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DIY Golden Holiday Pear Placecards

Pear Placecards DIY Golden Holiday Pear Placecards
Holiday Season is fast approaching, which means, of course, the big family dinners are coming up soon as well! Make a little bit of a splash this year by adding elegant place cards to your table decor. These beautiful golden pears are simple to make, reusable year after year and add that touch of glam to your place settings.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes plus try time

Things you’ll need:
Artificial pears
Gold Spray Paint
Silver ribbon
Small tags
Scissors
Pen
Masking tape

Things to do:
1. Using your tape, mask off the stems on each pear.
2. On a covered work surface in a well ventilated space, Lightly spray one side of the pears with paint. Allow them to dry and then turn and repeat the process. Continue until the pears have two coats of paint all the way around
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3. Once the paint is dry, remove the masking tape.
4. Write the name of each guest on a tag.
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5. Cut 8-inch lengths of ribbon and tie around the stem of each pear.
6. Thread the tags onto the ribbon and tie off into a bow, trim the ribbon as needed.
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DIY Wood Slice Reindeer Gift Tags

October 29, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Winter Crafts

Wood Slice Reindeer Tags DIY Wood Slice Reindeer Gift Tags
With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about gifts and with gifts come, of course, gift wrapping! These pretty little tags will be much admired, and are another small gift to go along with the main one! You’ll want to use the chisel tip for your wood burning tool to make nice, straight, stick like lines to create the reindeer.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: Less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wood slices of about 2 inches in diameter
Wood burning tool
Drill with small bit
Baker’s Twine
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Sketch a stick reindeer onto the flat of a wood slice.
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2. Fit your wood burner with the chisel point and allow it to heat up.
3. Following your lines, burn the pattern of the reindeer onto the wood slice.
4. Allow the wood burning tool to cool and replace the chisel tip with the calligraphy tip.
5. Write the words “To “ and “From” on the back side of the wood slice and, using your tool, go over the letters to create the label side of the tags.
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6. Drill a hole
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DIY Cookie Cutter Ornaments

October 28, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

DIY Cookie Cutter Ornaments DIY Cookie Cutter Ornaments
In just a few easy steps, you will have a sweet addition to your holiday decor. Simply choose any cookie cutter, large or small, and transform it into a festive decoration. This adorable craft makes a wonderful ornament or decoration for any time or year.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 40 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up * Younger ages may need assistance

Things you’ll need:
Jute
Metal cookie cutter
Suede cord
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Apply a thin layer of hot glue to the bottom of the metal cookie cutter and attach the jute. Allow time to dry before continuing to the next step.
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2. Start wrapping the cookie cutter with jute, applying hot glue to outside of the cookie cutter. Wrap the cookie cutter tightly and try to keep your lines as straight as possible.
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3. Once the cookie cutter has been completely covered with jute, tie a piece of suede cord to the top of the shape to create a hanger.
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DIY Wood Burned Rustic Snowflake Ornaments

October 27, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Winter Crafts

Wood Burned Snowflake Ornaments DIY Wood Burned Rustic Snowflake Ornaments
Even if you don’t live in a place where it snows in winter, snowflakes are one of those winter musts that are perfect for decorating! These little wood slice snowflake ornaments are so simple and pretty it will be hard to make just one! These are also great gifts from kids as well, allow them to draw the snowflakes and take over for the burning and drilling part of the project.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wood burning tool
Wood slices
Drill and small bit
Baker’s Twine
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Let your child draw simple (or elaborate) snowflakes onto the wood slices lightly with the pencil.
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2. Using the chisel tip on your wood burning tool, trace the lines of the snowflakes.
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3. Drill a hole near the top of the wood slice.
4. Thread a loop of baker’s twine through the hole and tie the tops to finish.
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DIY Fall Mum Wall Pocket

October 21, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, General Crafts

DIY Fall Mum Wall Pocket DIY Fall Mum Wall Pocket
Wall Pockets are a great way to liven up a plain space on your wall, indoors or out. This fall, why not add a little cheer to your front door, hall or a bedroom that needs a little extra beauty with a sweet fall mum display? Flowers can be changed out as the seasons change as well, making this a great year =-round addition to your decor.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Artificial mums
Wall pocket
1-inch wide sheer ribbon
Scissors
Small rubber band or floral wire
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Trim the ends of the mums so that just the blooms will poke out of the wall pocket.
2. Using a rubber band, secure the stems to one another to form a tight bunch.
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3. Cut a 12-inch length of ribbon and thread through the hole, tying in a secure know. Rotate the ribbon though the hole until the knot sits at the back of the wall pocket, hidden from view.
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4. Cut another length of ribbon and tie into a decorative bow. Using a drop of glue, attach it to the top of the hanging loop.
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DIY Hydrangea Wreath

