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DIY Rustic Snowmen for Your Christmas Farmhouse Decor

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Hi readers! It’s Molly from Just a Little Creativity, and I’m so excited to share this cute Christmas project with you. As we all know, farmhouse style is all the rage.
And if you’ve browsed Pinterest, you’ll see that this decorating style looks fantastic in Christmas decor.
These rustic snowmen are easy to make, and add the perfect touch of the distressed, vintage look to your farmhouse mantel this year.
I actually picked up my set of snowmen last year at Target, on clearance after the holidays. But you can find unfinished wood snowmen like these at most craft stores during the holidays.
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To begin, I painted them white with chalk paint. I’m sure regular craft paint will work as well, you just may need to prime them first.

Then using a sanding block, I distressed the snowmen in a few places by sanding the white paint back off.
I do a lot of furniture makeovers, and I like to seal my pieces with wax. A brand that I discovered this year is called Daddy Van’s, and it’s wonderful. I highly recommend it for any projects that need wax. And for the rustic antique look, I used the antique brown wax.
Now, there are many types of similar products on the market, so use what you have or what you can easily attain.
And if you don’t want to use wax at all, you can follow these instructions on distressing with paint, it’s pretty easy. For the sake of this post though, I’m going to continue on with the wax tutorial.
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Using a brush, I covered the snowman in the antique brown wax. It looks crazy, I know.
You can see the difference in the side by side.

I didn’t let the wax sit long, maybe a minute, and then using a rag, I rubbed it off again.

What this brown wax does is knocks down the bright white look, gets into the cracks and crevices, and also enhances the areas that were distressed with the sandpaper.
When it’s rubbed back off, it leaves the snowman very rustic looking.
I didn’t wait before I sealed the snowmen with the clear wax.
As soon as I wiped off the brown, I added the clear on top. This will seal the snowmen and also continue to take off any of the brown that stayed too thick. It acts as an eraser in a way.
 

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The last thing I did was used some of my favorite farmhouse styled Christmas fabric, and cut little strips from it to use as scarves.
They would also be cute sewn or glued as little stocking caps (like these I made last year for Coke bottles).
 

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These would make great teacher or neighbor gifts, paired with some homemade cookies in a little basket. 
 

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And there you have it! 

Have a happy holiday season, I’ll see you next month! 
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DIY Rustic Christmas Tree Stand

Happy Tuesday everyone! 
Have you fully recovered from the going back to work after a long holiday break yesterday? 
In case you haven’t, I have something for you today that you can look at and decide if you want to attempt this coming weekend. 
 
 Travis’s parents were taking down their old wood barn to replace it with
something better for their horses so while we were in TN over the
summer we piled up a whole bunch of pieces and brought them back with
us. I wasn’t sure what they’d be used for but they were coming. I came up with two projects then it hit me, why not make a cool Christmas tree stand using it? This is what Travis came up with and created for me.
Here is how you can make one for yourself! 
Supplies:
-Wood (we used reclaimed but you can used new as well)
-Table Saw
-Nail Gun
-Wood Glue

He began by cutting the wood on the table saw into 1″ thick pieces. 
He cut 22 1″x18″ pieces as well as 22 1″x22″ pieces.
He also cut out 4, 2″ tall pieces to use as feet. 
Then it was time to assemble the boxes.
He took two 18″ pieces and placed them inside the 22″ pieces and glued and nailed them together so two sides measure 22″ and the other two measure 20″
He created 11 boxes overall to make the height of the main body 11″ tall.
Time to build! 
Nail one of the boxes onto the feet and then you will build upward alternating the boxes so that one layer the 20″ side faces the front, then the next box has the 22″ side facing the front. 
This will give it a stair step look though they will all be even.
Continue building until you have the desired height. 
The overall height of the stand is 13″ high.
Here you can see how they layers overlap each other.
As he was building, he placed some boards in the center for stability as well as this will be what holds the pole of the tree.
He also placed a board on the top.
He didn’t take a photo of this but you will drill a hole completely through the top board as well as the middle board the size of the pole for the tree. The last, bottom board, the hole was completely drilled through but just big enough for the tip of the pole to fit in so the tree wouldn’t wabble.
  And that’s it! 
I placed it on top of our actual tree skirt to protect our wood floors and under the tree skirt I placed one of those rug grip pads so the skirt wouldn’t shift as well. 
The box is pretty heavy so I didn’t think it would move but just wanted to be on the safe side.
Now place your tree inside and get to decorating! 
I wasn’t so sure about it at first because this wasn’t exactly the design I asked him to create but it has definitely grown on me and I do really like the way it turned out in the end. 
The newest member to the family, Miss Poppy, sure has enjoyed it and exploring her first Christmas tree. Good thing Travis added extra slats on top so she can’t climb inside the base!
Do you have tree stand other than the traditional one that comes with a tree?

