Yes, yes, Christmas beat me to the finish line. Pleeeeease don't rub it in, I'm actually quite sad about it. I had about 5 additional DIY Christmas posts queued up to share, but I ran out of time! Oh, woe is me! BUT! Let this be a lesson to learn from, and now I'm more determined than ever to take on the new year, to better plan, time manage, and prioritize for my blog and for my readers.
Today I'm going to share with you the DIY projects that didn't make it to the blog before Christmas…
1. Chalkboard Paint & Glitter Gift Tags
I made these chalkboard paint gift tags out of wooden shapes from Michael's. My favorite are the rectangle ones! The process was simple, first I drilled holes in each piece, then sprayed 3 coats of chalkboard spray paint on each side, then I outlined them with school glue and German glass glitter, and last I adorned them on each gift with some twine. Everyone loved them, except for my brothers, I had to dig their tags out of the trash!
I’m staring at my calendar right now…can someone tell me where the heck all the time went?! Christmas is less than 2 weeks away, and I’m not ready. Every year about this time, I begin worrying that Christmas is going to pass me by. This is also the time I realize I really need to step back and enjoy the moment.
I thrive in the anticipation of Christmas, it pulls out the super-crafter in me. I’m not lying when I say there are glue sticks between the couch cushions, glitter in the carpet and glitter in my dog’s hair. My pups know, its all for the sake of a creative and festive Christmas.
I know what you’re thinking, ‘why are you still making ornaments?’ I should be frantically shopping, or wrapping gifts, or at least be sharing with you the DIY gifts I’ve made. But not to fear, I just need to work through this bottleneck of posts to write!
Today I present to you…
Merry Christmas Paper Ornaments!
I love them! I love their simplicity, printed on an off-white card-stock, they match perfectly with any holiday color scheme. I’ve seen variations of these ornaments floating around on Pinterest, made with curly ribbon or strips of music sheet paper. I made the ‘Merry Christmas’ paper on Word, using 20 of my favorite free fonts I collected online, and repeated ‘Merry Christmas’ over and over, each separated by asterisk.
Now that I’ve tackled most of my holiday decor, I can finally spend some time making all the Christmas gifts on my list. First, I showed you how to make a holiday banner out of glitter, school glue, and chipboard, which I hung in our living room. Then, I decked out my dining table in jute wrapped Christmas trees. After that, I made some glittery ornaments out of German glass glitter which I used to decorate our Christmas tree. Today, I’m going to share with you how to make your own peacock feather earrings, out of real peacock feathers of course!
Turn Feathers Into Earrings!
It seems like everyone is wearing feather earrings. I know my sister wants a pair, she asked me specifically to make her some feather earrings for Christmas. I was like, easy! Done! Check! Here’s what you need to do:
It’s December, people! Can you believe it? Christmas is coming! You know what else? I’ve been blogging for 6 months. 6 months! It might not seem like a lot, but it’s gone by so fast. Thank you everybody! For reading, for sharing, and for keeping me inspired.
I’ve been super excited all week to get our Christmas tree, hopefully we go tomorrow evening to pick one out, followed by some Chipotle and the new Twilight movie. Or the new Leo movie. My BF doesn’t know the last part yet, he he. All you Twilight fanatics out there, don’t hate, I was there when it mattered – standing in line for the midnight release of the BOOKS. Don’t get me wrong, the movies are great, they’re like candy for your eyes, but I don’t have that same urgency to be the first in line as when the books were released.
Good news for you guys! My Christmas tree excitement has turned into the next part of My DIY Christmas series – glittery ornaments! And not just any glittery ornaments, German glass glittery ornaments! (oooohs, aaaaahs).
I always have a lot of things going on at once. I'm a creature of multi-tasking, just ask my BF – I hate sitting still. He would love for me to just sit next to him and watch him play Skyrim, or relax together and watch whatever dorky movie he picked. Don't get me wrong, I get a kick watching him slay dragons, but I need to have something in my hands, something to work on, something to blog about. There's just not enough time in the day, and I cannot waste a minute. I even wish I could run off and throw glitter on something during my lunch breaks!
You know what annoys me the most? The fact I cannot take a photo during daylight! Thank you Mr. Sun for only shining while I'm at the office. PS, you're also torturing my running routine. Anyway, just don't hate too much on my photos, I'm struggling with our yellowed indoor lighting.
I picked up some cardboard cones from Michael's, and some Jute twine from Home Depot. Please, don't buy jute or hemp twine from a craft store, you'll only get a couple yards, and at a ridiculous price. I bought 190' of jute twine for ~$4. The best price is on Amazon, you can get 400 feet for $8. Anyway, here are the supplies you need (don't mind the mess in the background):
- School Glue
- foam brush, if desired
- jute twine
- cardboard cone, small or large
I swear to you, every year I promise myself, 'this is the year I'm going to buy a "Merry Christmas" banner'. I typically catch myself thinking this while shopping at Anthropologie, gazing longingly at their adorable handmade bunting or banner. But, the second I glance at the price tag, I walk away every time. $98?!? WHY oh WHY!! But not today! Since I've tapped deep into my crafty superpowers, I've decided to make my own.
Although it seems like it, Christmas is not the next holiday. Consider this post a toast to Thanksgiving.
Get ready, everyone! Christmas is right around the corner. It's 40 days, 2 paychecks, 5 weeks and 6 Saturday's away! Eek, I'm already scrambling.
I broke the bank last Christmas, so this year I've decided it's going to be a DIY Christmas. News flash family & friends! I'm going to make all your gifts this year. I used to do this every year, I'd make jewelry for all the ladies, but the last year or so I chose to shop for everyone instead. I realized last year, if I'm out shopping the holiday deals, I end up also purchasing items for myself, which I never need. In my defense, I was too concerned I'd miss out on all the sales! I have to be strict with myself this year, which is why I decided to start this new holiday series, My DIY Christmas. I'll be killing 2 birds with one stone, making my own gifts and sharing the how-to with all my readers.
I'm planning for this to be a 6-part series, hopefully every Friday from now until Christmas. I've been gathering inspirational ideas, via Pinterest and other crafty and home decor websites. Here are a few of my favorites so far: