Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Pom Pom Tree Garland

When out shopping for the holidays I saw this beautiful pom pom garland at Pottery Barn but it was all white and my tree is flocked so the white blends in too much.  But, it got me thinking about how easy it would be to make my own!  
 This is a very easy project that anyone can do if you can thread a needle.
You will need:
Lots and lots of pom poms in any color you’d like
Clear beading line or a heavy clear thread.  I used Beadalon
Sharp Needle
Beads in any color and size you’d like just make sure your needle will fit through the opening
Lots of time!
*All the supplies for mine came from Hobby Lobby
Thread your need and just start adding the pom poms and beads in any pattern you’d like.  It doesn’t all have to be uniform like mine is but I’m a matchy matchy type girl so of course mine needed to be a pattern so it all matched.
 I used clear, silver and pearl beads along with white/silver pom poms and red pom poms to create my garland and the metallic bits in the pom poms glitter beautifully with the tree lights on.
 The clear beads also help catch the light and make the garland shimmer.
 Other than being time consuming this project is super simple to create!
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Joy to the World Globe Makeover

If you are a Silhouette or Cricut user then you need to be stalking following Cutting for Business!  She has the best information and does great free downloads that are commercial use friendly.  

I saw her post on Instagram of a globe that she made and was all over it.  I just thought it was so simple and pretty so I got a mini globe and spray painted it black and then cut out the vinyl using her free download and that was it.  Simple and sweet.  Since making the first one I've done another that was a bit larger but still considered mini.  I have found the globes for under $8 at Home Goods or Marshall's but you for sure could look at thrift stores. 

 To download the file go HERE
Take the globe apart and paint the "ball" portion of the globe.  I painted mine with spray paint that had a satin finish but you could use chalkboard paint or some other type of paint that you brush on.  Once the globe is dry reassemble it and then cut out the wording and holly leaf and pick a spot where you want it and apply.  That is it.  So simple but so pretty!

 The second one I made was a wooden base and it looked great with the black globe but I forgot to take a picture of it.  Just letting you know that this looks good with all different bases.

 Joy to the World!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Bath and Body Works Candle Lids into Ornaments

I buy a ton of 3 wick candles from Bath and Body Works (especially this time of year) and always hate throwing away the lids. It seems like such a waste when they are the pretty ones like they are this season on the holiday candles.  I always save them but rarely ever use them again but this season I decided to make tree ornaments out of them and it couldn't be easier!  So simple and yet they look so glittery and shiny on the Christmas tree.  

  The snowflake design on this year's candle lids is perfect to reuse it as a Christmas tree ornament.  

 To make yours you will need:
3 wick candle lids or another similar sized lid 
Drill and drill bits
Ribbon
Stickers or some type of embellishment
Rhinestones
Decorative paper
Scossors
Strong adhesive like E6000 or Hot Glue
 I didn't take photos of the process so I will just quickly tell you how I did mine.  Very simple to do!

Start by removing as much of the rubber ring on the bottom side of the lids.  I couldn't get mine completely off so I just used scissors to cut it way down.

Pick a ribbon you want to use and then choose a drill bit that isn't too small or too big for that ribbon to fit through.

Choose a spot on the lid you are using and drill your hole.  These wanted to jump around a bit when I first put the drill bit on them so make sure you hold them tight.  It does take a bit to get the drill bit all the way through but don't give up.

Once the hole is drilled put your ribbon through it and tie a knot at the top and cut the ribbon ends on an angle so they don't fray.  

Now take your decorative paper and make your circles.  For mine I made them 4 inches and you can use your Silhouette or Cricut to cut them out or you can just trace the lid and use scissors to cut them out.

Once the circles are cut out add your embellishments.  I just kept mine very simple and used chalkboard stickers but you could do so much with these!

Now it's time for you to glue in the circles to the back side of the lid.  I put the E6000 all around the rim of my paper circles and then pressed them into the bottom of the lid.  I let them dry completely before moving them and they have held up great.

If you are adding rhinestones you will need to do that with a tiny bit of adhesive.  I used E6000 and they have not moved at all since I put them on.  I just bought mine from the scrapbook section at a craft store and they have a bit of adhesive on them but not strong enough to hold them on for a long time.  I used one on each point of the flat spots of the snowflake and then one in the center. 

Be sure to let everything dry completely before hanging on your tree.
 Simple to create but they just add a lot of sparkle on the tree when the lights hit them.

I did several different designs for the back side of my ornaments.  
You wouldn't really even have to add anything to the back of the lid if you didn't want to because they really don't spin around too much at all.
Don't you just love a simple upcycle project?  I know I do!

Merry Christmas to all!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Elf on the Shelf is back!

Roy is here again!  It's been a fun few days since he got here to spend a few days with us.  I am sure there will be lots more fun happening around our house with our rotten little elf before Christmas Day so stay tuned.

I also hope you will start to share your Elf on the Shelf photos on Instagram using the tag #showmeyourelf2015.  There are quite a few of you sharing pics and I look forward to seeing what your elves are up to each day.
 This is for Instagram users.  I would love for you to tag the pics on Facebook too but for sure use the tag on Instagram if you have an elf that you photograph and share.

 Our little Roy showed up on December 1st through a magic elf door that he now has.

 Roy also brought a Balloon elf to celebrate his arrival.

 Roy is mapping out a shopping trip for him and Santa to make for Christmas gifts.  

 Looks like he has all the good shopping spots marked on our globe.

 Shop till you drop!

 Roy clearly doesn't know that NO one messes with my morning coffee and most especially not my coffee maker.  He was trying hard to fix it though.
 You think?

Oh Roy, you silly elf!


 Well Roy, thanks for creeping us all out!  When I saw what he had done I thought our son would find this hilarious but instead he couldn't stand walking into the kitchen because he said it was so creepy.
 
 The cabinets have EYES!  Yikes...I guess Roy is really watching this year.

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