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DIY Ornament Wreath

3 Dec

I can’t get enough of all these ornament crafts so I’m back again with another one! This is such a simple wreath to make, but it does take a little time to do. I made this one for my sister and she loves blue and silver for Christmas. I’ve been to the Dollar Store probably 3 times this week and cleaned them out of all their silver ornaments and needed to find blue ones now. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on ornaments so I started checking out prices online. I came across these amazing ornaments from Target for only $15! The colors are so beautiful the picture doesn’t give them justice. There are tons of other colors to choose from and there are 50 ornaments in the box. This wreath took almost the full 50, I’m going to figure out what to do with the leftovers! Anyways… to make the wreath all you need is 3 things: a wire hanger, ornaments and a glue gun.

STEP 1

Unwind your wire hanger and form it into a some-what circular shape. What I found works best is to keep the hook part of the hanger the way it is, don’t straighten it out. I found out the hard way once I finished putting all the ornaments on this hanger, I had no idea how I was supposed to close it! So keep the hook part and feed the ornaments on from the other side.

STEP 2

This is super important! You have to remove the top of the ornament and hot glue the rim, then attach it back on. These things pop off easily so you definitely don’t want to waste time putting them all on and then having them pop off!


STEP 3

Start to feed the ornaments on the hanger, alternating with different sizes. The small ones help to fill in the gaps between the larger ones. I used a couple silver ones from the Dollar Store since I had a ton of those left over.

 

It doesn’t look like anything when you have this many on. I know I was a little nervous because it wasn’t looking right but don’t worry! The more you put on and scrunch together, the fuller it looks. Just keep going!

STEP 4

This is where I got excited! It finally came together and was time to attach the ends. Here’s where the hook comes in handy. Grab the two ends and twist them back together. The grooves from the hanger go back together like a puzzle, it was actually easier than I thought it would be.


Here’s what it looks like all done!

A couple of my ornaments popped off when I attached it, I think I went a little crazy piling them all on there but thats ok! Just keep adjusting them until they cover the wire.

Now here’s the part I had the hardest time with: Adding the bow. You want to try and find a wide ribbon to attach to the wreath so it covers the hanger part. I found a pretty white ribbon with an iridescent look to it and thought that would be perfect. I tried so many times to get it to look acceptable but it just wasn’t working for me! I think if I had a different ribbon it would work a bit better, but I pawned it off to my sister for her to try! I hope you all have better luck with a bow because it makes it look more polished!

DIY Ornament Tree

19 Nov

It’s that time of year again! Thanks to Pinterest and the secret boards I went crazy pinning all these craft ideas for Christmas and couldn’t wait to try them out! I decided to go with what seemed to be the quickest to make (my school work load has sky rocketed!) and the ornament tree was pretty easy. All you need is a styrofoam cone, ornaments (I grabbed a ton from the dollar store, 3 different sizes), a glue gun and some garland (also from the dollar store). I also found these cute ribbon ornaments from the dollar store that I glued on the front of the tree. The dollar store has a ton of cute Christmas nick nacks so get creative and see what you can do with them!

Styrofoam Cone

Dollar Store Ornaments

First things first, remove the tops on the ornaments. You’ll be gluing the tips to the cone so you don’t need them. Once that’s all done you can start gluing ornaments from the bottom and work your way up. I wanted the same ornaments to be lined up diagonally so it wrapped around the tree nicely, but you can line them up however you want.

It’s easier if you start with a couple on the bottom, like 3-4, and then stack them on top of those to start the diagonal line. As you work your way up the cone begin to use smaller ornaments. I bought 3 different sizes. The ones in the picture are the largest ones I used.

Once you finish putting all the ornaments on, you’ll notice there’s a bunch of open spaces and it just doesn’t look good. Easy fix! While you’re at the dollar store, pick up a strand of garland. Cut it into pieces and glue between the spaces.

Super easy and adorable! More Christmas goodies to come so check back soon!

21st Birthday

6 Nov

When it comes to someone turning 21, gifting alcohol is obviously a must. But it doesn’t have to be a boring bottle of wine or liquor (unless it’s bedazzled!) Try something fun and creative. I made this birthday basket for my friend’s 21st birthday and she loved it! It’s almost like a flower pot that grows liquor (I WISH!) 😀

I found this cute crown thing (not too sure what it’s supposed to be used for) at TJ Maxx and thought it’d be perfect for this. I bought one of those styrofoam balls from Michael’s and sprayed the top of it with spray glue, then rolled it in glitter (It gets a little messy so I did it outside). Take a pack of wooden dowels and cover them in pipe cleaners, leaving about an inch or so at the bottom. Take a pipe cleaner and tie a knot around the neck of the bottle, then wrap the rest around the dowel. Once all the bottles are attached, stick them into the ball however you’d like. I placed mine at different heights so that some were hanging more than others.

To go along with this birthday basket, I also made a hangover kit for her! What kind of friend would I be if I didn’t? It’s just a silly thing to give, but it definitely comes in handy the next day.  I went to the dollar store and got a purple bucket to put everything in. I gathered all the necessities and then some for the day after partying:

Water

Powerade

Advil

Soup

Saltines

Honey Wheat Pretzels (her favorite)

Gummies

Reeses PB Cups

 

Wrap it up nicely and ta-da! Trust me, they’ll thank you for it the next day. I wish I had one for after my bday!

DIY $30 Headboard

25 Oct

I have been pinning things for the home lately and came across a plethora of leather or tufted headboards. After spending multiple hours online, I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t going to be able to afford a $400 headboard! Here’s a few that I love:

So I decided to look up a few tutorials. I got the gist of how to put it together, but I didn’t want to use wood for the baseboard just yet, I wanted to give it a practice run. So I went to Hobby Lobby and shopped around until I found a large, X white foam board.

Yup, the boards you use in school or office presentations! It was around $9.99 and I thought why not? I couldn’t pass it up! I wandered over to the fabric section and found a black leather material, which is exactly what I was looking for. I cut a little over a yard of fabric so I would have a couple inches left over for the back. Plus it only cost around $7.99! I get home all excited to put it together…. and I forget the stuffing for it! So I take a little trip to JoAnn’s and find a large roll of batting, used for quilts, for $9.99! It looks a little like this…

It was a large roll but I used the whole thing so that the headboard was nice and fluffy. All I did was cut the length of the board and stack them all on top of each other. Once the batting was placed down, I placed the leather over it and then flipped it face down. It may sound weird, but I ended up stapling the leather to the board! Since it’s foam, the staples aren’t that secure. There’s probably a more logical way to do this but it was a trial! Now that I know how to do it, someday I’ll make a wooden one, I just have to figure out how to make the tufts! Until then, I can deal with this!

DIY Bedazzled Bottle

24 Oct

Nothing says party more than a big, bedazzled bottle of liquor! For my friends 21st birthday I surprised her with this bottle and she loved it! It’s such a fun gift and would be perfect for birthdays, bachelorette parties or just because.

DIY Starbucks Glitter Cup

18 Oct

These have been popping up all over Pinterest lately and since I work at Starbucks I just had to make it! This is probably the easiest thing to do. All you need is:

  • Spray Glue
  • Glitter
  • Starbucks Cup- make sure it’s the older double walled one because you won’t be able to do this with the newer ones!

Step 1: Remove the lid and straw, then twist apart the two walls.

Step 2: Shake your spray glue and spray into the outer cup with the logo on it. 

Step 3: Pour some glitter inside and rotate the cup until the sides are fully coated.

And Voila!

It’s easy to clean. Just remove the two cups and wash the inner one.