allison

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Simple Christmas Wreath

Did you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving?
I sure hope so! 
I’ve totally slacked on the Christmas posts so far this year so I thought I really better start since December is looming and so I decided that this month’s Craft with Me post would be holiday related. 
If you haven’t figured it out by now with my many years of blogging, I love wreaths! 
I could create a wreath all the time for any holiday, occasion, or just because. 
They are so easy. You can do so many different types of wreath and use so many different materials.
I wanted to make a new Christmas wreath so I thought why not just make it this month’s Craft with Me post. I didn’t want something over the top so I went pretty basic and I was done in a flash.
 Here is how to create one for yourself. 

Supplies:
-Pine Wreath Form
-Ribbon
-Canned Snow
-Battery operated LED lights
-Ornaments or holiday picks
-Berries
Begin by flocking your wreath and letting it dry completely.
I just did a super light spray over my wreath to just add a touch of white. I didn’t want it over the top.
Once dry, time to decorate.
Start with the little LED lights.
These are great. They are battery operated and are super little on a thin wire. Plus, they have a timer that will have them shut off after 6 hrs and will turn back on the same time everyday from then on. 🙂
I just tucked the battery pack into the wreath and added a touch of hot glue to hold it in place. 
The just wreath the lights throughout the wreath. 
I made a large bow with some red, glittery ribbon and tied it to the top of the wreath.
Time to embellish.
I found this little moose ornament at Wal-Mart and thought he was so cute so he got added to the wreath.
I then hot glued in some berries and some glittery pine cones that I created many, many years ago for decor but were no longer using.
And guess what, that is it! 
 If you look closely behind Mr. Melvin Moose, you can see a small black box peeping out under his nose. That is the battery pack hiding in the wreath behind him. If you didn’t know it was there, you wouldn’t see it but I can easily access it to turn it on and off or change the settings if need be.
Wreaths don’t have to be scary to create! 
They can be the easiest thing and something you create in about 15 mins in an afternoon! 
Do you enjoy creating wreaths like I do?

allison

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Simple Vinyl Silhouette Ornament

I am pretty excited about today’s post. I have teamed up with some fellow bloggers to bring you an Ornament Blog Hop. Just in time for you to get crafty!


I have been wanting to do something with the girl’s silhouettes for some time and I thought this was the perfect opportunity.

These were really pretty easy and don’t take a lot of time to complete either.
Here’s how you can make some for you tree.
Supplies:
-Clear Ornaments that are round but they have flat sides and are more slender (I got these at Michael’s)
-Acrylic Paint (optional)
-Glitter (optional)
-Pom Poms (optional)
-Vinyl (I used Black glitter vinyl from Expressions Vinyl)
-Cutting Machine
-Computer
-Camera

I began by filling my ornaments with acrylic paint and coating the entire insides. I then flipped them over on an old egg carton to drain the excess paint and let dry.

You don’t have to use paint. You can do glitter or a mixture of glitter and paint. You can use pom-poms, buttons, beads, fake snow, whatever you’d like inside the ornament. I just chose to do paint and kept it a solid color so you could see the silhouettes clearly.

While your ornaments are drying, take the profile photos of your children. Tip: I suggest making sure they are in dark clothing because it helps when you edit it to the black and white version.
I then used this tutorial from Loo-la-bee Simplicity to convert the photos. In her tutorial she uses Picnik.com that is no longer a website so instead I used Ribbet.com which you can follow the same first steps but then I had to switch to ipiccy.com to finish with the filling in section,

Once I got the photos all set, I loaded them into my Silhouette software and converted the silhouettes to be a cut file. You can check out this tutorial on Silhouette to learn how to do this step if you aren’t sure. It is so easy and I wish I knew earlier! 
You should be able to do this if you have a newer Cricut as well.

I sized down the silhouettes and cut them out on the black glitter vinyl.

I carefully applied the silhouettes to the ornaments pressing down slowly starting at the head and working down the the hair and torso. I just smoothed it well with my fingers.

Next, tie some ribbon around the top of the ornament to dress them up a bit and that’s it!

I currently hung them on a small tree I had out but they will make their way to our large tree once that is fully set up.
I love how they came out!
I do think I am going to add the year and maybe their names on the back but for now they are good! 

I now want to make all sorts of fun silhouettes of the girls!

Be sure to check out all the other awesome ornaments!

allison

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MHCT&M: Christmas Traditions

Welcome to another edition of Must Have Craft Tips and More!
Allison here once again to bring you another great Christmas tip.

My fellow hostesses have shared lots of fabulous Christmas tips this month so just in case you have missed them you can check them out here: Tip 1, Tip 2, and Tip 3.

