Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Final Christmas Touches....Pinky Swear!

I'm not sure what came over me, stroke maybe, but I just felt like something was missing from my Christmas decor.  I gave into my crazy side and went to Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby.  I really love these stores.  I wish Hobby Lobby was closer, but it's probably better that it isn't...or I'd be in trouble! 

Loving this little vase.  The vase and candlestick holder are both from Dollar Tree, I bought two of each, $4.  A little E6000 glue later and they are perfect.  I purchased 12 of these gold ornaments at Home Depot for $6, so for $10 I have two of these babies, one on either side of the mantel.

 Then I headed over to Hobby Lobby and picked up these individual letters, enough to spell JOY and NOEL. 

 I added some Colonial Red by Rustoleum, my favorite red, perfect for Christmas.

 I didn't prime them, and was surprised they only took two coats to cover. 

I used a little hot glue and attached them to some twine.  I hung one here and then one on the mantel.  I just love the pop of red on the white window. 

Again some more hot glue and twine, I hung this one off the stocking holders.

Last but not least, I made some snow globes for family.  Really easy, but it does take a little time, this is not a project you can rush.   I bought some glitter, liquid glycerin, ornaments, mason jars and ribbon.  You'll also need some hot glue and epoxy.

This was my first step, mixing the epoxy and gluing the ornaments to the tops of the mason jars.  I let them sit over night to make sure they were good and set up.   If you make these yourself, make sure you try to put the ornament into the jar before you buy them.  Not all ornaments will fit, lucky for me I did this at the store, but it wouldn't have been unlike me to get home and be mad that I hadn't....

Next step, fill the jar with water, about an 1 1/2inches from the top.  Add some glycerin, keeps the glitter from clumping, and glitter.  This is the globe my daughter wanted for herself, so she picked pink glitter, and the angel with the guitar.  Her love of pink and guitars cracks me up.  Then you screw the lid on and hot glue around the edges to water proof.  I left it in the position for another 6 hours before I flipped right side up.

 Finally I added some ribbon to hide the hot glue.  One disclaimer, don't shake to vigorously or the ornament may come off, and don't press down on the lid, it may have the same effect.  Let's just say 'been there'! 

Thanks for stopping by, Merry Christmas.

Tammy :)


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Such cute projects. I didn't know they sold those cute letters at Hobby Lobby. That is neat that you made snow globes, too. Thanks so much for sharing these ideas at my party!

Donnie said...

I came over from your visit and I'm sure glad I did. What great ideas and such gorgeous little ones. Looking forward to enjoying your blog. Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Love the red "joy" letters on the white window frame! Very cute! Very creative snow globes, as well! You have a fun bent on Christmas :D


Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

I love those swirly letters from HOB LOB! I was thisclose to buying some just a few days ago! :)

Kelley said...

I love those snow globes. What a good idea. My son always loved snow globes, I bet this would be fun for him too.

Thank you!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

We crafty gals can never get enough "creative time" in can we? Your decorations are terrific, Tammy. I really liked the "JOY" on the window.

Thanks for linking to my party. I look forward to having you join me each week.

And please be sure to come by and enter my fantastic year-end giveaway. Click the picture in my sidebar for details.

Blessings and Happy New Year!
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage


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