DIY Christmas Decorations

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!

FABRIC WREATH

I want this window hung on the wall….but it hasn’t happened yet. It will be super cute when it’s up!

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.

Ignore my chipped nail polish! #momlife

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.

Chritmas Trees

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!

Ignore the red glittery balls, they didn’t work how i thought they would. Lol. So I used glitter instead!

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!

Centerpiece

I used some of the red glittery balls as filler!

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!

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DIY glitter shoes and Taylor Swift

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!)

Materials

all you need for this method is

MOD PODGE

GLITTER

SHOES

PAINTBRUSH

MASKING TAPE

the process

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.

 

When you are doing a project and no one is home to take pictures for you, its hard to do things one handed and take pictures at the same time! Lol
This is what they will look like after the top coat of modpodge. Don’t worry it will dry clear!

 

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!

Alice was so excited when Taylor came to a side stage right in front of us and sang “shake it off!” I think her life was complete in that moment!

Definitely a night we will both remember!

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