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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 FOLD A NAPKIN INTO A CHRISTMAS TREE

HOW TO FOLD A NAPKIN INTO A CHRISTMAS TREE

How to make Christmas tree napkins

I love a good folded napkin, yes, I am a proud napkin nerd.  Nothing makes a table special like a well folded napkin, and today I want to share with you how easy it is to fold a napkin into a Christmas tree.  To make these Christmas tree shaped napkins you’ll need a square napkin, my favorite napkins are from World Market, they wash well, come in lots of colors, and are very affordable.  I chose green but other colors and patterns would work great too.

How to make Christmas tree napkins

Start by folding the napkin into a square, and rotate the napkin so the ends are facing you.

How to make Christmas tree napkins

Begin folding each napkin layer up, leaving a small border and keeping the points of the napkin lined up.

How to make Christmas tree napkins

Continue folding until all the layers are folded up.  Tip:  Any time I fold napkins I always keep an iron nearby and press every few steps to keep things nice and uniform.  This is totally optional though.

How to make Christmas tree napkins

Carefully flip the napkin over and fold the right end across to the left side of the napkin, creating a point at the bottom.

How to make Christmas tree napkins

Repeat by bringing the left end of the napkin towards the right so both edges create a nice point.  Take the top triangle end of the napkin and tuck it in under a layer.

How to make Christmas tree napkins

Turn the napkin over and tuck each corner either up or down, depending on the look you like best.  Repeat all the way down.

How to make Christmas tree napkins

Once finished I like to give the napkin a quick press with the iron, again optional.

These festive Christmas trees are sure to impress your guests!  You can even add a star at the top of the tree to write your guests’ names out of paper or salt dough.  Be sure to check out my other Christmas blog posts, and next I’ll be sharing my favorite present wrapping hack with you, it’s life changing!

THE ULTIMATE NAUGHTY & NICE HOT COCOA BAR

THE ULTIMATE NAUGHTY & NICE HOT COCOA BAR

The ultimate Naughty & Nice Hot Cocoa Bar

It’s the Christmas season and we love nothing more than to celebrate the festivities with a perfect cup of hot cocoa!  Nothing says holiday cheer like a readily available cup of delicious cocoa, am I right?  l’m always looking for fun ways to celebrate the season with my family, and this year we’ve decided to add a hot cocoa bar to our seasonal fun, but not just any hot cocoa bar, a naughty and nice one!

The ultimate Naughty & Nice Hot Cocoa Bar

The ultimate Naughty & Nice Hot Cocoa Bar

There are many ways you can serve cocoa at your own bar.  I love keeping a thermos of ready-made cocoa on weekends and during Christmas festivities.  If that doesn’t work you can keep hot water in a thermos or air-pot along with cocoa mix on the side.

The real treat is with the naughty and nice additions!  With just a few yummy treats you can turn your ordinary cocoa extra chocolatey, or add caramel, butterscotch, peppermint, or have a spiked naughty treat.  There is something for everyone at this naughty and nice cocoa bar, and let’s not forget the perfect cup of cocoa might need a few treats like cookies for dipping too.

I used a variety of mason jars I had on hand to hold all our cocoa treats and just spoon them into cups as needed.  Then at the end of the night I put the lids back on the treats and they’re ready for a new day.

The ultimate Naughty & Nice Hot Cocoa Bar

Below I’ll share with you my favorite cocoa mixers to create your own naughty and nice cocoa bar, but really the sky’s the limit when adding delicious treats.

The ultimate Naughty & Nice Hot Cocoa Bar

Supplies

The ultimate Naughty & Nice Hot Cocoa Bar

  • Hot cocoa – I love the Hershey’s cocoa recipe, Alton Brown has good cocoa recipe too.
  • A thermos, air-pot or slow cooker to keep the cocoa nice and hot
  • Cups or mugs
  • Napkins
  • Place cards or labels
  • Small jars or containers of your choice
  • Spoons for stirring in naughty and nice treats
  • Paper shreds and ribbon to decorate with (optional)

Naughty

The ultimate Naughty & Nice Hot Cocoa Bar

  • Kahlua
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Maker’s Mark Whiskey
  • Jamesons Whiskey
  • Smirnoff Peppermint Vodka
  • Smirnoff Caramel Vodka
  • Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka

