DIY Bead and Sequin Christmas Ornament Tutorial


This ornament is what every Christmas tree dreams of displaying during the holiday season. Learn how to make your own!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam ball
Sequin pins
Beads
Sequins
Ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Start by placing a bead and a sequin on each pin.

2. Begin the process of sticking the pins into your styrofoam ball. Be sure to overlap each sequin to completely cover the ball. I would recommend pouring yourself a glass of wine at this stage.

3. Keep going, you’re getting closer!

4. Pour yourself another glass of wine.
5. To create an ornament hanger, cut a 15-inch piece of ribbon. Carefully shape the ribbon into figure 8 then pin through center and into ornament.

6. Cut another 15-inch piece of ribbon, fold in half and knot, leaving tails.

7. Place pin through center of knot and bow and into top of ornament. Secure with glue before placing pin for extra strength.

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How to Make a Christmas Tree Pompom


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Medium pompom maker
Yarn in green and brown
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Open the medium pompom maker, then begin wrapping the green yarn around one end.

2. Continue wrapping until you have filled the entire half of the pompom maker. The more yarn you wrap, the thicker and puffier your pompom will be.

3. Repeat steps 1-2 on the other side of the pompom maker, trying to make the second side even with the first side.

4. When you are happy with the thickness, close the pompom maker, then trim the yarn.

5. Using sharp scissors, cut the pompom loops from one side of the pompom maker.

6. Repeat step 5 on the other side of the pompom maker. Cut an 8″ length of yarn, then tie it around the pompom tightly.

7. Remove the pompom from the pompom maker by pulling the maker apart.

8. The top of the pompom, where the tie is, will be the top of the tree. With this in mind, begin trimming the pompom into a 3-D triangle.

Tip: If you’re having problems seeing the shape of the tree, place the tree upright and look straight down onto the top of it. Trim the tree shape from this view.

9. Grab the brown yarn. Begin rolling the brown yarn into a ball using your fingers.

10. When the ball is the size you’d like for the bottom of the tree, trim the yarn. Tuck the yarn tail into another few strands of the ball.

11. Using the hot glue gun, place a large dot of glue onto the brown ball where the end is tucked in.

12. Glue the ball to the bottom of the tree.

13. Trim and tie the top of the tree to use the tie as an ornament hanger.

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DIY Glittered Wine Cork Star Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour plus drying time
Age range: Adults

Things you will need:
Wine Corks
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue
Mod Podge
Champagne Extra Fine Glitter
Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealant Spray

Things to do:
1. Arrange the wine corks in a star shape.

2. Starting with the top wine cork, place a line or two of hot glue and glue the corks together.

3. Before starting each new row of corks, make sure the corks are still in a star shape. You may need to add or reduce the amount corks or change their positioning.

4. Continue glueing corks together until all corks are glued together. Your star may be a different shape than the original layout. I decided to change mine a little to give the star flatter edges on the bottom, so it would stand up nicely.

5. With a paint brush, coat each wine cork top with Mod Podge.

6. Over paper lined container, pour on the champagne extra fine glitter. Shake of excess glitter. Allow to dry. Some colors of glitter may need more than one coat of paint.
7. Fold paper in half and pour the glitter back into the container.

8. Spray the star with the Kyrlon Glitter Blast Clear Sealant Spray to reduce amount of glitter falling off. Set aside to dry.

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DIY Gold “Noel” Holiday Letter Decor


The Noel Holiday Letter DIY Kit is fun and easy to customize to fit your home’s Christmas decor. Here is an example how to decorate the Noel Kit with multiple shades of gold.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours plus drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you will need:
NOEL Holiday Letter DIY Kit
Krylon Glitter Blast Golden Glow Glitter Spray Paint
Champagne Extra Fine Glitter
Champagne Craft Paint
Champagne Gold Rhinestone Stickers
Mod Podge
Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer Spray

Things to do:
1. Paint the edges of the letter E with the Champagne Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Craft Paint.

2. Then coat the top of the wooden letter E with the same champagne paint. Set aside to dry. Repeat with additional coats. I painted three coats of champagne paint.

3. All except of the bottom corner of the the wooden letter L, cover with a coat of Mod Podge. Be sure to include the side edges as well.

4. Over a paper lined container, generously pour on the Champagne Extra Fine Glitter. Completely cover all of the Mod Podge. Set the letter L to dry.

5. Once the glitter on the wooden letter L is dry, cover the bottom corner with Mod Podge and glitter. Set aside to dry.

6. Once the glitter is dry. Gently dab on Mod Podge to any spots that may need more coverage. Then cover again in glitter. Set aside to dry.

7. Once you are finished with the glitter, fold the piece of paper in half and pour the excess glitter back into the container.

