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.

♦ Ornaments On A Stick ♦

Happy holiday crafting!

The Perfect Father’s Day Gift and DIY Leather Gift Tags

Father's Day Gift Idea and DIY Leather Gift Tag

Father’s Day is this Sunday and in case you’re still looking for that special gift,  I wanted to share a bit more about one of the products featured in my Father’s Day Gift Guide. And I’ve got some gift wrap inspiration to share with you today too!

Shopping for dad (and men in general) can be tough. Unique men’s gifts are hard to come by.  I was recently introduced to Harry’s, an online shop for men’s shaving and grooming products. The fine folks at Harry’s sent a few products for my husband to try and after using them he gave the products two-thumbs up.

Since my hubby is a member of the FMWH Club (aka–fine men without hair) and uses a razor to shave his head and his face, I decide to do a little Q & A with him to share why he love the Harry’s products.

Harry's--Men's Shaving Products--Father's Day Gift Idea

 

Me:  How does the Harry’s razor compare to the drugstore razors you typically buy?

Him:  The first thing I noticed about the razor was the multiple blades on the razor head.  Multiple razors mean you’ll get a close, smooth shave.  I also liked the cushioned handle which felt good in my hand.

Harry's--Men's Shaving Products--Father's Day Gift Idea

Me:  What did you think about the products included in the Winston Set?

Him:  I liked the combination of items in the set and that the packaging and graphics were simple and not fussy.

fyi–the Winston Set comes with a 4 oz. Foaming Shave Gel, Razor, 3 Blade Cartridges and a Blade Cover, all for $25.

Harry's--Men's Shaving Products--Father's Day Gift Idea

Me:  I know you like a shave cream that lathers good, how did Harry’s Foaming Shave Gel and Shave Cream compare to other products you’ve use?

Him:  It only took a dime size amount of Harry’s shave gel to get a good lather.  The consistency of the gel was great for shaving my head and helped to prevent nicks from the blade.  I used the  Shave Cream on my face and liked how easy it was to move the blade around my face and neck.

note:  Harry’s blades were specifically designed for face shaving but they can be used on the head, especially for seasoned shavers like those in the FMWH Club.

Harry's--Men's Shaving Products--Father's Day Gift Idea

Harry's--Men's Shaving Products

Me:  You like to put aftershave on your face and head once you’ve shaved so what did you think of Harry’s Post Shave Balm?

Him:  Typically post shave products make my head sting when I put them.  There was a little sting with Harry’s shave balm but it had a cooling effect on my skin.  And it didn’t leave my head or face dried out and tight like other products.

Harry's--Men's Shaving Products

Me:  The last product you tired was the Face Lotion?  What did you think of it?

Him:  I don’t like heavy products on my face so Harry’s was good because it wasn’t heavy or oily.

Harry's--Men's Shaving Products

Now that you know what my hubby thought of the Harry’s products, let me tell you something I loved about it. I loved the way the products smelled.  All of the items have a fresh, clean scent which lasted throughout the day.

Harry’s products are sold exclusively through their e-commerce site and their New York barber shop, Harry’s Corner Shop.  Selling online allows them to offer high-quality shaving products at prices well below their competition.  And Harry’s has a great subscription plan which will deliver blades and products directly to your door based on how often someone shaves.  This is a great service since most men don’t like shopping.

Now that we’ve got your Father’s Day gift covered, here’s how to make you own DIY Leather Gift Tag to use with your gift wrap.

DIY Leather Gift Tag by ConfettiStyle

I love paper gift tags but lately I’ve been making my own  fabric tags.

DIY Leather Gift Tag by ConfettiStyle--Father's Day Gift Wrap

Fabric gift tags are super easy to make and all you need to make your own is a few inexpensive supplies.

Supplies:

DIY Leather Gift Tag by ConfettiStyle

How to make fabric gift tags:

  1. Place fabric face side down and trace the outline of the paper tag on to the back of the fabric.
  2. Punch a hole in the fabric using the hole it the paper tag as a guide.
  3. Cut out the fabric tag.
  4. Cover the shipping tag with adhesive glue and attach the fabric to the tag.
  5. Attach the grommet in the tag hole.
  6. Write a message on the back of the tag and you’re ready to wrap your gift.

tip: You can leave the front of your tags plain or add an embellishment like an adhesive monogram that you can pick up at the craft store.

