DIY Faux Fur Christmas Trees

DIY Faux Fur Christmas Trees

I’ve been so busy this Christmas season! I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get a Christmas post up. (I’m such a sham!) But I’m so excited to share with you my first holiday DIY! I combined this year’s trend of colorful faux fur with Christmas trees!

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Supplies:

  • Paper mache cones in various sizes
  • Colorful faux fur
  • Hot glue + hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Optional: tissue paper, tape, pencil, Sharpie, Xacto knife
  1. Note in the supplies list, the last bullet item says “optional.” If you want to make a guide for the faux fur to wrap around the cones just perfectly, here’s how. Using tissue paper and some tape, wrap the tissue paper all the way around cone, until it’s covered. Cut off any excess tissue paper.
    Remove the guide so you can trace it onto the back of the faux fur. To do this, use the Xacto knife to make a simple, vertical cut from the top of the cone to the bottom.
    Do the same to any other cones you plan on covering with the faux fur.
    Using a Sharpie, trace the guide onto the back of the fur. Cut it out.
  2. Wrap the faux fur around the cone, and use dabs of hot glue to stick it on. Cut off any excess faux fur.

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DIY Pretzel Garland

I was given free product from Oriental Trading in return for this blog post.This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of product charge by the company to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.

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DIY Pretzel Garland

Another Christmas DIY! (Albeit super late. Perhaps you can plan on making this next year?!) And this one is super easy! First of all, can you believe that these pretzels are stress balls?? Like, as in, the material they’re made out of is the same material stress balls are made out of. A stress pretzel!! HA! Except I do not highly recommend you squeeze these with all your might once you get the pom poms on them! (By the way, what can be better? Pretzels AND pom poms? Too much cuteness for me.)

Supplies:

  • Pretzel stress balls (FYI I just saw that they don’t have these anymore)
  • Embroidery needle
  • Baker’s twine
  • Spray adhesive
  • Mini pom poms
  1. Thread the embroidery needle with the baker’s twine.
  2. Poke through the pretzel on one side, and then through the other.
    NOTE: I didn’t thread the needle and thread through the twisted part of the pretzel. It just saves time, and it’s easier. 🙂
  3. Continue threading the twine through all the pretzels. No need to tie any knots — the material of the stress ball alone keeps the thread from slipping out.
  4. Working one or two at a time, spritz a few sprays of spray adhesive on the pretzels, being careful not to spray too much.
    Follow the directions on the spray adhesive can before you continue onto step 5.
  5. Once the adhesive is tacky, sprinkle on the mini pom poms on the top of the pretzel, then gently but firmly press them down to secure.
  6. Continue steps 4 and 5 until you’ve covered all the pretzels with pom poms.
    Wait until the spray adhesive is completely dry before hanging up your new garland!

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DIY You Go Glen Coco Wreath

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It’s no secret that Mean Girls and The Glitter in My Tea have a lengthy relationship. (DIY burn book planner here, and Mean Girls gets domestic – here!) And who doesn’t love a Mean Girls DIY? Let alone a holiday DIY mash up?!?

Supplies:

  • White faux pine wreath
  • Pink spray paint
  • Large red or white alphabet stickers OR small wooden alphabet letters
  • White or red acrylic paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Hot glue + hot glue gun
  • Optional: Scissors or X-Acto knife
  1. Fluff the wreath to the way you like it, then head outside or somewhere well ventilated to spray paint it.
  2. Spray paint the wreath in short strokes. I went for a more random, gradient look, and not an even color-coverage. Let the wreath dry completely before gluing on the letters.
  3. Prep your letter. I used large, red, glittery, alphabet sticker, and I cut them off the sticker sheet (NOTE: I didn’t peel them off).
  4. Whether you use sticker letters, wood letters, foam letters, or what-have-you, the next thing you’ll need to do is use painter’s tape to create diagonal lines to create a candy-cane-esq look to your letters!
  5. Fill in the areas not covered by tape with either white or red paint (NOTE: Since my letters were red, I used white paint).
    Let the paint dry, then carefully remove the tape.
    Repeat this step for every letter.
  6. If you happen to be using sticker letters, use either scissors or an X-Acto knife to cut out the letter from the surrounding sheet. (NOTE: Again, I didn’t peel the letter off the sheet. I keep the sticker letters on its sticker sheet the whole time.)
  7. Position your letters the way you like them on your wreath, then use dabs of hot glue to secure the letters to the wreath! Be super careful not to burn yourself!
    Let the glue cool, and hang your wreath!

