Ornaments On A Stick | An Easy Christmas Craft

Happy Thursday friends.  I’ve got a super easy Christmas craft to share with you today and I think you’re going to love it.  These are what I call Ornaments On A Stick!

Years ago when my home decor store was open, I carried a similar item and they were a top seller. Since I haven’t at market in the last 5 or 6 years, I decided I was going to make my own.

I’m almost embarrassed to share the easy DIY steps to make these but here goes.  You only need a few supplies:

 Shatter Proof Ornaments–Wal-Mart, At Home and Hobby Lobby are my go to sources for shatter-proof ornaments in different color, shapes and sizes.  I used an assortment of mini and large styles from At Home to make mine.  (note: this craft will also work with glass ornaments)

Wood Skewers–you can find these at Hobby Lobby and even at the grocery store.  I used long skewers for my ornaments but you can also use short cocktail size sticks as well.

Hot Glue Gun–a glue gun is a great tool for everyone to own even if you’re not a crafter.  I have this cordless glue gun on my Christmas wish list.

And now the hard part….

Using your skewer, punch a hole into the cap of the ornament and insert the skewer into the hole a couple of inches.  Add a few dots of hot glue around the hole and skewer to secure it in place and let it dry.  Ta da,  you’ve got a fun holiday decor piece to decorate with.

Ornaments On A Stick are great to add to a Christmas tree or mantel garland.  And if you use a short skewer, they will also work on a wreath.

Another fun idea is to add them to a flower bouquet or plant that you’re giving as a holiday hostess gift.

Or you can make a holiday door cone like I did and insert a few sticks to dress it up.

And if you really want to go all out, make a super sized version of Ornaments On A Stick to use in your outdoor planters.  Just use oversized ornaments and replace the skewers with wood dowels.

P.S.  This is a fun craft to do with kids.

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Happy holiday crafting!

Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour–All Around The House!

And all through the house…

Welcome to the finale of the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour.   This year’s home tour started off with a bang and now it’s time to wrap up the series with lots of holiday cheer.

If you’re coming over from Green With Decor welcome!  Meg has such a cute home and I love all of the holiday decorating ideas she’s shared in the home tour.

I’m so happy to invite you into my holiday home and share more of my decor with you.  I think I mentioned in an earlier post that I like to add holiday touches throughout my house.   Today I’m sharing those little touches with you so grab a cup of cocoa, sit back and enjoy!

Big thanks to Amara and SmithHönig for sponsoring this holiday home tour. Products were provided from each – however all opinions are 100% my own.

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Let’s start with the coffee table.  The only holiday decor I added to the table was a small red mercury glass tree under a cloche.  It’s a simple decorating idea that has an elegant feel and I love the way it looks.

The red tree on the coffee table coordinates with the red mercury glass trees on the dining room sideboard.  The arrangement on the sideboard is another simple and easy decorating idea.

I added a holiday touch to the sofa with the addition of a solid red pillows and a Merry Christmas pillow that I bought at HomeGoods last year.

Christmas In the Kitchen

I didn’t do much decorating in the kitchen.  A mini tree in a blue and white cachpot sits on the kitchen island and a small wreath hangs over the stove.

Christmas DIY

I didn’t do much holiday crafting this year but I did make this cute cone door hanger.  I’ll share the DIY tutorial on the blog this weekend so stay tuned.  It’s super easy to make and is a unique hostess gift if you have a party coming up.

We’ve only hung one piece of artwork since we moved into the house so I hung this wreath on one of the stair walls.  This was a DIY too that literally took me about 20 minutes to make.

I purchased the wire wreath form from At Home and added some of the pretty pink ornaments I received from Amara.  I’ve loved using these Amara ornaments on my tree, mantel garland and now this wreath.  FYI–Amara is have a big sale of their Christmas decor so now is a great time to stock up for next year.

I hung a preserved boxwood wreath on the door at the top of the stairs and added a multi-layered bow.

ribbon from Costco

Christmas in the Master Bedroom

I deviated from my red and pink color theme in the master bedroom and used blue and green ornaments to decorate a small tree. A pair of wreaths hangs on the doors to the bathroom and I draped swags on the corners of the armoire.

Because the tree doesn’t have lights on it, I used different size and finishes of ornaments to give the tree visual interest. And instead of using the tree stand that came with the tree, I put the tree in a beautiful silver urn that a friend gave me.

