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5 Ways to Make Your Home Holiday Ready for Christmas

Posted in Christmas, HOLIDAYS, Winter: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on December 8, 2016
5 tips for making your home holiday ready this Christmas. We’re sharing our favorite ideas to ensure you spend less time readying your home and more enjoying the things that matter most!

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Hello! Are you as excited about this holiday season as I am? I’m so happy to be taking part in the holiday edition Simply Seasonal blog series! I’m teaming up with a fantastic group of bloggers to help make your holiday season a little more manageable by each sharing our favorite ideas to ensure you spend less time getting your home holiday ready and more time enjoying the things that matter most!

If you’re visiting from Recreated Designs, welcome, and the Merriest of Christmas’ to you! Let me tell you a little bit about myself and this blog! My favorite things are cookies, holidays, DIY, decorating and my family. My small family of seven (ha!), along with our shit zhu, Tito, who thinks he’s a human, moved into this house about nine years ago. The first few years we spent most of our time keeping everyone alive – five is a fair number of kids. After being relatively successful with that, we decided to tackle a few DIY projects. Since then, little by little, we’ve been making this home truly our own! I hope you’ll stay and look around – If you’re so inclined, please check out the myriad of projects in the project library

5 Tips on How to Make Your Home Holiday Ready

I’ve been known to go a little overboard when decorating for holidays, but I’m proactively working on keeping things more simple than I have in the past. We love a real Christmas tree and try to begin readying our home the weekend after Thanksgiving. We spend a lot of time picking out our tree to be sure we find a tree that we love.

When it comes to Christmas decorating, I tend to mix things up, while incorporating heirloom items. I like to use neutrals but throw in splashes of color and bling to bring out the excitement of the holidays. I also love to incorporate comfort items such as knit blankets and fur throws and pillows.

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Here are 5 things I do to make my holiday season enjoyable and straightforward:

  1. Start and stay organized! Set a budget, carry a list and shop online as much as possible.
  2. Skip the white and embrace the colored lights once in a while. Christmas should be fun!
  3. Plan meals in advance to manage a hectic schedule.
  4. Feel free to say “no”. Make sure you have time for yourself and just for being with your family.
  5. Embrace traditions – they are what makes a family, and they are what you and your children will remember always.

I’ll be sharing a full home tour this coming Monday, but here is a sneak peek into our holiday home!
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Be sure to hop on over to The Interior Maven to hear how she readies her home for the holidays. I’ve added a link to everyone else participating {and the day they post}, so you can be sure to check out all the fabulous blogs in this series.

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 Monday, December 5

Organize Nashville | Creatively Homespun | At Home with Zan |Uncookie Cutter

Tuesday, December 6

Timeless Creations | Craftivity Designs | Green with DecorMy Life from Home | Two Purple CouchesOld House to New Home

Wednesday, December 7

Our Crafty Mom A Purdy Little House | Roots North & SouthPender & Peony | Organize & Decorate Everything

Thursday, December 8

Flourish & Knot | Rocky Mountain Bliss | Pocketful of PosiesRecreated Designs | Knock it Off Kim |The Interior MavenLittle Bits of Home

Friday, December 9

Love My Simple Home | Brooklyn Berry Designs | Simple Nature Decor2 Bees in a Pod | Country Design Style | Finding Your Joy in The Journey

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DIY Christmas Stocking Tags

Store-bought Christmas stockings quickly become Personalized Christmas Stockings when you add these fun DIY felt name tags and colorful pompom embellishments! 

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I have a confession. I have a slight Christmas stocking buying problem. It might be a pretty significant problem, as every year for past three years I have purchased new Christmas stockings in an attempt to find a set to accommodate my fickle decorating needs. Remember, there are seven members of my family – that means I now have twenty-one unused stockings. TWENTY-ONE. I’ll be looking for a project for THOSE this year!

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But, you guys, I think I’m finally happy with our stockings! I purchased store-bought cream colored stockings in three different textures. They go with everything! Ask me how much I love them! Go ahead, ask! I LOVE THEM!

The only thing that would make them better is if they were Personalized Christmas Stockings. What I needed was a set of ridiculously fun and colorful felt name tags!

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I can’t wait to show you how I made them. Nothing adds whimsy like pompoms and tassels. Color is a must – I’m not exactly a neutral kind of girl – just check out my most recent decorating projects for proof of that! These tags have tons of color, made with my die cut machine; each has four layers of color and loads of sweet pompoms.

To only add to the fun, if you scroll down to the bottom of this post, I’m sharing eleven OTHER Winter Wonderland projects just for your Silhouette machine, so be sure to check those out! For now, though, let’s get started!

HOW TO MAKE DIY PERSONALIZED CHRISTMAS STOCKING TAGS

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Here’s what you’ll need:  

Yarn in at least two different colors
4x 8″x11″ Felt Sheets in various colors
Scissors
Silhouette machine
Pom-poms
Wonder under – paper-backed interfacing

Create the pattern

Create the names in silhouette studio using the font “Yellow Daisy.” If you decide on a different font, remember that the felt is tough to cut, so you want your shape to be large and not too detailed!

