Holidays · valentines day

Valentine Banner

Well I have one for all of you out there that wants to add Valentine decor to your home. I saw something like this at Darby Smart. This is a  VERY  easy and inexpensive, and quick valentine craft, that just about anyone can do….fun for kids too!

Gather some colored paper…pinks and reds and any other color you want to throw in the mix. Scrapbook paper works well too! (dollar store)

I would suggest making one 6″ heart, then using it as a template for the others. Cut out as many hearts as you like. The more hearts..the longer your banner will be. I wrote some little messages on them and then punched a hole on each side.

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Then I took some colored string….(dollar store sells pack of 3 colors)

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You pull the string through the front of the first heart to the back and into the opposite side. Doing it this way will keep the string from going side to side in front of heart

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This is what it looks like when hung….I placed mine on my mantel.

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See, it’s that easy….and so inexpensive! Gather the kids…I am sure they can think of some really cool stuff to put on the hearts!

 

Holidays · valentines day

Valentine Tea Light

I have been busy working on a project, but I thought I would throw in this small project. It is easy, inexpensive and makes a pretty decoration for Valentines Day!

First you will need a small glass votive candle holder. I picked up this one at a dollar store.DSCN4321.JPG

It’s just a small square glass votive holder. You can find at a dollar store.

I started by taking a red marker and making half a heart on the bottom of the left front side.

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Just like that….then you take Modpodge or white glue…and cover the inside of the heart and along the red outline. You don’t have to be exact…

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Then you sprinkle red glitter on it!

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Then I thought since it’s Valentines Day…the heart is bursting with love…(call me silly okay). So what I did was take a toothpick…or anything small point…and put glue in little spots coming from the heart….this is what I did…

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I added more glitter… then I took a candle holder…from the dollar store…and put hot glue around the top…dscn4332

Then I put the heart candle holder I just made up on top…

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From here you can do anything….fill with those heart candies and with a candle…

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You can dress up the bottom with red rhinestones…from dollar store…

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Or you can put the mod podge on the candle and sprinkle with red glitter and add those clear glass fillers you can get at dollar store….love that dollar store!!!!

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To keep the glitter in it’s place…you can mod podge over the heart.

So that is my little project for today! Back to work on my project! Thank you so very much everyone that is reading my blog!!!

Christmas · Holidays

DIY Felt Christmas Ornaments

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Most of these projects are easy to make and require few supplies and materials. For example, to make something similar to the decorations showed in the picture, you’ll need ivory felt, a hand-sewing needle, red embroidery thread, cotton balls or fiber-fill, pinking shears, scissors, straight pins, a marking pen and a small paintbrush or pen.

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For this next project you’ll need the mistletoe template one sheet of green felt, a sharpie or fabric pencil, pearl embellishments, hot glue or fabric glue and a ribbon. First cut out the templates and trace around them on the felt. Cut out the felt shapes and arrange the springs as you wish. Then glue the stems and leaves where they overlap and add the pearl embellishments to resemble berries. Tie a ribbon around the stems and you’re done.{found on stayathomeartist}

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FELT STAR ORNAMENT

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The star is an important symbol for Christmas and it has remained almost unchanged over the years. But this doesn’t mean you can’t improvise a little when it comes to materials and small details. For example, you can make some felted star ornaments for your Christmas tree using templates or improvising. You can add beading or all sorts of other decorations if you like and you can use any color you want.{found on purblee}.

CHARLIE BROWN ORNAMENTS

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For this fun project you’ll need peach felt, white felt black, red, green, yellow and blue scraps, black perle cotton, a hand stitching needle, templates and a marking pen. Cut out the felt shapes and stitch the topper pieces for each ornament along with Snoopy’s ears, Lucy’s hair, Charlie’s shirt stripe and Linus’ hat. Draw the faces and details and embroider them on each piece. Add the perle cotton pieces and glue them to the inside of the back pieces. Place the fronts and backs together and stitch all the way around them.{found on alittlegray}.

