Christmas Idea House Part 3

Christmas Idea House Part 3

Christmas Idea House Part 3 takes you into 4 areas of this home which is full of inspirational ideas for your own Christmas decorating. A team of decorators  fill this home with arrangements using new decor, vintage pieces re-purposed, along with unique decorating ideas that can be done in your own home.

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The headboard in the master bedroom is a beautiful mirrored vintage window. (actually an antique ballroom mirror) A large wreath makes it special for the Christmas season.

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Notice the tables along side of the bed. They are metal garden urns turned into side tables.

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With a circle of glass on top and twig balls with Christmas lights inside, this garden urn makes for an unusual, but lovely bedside table.

Two more creative ideas in this bedroom are the salvaged wooded gate and a non-traditional Christmas tree. The gate has decorative metal added between the rungs to hang jewelry.

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In the corner of the bedroom is the non-traditional Christmas tree. Three birch poles, two wreaths of different sizes, various ornaments, and lights all arranged in a garden urn become a unique tree.

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Over the dresser, another vintage window makes a backdrop for a Christmas wall plaque.

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Hanging from the ceiling light fixture is a vintage wall frame decorated with ribbon, icicles, and ornaments.

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In the stairway, a salvaged frame with a wooden star, decorated with wreaths and ornaments, looks beautiful for a large space. If you want to know how to make an inexpensive star, go to $1 wooden star for an easy tutorial! Use it both for Christmas and 4th of July!

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The small upstairs bathroom is very tiny, but it has big ideas. The curtain rods are birch branches with a wood-slice garland creating a valance for the small window. To the left of the window is a small wooden sleigh turned into a wall shelf.

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The birch printed shower curtain has accents of wood ornaments and permanent pine stems.

Graduated pieces of wood tied together create a Christmas tree that fits perfectly with the Northwoods decor.

 

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Of course, to go with the woodsy feel, the toilet paper holder is a birch box with a dowel through it! Also, the salvaged wood with baskets attached hold extra towels and pinecones.  They sure packed a lot of ideas in such a small bathroom!

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The last room of this post is the office. On the wall, gold cubes attached to the wall create very interesting decorative shelving.  The hollow lamp-base on the desk holds pinecones and ornaments.

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On the opposite side of the room are an array of gold mirrors on the wall. On several mirrors, they used gold window markers to write “Joy, Peace, and Noël”. That’s an easy Christmas idea!  The hanging pendant light is actually a re-purposed bird-cage.

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The coffee table is a salvaged lobster cage with an added glass top.

A metal deer decorates the bulletin board. The backing of the bulletin board is a paper tablecloth.

 

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I hope you are inspired by the wonderful creative ideas in this Part 3 post. If you missed Christmas Idea House Part 1 or Christmas Idea House Part 2, be sure to click on them and see the decorating ideas there, too!

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Christmas Idea House Part 2

The Christmas Idea House is decorated by several designers and is filled with Christmas decorating inspiration! I love new ideas to make our home festive at Christmas. For this post, I’ll show you the dining room, kitchen, and small bathroom. Watch for lots of re-purposed vintage pieces used in fun new ways!

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As you enter the house, the dining room catches your eye right away with the wonderful buffet displays and vintage pieces re-purposed.

The  table is all set for a fabulous buffet. Notice the toboggan placed on top of the table (how could you not notice – ha) with two large metal reindeer leading the way for the beautiful array of food! 

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The desserts are displayed on another European sled on the built-in buffet.

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This is the cute little red sled that I use for decorating at Christmas. Sometimes it becomes the centerpiece and sometimes I use it on my coffee table.  It’s a great vintage piece that I really enjoy using.

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On one wall of the dining room, a display of Christmas wall hangings, wreath, lanterns, and winter decor all hanging from a vintage coat rack. Everything is changeable for a different season.

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I’ve seen many ideas for a crib bed-spring, but this is one tops them all, I think! Each small section of a birch branch hangs from the sections of the spring to create a tree. Don’t you love the little bird, too?

