Gold-Gilded Woodland Gift Toppers Tutorial

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Take your gift wrapping to the next level with these forest gift toppers! They only take a few minutes to make and easily slide on to any gift, adding a unique, homemade touch.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Clothespins
Mini bottle brush trees
Deer
Hot glue gun/glue sticks

Things to do:
1. First, apply a drop of hot glue on the end of your clothespin and secure your tree in place.
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2. Add drops of hot glue on the bottom of the deer’s feet and attach it to the other side of the clothespin.
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3. Tie a ribbon around your present and clip your gift topper in place.
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Retro-Inspired Candy Tin Shadow Box Tutorial

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Create a fun vintage inspired tin assemblage box using a mint tin and all of your winter or Christmas themed bits and bobs! This is a great project for kids and adults alike!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes + dry time
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Tin mint box/tin craft box
Aleene’s True Snow
Glitter (optional)
Paint brush
Christmas/Winter themed miniatures (mini bottle brush trees, plastic reindeer, etc)
Vintage Paper Scrap (cards, etc) or Scrapbook Paper

Things to do:
1. Using a paintbrush in your open mint tin, dollop/paint your Aleene’s True Snow all over the inside, top and sides of your box. Thickness and design is up to you, but be sure you have covered all of the silver area of your box that will be visible.
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2. Add your miniatures. We like to add the miniatures while the True Snow is still wet, so that the pieces will dry in place and look as though they are part of the scene. (You may have to come back after the snow has dried and hot glue pieces to the top and sides of the box ).
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3. Adding extras such as vintage cut outs or scrapbook paper add charm, as does rick rack and any other various same themed additions that strike your fancy!
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4. Allow to fully dry.
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DIY Rustic Mason Jar Ring Wreath Tutorial

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Create a simple, yet beautiful rustic inspired wreath using canning jar rings and jute twine using this simple tutorial!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 10 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Canning jar ring
Jute twine
Winter-themed miniatures
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut a length of twine. The length will be determined by the size of your ring, and what you feel comfortable working with. You can easily add twine as you go.
2. Attach one end of your twine to the inside of the ring using hot glue.
3. Wrap your ring. Keep your twine tight and close together. When you run out of twine, simply attach the end of your twine to the inside of your ring using hot glue, and start with a new piece of twine just as you started until you reach the end, and your wreath is entirely covered.
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4. Create a loop of twine to act as your ornament hanger. Attach using hot glue on the top backside of your ring.
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5. Add your miniatures using hot glue. We used mint bottle brush trees, and created ribbons using our twine and attaching with hot glue.
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5-Minute Jingle Bell Wreath Tutorial

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Spread holiday cheer with a musical ornament that complements any Christmas decor! This project is simple and easy, so the kids can help too!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wire
Jingle bells
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Cut an 8-inch piece of wire.
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2. Slide jingle bells into the wire, varying sizes for dimension.
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3. When the wire is covered with jingle bells, twist the ends together, creating a wreath shape.
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4. Slide a piece of wire through the top of the wreath and wrap the ends together, creating a hanger.
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Repurposed Wine Cork Angel Ornament Tutorial

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Handmade ornaments are a great way to add a personal, homey touch to your Christmas decor. These beautiful angels are simple and look so lovely in the glow of Christmas lights.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wine corks
Hot glue gun/glue sticks
Scissors
Gold ribbon
Permanent marker
String

Things to do:
1. First, use hot glue to attach a wooden bead to the top of your wine cork. This will be the head of your angel.
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2. Tie a bow with your gold ribbon and use hot glue to attach it to the back of the wine cork. This bow will be your angel’s wings!
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3. Use a permanent marker to draw a smile and eyes onto your wooden bead.
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4. The final step is adding a hanger. Cut a 12-inch piece of string and knot then ends together. Use hot glue to attach the knot to the back of the angel.
5. Display your ornament and enjoy!
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5-Minute Snowball Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

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Looking for a modern way to adorn your tree this holiday season? These pom pom ornaments are a great space filler and inexpensive to make. Play with different color combinations to find a look that complements your home decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Large pom poms
Cord

Things to do:
1. Cut a 10-inch piece of string and knot the ends together.
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2. Apply a drop of hot glue on the knot.
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3. Separate the pom pom and press the knot firmly down towards the center.
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4. Let the glue dry before hanging your pom pom ornament.

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DIY Seaside-Inspired Christmas Ornament

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Celebrating the season by the seashore? These beautiful, themed ornaments will fit perfectly on your tree.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun/glue sticks
Seashells
Scissors
Rope

Things to do:
1. First, create a rope wreath. Wrap your rope around itself in a circle four times, using hot glue to secure the ends. Trim any excess rope.
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2. Next, decorate your rope wreath with seashells. Use hot glue to secure them in place.
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3. The final step is creating a hanger. Cut a 12-inch pieces of rope, fold it in half and lay the wreath on top of it. Slide the ends of the rope through the loop, securing the wreath in place. Use hot glue to attach the ends of rope, creating a hanger.
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DIY Retro Inspired Ornaments Tutorial

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Want retro ornaments without spending a fortune? Easily create vintage inspired ornaments with a few simple steps.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 20+ minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Colorful ornaments
Mod Podge
Glitter
Paint Brush/Skewer Stick/Toothpick
Optional: Fingernail Polish Remover, Cotton Pad, Tassels

Things to do:
1. Find glass ornaments that have a bit of wear. If you cannot find any, use fingernail polish remover and a cotton pad, and lightly wipe over the ornament. This will remove a bit of the color and give your ornament a bit of “age”.
2. Use mod podge to create retro inspired designs on your ornaments. Zig Zags, polka dots, etc. We used the tip of a skewer stick for a thick accurate design, but a paint brush or tooth pick would work as well.
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3. Sprinkle your glitter on top of your mod podge design. Fully cover and shake off extra glitter and allow to dry.
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4. Optional: Add tassels or rick rack to give it an extra vintage flair!
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Cinnamon Stick Ornament Tutorial

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Adorn your tree and fill your home with the sweet smell of cinnamon! These lovely ornaments take minutes to make and a beautiful, rustic touch to your holiday decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 12 anduUp

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Jute
Cinnamon sticks
Greenery

Things to do:
1. Glue three cinnamon sticks together, so they look like a stack of wood.
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2. Cut a 10-inch piece of jute and knot the ends together.
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3. Use hot glue to attach the knot to the top of your cinnamon sticks, creating a hanger for your ornament.
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4. Cut off a piece of greenery and use hot glue to attach it to the top of the knot.
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Cinnamon Stick Snowflake Ornament Tutorial

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This cinnamon stick snowflake makes a great addition to your Christmas tree and smells absolutely amazing! Play with different sized cinnamon sticks to vary the look.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Greenery
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
String
Scissors
Cinnamon sticks (two long, four short)

Things to do:
1. Attach your four short cinnamon sticks to a long cinnamon stick using hot glue. They should make a star shape.
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2. Use hot glue to attach the final long cinnamon stick across the middle seam where they all meet.
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3. Trim off a piece of greenery and use hot glue to attach it to the center of your ornament.
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4. Trim a 10-inch piece of string and knot the ends.
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5. Use hot glue to attach the knot to the back of your cinnamon stick ornament.
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