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SIMPLE & EASY DIY NEW YEARS EVE DECORATIONS

SIMPLE & EASY DIY NEW YEARS EVE DECORATIONS

Easy to make New Year's Eve Decorations

If there’s ever a year to celebrate ending it’s this one!  Goodbye 2020… we won’t miss ya, but your departure certainly calls for a celebration!  I always go big when it comes to Christmas so afterwards I’m pretty tired and need things simple, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a little fun.

This year I decided to create a festive table centerpiece as well as some drink swizzle sticks that everyone can enjoy, and these simple and easy New Years Eve decorations can be thrown together at a moment’s notice.  It’s a fun way to add some extra cheer while ringing in the New Year at home.  I was able to recycle some of my Christmas items into our centerpiece so hopefully you have some extra stuff hanging around too.

Easy to make New Year's Eve Decorations

Easy to make New Year's Eve Decorations

SUPPLIES NEEDED

Easy to make New Year's Eve Decorations

  • Metallic shred or tinsel
  • Beaded necklaces or garland
  • Party crackers
  • Ornament balls
  • Curly ribbon
  • Wood Skewers (I used 8 inch ones from the craft baking aisle)
  • Pom poms
  • A bowl or platter for the centerpiece
  • Festive glassware

Easy to make New Year's Eve Decorations

INSTRUTIONS

For the centerpiece start by placing a layer of metallic shred and then add the rest of the decorations.  Use any leftover metallic shreds as need to fill in gaps or add height.

For the drink swizzle sticks simply push each pom pom through the pointy end of the wood skewer, and adjust as needed.  No glue is necessary.

Easy to make New Year's Eve Decorations

So fun, so festive, and so easy am I right?

Easy to make New Year's Eve Decorations

Easy to make New Year's Eve Decorations

Easy to make New Year's Eve Decorations

Let the celebration begin!  We’ve got this… just a few more days and we all get a fresh start.  Happy New Year my friends, 2021 is going to be a much better year for all of us.  Stay safe, healthy, and happy.

 

HOW TO MAKE A GIFT BAG OUT OF WRAPPING PAPER

HOW TO MAKE A GIFT BAG OUT OF WRAPPING PAPER

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

I want to share with you my favorite gift wrapping hack, how to make a gift bag out of wrapping paper.  So you might be thinking, isn’t it easier to just buy a gift bag?  Well… maybe… but we’ve all had those moments where we run out of gift bags, or they’re the wrong size, or you just want to save money.   Maybe you just want all your presents to match and coordinate – Virgo here!!

Seriously, this trick is life changing and couldn’t be easier.  Once you make your first bag you’ll be whipping these out at warp speed.  It’s also lots of fun to customize each bag, and you can even add a handle if desired.  Below I’ll show you how easy it is to make a gift bag out of wrapping paper, and be sure to read my helpful tips.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

SUPPLIES

  • Wrapping paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Stapler – optional
  • Ribbon for decorating – optional
  • Tulle ribbon to create a handle – optional

INSTRUCTIONS

Measure wrapping paper to the size of the object, as if you were wrapping the present without a box, leaving extra room at the top and cut.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

Fold one side in and crease, repeat on the other side, then tape the back shut.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

Fold the bottom edge straight up and crease, this will determine the width of the bag.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

Unfold the bottom and then fold the side edges inward to resemble a triangle, crease both sides.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

Fold each end up like you’re wrapping the end of a boxed present and secure well with tape, then gently open the bag up.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

Place the gift in the bag then fold the top of the bag down.  Seal the top of the bag with tape or staples.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

If you’re not adding a handle simply add a bow and you’re all done.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

To add a handle after the bag is sealed use a hole punch to thread tulle through.  I used a punch that was slightly larger than normal to make this step easier.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

Determine the length you want the handles to be and tie a knot.  Adjust the handles so the knot goes to one side and tie in a bow.  You can experiment with different ribbons for a handle, I like tulle because it’s lightweight and fluffy.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

TIPS

  • Thick sturdy wrapping paper is best, thin wrapping paper from a dollar store may not work as well.
  • You can cut a cardboard base for the inside if you want your bag to have more structure.
  • Pay close attention when using wrapping paper where the pattern goes one direction, as in the picture above, you’ll want the pattern facing up.
  • Only add a handle to lightweight presents or the bag will tear.
  • If you have lots of gifts that are similar in size, make several bags at once, keeping them flat for easy storage.  When your ready to wrap a gift simply open up the bag and seal it.