The sections of birch branches have a cup hook attached at the top. 

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A wooden star finishes off the top of the tree! I think this is outstanding! It’s certainly a conversation piece! I thought the Fall Decor Idea House – Part 3  had an unusual idea for a bed-spring. Now, this is totally different. I wonder how many ways you can re-purpose an old bed-spring, don’t you?

The kitchen wall looks interesting with  birch trees stenciled on the wall. Little red birds accent the birch trees and add a pop of color. This winter scene wouldn’t last all year, but by putting it in a large frame instead of on the wall, it would be changeable with the season. 

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The open kitchen shelving includes red and white Christmas accents among the red and white china.

On the wall, a unique piece of metal screen is re-purposed as an accent for a piece of Christmas art. Also, an old insulator attached to the wall, serves as an apron hook. 

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The island in the kitchen is a salvaged industrial cart. It gives extra storage below and can be moved anywhere.

 

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Salvaged wood with decorative wooden snowflakes create an interesting valance for the season.

 

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In the small bathroom just off the kitchen area, you see the same birch tree stencil. A simple wooden cut-out of a deer hangs as a seasonal decoration. He looks like he is running though the woods! The lanterns hang from metal twig hooks. 

Two metal suitcases, attached to the wall at different levels, serve as shelves and storage. 

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The small bathroom window also uses wooden snowflakes along with red wooden hearts hanging from the valance. The curtains are Christmas kitchen towels.

 

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All these wonderful ideas and this was just three rooms, but there is still much more to come in part 3 and 4! There’s eight more rooms to show you!

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Were you inspired by any of these ideas?  

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Paper Poinsettia Art Project

Paper Poinsettia Art Project

This Paper Poinsettia Art Project is very do-able for elementary children. Nothing about this is hard. The important part is to fold the petals to a point.It looks great as a tree decoration (when made small), package decoration,  bulletin board decor, and window decoration Wherever you use them,they look lovely and appear more difficult to make than they actually are.

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Paper Poinsettia Art Project Directions:

1.Use two pieces of red construction paper. Cut one large circle out of one piece. Fold the other piece in half and use only one half sheet to cut another circle. Make these circles as large as you can make them out of that size paper.

 

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2. Fold once…

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3. Twice….

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4. Three times!

 

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5. Now cut on the folded lines from the outside of the circle and stop 3/4 to 1 inch before reaching the center.

 

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6. From the outside edge, fold each piece to a point and glue the folded flaps together….

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7. Put your finger inside the glued area to pinch it out and give it dimension.

 

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8. When finished with both sizes, glue the small one to the center of the larger flower.

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9. Cut leaves and glue to the backside.

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10. Cut small yellow circles from construction paper, glue in the center, and add some sparkle. A paper punch works well for this, too.

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Now, you’re done!

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The flower sizes are variable. Small ones look great on a homemade card, but are harder for children to make due to the size. The larger ones are easier and look beautiful on a package! They, also, look great on a wreath or as a table decoration.

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These are so easy and fun to make! You’ll want to make several.

Enjoy!

Phyllis

 

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Christmas Idea House Part 1

I don’t mean to rush Christmas, but now is the time to gather ideas that inspire your own Christmas decorating. This Christmas Idea House – Part 1 is a home that designers transform three times a year with current trends, new items, old vintage pieces re-purposed, and loads of unique decorating ideas. There’s so much seasonal decorating inspiration here!

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Let’s start outside….

A pair of birch reindeer with big red bows greet guests  If you have access to birch trees, these would be easy to make.

Now that your gardens are in their winter state,  reuse a trellis by filling it with large red plastic ornaments. One change I would make, is to add a large red bow on top! What do you think?