October 17, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

DIY Hydrangea Wreath DIY Hydrangea Wreath
Hydrangeas are probably my favorite flower. I love how they start out green in the spring, turn blue and purple as the summer unfolds and then shift into rusty bronzy colors as fall arrives. They are always the perfect colors for the season at hand and they are arguably at their best in the fall, their blowsy, bold colors so beautiful. Perfect for a fall wreath. This wreath uses the beauty of hydrangeas and the lasting power of artificial flowers to add a gorgeous finishing touch to your fall front door decor.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
12-15 bunches of hydrangea blossoms in red, orange and purple
Wire wreath form
Green flora ribbon
Yellow ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Fold the end of the green ribbon around one of the outside wires of the wreath. Add a drop of glue and press to secure the end to the wreath.
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2. Wrap the ribbon around the wreath, overlapping a little each time you wrap.
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3. Attach a loop of yellow ribbon to the wreath with hot glue, this will later be used for hanging the wreath.
4. Pull the flower punches off their stems, you’ll be glue these to the wreath by tucking them into the overlapping sections of ribbon. Dab glue on the end of the flower stems and tuck it into the overlap in the ribbon. Repeat with another bunch of the same color parallel to the other bunch. You’ll want to use two or three bunches of each color together in each section.
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5. Once you’ve place the first set of bunches, switch colors and repeat the process. Repeat again with the third color.
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6. Repeat these three colors around the wreath until the wreath is full.
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Recycled Egg Carton Candy Monster

Egg Carton Candy Monster Recycled Egg Carton Candy Monster
It’s that time of year again, Halloween! And when all those cute little costumed ghosts and ghouls come do your door, why not give them just a little fright when they reach for their candy with this fun little Recycled Egg Carton Candy Monster. Fill the “mouth” with candy and (gently, of course) snap the jaws closed as they reach in!

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

Things you’ll need:
Craft Paint
Egg Carton
White construction paper
Googly Eyes
Glue stick
Scissors

Things to do:
1 . Paint the inside and outside of the egg carton in the colors of your choice. You may need two or more coats. Allow the paint to dry completely.
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2. Remove the flap on the bottom half of the egg carton using the scissors.
3. Using glue stick, place the eyes to cover the holes on the top half of the carton.
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4. Cut the paper into two jagged strips for teeth, just slightly shorter than the length of the egg carton.
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5. Using the glue stick, attach the teeth flat against the bottom edge of the carton and inside the top edge.
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6. Allow the glue to dry then add candy and get ready for the trick or treaters!
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Creepy Eyeball Thumbtacks

October 14, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts

Creepy Eyeball Thumbtacks Creepy Eyeball Thumbtacks
Nothing says “I’m watching you!” this Halloween like eyeball thumbtacks. Give someone in your office a little bit of a fright or help your kids have fun staying organized with this quick to make creepy thumb tacks! While most googly eyes come with a sticky back, it’s worth it to go the extra step and use craft or super glue for a more permanent hold on the thumbtacks. After all, they’ll be sure to get plenty of use!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less than a minute per tack

Things you’ll need:
Flat topped thumb tacks
Googly eyes of various sizes
Craft glue or super glue

Things to do:
1. Peel off the backing from your googly eyes.
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2. Using a small drop of glue, attach the eyes to the tops of the tacks.
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3. Allow the tacks to dry before use. For best results, push the tacks into a corkboard laying flat so they stay flat while drying.

Easy Glue Spider Web Hairclip

Spider Web Hairclip Easy Glue Spider Web Hairclip
Looking for a spooky hairstyle for Halloween… something a little creepy, a little whimsical, but still fun? Look no further. This spider web hair clip seems to float on the hair, weighs almost nothing and looks creepy. Perfect for the spookiest holiday of them all. Change the size to suit larger or smaller heads or make small pairs to adorn pigtails or twisted buns. These are simple and fun to make, so why not make them for the whole gang?

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Glittered white puffy paint
Parchment paper
Permanent marker
Bobby pins with pad
Craft glue

Things to do:
1. Lay the parchment paper out on a flat surface and draw a spider web with the marker.
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2. Use the drawing as a guide, trace the spider web with the puff paint.
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3. Allow the paint to dry completely.
4. Carefully peel the paint off of the paper. On the underside of the web, glue a bobby pin or two to the web so they are just slightly leaning in. Allow the glue to dry before wearing.

How to Make a Fall Berry Wreath

October 10, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

Fall Berry Wreath How to Make a Fall Berry Wreath
There’s something about fall that makes me want to hang a new, pretty wreath on my front door. It’s all the beautiful colors I’m sure! This fall berry wreath adds a little whimsical elegance to your stoop and ties in the colors of the season with your front door decor.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
Two (2) berry garlands
3 packages of berry picks
Wooden letterof your choice
Gold spray paint
Floral wire
Hot glue gun and glue sticks (high temp is best)
Wire wreath form
Yellow Ribbon

Things to do:
1. Wire one of the garlands to the outside center ring on the wreath by wrapping short lengths of floral wire around both the wreath wire and the core of the garland. Continue until you have used up all the garland.
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2. Repeat this process with the other garland, this time wiring it to the inner center ring.
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3. Splay the bunches of berries out evenly around the wreath. This will help you decide where to add the berry picks to get nice, full coverage.
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4. Insert the picks into open spaces, wiring the ends to the wreath form on the back side and working your way around until you have a nice, full wreath.
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5. In a well ventilated work area, spray the wooden letter with two coats of gold paint, allowing each to dry before adding the next.
6. Once the letter is dry, center in in the hole in the wreath, nestling it into the berries. Use dollops of hot glue to secure the letter to the wreath form.
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7. Cut a length of ribbon and loop through the form. Tie a knot and rotate around so that the knot is hidden behind the berries and hang the wreath.
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