Our Gingerbread House Christmas Table

A charming Christmas table setting decorated with homemade gingerbread to celebrate the wonder and magic of the season!

Hello friends! Christmas is a time for traditions.  We have many we look forward to each year, but one of our not so favorite traditions? At least one major appliance breaking down right before Christmas. In the past week, our microwave has begun spontaneously turning on. Our dishwasher required new wheels on the top rack. And, finally, during our first snowfall (finally, a white Christmas!), our furnace conked out! Guess what I added to my Christmas list.. heat!

The stress can easily get to you, but without those challenges, we’d be hard-pressed to appreciate the sweet moments in life. Decorating homemade gingerbread houses with the kids every year is one of those moments and what better way than with a fun Christmas table, complete with homemade gingerbread cookies, to mark the occasion!

Thank you to Chloe from Celebrate & Decorate for inviting me to participate in her Christmas Tablescape blog hop. Be sure to scroll down to see the other Christmas tables throughout the week!

 

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Our Gingerbread House Christmas Table

The Centerpiece

This Christmas table is ALL about the gingerbread. I love everything about gingerbread. I love the smell, the taste, and how pretty it looks all decked out with royal icing, piped in beautiful patterns. This quick-baking gingerbread recipe requires no chilling, cutting project time in half. We decorated houses the SAME day as I baked and assembled them. And the taste.. yum! Perfectly spicy, firm enough to hold shape, but still soft!

christmas table_gingerbread housesA gingerbread village waiting for candy embellishments acts as a whimsical centerpiece. All three house patterns are available in this pattern set (download it here for FREE!).

Not only decorative, piped royal icing is also the glue holding the homes together!

Christmas Table_Gingerbread Centerpiece

Gingerbread House patternsDIY Christmas Ornaments – Dollar Store Project

 

Later, the kids got in on the act and added colorful candies. The kids love piping their frosting!

Decorating Gingerbreead

 

 

The Table Runner

Dollar Tree paper doilies glued together creates an adorable table runner lovely against the quaintness of the decorated gingerbread village. I love how the scalloped edges mimic the design on the houses. Even better, because we planned to accessorize the homes (Ie: create a mess), I didn’t have to worry about icing or sweets dripping onto good linens – and it cost a dollar!

The Table Setting

 

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You might remember my cute DIY pink dinner plates from last years table, stacked atop DIY polka-dotted chargers.

Christmas table decorating with gingerbread

Sweet dessert plates from Target’s Dollar Aisle completes the stack.  I couldn’t find a link for mine, but these are adorable, too!

 

 

Christmas table ideas

Red napkins in a Christmas Tree fold, topped with a bakers’ twine bow, are the perfect pillow for my grandmother’s silver.

christmas table_gingerbread man decorationsA  teal napkin adds a pop of color and compliments the pattern of the gingerbread house bases. Gingerbread Men Place Markers, piped with each guests name, complete the scene.

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Food

I have to be careful about what I eat, as I have all kinds of food intolerances. Homemade Eggnog tastes even better than the store-bought stuff and contains no chemicals or preservatives!

 

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Other Decor

These DIY Honeycomb tissue paper ornaments are my new favorite things and look lovely dangling over the table. I’ve made one in nearly every color imaginable! christmas table_centerpiece closeup with ornamenets

Gingerbread House patternsDIY Christmas Ornaments – Dollar Store Project

 

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Sweets in bright colors work double time as table decor and gingerbread home decor, especially when displayed on tiered cake platters – I love using food as decor!

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Although not my most elegant Christmas table to date, I have to say, despite all things, this Christmas table setting rates right up there as one of my favorites. How could it not be when we all enjoyed it so!

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It might be a bit chilly in here, but I’m blessed beyond measure! Wishing you as many blessings! May your appliances (and furnaces) behave, and may your Christmas season be magical, bright, and happy.

Christmas Table Gingerbread Pin

Thanks so much or stopping in and don’t forget to check out the other magical Christmas table settings before you go!

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Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop 2018

Monday

Home is Where the Boat Is | Everyday Living | Knock it Off Kim | A casa di Bianca

Tuesday

Life and Linda | The Painted Hinge | Panoply | Corner of Plaid and Paisley

Wednesday

Debbee’s Buzz | Follow the Yellow Brick Home Living With Thanksgiving
Home and Gardening With Liz

Thursday

Red Cottage Chronicles | The Painted Apron | Our Crafty Mom | Celebrate & Decorate

Friday

From My Carolina Home | Sweet Sensations | Me and My Captain | Zucchini Sisters | Bluesky at Home

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My Dollar Store DIY: DIY Honeycomb Christmas Ornaments

Posted in HOLIDAYS
on November 30, 2018

Crafters of all ages will enjoy making a DIY Honeycomb Christmas Ornament this holiday season. In this post, learn how to use dollar store tissue paper to create a detailed, folded paper ornament.

DIY Honeycomb Christmas ornament

I’m excited to again be joining a group of super talented bloggers for My Dollar Store challenge – This month we’re sharing our ideas for DIY Christmas Ornaments, so be sure to scroll to the bottom for all of the Christmas inspiration you can handle.

 

DIY Christmas Ornaments - Honeycomb ornaments

There is something nostalgic and beautiful about hanging ornaments on the Christmas tree you’ve made yourself. Unlike the salt-dough or macaroni ornaments, I remember making as a kid, these Dollar Store DIY Christmas Ornaments,  with easy to make tassels and beads look as though they have intricate detailing but are a cinch to make (they take about 10 minutes each). They only require a few supplies you can pick up at Dollar Tree or likely already have, and need NO baking to impress!