Today, I wanted to share with you some fun Christmas traditions you can do with your family to create loads of memories for everyone!

I rounded up 3 different ideas that are sure to make your Christmas more special for you and your family.

To begin, I will start with the classic advent calendar.

LEGO Advent Calendar from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls // Family Fun Advent Calendar from Simply Sara // Advent Calendar Paper Chain from Activities for Kids //  Reindeer Balloon Advent Calendar from Not on the High Street  // Reverse Advent Calendar from Mum in the Mad House

 Advent Calendars are a fun way to help build up the excitement of Christmas for the whole family but they don’t always have to be the normal, open something and get candy, type of calendar.
Think outside the box. Do something special as a family. Do something special for others in your community. Have fun! Be together! Enjoy the reason of the season! 

I love the idea of doing a random acts of kindness advent calendar. This Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar from Coffee Cups and Crayons will help you along to know just what to do to help out and bring joy to others.

I totally love this idea and I have been wanting to start it but we are still working on our Christmas book collection but this Christmas Book Advent Calendar from Simple as That
is a something that I know my girls would love. Wrap the books up all fun, put a number on each and let one child pick out the book each night, gather together as a family and read the book.

And how about this Christmas Tradition Countdown from Create Craft Love?! 
You can print this one out or create one that works for your family but you don’t have to go over the top to have quality family time that is meaningful and you can do it along with counting down to one of the most popular holidays!

To go along with those advent calendar, it’s the season to spend time as a family and create wonderful memories to last a lifetime. Kids have off from school, hopefully you have a few days off work, so why not slow down from your fast paced life and enjoy each other for a change!


This time of year, make new traditions with family and friends!
Play games, get creative, bake delicious treats, watch movies, and just have fun together!
Everyone enjoys checking out all those gorgeous Christmas lights throughout the town so why not make a fun game out of it?! Check out this Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt from Mine for the Making  and when you go out to check out those lights, see what you can find!

Have a family craft night!
Every year my little family has a holiday craft night. We pick out a few fun and easy crafts that we can all do together and spend the evening getting creative. My girls love it and we have so much fun seeing what we each come up with.
Every year, going back to when my husband and I were still dating, we make ornaments by putting acrylic paint into clear ornaments so that tradition has continued now that we have kids. Last year we also created some fun paper plate trees and the girls got to decorate their own plates with Sharpie paint pens as well.

 If you have little ones that still love the magic of Santa why not make it extra special on Christmas Eve by creating a fun plate for those delicious cookies that Santa will be thrilled to see when he drops off those presents?

This Cookie Plate for Santa from Mine for the Making is created using vinyl and then this Santa plate from A Glimpse Inside was created with Sharpie paint pens and then baked in the oven.Both can be used for years to come!

Lastly, little ones love trees! 
They get so excited to help decorate the tree so why not make a fun tradition by giving them their own mini tree inside their rooms that are all for them. They get to decorate it any way they want, again and again if they are like my girls, and they can admire their own tree for the whole season!

My last tradition is make Christmas morning breakfast special! 
Start the morning with a delicious breakfast but why not make it fun!? 
Create Christmas related shapes with your food and show off your holiday spirit in a fun, unique way! 
Start with a whole meal like with the Santa pancakes or create those Reindeer Donuts for something quick to eat before opening presents and before you larger meal is ready.
I love these Reindeer Pancakes from 365ish Days of Pinterest and I want to make my husband, who is the pancake maker in our house, create this for us this year. Who wouldn’t love to see this on their plate Christmas morning?

 How about these super fun Christmas Tree Waffles from Crustabakes? These are so quick and easy too if you have a waffle maker which gives you more time to spend time with a family.

How about making a wreath like this Crescent Bacon Breakfast Ring from Jo Cooks stuffed full of all sorts of deliciousness?
I want this for breakfast this year too!

There you have it!
I hope you create some new traditions with your families this year and enjoy special time together.

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?

Be sure to join us next month when we share a whole new topic full of tips!

 

Your hostesses,

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Handmade Hangout Party #129

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 
Are your bellies full of delicious food and are ready to just relax for the rest of the night? 

Well you are in luck, you can sit back and browse the great ideas that have been linked up and even share your own. 

Are you ready?!
Let’s do it! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

We have just a few easy rules:

1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

allison

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Happy Thanksgiving Eve

Happy Thanksgiving!! 
Can you believe it is the end of November already? I am so grateful for each day that I get to spend with my family. We don’t always act like we love each other but we do. We also love to eat and play games.
Here are some of our favorite recipes that we have used in the past. 
This year we will be having sweet potatoes with candied pecans and brussel sprouts! I have a love for roasted brussel sprouts!! 
What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish!

