Category Archives: Holiday Projects

DIY Mesh Ribbon Chandelier

DSC_0052By now everyone knows my house is an explosion during the  Christmas Season.   This year I had some left over Mesh Ribbon that I picked up at Costco. We all know I can’t just let it set there!   Here is my homemade Mesh Ribbon Chandelier.

 

What I used

1 roll of Mesh Ribbon
Fishing line
3M Strips
Scissors
Large Needle

IMG_7219I cut approximate 1 foot pieces of mesh and strung them on fishing line with my large needle.  Then placed a 3M strip on the ceiling.

IMG_7221Once I had my mesh ribbon pieces strung up I started adding some old ribbon I had laying around.

DSC_0064 This project may have taken me 30 minutes total.

DSC_0073I’m loving that it adds some drama to my ceiling without adding more lights and extension cords.

Wall Christmas Tree

 

DSC_0368We all have that one wall.  The one area that just doesn’t get decorated.  This is my solution to my living room wall for the holidays. Chances are you have everything you need in and around your house.

DSC_0224I started with just some branches off my peach tree.  These are small branches and honestly any branches would work.

DSC_0225I set out my tree pattern and cut them to size with some garden clippers.

DSC_0231Then I began to glitter them.  Yes my floor still has glitter on it:-)

 

DSC_0263I decided to go with turquoise and silver since they will compliment my living room.

DSC_0228Once I finished the branches for the tree I started on the star branches.

DSC_0266Then I stacked the on top of one another and wrapped them in some fine wire I had laying around.  DSC_0358Then I once again took a trial run at what I wanted my tree to look like.  I first attempted with fishing line and failed.

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DSC_0363Once the branches were attached to the ribbon I started layering my ornaments and beads.  There is really no wrong or right way to do this.

DSC_0371Once I found a balance I called it good

DSC_0369I attached it to my wall using 3m hooks.  One for the body and one of the star.

DSC_0373I love the way it works with my decor and ties in some Christmas as well.  I may attach the stocking directly to the tree.

DSC_0368Now run out and cut your branches!

 

DIY Flameless Candle Nativity Scene

DSC_0029 This is such an easy way to incorporate a modern Nativity Scene into your holiday decor.

What you will need

Computer
Nativity Images
Access to a Printer
8 x 10 Printer Paper
Tape
Flameless Candles

There are tons of images across the net but I really like Joan’s images on etsy.  Here is a shot of her shop, and a link that should take you there.  https://www.etsy.com/listing/225695067/commercial-use-license-clipart-no-credit?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=bitsyclips&ref=sr_gallery_1
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Once you have downloaded your images, it’s as simple as cutting and pasting them into a word document. I did mine  in landscape layout on 8×10 paper.

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You may have to play with your sizes a bit.  I chose to keep images fairly close in size even though all my candles were different heights.  In the end I think they turned out just fine and I love that I have a Nativity scene for the holidays that looks like it goes with my decor!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Family Heirloom Runner

DSC_0011I don’t know about you, but it just seems there is never enough decorations for Thanksgiving.  Several years back the Hands and Feet Turkey craft took over the classrooms.   I decided to take it one step further and made this very simply Turkey table runner with our  hands and feet.

This is what you will need:

2 yards of felt or fabric of your choice for your background runner
1 yard of Green,Gold, Orange and Brown
1/8 of a yard of Red
6 Buttons for the eyes (I used Green, Blue and Brown)
Thread
2 packages border piping to complete edge of runner (brown)
Trace of your family’s hands and feet
Cut-out of leaves of your choice

DSC_0003Once I cut 3 pairs of hands for the turkeys feathers and 1  pair of feet for each body, I ran them through the sewing machine. This step isn’t necessary it was just a creative choice that I made back then.

DSC_0016 I also ran the leaves through the sewing machine to give them a little more depth but it wasn’t necessary. All of the cut-out pieces can be hand-stitched.

Link to the hands and feet turkey cut-out http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/thanksgiving/handfoot/

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Here’s some leaf cut-outs that I googled.  Feel free to use ones that are native to your area.

There really isn’t a wrong way of doing this runner.  It would be great to see the runner made of old family shirt or blankets too.

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DSC_0007Anything that makes sense to your and your little family of turkeys.

 

 

 

Halloween Skull reclaimed pallet project

 

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We made the Skull out of reclaimed pallet wood.

This project seemed like a perfect way to actually use the wood and get it out of our side yard.

The cost of this project was a few hours of work and no cost for materials.

Materials you may need:

– Salvaged Pallet wood

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– Tools needed are a nail gun, sander, 4 inch grinder with wire wheel and jigsaw, skill saw and what ever else comes to mind. We also used some old vanity lights to make it glow.

STEP 1:

Sketch your Skull. I actually traced it onto poster paper first then we traced it onto the wood.

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STEP 2:

Find some victims to do all the work….. The older victim is a pretty good worker but the younger one he has UNION written all over him…

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Step 3:

Using your saw, follow the traced lines around your pieces of wood.

 

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Stop for countless Selfies!

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Step 4:

smile at the camera a great deal…. and remember your protective gear.

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Step 5:

We sanded the mouth area out and cut slots in the wood

giving the allusion of teeth.

 

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Step 6:

This was our final step. My husband took some old vanity lights apart that were removed during a remodel and we reclaimed the wiring to illuminate the skull.

 

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Happy Halloween

Total Cost 0

 

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DIY Clay Pot Soldier Nutcrackers

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When I started making these Clay Pot Soldiers I was so excited.  I had dreams of making them for all of the neighbors.  Then we started… What you will need.

