DIY Ornaments & Home for the Holidays pt.2

Glittery Ornaments

I am a cliché’ of a woman in one way; I like things that sparkle.
I take that back.
I LOVE things that sparkle.


I especially love sparkly things on Christmas trees surrounded by lights. Here’s to things that glitter and shine.


Get some of these again…

and some spray glue and some glitter…

and some regular glue.
No, you don’t have to give Martha your money.
This seemed just like Elmer’s to me.

And maybe some paintbrushes if you want.

Draw some designs with your glue on the outside…
(You could write names, dates, messages or even use stencils!)

Sprinkle and set aside to dry.


Spray the inside of your ornament with the spray glue…

Errr…That’s a little too much.
If you make a whoopsie, just drop a little bit of water in there.
You’ll swoosh it around and then pour out the excess.
This just thins out your glue a bit.
It will still work.

Pour in some glitter. Tape over the hole and shake. Pour out the excess glitter.

And now you have:

For the ones you set aside, allow those to dry for a day and then take them outside and brush off the excess glitter. I used a soft bristled paintbrush and it worked really well. It’s easy to drop them when you do this so I suggest sticking a finger into the hole at the top as opposed to holding it.

Stay tuned! There’s more!



November 14, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Art and Neat stuff. 1 comment.

Tip o’ the Week

*Tips that are NEAT-tO know!*

Make your own sprinkles!

*Next time your kiddos try to talk you into spending five bucks on sparkly sprinkles tell them they can make their own!

I recommend using Sugar in the Raw (or raw sugar). It is larger and sparklier! Plain white sugar works o.k. too though. Put about 3 Tbsp. of sugar in a container with a lid. Small jars or tiny tupperware containers work really well.

Add one drop of food coloring, immediately put on the lid, and give to your kiddo to shake vigorously! When you take the lid of they will be stoked! Add one drop at a time until desired color is achieved.


*disclaimer: Adults are totally allowed to love sprinkles and want to make them too.
(I could have sworn I did this post already but it had disappeared from my
blog so if you have been with me from the beginning, please excuse the repeat.)

May 23, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Cooking tips, Tip O' the Week. 3 comments.

Another Kind of Colorful Nest

I saw a picture of a bird’s nest that was made of
cute little twigs and grass and…

cigarette wrappers?!


Yes. That is why I think EVERYONE should do this.

Birds will make their nests out of all kinds of things and unfortunately, that includes trash.
This is the perfect time for this little project that makes the world a tad more beautiful and I think it may be super fun for kids! My only problem with this project is that you typically have to just imagine how beautiful the results may be but that’s kind of fun too.
If you are the stitchy type, whether it be knitting, sewing, cross stitching, embroidery or other, you probably end up with little colored threads and yarns all over the floor, sticking to the rear of your pants, or the sleeve or your shirt, or in your hair. Well, now you can do something useful with those little bits and not feel guilty for “wasting” that 2 inch piece of DMC.

I started saving at the beginning of the winter so now I have a descent stock pile.

"Pieces of String Too Small to Use" - Alela Diane

Yes! Birds will make their nests out of these! I’m not kidding. How beautiful is that image in your head? Little nests, hiding in the tree branches, littered with flecks of colored strings.

So, take an old onion bag, or a piece of netting and tie a string around the top. Only concerns are: be sure their little beaks can fit through the holes and the ball is big enough that one can latch onto it while removing the threads. After tying it closed, I pull some of the little threads out to flutter in the wind and catch their attention. Then I hang it on my porch! That’s all there is to it.

This includes some excellent tips and info also. Towards the bottom there are more fillers listed. Start saving and throughout the spring, keep your eyes peeled! You never know what you may spot.

March 2, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Art and Neat stuff, Knitting, Stitches. 3 comments.

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