Since our bed is the focal point in the room,  I hung a wreath on the headboard and draped garland around the edge. The garland really makes the room feel cheerful.

Do you recognize the sign in the middle of the wreath?  It’s actually a charger plate from the Target Dollar Spot.  I attached it to the wreath using a wire plate hanger.

wreath pillow from HomeGoods

A grouping of silver mercury glass trees sits on our dresser and relates back to the silver urn the tree is in.

And to round out our holiday decor is some of my gift wrap.  I still have lots of gifts to wrap  but here’s a look at a couple of the boxes dressed up so far.  I’ll be sharing more of my Christmas gift wrap along with some of my favorite gift wrapping tips on Friday.

Thanks for stopping by friends. I’ve loved sharing my holiday home with you this year.  Be sure to stop by Positively Southern, the next stop of the home tour.  And then check out all of the other participating bloggers to see their Merry & Bright Holiday Homes.


ConfettiStyle

Positively Southern

M. Jones Style

Rover At Home

Chic On A Shoestring Decorating

Love Your Abode

Green With Decor

Cheers to the season!

 

 

Disclaimer: This blog hop is sponsored by Amara and SmithHönig. Products were provided from each – however all opinions are 100% my own.

Easy Ways To Personalize Christmas Card Envelopes

Can you wrap your head around the fact that Christmas is just over 2 weeks away? I sure can’t. Preparing for Christmas this year has been a whirlwind.

Since I know most of you are in the process of getting your cards ready to mail, I thought I’d share some fun and easy Christmas card envelope decorating ideas with you. Enjoy and be inspired!

Check out these creative ideas for personalizing Christmas envelopes and let me know which is your favorite!

CREATIVE IDEAS TO PERSONALIZE YOUR CHRISTMAS CARD ENVELOPES

PRETTY POSTAGE:  There are some cool postage stamps available from the post office and just a few fancy ones will give your envelope a special touch. Buy holiday stamps in small denominations that equal the postage amount and pile them on the front of you envelope to make it festive.

Christmas Card Envelopes

WAX SEALS: I love the look of a stylish sticker to seal the flap of an envelope and a wax seal takes that look up a notch. A personalized wax seal also makes a great gift for a girlfriend or newlyweds.

PERSONALIZED STAMPS:  Personalized stamps are an easy way to customize envelopes for home or business use. Paper Source has a great selection of personalized stamps in both everyday and seasonal designs. And when it comes to gift giving, a personalized stamp make a great gift too!

FABRIC ENVELOPES:  If you want to put your crafting skills to work, try making a fabric envelope for your cards. Buy a fat quarter fabric bundle from JoAnn Fabric and use a paper envelope as a template to cut our the envelope shape. If you’re planning to mail ( versus hand deliver) your envelopes make sure to stitch the flap closed and ask the post office to hand cancel the postage instead of running it through their machines.

LINED ENVELOPES:  You can add high style to plain envelopes by lining them with decorative paper, gift wrap or a paper doily that coordinates with the colors or style of your Christmas card.

Easy DIY Christmas Card Envelopes

STAMPED ENVELOPES: A super simple way to create stylish envelopes is by stamping a polka dot design on the inside flap. No stamp required, just use a pencil eraser and colorful ink to create your pattern.

WASHI TAPE ENVELOPES:  One of my favorite crafting supplies is decorative washi tape. You can use it to UpStyle an envelope by lining the outer edge or I love the idea of using a strip of tape under the postage stamp.

As you can see from all of these ideas, it’s really easy to dress up your Christmas card envelopes. I’ll be working on my Christmas cards this weekend and will definitely be putting some of these ideas to use.

DIY Embroidery Hoop Christmas Wreath


Happy Monday!  Today I’m popping in to share a quick and simple DIY Holiday Wreath with you.

A few weeks ago I was unpacking book in my office and came across some embroidery hoops I bought at Goodwill last year.  I don’t remember if I had a project in mind when I purchased them but there they were.  One of the hoops was really large and I immediately knew I could use it to make a holiday wreath.

Here’s the supply list and the easy steps for making this wreath.

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Wreath

Supplies:  

Large Embroidery Hoop–you can find these at craft stores but also check the shelves at your local thrift store.

Decorative Paper–The paper will need to be wider than your embroidery hoop. I used a piece of polka dot wrapping paper cut to size for my wreath banner.