Materials:
  • 5 pots all the same size ( we purchased ours at Home Depot)
  • paint
  • Metal Rod to run from top to bottom with washers
  • Saucer Base (Just place one upside down)
  • Templates (just google clay pot soldier) 
  • Sharpie to draw eyes and mouth
  • A day without wind to spray pot

I spray painted all of the pots with two coats.  After the base dried I taped off the rim and spray painted each rim.

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Once the main portion of the pots were painted I mapped out a face and hand drew the faces with Sharpies.  It sounds difficult but it was the easier than painting the rims.

 

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The washers, nuts and rods all came from home depot. Once you decide the size of Nutcracker you are making you can choose the correct washer and nut size.

 

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I love they way they turned out but they were a bit time consuming.

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Christmas Lollipops

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  • 2 Cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 Cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon extract of your choice

Place to pieces of parchment paper on your counter.  Fill a large bowl with ice and water. Set aside.

Combine the sugar, corn syrup and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan set over medium heat.  Attach the candy thermometer to your saucepan.

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Increase the heat to medium-high to bring the mix to a boil, stirring until the sugar has disolved. Using a small pastry brush dipped in water, wash down the sides of the saucepan to prevent crystals from forming.

Boil the mixture for 5 to 7 minutes until it reaches 310ºF (hard-crack stage) on the candy thermometer. Immediately transfer the saucepan to the bowl of ice water, carefully submerging the sides but ensuring no water seeps into it. Swirl the pan for 10 to 15 seconds to help the mixture cool then remove the saucepan from the bowl of ice water.

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If you’re using an extract, carefully swirl it into the mixture immediately after you remove the saucepan from the ice bath my mint extract had color which caused my lollipops to look more antique than clear.

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Working quickly, pour the syrup onto the baking sheets to form circles that are 2 to 3 inches in diameter. Immediately press in the lollipop sticks and sprinkle the lollipops with your sprinkles or candy, lightly pressing the garnishes into the syrup. Let cool completely until fully hardened then carefully peel the lollipops off the baking sheet.

These lollipops were so quick to make.  I’ve learned some lessons with the extract next time it will be clear.  I have to tell you my son was amazed.  He liked the swirly ones more than his Elf on the Shelf. You just never know with kids.

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Salt Dough Ornament Sports Jersey

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Most of us at one point has made or been given a salt dough ornament.  It’s a great way for little hands to start creating art.  I actually thought of this Soccer Jersey after I made my sons team Soccer Jersey Cookies.  It’s a shame to only have one use for all of our cute cookie cutters that pile up in our kitchens.

What you will need

  • Cookie Cutter
  • Craft Paint
  • Colored Marker
  • TIME
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Flour
  • Parchment Paper
  • Twine or Ribbon

Dough

Take about 1 cup salt and dissolve it in about 1  cup water (or a little more). Then stir in about 2 cups flour ( one cup at a time), until it’s a nice soft dough. I throw mine in my kitchen aid mixer for about 5 minutes.

 

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Roll out soft dough on top of parchment paper.  This allows you to transfer your shapes to the oven without  attempting to reshape your ornaments.  Bake at 200 for 4 hours.

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Once your ornaments have cooled dust the excess flour off.  If you don’t clean them off your paint won’t stick.  I just used a kitchen towel to do this.  Now you are ready to apply your first coat.

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This was what they looked like after the first coat.  I ended up going back over the front and back to clean them up.  Then I took a black marker and wrote their soccer club name and the stripe along the top.  My black marker was water proof but I didn’t have a red water proof one so I used a washable marker to outline the red.

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After they were outlined I sprayed them with clear acrylic paint just to ensure that if they came in contact with water the red wouldn’t wash away. If you use waterproof markers this last step wouldn’t be necessary.  After they dried I used some kitchen twine due to it looking somewhat like shoe laces.

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Since I had the paint and twine on hand this little project only cost me some time.  When I rolled out the dough it was rather thin but I kinda like how the Jersey’s look like their wrinkled vs being to puffy and potentially weighting down tree branches.

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Fall Pumpkin Pancakes

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Ingredients for Pumpkin Pancake Batter
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
7 1/2 ounces canned pumpkin
3/4 cup milk and  4 egg yolks
Cinnamon Maple Syrup:
1 cup grade B maple syrup
1 cinnamon stick

Cinnamon Maple Syrup:
Heat the maple syrup with the cinnamon stick in a small saucepan over medium heat. When the syrup is hot, remove from the heat and allow the flavors to steep, about 30 minutes. Yield: 1 cup.

Directions for pancakes:
Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Combine the pumpkin, milk, egg yolks,  in another bowl, mixing until homogenous. Make a well in the dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the well and mix until combined. Now you will want to run your batter through a mixer for around 30 seconds.  It needs to be smooth in order to pour the batter through your icing bottle lid.

Preheat the pan.  I have an induction range  at 6 for the pancakes I made today.

Grease your pan even if its non-stick grease the initial one.

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Squirt the batter into the pan making an outline of a pumpkin.  I used pumpkin batter and regular for the pancakes in these photos.  When the top of the pancakes are full of holes (look like bubbles have risen to the surface and burst), flip and cook until the bottoms are golden brown.

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The cinnamon pats were made out of a melted stick of butter that I placed on a plate and placed in fridge overnight.  Then I simply took cookie cutters and cut out the pumpkins and leaves for the butter pats.

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