Make a gift bag out of wrapping paper

I hope this gift wrapping hack helps you!  I’m officially signing off to enjoy this week of Christmas with my family.  Wishing you the Merriest Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

HOW TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS PRESENT CENTERPIECE

HOW TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS PRESENT CENTERPIECE

December is here and I couldn’t be happier!  The Christmas home tour should be up by the end of the week, but today I want to share with you one of my favorite ways to decorate using little wrapped boxes!  This Christmas present centerpiece is the perfect way to decorate a table top, coffee table, or any other surface that needs some holiday cheer.

Christmas centerpiece ideas

I’m no stranger when it comes to wrapping up little boxes, I find that it makes really cute affordable holiday decor, but this year I decided to take it a step further and turn it into a centerpiece.  Not only is this centerpiece festive, it’s also extremely practical and budget friendly.  Why, you say?  Because we’re wrapping up food boxes!  We all eat food so why not first turn it into a Christmas centerpiece?

How to make a Christmas present centerpiece out of food boxes

SUPPLIES NEEDED

Lots and lots of food boxes!

3-4 rolls of coordinating wrapping paper

Tape & ribbon

Various bows & curly ribbon

How to make a Christmas present centerpiece out of food boxes

What are the best food boxes to wrap?

Walmart and Dollar Tree are great places to find affordable box food in a variety of sizes.  I usually go around finding boxes I like, stacking them together to see if the sizes work.  Some of my favorite food boxes to wrap are Pop Tarts, large food boxes such as hamburger helper or scalloped potatoes, macaroni and cheese boxes, large and small candy boxes, Jiffy cornbread, little boxes of raisins, and jello and pudding boxes.

How to make a Christmas present centerpiece out of food boxes

I want to make this centerpiece, but what if I want to eat the food first?

No worries!  I generally prefer to keep the food in the boxes because it’s easier and I like my boxes to have some weight.  However many times I’ve gently opened the boxes removed the food and taped or hot glued the boxes back shut.  You can always take a photo of the cooking instructions with your phone for later.  If you do remove the food before wrapping you can toss the boxes after Christmas if you like.

How to make a Christmas present centerpiece out of food boxes

INSTRUCTIONS

Start by wrapping all the food boxes in various wrapping paper.  Crank up some music, sip some tea, or have a glass of wine… this is the most time consuming part.

I used regular tape for the gift wrapping but if you want to a cleaner look for the ends you can use double sided tape, and I’ve even used hot glue before to secure the edges.

How to make a Christmas present centerpiece out of food boxes

Create a base using the largest size boxes, then continue stacking the boxes in a random pattern.  Once I finished this step I realized I could use a few more boxes so I went off to the pantry for more cornbread and pudding boxes to wrap.

Once you’re finished with the layout it’s time to start adding bows.  Old bows work great for this so be sure to save them for next year.

How to make a Christmas present centerpiece out of food boxes

Naturally no matter how well you arrange the boxes you’ll end up with a few gaps,  so I like to fill them in with curly ribbon.

Christmas centerpiece ideas

Christmas centerpiece ideas

Christmas centerpiece ideas

Once the Christmas season is over simply unwrap the food and stock it back in your pantry for a later day.  Better yet put a smile on someones face and donate the unopened unwrapped food boxes to a food bank for a family in need!

If you took the food out before you wrapped them you can toss them or keep the boxes for next year.  I hope you enjoy creating your own Christmas present centerpiece, if you do be sure to tag me on Instagram or leave me a photo in my Pinterest pin.

 

DIY FROSTED GLITTER CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

DIY FROSTED GLITTER CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

How to make frosted glitter ornaments

Every January I hit the Christmas sales and I always end up with several boxes of clear craft ornaments.  Over the years my collection of crafting ornaments has grown and grown, yet I never did anything with them.  Recently when I was cleaning out our attic space and I came across all my boxed ornaments I thought ok this is the year… I have got to do something with these.