FELT WARDROBE ORNAMENTS

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For this project you’ll need red, white gold and black felt, black embroidery floss, dental floss, wire, glue and black buttons. Cut out the shapes from the templates and stitch them together. Make the hangers using wire. Glue the cuffs on the jacket and pants, the belt buckle and all the toher tiny pieces. Add the tiny black buttons and the finishing touches.{found on womansday}.

MONOGRAMED ORNAMENTS

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Make ornaments for each member of the family with their initials on and make sure everyone is happy with year’s Christmas tree. Here’s what you have to do: Choose some colorful pieces of felt and trace the ornament shapes. Cut out the pieces. Print out the letters you want to use, trace them onto the felt and cut out the felt letters. Sew the letters to the front pieces of the ornaments and then sew the fronts and backs together. Don’t forget the hanging loop.{found on sayyestohoboken}.

HANDPRINT ORNAMENTS

These are a perfect way to make special memories….put the date on the back

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If you want something simple and yet personalized, you can try embroidering the hand prints of your children, friends or family members and turning them into ornaments. Trace the hand prints on paper, cut them out and trace them onto felt. Embroider them and personalize them with monograms or anything else you want.{found on emptybobbinsewing}.

FELT SNOWFLAKES

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Even though this seems like a tedious project it’s actually easier to make than it looks. The materials needed are a piece of wool felt in bright pink, one in ecru, a water soluble marking pen, a ruler, two spools of cotton thread in the two colors mentioned earlier and template plastic. First trace the circle and triangle onto he template plastic and cut them out. Trace the circle on both the white and pink felt and cut out the shapes. Cut a strip of felt for the hanging loop. Trace the lines as shown on the white piece of felt. You can also improvise. Sew along the marks and trim out the thread ends then cut to within 1/8th of an inch around all of the stitching.{found on purlbee}.

 

Some projects are just too cute to ignore. I mean, how can you resist these cuddly little faces and these cute little Christmas trees with their tiny branches and felted bodies? Decorations such as these ones will definitely put a smile or everyone’s face making Christmas a holiday full of joy and cheer. We’re not saying that you should put up a felt Christmas tree instead of a real one although that could be an interesting option. Just find a place worthy of these unique decorations.

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We’ll start with this collection of cuddly felt characters. One of them is a Christmas tree and its friends are the reindeer, elf and Santa. You can find out how to craft each one of them by following the tutorials on Homanathome. For the felt Christmas tree you’ll need some yarn, small pom poms, green felt, yellow felt, a glue gun and scissors.

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The tree ornaments featured on Buddlycrafts are really cute too. They’re made of green and brown felt and they’re decorated with colored buttons that look like ornaments. You can either hang these in your actual Christmas tree or insert a craft stick or skewer into the base of the trees and then into a large wooden bead or sewing bobbin.

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You can decide how to display the felt Christmas tree featured on Thenerdswife later. For now, let’s see how you can craft something just like this. You’ll need light green, white, red, orange, yellow, blue and dark green felt and scissors. You can also use glue although it would also be fun to turn this into a project for the kids and let them redecorate the trees as many times as they want.

 

 

Christmas · Holidays

My Christmas Wish

I’m sitting here and looking out the window at the beautiful blue skies above. The mountains surrounding my city is filled with beautiful white snow. It’s Christmas eve, and I just wanted to send you a quick note to wish you all a magical, wonderful, Merry Christmas!

I started my blog Aug 28, and in the few short months, I have met some really fabulous, interesting people through my site and my reading others. I am so thankful to all of you who have been following my journey! I love all your comments and your interesting ideas.

Beginning the New Year I have big plans. I will be trying the Rustoleum Cabinet kit first, as I promised some readers..I will also be painting sinks, scrapping off popcorn ceilings, applying tile, staining concrete, more countertops, among my regular crafts.

Merry Christmas….and my wish to all of you is a healthy, fabulous New Year!