Holiday DIY – Glowy Trees

Good Morning,

Today I’m sharing a little holiday DIY project I did last week.  I warn you, it might be the least helpful DIY post I’ve ever shared on the blog in terms of instructions.  I didn’t get enough pictures.  But because it took some time and the result was decent I thought it was worth sharing anyway.  This DIY is called “Glowy Trees”. (Sometimes naming a DIY is half the fun….).  I came up with this idea because I wanted something to add to my outdoor decor this year.

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STEP 1:  Cut bristol board and make them into 3 cone-shapes; a small, medium and large.  I’ll be honest I struggled with this part, and I really just used trial and error to get 3 cones that fit properly on top of each other.  I went online to try to figure it out and people were talking about the Pythagorean Theory to calculate cone shapes, and I thought, forget that. I’m crafting, I don’t want to do math.  So I just winged it.  Just be warned, if you are going to go this route buy a couple of extra sheets of bristol board.

STEP 2:  Cut the bottoms of the cones to look like tree branches.

STEP 3: Around the bottom cut out circles using the hole-punch.

STEP 4: Use the large needle to poke small holes everywhere else on the cones (the more you have the glowier your trees will be).

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STEP 5:   Create 3 bunches of lights with your strand and assemble your cones into trees and place them on top of the lights.

And voila:

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Not too bad, right? You can see the largest one is the least tree-like as that one was done before I got the hang of the cone shaping.  But the effect is what I wanted.  You can put these anywhere but the glow is most effective outside.  Mine are under a covered area so they don’t get ruined by rain or snow.  What I didn’t think of…WIND.  As a result since I took this picture I think the top of the small guy may be lost forever.  Ah well, what can you do.

XO,

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Natural Christmas Decor

Good Morning!

I don’t know about you but I love the color, glitter and shine that comes with holiday decor. It’s fun, whimsical and makes me feel like a kid.  However, that doesn’t mean I don’t also love the natural aspects of holiday decor. I’m a big proponent of the real Christmas tree and using cedar boughs as often as you can. And although it would be hard to eliminate all the glitz in my holiday decor, I do occasionally have the urge to go au natural.  Today I’m sharing some natural holiday decor ideas that I think are pretty lovely.

You gotta love this pretty magnolia leaf garland.

Cedar boughs and a simple candle in a outdoor setting.  Kinda perfect

What is more natural than dried fruit? And this mini tree decorated with dried lemon is great.

Pretty trees in simple water jugs.

Real mistletoe….pretty and could get you a smooch.  Good combo.

Simple garland, wood accents, and some animal love to boot.

You know I love antlers in decor, so I obviously quite enjoy the use of these to display these gorgeous natural garlands.

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How lovely.

As we are now in our last week before Christmas, and in the spirit of the holiday, tomorrow I will starting a little series called…

Holiday Traditons copy …where some of my blogger friends will be sharing their favorite holiday traditions with all of you!

Have a great day!

XO,

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Amaze-”Balls” DIY Holiday Wreath!

Good Morning love muffins!

Happy Wednesday! Remember last week when I posted the Amaze-balls Holiday Wreath Ideas?  Well, it inspired a little holiday DIY project.  Check out below for my fun little how-to….

Pretty decent for a first try, huh?  It was relatively easy and only took about an hour.  And the best thing?  I got all the supplies at the dollar store and the whole thing cost under $10 (including the glue gun which I also got at the dollar store a long time ago).  The only hiccup I encountered was that at the end, I was short a few balls! Which, if you follow me on twitter, you already know from my online dating tweets…. bahahaha…sorry, couldn’t help it. I meant Christmas balls, obviously.  My advice, always have more balls than you think you need (wink, wink). Seriously, it’s like I’m a thirteen year old boy.

Anyway, it was easy, cheap and turned out totally pretty in the end, so you should try it out! And it gives you a good excuse to make balls jokes….which is clearly why I did it.

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a pair of One of a Kind Show tickets….contest end on Thursday at 10 pm!

XOXO,