DIY Gold Bell Christmas Lights + Cricut Explore Giveaway!

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Thanksgiving is officially over – let the Christmas Season begin!  In my house that means taking down anything leaves/pumpkin/yellow/orange/brown and replacing it with everything pine/bulb/green/red/gold.  So the de-falling has begun and the Christmastizing is here.

This year we are moving away from the teal/lime/silver of Christmas past and moving into the Red/Green/Gold of Christmas present.  Who knows where I will go in Christmas Future…  In order to really embrace this change of Christmas decor I decided to create these fun DIY Gold Bell Christmas Lights for the mantel.

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They were SO easy to make! I took the little paper mache pots I got from ConsumerCrafts.com that I showed you guys in this post.

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then I added some white spray paint to the insides in order to reflect the light from my Christmas light strand:

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Then I spray painted the outside of the pots with gold spray paint

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After they dried, I took my exacto knife and cut an X into the bottom of the pots

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I then used a wooden Carmel Apple stick I had laying around from our Apple Party to make a hole for the light, but a pencil could work really well too

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I simply inserted one light into the bottom of each pot

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And look how cool they look at night! The lights look like little recessed lights the way the paper mache pots focus the light down

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This enitre project took me about 10 minutes of hands on time and 30 minutes drying time.  So this is a quick and easy project you could do while the kids are napping… or the husband is napping, and have your Christmas decor completed quickly with some mini pots, spray paint, and a strand of lights. Happy decorating!

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Personalized Chalkboard Coasters + $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

If you are looking for an affordable personalized gift, these Personalized Chalkboard Coasters are a super fun choice.  I love being able to personalize gifts for those I love. I made these for a friend who has a witty sense of humor:

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I got all the supplies at the Target Dollar Spot

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And I simple chose my phrases and then typed the into a word processing program on my computer and found a font I like.  This font is “Jacques and Guilles.”  Then I wrote the phrases in a similar manner as to what I saw on the computer screen.  I love the end result:

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These also make great place cards, like the ones I made for my Thanksgiving Table.  And they erase with a damp paper towel so you can write another witty phrase or friends name… or even a doodle if you have sweet free-hand drawing talent.

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These make great holiday or hostess gifts that anyone would like to receive and they are so easy to make! Who will you make some for?

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If you are looking for more easy handmade gifts, check out these other awesome bloggers:

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DIY Gold Wishbone Napkin Holders

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Yesterday I shared my $10 Thanksgiving Table Decor and today I am going to show you how to make these easy DIY Gold Wishbone Napkin Holders to go on that table.  These are very easy, all you need is Sculpey Clay (or other oven back clay) in gold.

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These come with break lines (as seen in photo above) so the clay is already separated into quarters.  Break off one quarter and seperate into thirds. *Tip: I used tissue paper to protect my work space as this clay can sometimes stick to hard surfaces.

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Take one third and begin rolling into a ball

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Then roll the ball on the into a “snake” and shape into an upside down “U”

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Using one hand, pinch the top of the “U”

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Then pinch each tip at the bottom

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Make as many napkin holders as you need, then place a peice of tin foil on a baking sheet and lay out your wishbones.

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Bake according to the package directions.  Allow to cool. Place on your table

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How are you decorating your table this year?

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Easy DIY Gold Thanksgiving Mason Jar Craft

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Hey loves! Happy Halloween! Prepare I am preparing myself for the sugar high and following sugar coma – Amiright? Are you the type of parent to steal all your favorite candies from your child’s treat bag and stash them for yourself? I’m not alone here, am I? Please tell me I am not the only one … help me feel better about taking candy from my baby. I feel like today is the perfect time to share the first of my Thanksgiving Crafting.  This year is the first year we own a home and we are hosting Thanksgiving.  I am feeling real grown up about now. So in preparation for that honor I made this Easy DIY gold Thanksgiving Mason Jar craft.  I think I will have it on my entry console for when guest arrive.

