24 Days of Christmas: Snowman Christmas Ornaments

 

My daughter and I had some extra ornaments lying around after making the waterless snowglobe ornaments last week. We wracked our brains for something fun to do, and we finally came up with these snowmen ornaments.

First, take your clear plastic ornament and dribble white paint inside it. Roll it around until the inside of the ball is completely covered.

Then, cover the outside of the ball with a thin layer of Modge Podge and roll it in Epsom Salt. This makes it look like a real snowball. Don’t worry if it doesn’t cover evenly and you have some thick spots.

Take a baby sock and cut it down to size. Fold up the bottom and glue it to your snowman head. I took a needle and ran thread through the top of the hat so I could tie it to the ornament hanger.

Let it dry for about one day, and then glue on buttons or beads for the eyes and mouth. We made the carrot nose out of pipe cleaner.

Now, go hang your cute snowman on your tree!

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24 Days of Christmas: Christmas Trees from Styrofoam Cones


I found some of these Styrofoam cones on clearance at Michael’s and I wondered what I could make with them.


I quickly started perusing Pinterest and I found a host of awesome ideas, like this one:


While I liked this idea, I decided to go with something I already had in my stash.


I used hot glue to secure the edges to the cone, and then I just wrapped it around. When I finished, this is what I had:


I put them in my daughter’s room. These sweater trees are so cute, and the pink is so perfect in my girls’ room.

What Christmas DIY have you done lately?

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Second Sunday of Advent


The second Sunday of Advent is upon us. 

On the second week of Advent, the second candle is known as the “Bethlehem candle,” which symbolizes faith. The Bethlehem candle is meant to remind us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. 

I always think about how much faith and trusting in the Lord Mary must have had to take that journey. To travel such a great distance and so close to delivering her baby. That doesn’t sound like a plan any of us would make, but God had a plan. And His plan was perfect.


Tonight as we light the second candle, read Luke 3:4-6:
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4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.
5 Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.

This week, let’s pray that the Lord prepares our hearts for the Christmas season and that we may remember the faith of Mary and Joseph and emulate that faith. 

Have a wonderful week.

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24 Days of Christmas: 2017 Christmas Home Tour

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I am so excited to share the 2017 Christmas Home Tour with you this year! I feel like this is honestly our prettiest Christmas ever. It hasn’t been the best of years, so I did more this year than I usually do.

This is our main tree, in our living room. I used the same red and gold ornaments as always, but this year, we added some gold ribbon.

This lovely tree lives in our dining room and has ornaments from my childhood on it.

My girls have white trees with pink and purple ornaments. Here is my oldest daughter’s tree.

Each year, we get them a new ornament for their trees. Some of our favorite “Emorie inspired” ornaments are on the tree.

Aubrey’s tree sits atop her end table to discourage her from messing with it. It doesn’t help- she still messes with it.

Like her sister, she gets a new ornament each year.

Our tree in the office contains all of our personal ornaments as a family. We buy a new ornament each year and put it on this tree. Nothing on this tree looks alike or matches at all. It’s random, it’s crazy looking, but it’s my favorite. Lots of memories on this tree.

In our room, we added a tiny little tree this year and this cute terrarium I found at JoAnn’s.

This cozy corner of our bedroom is decked out with a Christmas throw and a pillow with the famous red truck.

Our nativity lives in the living room. It’s even more special to me this year as my grandpa built the manger and he died this year.

This red berry wreath lives on our front entry mirror.

Our living room couch (soon to be replaced) has these super cute Christmas pillows in it:

Including this one I made last year from placemats:

Our office, Home of the random tree, also features this “Christmas art,” which is really just some gift bags that I framed last year.

This galvanized pail Of ornaments lives here, too.

Our other nativity scene lives here as well. My grandma bought me this one and I think they’re lovely.

Our faux mantle is looking extra cute in our dining room.

I found this cute battery operated lantern at Walgreens:

I changed up our fall vignette just a little for Christmas:

And decked out our China cabinet like this:

I hope you have enjoyed our Christmas Home Tour this year! Join us this week for handmade ornaments and more.

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24 Days of Christmas: Wood Slice ornaments, a Christmas roundup

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I am loving the rustic charm of wood slice ornaments lately. There are so many of them out there, and they’re actually pretty easy to make. I decided today I’d share a Pinterest round-up of my favorite wood slice ornaments from Pinterest.

