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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Santa's Laundry DIY Christmas Wreath

I've had a really fun DIY Christmas wreath idea stuck in my head for months now and I'm so excited that it's now officially the Christmas season so I can share it with you.

Presenting.... 

(drum roll, please)  

"Santa's Laundry" wreath. It’s laundry day at the North Pole and Santa hung all of his clothes out on the line to dry!


See his shirt, hat, mittens and even his underwear (giggle giggle)? And that's a tiny little scarf knit with baker's twine. Oh, yes... I was crazy enough to knit it using teeny tiny knitting needles. Because doggone... everything is cuter in miniature!

Do you love it? I love it. It was just what I had in mind and I can't wait to hang it on my front door.

Want to make one too? Here's what you'll need (some affiliate links included):


- Fabric strips (five or six 3"x45" strips)
- Red and White Felt
- Straight Pins
- Coordinating Ribbon

Begin by attaching one end of a fabric strip to the wreath with straight pins. Tightly wrap the fabric around the wreath form and overlap the ends as you add new strips of fabric.


Next, string two strands of baker's twine around the wreath. This will be your "clothesline."


Now comes the fun part... making Santa's clothes! I free-hand cut everything out of felt, but if you're unsure about that, try drawing the shape onto a piece of paper, then using it as a pattern.


Here's a close-up of the little scarf I knit. 

A tiny elf scarf knitted using baker's twine.

After you've made all of Santa's clothes, use the mini clothespins to attach them to the baker's twine and add ribbon for hanging and a bow to the of the wreath.


I love that this wreath is whimsical and a bit cheeky, but still pretty and festive.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

DIY Faux Barn Wood Christmas Tree Stand

I love the look of those Christmas tree box stands made of barn wood. But we are in the middle of our big kitchen remodel, and my husband does not need to spend his time building one more thing. So I came up with a great DIY Christmas tree stand alternative that looks like rustic wood but is super easy and cheap to make (no power tools required). Guys, hold on to your hats. This is exciting...

Alternative Christmas tree skirts

That pretty wood tree stand? It's made of cardboard and paper! The whole thing took about half an hour to make and cost me $4! And it is shockingly realistic.

Here's how you can make your own "wooden" Christmas tree box stand.

Step 1. Gather materials. You'll need a giant cardboard box, a utility knife, a hot glue gun, and some wood look paper. The paper I used is actually THIS bulletin board paper that I bought at Joann. It's located in the teacher supply aisle. With a coupon, it only cost me $4.

Step 2. Make a box. Measure the height from the floor to the bottom branches of your Christmas tree. Then measure the width of the tree stand. Cut the cardboard to fit, like this:


This base doesn't have a top or a bottom so that you can just slide it around the tree base without having to lift the tree into the box. It makes it super easy to use.

Notice the overlap on one corner. That's so you can clamp the box together to keep it snug around the tree.

Step 3. Cover the cardboard with paper. I cut through the entire tube of paper so that I was left with a long, skinny roll to use. Line up the factory edge with the bottom edge of the cardboard, then use hot glue to attach the paper to the cardboard all the way around the box.


Step 4. Fold the top edge of the paper down and glue it on the inside of the box.


Step 5. Wrap the box around the base of the Christmas tree and use a big binder clip to secure the box together in the back of the tree.

Inexpensive Christmas decorating ideas

Isn't it pretty? I don't think anyone would ever guess what it's made of and I love the rustic touch it adds to my tree. And I especially love that it only cost a few dollars to make.

Alternatives to traditional tree skirts

I'm calling this project a Christmas DIY win!

Make a faux wood box to put your tree in!

See the rest of the Christmas eye candy on my holiday home tour HERE.

Monday, November 28, 2016

2016 Christmas Home Tour (Tons of Ideas You Can Totally Steal)

I'm excited to share my Christmas home tour with you today. I was able to decorate inexpensively this year by reusing decor that I already had and just mixing it in a different way with only a few new pieces. There are definitely some ideas that you could easily replicate here, so I hope you'll be inspired to try something new in your holiday decorating this year. I've included affiliate links just in case you want to buy anything for your home.

I made the wooden "Christmas Tree Farm" sign last year (tutorial here) and just moved it upstairs instead of above the fireplace. The little red truck is a new purchase from Target and was only $3!


My favorite new addition in the entire room is these vintage ice skates. I purchased them at the thrift store this past summer for $3 and have just been waiting for the chance to use them for Christmas decor. I added a screw to the back side of my giant chalkboard, looped the laces over the screw, then filled the skates with greenery and some vintage red ornament picks. Easiest decoration, but I adore the look.


Many of my DIY Christmas pillows made a return again this year too. The gray sweater pillow and the plaid deer pillow are both DIY (tutorials HERE). I bought the buffalo check pillow covers on Amazon for $5 each. THESE are the ones I bought. If you decide to get some, just know that it takes a long time for them to get here. But I will say, the price can't be beat!


A view of everything together...



The only new pillows are this pair of plaid pillows. I bought THESE place mats from Target and turned them into pillows. Have you tried that trick before? It's so easy... just unpick a hole in one edge, fill the placemat with stuffing, then sew the hole shut and you have an awesome pillow for just a few dollars.


