DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vase

DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vase

There are several ways to upcycle empty food jars, but I hope you will love this new way that is inspired by Pottery Barn earthenware. Anytime I can get the Pottery Barn inspired look with furniture or decor, for less, I’m happy! This technique is so easy, it’s paintable, and requires no prep to the glass jars. Just wash your jars but no need to remove labels. There is something so unique and pretty about these DIY Pottery Barn inspired vases! I love that they make perfect gifts, or they can be used in your shelf styling or tabletop styling.

I created a YouTube video to show you the process and just how straight forward it is. Be sure to listen to the audio because that’s where I explain the texture and technique that you see me doing in the short video. I realize that not everyone will want to purchase the CelluClay product, and I have good news – I think the same texture can be accomplished by soaking and straining paper egg cartons, maybe newspaper as well, but then you have to add an adhesive (like glue or flour and water). I’ve seen people boil down toilette paper to create a paper mache base too, but with the history we’ve had with TP shortages, maybe stick with CelluClay. If you use a little less water, I think you can smooth the surface better after applying it to the jar. If you like an even thin layer, apply smaller amounts at a time. This will take longer, but you’ll be able to control the thickness better.

This product and craft would be fun for kids to do too. They could make a vase, let it dry, and then paint it. Or you can use a little less water and mold it into a shape – I haven’t tried this myself and you may need to have something to help prop up the final piece to hold its shape, but it could be fun to try. You could also take an old toy and cover it with CelluClay to give it a new strange life for kiddos to really use their imagination. I’m contemplating taking one of the old Barbie dolls and covering it to create a Barbie statue for Quinn – we’ll see. At any rate, your imagination is the limit and it’s a fun product to work with.


DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vase

DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vase

DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vase

In case you don’t check out the video, here are the basic steps:

  • Follow the CelluClay instructions – 1 lb. of clay with 4 cups of warm water
  • Break apart large chunks of CelluClay before mixing with water
  • Use hand to blend and mix CelluClay and water
  • Once the water is even dispersed, apply handfulls to the outside of the glass jar
  • Gently press and push the mixture evenly around the glass. Be sure to cover all spots
  • Leave an uneven organic edge around the top OR create a faux lip around the top
  • Allow to completely dry, 24-48 hrs.
  • Leave natural or paint
  • The dried product isn’t waterproof, but you could try spraying it with polyurethane if you wanted it to last.

DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vase – YouTube Tutorial


DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vase

That’s it, so easy, right?! There are several ways to paper mache, but I really like this unique texture, it doesn’t slide off of the glass, and it’s not very messy. And I couldn’t be happier about repurposing these gallon sized pickle jars! Don’t you think a pretty vase and some flowers make a lovely gift? Be sure to subscribe for my email list and receive your free shelf styling eBook~

How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots

How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots

Do you love the old world look of aged terracotta pots and planters? I love all things vintage, the older, the better in most cases and terracotta pots are included! If you want to know how to create vintage terracotta pots, you will just need one common ingredient found in the gardening shed. Well, maybe it’s not that common in your shed, but it’s inexpensive and can be found at Wal-Mart so I was easily persuaded to tackle this little DIY craft.


How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots

How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots – Supplies

Here’s a list of the tools I used to create my vintage terracotta pots:

  • terracotta pots
  • Garden Lime
  • foam brush
  • bowl
  • water
  • sandpaper
  • polyurethane spray (optional)

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How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots – Instructions

  1. Gather terracotta pots on a workspace
  2. Mix garden lime powder with water – achieve a pancake batter consistency
  3. Use a foam brush to apply the mixture onto the terracotta posts
  4. Allow mixture to dry on pots
  5. Take pots outside and sand off chunks of mixture (wear mask if necessary)
  6. You can apply another coat of mixture if you desire a more weathered affect
  7. Once the pots look aged enough, you can seal them with a polyurethane spray

How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots

How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots

How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots

How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots

How to Create Vintage Terracotta Pots

There are many tutorials out there to age terracotta and they’re all fabulous. When I actually began the process myself, I found that I wanted my mixture a little thinner and I wanted that ombre effect to make it look aged as naturally as possible. I also added the mixture to the inside a bit. When it’s time to sand, make sure to wear an appropriate mask. I was lucky that the wind that day helped to blow away my residue. And if you don’t apply the mixture too thick, it will sand off faster. This is one of the easiest processes to add age to something. I love the way the mixture tones down the bright orange and adds an aged look without the wait. These terracotta pots turned out so beautifully. The best part is that I can gift them with mini plants in the future! I hope you enjoyed this quick DIY and will have a chance to try it out. Be sure to subscribe for a once-a-week email about decorating and DIY inspiration.

