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DIY Vintage Inspired Wood Slice Wall Bud Vase

December 20, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

Log Slice Wall Vase DIY Vintage Inspired Wood Slice Wall Bud Vase
This project is the perfect DIY for your home! Display your favorite flowers in this wall vase and it will be spring all year long.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 Hour
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Medium log slice
Doily
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Small glass jar
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Hammer
Picture hanger
Flowers

Things to do:
1. Lay your doily on the center of the log slice and apply a thick coat of mod podge on top. Let the mod podge dry completely.
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2. Add a second coat of mod podge over the doily and let it dry.
3. Once the mod podge has dried, use hot glue to attach a small vase to the center of the log slice on top of the doily.
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4. Add a photo hanger to the back using a hammer. Place the photo hanger 1-inch from the top of the log slice.
Log Slice Wall Vase3 DIY Vintage Inspired Wood Slice Wall Bud Vase
5. Add flowers to the jar and you’re ready to display your project!

How to Make a Wood Slice Snowman Face Ornament

Snowman Face Ornament How to Make a Wood Slice Snowman Face Ornament
Snowmen are one of those quintessentially winter things that, unfortunately those of us who don’t live in snow country, don’t always get to play with. But never mind! We’ll make snowmen indoors! This cute little guy is just perfect for your tree and a fun project for a cold day indoors by the fire.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Small wood slices
Little top hats
Narrow ribbon
Scissors
Wood burning tool
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Orange paint
Paintbrush

Things to do:
1. Plug in your wood burning tool with the dot tip attached.
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2. Burn dots for eyes and mouth onto the snowman face.
3. Paint on a carrot nose and allow the paint to dry.
4. Cut a 5-inch piece of ribbon and fold in half to create a loop.
5. Flip the wood slice over and glue the ends of the ribbon to the back for hanging.
6. Add a drop of glue to the top of the snowman’s head and press the hat in place to finish.

DIY Distressed Paint Mason Jars

December 18, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Distressed Paint Mason Jars DIY Distressed Paint Mason Jars
Mason jars are probably one of my favorite things ever. Think about it, what other one thing can hold summers best produce ready for winter eating, your favorite drink hot or cold or display that beautiful bouquet or help present a lovely gift? The Mason jar is just about as versatile a you can get! And here’s one more incarnation of those faithful jars. These painted jars are just a touch distressed to create a rustic look, perfect for all sorts of displays in your house.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Mason jars
Acrylic paint with a matte finish
Foam brush
Fine grit sand paper
Matte polyurethane spray (optional)

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, paint thin coats of onto the surface of the jar. You’ll need at least 3 coats, allowing each to dry completely before painting the next.
Distressed Paint Mason Jars2 DIY Distressed Paint Mason Jars
Distressed Paint Mason Jars3 DIY Distressed Paint Mason Jars
2. Once you have a thick coat of paint covering the whole surface, lightly sand the ridges of the words and thread of the jar. For a more distressed look you can also sand spots along the curves to remove just a little more paint. Your goal is to just take off enough paint for the glass to show through here and there.
Distressed Paint Mason Jars4 DIY Distressed Paint Mason Jars
Distressed Paint Mason Jars5 DIY Distressed Paint Mason Jars
3. If you are going to be using these jars outside, spray the jars lightly with a matte polyurethane spray to seal.
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DIY Cork Snowflake Coasters

December 17, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Winter Crafts

DIY Cork Snowflake Coasters DIY Cork Snowflake Coasters
Surprise surprise! Did you know cork can be decorated with wood burners, just like wood? It can! Which makes these cute snowflake coasters a snap to make and a perfect and easy gift to create for friends and family. You’ll need to keep a light touch when burning cork, they require just the faintest touch with the tip to burn.

Time required: 15 minutes
Difficulty level: Moderate

Things you’ll need:
Square or round cork coasters
Wood burning tool
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Plug your wood burning tool in with the chisel tip inserted and allow it to heat up.
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2. If desired, sketch the basic shape of your snowflake onto the coasters.
DIY Cork Snowflake Coasters3 DIY Cork Snowflake Coasters
3. Trace the lines of the snowflake with the chisel tip, then add details coming off of the main branches of the snowflake.