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Supplies:

1 Mason Jar
Tissue paper or tape
Silhouette Cutting Machine
Repositionable Vinyl
This “thanks and leaf” file for the Silhouette
Gold Spray Paint
Flowers

Here’s how we do it:

Cover the lid of your mason jar with tissue paper or tape to protect the inside and lid of the jar from over spray &  place vinyl cut out onto jar

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Spray jar with gold spray paint

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Remove vinyl from jar and paper/tape from lid

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Add flowers (and maybe baby pumpkins for extra fall flair)

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This will serve as beautiful Thanksgiving decor, a hostess gift, or make a grouping of them for your Thanksgiving tablescape.  These are so simple to make you can easily to make you could have your Thanksgiving decor made in an hour. How simple is that?

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Easy DIY Blue Mason Jar Hostess Gift

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If you are looking for an easy DIY hostess gift for the holiday season then I have your answer.  This hostess gift is perfect: vintage blue mason jar that your hostess can reuse as a vase, cookie mix so that the she has something on hand for future visitors, and these adorable mason jar measuring spoons.  This is like a hostess dream gift… or maybe just my dream gift.  So let’s make this easy DIY blue mason jar hostess gift.

Supplies:

1 blue mason jar
1 set mason jar measuring spoons
Silhouette Cutting Machine
This Silhouette cut file
Repositional vinyl
Tape
Plastic Bag
White Spray Paint
Cookie Mix:
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar/coconut sugar
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Using your Silhouette Cutting Machine, use the cut file and cut the repositional vinyl

2. Place the vinyl cut out on the blue mason jar

3. Using tape and plastic bag, cover all parts of the mason jar left exposed

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4. Using white spray paint, coat the cut out

4. Using white spray paint, coat the cut out  5. Remove plastic, tape, and vinyl, leaving the desired image  6. Fill jar with Cookie Mix in order listed above  7. Place lid no jar and attach Mason Jar Measuring Spoons

5. Remove plastic, tape, and vinyl, leaving the desired image

6. Fill jar with Cookie Mix in order listed above

7. Place lid no jar and attach Mason Jar Measuring Spoons

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Include a card with this gift with the follwing backing instructions:

Chocolate Chip Cookies 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 2. In a large bowl, cream 1 cup of unsalted butter or margarine until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Mix in cookie mix. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough, spaced well apart, onto a greased cookie sheet. 3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.

I literally love this gift.  I am thinking of keeping it for myself…. is that selfish? But it’s sooo cute! I love how quickly this gift comes together. I think it would be cool to make 3-4 of these and have them on hand for all the holiday parties you will invited to this season.  Your hostess will be so grateful. I know I would be!

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How to make mini pom poms

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If you guys have ever seen those cute little teeny tiny pom poms and thought, “How do I make those?”  I am here to tell you: “easily.”  Making mini pom poms is a breeze.  Here’s how to make mini pom poms:

You will need:

Yarn (any color you want)
Yarn Needle
A Fork

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Here’s how ya do it:

Place yarn through middle tongs of fork, with tail of yarn on the neck of the fork

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Wrap yarn around fork – I did this approximate 50 times. More wraps = thicker, fluffier pom pom

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Cut yarn and thread through yarn needle

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Push needle through middle of wrapped yarn

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Wrap yarn around outside of wrapped thread and tie needle end to starting end

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Slide bundle off fork

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Cut loops which were created by looping yarn around fork

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Trim any stray long pieces and trim to shape your pom pom uniformially

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Now you have a little pom pom ready to be strung for a mini pom pom banner

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These darling Mini Pom Poms are so easy to make and take almost no time at all.  Once you make a few you will be able to fly through them and make them in just a few minutes.  This is the kind of craft I like to do while watching TV with the hubby because my hands can work without having to think too hard about what I doing.

What’s your favorite mindless craft?

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20 Minute Baby Dress Tutorial

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My family are all currently awaiting a new arrival to our already crowded bunch. My cousin (grandchild #7) is expecting his first baby with his girlfriend – a girl and we are all super thrilled about it. Now that little Ella is due to make her arrival any day now I thought I’d share a few projects we’ve been working on for her, starting with this super gorgeous little shirred dress I whipped up in literally 20 minutes the other day. I’m in love with the gorgeous black and white stripes and with the ribbon ties it makes it super easy to put on and take off if by any chance Miss Ella decides to use it as a vomit rag. I also added a super cute sequin letter ‘E’ to the front which I’ve got listed as a new item in my shop available for purchase! (I’ve also got an exclusive illistyle deal below!)

