Wednesday, December 1, 2021

DIY Chunky Glitter Glue Ornaments

Hello and Welcome! It's the first Wednesday of December and you know what that means - it's time for our monthly DIY Challenge hosted by Terrie @Decorate & More with Tip! In case you don't know about this DIY Challenge, on the 1st Wednesday of each month, a group of talented bloggers create something based on a theme or material that's selected by Terri! This month's theme is a Christmas Challenge - make anything pertaining to Christmas! How easy is that!
I love making my own Christmas tree ornaments each year! To my excitement this year, I got a purple flocked tree! I'm loving this tree - although I wish it was taller. 

It's only 4.5 feet tall and needs to sit on a table.  I wanted to do something different from my usual purple decorated white trees that I've done in the past like here, here, and here.  So I came up with the color theme of using rich purple and lavender hues. But finding different or unique purple ornaments in stores was quite elusive this year. This is not the year for purple ornaments! So I decided to make my own. And you won't believe what I used to make lots of handcrafted ornaments! Super Chunky Glitter Glue!


It's called Fairy Princess and doesn't it look gorgeous! Look at all those purple glitter tones! I found it at Hobby Lobby and bought all that they had from two stores - six bottles! That was more than enough to decorate thirty clear plastic ornaments. That's it! Nothing else was needed! Of course you'll need bamboo sticks and styrofoam to hold them while they dry - but that's a given.
Here's how:
I started with six large 3.27" clear plastic ornaments I had in my stash to see how they would look.  I didn't bother to clean or wipe the ornaments down first. They looked clean to me, lol!  I just started adding about an inch or more of the glitter glue along the middle of the ornament all the way around. 
As I was applying the glue, I began adding 'rays' or extensions of glue along each side. 
All I can say is have fun creating the design along the middle! You can make it as thick as you want! It doesn't have to be perfect!
See how the chunky glitter adds dimension and texture to the surface of the ornament? It's really a cool look and feel once it's dry.  
If you're satisfied with the glitter glue design, hang the ornaments up to dry. I used a rod to hang these ornaments over an empty plastic container.
Once these were dry, I loved the look so much that I bought a box of 24 smaller ornaments to make more!
 

And when I finished decorating them, used bamboo sticks stuck in packing styrofoam to hold them up while drying.


It took a good 24 hours for the glitter glue to dry!

Don't they look pretty on my purple flocked tree!


Oh, and you can check out how I made these lovely velvet wrapped ornaments here!



Be sure to visit  all the creative bloggers listed below to see their wonderful Christmas creations, too:

Decorate and More with Tip

Patina and Paint

Blue Sky at Home

The House House

Blessings By Me

Purple Hues and Me

Sweet Southern Grace

LeCultivateur

Hootshack





Sunday, November 28, 2021

Purple Flocked Slim Christmas Tree


Purple is my favorite and signature color! I love using it throughout my home and especially during the holidays! Did you know it's actually one of the colors of Christmas? Purple or violet is considered the main color of Advent as it symbolizes fasting and repentance.  Purple has always been known as the color of royalty, (not that I am, lol). It also symbolizes luxury and a sense of magic or whimsy! 

Imagine my surprise when I saw a purple flocked tree online that wasn't a bright purple!  I had to get one! I looked around and found the best price using a coupon at Bed Bath and Beyond! 

 I'm excited to be participating once again with a great group of creative bloggers  sharing Christmas tree decorating ideas with you. I'm thrilled to be showing you my purple flocked decorated tree this year at the annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop hosted by Michelle @Our Crafty Mom. You can check out my last years' tree here. If you're coming over from the Zucchini Sisters, welcome!