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DIY Faux Vintage Mercury Glass

DIY Faux Vintage Mercury Glass

Do you love vintage mercury glass? Isn’t it beautiful… and expensive!? I really became aware of mercury glass when I was designing jewelry. I found the prettiest mercury glass beads on Etsy and they were spendy. I also felt like they were extra special, unique, and fragile. And since then, I’ve seen plenty of modern-day fabricated mercury glass things. The best part about DIY faux vintage mercury glass is that it’s very easy to do and very affordable. Using this easy faux mercury glass technique is another way to add a vintage look to your home, for less.


DIY Faux Vintage Mercury Glass
DIY compote vase – Dollar Store bowl and candlestick

For my Jane Austen Pride & Prejudice tea party, I made some compote vases for the DIY craft time of the party. The craft was simple, flower arranging, but to stick with the regency tea theme, I wanted the vases to be special and connected to the regency era. So, I bought glass cereal bowls and glass candle stick holders from the Dollar Store. With a little E6000 glue, my compote vases were set, but the plain glass looked a little cheap and understated for the occasion. I set up a tarp outside, grabbed my supplies, and quickly had three compote vases looking like pretty mercury glass.


DIY Faux Vintage Mercury Glass
Arrangement by Amy Jones

DIY Faux Vintage Mercury Glass – Supplies

  • Glass vases (or whatever you’re transforming)
  • latex gloves
  • Looking Glass spray paint
  • white vinegar in a spray bottle
  • paper towels
  • plastic tarp

DIY Faux Vintage Mercury Glass – Tutorial

  1. Lay out plastic tarp outside in a ventilated area.
  2. Wear latext gloves.
  3. Focus on a small area of your glass item, spray an even layer of the Looking Glass paint and immediately spray vinegar onto the wet spray paint.
  4. Using a spray bottle with a mist setting is best when applying the vinegar.
  5. Immediately blot the dripping vinegar from the glass. This will remove some of the paint, and most of the wetness from the vinegar.
  6. The glass doesn’t have to be completely dry before applying a second or even a third coat if desired. Just make sure it’s fairly dry between coats.
  7. That’s it! There’s no need to seal the paint, but it is NOT food or dishwasher safe. Allow to fully dry and then enjoy decorating with your new creation.
DIY Faux Vintage Mercury Glass
Prepare your outdoor area and start with clean glass.

DIY Faux Vintage Mercury Glass
Spray just one side at a time so that the paint doesn’t dry.

DIY Faux Vintage Mercury Glass
Immediately spray with white vinegar and then blot the liquid off.

DIY Faux Vintage Mercury Glass – Video Tutorial

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DIY Faux Vintage Mercury Glass – More projects!

Here are some more lovely creations using a faux mercury glass technique. Each photo is linked back to the blog they came from. I love how pretty each project turned out and how creative you can get with this technique. I hope you enjoy the inspiration from these bloggers as much as I have.







This faux vintage mercury glass technique is for decorative purposes only, it should not be used on items for food. I’ve seen this technique done inside a glass jar and this is fine, but I wouldn’t use this will real candles. With any DIY craft, be careful to use safety precautions. I think this faux mercury glass finish would be awesome to repurpose glass food jars, Dollar Store glass decor, or even to give a new look to an old mirror or lamp. This technique could be used to create wedding or party decor as well. There are so many possibilities, and one bottle of spray paint goes a long way. If you’ve used this technique or are planning to, I’d love to know what you created in the comments below. I hope this post inspires your creativity and gives you some ideas to try out!

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My favorite book is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, so this inspired tea party had to be extra special. Designing and planning my Pride and Prejudice tea party and DIY was so enjoyable and exciting. You know, I’m not much of a cook, but I love all the other parts of party planning, but even the cooking part was great. There’s nothing quite like giving out an actual invitation to introduce a party or event – it may be a bit formal, but to me an invitation is very special to give and receive. I’m equally passionate about designing and installing the table setting and party decorations and making a few handmade embellishments to elevate the entire experience just a bit. But without my guests, the party would be nothing. My amazing friends dress the part and have even sewn their own costumes and accessories. It’s incredibly special and heartwarming to have such special friends to spend time with and create memories that will last a lifetime.


