DIY Glitter Christmas Ball Ornaments

DIY Glitter Christmas Ball Ornaments

Christmas is almost here and I’m betting there are a few of you who haven’t put all of your decorations on your tree yet. If not, you should make these glitter Christmas ball ornaments. It’s a super easy DIY project and you can even do it with your kids. You’re going to have a big glitter mess with, or without them, so you should just enjoy the bonding experience. If you let them pour the glitter in and shake it up, they’ll love it!

glitter christmas ornament materials

Things You Will Need
Pledge
Glitter
Glass pens
Super glue
Clear glass ornaments

Okay, so I didn’t actually use pledge. I’ve seen this done with Pledge but I didn’t have any. It’s cold here in lovely PA and I’m a baby about it, so I wasn’t planning on going to get any. I have this wood cleaner that I used instead and it worked just fine. I’m not really sure what the ingredient is that makes the glitter stick, but it’s working so I’m not going to question it.

Christmas bulb prep

Step 1
Remove the ornament cap and pour or spray some pledge into it.

swirl it around so that it covers the ball and pour it out.

glitter Christmas ornament

Step 2
While the ornament is still wet, pour the glitter in and shake it up (with your finger over the top). Make sure the glitter covers the whole inside of the ornament.

Warning: if you want to mix different colors of glitter, do it before you put it in the ornament. It won’t mix at all if you try to do it once the glitter is inside. Trust me. I failed miserably.

glitter ornament

Step 3
When you’re done, flip the ornament upside down and let it dry.

glued top ornament

Step 4
Flip the ornament over and super glue the top down so you don’t have a glitter explosion later on.

Christmas tree ornament

Step 5
Using your glass-safe pens, draw on your favorite holiday symbols, phrases, bible verses or whatever comes to mind.

DIY Glitter Christmas Ball Ornaments

When you’re finished you’ll have some really cute glitter ornaments that make great decorations for your tree or nice gifts to give.

Let me know what you think!

Happy crafting!

Candied Pecans As Christmas Gifts

Candied pecans gifted for Christmas

Some people are really hard to buy Christmas gifts for. There is one such person on my list this year and I’ve scoured the internet looking for a good idea. Nothing.

Later, while sulking on Pinterest I found this really great recipe for candied pecans on Paint Chips and Frosting (it’s a neat blog so take some time to check it out if you head over there). If you know me, you know that I’ll only cook if I have to so, naturally, I was a little apprehensive about trying to make these. If you’re in the same boat, don’t be worried, it’s cake.

Outside of the pecans, you probably already have everything in your kitchen.

After my first test batch earlier this week, I modified a few things. It tasted very good, but I made modifications because instead of actually following the directions and sprinkling the sugar mixture on top of the pecans, I dropped the pecans in the sugar mixture and covered them so I actually pulled in more of the sugar mixture than I had anticipated. Who can argue with more sugar and cinnamon?

Things You Will Need
1 egg white
1 Tbsp water
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz pecan halves
Coconut oil

Instructions
Preheat oven to 250.

Line your baking sheet with foil and spread a thin layer of coconut oil over it.

Mix sugar, cinnamon, and salt in one bowl and whisk egg white, water, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl.

Add a small amount of pecan halves to the wet mixture and stir.

Transfer those pecans to the sugar bowl and coat evenly.

Repeat until you’ve covered all of the pecans.

Spread pecans evenly across the baking sheet and bake for 1 hour.

Stir them every 15 minutes or they will stick together.

Let them sit out for 10 minutes after baking.

Gift
When they’re finished, you can fill up a mason jar and decorate with scrapbook paper, ribbons, etc. They make a sweet gift!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Him 2014

I’ve always hated buying people gift cards. It’s not that dislike receiving them, but it’s like saying I really have no idea what you like so here’s a gift card. If that person is important enough for you to buy something for, then you should have an idea of what they enjoy. Soooo I’m here to help you out.

I’m a big fan of Etsy so you’ll see a lot of ideas from that site. If you haven’t been on it yet, I highly recommend it. Products are a little more expensive, but they’re worth it and you’re supporting small businesses. You’ll also get a gift from there that is much more unique than you’ll find in stores.

Here’s my 2014 list of gift ideas for him. Let me know what you think, and if you have any ideas to add, please leave them in the comments. You’ll be helping a lot, trust me!

Ohhh, and if you’re looking for ideas for the lady, check out gift ideas for her, too!

***Click the images for links to the product.

Shop: RockyMountainWood

6-pack wooden beer carrier

6-pack wooden beer carrier- $39.99

I got my boyfriend one of these wooden beer carriers for Christmas this year and gave it to him early. He makes his own beer, so he’s constantly taking it along to events and parties. But transporting it in those flimsy cardboard carriers just wasn’t working out. This has served him well. I would highly recommend it.

