Hey there! Christmas is just 2 weeks away! I cant believe it, the year is almost over! I am finished with my Christmas shopping and almost finished wrapping! (Go me! ) Usually I’m wrapping on Christmas Eve!
I just wanted to give you a few free printables for Christmas!
Thanksgiving is over, so now everyone is ready to get their house decorated for Christmas! (although, we have had our tree up for weeks!) I’m trying to add to our decorations a little bit every year. My kids like to remind me that my Christmas decorations are nothing compared to Grandma’s house! Lol.
This year I’m adding some home made decorations (and probably a few that I find the day after Christmas). So I thought I would give you guys a little DIY christas decorations tutorial!
This project is super easy but just takes a little bit of time. All you need is a yard of plaid fabric you like, and a wire wreath. (I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby) there are a lot of different sizes. I chose a 12” one. If you make a larger one you will need more fabric!
1. Cut your fabric into strips. I did about 2 and a half inches by 6 inches
2. Then just tie knots! I did a pattern… the two outside wires on each side.
then the two inside wires.
Then when you push them together it looks really full.
Continue that pattern until you get all the way around the wreath, then you can trim the ends so that they are all the same length.
This one I think is super fun because you can mix different textures together.
I used 3 different sizes of foam comes (purchased at Hobby Lobby). Leftover plaid fabric, furry fabric, and glitter!
I love this fur fabric….I purchased this at Joann’s a while ago….I have no idea why i bought it, but I thought it would be fun for this project.
Also at hobby lobby i found this fur on a ribbon roll that would probably work a lot easier than my huge piece of fabric.
I cut a square of the fabric and hot glued one side.
Then rolled the cone to the end, cut the excess fabric off, and got glued the edge!
The fur is super easy to work with and doesn’t need to be perfect since it’s so fluffy.
The top i just pinched together and hot glued to a point.
I did the same process for the flannel fabric. You need to be a little more precise, but no matter what you will still have a seam where it is glued. I just put that in the back when I put it on the fireplace.
Then for the top i just folded the fabric in and hot glued down.
Last, but not least, the messy/fun part….glitter! (Is it even a craft project with out glitter?)
for this one i just did a layer of modpodge and then sprinkled with glitter. Do small sections all the way around the cone.
After it dries completely i did another layer of modpodge on top so it seals it and the glitter won’t fall all over!
I think this is my favorite! I used these foam balls to make a super simple centerpice! I used all of the same supplies… glitter, flannel, and fur fabric!
the glitter i did the same as the tree, just cover with modpodge, then glitter.
Fur is easy since they are super fluffy. Cut a section of the fabric, hot glue and fold around until it is all covered and cut off the excess fabric.
Next is the plaid. For these I cut a pretty large square. Glue the ball down in the center.
glue up all 4 sides so that you have the points sticking out.
take two opposite points and tie in the middle. Then take the other two and tie. I added some hot glue on each side to hold the fabric in place!
Then I just arranged them in my glass dish with some of the red glitter balls as filler!
All together these took me about an hour and a half to finish! You don’t have to use the materials I did, there are tons of options to make them more your style. You could use garland and wrap it around the foam, different color glitter, other patterned fabric, Pom Pom’s, and so many other things! Just wander around hobby lobby and get creative!
Is there really anything better than glitter shoes and Taylor Swift? Well, maybe, but they are both pretty awesome! Last week I took Alice to her first ever concert! It was so much fun! A few days before the concert we decided we needed some glitter shoes to wear, because obviously, everything is better with GLITTER! So, i started searching Pinterest and watching YouTube tutorials on how to make them. Now I will say that there are a bunch of different ways to make them, but I chose the easiest! (obviously!)
all you need for this method is
These were SO easy to do. You can easily do this to an older pair of shoes you already have but, I picked up some $5 canvas shoes from Walmart. This would also be fun on a pair of heels too!