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Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY – Invitation

The invitation for my Pride and Prejudice tea party and DIY was made using a vintage piano music roll. Using my favorite free desktop publishing program, Canva, I designed a simple invitation and then printed in onto vellum paper. Next, I sewed the vellum invitation onto the paper roll and then rolled it back up. I embellished the roll tab and decorated the music roll box. I love finding ways to repurpose items or to give new life to vintage things. These piano music rolls can also be used as a table runner, gather several in a bowl or basket, or to create whimsical wall art.

If you don’t have a wax seal kit, you’re missing out. They’re so affordable and you will use it more than you think. I love adding a seal on envelopes, cards, gift wrap, name cards, and anywhere I can get away with it. There are so many pretty metal stamps to choose from and my kit comes with over a dozen different wax colors to use. If you admire the ways of the past, using a stamp seal is a fun one to bring back for all to enjoy. Sewing paper is another way to add an unexpected embellishment to a card, invite, or gift tag.


Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations
Notice the bright red wax seal and ribbon at the pull – it really added such a nice detail.

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations
I used some extra music rolls to decorate the wall behind Mr. Collin’s pulpit!

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations
The music roll was placed in its original box that I decorated and tied shut.

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY – Food

When it came to deciding on the menu, I initially struggled a bit. I wanted a feast like feel to the menu, but it had to be easy enough to prepare. I tested out a Cornish game hen recipe and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. However, while Jeremy’s hen was tender and juicy, my hen was tough, and they were annoying to eat because of their size. So, baked paprika chicken bumped up to first place and made it on my menu. Root vegetables were a popular choice during that era, so I baked baby potatoes with a tasty seasoning and used a crock pot to slow cook the glazed carrots. Homemade 1-hour rolls provided a nice starch with everything else. We enjoyed tea and individual Boston cream pie cakes. This recipe is definitely one to try, seriously delicious.


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Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY – Craft

Once we finished stuffing ourselves, the table was cleared, and we started the DIY craft project. All we did was create little flower arrangements in a small compote bowl/vase. However, I made the compote vases ahead of time using Dollar Store materials. Check out this post to learn how to make faux mercury glass – this technique can be done for other projects as well. One of the things that helped this DIY go well was that I presoaked the floral oasis foam, we had steel chopsticks to help make holes into the foam if we needed, and we each had our own scissors. I’m all about sharing, but you really need your own scissors to keep things moving on your arrangement. I got some grocery store flowers and that was it. There’s something so relaxing about arranging flowers and in my opinion, there’s not a wrong way to do it. I really enjoyed watching all the arrangements come together, each different even though we had the same flowers to choose from.


Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations
This compote vase was made with $2 of materials!

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY – Decorations

Creating the room decor was most enjoyable. I had recently finished making over a vintage pulpit and I thought it would be perfect for the party. The pulpit wasn’t only perfect as symbolism for Mr. Collins, but I was able to store the DIY craft supplies inside it. I wanted to recreate a sort of ball room ambiance for the tea party, my modern-day interpretation of a regency ball room, this tea party needed to have a more formal feel to it. I used my union jack flags, also used at my Jane Austen Faire in 2014, to hang from the ceiling. These British beauties added a ton of flair, and I was happy to get another use out of them. Besides the tablescape, the other central focus of the room is the media console filled with books. I added decor on top of the console, placed a mirror above it, and created a clean and simple look.

The tablescape was a bit more involved. It’s my interpretation of a regency dinner, on a budget. To elevate any luncheon or dinner party, fold cloth napkins in a special way. It’s a simple touch but looks lovely. I would have preferred to have had fresh floral arrangements grace the table, but I didn’t have time, so dried greenery and used some faux flowers to create arrangements that would last. One of the fun details of this party is the table runner. I asked my daughter, Sawyer, to write one of my favorite quotes from Pride and Prejudice at the end of the kraft paper roll. She did a fine job and I loved being able to incorporate a quote from the book and movie. I found some damask gift wrap and tacked it onto the wall like wallpaper – it added color and faux luxury, it was so fun.


Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations
The brass candelabras are from Amazon!

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations
This double ruffled crepe paper is one of my favorite embellishments for party decor or gift wrapping.

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations
I used damask gift wrap on the wall behind the mirror to add some regency flair.

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations
Even the entryway got sprinkled with some British vibes.

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

This Pride and Prejudice tea party and DIY was my favorite tea party so far. The best part is that anyone can host a tea party, anyone can buy or make some treats to serve, and anyone can pull together some supplies to do an activity together. A tea and DIY can be as extravagant or as simple as you want – and either way, your guests will love getting together to share this time of breaking bread and being creative. Thank you so much for checking out this post. I hope you enjoyed some of the ideas and feel inspired in some way. A tea and DIY is a fun idea for a birthday, bridal or baby shower, Mother’s Day, or any reason to gather loved ones and spend some quality time. Be sure to follow me on Pinterest – I find a lot of beautiful ideas to share!

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Tasty and Easy Christmas Cookies

Tasty and Easy Christmas Cookies

Every year, my family looks forward to homemade Christmas cookies! It’s a tradition that I bake our favorites, and then place them in tins for our close friends and family. My gang gets whatever is left or I’ll make one more batch. Another tradition is making our previous neighbor’s amazing rocky road fudge (family-secret recipe). I actually look forward to this tradition because of how excited and happy my family gets. These tasty and easy Christmas cookies are our favorites, nothing too tricky, and each so delicious. Here is our favorite tasty and easy Christmas cookie line-up:

  • Frosted Sugar Cookie Cutouts
  • Raspberry Linzer Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Blossoms
  • Molasses Cookies

Tasty and Easy Christmas Cookies

Over the years, I’ve learned a few things about making our favorite tasty and easy Christmas cookies. When our cookie list is made in a certain order, it helps to streamline the processes and I get all the cookies baked in one day, and then I frost the sugar cookies the next day. I make our cookies in the order they’re listed above and just rinse my tools with hot water in between use. Once the sugar cutouts are done, they can dry out a bit before I frost them the next day. I also like saving stronger flavored cookies until the end just to make sure nothing accidentally sneaks into the sugar or Linzer cookie dough.

  • Frosted Sugar Cookie Cutouts (Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, Year 2000, page 200)
  • Royal Icing
  • Raspberry Linzer Cookies (I used the recipe that came with the cookie cutter, but I’ve linked to the one I’m going to use next year which is close, but the cookies don’t look as puffy as mine did. And I forgot to dust mine with powdered sugar.)
  • Peanut Butter Blossoms
  • Molasses Cookies (My husband, Jeremy, handwrote this recipe many years ago and he can’t recall where he got it or if he combined two recipes.)

Tasty and Easy Christmas Cookies
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Molasses Cookie Recipe

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg

Cream these wet ingredients together.

In a separate bowl, gather the dry ingredients.

  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour

Wisk dry ingredients, and then add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until mixed into a dough. If too sticky, chill dough in the fridge for one hour. After chilled, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll dough into 1-inch balls, place balls on a cookie sheet two inches apart. Dip the flat bottom of a drinking glass into sugar and press down each dough ball until about 1/4 inch thick. Bake for 6-8 minutes. Makes about 4-5 dozen. Store in an airtight container or bag.


Tasty and Easy Christmas Cookies

Tasty and Easy Christmas Cookies

I have made these types of cookies every year for many years now, but this year I decided to change up the peanut butter blossoms and make a shortbread cookie with the Hershey Kiss instead. Well, they didn’t turn out and it was a waste of time and ingredients, but now I know to just stick with the sure thing. Plus, Jeremy and Sawyer love the peanut butter blossoms so they were very happy about my failed attempt. However, as a kid I remember these store-bought cookies called Keebler Sweet Spots and my family loved them – there was no sharing and if you dropped one on the ground you probably ate it anyway. They were so good. I haven’t given up on the idea of a light and sweet shortbread cookie with a chocolate kiss in the middle, but I’ll save the experimentation for after Christmas.


