Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 2

Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 2 is the continued tour  through a vintage home filled with ideas for Christmas decorating. A team of decorators create ideas using vintage finds as well as seasonal items found in the marketplace. I always find inspiration for my Christmas and home decorating. I’m sure you will, too.

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As you enter this home, the dining room is what you notice first. They use many different metals in their arrangements and it looks beautiful! So, don’t be afraid to mix them up!

Above a side table, a large industrial metal frame is layered with winter art. A mix of bronze and silver are also used in the display below.

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Here’s a closer look at the arrangement in the bowl. Notice the re-purposed cabinet door under the arrangement.

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On the table, metallic wallpaper lengths are layered with rhinestone edged runners. In the center, gold and gunflint metal candle holders mix together for a lovely table display. Also, notice the birch bark planters filled with white poinsettias.

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Each place-setting includes coordinating plates, napkin rings and a spray of miniature pinecones.The small deer at each place serves as the name-card. (A nice re-useable idea!) The name of the guest is written on the deer with dry erase marker.  Small mirrored candle plates serve as coasters.

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This small vintage kitchen always has many unique ideas.

First, the island is a re-purposed industrial cart.

Next, notice the two pieces of wall art. Framed pieces of galvanized metal gives you the opportunity to change notes or sayings on them.

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In the kitchen, the open cupboards show off the red patterned china while re-purposed drawers hold tea and hot cocoa supplies.

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The last feature in the kitchen is a garden arbor over the stove. Hanging lanterns and seasonal greens make this an unexpected focal point in the kitchen.

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The small vintage bathroom uses a wagon shelf unit as towel storage. The wall mirror is decorated with greens and hanging lanterns. Right under the mirror, a small wooden sleigh makes a lovely seasonal wall shelf.

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Have you ever thought of using an old drawer for a toilet paper holder? Love it, don’t you?

 

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The next three ideas are for tall narrow areas. The first narrow hallway area uses a vintage section of a cabinet with a metal panel above. The second area uses salvaged wooden gates layered with holiday decor.

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In the stairwell hang decorative curtain panels of a pine tree embellished with garlands and ornaments. If you are artistically inclined, you might want to paint your own.

 

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One bedroom is a “Sports Den”. Industrial clamp lights are attached to pipe making it look like stadium lighting. An old incubator table is re-purposed as a coffee table.

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In keeping with the theme, a small Christmas tree is decorated with sport-themed ornaments and shoe laces as garlands.

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Two golf clubs wired together form the curtain rod!

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I had to look twice when I walked into the room and saw this 3-dimensional looking wallpaper on one wall. It looks like the real corrugated metal siding. Going along with the sports theme, the hockey stick, attached to the wall, makes a great ledge for pictures!

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The last piece highlighted in this Sports Den is a metal store rack used as a shelving unit. It fits in perfectly when decorated with sports containers, glasses, snacks, and sports related games.

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You’ve seen several unique ideas both for Christmas and year round. Did you get inspired? Which idea did you like the best?

If you missed the Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 1 post, be sure to check it out, too. Part 3 will be posted soon.

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DIY Best Nativity Crafts

DIY Best Nativity Crafts

Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and I enjoy making Nativity Crafts with my grandchildren at Christmas time. It is the real reason for the season and it gives opportunities to talk with the kids about why Jesus came to earth. The following is a round-up of many Nativity crafts that you can make with your kids, grandchildren, or for a Sunday School project. They are great to give as gifts, or hang on your own Christmas tree. I’ve included a couple of my own posts here as well. There’s a total of 35 wonderful ideas in this DIY Best Nativity Crafts post for you to make.

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This one works for preschool, but I would mark the dots lightly with a pencil for the child to follow! Older kids can just follow the pattern. Go to each site posted under the photo for complete directions.

 

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Go to  craftymorning

 

 

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Both ornaments pictured above are from Reesedixon  (diorama)   Reesedixon (nativity)

 

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My easier version is here….

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For the wood slice ornament, older kids would enjoy wood-burning this design.

 

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There is a nice printable of the silhouette manger scene on this site, too.

 

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They include a nice tutorial and link to the picture they used.

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Wow! Lots of ideas for making your own Nativity Ornaments! I will be making some of these with my grandchildren, too!

Here’s hoping that your Christmas is meaningful and Christ-filled! Have a very Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 1

Need some fresh ideas for your Christmas decorating? You’ll find them in this tour of the Christmas Idea House 2016 – Part 1.There’s lots of interesting ideas with re-purposed vintage finds along with just using easily found items in unique ways.

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The decorator team, that transforms this house, doesn’t leave any place without a decoration or two! The outside is just as festive as the inside. There’s an old shed (called a warming shed) all dressed up in greenery and festive banners. Birch logs in front give a hint about what theme you’ll find inside the house.

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On the door, hangs a cute wreath made of red and white mittens! They are simply wired onto the wreath base. Such an easy and fun decoration!

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Inside the shed, is a tree made from graduated sizes of scrap wood mounted on a center board. A host of gnomes sit on the shelves. Any collection you have would look great on this tree! Make it any size, too!

 

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On the wall, vintage skis make an interesting coat-rack.

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Outside, three metal deer stand under a garden arbor embellished with garlands, ornaments, ribbon, bells, small trees, and birch logs.

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Another outside focal point is the tree made from salvaged windmill blades. Add lights, a few snowflakes and you’ve got one re-purposed, unique tree!

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The garden containers look lovely with greens, birch, and pinecones along with white artificial stems.

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Upon entering the front porch,  a lovely Christmas table greets guests. Lots of metal, wood, and red plaids give a warm cozy feeling to this setting. Birch rounds become the coasters. Another birch accent is an empty birch shell placed in the vase for a Christmas arrangement.