First step is to mix glitter into some mod podge. I did 1 part glitter to 2 parts Modpodge
Next you need to tape off any part of the shoe that you do not want glitter on. I did try a few different ones. Duct tape worked well, but it left a lot of sticky residue that I had to clean off after we were finished. Painters tape wasn’t sticky enough, but I found that masking tape worked best. It stayed in place but didn’t leave any stickiness behind.
Now you need to paint on a thin layer of your modpodge/glitter mixture in sections.
While it is still wet, pour glitter on top and shake off the excess
(if you just want to add some glitter to the shoes and not be completely covered, skip the step of pouring on the glitter, you can just do thin layers of the mixture until there is the amount of glitter you want, just make sure you let them dry in between coats)
Once that is completely dry you will want to do another coat of modpodge on the top to seal them so you don’t have glitter falling off.
Let the shoes dry for 24 hours, then peel off the tape and they are ready to wear! (Unless you used duct tape like i did on one and then you have to clean off all the sticky residue! Ugh!)
They turned out super cute! I’m not sure if they will stay perfect forever, but its a super fun project and they are holding up well so far! I will say make sure you do THIN layers of the modpodge. Alice made hers by herself and her layers were pretty thick (you know, 6 year olds!) and hers are cracking some. But mine are still great!
And I’m sure you are wondering “How was the concert???”
WELL, It was AMAZING! I’m really not a big concert going person, I cant even remember the last one I went to, but I knew we had to go to this one! Alice and I both LOVE Taylor Swift and she puts on a great show! She was on stage a solid 2 hours and there were fire works, countless costume changes, huge snakes, light up bracelets, and she rode in a giant gold glitter ball to get to the smaller side stage (RIGHT IN FRONT OF US!!). She sang all of her new songs and a bunch of her old ones too!
It was so fun to see people of all ages there to enjoy the concert! I saw whole groups of grandmas, moms, and young daughters all there singing and dancing together (and men too, I’m not leaving them out! There were plenty of guys there too!) and I’m not sure if its every concert but people went all out on their outfits for the concert. I’m talking full out costumes! Super creative ones! They were awesome!
So… We sang, danced, took pictures, bought insanely expensive snacks and T-shirt’s! It was totally worth the money and I’m so glad we got to experience it together! If you get a chance to see her in concert I would for sure recommend going!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE taking new craft classes! For my birthday this year my awesome Mother-in-law (Laura) took me to a Shibori dye class. I had never even heard of it before, but when she asked me if I wanted to go, of course my answer was YES! I have to say it was so fun! We took the class at a place in St. Louis called Perennial. They offer so many different classes from wood working to sewing basics, to upcycled mosaics. Such a cute place! I mean, being surrounded by craft supplies is pretty much my dream!
What is Shibori?
Shibori is a Japanese technique of dyeing fabric using indigo dye to create a pattern, it has been around for hundreds of years. There are a few different techniques that include folding, using clamps, using rubber bands,pole wrapping, all to give you a different pattern.
Now, lets get to the fun part!
For the class everyone could bring any fabric that they wanted to dye. That was super fun because we got to see how different each project can be! I brought two pillowcases i purchased from IKEA! Laura brought some cloth napkins, and some others brought fabric scraps, and T-shirt’s!
The technique that we learned involved folding and using clamps. Our instructor showed us a few different folding options and had so many clamps, stencils, and clips to choose from to create a unique pattern.
The clamps hold the shaped stencils tightly in place to keep the dye from getting to that fabric. So, (hopefully) the areas covered by the stencil will be white, and the other parts of the fabric will be blue when you are finished!
For the class we used synthetic indigo dye. So easy to make and they sell kits you can find in craft stores and on Amazon . You need to submerge your project in the dye for a few minutes, if you want it to be darker you can take it out for a few minutes and the put it back in the dye…..and….make sure you wear GLOVES!
The coolest part (I think) is when you take it out of the dye and its a bright Yellow/green!
Then you take the clamps off and unfold to hang to dry!
The dye reacts with the air and turnes the dark traditional blue!
My patterns didn’t turn out quite like I thought they would, But I still love them!