Nice

The ultimate Naughty & Nice Hot Cocoa Bar

  • Candy Canes
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Butterscotch Chips
  • Carmel Bits
  • Toffee Bits

Snacks

The ultimate Naughty & Nice Hot Cocoa Bar

  • Pirouette Cookies
  • Gingerbread Cookies
  • Candy

The ultimate Naughty & Nice Hot Cocoa Bar

The ultimate Naughty & Nice Hot Cocoa Bar

Creating your own hot cocoa bar is just so fun!  Who can resist all the yummy flavors and treats?  It’s the perfect way to boost your hot cocoa game for parties, gatherings, or just yourself.  Our family has officially voted for a naughty and nice cocoa bar every year.

It’s the perfect way to celebrate the season, and remember you can be all naughty, all nice, or a little bit of both!

CHRISTMAS 2020 HOME TOUR

CHRISTMAS 2020 HOME TOUR

Blogger Christmas Home Tour 2020

It’s December and you know what that means… it’s time for the Christmas 2020 home tour!  Obviously this has been a hard year for everyone, not a single person has been exempt from the stress of 2020, which is why it’s so important to cherish and celebrate what we do have.  We all find comfort in different ways, I find mine in creating a well dressed home, and this year my home has been more comforting than I could ever imagine.

Every year I find so much joy in decorating our home for Christmas.  I very much enjoy surprising my family by adding new decorations and switching things around, so our Christmas home is a little bit different every year.  I think it adds a bit of spontaneous fun.

During this month we we snuggle by the fire watching Christmas movies, baking cookies and treats while listening to Christmas music.  We will laugh, we will cry for our loved ones no longer with us, we will open presents, and we will give thanks to our Savior who is born.  It all happens here inside our home and I love sharing it with you.

Outdoor Bench | Doormat | Faux Trees | Outdoor Plaid Pillows | Merry & Bright Top

Last Christmas this room was an huge, unfinished mess.  It gives me so much joy that the media room is finished and gets to join our 2020 Christmas tour.  You can read about our media room before and after HERE.  Our next winter project is to remodel the loft space, so look forward to that joining the 2021 tour.

Sofa | Media Console | Wreaths | Lamp | Christmas Pillows | Birch Trees | Art TV

Blogger Christmas Home Tour 2020

Brian and I joke that we have the hardest living room to photograph ever, but it’s honestly true!  It’s a bright room full of backlit windows and sun glares, we usually wake up at 6 am just to get a few photos before the light gets crazy.  Those big windows and gorgeous views come with a price.  This year we upgraded to a 10 foot tree and we really love it.

Blogger Christmas Home Tour 2020

Every Christmas home needs festive garland and this ornament garland was incredibly simple and fun to make.  You can find the tutorial HERE.

Blogger Christmas Home Tour 2020

Blogger Christmas Home Tour 2020

Blogger Christmas Home Tour 2020

We’re making spirits bright in our house!

Little Christmas Trees | Coffee Table | Leather Chair | Bar Cabinet | Wood Wine Rack | Wine Bottle Opener | Tree Skirt | Bear Footstool | Burlap Sack | Metal Sleigh

Blogger Christmas Home Tour 2020

Our kitchen makeover was finished just in time for the holiday season.  You can read about our mini kitchen makeover click HERE.

Blogger Christmas Home Tour 2020

Christmas Plates | Le Creuset Skillet | Le Creuset 3.5 French Oven

Christmas centerpiece ideas

I recently created this Christmas present centerpiece made out of wrapped up boxed food.  It’s the perfect low waste decoration, and after Christmas unwrap the food and keep it, or even better donate it.  You can view the tutorial HERE.

Christmas decor ideas

Table | Chairs | Mirror | Sconce Lights | Sofa | Wreath

Blogger Christmas Home Tour 2020

Blogger Christmas Home Tour 2020

Can you guess what one of my favorite Christmas movies might be? Hmm.

Blogger Christmas Home Tour 2020|

Red Velvet Quilt | Buffalo Pillows | Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal Pillow | Buffalo Plaid Throw | Santa Mugs | Upholstered Bed | Pendant Lights | Nightstands

Merry Christmas blog friends and family!  Thank you for visiting my 2020 Christmas home tour.  I wish you nothing but peace and happiness this month.

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.