I can’t believe Christmas Eve is tomorrow! This month has completely flown by. I’m really sad this series is coming to end, but I am so happy to have done it and it has completely kicked my butt into creating content in advance again. This last DIY is my absolute favorite and I actually didn’t think I was going to be able to do it until I stumbled upon the lightbulbs on clearance because my AC Moore was going out of business.
- Light bulbs
- Metal ornament hooks
- Acrylic paint
- Glitter to match paint colors
- Jewelry pliers
- Acrylic sealant
First use your jewelry pliers to attach your ornament hook around the top of the lightbulb. Then one by one paint a lightbulb and pour the corresponding glitter all over before the paint dries. I would recommend doing this over some newspaper as you will have lots of fall off glitter and can reuse it on the next bulb. I created little holes in a cardboard box to let the bulbs dry. Once the paint and glitter dry you can spray with the acrylic sealant and again wait for them to dry. Once completely dry no glitter should fall off and you can hang them on your tree.
I am so obsessed with this DIY that I made 24 and I actually wanted to go back and buy more, but time just wouldn’t allow. If you can only do one of the crafts that I’ve posted I would have to say let it be this one.
I hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas!
You guys went crazy for my pumpkin wine glasses that I posted in my fall favorites and I am happy to share my latest wine glass DIY of Santa! This will make the perfect Christmas gift and it is so super cheap to make that you could give a whole set of them if you like. Also someone mentioned turning it into a fun girls night project and I love that idea!
- long stem wine glass, I got mine at Dollar Tree
- red, black, white and metallic gold acrylic paint, I got mine at Hobby Lobby
- paint brushes, I got an assortment at Hobby Lobby
- rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball
First you want to soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and wipe down your glass to get rid of any grease that may be on the cup. After that you can start painting the glass with the red paint. Always make sure that you leave room from the top so that you are not touching the paint when you actually drink out of the glass. When painting the glass red I used a straight edge brush and used that to create my line at the top, I also made sure to leave even more room for the white paint we will be putting on top of the red. You MUST let the paint dry completely before starting the next coat otherwise it will pull the paint off of the glass. If you are in a time crunch you could use a blowdryer to dry the glasses faster. You will need to do at least 2 coats of red, I had more time and liked the look of 3 coats so that’s what I did with mine, it’s all about preference.
Once the red is dry you can paint a thick black line, the belt, around the glass. I started with one thin line across and then added thickness to try and make it as even as possible. You can also take your dabber and dab on the white on top as well as the bottom of the the wine glass. Another option for the bottom of the wine glass would be black paint to make it his boots, again all about preference.
Once the black is dry you can paint in the belt buckle using the gold paint and using the end of the larger paintbrush make the white dots for the holes in the belt.
To finish the glass and make sure you can wash it without the paint coming off let air dry for 24 hours then set the glasses in the oven and then set the oven to 350 degrees and let them bake for 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes turn the oven off, but leave the glasses cool completely in the oven. Allow 72 hours for glasses to completely cure before using them.
I hope you guys enjoyed this project and I can’t wait till next weeks project! This DIY Christmas series has to be one of my favorite things I’ve done on the blog. I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow and please let me know if you make the wine glasses, I would love to see them!
In case you need a reminder my sister’s wedding is less than 2 weeks away! She put together welcome bags for everyone for when they check into the hotel and she needed to make thank you cards to put with the bags. Me being the anxious person that I am I came up with a rough draft of a thank you card that I have to say I am pretty pleased with. We are meeting Thursday night to make changes and of course to fix the colors since I just made a quick guess when I made it.
Thank you cards are a huge part of weddings whether they are destination or not. I used picmonkey to create this which is available to everyone for FREE. I left hers very simple since it is a smaller destination wedding, but the possibilities with this card are endless and you can also upgrade on picmonkey to Royale and get even more cool features. I haven’t bit the bullet and bought it just yet, but I think I may need to if I want to keep making cards!
I made the card using a 4×6 layout, but you could make it any size. We plan on printing these ourselves on card stock and then more than likely attaching them to the welcome bags with some ribbon. These are super simple to make, but if you have any questions or would like to see some ideas please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
I know I said I keep an eye out next week, BUT I just couldn’t wait to show you this cute wreath I made! I recently found this wreath on Pinterest and knew I wanted to make one ASAP. I know it’s only January, but every year I feel like Valentine’s Day gets looked over. While I liked Mrs. Polly Roger’s original wreath that she made, it felt a little busy to me and I also wanted to incorporate my favorite color. The best part of this wreath is that everything is from the Dollar Tree! I already had my mod podge and glitter, but you can buy good ole white glue and red glitter at Dollar Tree as well.
Start by brushing glue on all of the clothespins (keep the clothespins on the cardboard it comes on!) You only need to glitter one side of the clothespins so go crazy with that glitter! While that is drying you can cut the inside of the pie plate out, you will only need the outer rim. You are going to take the felt hearts off the rings that they are attached to. You can keep the rings for other projects on Mrs. Polly Roger’s, but I didn’t have a need for them. I used 18 felt hearts to go around the pie tin. Once the clothespins are dry you can then start pinning your felt hearts around the pie tin, making sure to cover the tin. Then you can take either red or pink large table scatter and use a little hot glue to hide the holes at the bottom of the felt hearts. Then with your hot glue gun you can glue the smaller table scatter hearts to the tops of the clothespins.
When all’s said and done this wreath cost me $5 to make and I can actually make another one bringing the price down to $2.50! I can’t wait for Valentine’s Day this year and this is seriously helping me get in the mood. Every year we always keep Valentine’s Day low key and this year is no exception, we will be in Punta Cana the week before for my sister’s wedding, but decorations help me really enjoy the holiday without breaking the bank.