Faux Holiday Greenery–You’ll need about 4 or 5 depending on how full the stems are.  I used a mix of greenery types to create a natural look.

Sharpie–You’ll use this to hand letter your holiday message.  If you have a crafting machines like a Circut or Silhouette you can create a decal for your banner.

How To:

Step 1:  Cut a piece of decorative paper about 2 inches wider than your hoop and about 5 inch tall.  You can leave the edges of the paper straight or use craft scissors to create a decorative edge.  **adjust the size of your banner to fit the size of your hoop.

Step 2:  Open the embroidery hoop and insert your banner between the inner and outer pieces of wood.  Cut away any excess paper behind the hoop.

Step 3:  Attached the faux greenery stems to the top of the embroidery hoop using floral wire to secure it.  I arranged my greenery off-center for a more artistic look.

Step 4:  Hang your wreath on a door (interior or covered door) and enjoy!  My wreath is hanging on our guest bedroom door.

 

Favorites Of The Week | Beautiful Things

There are questions in life that we may never has the answers to like “why does a four day work week always seem extra-long?”  While you enjoy your weekend and ponder this question, also take some time to enjoy my Favorites Of The Week.

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FAVORITE POSTS

The summer home tours have started and I loved touring Kris’ beautiful home.  Her family room is so bright and crisp and I love all the special details she’s styled the space with.

I’m at the stage in life where I’m wanting to purge and live with less.  Apartment Therapy posted an article on minimalism recently and this quote by Joshua Becker, author and blogger aBecoming Minimalist grabbed my attention–“Desiring less is even more valuable than owning less.”  It’s a great read if you’re feeling the urge to lighten your load too.

Framed textiles are such a unique way to create custom artwork for your home.

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FAVORITE PINS

This Dip Dyed Stationery is a project to add to your DYI to-do list.  So cute!

This bathroom is just one of the amazing room designs in this designers portfolio.

Kitchen perfection…black + gold + white.  And notice the wood apron and legs on the island extension.

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS

Floral patterns are always a big trend for spring and summer but I’m loving all the textured pillows I’m seeing on store shelves.  If  you’re not a pattern person, textured pillows are a great way to add visual interest to a chair or sofa.  These Fringe Diendra Pillows are from Anthropologie and they are beyond beautiful.

 

If you’re planning on doing a lot of entertaining this summer, you might want to pick up this chic Leaf Print Tablecloth from H and M Home for only $24.99.  And if you need some tablescape inspiration here’s a gorgeous party table styled using the tablecloth.

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Anyone else out there have sunglasses scattered around your house?  I just can’t seem to come up with a workable storage option to keep them all in one place.  That is until now.  The Emily & Meritt Sunglass Holder from Pottery Barn Teen is the solution to my problem. I love that it can also be used to hold jewelry.

Before I sign off, I just wanted to say Thank You for all the wonderful comments here on the blog and on Instagram on my Bohemian Inspired Tablescape.  In case you missed it, you can read the full post here.

I hope you enjoyed my Favorites Of The Week.  Have a fantastic weekend and I’ll see you back here Monday with an awesome Father’s Day Gift Guide.

Gift Wrap Inspiration: Tassel Ribbon Tie

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

With Mother’s Day just a few weeks away, you may have gift giving on your mind.  If you’re looking for the perfect gift, be sure to check out my Mother’s Day Gift Guide.  Once you’ve purchased a gift you’ll need to wrap it so I’ve got a fun and easy gift wrap idea for you today.

DIY GIFT WRAP: Tassel Ribbon Tie

Wrapping gifts is one of my favorite things to do and because I’m a paper and ribbon collector {aka-hoarder} I’ve got a stash of pretty paper and embellishments perfect for the occasion.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

I’m always drawn to floral motifs when it comes to Mother’s Day gift wrap so I chose this pretty orange and pink floral blossom paper.  I love the bold design and the accent of apple green in the background pattern.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

Similar Floral Gift Wrap // Similar Faux Leather Tassels // Orange Ribbon

Wanting to put a different spin on the bow, I decided to create a tassel tie using white faux leather tassels that I had.

You won’t believe where these tassel came from.  They originally started out as tassel garland from the Nate Berkus collection at Target.  I scored several sets of the garland in white and black on clearance for less than $3!

