Recycled Cereal Box Christmas Trees

Save those cereal boxes! These Recycled Cereal Box Christmas Trees are completely made from cereal and other small cardboard boxes. (such as crackers and mac & cheese) Turn them into beautiful Christmas decorations that are totally low-cost!

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Materials:

Cereal Boxes

Poster Board or large cereal box

Glue Gun

White flat spray paint

Crystal  Glitter

First, make a cone from Poster Board. Go to “Make a Cone” for instructions.

Next, while watching TV, cut out the petal shaped branches. It does take a fair amount of cutting, but it costs nothing except a little time. The picture gives you an idea of the size of petals (branches) I cut. You can make them pointed, too.

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DIY Christmas Trees!

The size of the branches depends on the size of the cone you make The large cone is about 11 inches tall and the smaller cones are 5 1/2 – 6 inches tall.

Once you have about 50-100 petals cut, start glueing from the base. I bend the end a bit and adhere it with a glue gun. When you start the second ring, overlap the seams of the first ring.

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Here’s a close-up…..

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Christmas Trees aren’t perfect so don’t stress out if everything isn’t exactly perfect. After a few rings, I adjust the length of the petals by bending the end a bit more. Another way is to trim them down. At the top, I cut 4-5 narrow petals and glue them to the top.

Finally, spray paint. I start by spraying underneath a bit and then the top. Shake crystal glitter on while the paint is still wet. Let dry and enjoy a totally recycled cereal box Christmas tree!

These work for using them in Christmas villages, too. Make the trees as large or tiny as you wish.

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Once you start, you’ll make more than one.

I saw these trees made of corrugated cardboard, but I like the cereal box ones better.

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Enjoy!

 

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Christmas Idea House 2016 Part-3

 

This third and last tour of the Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 3 has just as many ideas for decorating and adding special touches for the holiday season as the other posts. Now, if you missed Part 1 and Part 2, be sure to go back and check out the ideas there. In Part 3, I will cover 3 bedrooms, a living room, and small bathroom. I know you’ll enjoy these ideas!

The Christmas Idea House is decorated each year with a team of talented decorators. The tour features creative inspiration for your home as well as featuring new decor and vintage re-purposed items.

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The first bedroom is quite dramatic with walls painted black! Dark walls set off the white birch bedposts. The added Christmas greens and lights make this a dreamy bedroom.

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To carry out the birch theme, birch branches are used as curtain rods. Red plaid placemats hang over the branches for an easy and striking valance.

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A vintage white cabinet, filled with books, pictures, and seasonal decor, adds lots of interest and color to this room. christmas-idea-house-part-3 grandparentsplus.com

In the hallway between rooms, a sled hangs with cotton batting added for snow.

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Next, the master bedroom is decorated with Native American decor. Wall art, colorful pillows, and natural items carry out this theme.

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The curtains have an added touch of Christmas with greens attached to the natural rope used for tie-backs.

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On the vintage cabinet, re-purposed as a dresser, is a metal sheet pan (the ones used in a commercial kitchen). It is spray painted brown and  filled with faux snow along with decorative ornaments and decor. What a nice way to contain the faux snow as well as re-purposing an ugly metal pan!!

 

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Wood slices with hooks mounted on a board make an interesting coat or garment rack..

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Here’s another idea of using a door knob for a unique hook.

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The tree in this bedroom is embellished with a garland of rope lighting, natural-looking ornaments, feathers, and colored balls. Hanging on the wall, dream catchers (made from doilies) add interest.

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Continuing on into the small upstairs vintage bathroom, wood slices along with hanging votive candles become wall art above the sink.

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A birch branch tree becomes a decorative towel holder in the shape of a Christmas Tree!

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Also, in the bathroom, a toilet paper holder is created from a slice of wood, hook, rope, and a birch branch! How unique!

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In the third bedroom, a wall mirror becomes a beautiful headboard and serves as the focal point in this room.

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 Window treatments are embellished with ornaments and draped with pearl garlands. Lots of gold ornaments and tiny white lights make the Christmas tree in this room sparkle.

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A look under the tree reveals this idea! If you don’t have a tree skirt, make one from decorative tissue paper. Each piece of paper is accordion-pleated and glued or stapled together to form the skirt around the tree. Using a coordinating color, a second and third layer is added on top.

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In the final room, a salvaged metal window is layered with artwork and metal sconces making an interesting statement above the fireplace. The sconces have battery-operated lights placed inside. Inside the fireplace, a galvanized mirror is also lit with battery-operated lights. Birch planters hold white poinsettias.

