Friday, November 22, 2019

Ribbon Decorated Swag Wreath


Welcome to the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event, hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications  and  Erlene of My Pinterventures Between Nov. 11th and December 6th there will be hundreds of new ideas shared by over 55 Co-host bloggers! 

Go here to see our kick-off collection of Holiday ideas as well as all of this years talented participating DIY and Foodie Blogs. Download this years November and December calendars with all of the topics and dates so you can make plans to watch for ideas!
We are hosting a BIG GIVEAWAY from our Sponsors this year! Be sure to scroll all the way down for more information and to enter to win!
It's Day 6 and we are sharing DIY Wreaths!


Are you looking for something different for your door this holiday season other than the usual round wreath? Why not try a swag this year? A swag wreath can be easily customized to fit in with your decor. And it just takes a few accessories to make it pretty!

Take ribbon, for example. I am in love with this gold and white check ribbon! It's reversible with a shiny gold finish on one side. And it reminds me of a MacKenzie-Childs pattern, too!

I don't seem to be able to make beautiful, eye popping wreaths - that's why I try  to stay away from giving tutorials on diy wreaths. But I thought this ribbon and another smaller reversible ribbon, along with a few decorative stems and pine cones would be more than enough to decorate a plain white swag wreath. Easy, peasy! 
Also, it seemed like it would be easier to decorate the swag by hanging it up on a command hook. Hmm, I was so wrong!
 To get started, I cut off assorted ribbon tails and wrapped a chenille stem around the middle to attach them to the swag.
 Next, I got out my trusty Bowdabra to make the bows. First, the gold check ribbon and .  .  .
 then the smaller reversible gold and silver ribbon, on top! The Bowdabra is such a great tool to make .  .  .
 all sorts of bow loops and bows!
 Next, I dove tailed the ribbon ends by folding the ribbon together and cutting at an angle from the corner bottom edge to the fold .  .  .
for nice finished ends!
 Then, I started gluing on a few accessories like gold glitter pine cones .  .  .
 and gold glitter ball stems .  .  . and then the command hook fell down! I had to get out my wreath hanger that fits over the door .  .  .
 to finish this pretty holiday swag wreath!
  I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites, this post may contain links. I may receive a very small commission at no cost to you! The affiliate money I earn helps pay my crafting expenses. Thanks so much for your support!



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Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar winner will receive a Keurig Coffee Maker valued at $100!
Oriental Trading winner will receive an OrientalTrading.com gift card valued at $200!
Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!
Burlap Fabric winner will receive a prize pack of products valued at $50!
Zulay Kitchens winner will receive one Milk Frother and a Lemon Squeezer valued at $21
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Giveaway begins Nov. 8, 2019 and ends Dec. 6, 2019. Winners will be notified by December 13, 2019. Sponsors will ship each prize to the winner. There will be a total of six winners, one for each prize. Drawing is by random selection using the Rafflecopter widget. 
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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Easy Glitz and Glam Ornaments

This year I seem to be stuck, I mean set on making all kinds of Christmas ornaments! You can never have too many handcrafted ornaments! And I'm so excited to be sharing with you how to make a simple but oh so easy way to add glitz and glam to plain glass ornaments using stick-on rhinestones!


Materials:
Glass ornaments
Alcohol wipes
Stick-on Rhinestones
Tip of knife (to help with placement)
Glitter
Liquid hair spray

Lets begin by wiping the glass ornaments with alcohol wipes to remove any grease and grim.
Then, decide on a design to arrange the stick-on rhinestones to the glass ornaments. I made a "collar" of large teardrop rhinestones near the top just by placing them down and around. They are stick-on, so no glue is needed.
and then added smaller tear drop rhinestones .  .  .
cascading down - using the tip of a knife to help with placement of the rhinestones.
See, I told you it was simple and easy!
Another variation for glitz and glam is to add glitter to the interior of the glass ornament.  Pour a small amount of liquid hair spray into the ornament and swish it around, covering the inside. Pour what's left back into the bottle.
Then sprinkle glitter inside, covering the entire ornament.
Turn the ornament upside down into a cup or container to remove excess glitter and to let the insides completely dry.
Once dry, begin decorating outside with stick-on rhinestones!
Simple and easy and oh, so pretty!
Disclosure I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites, this post may contain links. I may receive a very small commission at no cost to you! The affiliate money I earn helps pay my crafting expenses. Thanks so much for your support!



