Colorful Name Tags

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It’s almost here!!! With Christmas just two days away, my days are filled with baking, friends, family, and a whole lot of last minute gift wrapping. Due to my OCD qualities when it comes to presentation of gifts, I’ll spend hours mentally planning how each present will be wrapped and actually wrapping it. But I really don’t think you understand. I HATE tape on presents and so for people I know enjoy pretty wrapping (i.e. not my younger cousin who will rip it up in seconds), I’ll skip the tape and use quick-dry adhesive so the seams will be smooth. I know. I’m weird.
Other problems arise with the name tag. Ugh. I also hate it when you have a perfectly wrapped present ruined by a tag that doesn’t match. Because, honestly, the name tage is the first thing people look for.
Where can you find little pieces of thick paper in absolutely every color you’ll ever need? The paint store. After coming home with hundreds of those little strips, I realized I could only actually paint my room one color. Whatever was I to do with all the others? This is where the gift wrap comes in.
Paint Samples
Due to the immense choice of color and hue available and the small nature of the samples, you can use the samples as name tags, picking out the perfect one for your already marvelously wrapped gift. Merely cut out the sample from the strip, cover the back with thick white paper to cover up any writing, punch a whole in the corner, and voila! You’re done!
You can also dress up the front with different images. I’ll cut out pictures from magazine, use rhinestones, cut out different shapes from other colored paper, or even paint a cute design on the front to dress up a simply wrapped present.
I hope this reduces some of you holiday stress. God bless, and Merry Christmas!!!
-Margaret

P.S. I also tried my hand at Christmas card making. How do you think they turned out?
Joy, Hope, Love
Snow Card

Nature’s (Christmas) Gift

Well this project is almost a complete 180 from my last. Fabulous glitter to acorns (accented with gold glitter, of course- but still).

This project is inpired by one of the many ideas I’ve seen online in various places. Pinterest, Martha Stewart, HGTV, various other blogs… I’ve seen them all!

Incorporting my own twist on things, I present this new, rustic ornament. I must admit, I contemplated the glitter for a while- after all, I didn’t want to ruin the natural affect. In the end, I’m glad I added. The ornament will glitter magnificently on the tree (which I’m counting down the day to put up!).

This was one of those things that I’d started making but slipped from my mind for a good month. I’d already prepped the styrofoam ball and gathered the acorns from my front yard but hadn’t really assembled it. AKA, it was perfect for a creative Saturday afternoon.

To make, you’ll need a small styrofoam ball, brown paint, acorns, gold glitter, glue, hot glue gun, and a thin ribbon.

Start by painting the styrofoam ball brown. While you’re letting it dry, lightly dip the edges of the acorns in glue and then in gold glitter.

Once both have finished drying, plug in your hot glue gun. Wait a few minutes until it has heated up then begin placing the acorns on ball.

This part was a little tricky for me. I found it was best to do 2 things:

1. Begin placing acorns in one place then filling them around in a pattern. This helps to limit the amount of awkward space that can’t be filled because it’s too small for an acorn.

2. Have various sizes of undecorated acorns to use to create holes for the little stems. Before putting a decorated one on, find one that’s a similar size and use the non-pretty one to place where you want and figure out where to put the hole. Then fill the hole with hot glue. This cuts down on the pressure you have to exert on the actual acorn and thus the amount of glitter you accidentally take off.

Once you’re finished covering the entire ball with acorns, fill an empty space between the acorns with hot glue and add a pretty ribbon so you can hang it on the tree.

Have fun making yet another gift for the season- for loved ones or yourself!

Sparkle Time

Hello all!

My rampant Christmas crafting continues as the weather gets (slightly) cooler- let’s be honest, this is Houston. My mantra: make ALL the crafts! Continuing on the ornament trend we’ve got going, I made the glitteriest, sparkliest, most dazzling, stunning ornament EVER! My secret? This glitter:

I attended a workshop back in October, and one of the projects inluded using it. It’s called Stampendous! Silver Halo Glitter Mix. I had to have some or else I would die. I mean, let’s be honest here- there’s really no comparing other kinds of glitter to it.

(And yes- there are MANY different kinds of glitter).

In the pictures, you really can’t tell the difference that well which is a shame. Believe me though. If you’re making a statement ornament, there’s no other option.

The project is a bit messy, but très facile. Simply get a paper mache ornament, cover it in PVA glue, and then cover in glitter. I found it easiest to glitter it in sections allowing each side to dry before moving on the the next.

I can’t wait to see how the ornament looks when reflecting tree lights. Get ready to be dazzled!