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DIY Marbled Clay Gift Tags

DIY Marbled Clay Gift Tags

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This blog post is in collaboration with Cotton Berry Designs. Kathryn and I worked together to design that super cute, festive cactus wrapping paper (above)!
I didn’t receive any compensation for this post, however I did receive free wrapping paper in order to do this photo shoot.

DIY Marbled Clay Gift Tags

Ever since I was a little girl (okay, more like a teenager), I was really into wrapping presents, and making them pretty and extraordinary! (Perhaps it was a result from how much I loved Martha Stewart.) I like to think that the wrapping is a present in and of itself. I almost wanted the gift-receiver to feel disappointed when they tore off the wrapping paper and all the other bells and whistles. (Hmmm…bells…whistles…. Those sound like clever and cute gift toppers!)

If wrapping presents is your thing – or even if it’s not, but you’re looking to add a cute, super easy detail to your Christmas boxes this year – I think these oven-bake clay gift tags are right up your alley!

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Supplies:

  • Oven bake polymer clay – assorted colors (make sure you include white)
  • Holiday (or other themed) cookie cutters
  • Clickable pen
  • Alphabet stickers
  1. Start by marbling your clay. I used this fabulous tutorial from A Beautiful Mess for marbling my clay.
  2. Use a rolling pin or a drinking glass to roll out the now-marbled clay.
  3. Use the cookie cutters to cut out your shapes.
    Use a pen (with the actual pen part clicked down) to poke a hole in the top of the clay – this is where you’ll be stringing ribbon or string to attach to your presents.
  4. Repeat steps 2-3 for every additional clay gift tag you need.
  5. Bake your ornaments in the oven according to the instructions written on your clay packaging.
    Let your ornaments cool completely before you continue onto step 5.
  6. Using alphabet stickers, spell out the name for whom the gift is for.
  7. Thread ribbon or string through the hole in the gift tag, and attach to the wrapped present.

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DIY Wall Crawl Mural Ornaments

 DIY Wall Crawl Mural Ornaments

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I’m sure you all have heard of or seen wall art, right? (If not, I’ll let you in on the FYI. In certain cities in the US there are really creative, colorful murals where people like to go to take lots of pictures and selfies. And you can see why, right? All the murals are so pretty with all the colooooorrrsss! *heart eyes*) But unfortunately for me, I live in a city where wall art isn’t a big thing, and the only wall art around isn’t well suited for Instagram. Which means I’ve got a serious wall art void in my life.

So for the Christmas season, I made a tribute to some all-popular, all-colorful walls in California, New York, Tennessee, and Georgia!

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Supplies:

  • Ceramic ornaments
  • Baker’s twine
  • Acrylic paint, assorted colors
  • Fine-tip markers
  • Painter’s tape
  • Toothpicks
  • Paint brushes in various sizes

The #colorwave mural in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.

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Difficulty level: Difficult
Medium: Acrylic paint OR fine-tip permanent markers (I used paint)

  1. Start the ornament by painting the blue circle with the heart, and the “49” in the middle.
  2. The key to this design is to think “radial,” like you were painting colorful, zig-zaggy rays of sunshine.
    Outline each “ray” with zig-zag lines, then fill them in with the color.
  3. Work around the ornament like a clock, and just mimic the colors and design in the real mural.Here’s the picture I used as a reference.
  4. When you’re finished, paint the top yellow, and string some baker’s twine through the hole to complete your ornament!

