Friday, December 9, 2016

A pop sticks Christmas garland

A nice Christmas craft to make with your kids, let's try the pop sticks garland. You can paint it or add some glitter if you want too. I used a glue gun, so if you want your little ones to help you I will suggest to use silicon glue instead. It will take a little longer for the glue to dry but at least you will avoid the risk of burns.

Materials: pop sticks, rope and a glue gun (or silicone glue)

I made two different shape of stars, I'm not even sure you need a tutorial to make them! Just in case, to make the first star glue two time two pop sticks on each other to form a cross shape.

Place a cross obliquely on top of the other and glue on the center. Repeat to make more stars.

You will need 5 pop sticks to make the second shape of star. Take two sticks and make a tip, glue the ends together.

Glue two others sticks on the ends, and cross them over each others. Add some glue at the intersections.

Place the last stick horizontally to close the star shape. And repeat to make more.

I made 9 stars of each shape. Place the stars on a flat surface, alternating the shapes, put a drop of glue on top of each star to fix the rope. Wait for the glue to dry and ready to hang your star garland!

I like the wood color, but fell free to paint or stain the stars before gluing them with the rope. The big star on top of the faux fireplace is also a DIY, you can find the tutorial here, and the instructions to make the concrete candle holders are here.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

How to make a Christmas star ornament

I like to make some new Christmas decor every year! I came up with a wooden star to hang on the front door or on the wall. It's quite simple to make and very budget friendly! I used reclaim wood lattices and some ornaments I already owned. You can find this quick Christmas craft tutorial on Dream a little bigger. I finally decide to hang it above the faux fireplace.

I will hang back last year DIY modern wreath on the front door. What did you craft for Christmas this year?

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Simple and stylish Christmas lights decoration ideas

Today we will welcome our guest, Helen. She will give us great tips and ideas to create awesome Christmas lighting decor! One of my favorite project is the plywood Christmas tree! Let's have a look and get inspired by these amazing Christmas crafts.

While fully aware of the design principle that LESS IS MORE, many of us still cant help going overboard when it comes to Christmas decorations. But lets face it: sometimes the best arrangements are those that take a few elements and make them look stylish.

If youre tired of putting up all those dazzling holiday ornaments, why not just try combining a few simple items with proper lighting to boost Christmas spirit this year?

1. Make the Best of your Jars & Bottles for Soft Lighting

Your jars are nothing but jars if they are only lying in your kitchen cabinets. Light them up with some crafts will make all the differences!

Snowy Mason Jars
Christmas and snow is no doubt a perfect match. Find some idle jars and a few other materials, then you get these beautiful snowy mason jars!
Items needed: 
Mason jars; decoupage glue; salt; Christmas decors; candles or battery-operated string lights

Or you can go different by adding snowflake elements to the jar like these.

Magical Mason Jars
If you still get some beautiful stickers left in the previous holidays, why not just make the best of them? The following magical mason jars are sure to add a fairy touch to your Christmas!

Items needed: 
Jars of different sizes & shapes, spray paint, paint marker, bright white string lights.

Just get creative with the patterns and color combinations!

Lighted Jar Centerpiece
Christmas without green and red is not complete. But you need not to be too classic. This year, how about bringing a fresh atmosphere to your Christmas table with this mason jar centerpiece?

Or try this gorgeous centerpiece required only mason jars, floating candles, ribbon, and some fresh cranberries!

Glass Jar String lights
If you dont get any time for craft projects during this busy holiday season, simply put some string lights in your jar will make the magic happen! Besides, ready-to-use glass jar string lights are available to boost your holiday mood!

2. Light Creatively with your Christmas Trees 
If you want to surprise your guests this Christmas, its time to deviant from a traditional green Christmas trees festooned with tasteful decorations, garlands, golden bells and dazzling lights. Try something fresh and interesting! 
A Christmas tree outlined by trunks and string lights will bring rustic sense to your house.

If youre a book lover, a Christmas tree stacked up by books or a photo wall in tree shape are sure to add Christmas flavor to your study.

A Christmas tree shaped by string lights pinned on a wooden panel will complement any minimalist setting.

3. Personalized your Christmas with DIY Ornaments
Easy-to-make Pinecone Wreath

Items needed: 
Wire frame, glue, pinecones, evergreen cuttings, berries, LED fairy lights 

Paper Doily Wreath 
 This paper wreath strung with lights creates the magical effect of candles flickering in the snow. It's definitely an elegant and delicate piece you cant miss for a romantic Christmas!

Items needed: 
Wire frame, string lights, paper bouquet

Twinkling Gift Box  
Since gift is an  indispensable element for Christmas, a twinkling gift box will certainly be the highlight of your holiday! 

Items needed:  
Wood frame/ Semi Translucent Plastic Container, string lights, mesh ribbon.
You can also wrap these gift boxes with fabric like these ones! 

Fairy Light Globe 
Why should you buy those holiday ornaments from stores if you have the right materials in your hand? This Fairy Light Globe is a great addition to any outdoor environment!

Items needed:
Wire basket from Home Depot (under $5), floral wire, mini string lights 
If where you live has already become a snow wonderland, dropping a few lighted balls casting soft light is sure to make your outdoor environment warm!

4. Get into the Holiday Spirit without Going over the Top
I believe everything is good for Christmas except for climbing ladders to put up Christmas lights on the roof outside of your house, especially in the freezing weather. But do you know you can spice up your outdoor environment by simply adding a laser Christmas light to your house front?

With a simple unplugging of a cord, your house will become a Christmas paradise which envies your neighbor! 
Its easy to be overwhelmed by all the Christmas ornaments piling up in the stores. But bear the golden rule that less is more in mind, and the best decorations are those that please but not dazzle your eye. Now, its time to get your project started!

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