I'm sharing this at our 2019 Happy Holidays Link Party where I'm one of the co-host! You're invited to join in by linking up your new or old Christmas or holiday ideas and inspirations, too!





Happy Holiday Link Party 2019


Welcome to our Happy Holidays Link Party 2019! I'm so excited to be joining a group of talented blogging friends for this fun party. Each year, we invite you to share any December holiday crafts, decor, diy projects, tree trimming ideas, recipes, holiday traditions, activities, and more! If it happens in December, it's welcome at the party!

We look forward to this link party each year. This is the fifth year, we’ve co-hosted the holiday link party and each year gets better and better! We love seeing and sharing your fabulous holiday ideas and can’t wait to see what you’ll share this year. If you’re not a blogger, you’re sure to find some wonderful inspiration for your holiday decor and gatherings.

To get the party started, all of the co-hosts will be sharing a holiday post today.


Meet Your Party Co-Hosts

Truth be told, this is my favorite time of the year! I get to make lots and lots of handcrafted items for the holidays! This year I seem to be stuck, I mean set on making all kinds of Christmas ornaments! You can never have too many handcrafted ornaments! And I'm so excited to be sharing with you how to make a simple but oh so easy way to add glitz and glam to plain glass ornaments! The full tutorial can be found here!




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There is no limit on the number of links you can add, as long as they are family friendly and related to any of the December holidays. We welcome your older holiday posts, too. Posts not related to December holidays will be deleted. Be sure to let others know about the party and stop by throughout the month to share or to find some new ideas!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Chalkboard Fabric Christmas Countdown Tree


Welcome to the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event, hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications  and  Erlene of My Pinterventures! Between Nov. 11th and December 6th there will be hundreds of new ideas shared by over 55 Co-host bloggers! 
Go here to see our kick-off collection of Holiday ideas as well as all of this years talented participating DIY and Foodie Blogs. Download this years' November and December calendars with all of the topics and dates so you can make plans to be inspired with ideas!
We are hosting a BIG GIVEAWAY from our Sponsors this year so be sure to scroll all the way down for more information on how to enter to win!
It's Day 5 of the 12 Days of Holiday Ideas and today we're sharing Holiday Advent or Christmas Countdown Calendars ideas!  

Countdown calendars are a fun way for all of us to count down the days leading up to Christmas! There are no kids in my family to get excited about the big day coming, so this year I'm re-purposing a chalkboard fabric tree  that I made several years ago. It's perfect and quite easy to use in counting down to Christmas! It's a wonderful idea and can be used as a reminder for how many days are left until .  .  . and you might just get inspired to make your own! All you have to do is just write on the tree for each new day and for any ideas or info you want to highlight for the upcoming holidays!

Here's how I made the chalkboard fabric tree:  I cut out the tree using a scrap piece of chalkboard fabric I had left over from  a tablerunner I had made previously. First, I found a tree pattern I was happy with and enlarged it using Block Posters.  Next, I cut out the enlarged pattern on poster board, and traced it on back of the chalkboard fabric.  
Chalkboard fabric is easy to cut and never frays, so you can virtually make anything with it. The fabric must be conditioned with chalk before using by  rubbing the side of a piece of regular chalk over the entire surface from top to bottom and side to side.  Using a soft cloth wipe off the chalk and repeat the process (I only did this once) The fabric is now ready to write on! 
Once the tree is cut out, it's just a matter of attaching small command strips on back of the fabric and placing it on the wall. How easy is that!

I also cut out a star and placed it above the tip of the tree .  .  .

and a base for the bottom of the tree! A whimsical stick-on santa decal was also added to brighten things up a bit!
For more Advent or Countdown to Christmas Calendars be sure to check out the links below and don't forget to enter the Giveaway!