This class was so fun! This is definitely a project you could try at home! I would suggest doing it outside because its pretty messy! I cant wait to go back to Perennial to try out another class!
Like many of our DIY projects it starts out with me saying “you know what would be cool…” and insert any part of the house i happen to be looking at at the moment…. the floor, the wall, the bathroom, you get the idea! This is usually followed by an eye roll by Jesse and then a trip to Home Depot! I’m pretty sure deep down he loves my many ideas. This great idea was for a long wall in our kitchen. I am slowly figuring out what to put on it (I am not great at decorating!) and I decided a floating shelf to put our snow globes on would be perfect!
So you might be thinking, why do i need a special shelf for snow globes, well these aren’t just any snow globes, these are from DISNEY WORLD! When Jesse and I went to Disney for the first time (glorious times of traveling care free with no kids) there was an entire wall in a store at Downtown Disney (old school Disney Springs! ) They were beautiful and we decided that each time we went to Disney we would get a new snow globe. So now fast forward to many trips later and they don’t have snow globes anymore!! What’s up with that Disney?? So we have 4 of them that I love to have out on display.
Now, lets get started with this project!
for the frame you need a 2”x3” board and 2 1/2” wood screws
for the outside you need a 1”x10” board and 1 1/4” wood screws
3”-4” screws to attach to the wall
sander or sandpaper
water based paint
water based poly
Let’s get started!
The first step is to build the frame. To me, doing this step first seemed way easier than deciding how big you want the shelf to be and then do all of the calculations for the inside frame. Since wood that you purchase from the store isn’t the exact dimensions it says it is. Which I think is weird!
You can decide how big you want your shelf to be. I needed it pretty big so we did 8.5”x34” for the frame.
the 2×3 is what you use for your frame. Cut your wood the dimensions you decide for your shelf and then screw them together. You are just making a rectangle
*side note… we had to actually remove one of the long sides when we were screwing it into the wall, so you might just want to leave that off for now!
Now, you are going to make a box out of the 1×10 that the frame fits inside! Since you made the inside frame first you can just measure that so you know the exact measurements for the box! We used a pocket jig to attach these boards, but you definitely don’t have to have that!
This is what it will look like when you put the frame inside.
After you screw those pieces together you will need to use your wood filler to fill in where you screwed it together and if there are any big knots in the wood that you do not want to see. then sand it. If you want it to be a more rustic looking shelf you can sand just enough so it doesn’t give you splinters! I wanted mine to be pretty smooth.
Next you need to paint or stain the outside
Finally, you need to protect it with a couple of coats of polycrylic protective finish. If you used water based paint you need to use water based poly. They need to match or they will bubble and peel. The poly gives it a nice glossy look that I really like.
Now, since I am putting some pretty heavy snow globes on the shelf we needed to attach it into a couple of studs. We pre drilled holes into the studs and we used 4” screws….And this is where we had to take off one side of the frame because he couldn’t fit the drill in the frame…OOPS!
After it is secured to the wall you will need to attach the last piece, so now it will look like this! Depending on how big you make your shelf or what you are putting on it, it is possible you will need to add some extra supports into the frame.
NOW…. you just slide the box on top of the frame!!!
TA-DA! You are finished! Your new shelf is ready and waiting for you to decorate! And, because I know you are dying to see them…. here are my snow globes!
I absolutely LOVE how it turned out, and I had Jesse make me a smaller one for this wall too!
This finger painting canvas is a super fun craft project you can do with your kiddos, even little ones! Bonus is they make great gifts! All you need is a canvas (the size of canvas is really up to you, but i like to go big because ther is more room) , painters tape, and paint ( I just used regular old craft paint I had around)!
The first time I did this project with Alice and Cash was when they were almost 6 months old! I still remember the tiny fingers! It was Jesse’s first Father’s Day and I wanted him to have something hand made (of course my sleep deprived brain thought that I wasn’t busy enough just taking care of two six month olds!) Since they were babies and we know babies put everything in their mouth, I found a recipe on Pinterest for Baby safe paint! Doing this by myself with two crawling babies was a mess (as you can imagine) I locked us in the bathroom so I could put them right in the bath tub! The canvas turned out really cute and we still have it hanging on the wall!