DIY Miniature To-Go Drink Gift Set

December 17, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, General Crafts

To Go Drinks DIY Miniature To Go Drink Gift Set
These to go drinks are wonderful party favors for any holiday event. Their small size makes them super convenient, so you can enjoy hot drinks on the go!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Small glass jars
Jute
Gift tags
Metal safety pins
Scissors
Mini liberty bells
Gold wire
Drink mix
Wax paper

Things to do:
Hot Chocolate
1. The first step is filling the glass jar with drink mix. I’m starting with hot chocolate. Use wax paper to pour the mix into the jar and seal with the cork top.
To Go Drinks3 DIY Miniature To Go Drink Gift Set
To Go Drinks2 DIY Miniature To Go Drink Gift Set
2. Use gold jewelry wire to attach two mini metal bells to the neck of the jar. Wrap the ends of the wire several times to ensure they stay in place.
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Loose-Leaf Tea
1. Fill the jar with loose-leaf tea and seal the container with the cork top.
To Go Drinks5 DIY Miniature To Go Drink Gift Set
2. Tie a piece of jute around the neck of the container.
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3. Attach a gift tag with steeping instructions to the jar using a metal clothespin.
To Go Drinks7 DIY Miniature To Go Drink Gift Set
To Go Drinks8 DIY Miniature To Go Drink Gift Set

5-Minute Cinnamon Stick Tree Ornament

December 16, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Winter Crafts

Cinnamon Stick Tree 5 Minute Cinnamon Stick Tree Ornament
It’s that time of year, my friends! Holiday decorating time!! And nothing says Christmas to me like the scent of cinnamon! These cinnamon trees are so fun to make and can be sized up or down depending on how long your cinnamon sticks are. Perfect for ornaments, wreath decorations or gift toppers, they add just the right bit of whimsical fun and yummy scent.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Cinnamon sticks
Fabric strips or ribbon
Iron
Spray starch or Stiffy Fabric Stiffener (optional)
Bakers twine
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut three strips of fabric or ribbon of varying lengths, each one slightly shorter than the next.
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2. Iron with starch or soak in Stiffy Fabric Stiffener to flatten or stiffin the ribbon/fabric.
3. Tie the longest one near one end of the cinnamon stick and knot firmly. Evenly space the next two with the second longest in the middle and the shortest one at the top. The stiffener will help the branches stick straight out.
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4. Flip the tree over and glue a loop of bakers twine at the top end for hanging.
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DIY Cinnamon Stick and Needle Felted Sheep

December 15, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

Needle Felted Sheep DIY Cinnamon Stick and Needle Felted Sheep
I might be biased since I’m a yarn addict, but I love love sheep! These cute little sheep are super fun to make for kids or adults and are adorable as mantle decorations, homemade toys or ornaments. And with the addition of cinnamon stick legs, they smell yummy too! Be sure to place a pillow under your foam so that you don’t accidentally break the tips of your felting needle.

Difficulty level: moderate
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wool roving
Syrofoam balls
Cinnamon sticks
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Needle felting needle
Piece of foam

Things to do:
1. Glue short pieces of cinnamon stick to the bottom of the ball splayed out to make legs.
Needle Felted Sheep2 DIY Cinnamon Stick and Needle Felted Sheep
2. Wrap wool roving around the ball so that it covers all surfaces, leaving just the cinnamon stick legs poking out.
Needle Felted Sheep3 DIY Cinnamon Stick and Needle Felted Sheep
3. Using your felting needle, poke the needle into the roving repeatedly. Laying the sheep onto the foam and then onto a pillow so you don’t jab yourself! The tiny barbs on the needle help bind the individual strands of wool together (they have tiny little barbs too! It’s what holds them together when you felt things!) Continue this process until the body felt is well bonded together.
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4. Roll a small ball of wool to form the head. Before joining it to the body, punch the needle onto the ball of wool to solidify the head. Use this same process to attach the head to the body of the sheep.
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Needle Felted Sheep6 DIY Cinnamon Stick and Needle Felted Sheep
5. Roll a small amount of wool into a tube and, just like with the head, needle felt until it’s well bonded.
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6. Cut the tube shape in half to create two ears. Using the needle, punch into to join the ears to the head to finish!
Needle Felted Sheep7 DIY Cinnamon Stick and Needle Felted Sheep
Needle Felted Sheep10 DIY Cinnamon Stick and Needle Felted Sheep