Prep the felt for cutting

Adhere the wonder under to the backside of three of your felt pieces by applying a hot iron to the paper backing side of the “wonder under” (the bumpy side goes against the fabric). Put the remaining piece aside. I used acrylic felt, and wool felt – I found no difference in either as far as cutting goes. What I did find helpful was to iron the felt flat on each side.

Cut your names

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Now it’s time to cut. Set your silhouette blade to 10. Choose thick fabric for the material, set your cut blade setting to 10, the thickness at 33 and the speed to 2. Lay your fabric on your cutting mat, paper backing side down and smooth firmly to the mat. I found it useful to attach a piece of masking tape along the edge to keep the rollers from bunching up.

Send the cut to the Silhouette. Then, without removing the mat, cut again until you see the cut lines on the backside. You likely will have to do this to her three times before it will cut through.

Put the tags together

Remove the felt from the mat and snip any edges that are attached. Remove the paper backing.

Repeat steps 1-5 for all four felt pieces, including the section without the wonder under backing.

To stack and adhere the name pieces, lay the name piece without the wonder under down on the ironing board, and cover with a interfaced name piece, lining up the edges. Using a hot iron, press the felt pieces together. Add the remaining pieces in the same fashion until you have a stack. Trim edges where needed and thread through with a bit of yarn.

Make the pompom strands

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Create the pompom string using a piece of yarn about 12″ long, the pompoms – about 6 of different sizes and colors and a tassel made of yarn. Thread the yarn first through the tassel, then through the pompoms and tie off.

Attach the strands and tags to your stockings

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Attach both the name tag and the pompom string through the loop on the stocking.

Hang the stocking and have a fabulous Christmas!

Aren’t they fun?! All that pompom and tassel cuteness has just made my Christmas – or at least my Christmas stockings! So, guess who won’t be buying new stockings this year? Yep! This girl!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check back later for some tips on how to ready your home for the holidays!

Oh! Before you go, make sure you check out these other Winter Wonderland Silhouette projects from some super talented ladies!

Silhouette Creators Challenge Winter Wonderland

 

1. A Turtles Life From HomeHand Lettered Holiday Scroll | 2. Michelle James Designs Winter Wonderland Throw Pillows Using the Silhouette Cameo | 3. Uncookie CutterTree Stand Box | 4. Vintage Romance Style – Cabin Cozy Scrap Wood Snowflake | 5. Simply {Darr}ling Upcycled Christmas Card Display | 6. Knock It Off Kim DIY Christmas Stocking Tags | 7. Houseful of Handmade DIY Vintage Christmas Scroll | 8. Dwell Beautiful Glittery Christmas Song Lyric Art | 9. Morena’s Corner Make Black and White Cards |10. Rachel TeodoroLighted Christmas Tree Truck |11. Pocketful of Posies – DIY Simple Joy Ornament

 

 

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Jewel Tone Christmas Pinecone Trees

Posted in Christmas, DIY, Winter: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on December 6, 2016

Pine cone Christmas Tree Ornaments in sparkling jewel tones are easy and inexpensive to make with outdoor pinecones and acrylic paints.

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How to make a pine cone Christmas tree in sparkling jewel tones 

Hi, friends! I’m here today to share a fun holiday project with you! It’s the first Tuesday of the month which means it’s time for the December Create with Me DIY Challenge! This fun challenge is where you, our readers, vote on the projects we’ll work on each month, so be sure to scroll to the very last bit of this post to vote for next month’s project theme before you go!

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This month our material was pinecones. Pinecones are such a great crafting tool, especially during this time of year. And, since I have Christmas on the brain, a Christmas project is what I’m sharing today – specifically,  Christmas Pinecone Trees!

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These couldn’t be more simple to create and the materials to make them and very inexpensive, especially if you are lucky enough to live in an area that has pine trees. Or rather, I live near an area that has a ton of pine trees. My son takes therapeutic horseback riding lessons on a farm nearby that happens to have an over abundance of pine trees and cones. During his last lesson, I arrived toting a bucket! #anythingforcrafting

I was inspired by, and love, love the bottle brush trees that are so popular these last few Holiday seasons. Even more than the shape and texture of the trees I love the colors!

To make some yourself you’ll need:

How to clean and dry pine cones

1. If you are using outdoor pine cones, start by baking them on a cookie sheet in a 200-degree oven for 30 minutes. Baking will kill off any varmints! Then, carefully remove the “petals” of each pine cone at the base.

2. Create your cones using varying heights according to the template instructions.

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3. Using a glue gun, attach the petals point side facing towards you and down, starting at the bottom and moving around the bottom edge. Continue to add petals, moving upwards in rows, spacing them out evenly as you work until you’ve completed the tree.

 

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4. Paint the trees in the color or colors of your choice. Let dry.

 

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5. If using glitter, dot each petal with all-purpose glue and sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.

 

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I love how these turned out and am so excited to display them on my dining table this Christmas!

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Don’t forget it, Pin it! 

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