The same birch planters with poinsettias are repeated by the windows.

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Another salvaged metal frame creates a backdrop for more artwork over the couch.

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Using a vintage office cabinet on top of an industrial cart, creates a moveable coffee table. On the top, it is layered with salvaged wood.

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A salvaged wooden gate gives dimension and height to the metal clock.

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By adding birch poles to a mirrored shadow box, it repeats the theme on the wallpaper.

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Additional lit branches gives drama and depth to this Christmas Tree. Warm lights and grey balls, together make a beautiful tree.

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So many ideas for decorating your home are represented here that it’s hard to remember all of them. I’m sure you’ll want to pin them for future inspiration. Remember, many ideas are not just for Christmas, but anytime!

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Nutcracker Tablesetting

Many people collect Nutcrackers. They come in all sizes and styles. My sister did a Christmas Nutcracker Tablesetting for her family. I had to share the photos of this cute theme for a Christmas table.

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A red, winding scarf adds color and texture to the table as it flows down the middle. It highlights the nutcrackers, candles, and trees. The varied heights give interest with the tallest in the center of the table.

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When you have an idea for a theme, after Christmas is the time to find the savings. If you’ve hunted before Christmas, remember where they are for the after-Christmas sales. Even the English Crackers at the table carry out the theme.

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It takes just a few Nutcrackers in the middle of the table along with the English Crackers and the ornaments (all purchased at 1/2 price the Christmas before) and you have a beautiful Nutcracker Tablesetting for a Christmas dinner.

What themes have you done for a Christmas table? You might find some inspiration at Christmas Tablescapes Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.  

I really enjoy a beautifully set table, don’t you?

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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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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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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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“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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Watercolor and Oil Art

Watercolor and Oil Art explores a science fact in a very fun and colorful way.  Oil and water don’t mix, you see, so you’ll have interesting things happen with your art project.  It’s so exciting to see how oil makes waves and moves the color. By using a glue gun, you can design shapes or squiggles that make a design among the melding colors.

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Using just liquid watercolors, a glue gun, and oil, you never know just what you’ll end up with for color variations. It’s fun to watch. Change this project for any holiday theme or design you would like to use. This is one art project that can be done over and over again. It will never turn out the same. Use your imagination and try different combinations.

The materials include: Watercolor Paper, Glue Gun, Liquid Watercolors, Brushes, Vegetable Oil, tray (optional), and Eye Dropper.

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Here’s an easy way to keep this project from getting messy. I bought 9×13 metal cookie trays at the Dollar Tree. They are the perfect size for any painting or craft project. It keeps the mess contained and if things need to dry, you can just dry them right on the trays. For this watercolor project, they can be stacked to dry by placing one tray horizontal and the next vertical. I have one for each grandchild, and it sure helps to keep glitter, glue, paint, etc. all contained! When the project is done, they are easy to wash off.

Ok, now to the directions….  This project requires watercolor paper. Construction just doesn’t work well. It is better with liquid watercolors, too. If you haven’t tried them, they are very colorful and easier to use than the watercolor paint trays. Have some wider brushes to use such as small sponge brushes.

You can buy liquid watercolors from Blick Art Supplies on the sidebar.

I’ve seen paintings that merely cover the entire paper, but I decided to experiment using some shapes outlined with hot glue. I liked the outcome. If you are using a shape, draw it lightly with a pencil and go over it with the glue gun. (I recommend that an adult operates the glue gun.)This will keep the shape from mixing with the other colors and it will stand out from the painting.

 

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Outline a shape with the glue gun.

 

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Paint watercolor inside the glue area.

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Drop oil in several places and watch it work!

Continue on and paint the background.

For our Oma and Opa Camp, I did the kids’ names in bubble letters with hot glue and they used liquid watercolors to make their project colorful and dotted it with oil . Even the boys got into it and thought it was “cool”!

 

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After you have painted a section, while it is still wet, drop oil in squiggles or drops, and watch it change the paint. Continue until the entire paper is painted the way you like. If the watercolors dry too much, just get them wet again with more color or spray with a little water before you drop the oil. The action will continue for a while as it dries.

Let dry for a day and enjoy your watercolor and oil art that you’ve created. 

There are so many ways to vary this project. For instance, you can outline a pumpkin, stars, names, trees, bells, angels, cross, bunnies, fall leaves, and flowers, just to name a few. It is changeable for any season and the outcome is always different. 

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The oil was also dripped on the trees above.

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This cross was painted with the usual watercolor tray instead of the liquid watercolors. It’s not as bright and harder to get the oil action to show. You need to use very deep colors, paint it heavy with color, and still it doesn’t have the same intensity as the liquid colors.