  1. I love this one from A Muse Studio because it’s so simple and cute.

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These ornaments are actually embossed. I would put these on a tree with some cute little woodland creatures and white lights. Aren’t they cute?

2. These snowman faces would be perfect to make with kids. Actually, everything at Made to Be a Momma is perfect to do with your kids.

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How cute would these snowman ornaments be on a tree with white lights and some silver and blue glass balls? I love them! I also love her idea of using them as gift tags on presents.

3. These photo transfer wood slices from Landeelu are great, and they’d be an awesome grandparent gift.

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4. How about these custom ornaments from Forage Workshop on Etsy? I am thinking of ordering a few of these myself.

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I hope you have enjoyed this Pinterest round up. I cannot wait to show you which wood slice ornaments I decide to make.

And P.S.: Home tour coming tomorrow!!!!

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24 Days of Christmas: DIY Popsicle Stick Sled Ornaments


I love DIY ornaments, especially when I can make them with my kids. These popsicle stick sleds were easy, cheap and fun! My kids love anytime they get to get the paint out, so this was right up their alley.

 

First, get a bag of popsicle sticks. These are from Dollar Tree.


You will need eight of them. 


Color or paint five of the sticks red, one of them brown and two of them gray.


Then, you’ll need to glue them so that there’s an angle on the end. You’ll also have to cut two shorter sticks for your “crossbars” of your sled.


From the back:

Then, glue the runners to the sides of what’s pictured above.



Which will look like this. Repeat, so that you have two runners.


Then, glue a pipe cleaner or yarn to the back for a hanger.


I hope your kids enjoy making these ornaments as much as I did!

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24 Days of Christmas: Picture Frame Candle Lantern 

I don’t know about you, but I love lanterns. I have them all over the house! I love them because they are very versatile- you can use them to decorate for almost any season.

But did you know they are super easy to make?

First, I bought four super cheap frames from Dollar Tree. Then, I took the back and the paper out of them.

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Then, glue them together at the sides. Leave the glass right where it is.

Then, pop your favorite candle inside and light it.

The options for this one are endless. You can use more frames if you want. You can use three frames and make a triangular lantern. You can even make your lantern with different color frames. It’s completely and totally up to you.

Have a wonderful day! Tomorrow, we’ll be sharing popsicle stick ornaments.
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24 Days of Christmas: Christmas ornaments buy RIGHT NOW from Dollar Tree


I don’t know if you all have been in Dollar Tree lately, but if you haven’t, there are sooooo many cute Christmas decorations right now. 

How cute are these tiny little owls?


Or maybe these little mittens? They have them in white and red.


These wooden snowmen are cute, and so are these little top hats.


In addition to ornaments, there’s also a great selection of wrapping paper, bags and ribbon.

So if you haven’t gone to Dollar Tree, I suggest you make the trip. 

I bought a huge haul of cheap, cute Christmas goodness there today. Tune in next week for a look at my Dollar Tree Christmas tree. 

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24 Days of Christmas: Five Free Christmas Printables 


For today’s edition of “24 Days Of Christmas,” I would like to share a special gift with you all. 


You all know how much I like to make Christmas, how much I like Printables and how much I love sharing them. 

You can choose any of these five:


Just right click on the printable of your choice and save it to your device. For best results, don’t print any larger than 11×14. 

Please remember that my designs may not be used commercially or for profit; they are for decorative purposes only. If you use them or link them on your blog, please link this post on your page. Thanks.

Have a wonderful week!
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First Sunday of Advent


For today’s installment of the 24 Days of Christmas, I am going to share with you the first Sunday of Advent.  Yesterday, I created an advent wreath, which is so easy and simple to do. 

Plus, it’s a completely open-ended project, and you can customize your wreath anyway you like.

There are four Sundays in the advent calendar, which are represented by the four candles in the advent wreath.

The first candle, known as the prophet’s candle, symbolizes hope and reminds us that Jesus is coming.


Today, we have lit the first candle and we are reading the related verses, Romans 15: 12-13: (NIV)

12 And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.”
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.



Today, as we read these verses and light our prophet’s candle, we pray the Lord will prepare our hearts for His coming and remind us we have hope in Him.
Aren’t you glad we have hope in Christ and in His return?

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