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This container winter garden display uses lots of greens, three birch logs, pops of red balls, berries, red twigs, and accented with cotton bolls.(yes, bolls; not balls) If you’re from the south, you may have easy access to these. Up north, you need to buy them. They make a nice white accent among the green and red. I, also, though they would make a great accent on a Christmas tree. I like to use natural items on my tree along with the ornaments. 

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The window ledge of the out-building displays white baskets filled with evergreens and red balls. Whimsical snowmen, fashioned from a birch log, peer out among the greens.  Notice the lanterns hung from the garland spell “JOY”.

The window boxes of the home look festive filled with spruce tops, red balls, bows, along with more accents of white cotton bolls. 

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This old house has an enclosed front porch. As you enter, to one side there’s a display of snowmen and trees  The trees are faux birch bark with lots of glitter added to make them sparkle. Behind the snowman display, Christmas knit stockings, clothes-pinned on a decorative rope ribbon, hang in the windows.

 

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On the other side of the porch, you see the same hanging stockings repeated along with another snowman display. A stuffed snowman toy sits on one pillow while a funny snowman pillow repeats the theme.

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Using a vintage shutter, lanterns and Christmas plaques create a unique re-purposed decor idea.

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Above the windows to the house, you see vintage skis used as a valance.

Christmas cards hang from the green garland.

 

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A  section of a vintage gate is transformed into a unique wall piece when a plaque and red bells are added. Decorated trees flank each side of this gate so it was hard to photograph the entire piece, but I think you get the idea.

Notice the chalkboard ornaments which are easily personalized with both art and words. Each year you can change what is on them. Now, that’s an easy project!

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Under the trees is a red vintage wheelbarrow filled with gifts.

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Sitting on the window ledge are faux birch bark planters filled with more spruce tops,  red berries and illuminated stems. A simple garland spells out “NOEL”.

 

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This is just a small sampling of ideas. More to follow..

Next time, we’ll enter the house with oodles more inspiration. You won’t be disappointed, I promise! 


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Thanks for viewing this Christmas Idea House Part 1. Hope to see you for Part 2!

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Easy Burlap Christmas Wreath

Easy Burlap Christmas Wreath

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A lot of Christmas decorations are glittery and elaborate, but sometimes a room calls for something more casual. This Easy Burlap Christmas Wreath might be just what is needed. Burlap is certainly popular for any season and it works for Christmas as well.

Check your Christmas decorations for items you already have on hand. I had most of the items needed and just bought the ribbon and burlap wrap (with a coupon, of course). Now, with glue gun or florist picks in hand, you are ready to put it together!

These are the supplies needed for a 12 inch diameter wreath. (either foam or straw) Make a bigger one if you wish, just adjust the size the other supplies fora larger wreath.

Supplies:

2 Christmas greenery picks (size them for the 12 inch wreath)

Red berries

Burlap Fabric Wrap  (found at Michael’s for about $2. Don’t look in the ribbon aisle, but in the floral wrap.)

Burlap Poinsettias (found at the Dollar Tree. One pick had 3 flower on it.)

Burlap ribbon for the bow. Choose a different texture of burlap ribbon from the wrap or flowers.

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Step 1:

 Whatever wreath you are using, wrap with the wide burlap fabric. Start at an angle and overlap each round by just less than half. When you are back where you started, either hot glue it together or use a florist pin to hold it.

(Before I do any gluing or pinning, I like to lay out all my pieces in order to get the look I want.)

Step 2:

 Place the Christmas greenery on the wreath. Place one stem going down and the other going up. Get an idea of where you wanted it positioned before you attach it permanently. Once you have it positioned the way you like, cut the stems short and either use a florist pin or hot glue it to the wreath. (I like to use floral picks so I can change the wreath easily for another season or just a different look.)

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Step 3:

 Add the flowers using a group of 3. If your flowers are smaller, use 5. Always use an odd number.

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Step 4:

 Add the bow

Step 5:

 Glue the red berries in 3 to 5 places for an accent of color.

Step 6:

 Add a wire loop on the back for hanging the wreath.

