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Gold Ornament Wreath

I can’t believe I’m still making Christmas decorations! Christmas is in a few days, and it feels like I still have so much to do. I bought a bunch of gold Christmas ornaments at a dollar store and decided to make a mini ornament wreath. I already have my living room decorated, so why not add a little holiday cheer to other parts of the house?

For this ornament wreath I used an 8 inch floral foam ring, 50 ornaments, hot glue gun, and glue sticks. I used floral foam instead of a Styrofoam wreath because I just didn’t feel like going to another store and spending more money, so I just improvised and used what I had in my closet. The floral foam has a softer texture than the Styrofoam wreath.

 

Green wreath (Styrofoam Wreath)

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Begin by removing the caps from the ornaments. This helps the ornaments fit better into the wreath.

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Use the hot glue gun to glue the ornaments around the inner circle of the wreath first, then work your way out.

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Continue gluing until the wreath is fully covered. Glue more ornaments on top of the other ornaments to cover the open spaces.

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Here’s the finished wreath:

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Very beautiful and easy to make!

 

 

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DIY Glitter Pine Cones

These glittered pine cones are an inexpensive and beautiful way to decorate for the holidays. In only a few steps,  you can add a little sparkle to your home.

Supplies:

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  • Pine Cones
  • Extra Fine Glitter (multiple colors)
  • Glue

Place several pine cones on a cookie sheet, and bake for 40 minutes in a 200° F oven. This will kill any insects on the pine cones. Let the pine cones cool for about 30 minutes.

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Cover your work space with newspaper or with anything that can catch the falling glitter. Although glitter is pretty, it is also very messy!

Coat each pine cone with glue. I used tacky glue, but any clear drying glue will do.

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Lay the pine cones on paper plates and sprinkle glitter over the cones. Turn the plate as you sprinkle to make sure the pine cones are evenly covered with glitter.

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Let the pine cones dry for 3-4 hours.

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Now the pine cones are ready to display for the holidays!

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Make Sweet Santa Snacks

This is a fun and easy recipe you can do with children. My son loved eating this holiday snack and kept coming back for more!

Ingredients and Supplies:

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  • Banana
  • Strawberries
  • Plastic Cocktail Straws
  • Candy Sprinkles
  • Large Marshmallows
  • Miniature Marshmallows

 

1. Wash the strawberries, and cut off the green stems.

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2. Peel a banana, and cut it into slices.

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3. Push a straw through the center of a large marshmallow. The plastic straw will work as a skewer and hold everything in place. You can also use toothpicks.

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4. Push a strawberry on top of the large marshmallow.

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5. Push a miniature marshmallow on top of the strawberry.

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6. Push a slice of banana on the bottom of the large marshmallow.

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7. Press three sprinkles into the marshmallow. The sprinkles will resemble Santa’s eyes and mouth.

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8. The Santa snacks are ready to eat. Enjoy!

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***If you make this snack for younger children, make sure to keep a close watch on them as they eat the small pieces of food on the straw.

 

 

 

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DIY Pine Cone Ornaments

I wanted to share with you all my version of pine cone ornaments. This was my first time doing a craft project using pine cones. I had a lot of fun making these beautiful ornaments and adding a bit of nature to my Christmas decor.

I used the following supplies:

  • Pine Cones
  • Snow Spray
  • Jute Rope
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun

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1. Go outside and pick pine cones.

2. Bake the pine cones in the oven at 200° for about 40-45 minutes. This will get rid of the bugs that are sometimes on the pine cones.

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3. Remove pine cones from the oven and let cool.

4. Spray pine cones with snow spray. I bought a small can of it at a dollar store in the Christmas decor section. The spray is easy to use and dries after a few minutes.

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5. Cut jute rope into 8 inch long pieces, and use the hot glue gun to glue the ends of the rope to the top of the pine cones.

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6. Make a bow for the pine cones using decorative ribbon.

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7. Use the hot glue gun again to glue the bows on the pine cones.

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Here are the finished ornaments:

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The ornaments are so lovely, and give my mantel a rustic look. I think I will do this project again next Christmas!

 

 

 

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Sequin Christmas Trees

This is one of those projects that is fun and easy to make but also takes some hours to complete. I am in the process of decorating my mantel for Christmas, and these colorful sequins trees are the perfect addition to the holiday decor in my home.

Supplies I used:

  • 2 Floral Foam Cones
  • Sequins
  • Straight pins

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The reason this project takes so long is because each sequin is pinned to the cones one at a time.

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Warning: You will need several hundred sequins and pins! So prepare yourself before you begin making your trees. I found the packs of sequins and pins at dollar stores. Each pack cost me about $1 each.

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The sequins come in multiple colors, and you can arrange them any way you like. I was going for an ombre effect for my trees.

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Here they are on my mantel:

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The trees are so colorful and vibrant!