 

HOW TO MAKE HONEYCOMB DIY CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

YOU WILL NEED:

DIY Christmas Ornaments - Materials

Dollar Store Items:

  • Tissue paper
  • Pony beads
  • Ribbon/Bakers’ Twine/Yarn

Other Items:

  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Pattern

 

START WITH A DIY TASSEL

DIY Tassel- Finished

To make the ornament hanger and DIY Tassel, wind your twine or ribbon loosely around your middle three fingers about 15-20 times. Slide the loops off your fingers then cut away from the skein.

DIY Tassel - wrap around hand

Tie a second piece of string, about 12″ long,  through the wrapped ribbon or string and secure with a knot making the DIY ornament hanger.

Wrap the third piece of twine, about 5″ long, around the full bundle to create the DIY tassel head.

Cut through the loops, and trim to the desired length.

DIY Tassel-completed

String pony beads on top of the tassel. Put aside.

PREPARE THE TISSUE PAPER

DIY Christmas Ornaments - Stack Tissue Paper

Stack 4-pieces of tissue paper. If using multiple patterns, ensure each piece is the same side up. Fold the stack in half. Repeat until you have a rectangle approximately 6″x4″.

DIY Christmas Ornaments - Fold Tissue Paper

 

TRACE + CUT + FOLD 

Download and cut out the DIY Christmas ornaments pattern. Lay the straight edge of the pattern piece along the fold line of the rectangle. Trace the pattern. Using sharp scissors, cut the design from the tissue paper stack. DO NOT CUT THE FOLD.

DIY Christmas Ornament - Cut Pattern Out

Separate and count 18-pieces – Set the remainder aside for the second ornament. Fold the pieces in half, ensuring a deep crease.

DIY Christmas Ornaments - Fold

GLUE INSIDE 

DIY Christmas Ornament - Glue Inside

Unfold each piece and lay it crease side down, placing a glue dot on the inside at the black marks shown on the pattern. Refold on the score line and gently press together. Repeat for remaining.

NOW THE OUTSIDE

DIY Christmas Ornament - Glue Outside

 

Place a glue dot on the outside areas at the pink marks shown on the pattern, then immediately lay a second ornament piece on top, pressing gently. Repeat fusing all parts into one stack.

 

ADD THE TASSLE 

DIY Christmas Ornament - Glue into stack

Add a stream of glue down the center of the ornament. Lay the tassel down the center, placing the beads against the bottom of the ornament and begin to unfurl the ornament around the tassel. Tie a knot at the top of the tassel string, to create the hanging loop.

THE GRAND FINISH

DIY Christmas Ornament - Finished

Continue to unfurl the ornament until it wraps all the way around to form a circle, then add glue to the final layer at the pink dot areas outlined on the pattern. Press together.

YOU’RE DONE. 

I’ve seen these ornaments everywhere lately, and I love that to look at them, they seem so complicated when they are not.

 

DIY Christmas Ornament

Hang them on your Christmas tree or put them out as decorations, give them as gifts, or amp up your Christmas wrapping ideas. No matter what you do, no one will guess how little effort or cost you put out!

Don’t forget to take a peek at the other adorable Dollar Store DIY Christmas Ornaments – you don’t want to miss them!

Thanks for stopping by!

My Dollar Store DIY DIY Christmas Ornaments

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Perfect Christmas Hostess Gifts for Wine Lovers + Free Wine Gift Tags

Your favorite wine or spirit dressed in these fun printable wine gift tags is the perfect last-minute Christmas hostess gift for your upcoming gatherings.

Christmas Hostess Gifts

‘Tis the season to attend parties and you know what that means – yep, what to do about Christmas hostess gifts? Giving the gift of good wine and a giggle is one of my favorite go-to Christmas Hostess gifts during the holiday season.   A dressed up bottle of wine or specialty spirit, and a selection of home-baked goods; A simple gift always appreciated – especially the giggle part! #canyousayholidaystress.

Christmas Hostess Gifts - He sees you and tis the season

To help you dress up your gifts for near-perfect Christmas hostess gifts, I’m sharing a set of cute, cheeky printable Victorian-style Christmas wine and liquor gift tags sure to bring a smile to your favorite host or hostess’ face! I found all of the images on The Graphics Fairy, then paired them with fun and festive sayings such as “Tis the season to be Tipsy” and “He sees you when you’re drinking” to keep things fun and light.  Ready to get started with this project?

HOW TO: The Perfect Christmas Hostess Gifts for Wine Lovers

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

WHAT YOU’LL DO:

Great Christmas Hostess gifts couldn’t be easier! Start by clicking on the wine gift tag of choice to save to your computer.

CLICK THE PICTURE AND SAVE THE FILE TO YOUR COMPUTER

Print the design onto 8.5″ x 11″ white cardstock. Cut out the design.

Christmas Hostess Gifts - Cut out

Fold where indicated then loop the tag over the bottle-neck. Add a bow or other embellishment if desired.

Christmas Hostess Gifts - Loop on neck

Christmas Hostess Gifts - Put a bow on it

Done. No, really, done!

BONUS

Christmas Wine Tags - Download them all

Want to download the whole set PLUS three more wine gift tags for all of your Christmas Hostess Gifts? Subscribers to my mailing list have access to the entire collection. Click HERE and sign up, and I’ll send you the whole set of Christmas wine gift tags PLUS the bonus tags right away, along with a monthly newsletter – no spam, I promise!

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So, now you’ve got fabulous Christmas Hostess gifts taken care of, what are you going to wear to that soiree?! Sigh. If only you could pick out an outfit as quickly as downloading these ready to print and hang wine gift tags!

Do you have a favorite go-to hostess gift or have you received a favorite gift? I’d love to hear about it!

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