You take off their hats…no…wait…that’s popes in a car. Hmmmmm…I got it! Hang them in the windows and the lofty area above the staircase!
To add a little Christmas cheer around our house, I took advantage of some dollar store snowflake ornaments and hung them ALL OVER the house. ”Take advantage” is putting it lightly. I STOCKED up. And came home with 105 snowflakes for less than $20. So if the world really ends today…I may not have stockpiles of canned goods and water, but I do have plastic snowflake ornaments. Barter or trade anyone?!
I spent an afternoon hanging the snowflakes using some pilfered fishing line from Colby’s tackle box. Shhhh…don’t tell my husband! Actually, I stole it from him last Christmas season to make a snowflake mobile and he’s hasn’t missed it yet. I’m claiming eminent domain! It’s mine now!
To secure the snowflakes to the window trim and to the ceiling above the staircase, I just used good ol’ 3M Command Hooks. They’re the same hooks that we used to hang the bats during Halloween. In fact, we never took the hooks down and recycled the bat hanging locations for the snowflakes.
Other snowflake hanging locations included the back kitchen window:
Here’s another shot from afar:
In the kitchen window above the sink:
Oh…and the flowers in the “joy” milk bottles that we made last Christmas (back here) also came from the dollar store. Holla!
And more snowflakes in the parlor window:
And in the living room window (I know they’re hard to see but they’re there I swear…blogger photographer fail):
Both living room windows (again…they’re there…it was just a super sunny day with snow reflecting through the window):
One hot tip for anyone looking to repeat this project…to make the multiple snowflake, first tie the first snowflake at the top, then to add more snowflakes, weave the fishing line through the bottom of the snowflake and tie a knot around the top.
This keeps the snowflakes hanging vertically and in line. You gotta keep those snowflakes in line…there’s no telling what they’ll do if left to their own devices! Sheesh…snowflakes these days!
Pssst…What little touches have you been adding to your home this Christmas season? Any dollar store finds? Or turning ornaments into garlands or window decor?
Now that the glue gun burns have healed, the glitter wiped off my face, and the perma-crafting mess cleaned up off the table, I would like to officially close the Twelve Days Of Craft-Mas 2011 series. It’s been a great run. I’ve made alot of awesome things that I will definitely be keeping, and again decorating with, for years to come. Below is a recap of all the projects we tackled (hot tip…click on any of the graphics below and you’ll be taken to a blog post with more info on that project).
This is essentially your one stop shop for everything 12 Days Of Craft-Mas 2011. We hope that you enjoyed the ride and you bet we’ll be back for another round in 2012! Expect bigger things next year. We’re talking MORE glitter, MORE glue, and even more fabulous fun! Merry Christmas to you all!
Pssst…Tomorrow I’ll be back with another Christmas related post including a holiday home tour! Can’t wait to get my Christmas on one more time!
On the twelfth day of Craft-Mas the crafting gods gave to me, the craft of joy oh so humbly.
I have to be totally honest here, this project was kind of a trial run for our wedding, for table decorations at the reception to be exact. I’ve been hoarding some serious glass containers lately. From pickle jars, wine bottles, and even glass Starbucks frappacino bottles. The goal of this project was to give painting glass containers a go and also make it into some festive Christmas decor. To complete this project, here are your supplies:
This includes three empty glass jars (I chose the Starbucks Frappacino ones since they look so much like milk bottles), some primer, glittery paper, letter stencils and a glue gun. The first step was to peel the labels from the bottles and scrub off all that sticky, residue crud.
Then pour some primer into the bottle:
I chose primer instead of paint for two reasons, well, maybe three reasons. One, it’s stickier than paint. Two, it dries faster than paint. And three, we have a crap load of it. Truth. Then I swirled the paint around and around and around some more, making sure that all of the glass was covered.
Then I dumped out the excess paint and continued turning the bottle around and around and around and around. That step took awhile but it’s important to get as much paint out of the bottle so the coating that’s left dries quickly. Then I was left with these three bottles.
Which looked JUST like milk bottles. Then I traced, cut out, and hot glued the glittery letters to the milk bottles and tah-dah:
Pretty, joyful milk bottles. And since the kitchen was in desperate need of some Christmas flair, I plopped them down on the kitchen window sill alongside the African violets, found vintage bottles, and Pottery Barn diffuser.
Notice how I strategically took my photos to leave out the massive amount of dishes in the sink. Oh sneaky sneaky! How’s that dishwasher installation coming, Santa?! I love how the bottles fit seamlessly next to the all-white kitchen trim. And with a little sparkle thrown in there.
Pssst…So this concludes the 12 Days Of Craft-Mas series. I’ll be back later this week with a recap of all 12 projects as well as a holiday home tour. Then it’s back to business as usual right here at Angie’s Roost. It will be back to the good ol’ house projects! I hate to admit it but I’m kind of missing priming, painting and maybe even drywall sanding…that’s a big maybe!
On the eleventh day of Craft-Mas the crafting gods gave to me, Santa belt pots for Christmas festivity.
So cute, huh?! And they were so cheap and easy to make. I know, that’s really becoming my mantra during the whole 12 Days Of Craft-Mas, but the best projects are cheap, easy, and oh so adorable. This project all started with three cute little poinsettia plants that I picked up at the grocery store. They were too cute to pass up s0 I promptly adopted them. I knew I wanted to craft something to put them in and kind of stumbled into this project while shopping for wrapping paper at Target. I was perusing the dollar aisle (one dolla make ya holla) and saw these little painted pails. They had Santa belt buckles painted right on them. I loved the idea and decided to “kick it up a notch” and craft more of a three dimensional belt onto some of the plain, steel looking pots. So I picked up three pots for a dollar each, a roll of black sparkly ribbon for $3, and went to work with the glue gun and some left over glittery craft paper.