Here are the links to all the recipes I used for our Thankgiving dinner last year:
Turkey and ham were store bought and we just had to heat them up!
Cornbread Dressing (this was the hit of the day…almost all gone on Thursday)
Green Bean Casserole
We also had cranberries, rolls (which I always forget in the oven), apple pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies and puppy chow!

Oh, and some Pumpkin Lager and Cold Morning Maple homebrew!

And if you need some things to do with your kids to pass some time here are some simple crafts that they would love to make…mine did!!
Paint a paper plate with brown and orange paint…and before the paint dries sprinkle some cinnamon on the paint. Then cut the plate into slice and glue on a cotton ball for “whipped cream.” 
Pumpkin pie without the calories!!

If you can cut some ovalish shapes from a cereal box and then glue on some crinkled brown paper to the end all you need is a little popcorn to make your very own “corn on the cob”!!
And we can’t forget the traditional handprint turkeys. We printed ours onto the back of cereal boxes to make them more sturdy…then we added a card stock red waddle, some pipe cleaner legs and the googly eye for a fun effect.

I pray you have a very blessed Thanksgiving!! 
Please leave me a comment about your favorite Thanksgiving dish and what you’re most thankful for!!
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Printable Christmas Gift Tags

Can you believe that Christmas is a month away already? I sure can’t!! 
Where has this year gone? Seriously!? 
I feel like I say that every year but this year really has gone by so quickly! 
I only have a few Christmas gifts purchased and I should go ahead and wrap them to get ahead of schedule. Do you have any of your gifts yet? 
Well if you do, I designed some fun gift tags that you can print out. They would be great for presents or you can put them on jars or baskets for teacher gifts. 

I created these with a transparent background so you should be able to print them on plain white paper or even a color sheet. They would be cute on kraft paper as well.

I highly suggest it be a thicker piece of paper since they are a tag but just print them out, cut along the tag lines and then use a hole punch to create a hole to tie with ribbon or twine.

Grab a copy of the tags for yourself below!

If the widget below isn’t working you can grab the tags here.

 Happy Thanksgiving!

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MHCT&M: Three Popular Christmas Decorating Trends

Hello friends! 
Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! 
Kara from Mine for the Making here this week to share three popular Christmas decorating trends you are going to love! 
 Now don’t get me wrong… I don’t ever skip over Thanksgiving. Who could skip over the best meal of the year?! But I definitely don’t mind having my turkey dinner by the tree. And even if you don’t like to decorate as early as I do, you can pin and save these ideas until you are ready to decorate. 

 

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 The first Christmas trend and one of my personal favorites is Buffalo Plaid. 
In fact, be ready for a few buffalo plaid inspired Christmas projects on Mine for the Making soon! But in the meantime… check out these beautiful ways to decorate with the popular plaid of buffalo.  

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Buffalo Plaid bannerBuffalo Plaid tree skirt – Buffalo Plaid Christmas tree (unknown source) – Buffalo Plaid gift wrappingBuffalo Plaid porch decor
 

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  How fun is this Buffalo Plaid Hot Cocoa Bar?! It’s so festive and pretty. I love the combo of plaid and gold.
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 I love these Buffalo Plaid pillows made from blankets! So cozy and cute.
 

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 There are a ton of Buffalo Plaid printables floating around cyberspace. 
This Baby It’s Warm Inside print is one of my favorites! 
My other very favorite Christmas decor trend is the gorgeous farmhouse Christmas style. I love the hints of rustic and weathered and vintage. 

 

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I am so in love with this rustic Coca-Cola crate look! Stack them up and set a Christmas tree inside and you’ve got an adorable farmhouse look. 

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  How gorgeous are these farmhouse Christmas stairs. I love the giant wooden letters and the old vintage books. 

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   This chippy, old, mint door on the wall behind the tiny Christmas tree gives me all the heart eyes. If this doesn’t scream farmhouse Christmas, I don’t know what does. 
And last but definitely not least, let’s have ourselves a BRIGHT Christmas, shall we?! 
This is far from traditional Christmas decor, but lovely just the same.  

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  Hanging bright ornamentsBright Christmas wreathBright mini Christmas treesBright Christmas tree – Bright Christmas ornament wreath (source unknown)

 

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  This bright Christmas tablescape is so fun and colorful!

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  How fun are these brightly, painted Christmas lights?! What a great idea for a garland. 

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  I absolutely adore this white tree with bright ornaments and aqua tire tree base. Such a fun spin on Christmas decor.  
There you have it friends! Three of the most popular Christmas decorating trends. 
Which is your favorite? How do you decorate for Christmas? 
Check back next week for more tips!

 

 

Your hostesses,

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Are you ready?!
Let’s do it! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

We have just a few easy rules:

1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

allison