8. In a well ventilated area, spray the wooden letter N with the Krylon Glitter Blast Golden Glow Glitter Spray Paint. Set aside to dry. Repeat coats if desired. I used two coats, but one probably would have been enough.
9. Once the letters N and L are dry, spray with a coat of Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer Spray. This will keep the glitter from falling off.

10. When the wooden letter E has fully dried, place the Champagne Gold Rhinestone Stickers onto the front of the letter E.

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How to Make a Candy Snow Globe Holiday Treat Jar


This festive candy snow globe makes a lovely host or hostess gift during the holiday season! Add a note to the paper tag and show your appreciation in a ‘sweet’ way.

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

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Mason jar
Acrylic ornament
Ribbon
Miniatures (Merry Christmas, sled, bottle brush tree, etc)
Paper tag
Candy
Artificial snow

Things to do:
1. First, fill your mason jar with your favorite candies and secure the lid on top. For our snow globe, we use the holiday edition candy kisses! Green or red wrappers add a festive touch to your candy snow globe!


2. Use hot glue to attach your miniatures to the center of the lid. Be sure the pieces you choose are small enough to fit inside your ornament.


3. Sprinkle a light dusting of artificial snow over your miniatures.

4. Pull your acrylic ornament apart and use hot glue to secure one half to the lid of your mason jar.
5. Slide a paper tag onto a festive piece of ribbon and tie it in a bow around the neck of your mason jar.


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DIY Red and Gold Mason Jars with Deer Decor

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours plus drying time.
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Mason Jars
White Spray Paint
Red Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Twine
Natural Basswood Plank
Red and White Baker’s Twine
Gold Faux Deer Antler Pick
Champagne Glitter Paint Artificial Pine Picks
Gold Berry Cluster Pick
Unfinished Wood Deer Head Cutout
Miniature Gold Metallic Deer
Dowel Rods
Floral Foam Block

Things to do:
1. Spray glass mason jars with a white primer. I used the Krylon ColorMaster White Satin Enamel Spray Paint that contains a primer. The primer is a very important step. It helps the paint stick to the jar. Set aside jars to dry. I allow my to dry upside down on a 3/4 ” unfinished wood dowel rod set inside a green floral foam block.

2. Paint the glass mason jars with the Red Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint. Set on wood dowels upside down to dry. Repeat until desired color has been reached. I used three coats of red paint.

3. Arrange the pine sticks, berry clusters and the deer antlers as desired inside the jar.

4. Wrap a strand of red and white baker’s twine around a strand of the natural twine twice. The natural twine should be long enough to go around the top of the mason jar, plus tying in a knot.

5. Then tie the red and white baker’s twine in a double knot if the front of a gold miniature deer to make a scarf. Keep the natural twine behind the miniature deer.

6. Tie the miniature deer onto the mason jar with the natural twin. Place a double knot in the back of the mason jar. Repeat with second jar.

7. Paint the Unfinished Wood Deer Head Cutout with the Champagne FolkArt Extreme Glitter Paint. Allow the paint to dry between coats. I used three coats of paint.

8. Tie a strand of natural twine to the back of each antler in a double knot. Then trim the end of the strand.

9. Tie the two strands of natural twine in the back of the mason jar in a double knot.

10. Set the jars on the Natural Basswood Plan.

Voila! You now have your own DIY Red and Gold Mason Jars with Deer Decor!

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Kid Inspired Wooden Spool Menorah Tutorial


This menorah is perfect for kids. It’s flameless, and kids can even help make it.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes active time, plus time for paint to dry
Age range: 6 and up

Things you’ll need:
Eight 2-1/8″ wooden spools
One 3″ wooden spool
1 1/2 ” high number stickers
Acrylic paint in Award Blue and Blue Bonnet
Foam brush
Woodless colored pencils

Things to do:
1. Using the foam brush, apply two coats of paint to each wooden spool, painting five spools with Blue Bonnet and six spools with Award Blue.

Tip: You may want to paint the top of each spool, then go back and paint the bottom of each spool. This will keep things less messy and avoid smearing the paint when you’re holding the spools.
2. Allow the spools to dry between coats, then allow the spools to dry completely after the last coat.

3. Line the spools up, alternating the light blue and dark blue spools. Place the large spool in the center.

4. Carefully apply number stickers 1-8 to each smaller spool. (Do not add a number to the large spool.) Center the number as best you can on each spool.