Step 7:

Hang and enjoy your Burlap Christmas Wreath!

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When you compare the price of a ready-made burlap wreath, this is a real bargain! It is quick and easy to do. No real talent involved. ( OK, you need some talent to know how to use a glue gun!)

Try it!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars

You don’t have to visit Hawaii to enjoy these wonderful Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars. They are truly awesome! A mixture of pineapple, coconut, and cream cheese is absolutely “Hawaiian heaven” to the taste buds. Believe me, you’ll get rave reviews when you serve them!  

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Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars
Recipe Type: Dessert Bars
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 30 bars
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Filling:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained well
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter
Instructions
  1. Combine crust ingredients and pat into a 9″ square pan.
  2. Bake @350 degrees for 15 minutes and Cool
  3. Combine cream cheese, sugar, milk, egg and vanilla. Fold in drained crushed pineapple and spread over cooled crust
  4. Combine coconut and 1 Tbsp. melted butter. Sprinkle on top of the filling.
  5. Bake bars at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. (or until coconut is just slightly toasted and filling is set.)
  6. Cool. Place in refrigerator. Cut into small squares with a wet knife.
  7. These bars freeze very well!

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While I love chocolate, these are a nice diversion with fantastic flavor. For holidays, decorate with a half cherry.

These are wonderful to make ahead for an occasion as they freeze well. I must confess that sometimes I can’t wait for them to thaw out before I eat one! YUM!

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Enjoy these Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars anytime of the year! 

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Pringles Lid Ornaments

This is not an advertisement for Pringles, but when I saw those clear lids, I knew that they would be perfect recycled as Pringles Lid Ornaments. With kids bringing them for snack time at school, it is not hard to collect a few to try. One idea is a bit more difficult for young kids, but the snowman sticker idea is very easy for them to do. It’s a great way to emphasize reuse and recycle!  These would be perfect for a classroom project, too. I’m posting this early enough to collect those lids.

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  These are some of the supplies I used…..     Add to this tacky glue (a glue that sticks to plastic) along with string or ribbon for hanging.

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I used lids from a can of Pringles. (With a snack-sized can, they get eaten faster so you have more lids.) Make sure they are clean and wiped dry.

Winter Scene Ornament:

For the sticker version (snowman), Cover the inside of the lid completely with tacky glue. Over a box, sprinkle the glitter into the lid and let dry. (the glitter I used was Crystal)  Make several as kids can easily do more than one.

When dry, cover the edge with tacky glue and roll in the glitter.  Let dry.

Add stickers to the flat front. Add a little “snow”. (cotton)  Hint: cut the stickers out so that kids can see where to place them before removing the backing.

The stickers can be of any Christmas scene. Just make sure they are the right size for the lid.

Punch a small hole on top and add a string or wire hanger.

 

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Looks great hanging in a window, too!

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Nativity Ornament:

I made this Pringles Lid Ornament by stamping or downloading a Christmas scene. I had a Nativity stamp, stamped it on a white sheet of paper, and reduced the picture down so it would fit in the Pringles lid. The one pictured is from a free clip art site that I had in my files.

I made copies of the reduced clip art and stamped image so it just needed to be cut out. Older kids can do the stamping themselves on a separate piece of paper as long as the stamp size works for the lid.

Don’t glue on the inside of this lid. Simply cut out and place the picture inside facing the front. (no glue) Remember, that the inside circle size is different from the outside. Your picture may need some trimming. (approx. 7.5 cm diameter) Cut a piece of felt or other paper and make a backing. After the picture is in place, add the felt backing and glue around the sides to hold it in.  

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Finish the edge with ribbon or a rhinestone ribbon {cut two sections wide) and be sure to use a glue that will hold on plastic. (regular school glue doesn’t work)

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Pringles Lid Ornaments are a fun, easy, inexpensive, and look fantastic! Kids will want to make more than one! (Adults, too!)

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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