Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday with family and/or friends.
I took a crafting break today so there won’t be a Make Something Mondays project. Spending time with family took precedent.
But I did want to post something today. I’m sure you’re still in the holiday spirit, so here’s a Christmas tree coloring page! Holidays can be really stressful, especially for the people who host parties, so I wanted to give you a creative way to relax.
Studies have shown that coloring helps adults to destress and keeps their blood pressure low. I had given the coloring page to some friends to test out and the responses were positive. Thank you to all of my test subjects!
Click the image below to open it in a new window. Then you can download or print directly from your browser.
You probably know a lot of people who like coffee, right? I sure do. So, for Christmas this year I am gifting some coffee in a cute customized jar that I just finished making. It makes a nice gift for anyone, not just the coffee snobs. You could do this with tea also!
As with many of my crafts, this one is quick and easy. If you have less than a day to get a gift together, this might be your life saver.
Coffee Jar Materials
Satin acrylic paint
** = optional
The painters tape isn’t necessary, but I like to use to ensure a straight line. You could use any other kind of tape or rubber bands as an alternative.
Step 1 (optional)
Align your tape evenly so that your stencils will adhere the jar in a straight line.
Adhere the stencils.
Tip: If you have the Martha Stewart brand stencils that I used, I would suggest overlapping them a bit. When I was finished, I felt as if my letters were spaced too far apart.
Paint the letters and design (if applicable).
Let the paint sit for a few minutes, but be sure to remove the stencils before the paint dries.
NOTE: You can either cure the paint by letting it air dry for 21 days or you can bake it for 30 minutes (according to the Craftsmart brand directions). Your brand might be different, though, so make sure you read it.
When you’re finished, you’ll have a very cute customized coffee jar to give as a gift or keep for yourself! If you are giving it as a gift, it might be nice to provide a recipe card for different coffee drinks you can make. I’ll just direct you to Pinterest for some of the yummy coffee recipes I found earlier.
Yes, I grew up in a Christian family, and yes, we celebrated Christmas.
However, when I moved out on my own I never saw a need for a tree. Call me a pessimist if you’d like (it’s okay, most people do), but I never had an interest in buying a tree (real or fake), setting it up, decorating it, and a month later taking down the decorations, disassembling the tree and storing it away for another year. It really sounds tedious. Not to mention all of the time and space it takes up.
So every year, I celebrate Christmas with my family, and every year at least one person tells me they can’t believe I don’t put up a Christmas tree, as if it’s sinful or something (no offense, family). As a result, I made a DIY version. My own light up Christmas tree that is cheap ($10, thank you Dollar Store), easy to assemble and disassemble and doesn’t take up space in my house. I’m enjoying it.
Want to make one? Keep reading.
DIY Christmas Tree Materials
I know, short list, right? I was excited about that so I thought you might be too.
Prepare your hooks.
Arrange them on the wall in the shape of a long triangle. Each set of hooks should be placed farther out than the last.
I started with 7 hooks, but ended up adding in a few more. It totaled 11.
Tip: It would’ve helped if I had thought about tilting my hooks outward instead of upward, but I didn’t think about that until they were already on the wall. You might want to try it because I imagine it would make this process easier.
String your lights through the hooks.
When you’re finished, it should look something like this. The picture really doesn’t do it justice though. It looks really pretty on my wall, but I just can’t capture it. Guess I need to work on my photography skills.
It’s that time of year again. I’m sure you’ve already heard the Christmas music and everyone in your neighborhood has probably decked out their homes with lights and decorations by now. If you can’t tell, I’m just getting around to the little bit of holiday decorating I do every year.
This adorable chalkboard sign is just the beginning. I like to DIY my holiday decorations, if you hadn’t already guessed. Typically, I make my decorations and then give them away because I don’t want to store them away for a year. Anyway… back on track.
The holiday sign is easy to make, but I’ll warn your that it’s time consuming. Not like sit there all day time consuming. More like work on it on and off time consuming. The drying time is the worst part, but it gives you time to clean, cook dinner, get some work done or whatever you need to do throughout the day.
Cover the surface of your soon-to-be holiday sign with chalk paint. You can choose whatever color you want, but I thought red would go well for Christmas.
You’ll want to let the paint dry for about 2 hours before applying another coat. (I’m just telling you that because it’s what my chalk paint bottle told me to do. You know I don’t have the patience to wait that long. I might have waited an hour). I applied 3 coats.
After your chalk paint dries, use your Satin acrylic paint to cover the edges. I chose a metallic copper to go with the red and, of course, with the holiday theme.
I don’t have a staple gun so I substituted hot glue to adhere the rope to the back of my sign.
It will stay. I shook it around testing it for a good 5 minutes to test it. It’s not going anywhere.
Now, using your chalk marker, draw on your “Happy Holidays” lettering and add some cute snowflakes.
If you need some snowflake inspiration, go check out Pinterest. People pin tons of snowflake drawings and doodles on there. You’re bound to find a few you’ll like.
I know you’re wondering if the chalk paint will rub off when you start to clean that marker off. You see that top snowflake? I messed up on that 4 times and erased (with water because that’s what the brand directed) and the chalk paint was fine. If you’re worried about that, you can always get some clear acrylic paint to cover it with.
Hang it on your door and you’re finished.
As always, I’d love to hear what you think! Thanks for reading and happy crafting!