DIY Leather Gift Tag by ConfettiStyle--Father's Day Gift Wrap

marble wrapping paper (from Sam Flax) // grey plaid ribbon // black velvet ribbon //  dot wrapping paper (from Michaels)

DIY Leather Gift Tag by ConfettiStyle--Father's Day Gift Wrap

ball chain connector

DIY Leather Gift Tag by ConfettiStyle

 

Thanks for stopping by today.  You can shop the entire Harry’s product line here.

 

 

disclaimer:  We received products from Harry’s in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinons and photos are my own and my husband says he would highly recommend Harry’s products for the men in your life.

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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)

 

Favorites Of The Week {a random mix of great stuff}


Whew! What a week it has been.  I’ve been running in 50 different directions sourcing products, working on projects and trying to wrangle the paperwork on my desk.

 I wish I could say this was going to be a low-key weekend but it’s not.  I’m spending all day tomorrow in meeting with the non-profit agency I work with then I’m doing some major house cleaning.  We do have a fun outing planned for Sunday morning but the rest of the day will be spent working and preparing for the busy week ahead.  Oh, I am planning to shut things down so I can watch the Oscars!

I hope you can find some downtime to enjoy a few of my favorites from the week.

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FAVORITE POSTS:

This interior designers home is beautiful and the property is breathtaking.

I loved this interview with interior designer Danielle Colding and her answer to the question ‘what does success mean?’.

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FAVORITE PINS:

The image below is from one of my new, favorite Instagram feeds–@erinkestenbaum.

This is a gorgeous living room designed by one of my favorite designers.

I can tell this bedroom is really beautiful just from this photo.

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS:

These pastel teaspoons are perfect for spring.

Loving this market tote!  It’s on sale and I also spotted a similar design in stores on clearance for $17.99.

If you’re looking for a stylish rug in a neutral color, check out the Farrah rug.

Loving this emerald green soap dispenser from H and M Home. This glass cup and this glass jar are also part of the collection.

For all you fashionistas out there, there’s a postage stamp made just for you!

Speaking of fashion, I’m totally in smitten with the pom pom sneaker trim.  These are the cheapest I’ve seen so far but this brand does not fit my foot. I’m thinking a DIY might be in order. You can buy shoe clips here and a pom pom making tool here. {affiliate links}

Enjoy your weekend!

Gift Wrap Inspiration: DIY Paper Gift Bags Using Wrapping Paper

DIY Gift Bags Using Wrapping Paper by ConfettiStyle

If you know me, you know that I’d rather make my own gift bags versus buy them at the store.  Handcrafted gift bags are easier to make than you might think and you probably already have the supplies on hand.

For my latest gift wrap project, I made some spring inspired gift bags using wrapping paper, ribbon and craft bags from Paper Mart.  I created a variety of sizes and decorated each one differently to show you how easy it is to customize handmade gift bags.  And I created a how-to guide that you can download (link at end of the post).

DIY Gift Bags Using Wrapping Paper by ConfettiStyle

DIY Gift Bags Using Wrapping Paper by ConfettiStyle

DIY Gift Bags Using Wrapping Paper by ConfettiStyle

DIY Gift Bags Using Wrapping Paper by ConfettiStyle

DIY Gift Bags Using Wrapping Paper by ConfettiStyle

Once you’ve made your first handcrafted gift bag you’ll see how quick and easy it is to make a bag to fit any size gift or any gift occasion.

DIY GIFT BAGS

DIY Gift Bags Using Wrapping Paper by ConfettiStyle

Blue/Blue Striped Wrapping Paper // ‘Periwinkle’ Floral Wrapping Paper // Mini Chevron Bags

You can see that I made different styles of ribbon handles for each bag.  My favorite is the braided handle on the large striped bag.

To create the braid,  I cut three equal lengths of ribbon and braided them together. Once the ends were inserted through the holes at the top of the bag, I tied them in a knot to secure the ends.