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For this cute little dress I used what I already had on hand and it took me literally 20 minutes to make and I’ve got plenty of material left for more as well as lots of un-shirred knit for other projects!! For this dress I used pre-shirred knit/jersey but you could easily purchase some elastic thread and shirr your own but I’ve never quite gotten the hang of shirring and I wanted a quick and easy sewing project. Along with the knit/jersey, you’ll need some ribbon or fabric scraps for ties, pins and a sewing machine! It’s that simple – so let’s make ourselves a dress with this 20 Minute Baby Dress Tutorial!

You’ll need:

· Knit or jersey fabric
· Elastic thread (if your fabric isn’t pre-shirred)
· Ribbon or scrap fabric
· Item of similar sized clothing (to get the right size)
· Pins
· Scissors
· Sewing machine
· 20 minutes!

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1. Start by laying your item of clothing down on your fabric. I used a little vest we picked up for Ella. Mark where the garment ends and fold it over so you have double thickness at the right size. Add 1 cm for seam allowance

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2. Measure how long you want the dress to be. I based mine on the theory that most babies are 19-22 inches long and made mine 14.5 inches + 0.5 inches for seam allowance. Mark your measurements with a fabric marker or pins.

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3. Cut out your fabric. Make sure your fabric is smooth and even.

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4. Double fold your hem up and pin in place. Don’t pull or stretch the knit/jersey just work slowly and carefully. You can choose to leave the hem unfinished since knit doesn’t fray but as this was a gift I chose to hem for a more professional look.

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5. Sew your hem, backstitching at the start and finish. Some tips for working with knit: don’t pull! Place your fabric under your machine foot and start sewing, let the machine move the fabric for you and just guide it in the right direction with your hand. And take your time! It doesn’t have to take exactly 20 minutes!!

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6. Pin your fabric right sides together and sew down the edge. Make sure you backstitch at the start and finish.

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7. Cut your ribbon. I chose to cut mine about 10 inches long but depending on the age you can make this longer or shorter. I would have probably made it a bit longer so that they can be tied in bows.

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8. Pin your ribbon onto the tops of the dress, making sure you line them up on each side.

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9. Sew in place. Backstitch over this a couple of times. Since this will be on the shirred section of the dress it doesn’t matter if the stitching is a little wonky as you won’t notice it with the shirring! Tie up your ties and YOU’RE DONE!!

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CONGRATULTIONS!! You just made yourself a pretty new dress! The great thing about this dress is that it is SO versatile – you can make it for any age, from newborn to adults and the process is exactly the same!! I hope you liked this tutorial and I’ll be back next month with another one – in the meantime feel free to pop on over to my blog and say hi! I’d love to have you over!!

- Danielle

 

2 Minute No Sew Fabric Pumpkins

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If you love fall and are short on time (can I get an amen?)  then you will love these easy 2 Minute No Sew Fabric Pumpkins.

Supplies (for each pumpkin):

1 – fat quarter of fabric

1 – roll of toilet paper

1- brown lunch bag

6 – plastic grocery bags

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Directions:

Place flat quarter pattern side down

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Place toilet paper roll on top of your fabric

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Pull your bags straight and stack around toilet paper roll

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Pull up sides of fabric and tuck into the center of your toilet paper roll

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Twist paper bag tightly and insert into center of toilet paper roll to form your pumpkin stem

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Easy, right? I love to make a grouping of these pumpkins for my hearth.  It’s so easy to change up each year (depending on your mood or color scheme) and the best part is: when you change over to your Christmas or Hanukkah decor you can dissemble the pumpkins, put the fabric back in your craft stash, and use the other elements as they were originally intended, so it is a simple no waste project.  My husband loves that he doesn’t have to store them in the garage with the Fall Decor, space saver!

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Do you make your own fall decorations?

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