Get ready for purple overload in tree decorating! I'm bringing a royal touch with a bit of whimsy to my home this holiday season by decorating my purple flocked tree in a range of rich purple and lavender hues. Quite different from what I've done in the past!
Since the tree is only 4.5 feet tall, I had to place it on a table located by my sliding patio door. There was a lamp there so it was an easy exchange. However, as you can see, there are a lot of patterns going on with the tree and my drapes hanging close by. In some photos, I pushed the drapes back trying to get the perfect picture!
The purple flocked tree truly is a lovely decorated tree in rich jewel tones starting with the ribbon used throughout in purple and silver metallic.

Purple ornaments proved to be elusive in stores this year.  So I decided to make some of my own. I love how the velvet and crushed glass and pearls ornaments look on the tree. They add an air of softness in lavender velvet. And the purple pearls adds a bit of lavishness to the mix! You can checkout my easy to follow tutorial here

For my next group of handcrafted ornaments, you won't believe how I made the sparkling finish using chunky glitter glue! All twenty-four of these cuties add to the overall glistening and whimsy effect! You can find my very easy tutorial here!
Don't you just love how all of these purple hues flow together!

And I love the purple glitter berry and poinsettia stems placed throughout, too!

Instead of a skirt or collar, I placed a few designer wrapped presents around the base of the tree! I really love that look!

When lit, the tree gives off an extra cozy feeling at night!
I hope you enjoyed seeing my decorated purple flocked tree! It truly is 
a one of a kind beauty! 
Up next, is Kirsten @Tribe of Burton sharing her pretty minimalist tree!

More Christmas Tree Decor Ideas:
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Saturday, November 27, 2021

DIY Christmas Appliques Cone Tree


Did you know that I am on the Bowdabra Design Team, and  create lots of bows using the Bowdabra, a bow making tool. So it's a given that I have lots and lots of ribbon. 

A couple of years ago I was sent  lovely four inch wide velvet  adorned with red and green stones set in a applique design from Katherine's Collection of luxury designer ribbon. I don't know if it's still available but I made a gorgeous  bow using the Bowdabra bow tool for a Christmas in July post. And the following December, I put it on my stair bannister. It's a beautiful bow, but the design colors just don't go with my decor, so I tucked it away. Until now.

I hope you won't be upset with what I did with the ribbon, but I cut it apart to make a Christmas Appliques Cone Tree for this month's Do It Over Designers Blog Hop! 'Do It Over' Designers is a group of talented bloggers who love to recycle/upcycle/DIY, hosted by Anne @The Apple Street Cottage. It happens the 4th Saturday of every other month and it's all about taking something old and/or unused and 'doing it over' into something new. Anything from fabric, old dishes, and decor to dressers and hutches. Items found in closets, cabinets, barns, garages, yard sales, thrift stores, you name it!

Before the craft store ACMoore went out of business, I picked up several plastic cone trees for fifty cents apiece. They were in the doll section and was suppose to be a doll's body but I haven't a clue how. I love making all sorts of cone trees like herehere, here, hereherehere, here, here, and here, to name a few! Whew, I should have made a collage, lol!

Anyway, red and green stone appliques would look lovely on a clear plastic cone tree! And it's so easy to do, too!

Material:

  • Appliques
  • Clear plastic cone tree
  • Scissors
  • Fabri-Tac Fabric Glue
  • Clamps 

 Just cut out the appliques from the velvet and .  .  .


glue them on the plastic cone tree in a pretty design using fabric glue! Use clamps to hold in place while the glue dries. It only takes a minute or two for the glue to take hold.

How easy is this!

What a pretty Christmas design!



To light it up, add a remote control multi-color base light for colorful displays!

I love how the cone tree turned out and will probably donate it when we decorate our community clubhouse! PS: I still have ribbon left over for additional projects!

Be sure to check out all the 'Do It Over Designers' listed below to see their lovely "do overs" too! 

Modern on Monticello

Pandora’s Box

Purple Hues & Me

Southern Sunflowers 

Unique Creations by Anita

My Hubbard Home

Interior Frugalista

The Apple Street Cottage

Birdz of a Feather

Exquisitely Unremarkable