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Wednesday, December 10

DIY Cookie Cutter Ornaments

By Emileigh Rogers

During this festive time of year, I always enjoy adding a bit of creativity into my Christmas decorating plans, and few things allow for creativity like making a Christmas tree ornament!  These cookie cutter ornaments are simple enough that children can help create them, and they add a vintage, homespun flair to your tree’s look.

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For this project, you’ll need cookie cutters, a hot glue gun, scissors, a pencil, twine, and scrap paper.  You’ll also need supplies to decorate your ornaments that you can choose to match your tree or home, such as the decorative paper, ribbons, pinecones, pictures, etc. shown here.

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First, trace around each ornament on the scrap paper.

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Next, cut out each of these shapes.  If you are using cookie cutters that have a back like mine, cut the shapes slightly smaller than the traced line to fit inside the ornament.  If you are using the kind of cookie cutters that are just outlines, cut your shape slightly larger than the traced line.

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These cut-out shapes will be your mini canvases!

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Decorate each mini canvas shape as you would like.  I used pictures, decorative paper, words, markers, and ribbon on mine, but you can get creative!   When you are done, glue the mini canvas inside the cookie cutter.  (If your cookie cutter is an outline style, put glue in key points along its back edge, and glue the shape to that, creating a back on the cookie cutter.)

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Lastly, make a loop with a bit of twine, knot the end, and glue it to the back of your ornament.  The ornament is done!  Hang it up and enjoy your work!

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This project can be as simple or as complicated as you would like to make it, and there is a huge amount of flexibility in the kinds of supplies you can use to decorate the ornaments.  For younger children, supplies such as family photos, crayons, paper, and fuzzy pom poms may work well.  For your own creative plans, you could also use paint, fabric, or anything that strikes your fancy!  This project truly allows you to make a unique ornament all your own to hang on your tree for years to come.

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Tuesday, December 9

Enchanting Christmas Twinkle Lights Shadow Box DIY

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I spend an inordinate amount of time on Pinterest because I personally find scrolling through all the pretty pictures and projects very soothing. The other day I came across a project where you create a twinkle lights shadow box display  for festive holiday decor. I thought it was so pretty and I knew I already had some bottle brush trees I had dyed for my Hanukkah display last year. But I wasn’t thrilled by how expensive their version was. So I put together a much less expensive way to create a similar display and I think it turned out beautifully! 

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For this project you are going to need a wooden crate and colored paper, all of which I purchased at my local craft store. Then I bought some dark bronze spray paint from Home Depot, and the 15′ aurora lights are from Anthropologie. I already had the fake snow and bottlebrush trees (can be found at any craft store) and I own a glue gun and staple gun which I also used in this project. I had already dyed my bottlebrush trees but if you are doing this from scratch you can use this tutorial to do it yourself.

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The first thing I did was spray paint the box and let it dry. Then I hot glued the scrapbooking paper to the back and the other two sides of what becomes the display. You don’t have to do this part if you don’t want to because the grey wood actually looked really beautiful, but I decided to go ahead with the paper because I had already purchased it and figured, why not.

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Next I added the “snow” and trees. I didn’t bother to glue the snow or the trees because they stayed pretty nicely just as they were. 

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Next I unwrapped the twinkle lights. The smallest length I could find was 15′ which was kind of really long! If you can find 6-10 feet then I would suggest it but if 15 is all you can find go ahead and use them. I carefully draped the wire around the trees and stapled the tops of the loops to the top of the box. 

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Because the crate already had a space on top I strung the lights through there, but if you decide to make a box, just cut a hole in the wood and add the lights from there.

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Here is a picture of the finished box! If I were more type A I would nail in the staples so you couldn’t see them, but when the box is displayed you can barely see them, so I didn’t waste my time. 

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I love how it turned out and compared to the original it only ended up being about half as much! If you really love this project but still don’t want to pay as much for it, wait until the after Christmas sales and I bet you can find the copper twinkle lights on sale. You can also find a shorter silver (not copper) strand that is battery operated HERE. The one I used is a plug-in. 

Thursday, December 4

The Easiest Homemade Teacher’s Gift Ever!

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The other day I was scrolling through Pinterest and I saw the most adorable ornament. It was made using a mason jar lid and a few miniature Christmas items and I thought it was fabulous! As I was shopping at my local craft store I found a few little items such as tiny books, a chalkboard, and a notepad, that I realized would be perfect to recreate this same look only with a teacher’s theme. So I rushed home and about twenty minutes later I had the perfect homemade teacher gift for Christmas! Here is how I made it:

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The original inspiration had a snowy background which was sweet but I didn’t think it went with my teacher’s theme. So I decided to use a piece of patterned scrapbooking paper I had lying around along with some twine and some washi tape which I used to make a miniature banner. 

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I used the Mason jar lid as a stencil and then I cut out a circle out of the scrapbook paper. Then I hot glued it to the lid of the jar. I also used the hot glue to attach the inner circle lid to the rim. WARNING: The hot glue got the metal lid very hot very quickly, so be careful and don’t burn yourself!

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Next I made a tiny banner by folding the washi tape over the twine as seen above. Next I cut the tape into triangles. 

Once everything was ready I hot glued everything into place! It was just that easy!

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I didn’t like the dangling twine so I neatly cut them off, and then I hot glued another piece of twine to the back of the ornament so it could be hung on a Christmas tree!

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I am absolutely thrilled with the result and I hope my son’s teacher likes it. I know she reads my blog every day so “Hi Ms. Simon!“. 

Click HERE for a different homemade teacher gift that I made! 

If crafting isn’t your thing, why not buy your child’s teacher a Glamorous Housewife mug? I am sure she would love being inspired every day!

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