5. Place one colored pencil into the large spool. During Hanukah, instead of lighting a candle, add a pencil each night.

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DIY Red Truck Burlap Holiday Wreath Tutorial


Who doesn’t love a red truck hauling Christmas trees? The plaid and burlap add to the rustic feel of this welcoming wreath.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 2 hours
Age range: 14 and up

Things you’ll need:
Burlap wreath kit or wire wreath form and 20′ of 6″ burlap roll.
Red truck with pine trees
Red and black plaid ribbon
White and black plaid ribbon
Wire
Wire cutters
Scissors

Things to do:
1. To begin, weave through wire form. Double over and secure with wire.
2. Starting from center, pull up 3 loops. Move back and forth to center and repeat.



3. Continue around wreath and secure end with wire. The more the burlap frays, the more it adds to the character of the wreath.


4. Using wire, attach the truck just below center of wreath.

5. Wrap wire around wreath base to hold in place. I went around loops on bottom truck and through side window and windshield.

6. Trim ends of wire and push toward front of wreath so that it doesn’t scratch wall.
7. Make a loopy bow from red and black plaid ribbon and attach to wreath under the truck.

8. Cut 10″ pieces of both ribbons and tie around base of wreath.

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DIY Wine Cork Christmas Tree


Are you in the Holiday Spirit and have a few wine corks lying around? Here is is how to make your own festive DIY Wine Cork Christmas Tree:

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour plus paint drying time.
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished Wood Country Stars
Christmas Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set
Garnet Red Extra Fine Glitter
Emerald Green Extra Fine Glitter
Champagne Extra Fine Glitter
Champagne Extra Fine Glitter
Champagne Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Metallic Craft Paints
Sunflower Gold Extra Fine Glitter
Mod Podge

Things to do:
1. Find similar sized wine corks and lay them out in a Christmas tree formation. I used 34 corks for this project. The largest row of corks I used was 7 across. I made one row of 6 corks under the row of 7 corks. For each row above the largest row, I used one less cork, until I reached a row with only one cork.

2. Lay a few corks aside that have a nice wine stain on them. Then, grab a few with little or no wine stain and paint the tips with the Christmas Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set and the Champagne Martha Stewart Metallic Craft Paint. Then, set the painted corks aside to dry.

3. To add some glitter to the wine corks, brush some Mod Podge onto the tip of the cork.

4. Over a paper lined container, generously pour glitter over the Mod Podge. Then shake off extra glitter. Repeat with same glitter color.

5. Before starting the next glitter color, fold the piece of paper in half and pour the excess glitter back into the glitter container.

6. Repeat with other glitter colors. Be sure to pour the excess glitter back into its container before starting a new color. I used Emerald, Garnet and Champagne Extra Fine glitter colors. Then, set aside glitter corks to dry.

7. Brush on a coat of Mod Podge onto the Unfinished Wood Country Star.

8. Generously pour on the Sunflower Extra Fine glitter. Then pour the excess glitter back into the container. Then set the country star aside to dry.

9. Once the painted and glittered corks are dry, arrange the corks in desired layout, spreading out the different colors.

10. Starting with the bottom row, place a line of hot glue down the side of one of the corks.

11. Press the next wine cork side into the glue, hold for a few a minutes until the glue dries. Repeat this step until you finished the end of the row.

12. Continue to glue each row together, until you have reached the top.

13. Starting with the top row, center each row above the next and glue into place.

14. Place the glue on the inside edges of each cork, then continue gluing each row to the next. Remember to center each row.

15. Repeat step above until all rows are glued together.

16. Place some hot glue on the top of the bottom wood slice.

17. Then, hold the two slices together tightly for a few moments until the glue dries.

18. Place a large amount of glue on top of the top wood slice.

19. Next, press and hold the the wood slice base to the bottom center of the wine cork Christmas tree. Hold for a few moments until glue is dry. Be sure the base is secure. Add extra glue if necessary.

20. Place a small amount of glue on the bottom edge of the wooden country star.

21. Press and hold the country star to the top of the wine cork Christmas tree.


Voila! You now have your own DIY Wine Cork Christmas tree.

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Easy Snowy Decoupage Christmas Ornament Tutorial


This is another ornament I made while in elementary school and still hang it on the tree every year. It is super simple and adds some glitz to your tree.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you will need:
Styrofoam ball
Crystal glitter
Mod Podge
Holiday paper napkin
Ribbon
Scissors
Paintbrush
Jar or glass for holding ornament while working
Paper plate or wax paper

Things to do:
1. Begin by cutting desired shapes from a paper napkin. If it has a white background you don’t have to be so precise.

2. Place a paper plate or wax paper over your work table. Using Mod Podge and paint brush adhere shapes to Styrofoam ball, using brush to smooth shapes as much as possible. Continue until about half of ball is covered. Sprinkle with glitter. Prop on jar or glass so it doesn’t stick to your work surface.


3. When dry, turn and do other side the same as first.
4. Make a loop hanger from ribbon and glue or pin to ornament.

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