I’ve been playing around with lots of ways to decorate these ornaments, I came up with several ideas, but I must say these frosted glitter ornaments are so far my favorite!  Plus they’re so easy to make.  I know I throw around the word easy a lot, that’s because I’m not a fan of complicated crafts!  Cheap glue, basic salt, and a little glitter is all you need to make these gorgeous ornaments.   They’re so pretty I’d say they’re gift worthy!

How to make frosted glitter ornaments

SUPPLIES NEEDED

Plain table salt

White or clear glue

Glitter (I used iridescent and fine silver glitter)

Clear glass or plastic ball ornaments

Disposable plates

Craft brush

How to make frosted glitter ornaments

INSTRUCTIONS

How to make frosted glitter ornaments

Grab the bottom of the ornament and starting at the top of the ornament paint on an even layer of glue on half of the ornament.

How to make frosted glitter ornaments

Flip the ornament and gently holding on to the hook paint glue on the bottom half of the ornament.

How to make frosted glitter ornaments

Immediately sprinkle on the salt until you reach your desired frosted look.

How to make frosted glitter ornaments

Then quickly sprinkle on the glitter and let dry.  I carefully put hooks on to let the ornaments dry while they’re hanging on our Christmas tree.  I did however place a few on the table and they dried without any smudges.  The salt stays on amazing well once dried, glitter’s always a pain but it’s just so pretty.

How to make frosted glitter ornaments

How to make frosted glitter ornaments

I did make a batch of these frosted ornaments without glitter, just the salt frost.  I had them hanging on the tree to dry when I looked over and saw my 19 year old daughter licking them.  That’s my Haley Bears… good thing the glue is non-toxic.  Overall I much prefer these ornaments with glitter added.  Not only do they sparkle more in the light like actual frost, it keeps my daughter from licking them!

 

MAKE A SPOOKY-CHIC HALLOWEEN WREATH IN JUST 20 MINUTES

MAKE A SPOOKY-CHIC HALLOWEEN WREATH IN JUST 20 MINUTES

DIY Spooky-chic Halloween Wreath in 20 minutes or less

October is here and that means it’s time to decorate!  I love to decorate for every season, but some years Halloween gets left out.  Not by choice, I’m not against it or anything, it’s just that I’m usually already too focused on planning my Thanksgiving and Christmas decor and then it’s too late.  Since 2020 hasn’t exactly been an ideal year I decided if there’s ever a year I need to decorate the house for Halloween it’s this one.  I think we all could use some extra fun and playful joy right now!

I love to make wreaths, that is as long as they aren’t too complicated or time consuming.  Even though this is a Halloween wreath have no fear!  You can put this oh so easy spooky-chic wreath together in just 20 minutes or less.

DIY Spooky-chic Halloween Wreath in 20 minutes or less

When it comes to Halloween decorations I can’t do scary.  I’m a big baby and just can’t do it!  Luckily this wreath is the perfect balance of a little bit spooky and a whole lot of chic.  I’m definitely not a spider fan at all, in fact I have one trapped under a bowl in the living room right now for my dear hubby to take care of.  However, when you cover them in glitter or somehow make them cute suddenly I can deal.  I need something spooky right?

I’ve always loved making feather wreaths, especially around Halloween.  They’re just so festive and fun!  I’ve used purple feathers before, even lime green and all have turned out great.  So use this blog post as inspiration for your own unique wreath if that’s your jam.  Below I’ve listed where my items were purchased, some I had on hand from last year, but I’m sure you’ll be able to find similar Halloween embellishments pretty easily.

DIY Spooky-chic Halloween Wreath in 20 minutes or less

SUPPLIES NEEDED

18 inch straw or foam wreath ($4.99 from Hobby Lobby)

3 (6ft.) foot black feather boas ($3.99 each from Hobby Lobby)

Hot glue

A Halloween sign (Halloween clearance last year)

Black faux flowers ($2.99 from Hobby Lobby)

Glittery pumpkins (.99 from Wal-Mart)

Glittery spiders ($3 from The Dollar Tree last year)

DIY Spooky-chic Halloween Wreath in 20 minutes or less

INSTRUCTIONS

DIY Spooky-chic Halloween Wreath in 20 minutes or less

If you’re using a new straw wreath you’ll want to keep the plastic on to avoid a big mess.  Start by hot gluing the end of the feather boa on the back of the wreath.  Then wrap the boa all the way around the wreath and secure that end with hot glue.  Continue this with the next two feather boas, adjusting to avoid any bare spots.  I only glue the ends down so you won’t need much hot glue here.