Tasty and Easy Christmas Cookies
Quinn decorated some cookies too! So much fun watching her get creative~

Tasty and Easy Christmas Cookies – Tips:

Like I said before, there’s nothing fancy about our favorite tasty and easy Christmas cookies, but they really are great recipes that never fail. I like baking other types of cookies and treats year-round, but for Christmas, we look forward to our favorites. Here are a few tips for these cookies:

  • Use long metal skewers to roll out a thin and even layer of sugar cookie and Linzer cookie dough.
  • Allow sugar cutouts to sit out over night to dry out a little before adding moisture-trapping frosting which can soften the cookies.
  • Use raspberry preserves for Linzer cookies because the flavor is stronger than strawberry and will pop in contrast with the sweet cookie.
  • To get started with flattening the molasses cookie balls, press the glass bottom onto the dough in the bowl and then dip into sugar to guarantee the sugar sticks for the first one.
  • Once the peanut butter blossoms come out of the oven, have the Hershey Kiss chocolates lined up and ready to be pressed into each hot cookie. The hot cookie will melt the chocolate and help it to stick. We unwrap kisses, and then put them in the freezer until it’s time.
  • Cover the bowl of royal icing to prevent it from drying out.
  • Pipe an outline of royal frosting first, let dry, and then fill in the center with more icing. If icing is too thin, slowly add more powdered sugar. If too thick, slowly add warm water by the tablespoon until it’s the right consistency.
  • Line cookie tins with parchment paper.
  • Print my free vintage gift tags to attach to your cookie tins.

I like this royal icing recipe because it uses meringue powder instead of egg whites.

Tasty and Easy Christmas Cookies
The star on the tree cookie is baked dough from the Linzer cutter punch-out. They were too cute to not use.

Besides eating these tasty and easy Christmas cookies, I love sharing them with others. I wish I had more stamina to frost all the sugar cookies, but this year I pooped out. It wasn’t too much of a hardship because I love the flavor of these plain sugar cookies. If someone else could do all the baking then I could really enjoy frosting them, but until one of my daughters gets the baking itch, it’s just me. My girls did make the cookie deliveries this year and had so much fun sharing our sweet treats. Sometimes I will add in peanut butter balls and caramels, but I ran out of time. I hope you have time to enjoy some of your holiday traditions and time spent with family and friends. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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So, you’ve purchased all the gifts, and now have the monumental task of finding boxes and wrapping them all up. It doesn’t quite seem fair after all the work of selecting and shopping~ I have a love/hate thing for wrapping gifts. On one hand, I have to be in the mood to get some serious wrapping done for the holidays. Yet, overall wrapping gifts and creating a pretty presentation is something I love doing all year long. One thing that helps me is having all the tools ready to go so that when I’m motivated and ready to wrap, I can just go for it. There are a few ways to have beautiful, affordable and easy Christmas gift wrapping, and it doesn’t have to be complicated.


Affordable and Easy Christmas Gift Wrapping

The biggest tip is finding affordable wrapping paper. I love wrapping paper that can be used year-round. This way, I always have paper on-hand, and I don’t feel obligated to use leftover Christmas wrap the next year. I have to admit that I do enjoy just walking down the wrapping paper aisle at stores to admire the designs. But this year I went with brown kraft paper from the Dollar Tree. I use this stuff as table runners, wrapping boxes to ship, and of course presents. Brown paper packages tied up with string was my go-to this year. You can doodle designs if you’re artistic (or even if you’re not) or just add some string, ribbon, yarn, or embellishments to make the package pretty.


Affordable and Easy Christmas Gift Wrapping

Affordable and Easy Christmas Gift Wrapping – Free printable tags

For the gift tag, I love it when they coordinate with the wrapping paper’s style and look a little more special than something store-bought. Don’t get me wrong, many stores carry lovely tags, and I’m not shaming store-bought tags~ But if you have a printer and some cardstock, you can customize and hand-pick your tags. I love TheGraphicsFairy.com, it’s my go-to resource for so many things (including wall art), and while the style is vintage, there are also tons of free images out there and free tags on Pinterest. As you know, I love vintage, so I pulled together some of my favorite Christmas images from The Graphics Fairy and put them together for you to print too. And if you’re crazy like me, you can even upload these images into Canva.com and add your own text. This year I used a number for each of my girls so that they wouldn’t know which gifts were theirs. I thought I was being sneaky, but they didn’t even care. Although, I suspect if I had printed their names on the tags there would be a lot more messing with the gifts under the tree.