First I folded the wide ribbon over to make a smaller belt and quickly tacked it down with hot glue.
Then I wrapped the ribbon around the pot, securing it in the rear with the glue.
Then I cut out a buckle from the silver, sparkly craft paper and glued that to the ribbon/pot combo as well.
Because I’m lazy and really wasn’t feeling like re-potting the poinsettias in the new Santa belt buckle pots, I used some leftover burlap from the Christmas table setting that I put together back here, wrapped the burlap around the flower pots, and inserted the combo into the belt buckle pot. Voila!
I decided to break up the pot trio with two of the plants/pots living in the kitchen. They’re on the window sill overlooking the back yard. That’s Goose’s stocking by the way, hanging by the window. Could you tell? Did it’s paw like shape give it away?
They add just a little bit of festivity to our regulars on the window sill. They also add a nice little pop of color to a generally muted color palette.
The third guy lives in the living room on the media cabinet. I attempted to hide one of the speakers beside the tv but it wasn’t quite big enough.
The little guy kind of, not really, balances out the big guy on the other side of the media cabinet.
The pair of poinsettias is my sad attempt at decorating an otherwise unfestive living room. But the room is completely open to the parlor which oozes Christmas. The parlor kind of feels like the Christmas fairy (and the glitter fair, and the lights fairy, and the festive fair) exploded all over the room leaving behind quite a trail. Oh…and the present fairy…she’s my favorite…she left lots of presents under the tree for everyone, and all wrapped up by the wrapping fairy. If you’re patient, and really good this week, I’ll share some tree pictures with you. Later this week we’ll be doing a holiday home tour to show off all our hard Christmas decorating work.
Pssst…So today I was thinking about what letters to Santa Claus might look like if it was okay for adults to write them. Mine would go something like this. “Dear Santa, I’ve been an awfully good girl this year. I only picked on my brother once. Because I was such a good girl, could you please, please, please, please, pleeeeaaaaase install my dishwasher?! Pretty please?!” Do you think Santa Claus carries tools in his sleigh?
On the tenth day of Craft-Mas the crafting gods gave to me, wrapping paper garland oh so thrifty:
And I ended up hanging the garland in the doorway between the dining room and the parlor (on both sides of the doorway).
This was definitely one of those projects that ended up nothing like what I intended it to…well maybe a little bit. You see, I kept seeing all these really pretty paper garlands on Pinterest and wanted to try my hand at crafting a strand for Christmas. Initially, I had planned to purchase a dozen or so sheets of fancy scrapbook paper, like the glittery ones I’ve been using for many of the previous Craft-Mas projects. But at $2 a pop, that would make for some expensive garland. After spending an evening wrapping Christmas presents, I found I had a bunch of these left over:
Those are all the scraps of wrapping paper that’s left over after wrapping. You know, the pieces that are just a smidge too small to wrap a gift. Anyway, I tend to gravitate toward the premium quality wrapping paper at Target. I know it’s a splurge at $5.00 a roll, and it’s smaller size doesn’t get me very far in wrapping, but it’s my guilty pleasure in life. That and grande non-fat white peppermint mocha lattes at Starbucks. Mmm…mmm…good! Ironically, I can get them both at Target…my third guilty pleasure in life behind premium grade wrapping paper and Starbucks lattes of course. My love affair with the higher quality wrapping paper is twofold: One, it’s much thicker and durable than the cheap stuff meaning less ripping and tearing midway through wrapping up a gift and two, it’s often much more glittery and you know I have a thing for all things glittery. Thus, why not use this stuff to craft my paper garland rather than the uber expensive scrapbook paper?! It’s just as pretty, just as glittery, and it was just going into the recycling bin had I not re-purposed it.
So I got to work. My supplies included white card stock, 1-1/2″ paper punch, Mod Podge, wrapping paper scraps, fishing line, glue gun, and scissors. The first step was to punch a bunch of circles out of the card stock.
Then I glued the card stock circles to the wrapping paper by brushing on the Mod Podge glue for a solid adhesion. After the glue dried (only about fifteen to twenty minutes), I cut them out using the scissors.
This process produced a very high quality and efficient (using the optimal amount of wrapping paper and leaving few scraps) set of wrapping paper chips. However, it was a slow process. Enter wrapping paper chip making process number two: gluing the wrapping paper directly to the card stock using the Mod Podge.
You have to be careful with this process not to get air bubbles or folds in the wrapping paper. And also make sure that you spread a sufficient amount of glue, covering the entire surface. After the glue dried, I used the circle punch and cut out as many chips as I could from the card stock.
In the end I was left with quite a bit of chips. I felt like I was playing poker with Santa Claus and his reindeer. I was totally winning!
With my chip pile in tow and a heated up glue gun, I went to work gluing the chips to the fishing line.
I used a sandwich technique for the gluing. I took two chips of the same color/pattern, added glue to the back of one chip, attached the fishing line, and then smooshed the second chip onto it. It’s like the wrapping paper chips were the bread and the fishing line was the meat. I just kept repeating this process, alternating colors, making a very long, continuous garland. When it was done, I pushed some tacks into the trim between the dining room and the parlor to use as anchors, and just kept wrapping the garland around the trim. This is the view into the parlor.
And this is the view from the other side, from the parlor into the dining room/kitchen.
I adore the end result of this project. So much that I’m requesting that those receiving presents from me this year save their wrapping paper and return it to me (or else) so I can make some more of this garland for other doorways. Consider yourselves warned.
Pssst…Sadly, Chraft-Mas is coming to a close. I know, you’re all so sad right?! But for those of you who miss our home improvement projects, have no fear, we’ll be back with a vengeance next week. We’ve got some doozies for you in the next few months so stay tuned!