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Fingerprint Wreath Ornaments

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DIY Fingerprint Ornament

I absolutely love using things my kids have made as decor of the holidays. All the little handprints, foot prints, and crazy painted items have a very special place in our home. If you ask my family though, I tend to have a slight obsession with ornaments. I love putting up the tree and breaking out all the fun ornaments from places we’ve been and the family ones showing how much we’ve grown. This year I decided to make something special for both my boys to make for this year’s tree.

What You’ll Need: Round Ceramic Ornament, Round Sticker, Green Paint, Modge Podge (or other sealant), Red Jewels, E6000 (or other strong adhesive), Paint Pen

DIY Fingerprint Ornament

DIY Fingerprint OrnamentPlace a round sticker (I just created one with some wash tape and parchment paper) on the center of the ornament. Now your kids can go to town putting little green finger prints all over the empty space. Make sure that they stick with just small finger prints rather than spreading it all together.

Let the paint dry then seal it with Modge Podge. Once the sealant is dry you can place your gems around the wreath like holly berries. Using a tooth pick helps keep your fingers from getting too sticky and makes placement easier.

Write a favorite seasonal word (and of course, name and year on the back) in the center and you’re ready to decorate your tree!

Looking forward to finding a special place on the tree for these two!

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Last weekend we broke out the Christmas decorations and got down to business decorating the house.  I love decorating for this time of year and it was so cute to see Mr. G really get into it as well.  Anything I wasn’t going to use anymore, he decided needed to go in his room for decoration.  His room is now a complete hodge podge of christmas decor from years past and I love it!

While going through the box of decorations, I found some of my favorite ones that I made myself that I had forgotten about.  So today I thought I would share some with you for a Christmas decor DIY round up!

Candy Cane Wreath

Scrappy Christmas Trees

Mini Joy Wreath

Ornament Bouquet

Christmas Card Tree

Mini “Leftovers” Wreath

Sharpie Santa Plate

Happy Decorating!
XO, Kelly

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DIY // Sharpie Santa Plate

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This year has been a blast getting Mr. G involved in the Christmas excitement.  At school he had birthday cake for Jesus and we just had our first successful Santa visit.  We’re having fun celebrating both the reason for the season, Jesus’ birth, and the magical Santa side as well.  We have an elf that hops around the house, a countdown calendar that is Mr. G’s job to change, and he even has his very own tree.

We’ve also read books about Santa in preparation for his visit at the mall, so now Mr. G has learned that Santa needs cookies and milk.  Of course that means I need a special plate!  DIY to the rescue!  All I did was use one of the many Sharpie mug tutorials and applied it to a plate.  What was so fun about this was the ample amount of space to decorate!

What You’ll Need: Plate, Sharpies, Oven

After decorating the plate, place it in the oven and then set the temperature to 425.  After it’s preheated, set your timer for 40 minutes.  Once time is up, turn off the oven and allow the plate to cool inside the oven (about 1-2 hours).

Unfortunately the colored Sharpies didn’t retain their brightness but I still love the way it turned out!

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DIY // Mini “JOY” Wreath

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It’s no secret that this is the season of JOY.  It’s also no secret that I love making wreaths! So in honor of celebrating an entire year of “Ten Little Things”, I have a DIY mini wreath to share with you today that actually says it.
What You’ll Need: Mini Wreath, Wooden Letters “J” and “Y”, Floral Trimmings, White Paint, Twine or Ribbon (for hanging)
Paint the wooden letters and while they are drying, glue the floral trimmings onto the front of the wreath.  
Now glue one letter to each side of the mini wreath.  Be sure to check that you have them in the correct order.  Glue or tie your twine/ribbon to the back of the wreath and you’re all set!
Also, don’t forget to check out Instagram for the “Ten Little Things” Giveaway!  The winner will be chosen tomorrow afternoon!

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DIY Christmas Card Tree

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Tis the season for cards, cards, and more cards!  There are photo cards, funny cards,
shiny/ glittery cards, photos galore, etc.  But where to put them all?  I love displaying all of the cards we get through the
holiday season.  They just make me
happy to look at but propping them up along the mantel or selves can make
things look a bit cluttered and messy.  I’m so happy to share this project with you today!  I created this fun display piece for Southern Holiday Life Magazine so if you’re in the Southeast, you may find this publication in a shop near you!

What You’ll Need: Five Wood Planks (varying sizes), Drill
and Screws, Paint and Sponges, Wooden Clothespins, Decorative Tape, Glue

Arrange four of your planks along the length of the
longest one and screw them in place.
Using a sponge, paint the four horizontal planks.  I used three different hues to add some
tree-like color and texture.
Cover the clothespins with the decorative tape.  Then, once the paint has dried on the planks, glue the clothespins on. 
Set it up and it’s ready for display!
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6 Favorite Christmas DIYs

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Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite DIYs from Christmas past.  I love DIY, that’s no secret, but Christmas DIY is pretty special.  There’s something about opening that decoration storage box each year and finding something I made that fills me with more joy than something I bought at a store.  I just love Christmas crafting!  

1. Ornament Bouquet

2. Mini Nativity

Oh this last one…my sweet boy was so little!
Happy Christmas crafting!
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