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It’s a good investment to get the liquid watercolors as they last a long time. Your kids will enjoy those bright colors! No messy watercolor trays to clean, either.

Now, what will you plan on making with your watercolor and oil art?  Have fun!

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The Coming of the Christmas Lamb

Looking for a Christmas Devotional? This poem, The Coming of the Christmas Lamb,  written by my sister, Barbara Anderson, makes a wonderful devotional for both young and old. She has given me permission to share this poem with you. It tells the Biblical account of Jesus’ birth in a wonderful way. I hope you enjoy the poem and the message it brings.

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The Coming of the Christmas Lamb

By Barb Anderson

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when over the earth

People were awaiting the Savior’s birth.

Shepherds were resting while watching their sheep.

Because of wild animals, they dared not to sleep.

Suddenly light shone from the sky high above.

A bright star appeared announcing God’s love.

The shepherds were frightened and fell to the ground.

In the darkness of the night, God’s glory shone ‘round.

When what to their wondering eyes did appear,

But a choir of angels who said, “Do not fear!”

“A Savior is born in a city close by.”

“Jesus, the Lord, in a manger does lie.”

Good tidings of great joy they did proclaim.

The shepherds knew life would not be the same.

Why would the angels to us come and sing?

We’re just ragged old shepherds with nothing to bring.

They rounded up their sheep and off they went.

To find the Savior, the one God had sent.

In the dark of night, the star was their guide.

And soon they arrived at the Savior’s side.

There in a manger surrounded by sheep

The Lamb of God was peacefully asleep.

The sheep nestled closely to keep Jesus warm.

The shepherds stood watch to keep him from harm.

Baby Jesus was swaddled in burial clothes,

A symbol of His death, and triumph over foes.

Jesus was the promised one, His work would soon begin.

The Christ child came to save us from all of our sin.

The shepherds they spread the good news as they went,

To let others know that a Savior was sent.

When you seek Him and ask Him to make your sins clean

White as wool they’ll become—not a spot to be seen.

When His gift of salvation you accept and claim,

In the Lamb’s Book of Life will be written your name.

Yes, the Lamb of God, brought salvation and light.

So Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Copyright December 2014

Barbara Anderson

Note to readers from Barbara:  On a recent trip to Israel, our Bethlehem guide told us that the strips of cloth used to swaddle baby Jesus were burial cloth pieces that were used to wrap a corpse.  Strips of burial cloth were also used to wrap the feet of the little lambs that were to be sacrificed.  This would keep the lamb clean and without defect. Jesus was the perfect Lamb of God who was sacrificed for our sins.

“You were redeemed…with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” I Peter 1:19

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Thank you for stopping by to read this poem. 

Have a blessed Christmas celebrating the Lamb of God!

Phyllis

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Christmas Tablescapes 2015 Part 3

I’m bringing you more Christmas Tablescapes from our Christmas Extravaganza at our church. Different women volunteer to totally decorate a table. The creativity is amazing. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2, please click on them to see my prior posts with additional ideas for your own table. 

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You can’t go wrong with the Christmas colors of red, green and gold! The centerpiece repeats the colors and uses accents of pinecones. Lots of festive texture and pattern are added to the table with the addition of the striped tablecloth.

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This unique table takes a hobby and turns it into a very creative tablescape.  A vintage sewing machine becomes the centerpiece attraction. Napkins, tucked into the goblets, have a scissor pattern in red and white. 

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Notice the tiny Christmas tree on the sewing machine. All the decorations are sewing notions. Not pictured are the various quilted runners over the back of each chair.

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Gold and black are stunning together on this table. Gold striped fabric is laid across the table for added texture and design. The napkins are simply rolled, folded, and wrapped with gold mesh ribbon. 

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Christmas trees with different textures are grouped together inside a large lighted wreath to form this centerpiece. Even the napkins are folded to look like Christmas trees. Notice the tree-etched goblets, too.

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Purple, white,  gold, and silver colors create a beautiful table. You see a lot of mixing of different metals now in decorating and this table does it well. 

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Highlight your favorite manger scene for a Christmas tablescape. Add a few extra details and place it on top of a mirror to reflect the candle light. Napkins angled in the corner of the plate, show the Christmas tree pattern on the china.

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Another nativity set is the centerpiece of this tablescape. The muted colors of the nativity are accented by the burlap table-runner. The napkins are striped kitchen towels! Great idea!