MEET OUR SPONSORS who have generously donated fabulous prizes for the Big Christmas Giveaway!

DecoArt  winner will receive a prize package valued at $100!
Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar winner will receive a Keurig Coffee Maker valued at $100!
Oriental Trading winner will receive an OrientalTrading.com gift card valued at $200!
Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!
Burlap Fabric winner will receive a prize pack of products valued at $50!
Zulay Kitchens winner will receive one Milk Frother and a Lemon Squeezer valued at $21
It's Home To You winner will receive one wooden Santa sign valued at $65
12 Days of Holiday Ideas Event Sponsors 2019  
Giveaway begins Nov. 8, 2019 and ends Dec. 6, 2019. Winners will be notified by December 13, 2019. Sponsors will ship each prize to the winner. There will be a total of six winners, one for each prize. Drawing is by random selection using the Rafflecopter widget. 
Must be 18 to win. Open to U.S. residents only.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

DIY Wrapping Paper and Bow Holiday Tree

Wondering what to do with that extra wrapping paper you have from wrapping all those presents? Why not make a wrapping paper and bow tree for the holidays! Wrapping paper is so versatile to blend in with any type of decorating scheme.  And the fun part is topping your tree with an adorable bow made using your Bowdabra to complete the look! 

Stop by Bowdabrablog for my complete tutorial on how to make this lovely wrapping paper and bow tree! It's the cutest and really looks impressive for holiday decor!


Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy,
Happy Holiday Crafting!

Hot Glue Mold Ornament


Welcome to the November Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop hosted by Erlene @ My Pinterventures.  If you aren't familiar with the Pinterest Challenge, it's a monthly event that challenges us to not just be pin hoarders, but to make it happen by creating a few! 

My project was inspired by this one - using clay in molds for decorative ornaments. The only problem, it didn't work for me when I tried it. I was all pumped up to make ornaments using clay I already had on hand to make decorative trim on ornaments.   I had nearly a tub full of air drying clay, and this post stated that just about any type of clay would work. Although paper clay was used, I should have noted that she did say there might be cracks when removing the clay from the molds - and that she liked the look the cracks gave! Well, not me! When I tried taking the clay out of my molds, that's what the clay did - crack! And I couldn't make them look decent, either. No matter what I tried. So I had to come up with another plan. Using hot glue in the molds! 

Materials Used:
Cake Border Silicone Mold
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Glass Ornament (square shape ACMoore)
Small scissors
Buffalo paper (online image)
Mod Podge/ brush
Glitter
Washi tape
1/4" Ribbon

I knew hot glue would work and conform to just about any type of mold and with no cracking, either!  Problem solved! So, if you have a glue gun that takes regular size sticks, I would recommend using that. It takes less time to fill up the mold and you probably won't go through as many glue sticks, either. 

Instructions:

Begin with placing the tip of the glue gun as far into the mold as possible when filling with hot glue. The glue will settle in the bottom and you can direct the nozzle in spots you might have missed.


 It usually takes only a few minutes for the hot glue to set, but I would wait until the hot glue cools off completely. There might be a few spots where the glue is still warm and tacky.
 Once the glue is cool, the design can easily be removed from the mold.
 Then use small scissors to remove any excess glue or strings.  
Since buffalo check plaid remains trendy, I found a free black and white check pattern online and added the words "Merry Christmas" to copy and print out on  using my laser printer.
 and then applied it to the back of the ornament (reversible) using Mod Podge, 
 and smoothing it out with plastic wrap.

 Since I could barely see "Merry Christmas," I added another piece to the middle of the oval trim and glued that to the center of the glass ornament for a 3-D effect!
 To brighten the glue oval frame, painted on Mod Podge and sprinkled glitter on top.
Then let dry for a beautiful sparkling effect!
 Next, wrapped the sides of the glass ornament in matching black & white check washi tape .  .  .
  adding a red bow to complete the look!
How cool is this!
Disclosure I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites, this post may contain links. I may receive a very small commission at no cost to you! The affiliate money I earn helps pay my crafting expenses. Thanks so much for your support!


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 Now, let's see what the other hosts have created ⇓⇓