Affordable and Easy Christmas Gift Wrapping

For many years now, we’ve stuck to the four-gift rule. Each child gets: something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read. I first heard about this idea from one of my favorite bloggers and have done it ever since. My kids have never complained or asked why they’re getting only four gifts. I love the concept for so many reasons, but mainly because it keeps the focus off of gifts a little bit and helps us to remember what the gifts represent and the reason for the season, Jesus Christ’s birth. I love thoughtful gifts, and when I’m only limited to getting four for a child, it causes me to put more thought and effort into my selections. I also give little advent gifts, but they’re nothing too special and our family enjoys the countdown and the anticipation in the waiting.


Click on this image to open the PDF and then print.

The best part about saving money on my dollar store kraft brown paper, is that I got to splurge on some ribbon and embellishments. I already had some of the ribbon, but I found some great deals on Amazon and the ribbon will work for things all year long. I have shared some of the items I could still find online in case you see something you like, but you can also just observe the wrapping technique and if you like it, copy it and use whatever you have on hand. I hope you’re feeling encouraged to wrap up those thoughtful gifts, and to save a little money while doing it too.

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Affordable and Easy Christmas Gift Wrapping

Thank you so much for checking out my post! I’d love to know if you coordinate your wrapping paper with your tree or Christmas decor, do you get whatever you think is cute, or do you have a different way of choosing your wrapping paper? I love the simple brown paper we have this year and I like the understated way it looks under the tree. Well, that’s a wrap, Merry Christmas!

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5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments

Do you enjoy crafts around the holidays? My biggest problem is that there never seems to be enough time to make all the things I have in mind. But this year, I wanted to take some time to create some DIY Christmas ornaments, and most are kid-friendly which means my girls get to whine about helping me and then end up having more fun making them than me! These 5 fun DIY Christmas ornaments are easy, affordable, and any skill-level can make them. I love all things vintage, so you’ll see a vintage flair on some of the ornaments. Most of the materials can be found at local craft stores or even WalMart, but I did purchase the gold leaf foil from Amazon because it was a great size and had good reviews! I also made short videos of each ornament in case it helps to see how it’s done. But I promise you, they’re all easy and I know you’ll enjoy making them. The only trouble will be deciding whether to keep it or gift it.


5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments – Mini snow globe

5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments

Well, it’s not exactly a globe, but you get the idea. This one is my favorite. I love miniature things, my doll house growing up was my prized possession and not just because my uncle built it for me, but because I loved making mini things for it and saving my lawn-mowing money to buy furniture for it from Oregon Craft and Floral (the only craft store in my home town when I was young, later on came the others and then OCF was out). I found the globe from the Dollar Tree and grabbed the last four. The good news is that they sell them online, but in bulk. Just get your glue gun and you’re ready to create! Here’s a list of the supplies used:

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5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments – Sequin ball

5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments

Out of all five DIY Christmas ornaments, this one is the most time consuming and monotonous, but it’s a great ornament to make while chatting because it takes zero concentration. When I was a kid, my mom made a ton of these one year. I helped her and at first it was fun, and then after a while my fingers hurt. Well, the difference now is that I’m using a dense foam ball which makes it super easy to push the pins into, and the pins are much shorter. My mom also used Elmer’s glue to help everything stick, but the dense foam does a better job of keeping everything in. If I were to make one of these again, I would add the step of applying a layer of glue stick to a small section first. Once you cover that glue stick section with sequins, then you can glue stick another section, etc. I only had one pin fall out without the glue, but I think it would be better long-term to use a glue stick on this one. I also didn’t fully cover every bit of foam with the sequins. I didn’t mind some white showing throw, but it’s all about preference. I also used a small foam ball, but there are many sizes and a few shapes you could consider for this DIY ornament. Here’s a list of supplies and the short video on this one so that you can see the process I used to tackle this monotonous ornament – it went by very quickly this way.

