I was thinking recently about how we host New Years parties. We invite people over, have festive appetizers, decorate with glitter and stars, and of course we break out the beer. Beer? On New Years? Let’s get a little bit more fancy, shall we? We are ringing in the new year! Since you know that I am not all that festive, I decided to avoid the holiday drink post that you are all going to read and share 3 drinks that I know (ok I don’t know, I assume) you’ve never had that, if you wanted to, you could test out for the party you might be attending. If you don’t like it, someone will. But I think you are going to like these.
Pour peach schnapps into the shot glass, add the Bailey’s (slowly), and top with the grenadine. It actually tastes good… if you can get past the curdling part. Some people just like to look at it.
*This can be made as a cocktail or a shot.
via Cutest Foods
Add different juice drinks into an ice tray and drop the juice cubes into a glass of sprite mixed with a shot or two of vodka. It tastes so good when it melts. If the Sprite is too sweet you could substitute club soda.
via Food Ganza
Mix .5oz Midori melon liquor with .5oz Baileys, add a splash of grenadine. Don’t mix it, just take the shot. Ring in the New Year with some flare.
I love candles! If you have followed me for a while, I’m sure you are well aware of that. So, wanted to make some cute New Years themed candle holders. Since the January 1st is coming up quickly, I thought I would share this one with you. It is super easy to make and, if you’re up for spending some time with your (little) kids, they will enjoy this one too!
Things You Will Need:
Mod Podge (gloss finish)
*If you don’t put paper towels down before your start, you are going to hate yourself. The glitter goes everywhere!
Using your brush (or sponge), coat the inside of the jar with a thin layer of Mod Podge.
Before the glue dries, drop some glitter in the bottom of the jar. Put a lid on the jar and shake it up. You can always add more glitter if you want to.
Pour the remaining glitter out of the jar. (This is where the napkin comes in handy.)
Let the glue dry.
Drop your (lit) candle down into the jar.
Beautiful! It makes a great craft to do with your kids and might even make a cute New Years centerpiece! Go ahead and experiment with colored glitter (you already know what silver looks like), and even the thickness of the glue. Since it has a gloss finish it will always dry clear. So, the more glitter you can get to stick, the better it will look.
Someday this baby will look back at his childhood and realize that he didn’t have a normal life. This family, Lilly, Leon and baby Orson found a new way to have fun by recreating movie scenes out of their best “domestic junk”. This became known as the Cardboard Box Office. This all began when the family made the move from New Zealand to Australia and had a bunch of boxes left over.
How inventive is that? I would love to see what the baby grows into. Another Walt Disney? Or maybe even a Tim Burton?
I found the pictures on ViralNova, so check it out there too because there are more pictures!
It doesn’t look like it, but these Christmas tree earrings were actually very easy to make. They would make a nice last-minute gift idea for some of the ladies of your list that you have yet to buy for. Granted, it is a seasonal idea, but you could turn them into ornaments as well, if you made them larger. These are probably about 2 inches tall.
Things You Will Need:
I know, what the heck is a Thing-a-ma-JIG, right? It is that little peg board you see in the background. it comes with a bunch of pegs in a variety of sizes. You can get it at Michael’s for $20. It is wonderful.
Set up your peg board so that it resembles a tree (like in the image above).
Wrap your wire around the first peg, at the top. You can use pliers for this or use your fingers.
Continue to wrap the wire downward until you have something that looks like this.
*I took some of the pegs out so you are able to see the wire better. Leave the pegs in there while you are wrapping.
When you are finished wrapping the wire, you should have something like the above photos. I played around with some different ideas to end the tree with. You can do whatever you want, but I prefer the one with the beads.
Go ahead and attach your earring hooks.
There you have it, Christmas tree earrings. I hope you like them!
Monograms have really made a comeback in the last year or so. Everyone thinks that, just because that can put some lettered vinyl on almost anything, they should. So many people end up with Christmas or birthday gifts that they will never use, just because their initials are on it. Those initials can be really great, but they shouldn’t be plastered onto everything. Use monograms for good! Put them on gifts that make sense to display them, like casserole carriers, luggage tags, or growlers.
Thanks to all of these Etsy shops for providing great gifts!
I haven’t done a Christmas tree craft in a long time, and this one was a lot of fun to make. I got all of my materials at Michael’s and it was less than $10. Oh, well, excluding the paint. I had that already. It was also easy to put together and took less than an hour. I hope you like it!
Things You Will Need:
Place your wooden tree on some old paper and paint both sides of each section. I chose green paint to keep it traditional, but the options are unlimited.
When your paint dries, use your glue gun to adhere the gems.
Either tie or glue your ornaments onto the tree.
B-E-A-U-tiful! Some would argue that this is better than a real Christmas tree 😉 Haha, just kidding. Nothing beats the real thing!
I guess I am not the only crafty one in my family! Look how cute those ornaments are!!! My little cousins spent the day with my mom a few weeks ago and they were crafty together!
Apparently these are really easy to make. You just dip your kid’s hand in white paint and set the ornament in their palm so that they can wrap their fingers around it. Then, when the paint dries, you can add the eyes, nose, and buttons on the snowmen.
I really like it with the red ornaments, but I also think it would look really good with green or blue. Have you tried making these before? How did they turn out?
Forget snow angels! Simon Beck has found a better way to have fun in the snow. Every year he heads out and makes these beautiful geometric snowflake patterns at Les Arcs ski resort in France. Pretty amazing right? Guess how he makes them…
…with snowshoes. Yeah, seriously! He trudges through the snow for anywhere between 6 hours to 2 days in snowshoes to make these amazing designs. Now, THAT is art!
You can check out more pictures that have been taken of his work over the past few years on Facebook.