DIY Gift Bags Using Wrapping Paper by ConfettiStyle

On the large floral bag below, I punched holes on the corners and in the center and tied ribbons through the holes. I used white hole reinforcements to protect the holes from tearing.

tip: Everyday office supplies can make great gift wrap embellishments.

DIY Gift Bags Using Wrapping Paper by ConfettiStyle

Kiwi Satin Ribbon // Navy Satin Ribbon // Mini Chevron Bags

The mini chevron bags I taped to  the front of my gift bags holds a kraft gift tag.  The bags would also be great to hold sweet treats with an Easter gift.

Paper Mart sells the chevron bags in three sizes and 8 colors and I love using them in gift wrap projects.

DIY Gift Bags Using Wrapping Paper by ConfettiStyle

Periwinkle Floral Wrapping Paper // Mini Chevron Bags // Similar Craft Flowers // Silver Glitter Gift Tags

I you want to embellish your bags even more, you can glue on fabric or paper flowers like I did.

DIY Gift Bags Using Wrapping Paper by ConfettiStyle

Blue/Blue Striped Wrapping Paper // Kiwi Satin Ribbon // Navy Satin Ribbon

DIY Gift Bags Using Wrapping Paper by ConfettiStyle

Periwinkle Floral Wrapping Paper // Mini Chevron Bags // White Gift Tags // Paper Hole Reinforcement

DIY Gift Bags Using Wrapping Paper by ConfettiStyle

Paper Mart has one of the largest selections of satin ribbon on the market with over 50 colors and 10 widths to choose from.  #oneofeachplease

DIY Gift Bags Using Wrapping Paper by ConfettiStyle

DIY Gift Bags Using Wrapping Paper by ConfettiStyle

Spring is gift giving season. Stock up on your favorite wrapping paper and ribbon so you can personalize your gifts with a handmade gift bag.

DIY Gift Bags Using Wrapping Paper by ConfettiStyle

Download DIY Gift Bag Tutorial

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To see other projects I made using Paper Mart products, check out these posts…

Valentine’s Day Centerpiece
Creative Ways to Decorate With Wrapping Paper
Holiday Gift Wrap

This post is in partnership with Paper Mart.  My love for wrapping paper and ribbon as well as all opinions of Paper Mart products are 100% my own.

Gift Wrap Inspiration: Pleated Paper Valentines Wrap

Pleated Paper Valentine's Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

Whew!  We made it to Friday.  I have had a jammed packed week and I’m glad the weekend is upon us.  Even though I have some work to catch up on this weekend, I also plan to enjoy some down time and watch all the festivities surrounding the Super Bowl.  And yes I’ll be rooting on the Falcons!

I’ve got a fun and easy gift wrap inspiration post for your today, just in time for all your Valentine’s Day gift giving.

Because I wrap a lot of gifts during the year, I am always experimenting with different ways to manipulate the paper to give my gifts some flair.  For my Valentines wrap this year I decided to do a little pleat treatment with my paper.

Pleated Paper Valentine's Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

It’s really easy to pleat gift wrap.  To start, determine the amount of paper you’ll need to wrap your box and add about 8″.  The extra paper will allow you to create multiple pleats in your paper and still be able to wrap your box.  You’ll be creating your pleats horizontally across the width of the paper.

The first pleat I made was pretty deep (about 3 1/2″) and I’ll explain why in a minute.

Pleated Paper Valentine's Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

Once you’ve made your first pleat, continue pleating your paper with small folds.  You want to create enough pleats so they stand out on your gift.

Pleated Paper Valentine's Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

Once all your pleats are made, turn your paper over and tape the pleats down on each edge of the paper.  This will hold the pleats in place.

And now all you have to do is wrap your gift.

Pleated Paper Valentine's Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

The reason I made the first pleat extra deep was to create a pocket that could hold a Valentine’s Day card.  Pretty clever, right?!

The pocket can also hold money, a photo or a sweet treat like a chocolate heart.

You can find the free printableValentine’s Day cards I designed here.

Pleated Paper Valentines Wrap by ConfettiStyle

I added bows and ribbon to complete my Valentines wrap and just love the way the packages look.