When I purchased the garland I had the idea of making necklaces but also knew the tassels would make a great gift wrap embellishment.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle
Making the tassel tie was super easy.  I measured a length of ribbon long enough to fit around the box and tie and simple bow. Then I tied a tassel on to each end.  Once the box was wrapped, I used the tassel tie like a regular ribbon to embellish the gifts.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

Similar Floral Gift Wrap // Similar Faux Leather Tassels // Orange Ribbon

One of the best parts of creative gift wrapping is using items in new ways.  These tassels were meant for home decor but make the perfect finishing touch for a gift.

The next time you shop the clearance aisle at your favorite store, be on the look-out for trinkets and charms you can use when wrapping gifts.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

Favorites Of The Week {Spring Inspiration}

Happy weekend!  Here’s my favorite links from the week.

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FAVORITE POSTS

How to find you niche and get paid for it.

These just might be the cutest garden markers I’ve ever seen.

Now this is a bathroom makeover!  #gorgeous

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FAVORITE PINS

The wallpaper and mirror in this bathroom are just stunning.

How stinking’ cute and creative is this spring door arrangement?!

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS

I need these monogrammed gift tags in my life STAT!!! And these and these.

The pattern and colors on this geometric clutch are so fun.

This might be my new favorite spring candle.  The White Camellia scent is heavenly!

I’ll see you back here next week.  Until then, have an amazing weekend!

DIY Easter Candy Jars {Easter Gift Idea}

DIY Easter Candy Jar by ConfettiStyle

Welcome to part 2 of the Spring Thyme Recipes & Style Blog Hop hosted by my friend Tamyra at Positively Southern.   If you’re coming over from Swirls of Flavor, welcome!  I know you enjoyed Gwynn’s post as much as I did.  Along with the other participating bloggers, we’re bringing you more spring and Easter inspiration today.   I’ve listed all of the bloggers at the end of the post so make sure to stop by each blog and see what everyone is sharing.

Today I’ve got a fun and simple Easter gift idea for you.

One of the things you might not know about me is that I like to take the road less traveled.  And when it comes to creative projects, I like to put my own twist on things.  Take for instant Easter baskets. This year when it came time to make Easter baskets I wanted them to be unique.  An ordinary woven Easter basket wasn’t going to cut it.  This year I decided to create Easter Candy Jars instead of a traditional basket!

DIY Easter Candy Jar by ConfettiStyle

Medium Jar with Rope Handle  {also available in small and large size} // Pink Stripe Ribbon // Green Dot Ribbon

Aren’t these the cutest candy jars ever?  And boy are the easy to make.

DIY Easter Candy Jar by ConfettiStyle

Once the idea of Easter jars struck me, I headed to Hobby Lobby for glass jars.  There were a lot of styles to choose from but these jars with a rope handle caught my eye. The jars come in three sizes and with my 40% off coupon the largest jar was less than $7.

sale alert:  next week all the jars will be 50% off.

DIY Easter Candy Jar by ConfettiStyle

I filled each jar with Easter grass, a chocolate bunny and candy.  And once that was done I tied a pretty ribbon on the handle.

DIY Easter Candy Jar by ConfettiStyle

DIY Easter Candy Jar by ConfettiStyle

Just think of all the ways you can customize an Easter Candy Jar by using different candies, ribbons and grass.  And once the holiday is over the gift recipient can use the jar to hold a candle, pencils or whatever they want.  #twogiftsinone

DIY Easter Candy Jar by ConfettiStyle

DIY Easter Candy Jar by ConfettiStyle

Part of the fun in creating unique gifts is giving them out.  I can’t wait to deliver my Easter jars to friends and family so they can enjoy their special treat.

DIY EASTER CANDY JARS

DIY Easter Candy Jar by ConfettiStyle

Thanks for stopping by today and sharing in my ‘Spring Thyme’ fun.  Next on the blog hop train is Tamyra at Positively Southern so head over and see how she’s bring spring style into her home.


Clutter Cafe (read part 1 here)
Viva La Vintage For Your Home (read part 1 here)
Swirls of Flavor (read part 1 here)
Confetti Style (read part 1 here)
Positively Southern (read part 1 here)
Totally Tailgates (read part 1 here)
M. Jones Style (read part 1 here)
Life at Lydia’s House (read part 1 here)
LindaG Loving Home (read part 1 here)

 

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