Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My Christmas Crafts

I love crafts. Especially Christmas crafts. I used to have a bunch of things I've made for Christmas, but as I have mentioned before, most everything, except for our Christmas tree and Willow Tree nativity (the figures only- we lost the crèche), were lost in the flood. So this year, it was almost like starting over as far as handmade holiday stuff goes.

So, I've been working on things here and there. And instead of going into the little details on each one, I thought I would just share them briefly in one post.

I made these trees with natural jute wrapped around foam cones. I think I bought all the supplies at Hobby Lobby. I had seen several ideas on different blogs and Pinterest which led me to making these. Btw, if you have not checked out Pinterest, you must! It's a crafter's dream!

The word art in the frame I found online. I love free printables and the people who come up with them and are willing to share on the internet for free.

This little block nativity I made with a scrap piece of 2x4 left over from one of Hubby's projects. I spray painted it off white, cut the black vinyl image with my silhouette cutter and then wrapped a black ribbon around it.

I got this black plate from Hobby Lobby and cut the white vinyl image with my cutter...

I have these items on top of my fridge.

This is my simple centerpiece I have on our kitchen table. I just glued cinnamon sticks (from HL) around dollar store candles and placed them in a little ceramic dish I found on clearance at Target with berry sprigs, again from HL.

This one is just like the centerpieces we made for the Hubby's squadron Christmas party which was also inspired by stuff on Pinterest. I offered to pay the wife who brought a ton of mason jars, but she let me just take a few. Apparently the lady they just bought their house from in town use to can and left all her jars in their basement and what she brought was not even close to half of what was left in the house. So I took two (the other one I had on hand), bought some little trees and wreaths from Hobby Lobby, and picked up some epsom salt from walmart and used the jute I had from earlier projects for around the lids.

I just think these are so cute.

Last craft, I promise, are these little wreaths...

I saw these on Pinterest (link is HERE) and I had all the supplies (shower rings, yarn, hot glue and ribbon) already on hand so I made them.

One I hung on my little candy jar full of red and white mints. (Oh and I made that jar- well I just glued the container to a candle stick- both were from the dollar store.)

The other wreath I have hanging from the lamp in our front room.

There you have it- my Christmas crafts. I have more on my list, just not sure when or if I will get to them. :)

Monday, December 12, 2011

My Christmas Wreath

I made this wreath a couple months ago...
Well I just made the burlap flowers to go on the grapevine wreath that I bought at Hobby Lobby. And those flowers have clips on them so I can change them out for the different seasons if I choose to do so.

This is what it looks like now for Christmas!

I found these little pinecone/berry pics with a bird at the dollar store...

and they already had a clip already on the back!

So I just took off the old burlap flowers and replaced them with two pics/clips. (I only wanted one bird so I took a bird off of the other pic.) I love that cute little red bird.

It turned out pretty good, eh? Well I think so anyway.

I still have it hanging on my mirror, too, because really I just like it there.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Knock Off Head Bands

A couple weeks ago I was shopping for clothes for Little Thing 2 and Little Thing 3 in the Children's Place. I had outfits all picked out and then picked up a couple headbands to accessorize. Little Thing 2 loves wearing headbands lately. Once I got home and really looked at one of the headbands, this one...

I realized this would be way easy and cheap to make at home!

I found these plain headbands at the dollar store... (some come in packs of two!)

And I already had these rhinestone gems on hand...

Got the good ole glue gun out and VOILÀ!

Little Thing 2 was pretty excited about these...

They probably cost me about a buck a piece compared the $3 a piece at TCP. Not bad!

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sick Day Crafts

Little Thing 2 was home sick yesterday so I did not take Little Thing 3 in to town for preschool so that meant I had some spare time, in between changing out the bags in the throw-up bucket, at home.

I reorganized my craft storage armoire and in the process decided to do some crafts.

First I covered these little holder thingies on my fridge...

And these magnets as well...

I used modge pog and scrapbook paper and made them look like this...

I found the little holders at the dollar store just before school started. I use them to hold box tops and coupons and other little things. The magnets I found at Walmart and I have the perfect size circle punch to fill the little indented circle area.
The paper I found at Hobby Lobby and it matches these other glass magnets I made a while ago.

Next, since I took down all the Halloween stuff ( I can hear the hubs saying, "THANK YOU!"- he's not a fan of Halloween) I thought it was time to have some Thanksgiving stuff up.

I found this cute printable at A Step In The Journey.

I printed it out and out it in a $ Tree frame. I made the little burlap flower and hot glued it to the frame.

I wrapped burlap with some jute rope around a glass hurricane ($ Tree) and put some ($ Tree) flowers in it.

And I moved some of our outdoor pumpkins inside...

Definitely more of a fall Thanksgiving look.

As much as I hate having a sick child at home, it gave me some down time to do these fun easy crafts.

Little Thing 2 is doing much better today, btw, and is finally keeping liquids and crackers down. She will probably be well enough to head back to school tomorrow. :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

My NEW Fall Wreath

I lost ALL my wreaths in the flood this summer. They were stored up very high in the garage, but the water got so high it knocked all the stuff over and down off the shelves and well...everything was soaked. So I HAD to make a new fall wreath. And, I have been drooling over all the cute wreaths on Pinterest lately so I went out and got stuff to make my own.

I started with this grapevine wreath from Hobby Lobby. It was only $3.99. Can't beat that!

I hung it over my mirror in our front room with jute. Then I used some burlap (also from HL) and made some flowers...

I added clips to the backs of the flowers so I can take them off and switch them out if I like. I'm trying to come up with something for Christmas time.

Pretty simple but that's the way I like it!

I am linking this up to Someday Crafts
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Monday, April 4, 2011

Angry Bird Cake

My son had his birthday this past week. He's very into Angry Birds and wanted an Angry Bird themed birthday. I found tons of ideas for decorations and stuff on the internet. The piece de resistance (I think) was the yellow Angry Bird cake...

I actually came up with the idea for this one all on my own. I just cut a triangle out of a 13x9 cake. I used yellow food coloring to make the white frosting yellow. I used oreo cookies and black m&m's for the eyes, red licorice for the eyebrows, orange wedge candies for the beak, and black licorice for the feathers on top of his head and the tail. Ethan was soooooo excited about it! And it made me happy that he was so excited.

Oh and I followed the tutorial at The Crafting Chicks to make the pigs...

He was one happy boy this weekend.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Easter Egg Topiaries

The other day walking through the dollar store I found a package of four glitter eggs on a sticks or picks I guess their called. I picked them up knowing I could use them for something. I also grabbed some little white buckets from the wedding section (the ones that come in a three pack). I cut down some floral foam (also from the dollar store) and used some easter basket grass I picked up on clearance last year and came up with this...

I can use them for decoration on the table...

Above the sink...

But I think I'm leaving them on the shelf in my dining area for now...

So easy. So simple. So cheap! Just what I like!

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