How is Christmas already less than a week away?? When does this happen???
Though I’m excited for the festivities ahead, I’m also sad that this holiday season will soon be over. I thought I’d put together a list of all my Christmas DIYs not only as some last minute inspiration for your viewing convenience, but also just to have one, last, collective look on how I’ve decorated for this holiday. I’m slowing down to enjoy the days passed through looking back on the projects I’ve put up on this blog. I hope you enjoy it as well!
I love boxes. Really. They’re one of the best ways you can decorate your space while adding the functionality of storage. And if not for your own use, they’re so practical for re-usable gift wrapping that I think anyone would enjoy receiving.
The idea behind these boxes is very similar to the fabric lid boxes I previously did. I spray painted the boxes gold and decorated the lids, this time with Washi tape.
How cute is this Washi tape??? You can get it here (affiliate link). I covered the lids with the Washi tape and lined up each row so that the tape pattern stayed consistent. Then I cut off most of the excess, leaving just a little bit to tape down over the edge.
I had to apply two rows of Washi tape around the sides of the lids and wrap the excess tape over the bottom edge.
It turned out so much better than I expected! I thought the tape edges would look obvious but I think the pattern especially helps hide where they are. They’re barely noticeable.
Didn’t I tell ya decorated boxes make great gift wrapping? I’m so in love with the geometric design on the Washi tape. What do you think of it?
I’m really loving projects where I get to come up with multiple designs, especially if I’m free-handing them. I originally planned on using stencils for these clay ornaments, but I couldn’t resist the fun in spontaneous doodling. I hardly consider myself a drawer though. I’m fine with drawing patterns or shapes on small scales, but not with drawing actual things that people would be able to identify like “Oh yea, that’s a cat!”
Besides the sharpie I used to draw the designs, here are the other materials.
I like how the first thing I did with my new set of cookie cutters is not make cookies. That will be a must in the near future though.
I mashed both packs of Sculpey clay together, rolled it into a ball, then flattened it out with a rolling pin. I wasn’t concerned at all about getting the clay perfectly even in thickness all around, so I just went at it as I pleased.
I cut out four ornaments with this scalloped circle cutter. I flipped the cutter over to cut out the hole in the center and while I hadn’t planned on saving those donut holes, they were just too cute not to include in the ornament making fun. All I needed to do with those was cut out a hole in each one for hanging, which I roughly did with a toothpick.
I baked them all in the oven at 275 degrees for about 30-40 minutes. I can’t remember exactly how long, but the key is to keep your eye on them and make sure they don’t burn!
Sharpie, ribbon, string, boom.
So a little oversight… I didn’t think at all about how big I needed to make the holes on the little ones and the green ribbon I used on the big ones wouldn’t fit through. I went with black and white string for them but now I’m wondering… would it be better if I just used the string on all of them? I do like the pop of green though.
Alright friends, it’s time to play my favorite game. Which one is your favorite??? I think mine is the one on the bottom with the berry branches-esque design. That one surprised me! It was one of those occasions where I had no idea where I was going with it until about halfway and then I was like yes, this is turning out better than expected.
Thank you for visiting me today and have a fantastic weekend!
I’ve seen vases filled with ornaments everywhere and wanted to join in on the pizzazz. The display is so festive while still being simple, which I love keeping things simple :). To go with my silver Christmas decor, I decorated the vase with Looking Glass Spray Paint. (Before we get into it, can I just talk about how much I love the mini white bottle brush trees displayed in the photo above?? I perched them on top of candle stick holders, which they themselves look like abstract silver trees, no? Love it all.)
You can get the spray paint here (affiliate link). I introduced this paint in my mercury glass votives DIY and I’ve really wanted to use it again since. While in that project I painted the outside of the glass, this time I wanted to try painting the inside of the glass, which is what the intended technique for this spray paint is (if you want the reflective side to show on the outside).
For the prep:
I chose to do vertical stripes because one, I love stripes, and two, I feel like I don’t see them as often as I do horizontal ones, so why not give it a try? What made this difficult was that I had to apply the tape on the inside of the vase since, remember, I’m spraying the paint on the inside surface. I made it easier on myself though by not being too nit-picky about getting the stripes perfectly straight or placing them at even widths and spaces. I just eyeballed their placements, and I say that if it looks good to your eyeball, then it’s good enough! To protect the outside of the vase, I wrapped around and taped some aluminum foil.