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♬ A Holly Jolly Christmas – Instrumental – Molly Tapia

5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments – Clothespin people

5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments

I’m not artistic, can’t draw, paint, or sculpt, so I was most nervous about this DIY ornament. It was so cute though, so I had to try and I’m so glad I did because it was fun and turned out cute. Well, my teenager thought it was cute, but my seven-year-old said it was kinda creepy. Never ask a critique~ Anyway, I would like to make one for each member of our family, I think it would be fun to see them each year. My husband shaves his head, so his would be the easiest to paint, and all the girls can have top-buns (I’m not going for too realistic). Anyway, the short video shows you the order that I put this one together. The paint dries pretty quickly too. The sky is the limit on how creative you want to get on this one. The video doesn’t show it, but I just used a glue gun to add the little wooden bead for the hair bun, and then an eye hook was twisted into that bead hole (with dry glue gun glue) to hang it. The skirt is some vintage trim I’ve had forever, but you could use fabric, crepe paper, or lace (or paint on some pants/shorts!). Here’s the list of supplies and a short video:

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5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments – Vintage tart tin

5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments

I just love how this looks like it’s been the family for years, and it comes together quickly! With all the tea parties I’ve been hosting you would have thought I’d have done tarts by now, but not yet. However, tart tins are cheap and can be used for more than just baking. I love the shiny metal and fluted edge; it just screams Christmas. So, I drilled a hole to add the hook later and once again gathered my supplies and glue gun. I could do a whole tree of just these, in different sizes and designs inside the tin – it could be adorable. Anyway, here’s a list of the supplies and a short video to see it put together:

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5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments – Gold leaf ball

5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments

Out of all 5 fun DIY Christmas ornaments, this one may look like the most difficult one, but I assure you – it’s not. This one is so cool because the ball is plastic, the paint was $.99 and the gold leaf was so fun and easier than you’d think. You could use glass balls for this one, but the plastic look like glass and they can’t break upon falling. I also spray painted the metal top gold to match the gold leaf, but it’s not necessary to do so. And while you can use any color of acrylic craft paint, you may want to consider what will look best with the gold leaf (like maybe not yellow paint). Otherwise, go for any color of your choosing, even yellow if that’s your thing, and while this one is drying, you can start on one of the other 5 fun DIY Christmas ornaments! Here’s the supply list and a short video to get you started:

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5 Fun DIY Christmas Ornaments

Well, that’s a wrap and I hope you’re inspired. These 5 fun DIY Christmas ornaments are fun to make with kids, friends, family, or just while you’re watching Christmas movies. With so much to do this holiday season, I sincerely hope you have time to do some of the things you enjoy most, and if crafting is one of them, I hope these DIY ornaments got your creative juices flowing. Be sure to pin any of the images for later and if you haven’t signed up already, please subscribe for my weekly email with decorating, design, and DIY inspiration! Happy Holidays!

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Tea Love Gift Basket Idea

Tea Love Gift Basket Idea

Pinky up, as they say! I can admit that I’ve been a later bloomer in many areas, and a love for tea is one of them. I have enjoyed taking my girls to Savoy Tea Co. to taste-test their delicious teas. Savoy also has testing samples you can buy before committing to a larger tin. But for tea lovers, it’s not just tea is it? It’s the beautiful cups, the dainty foods that pair perfectly with the beverage, and the company you keep while enjoying a cup of tea. This year I’m sharing three gift basket ideas to help inspire your gift giving, and I’ve based the basket ideas from gifts I would love. So, the final idea is the tea love gift basket idea.

As always, you can add anything you want to your gift basket, you can seriously customize it for your person, but this tea love gift basket idea is put together with thought and a budget. And similarly to the other gift basket ideas, this one also has a DIY element and an item from a small business. To complete the tea love gift basket idea, I filled the space with cozy and affordable items from Target. I hope this tea love gift basket ideas inspires you and could also work for your coffee lover gift baskets too.


Tea Love Gift Basket Idea

Tea Love Gift Basket Idea – DIY project

This DIY project isn’t difficult, but it does take a minute to get the hang of. I would recommend trying it out on a scrap piece of fabric first. I printed out two 4-letter words on Stick and Stitch Stabilizer and then cut them out for the knit gloves I embroidered. I love the contradiction of knuckle tattoos saying something dainty, or something silly. My biggest tip for this DIY is to use a sharp needle to easily pierce the stabilizing fabric. I made a video to help show how I made these gloves, but I gotta admit that the second pair turned out better than the first. And the stabilizer paper washes off more easily under really warm water – be patient though, it will all wash off, gently squeeze out excess water, and then just lay the gloves out flat to dry.

