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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:






Honey Wheat Pretzels (her favorite)


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 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.