Shop: signaturetshirts

Funny beard t-shirt

Funny beard t-shirt- $14.95

If you have a male friend who has pride in his beard, he might appreciate this funny t-shirt. “With great beard comes great responsibly.” At least it’s entertaining.

Shop: TheBestManGifts

Travel cigar case and humidor

Travel cigar case and humidor- about $49.95 (depends on purchase choices).

If the guy you’re buying for smokes cigars, you might want to consider getting him a travel humidor. Humidors keep cigars fresh until you’re ready to smoke them. Humidors you can travel with are a double thumbs up! Make sure you know what kind of cigars he prefers before you buy it, though. This case is relatively small and holds 3 Cigars of 48 Ring Gauge and 6.5 inch length. Some guys prefer the big cigars of 60 ring gauge and 7 inches. Take a look around at this shop while your at it. It’s called The Best Man Gifts so your likely to find something he likes if you didn’t find something here.

Shop: undulatingcontours

Wooden phone dock

Wooden phone dock- $36.00

I love this thing. I made my own device charging station a few weeks ago because I felt like all of my cords were disorganized and tangled. This might be an alternative. Especially if he lives alone and isn’t sharing chargers with anyone else. He can put his wallet, phone, watch and other essentials on it before he goes to bed. Very nice and elegant looking.

Shop: RCPersonalizedGifts

Personalized men's watch box

Personalized men’s watch box- $44.24

I know quite a few men with a watch obsession and I’m sure that all of them would appreciate a place to store all of their precious watches. What guy could argue with black leather and a monogramed glass top?

Shop: JooJoobs

Treasure chest wallet

Treasure chest wallet- $39.00

If he’s on the lookout for a wallet, Etsy is the place to go, and this little shop has some of the best one’s I’ve seen. very unique styles and good quality products.

From Amazon

Electric wine bottle open

Electric wine bottle open- $24.99

I know this isn’t a necessity by any means, and it’s really not that hard to get the cork out of the wine bottle, but have you ever seen this thing in action? It’s pretty cool to watch, especially through the clear bottom. If he likes wine, he might enjoy this gift.

12 gauge coaster set

12 gauge coaster set- $27.47

How much more manly can a coaster get? They’re designed to look like the bottom of a 12 gauge shotgun shell and come in a flattering holder. Perfect for the man cave.

AeroPress coffee (and espresso) maker

AeroPress coffee (and espresso) maker- $25.32

My boyfriend bought me of these for Christmas and it makes the best coffee I’ve ever tasted: very smooth and not bitter at all. It takes longer to make than the average pot of coffee, but the wait is totally worth it. If he’s a coffee addict, or even a coffee snob, he WILL love this.

If you want more ideas for him, check out the ongoing list I have on my blog (some are for birthdays or Valentine’s Day, but are still worth checking out) or you can take a look at my Treasury List on Etsy. This is where many of these ideas came from.

DIY Snowman Magnet

DIY Snowman Magnet

Everyone likes a DIY project that’s cheap and easy. I don’t think it gets any easier than this. This cute DIY snowman magnet took no more than 5 minutes to make (excluding drying time) and costed less than $1. How’s that for do-it-yourself Christmas decor?

Materials for DIY Snowman Magnet

Things You Will Need
Pen
Magnets
Scissors
Highlighter
Glass pebble
Diamond glaze
Construction paper

All of these materials can be bought at the Dollar Store.

trace glass globe

Step 1
Trace your glass pebble on the construction paper and cut it out.

Snowman magnet in progress

Step 2
Flip the cut out piece over and draw two round dots on it with your pen. These are going to be the snowman’s buttons.

Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have all three pieces of the snowman.

Adhere magnet to glass globe

Step 3
Put a drop of glue on the back of the glass pebble and lay the circle of construction paper (face down) on top of the glue.

Let that dry and repeat with the magnet.

Let it dry for an hour or two.

DIY Snowman Magnet

When everything is dry, go ahead and stick it to your fridge.

This is such a good project to do with kids. They’ll love to draw the snowman’s face, for sure! Make a few of them. You could even draw a scene on some paper and put your new snowman magnets on top of it.

DIY snowman magnet on winter scene

Happy crafting!

Christmas Gift Ideas For Her 2014

Every year, my family and I make a Christmas Wish List on Amazon so that we can actually buy each other gifts that we want rather than guessing. I’m all about it, but I know that some people enjoy buying what they think their parents or significant other would like.

For those of you who are looking for Christmas gift ideas, I like to help you out. Over the past few months I’ve been compiling gifts ideas into a wish list on Etsy so that I can share them with you here. Whether you’re looking for gifts for that lovely lady in your life, your best (girl) friend or your wife or girlfriend, you’re in a good place.