*Quick tip for the Looking Glass Spray Paint: This stuff runs very easily, so it’s extra important to apply in thin layers. The directions recommend spraying at least 5 light coats, but I think I ended up doing about 10.
I started spraying at the inside bottom of the vase and then quickly stroked upwards past the top edge of the vase. Doing this on every section of the inner surface once is one layer.
Removing the tape after painting is the best part.
Second best part is filling it up with ornaments.
I got these ornaments at the Dollar Tree and in this case, “you get what you pay for” applies. For at least the ones that I got, their imperfections would be very apparent if hung on a Christmas tree, but they are absolutely appropriate for stacking in a vase. And c’mon, I spent a total of $2 on all of them. Totally worth it.
How do you like my choice of silver and green ornaments? I’m curious to know what color scheme of ornaments you’re decorating with this season!
I’ll be honest- I don’t need any more bowls. And while I do think these would make a great gift, I didn’t have any plans on gifting them. I simply saw the bowls at IKEA, loved their shape, and my “want” overpowered my “need” (does this happen often to you, too?) That, combined with my curiosity to try out some Martha Stewart stencils, birthed this DIY project.
I think the photos on the packaging are so enticing. Many times I’ve perused the packs of stencils at Michaels and gotten lost in daydreams of all the things I’d decorate with them. This time, it’s bowls. Some very cute ones.
Adhesive stencils are the way to go. All I did was stick on the stencil, dab on acrylic paint with a dauber, remove the stencil, and repeat around the bowl.
I used the Martha Stewart satin acrylic paints in green, red, black, and gold colors. The only color I was dissatisfied with was the gold one, which is a shame because that’s the one I was looking forward to most. It looks more yellow than I’d like and wasn’t very opaque. The other colors were fine though and I’m happy with how they turned out. These paints can be dishwasher safe by following one of two different settings methods, which you can refer to in my DIY monogrammed cup post.
I’m not going to be keeping these bowls out in this magnificently mind-blowing display, but I figured it would be a good looking way to show each bowl :). With anything that I make in multiple designs or colors, I like to play favorites. The black one calls out to me the most and I like how I unintentionally applied the design closer to the rim of the bowl. That one just might need to become my designated cereal bowl.
Of course I want to know… which design are you liking the most?? It’s always fun to hear what you guys think!
Alright, guys. I’m doing something different with Christmas decorating. I’m decorating with silver. I know, I feel like I’m turning my back on gold, but silver just felt so right for this season. I will admit, this project was originally going to be done with gold ornaments, but once I decided that I was going to put my mini faux tree in a mint colored pot, I liked the idea of silver better.
The mint colored pot was actually a purchase from a while ago that I never found the right plant for. I’m glad that was the case, because the moment I saw the mini tree at JoAnn’s, I knew my mint pot would be perfect for it (don’t you love when that happens?)
I got the mini silver ornaments from Michaels. They came in an assortment of chrome, matte and glitter finishes.
I originally tried to draw the polka dots with a black Sharpie, but that was an instant fail. The Sharpie didn’t “stick” to the ornament so it was difficult to get opaque coverage. So then I thought I’d use acrylic paint with a dotting technqiue, which was an equally gargantuan fail. Trying to get the circles to be uniform in size without globbing on the paint was just not possible, and the paint was making more of a mess than I could validate. Third time’s a charm- I went with black rhinestones and I’m ecstatic about how they worked out.
The adhesive rhinestones were much more expensive, so I went with non-adhesive ones and used tweezers to dip them in Tacky glue and apply them to the ornaments. I only needed a small smudge of glue on each rhinestone. I did the same with the star on top of the tree but painted it white first since it’s made of cardboard. That was also purchased at Michaels.
As you can imagine, applying each rhinestone one by one is time consuming. But guys… it was so worth it. I’m head over heels in love with my ornaments and mini tree.
I hung up the ornaments with white ribbon that I tied into bows. Polka dots and bows, y’all… how freaking CUTE.
Would you like to see the tree lit up?
Is it weird to feel emotional over a Christmas tree? Don’t answer that haha! Maybe it’s because of all the time I put into it, but I seriously have never loved a tree so much. One of these years I will get a big, gorgeous Christmas tree, but I will always have love for my miniature tree friends. Sorry this is getting weird, guys.
What do you think of my tree?? Are you going miniature or big with your Christmas tree? Real or faux?