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Above a vintage cupboard, a sled combined with a wreath and a framed Christmas piece, make an interesting combination for the wall.

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Ever thought of using a galvanized tub as a chandelier? I haven’t, but I just love this one! Add hanging electric lights   (through openings made in the base) along with seasonal decorations, and you’ve got a very unique light fixture! After Christmas, change out the seasonal decorations for Spring! Sorry, the tub will no longer hold water!

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This is just a small taste of ideas to come. You’ll want to subscribe so you don’t miss Part 2 and 3!

Did you find some inspiration?

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Baby Jesus Ornament

The birth of our Savior, Jesus, is what Christmas is all about. This little Baby Jesus Ornament reminds us of that wonderful event. 

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I found the idea on Pinterest and adapted it as an ornament using Pringles Lids. The complete tutorial is found at TheGoldenGleam.  You can see how they used them as window decorations instead of ornaments. The Pringles Lids are the tops of the canisters of Pringles potato chips. They are just the right size for ornaments.

Basic Materials:

Pringles Lids

coffee filter

black paper

glue (use Tacky Glue as regular school glue doesn’t adhere to the plastic over time)

scissors

Food Coloring – red and yellow   or Water Color Paints

I found that the food coloring stays nice and bright while the water colors are more muted. However, young children should stick with water colors as they are washable!

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When using the Pringles lid, trace the circle of the lid on the filter, but cut inside the lines as the inside is slightly smaller. If kids are working on this ornament,  make a simple pattern for the three pieces so they can trace and cut it themselves. For the star, a sticker works well, too! Lightly glue the pieces together on the coffee filter circle.

 Place a small amount of tacky glue along the edge on the inside of the lid. Place finished piece inside the lid and hold down with a coffee cup until dry. Finishing options for the edge are to roll in glitter, edge with a ribbon, or leave plain. Go to Pringles Lid Ornaments to see other options on finishing the edges. Hot glue a ribbon or string to hang  your Baby Jesus Ornament on your tree.

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The lights of the tree makes the Baby Jesus Ornament look like stained glass! Very cute  ornament, don’t you think? Also, very inexpensive to make!

Have fun! 

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Easy Notebook Cover

This Easy Notebook Cover idea is so easy, yet it looks amazing! It is simple enough for kids to make while adults can make this elegant looking. It makes a lovely special gift, too. Materials are easy to find and very inexpensive.

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Materials needed:

  • Natural Sponge –
  • Acrylic Paint – 3 shades or colors
  • Fun Foam – choice of color
  • Decals, Stickers, Artificial Flowers, Buttons, Felt, Permanent Markers, or any Semi-Flat Decorative Objects
  • Glue Gun
  • Round Elastic
  • Notebook – any size, but I prefer journal-size (without a metal coil) I found ones at Walmart for under a $1.00

First, lay the notebook open on the Fun Foam and measure around it leaving an extra 1/4 in – 3/8 in to cover completely. You may use a regular scissor or a decorative one to cut out the cover. (For small kids, I did this part ahead of time.)

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Next, with the Fun Foam laying flat, lightly dip the sponge in a dark color. Dab it on newspaper a couple of times so your paint is very light on the sponge. Now, dab the paint over the sheet of Fun Foam. Be sure to leave spaces for the other colors. Let dry in between colors.

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With a lighter color (you can mix just white with the base color), continue dabbing the paint onto the Fun Foam.
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Using an accent or third shade, dab again over the Fun Foam sheet and let dry.

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This project used one color of acrylic paint. Start with the dark color and apply. Add white to lighten and sponge the paint again. Finally, lighten even more for the third step.

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Finally, when you have reached the way you want it and it’s completely dry, fold the Fun Foam over the notebook. Use black elastic to keep the cover in place. Place the elastic in the middle of the pages in the book and around the outside cover. Tie a knot in the elastic and slide the knot inside the notebook so it is not noticeable.

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At last, decorate the cover with stickers, artificial flower, feathers, etc. It works best to have the decorations fairly flat on the cover.

These Notebook Cover samples were made by my grandchildren. The foam colors they started with were red, black, and white. Stickers were applied after the paint dried. Using a black permanent marker, one child made a black border around the edge. Their choices were entirely made by them.

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As I said, this project isn’t just for kids. You can make this elegant, too. It makes a great hostess gift or sell your creations at a craft sale.

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This Notebook Cover was one of the crafts I did with my grandchildren (ages 6-12) at our Oma and Opa Camp this past summer. They really enjoyed making them. But remember, this is not just for kids!

Enjoy!

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“O Holy Night” Scrabble Ornament

I just love the song “Oh Holy Night”! It’s a favorite Christmas carol with such powerful words and melody. This scrabble ornament is based on those words and an inspirational idea found on Etsy. Since I didn’t have the small figures and wanted it to be lighter in weight, I added the star at the top of the Scrabble letters.

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If you don’t have Scrabble letters, search online for them, find them at your local craft store, or look for Scrabble games at a thrift store.

Materials:

Scrabble Letters:  O,-2, H-2, L-1, Y-1, N-1, I-1, G-1, T-1

Small star (wooden or foam) I used a 3/4 inch wide wooden star.

Gold Tinsel Stems

Gold ribbon or string for hanging

Directions:

Step 1  – Glue scrabble tiles together and let dry completely  I found that using a stronger glue worked better.

I used GOOP.

Step 2 – Cut 2 Gold Tinsel stems-  1- two inches long, 1- three inches long

Step 3 – Fold tinsel stems in half and glue tinsel stems onto back of star.

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Step 4 – Glue Star onto Scrabble letter “O”

Step 5 – Glue ribbon or string on back of star for hanging.

Listen to the song while making this O Holy Night Scrabble Ornament….

 

With the ornament done, hang on your tree! It’s what Christmas is all about!

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