.

The steps are pretty simple. Take a mason jar and then wrap jute twine around the top of it. This was very similar to the candle holders I did for our fall mantel and the jute twine I used was leftover from this project!

Melissa strung the jingle bells through the twine as she wrapped but I took a small piece of the jute and hot glued the bell on top of the finished project. I still have plans to take another full piece of the jute twine and wrap it on top of the glued pieces to make it look more polished…it just seemed easier to do it the ‘piece and glue’ way as I could place the bells easier.

Here are the three jars I did! Once you string the jute and jingle bells, fill with faux snow and a tea light candle or LED candle. They are sitting on the window pass through between our living room and kitchen. I absolutely love them and am very pleased with the result. It was a super quick and easy craft! Thanks for the idea and how-to, Melissa!

Coming up in the next two weeks, my Christmas craftiness continues. I’m not sure what it is about this season, but I have a million project ideas in my head and zero time to get them done! Still, I’m going to attempt to make: two cinnamon-scented pinecone wreaths for our living room windows, a Pottery Barn knock-off NOEL wall art, a magnolia leaf wreath, a Christmas ornament tree, a glittery Christmas card holder and a centerpiece for our dining room table that was inspired by (again) Pottery Barn!

Thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoyed this project and go back over to Kate’s website to get even more crafty inspiration. See you on Thursday for Sarah’s Christmas Tree party!

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I love the original ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ print! I don’t have one but I’ve seen it everywhere. Thank goodness for Twitter and some of my favorite decorating bloggers who post great ideas from other blogs I have yet to discover. I was introduced to Jessica at Craftily Ever After last week when she posted a Christmas version of this print. She is so good…and so nice because these are all free for you to download and print! (Printing obviously costs but the download is free)

This plate holder is from Garden Ridge and I love the color of it. I usually have our photo album of the house before & after photos but I wanted to switch it up a little for Christmas. This frame, as well as the other two shown below, all came from Hobby Lobby. You can get this print too! Download it here.

How cute is this one?! I love it, especially since the usual crown at the top of the print is a shadow of three people caroling. This is temporarily taking the place of a vintage OSU game day program in our second living room (aka Conner’s living room, the OSU room or the game room…whichever you would like to call it). You can get this one too! Download it here.

Finally, there is this one! It sits on our entryway buffet and once again, the crown is replaced with the Three Wise Men. I like that this sign, plus the ‘Believe’ sign, help keep me focused on the real reason we have a month-long celebration of the holiday. I’m not sure why this one came out so dark, as the original print is a light tan color, but I still like it and hope you get this one too. Download it here.

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