Book Page Christmas Tree Centerpiece Tutorial

December 14, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

Book Page Christmas Tree Book Page Christmas Tree Centerpiece Tutorial
This festive craft is perfect for the holiday season! Make several trees in different sizes and use them as a centerpiece, or make small trees and incorporate them into your ceramic Christmas village. However you choose to use these trees, they’re sure to be a hit this holiday season!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 45 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Books pages
Styrofoam cone
Craft glue
Gold glitter
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Small birch slice

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting out the leaves or branches for the tree. Start by tearing out a page from an old book and folding it in half. Cut half oval shapes on the fold. The leaves should be roughly the same size, but don’t have to be exactly the same.
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Book Page Christmas Tree2 Book Page Christmas Tree Centerpiece Tutorial
2. The next step is gluing the leaves to the Styrofoam cone. Put hot glue on the top ½ inch of the leaf down the fold and attach it to the top of the cone. Continue gluing leaves until you’ve covered the top of the cone.
Book Page Christmas Tree4 Book Page Christmas Tree Centerpiece Tutorial
Book Page Christmas Tree5 Book Page Christmas Tree Centerpiece Tutorial
3. Once you’ve created a top layer, use a drop of hot glue to bring the leaves together, creating a point, or top of your tree.
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4. Continue gluing leaves onto the Styrofoam cone until the entire surface is covered.
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5. Use hot glue to secure the birch wood slice to the bottom of the Styrofoam cone, creating a trunk.
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6. Once you’ve finished your tree, add glitter accents to the edges of the branches with tack glue.
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Book Page Christmas Tree10 Book Page Christmas Tree Centerpiece Tutorial
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DIY Wood Burned Light Ornaments

December 13, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Winter Crafts

Wood Burned Light Ornaments DIY Wood Burned Light Ornaments
It’s almost that time of year! Holiday decorating time! I love making all sorts of handmade ornaments for my tree, especially those with a rustic feel. These pretty little wooden light ornaments are fun to make and perfect for gifts to give to friends, family and neighbors as well as for your own tree!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood light bulbs
Wood burning tool and tips
Narrow silver ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Plug in the wood burning tool with the rounded end tip inserted and allow it to warm up.
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2. Holding the wood light by the “screw” end, press the tip directly into the wood to create dots. You can either press lightly and quickly to make small dots or you can press more deeply and longer to create a more polka dot appearance.
3. Once you’ve dotted the ornament, cut a 5 inch length of ribbon for each ornament.
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4. With the glue gun, dab a dot of glue to the top of the ornament and press the center point of the ribbon into it.
5. Once the glue dries, tie a knot about halfway up the ribbon and then tie the tails into a bow. Trim the ends as needed to finish.

Easy Festive Mini Lightbulb Necklace

December 12, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Winter Crafts

Mini Lightbulb Necklace Easy Festive Mini Lightbulb Necklace
Holiday parties are just around the corner and that means it’s time to get your holiday gear ready to wear! This little mini lightbulb necklace is super cute, glass free (so much safer) and fun to make. Customize it with your favorite colors or make a rainbow to match that crazy Christmas sweater! The sky’s the limit!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 30 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Mini wood bulbs
Craft paint
Paintbrushes
Permanent marker
Drill with fine bit
Baker’s twine
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut a length of twine about 3 inches longer than you want your necklace to be.
2. Using proper safety precautions, drill a hole where the bulb meets the threads on each bulb.
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Mini Lightbulb Necklace3 Easy Festive Mini Lightbulb Necklace
3. On a covered work surface, paint the bulb part of each lightbulb with two coats of craft paint, allowing each to dry before adding the next.
4. Once the paint is dry, use the marker (silver or black looks great!) color in the threads, leaving the inner sides if the threads uncolored so that you can see them.
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5. Tie a knot near one end of the twine where you want the first bulb. Slide the bulb onto the twine until it butts up against the knot. Carefully knot the string on the other side of the bulb. Repeat the process, evenly spacing the bulbs out across the twine.
Mini Lightbulb Necklace5 Easy Festive Mini Lightbulb Necklace
6. Tie the ends together to finish the necklace.

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