TIP:  Feather boas shed like CRAZY!  You’ll definitely need to vacuum afterwards, but be sure to save the larger feathers that fall off.  They’re perfect for filling in any gaps or bare spots on the wreath should you need them.

DIY Spooky-chic Halloween Wreath in 20 minutes or less

Once the wreath is completely wrapped begin hot gluing the largest items first such as the flowers and Halloween sign.  Followed by the pumpkins and spiders.  The feathers can be a little floppy sometimes, so you might need to add several spots of hot glue until your items are secure.

How easy was that?  Once you gather your supplies you’ll have this spooky wreath done is 20 minutes, or possibly less!

DIY Spooky-chic Halloween Wreath in 20 minutes or less

DIY Spooky-chic Halloween Wreath in 20 minutes or less

Spooky?  No, we’re spooky-chic darling.  A little bit creepy and a whole lot of glam!  Now go grab that bag of candy you’ve been hiding and  start having some Halloween fun!  I’ve got a few more “not too scary” Halloween projects to share with you soon, my spooky friends, so check back soon!

 

HOW TO WHITEWASH REAL PUMPKINS

HOW TO WHITEWASH REAL PUMPKINS

How to whitewash real pumpkins

Hello friends, if you haven’t already done so it’s time to break out the pumpkins!  I love decorating the house this time of year, and one of my favorite ways to do so is with whitewashed pumpkins.  If you’re unfamiliar with whitewashing pumpkins have no fear… it’s quick, cheap, and so easy to do!  I think we can all agree how adorable orange pumpkins are, but I love the effect whitewashing does to a pumpkin.  It slightly tones down the orange, enhances the natural character, and gives them a high end look.

When I decorate with pumpkins I prefer real over faux.  Not only do I prefer a more realistic look, but storage space is a major issue in our house.  I love the fact that I can simply toss my pumpkins after Thanksgiving and be done.  When whitewashing pumpkins, nearly any kind of paint will do.  I’ve used craft paint, wall paint (of all sheens), and even chalk paint… don’t worry it’s all good!  I seriously just use whatever, I recently used up all my Benjamin Moore white paint so for this blog post we’re using basic $2 craft paint.

Easy whitewashed pumpkins

SUPPLIES NEEDED

Pumpkins

White paint (craft paint, chalk paint, wall paint, any kind will do)

Foam or bristle brush

Paper towels

Disposable cup or bowl

Drop cloth or newspaper to protect your surface

Easy whitewashed pumpkins

INSTRUCTIONS

How to whitewash real pumpkins

1.  Lay newspaper or a drop cloth down to protect your surface.  Water down the paint by mixing equal portions of paint and water in a disposable cup or bowl.  I used 1/4 cup paint with 1/4 cup of water.  You can increase or decrease this mixture depending on the size and number of pumpkins you have, just keep it in equal portions.

2.  Brush the paint mixture evenly onto the pumpkin making sure the paint goes all the way into the grooves of the pumpkin.  Avoid getting paint on the stem for this step.

How to whitewash real pumpkins

3.  After the pumpkin is completely painted, wait about 30 seconds and wipe the paint off with a dry paper towel.  Be sure to wipe the paint off from the top to bottom for the best effect.  Let the pumpkin dry, it shouldn’t take very long about 10-15 minutes at most.

4.  Last, apply paint lightly to the stem and immediately wipe it off as you go.  The stems are very dry and porous so you want to use the paint sparingly here.  Now let the stem dry and you’re good to go.

How to whitewash real pumpkins

Once dry, feel free to repeat this process if you want a heavier whitewashed look.  Above you can see a lighter and a heavier whitewashing result.  I love them all, and it’s fun to experiment with different kinds of pumpkins.

Easy whitewashed pumpkins

You may be wondering if you can use this whitewashing technique on faux pumpkins, and the answer is yes.  Of course, you might need to adjust the amount of time you wait before wiping the paint off (more or less dry time), but the rest of the instructions should be the same.

I just love the effect that whitewashing adds to pumpkins.  It gives such a wow factor.  For the ultimate fall bowl filler try small whitewashed pumpkins with these bleached pinecones, it’s one of my favorite fall decorations. Happy fall!