The Hense wall on the BeltLine trail in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Difficulty level: Medium
Medium: Acrylic paint
Other Supplies: Toothpicks

  1. Start off this ornament by painting blocks of color before you paint the “dots.”
    For example, on my ornament, I painted: yellow in the top left quadrant, pink in the top right quadrant, orangey-yellow in the bottom right quadrant, and orange and green in the bottom left quadrant.
    Let the paint dry.
  2. Now the tip with this ornament, is to think of adding the “dots” in layers. (You’ll notice that the dots look like they’re layered on top of each other.) Also, don’t make your dots perfectly round; they can vary in size and shape. Additionally, you don’t have to keep the “dots” confined to the specific quadrant. Let them overlap into nearby areas!
    Here’s the order of the “dot” layers I did for each quadrant (listed from first to last):
    NOTE: let each layer dry completely.
    Top left quadrant: light purple, lime green, orange
    Top right quadrant: purple, yellow, very light blue
    Bottom right quadrant: light blue, very light blue, turquoise
    Bottom left quadrant: purple, yellow, very light blue
  3. After you’ve made your dot layers, add a cluster of red dots in the center of the ornament. Let it dry.
  4. To create the “dripping paint” effect, apply a line of paint to the side of a toothpick, and then press the toothpick flat onto the surface of wherever you want the drip effect.
    You can use this picture for reference!
  5. When you’re finished, paint the top yellow, and string some baker’s twine through the hole to complete your ornament!

The polka dot wall by The Most Famous Artist, at The Springs in Los Angeles, California.

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Difficult level: Easy
Medium: Acrylic paint
*Optional* Other Supplies: Round, foam dabbing brush

  1. Dispense the colors of paint you plan on using for the polka dots.
  2. Eyeball (or measure out if you want to!) and space out where you’re going to paint the polka dots.
    To make the perfect polka dots, dip the round dabbing brush in the paint, then press the brush on the surface of the ornament.
  3. Repeat step 2 for each polka dot. Use this photo for reference.
  4. When you’re finished, paint the top yellow, and string some baker’s twine through the hole to complete your ornament!

The Draper James mural in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Difficulty Level: Easy
Medium: Acrylic Paint
Other Supplies: Painter’s tape

  1. This ornament is as easy 1-2-3! First thing you need to do is apply 2-3 strips of painter’s tape in even sections to the ornament. Smooth down the tape.
  2. Paint the areas not covered by tape. Let the paint dry, then carefully remove the tape.
  3. When you’re finished, paint the top yellow, and string some baker’s twine through the hole to complete your ornament!

The #lovewall/#bleedinghearts mural in Soho in Manhattan, New York.

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Difficulty Level: Easy
Medium: Fine-tip permanent markers

  1. If you ever doodled a heart on your middle-school notebook, then you’ll be able to handle this ornament! All you do is draw hearts in various colors, and layer them on top of each other! Use this photo for reference.
  2. Draw and fill in a circle, and then draw squiggly lines out of the bottom of the circle to make those dripping paint spots.
  3. When you’re finished, paint the top yellow, and string some baker’s twine through the hole to complete your ornament!

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Baby’s First Christmas

It was a merry Christmas at our apartment this last year what with the new arrival of our super cute, super awesome baby. He was the best Christmas present under our tree. (Or in our stockings! He he!) And definitely the most expensive.

Mommy Up’s:

  • When he cries and sticks out his lower lip
  •  His little tongue when he cries (I would admit that’s weird, but come on, he’s my baby!!)
  • Netflix
  • His soft skin
  • Those nights when he sleeps for 4-5 hours straight

Mommy Down’s:

  • Formula – stinky going in stinky coming out
  • Establishing good sleep habits
  • Feelings of inadequacy as a mom
  • Loneliness
  • Showering – whether I shower or I don’t any given day…well it’s always up in the air. Always.
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