Let’s Get Started!
Now, I’m going to be real, this project became a whole lot more complicated this time around than i had intended. The reason? My children! Lol! Sometimes they are way more confident in my crafting abilities! My idea was to put their names on the canvas and then they could hang them in their rooms. They immediately said “I don’t want to do my name, I want to do something fun!” (When did they start having their own opinions??) So I said “ok, what do you want to do?”…that was the wrong question, immediately Cash said “I want a t-Rex!” Well, I’m sorry, I can not create a trex out of painters tape! ….so after a lot of negotiating, we agreed to a Minion and a bow (Alice is obsessed with JOJO and wants to be surrounded in bows!)
STEP #1: tape off your word or design. Every where you put the tape is going to be white when you are finished! Like I said, a name was going to be easy,but these took some time. These will make super cute Christmas gifts, if you like home made gifts! (Obviously I do!) you could do “I love you” or “maw maw”, etc.
*side note. If you happen to have a silhouette or something you can cut out your design with vinyl and then peel it off when you are finished! This really opens up your possibilities!
And yes that line of colors you see is ALL of the colors Alice insisted on using! The girl loves color!
STEP #2 : finger paint all over the canvas (and again, my children did not want to finger paint, so we used foam brushes) the finger painting obviously isn’t necessary, but i think its more fun!
In theory this project was designed to just be an easy 1 color paint it all and be finished, but….
STEP #3: after all of your paint is dry you just peel off the tape and you are finished!
For Cash’s minion we added some things after we took off the tape. You obviously have need the minion goggles and hair!
What is great about this project is you can make it as easy or complex as you want! Ours took a whole lot longer than i thought, but they had so much fun, and loved what they created!
So, I love the look of photo canvases, but to be real honest, I’m also super cheap! The only real photo canvas I own, was a mother’s day present from my first Mother’s Day (Which I think is my all time favorite gift). I also like to switch out pictures I have hanging on the walls with new ones (since I make my family take new family pictures every year!) so I can’t see spending that much on something I will replace in a year!
This is a super easy way to make your own photo canvas, and its so cheap you can change them out whenever you want! My friend Mandi (she is awesome!) taught me how to do this a few years ago and I made these two big canvases that I still love!
All you need for this project is your photo, canvas, black paint, modge podge, and foam brushes! I’m using an 8×10 photo and canvas in this project. (if you are doing a large canvas you can usually get “poster size” prints from walmart, sams, etc. for pretty cheap)
If your photo is the exact same size as your canvas you will want to trim a little off the edges so that the picture isn’t right at the edge. If you leave your photo right at the edge, it might start to raise off after a while.
Now that you have it the size you want you will want to put a thin layer of modge podge on the top of the canvas where the picture will go. After you have covered the whole thing you can set your picture on top and let it dry.
Next, you need to take your black paint and paint along all of the edges. You want to make sure all of the white on the canvas is covered.
Next you can use the edge of your foam brush to “feather” around the edges. I like to go on to the picture some so that it makes it look more blended, like the picture is part of the canvas. It’s up to you how far you take the black into your picture. I usually do about a half an inch.
You need to make sure all of the black paint is dry before you move to the next step. If any of it is still wet, it will get smeared on the picture in the next step.
Finally, you are going to do a thin layer of modge podge all over it. I use the matte version since I don’t want there to be glare on it when it is hanging on the wall. This will leave a texture on the picture once it has dried. So you need to keep that in mind when you are applying it. You do not want to have any clumps on it. This one i did smooth lines vertically on the picture.
It should look like this when you are finished….I know what you are thinking…this can’t possible turn out right, but trust me!
Now you just wait for it to dry….. and voila! You made your own photo canvas!!!
Super easy, right?!?!? Now go print some pictures and get crafty!