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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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I love traditions.  We don’t really have that many in our family and I’ve been wanting to come up with a few, inexpensive ones.  This is one that my mom decided she wanted to do with the boys and I love it!  This year it’s just Mr. G partaking in the Gingerbread house building/decorating fun, but RC will be joining in soon enough.  
We had to make our own icing, whipping egg white by hand with a fork is no joke.  It was everywhere!  We were sticky, powdered sugar and sprinkles on the table and floor, but it was a lot of fun!  As for the taste test, this particular kit is not adult approved but it is definitely kid approved.  I’m so excited to do this again next year, but maybe with a different kit.
XO, Kelly

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A very DIY Christmas

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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 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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DIY // Family Ornament

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I love ornaments.  They are my favorite part of decorating for the holidays because they hold the memories.  Every time we take a trip or go somewhere special, I have to get an ornament.  Hubs usually makes fun of me at the time, but when we’re decorating the tree, I get the last laugh.  We have ornaments from all of the trips we’ve taken together and they make us happy just to look at.  Along with these memories are the newer ones, like our very first family ornament.  I knew that I would want one every year but this year, I just didn’t want to shell out the money.  So I made one!
What You’ll Need:
Clay
Toothpick
Paint
Sharpie 
I chose air dry clay.  This is kid friendly and there’s no baking required.

I made my little santa hat shapes, trying to make the trimmings as “fluffy” as possible.  Don’t forget that you need a large space to write too.  This is the easy part since all you need is a wide rectangle.  Poke holes for the string after you’re done and before you let it begin to set.  Make sure you take in to account the size/weight of the ornament when poking the holes.  Some ornaments may need more than one.
Now we play the waiting game. It takes 24 hours to dry on the outside and 72 to dry throughout.  If it’s just you doing this project, I’d say go ahead and paint after the 24 hours period.  If this is a family project, wait the 72.  The clay is still very soft inside until then and the ornament could get punctured.  
Paint your shapes and allow them to dry.  This drying process, if you used air dry clay, takes no time at all!  The clay soaks up the paint and dries in no more than 10 minutes.  Add on your names and, of course, the year.  Pull some string or ribbon through the holes and hang them.
I had/have so much clay I can make as many as I want!

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DIY // Ornament Bouquet

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I saw a tutorial like this on Etsy for a Christmas wedding bouquet, which I must say is an adorable idea, and thought it would make a lovely addition to our Christmas decor.  It’s also a great way to use up the rest of the leftover ornaments!
What You’ll Need:
Ornaments
Wood Skewers
Floral Foam
Vase
Fiber Fill (pillow stuffing)
Glue
Cut the foam to the size needed to fit the bottom of the vase and cover it with fiber fill. (like THIS project) Then, remove the hanger parts of the ornaments to expose the hole.  I believe most ornaments, especially the plastic ones, are like this.  Drop some glue and stick a skewer into the open ornament.  Make sure you use the non pointy end so that when you go to arrange them, they slide easily into the foam.  Once you’ve arranged as many as you can with the skewers, start gluing the rest of the ornaments to fill in the spaces.  Finish off the bottom empty space with some more fiber fill.

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