Now let's talk about the best part... the tree!


I decided that I wanted to try flocking our tree this year. It's a great way to change up a tree you've had for years.


I bought THIS flocking (the 2 lb. bag) from Amazon for $25 and it was enough to do a light coating on the tree. I thought I was doing a heavy coat, but when I stood back, I realized that I could have gone much thicker. Oh, well. Next time, I guess.


The flocking was easy to apply. You just spray the tree down with water, put the flocking in a fine kitchen strainer, then sift it all over the wet branches. After all of the flocking is applied, mist the tree again. I would recommend doing this outside. It was messy! I also wish I would have used our garden hose with the spray nozzle set to mist. More water would have made the flocking stick better and the water bottle made my hands tired.

On to Christmas tree decorations!

There's a good mix of things on the tree this year: two kinds of ribbon, gold circle paper garland, red berries, white hydrangeas and some white paper wreaths I cut using my Silhouette machine.


I used a small sunburst mirror as an unexpected tree topper and I think it might be my favorite part of the tree!


When the lights are low and the whole tree is glowing, I just want to burst out singing "fa la la la la."

Instead of a traditional tree skirt, this year I put my tree in a wooden box. Except it's not really wood and it only cost me $4 and took an hour to make. Go check it out HERE.


I will be doing a second home tour downstairs next week. We are going to the mountains to cut down our first ever live tree this year! I'm excited about that, plus I'm trying something completely out of my comfort zone for the decor downstairs, so we'll see how that goes. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

#LightTheWorld Christmas Service Idea for Families

This post is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. All opinions are my own. #LightTheWorld

Each year as the Christmas season starts, I look for opportunities for our family to focus on service. It can be so hard in this commercial, materialistic world to remember that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. I think service is the best way to show that we truly remember Him. 

This year our family will #LightTheWorld as we participate in the Worldwide Day of Service on December 1st. Here's a quick video to explain it.


video

Each day leading up to Christmas, there's a calendar that lists something Jesus Christ did to serve others and an idea for an act of service we can do to emulate his example.



The service idea for December 9th is "Jesus Visited the Lonely and So Can You." 

Our family will be helping a widow who lives in our neighborhood set up and decorate her Christmas tree. My grandma recently commented how she doesn't set up a tree anymore because it's just too physically taxing on her. She hasn't had a tree in years! That broke my heart because there's just something so joyful about a Christmas tree. I realized that many widows find themselves in the same situation. Setting up a Christmas tree is hard. And at a time when widows are already prone to feeling lonely, it just seems like they could use all the happiness they can get. So our family decided that this was the perfect opportunity to serve. We went over one morning, set up and decorated a Christmas tree!



It was such a fun activity for us, and it meant the world to her.


We talked about all of the special ornaments and where they came from. We laughed and chatted and had a great time.


My grandma was so appreciative and has been enjoying sitting by the tree at night looking at the lights.


After Christmas, we will visit again to take the tree down. 

We will be doing this exact same service for our widowed neighbor again on December 9th as our way to "visit the lonely." I am so grateful that my kids get the chance to learn about that good feeling you get when you bring light and happiness into someone else's life. Hopefully it will help us feel Christ a little more this Christmas.


If you would like to participate in a meaningful service opportunity this holiday season, visit Mormon.org where you can find your own way to #lighttheworld.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Free Printable Vintage-Style Christmas Posters

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CreateWithCommand #CollectiveBias

I've got such a fun DIY Christmas decor project for you today. I designed two vintage-inspired Christmas posters that I'm offering as free printables. I love how this project turned out and I have been so excited to share it with you!



This is a super simple DIY project. To make your own Christmas wall art, you will need:


- Free Printable Posters (formatted to print at 12x18 poster size)

DOWNLOAD HERE:

- Eight 13x2x1/2 inch wood strips
- Twine
- Glue gun and glue sticks (wood glue works too)
- Command™ 2 Pack Crystal Hooks Medium - Clear

I bought the Command™ Hooks at Target. They are in the home improvement section near the knobs and wall hooks, etc. and they are on sale through December 2nd!


Begin by sandwiching the top and bottom ends of each poster between the wood strips and gluing into place. I used hot glue but wood glue or probably even school glue would work too.



Glue a piece of twine to the back part of the wood for hanging.


If you're like me and absolutely hate filling nail holes, it's a really great idea to use Command™ hanging products for seasonal decor like this. Then there's no long-term damage and you can hang holiday decor to your heart's content. I found these cute crystal knobs and knew they'd be perfect for hanging my posters in a pretty way without any nail holes. And I love that they are clear so they blend in better with my dark wall color.

Command™ Hooks are simple to use. Just follow the directions on the back of the package or visit THIS site that has instructions, including weight limits, for all Command™ products.
 

I have another super secret use for Command™ Hooks. They make the perfect hidden hook for draping garland, banners and bunting on furniture.


I used these Command Mini Hooks 6-pk - Clear.


...and tucked them up under the table top. You can hardly see them, but it gives you something to hook the garland to.


It works perfectly and is easy to remove after the holidays are over. Although I might just leave them there year-round and change out the garland for different holidays.


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