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The Christmas tablescape at this table revolves around a set of whimsical gingerbread china. The gingerbread house, in the center, lights up with cute characters all around it. Lots of details to entertain you at this table.  Christmas Tablescapes 2015 part 3 grandparentsplus.com

 

A little wooden  church, surrounded with snow, looks so simple, but lovely as a centerpiece.  Add a few greens, white floral stems and artificial poinsettias to accent this little church. The snow has battery operated lights under it so it gives light to the table.

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Notice the poinsettia accented clothespins that are attached to a little favor for each guest.

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Santa Lucia dolls, a Swedish custom, decorate the center of the table. Five tall, red votive holders surround the figures. (I apologize for the red candle that is blocking the second figure.) Do you know the story of Santa Lucia?

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The last one is the beautiful table decoration for the punch table. While it is not complete with china, I wanted to include it as well for more inspiration. Christmas Tablescapes 2015 part 3 grandparentsplus.com

 

I hope you enjoyed this series of Christmas Tablescapes with all these creative ideas. Whether it is fancy or plain, elegant or simple, new or recycled, you can make a beautiful table for your family and guests for your Christmas entertaining.

 

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Thanks for stopping by. 

Have a very special Christmas celebrating the birth of Jesus!

Phyllis

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Snowflake Ornament Craft for Toddlers

Preschool projects require something quick and easy to be successful. This Snowflake Ornament Craft fits that description. It works for both a home or school project. Not only is it quick and easy, but it is very inexpensive, too! I came across these items at the Dollar Tree and thought it would make an easy project for preschoolers. 

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Materials Needed:

Snowflakes  (6 for $1.00 at Dollar Tree)

Winter Sticker Books ($1.00 at Dollar Tree)

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Place a large sticker in the middle (snowman, penguin, etc.).  Add small snowflake stickers on the points.

This will help keep them busy while you’re getting dinner ready. There’s no glue involved and they can decorate both sides. Put them up in a window, hang on the tree, or hang from a chandelier. The Snowflake Ornament will look great through January.

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For $2.00, toddlers can have a lot of fun and make several.

Enjoy!

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Easy Tree Ornament

This is probably the most inexpensive and quick tree ornament that anyone can make. The choice of color depends on your own Christmas decor. This ornament is linear so it adds a different dimension from the round balls and other decorations. It, also, adds an extra bit of sparkle to your tree.

 

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The materials are few….

Just one 6 foot strand of glittered bead garland – any color!

1 package of ornament hooks.

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Cut the bead garland to the length that you want for your icicle-like ornaments. The bead lengths do not ravel, but stay together.  My bead lengths were 12 beads long. 

Place the end of the ornament hook around the first section of the beads. 

Hang on tree! 

It adds so much extra color, sparkle, and dimension.  

I’ll bet this is the easiest ornament you could make for your tree, right?

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This is just a fun, quick, easy tree ornament for your Christmas tree. 

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Christmas Tablescapes 2015 Part 2

Looking for some more inspiration for beautiful Christmas tablescapes ?  Well, you came to the right place. Individual women from our church created these tablescapes for our annual Christmas Extravaganza. The tables are amazing! Each year, I think that they really can’t come up with more wonderful ideas, but they do! The entire event is a beautiful Christ-filled celebration of the birth of our Savior. It’s a wonderful way to start off the Christmas season.

Ready to see Part 2? If you missed Christmas Tablescapes 2015 Part 1, be sure to click on it, too.

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You don’t always think of “pink” for Christmas, but this tablescape looks dreamy using pink, white, and gold. A soft feather boa with pink hydrangeas and sparkly gold trees all add up to a wonderful centerpiece display.

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The individual place-settings are beautiful and inviting.

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Here’s a blue and gold tablescape featuring a white tree with small blue and gold balls. It is simple, yet elegant.

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A poinsettia arrangement highlights this table along with gold and black china, goblets, and chargers. Napkins are tied with a pretty gold bow.

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White, silver, and blue are the color combinations of this table. Pretty silver floral sprays are placed in three painted bottles. Each place-setting has a different cup and saucer!

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Gingerbread and apples! The theme is carried through from the red and green apple china. Amber goblets look great with this china. Wooden Santas surround the centerpiece.

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Do you love cardinals? They are such a beautiful bird and the cardinal theme is carried throughout this tablescape. The table-runner has cardinals on it and at each place-setting is a cardinal tin with some home-made goodies for the guests.

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You see a lot of birch accents at Christmas. This tablescape is elegant with lots of woodsy accents. The napkin rings are made of wood, too. The combination of browns and blues look great together.

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Lime green poinsettia blooms really set off this table. The dark green evergreen plants around it are a nice contrast.  The napkins have a spring of evergreen tied with silver roping.