All of these gift ideas are from Etsy. If you haven’t been on Etsy, I highly recommend it. It’s a online marketplace for artisans to sell their work. A lot of these are very small local businesses just trying to make it. In my experience, they make great work, are very responsive and happy to help if you have a problem. I love shopping there because the items are so unique.

Shop: MangoJewels

initial necklace- $28.00

Customized initial necklace- $28.00

I love these customized necklaces! They can be made with gold or silver plates (or both) and you can add as many as you want. Not bad for $28, right?

Shop: VillaSorgenfrei

dandelion seed glass necklace

dandelion seed glass necklace- $24.90

This is one of my favorites. This necklace is filled with dried dandelion seeds. It’s perfect for any girl with a wild spirit.

Shop: freestickersdecal

Galaxy Mac keyboard cover

Galaxy Mac keyboard cover- #12.99

Do you have a Mac lover in your life? This galaxy-inspired keyboard cover is just the thing to spice up her computer. The dark blue to light pink/orange color is lovely.

Shop: infusion

Wrap and snap leather cord organizer

Wrap and snap leather cord organizer- $24.00

Does she carry her headphones around everywhere? This cord organizer holds headphones in place with a snap and go design. Trendy and functional.

Shop: UnaBiologicals

lip balm

Organic Peppermint Lip Balm- $3.50

Honestly, this is one of my favorite shops on Etsy. I LOVE Una products. I know you’re thinking why would I spend $3.50 on lip balm? Because it’s organic and is the best lip balm she’s ever going to put on her lips! You can buy 3 for 10 if you’d rather buy a few. The peppermint is my fav.

Shop: BZRshop

Ombré tights

Ombré tights- $40.00

I know, $40.00 is a lot to spend on stockings, but these are so cute and if she likes fun clothing, she’s going to love them! You can get brighter colors or darker colors. And if this shop has any uneven spots (usually on the top half of the stockings (so you wouldn’t be able to see the uneven spots), you can get them for around $15.00.

Shop: maddiekayhandbags

Clutch purse

Clutch purse- $22.00

Every girl I know carries a purse and many of them carry a purse that could fit a toddler in it. Encouraging her to downsize to a cute clutch purse will save her back, and probably her sanity.

If you want to see more gift ideas from Etsy, check out my Gifts For Her list.

Have you gotten anything for a girl that she absolutely loved? Or maybe, as a girl, you’ve received a great gift. Leave it in the comments if you  have any other ideas. I’d love to hear them!

Check back in about a week, I plan to do a gift idea post for guys as well!

DIY Wire Wrap Christmas Tree Earrings

DIY Christmas Tree EarringsIt 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.

christmas tree earrings materials

Things You Will Need:
Beads
Pliers
Thick wire
Earring hooks
Thing-a-ma-JIG

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.

 

earrings set upStep 1:
Set up your peg board so that it resembles a tree (like in the image above).

 

diy Christmas earringsStep 2:
Wrap your wire around the first peg, at the top. You can use pliers for this or use your fingers.

 

Christmas treeStep 3:
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.

 

Wire wrap tree earrings

wire wrap treesStep 4:
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.

DIY Christmas Tree EarringsThere you have it, Christmas tree earrings. I hope you like them!

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Decorative Christmas Tree

DIY decorative christmas tree

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!

DIY Christmas tree materialsThings You Will Need:
Gems
Paint
Brush
Glue gun
Wooden Tree
Colorful ornaments

wooden christmas tree

 

Step 1:
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.

Christmas tree with gemsStep 2:
When your paint dries, use your glue gun to adhere the gems.

christmas tree craftStep 3:
Either tie or glue your ornaments onto the tree.

DIY decorative christmas 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!

Happy crafting!

 

 

DIY Holiday Card

Holiday CardIt is amazing what scrapbook paper can do for you, in terms of design. This is one of the easiest Christmas cards that I’ve ever made. Some people don’t like the overt holiday cards with red and green decorations all over them, and I  have to agree. I like this one because it reminds me of the holidays but it isn’t an in-your-face design.

Holiday card materialsThings You Will Need:
Pen
Pencil
Exacto knife
Scrapbook paper

Folded CardStep 1:
Choose your scrapbook paper and fold it to the size of your desired holiday card.

DIY Holiday Card

 

Step 2:
This step is optional, but I think it adds a bit more to the inside of the card. Cut out two pieces of scrapbook paper, about the size of the inside of one side of the card. So, these will line the top and bottom of the right side of the card.

Tape or glue them into place.

Holiday Card

 

Step 3:
If you have a calligraphy pen, you can use it for your message on the front and inside of the card. If you don’t have one, you can use a regular pen.

DIY Christmas CardNow you have a cute, customized Christmas/Holiday card to give out to family or friends!

Happy crafting!