Merry Christmas!

Hey everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your holidays, whether you celebrate Christmas or another holiday! We celebrate Christmas and I am loving having an extra day off of my day job this week 🙂 Then this weekend Draz and I are headed to my parents to celebrate with them. I can’t wait to see their house! My mom always goes all out every year for the holidays and it always looks great!

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I hope you have a great holiday, filled with family, friends, love and some delicious food!

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DIY Burlap Trees: A Quick Christmas Decor Project

Can you believe that Christmas is just around the corner?! It’s such an exciting, yet busy time of year. Now, I don’t know about you, but I still have a bit of decorating to do. Ok, I still actually have a lot of decorating to do. It’s been a busy couple of weeks! So, if you still have a little decorating to do, or even if you don’t, you might enjoy this quick and easy Christmas DIY!

Materials not shown in the picture:

  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • red beads (or other decorations you may want to use)

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Steps not show:

  1. I cut down two of the cones with a serrated kitchen knife, so the trees would be 3 different sizes.
  2. The cap for the tree was two squares of burlap glued on the top, overlapping.

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Step not shown: Trim off any frayed parts that are sticking out more than you want them to. It’s burlap, so it’s going to have “unraveled” bits either way, but you can clean it up some once the tree is completely covered.

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After I had put on the silver garland, I decided I wasn’t a big fan of the ribbons I had originally thought to use. Instead, I added some red beads to imitate ornaments. I love how this turned out!

And that’s it! This project didn’t take much time at all to finish and is the perfect addition to my snowman collection!

Have you made any new decorations for Christmas? Are you all done decorating, or do you still have some left to do? I’d love to know your thoughts!

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DIY Dessert Bowls

Are you hosting a meal this holiday season? Or maybe just would like some unique dessert bowls for a special dinner? Then these dessert bowls might be the perfect DIY to add to the tablescape!

These were inspired by this post by Jenna over at The Painted Apron and really got me thinking about something similar I could do to dress up my next special dinner! If you haven’t checked out her blog, you really should! She has some fantastic projects and so much more!

Draz (Formerly known as Boyfriend) doesn’t drink wine, so we didn’t really have a need for the wine glasses that were done in the inspiration post. But I do love making special desserts! So I pulled out my plain glass dessert bowls! (I have a set of 4)

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They are pretty, but also kinda plain. Now, I don’t have any golf leaf like in the other post, but I do have silver liquid leaf! I decided to basically allow it to drip as it would, creating a more organic design. My original idea involved putting dots on the bowl too, hence the sponge. I ended up decided those would be too much and I liked it the way it was, so the sponge wasn’t needed. Also, use a cheap paintbrush for this; it will be ruined when you are done!

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To get these drips, I loaded up the paint brush and ran it around the base in a thick line. Each bowl took at least 5-6 times reloading the paintbrush to get this effect.

After the drips dried in this direction, I turned over bowls and did drips the other direction as well.

And then they were done! Excluding drying time, this project takes less than 20 minutes of active work….perfect for a quick DIY before the holidays arrive!

I didn’t have any desserts on hand, but I did have this delicious post-workout smoothie! I love how the drips look around the food and can’t wait to see how they look with some mousse!

Do you like doing DIYs for the holidays? If so, are you making anything this year?

Sara (1)

 

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