Happy December! It’s officially Christmastime in our house! We put our tree up last night…I love going through the ornaments, remembering the story/memories behind each one. I LOVE Christmas!
We also put up a few lights outside this year. (In the future, I’d LOVE to do icicle lights on the whole house…it’s so pretty!) I went outside to take this photo last night (get ready for it…) in shorts and a t-shirt! It was almost 70 degrees. In December. In Chicago. I’ll take it! I made the snowflake myself, too! Check out the instructions here. It’s really easy- just paint stir sticks, popsicle sticks, craft wood chips and some hot glue. Spray paint it and carefully punch a hole in the top for some ribbon to hang it, and you’re good to go! The paint sticks were the perfect size to go right inside a door. I love how it turns out..especially against our red door!
I also attempted a few other Christmas decorations. (Keyword=attempted.) I made this wine wreath, although I must say it is a bit sad looking. I think I’m going to add a second ribbon to hang it and that way it pulls the wreath into a true circle. Easy fix! I was a little upset with how mine turned out after seeing the example (can we say “Pinterest fail”?!), but I think I can salvage it now. Luckily, I ordered lots of wine corks from Ebay so I can make these for the wine drinkers in the family as a fun gift!
One of the other crafts I made was perfect for one of the bookshelves in our entertainment center. I printed Christmas subway art, then made these glitter trees with the Styrofoam cones and lots of spray glue adhesive and glitter. I picked up some candlestick holders from Goodwill to complete the look. WARNING: this project is messy! Wear gloves, otherwise, you will have caked on glitter/glue on your hands for a while! The glitter still flakes off quite a bit, so I try not to touch it. Plus, the glitter really didn’t cover as well as the example. Boo. I would have tried this method using cardboard, but since it was covered in just glitter, I don’t think it would have worked. The cardboard method is best for yarn and other accessories/embellishments in my opinion!
Do you have any handmade holiday crafts in your home? What kind of decorations do you put up for the holidays?