Sunday, November 27, 2011

A fun and easy Christmas craft!

Hello, my name is Stevie and I'm addicted to Christmas.

It's only November 27th and our house is already glowing with Christmas lights, stockings are hung, and the tree is all set up... looking like it came straight out of the Pottery Barn catalog. Yep, I'm bragging, my husband rocks at decorating for Christmas. :) Haha! Just kidding, I helped too, but without him it would take me FOREVER & it wouldn't look nearly as pretty! Here's what the living room looks like (I'll try and take pics of every other room soon to share.)

Anyways, I wanted to bling up my mantle this year, so I made some fun sparkly holiday letters to dangle from it. I thought I would share it with you all and maybe inspire someone.

Supplies needed:
Letters from Michaels Crafts spelling whatever word you would like. I did "peace"
Loose glitter in whatever color you want (they have it in tubes at Michael's.)
Elmer's Glue or Mod Podge.
Hot glue/glue gun.

Just dump a tube of glitter out onto a paper plate, cover the front of each letter with some glue (smear it so it's covering ALL of the letter), and put it glue face down into the glitter. Push down making sure all of the letter is covered. Lay it out on a paper towel and let the glue dry.

Repeat this with each letter. After all of the letters are dry, go to your mantle and measure how long you would like your letters to dangle down. I did about 6" or so. Cut a piece of ribbon that length for each letter.  Once you've done that, just hot glue the ribbon to the back of each letter, and hang from your mantle. I hung mine on little nails.

It adds a nice and sparkly touch to the mantle:

 (Even though this picture doesn't do the sparkles justice!)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Give Thanks banner

At it with the burlap again...

This time I made a Thanksgiving banner for our mantel, I got the idea from Pottery Barn.

Supplies needed:
(Burlap, printed letters in whatever font you want, mod podge, twine, scissors, and a glue gun/glue.)

I just cut out the triangles, cut out the letters, and mod podged them on. Then hot glued the triangles to the twine. :)

It totally didn't turn out Pottery Barn worthy but I still like it, imperfections are fun to me. I had to re-print some letters and cut them down to fit in the triangles because I cut them too small. If you do this project I suggest tracing each triangle to make them all the same size, and THEN printing the letters so they're small enough to fit in them.

Key and burlap frames

I bought some antique looking keys with words on them at Michael's awhile back and wanted to use them for something. Target happened to be having a sale on little picture frames for $1.86 a piece so I decided to buy some and frame the keys! I scored a bunch of burlap from my lovely friend Kelsey so I have been using it for almost all of my projects lately.. so I of course decided to use some burlap too!

The supplies I used:
(Frames, hot glue/glue gun, keys, scissors, and some burlap.)

I'm sure it's common sense but... I cut out a piece of burlap, glued it to the inside of the back piece of the picture frame, attached the back back onto the frame, and then glued on the key.

I made 3 of them to add to our gallery wall in the hallway!

Makes me smile every time I walk past it :)