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Among the candle centerpiece, a collection of teacups and a teapot are nestled in the evergreens to welcome the guests. Looks like a tea party is about to happen.

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Each glass votive in this centerpiece is encircled on the outside by red berries. Sparkly silver pines with red balls create a colorful base for this tablescape. 

 

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I love the way the silverware, tied with a red bow, is displayed on the plate.

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Do you know the story of the icicle? This centerpiece is made of evergreens, gold painted branches, lights and icicles.

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This is the legend……

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At each place-setting, this little reminder of the evening is for each guest.

 

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I’ve said this before, but I think a lovely table not only creates a beautiful greeting for your guests, but also makes the food taste even better! 

I hope you enjoyed seeing these Christmas tablescapes. Stay tuned for Part 3!

Have a blessed Christmas season!

Phyllis

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Christmas Tablescapes 2015 Part 1

Oh, the creativity of the women at our church event! Each year the Christmas Tablescapes on each table are absolutely wonderful. We have a Christmas event that everyone looks forward to called a Christmas Extravaganza. Besides a wonderful Christ-filled program, the ladies attending enjoy seeing each table decorated by individual women in such gorgeous ways. It is a wonderful, festive way to start the season.

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I just need to share these beautiful ideas with you. Perhaps it will spark some inspiration for your own tablescapes. Some are elaborate, some whimsical, and others are very simple and elegant. Some start with a china inspiration and others go with a centerpiece inspiration.

The first table centerpiece is four, graduated-sized milk glass serving pieces all tiered together.  It’s decorated with artificial pines, tuffs of pink, red and cranberry ribbon, and topped with a pillar candle. How clever to use some of your favorite pieces to create a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree.

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A burgundy tablecloth under the rose china makes a lovely vintage table setting.

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Lots of red and white balls accented with silver and red berries look great in the white garden urn. By placing it on a mirror base, the tea lights fill the table with light. Next summer, use the planter in your garden! Silver-rimmed, white dishes compliment the silver accents in the centerpiece.

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Not everyone lives in the northern regions that have snow, so why not have a Christmas table with a beach theme?

The circle wooden lantern has a candle inside surrounded by seashells. The artificial greens and flowers are typical of a tropical area, but do carry out the red and green of the season. Burlap on top of the table simulates the sand on the beach.

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Lovely shell napkin rings fit the flavor of this Christmas table. Notice the glasses……they have a sticker attached to them to make them tropical as well! It make be cold outside, but this setting feels warm and fun!

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This elegant vase has rhinestones glued all around it. It is filled with greens and tied with a large red bow that flows down on the table. Three red pillar candles surround it.The white dinner set is accented with red napkins.

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The two women that created this tablescape didn’t have enough place settings for eight people. However, each had a coordinating set with roses on them so they combined the two sets for this tablesetting. The centerpiece has roses held in the tall vase with pebbles. Distilled water is added up to the blooms with submersible lights added for drama. The graduated glass vases also hold pebbles, submersible lights, and floating candles.

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The centerpiece became quite dramatic when lit.

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This centerpiece is made from a gold sprayed box, filled with white tissue paper flowers, and accented with tall gold floral stems.

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A detailed embroidered runner, placemats, napkins, and small dolls from Guatemala make this table unique. Christmas is celebrated around the world! The vintage soup tureen holds artificial pines and a candle. The glasses are also vintage pieces from her grandmother. How fun to create a table around special memories.

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Even God’s animals celebrate Jesus’ birth! This is a whimsical, “beary” cute version of a nativity scene.  The figures are elevated on cuts from a birch tree. The woodsy table top adds to the theme. Notice the pine-tree glasses, too! 

 

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Five lit branches make this a festive, winter table. The centerpiece is tall, but guests can still see each other through the woods! Snowflake ornaments decorate the place-setting.

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The last table for this party was the one that I decorated for this event. It is from the 12 Days of Christmas carol and represents the “7 Swans a Swimming” part. The song is actually a religious song that has a meaning for each phrase. Read the information on the card below.

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This swan usually sits in my bathroom with towels rolled and tucked into the opening. As a centerpiece, I filled it with artificial green pines along with white and silver floral additions. The small battery lights add a sparkle. Six other small swans circle the big one on  glittered silver fabric. 

Small silver swan ornaments sit to the right of each place-setting.

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Did you know the meaning of “7 Swans a Swimming”?

 

I love to set a beautiful table, don’t you?

These are just some of the Christmas Tablescapes I have to show you. More are coming in Part 2 and

Part 3. 

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