Pink Pom Pom Ribbon // White Ruffle Edge Ribbon

Pleated Paper Valentines Wrap by ConfettiStyle

 Similar Heart Gift Wrap  // Similar Pink Damask Gift Wrap

Pleated Paper Valentines Wrap by ConfettiStyle

I wrapped these Valentine’s Day gifts with extra love because they are headed off to my moms house.

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7 Free Valentine’s Day Printables {designed just for you}!

The other day I was playing around (code for wasting time) on the computer and found myself designing the fun Valentine’s cards.  I’m planning to use a couple of them in a gift wrap project that will be live on the blog Thursday, but I also wanted to share them with you.  All of the cards are free downloads so you can print right from your computer.

And in true ‘ConfettiStyle’ style, I designed these cards in fun, bright colors so they will surely brighten someones day.

 Attach a card to a gift, frame one or two, or use them as part of a scrapbook and paper crafts project. Whatever you do, have fun.

These Valentine’s Day printables are yours to enjoy!

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Free Valentine's Day Printables--Cards by ConfettiStyle

The pink heart card is perfect for anyone including teachers and everyone on your support team–hair stylist, nail technician.

Free Valentine's Day Printables--Cards by ConfettiStyle

Give the I Love You card to your significant other.

 

Free Valentine's Day Printables--Cards by ConfettiStyle

The poppy card has one of my favorite quotes on it and is ideal for a special friend.

This bold floral design is my favorite and would be great for mom or a special girlfriend.

Free Valentine's Day Printables--Cards by ConfettiStyle

Give this friendship card to all your girl or guy friends.

Free Valentine's Day Printables--Cards by ConfettiStyle

Be My Valentine is another great card for your hubby, wife or significant other.

Free Valentine's Day Printables--Cards by ConfettiStyle

Love Is A Word card is designed for anyone that brings meaning to your life.

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Download Valentine’s Day Cards

In case you missed it, you can find my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide here.

THREE Creative Ways To Decorate With Wrapping Paper

Creative Ways To Decorate With Wrapping Paper

It’s no secret that I love wrapping paper. And you may have even noticed that from time to time here on the blog I use wrapping paper for more than just wrapping gifts.

Creative Ways To Decorate With Wrapping Paper

When I received this beautiful gift wrap from Paper Mart in November I knew immediately I wanted to use in my holiday decor.  So I got creative and here are a few ways I decorated for the holidays with gift wrap.

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No. 1:  GIFT WRAP TABLE RUNNER

A gift wrap table runner is a no-brainer and such an easy and inexpensive way to dress your table.  The poinsettia wrapping paper is perfect as a runner because of the all-over pattern and bold colors.  You may have noticed that my table scape is different from what you saw in the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour.  I made a few simple changes to give my table a new look.

Creative Ways To Decorate With Wrapping Paper

Pinecones and Poinsettia Gift Wrap // Preserved Boxwood Wreath

Creative Ways To Decorate With Wrapping Paper

Red Satin Reversible Ribbon

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No. 2:  GIFT WRAP TRAY LINER

Another creative way I used the wrapping paper is as a liner to a serving tray.  This is such an easy way to UpStyle any tray to match your seasonal decor or a party theme.

Creative Ways To Decorate With Wrapping Paper

Creative Ways To Decorate With Wrapping Paper

Black and White Plaid Ribbon

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NO. 3:  GIFT WRAP PICTURE FRAME MATT

Another one of my favorite decor ideas using gift wrap is to use the paper as a decorative matt in a frame.

Creative Ways To Decorate With Wrapping Paper

Holly Jolly Print

Creative Ways To Decorate With Wrapping Paper

Similar Plaid Gift Wrap

Creative Ways To Decorate With Wrapping Paper

And here’s a few other ideas for decorating with wrapping paper…

♦  Make seasonal pennant flags to hang from the mantel

♦  Wrap plain pillar candles to make them more festive

♦  Line drawers or cabinets

♦  Wrap books for a decorative book cover

♦  Use wrapping paper as a wall paper alternative in a small room or closet

♦  Frame it and hang as artwork

With only 10 days until Christmas, I know some of you still have decorating and wrapping to do so I hope you’re inspired by this gift wrap inspiration.

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