What’s your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day? I plan on making some Valentine’s Day treats next week so keep a look out for those!
Here it is August and I’m just now bringing you this awesome pallet table, BUT in my defense we did start the project in June and finish in July. I’m just a slow poster! Last fall when we were cleaning up outside and putting all of our summer stuff away a terrible tragedy occurred (and oddly enough, not for the first time). Our glass table shattered into a million pieces. I didn’t worry about it too much since we weren’t going to be using it anytime soon anyways and I already been inspired by this post to try making my own table for the next summer. Well Mr. H being the best husband ever came home one day with TONS of pallets for me to choose from. I was pretty excited and decided that any table we made had to be pretty big as we are always hosting outdoor BBQ’s for everyone during the summer. After all was said and done we had this beauty!
We used 4 pallets for this & I decided that I didn’t want to leave the pallets natural so I stained them in the color “Ebony” and let me tell you how horrible it was getting all the nooks and crannies! I HIGHLY suggest staining before you put anything together as it will make it easier to maneuver the pallet to get the harder to reach spots. You don’t have to stain the table but to me it just looked more pulled together. We bought 4 wheels from Home Depot (they said they could hold up to 100 lbs I believe) We wanted the table to be easy to move since we are hoping to bring this with us once we move into a new house. To connect the pallets together we used a 2ft 2×4 and screwed it into both pallets seamlessly. We weren’t very scientific when it came time to figure out how tall to make the table, we literally stood by another table and measured my leg! We used 6 4×4’s for the legs as we wanted to make sure the table was stable and wouldn’t wobble at all. Home Depot will cut the 4×4’s for you if you have your height figured out before you go and buy them which is great if you don’t have a chop saw to use at home.
I absolutely love the table and it has worked great for the cookouts we’ve had so far! People we’re a little concerned about things falling through, but suprisingly nothing did! Mr. H and I both agree that we should cut a hole in the middle for an umbrella but alas I think that may be for next summer as my mind is already on fall projects! It’s hard to keep my mind on summer when everyone is posting about fall, as much as I love fall (it’s my favorite season ever, along with everyone else it seems) I think I’m going to wait until at least September to say it has arrived. I will let August be summer………for now.
I know this wasn’t super detailed so let me know if you have any questions, but truly this project is super easy and can be modified to fit anyone’s needs!
Apparently I am one of the last people in the blogosphere to find out about using coffee filters to make wreaths, but boy am I glad I finally stumbled upon them! I’ve seen all the different kinds of mesh wreaths you can make and I will admit that I am a little frightened when it comes to trying to make those. I wanted to start off small, with something easy & you literally cannot get easier than this project. The finished product of this project is so beautiful you’ll want to make one for everyone on your Christmas list. I followed the directions I found on Recaptured Charm.
200 coffee filters
Foam wreath form
Glue gun & glue
You want to fold the coffee filter in half and then run it through your hands scrunching it up. After that I folded it into threes and created a small triangle on the bottom to place some hot glue on. You want to start placing the filters on the inside of the wreath and work your way around. At first I started placing them very close together & then I eventually got bored and started spacing them out more. Pick a space and stick with it to make your wreath look more uniform (I loved the way it looked packed close together & wish I stuck with this) You don’t need to place coffee filters on the back of the wreath since you want it to lay flat against the door. Once you are done putting all the coffee filters on the wreath you can take scissors and trim the filters since some will be further out than others. Once you are done with that you can add your ornaments and decorations however you want. Lately I have been really into gold, which is strange for me because I usually hate it & we don’t own anything gold, so I decided to go with all gold decorations. Mr. H also insisted we get nutcrackers so of course my nutcracker has gold glitter all over it! Needless to say Mr. H wasn’t very happy with that choice.
There are a couple of different ways to hang your wreath, most people suggest putting the ribbon on before you glue on the coffee filters but I wasn’t sure what I was going to use so I waited until I was done. I just took some ribbon I had from Dollar Tree and hot glued it to the back. If you add enough and make sure it dries 100% you shouldn’t have a problem with it falling off (at least I haven’t…..yet). Also sidenote: these cannot go outside! I just hung mine outside to get a good picture because our house has NO natural light, the wreath lives happily cornered on our bar.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday & I am very happy to be back! I can’t wait until my next project. Follow me on Pinterest & pick what I make next!
Mr. H & I constantly sit in our living room trying to come up with ideas on what to do now that we get to have weekends together. Needless to say we usually end spending all our time THINKING of what to do instead of actually doing anything. There is always plenty of things we talk about doing, but we never actually end up doing them. You know the “oh we should do that sometime” or the “we should try that place out” that never seem to come to be, well I saw a cute project on Pinterest by Life in the Green House that will definitely help us out.
- mason jar
- popsicle sticks (I used colored ones, you can get plain ones & paint or spray paint them)
- paper to make tag
I made 52 sticks with all different date ideas that way we would have a date for every weekend of the year, although I must admit I didn’t really think about how we may not be able to do some of the dates during the winter time.
Here are some of the dates I came up with, there are tons of websites dedicated to date ideas I pulled a lot of my ideas from that:
- Poker Night (we have a poker table which we’ve used once, so this would be a great way to have fun but for cheap!)
- Sports event ( we both are huge sports people, I mean hello we grew up in Boston)
- Homemade pizza & action movie
- Popcorn & chick flick
- Car wash (Mr. H details my car for me all the time so I thought it would be nice if we could do it together)
- Laser tag
- Comedy Show
- Geocaching Adventure (I discovered this while trying to figure out dates & I am so intrigued!)
Those are obviously just a few, but as you can see there are dates that both us of want to do & it just never happens. What are some of your date night ideas?!
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