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Tea Love Gift Basket Idea

Tea Love Gift Basket Idea – Support small business

This tea love gift basket idea could include many various items from small businesses, consider a handmade mug, handmade tea, handmade gloves, etc. This tea love gift basket idea has homegrown honey from a small Etsy shop. They have all kinds of flavored honey sticks and honey gifts. For my gift basket, I selected the mint honey sticks and I’m sure they’ll be amazing with the Earl Grey tea they come with. The great thing about shopping small is that they do such a great job shipping out their items quickly. My honey sticks arrived so fast and were packaged safely too. I highly recommend this shop. Etsy is full of amazing shops and artists – there are so many amazing gifts to be found.

Another fun idea to include in your tea love gift basket idea is to support an author! I was gifted the book Southern Teatime Pleasures: Simple Ideas and Recipes, by Alda Ellis and it is amazing. This beautiful book gives theme ideas for your next tea as well as amazing southern influenced recipes. It would be such a treat to add to your tea love gift basket~


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Tea Love Gift Basket Idea

After completing the DIY embroidered gloves and receiving the honey sticks, I completed the tea love gift basket idea with a few more fun finds. I found this Opal House pom pom throw blanket, the slipper socks, and decorative basket all from Target. The ceramic tea cup with a lid was an Amazon find – there are so many patterns and styles to choose from though. I also love vintage items so this little creamer is just a fun touch to complete the tea love gift basket idea.


Tea Love Gift Basket Idea

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Book Love Gift Basket Idea

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Most of us know at least one person who loves to read. And if they love receiving books, you’re going to love this book love gift basket idea. I didn’t always enjoy reading, but I sure do now. There never seems to be enough time to read everything I want to, but I make time to sneak it in here and there. I put together a book love gift basket idea based on what I would enjoy receiving myself. This gift basket contains an item from a small business, a DIY handmade item, and a few other affordable, yet thoughtful items to make this book love gift basket the perfect gift for giving this holiday season or for any other reason.


Book Love Gift Basket Idea – Shop small business

For many years I followed Emily’s blog called, Jones Design Company. I loved the way she decorated, she had adorable DIY crafts, and free printable artwork. However, over time, God revealed some things to Emily and she decided to pursue writing and illustrating (two of her natural gifts). I was so disappointed that the blog would be discontinued, but very happy and excited for her and this new direction for her career. I continued to follow her on social media and knew I had to have her first book. This book is encouraging, relatable, and spiritual. Her watercolor illustrations are so charming, and just add to the journey she takes you on in this book. Her book, Freely and Lightly, is a gem and (Christmas 2021 spoiler alert) it will be given to several of the special ladies in my life. I love supporting small businesses and it’s easy because this book is just so good.


Book Love Gift Basket Idea
Freely and Lightly, by Emily Lex

Book Love Gift Basket Idea
Freely and Lightly, by Emily Lex

Book Love Gift Basket Idea
Freely and Lightly, by Emily Lex

Book Love Gift Basket Idea – DIY gift

The DIY handmade project for the book love gift basket idea is a bookmark! The ribbon bookmark is vintage inspired, but you could definitely put a more modern and contemporary spin on this design by using silver crimp ends and new charms. The sky is the limit on how you can design this bookmark, and it will be so special for the person receiving it because you’ve put thought into the design specifically for them. I used double-sided velvet ribbon, but any ribbon can be used. To see just how easy this DIY is, check out my short video below.


Book Love Gift Basket Idea

Book Love Gift Basket Idea

Book Love Gift Basket Idea

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Book Love Gift Basket Idea – Shop the DIY

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Book Love Gift Basket Idea

To complete the book love gift basket idea, I considered what I love about settling in to read a good book. It doesn’t take much, but if I’m committed to getting in some good reading, a lumbar pillow is a must. The Target Dollar Spot had this MERRY pillow for only $5, but there are some others for $10 that are super cute too. I also notice that my feet get cold, so some fuzzy slipper socks keep my toes just right. And finally, if aroma therapy is your jam or you love the soft glow of candlelight like me, Target’s Dollar Spot often has small candle tins. If you want to keep with the book love theme, check out my friend’ Shatrine’s small business, Candle Lit, where she creates wonderful literary themed candles and perfumes. These burn forever and the scents are so good.


book love gift basket idea

book love gift basket idea

book love gift basket idea

I hope this book love gift basket idea inspired your gift giving this year. I love gift baskets with thoughtful and handmade items. Gift baskets are great if you know someone really well you can easily fill it with things they love, or they’re also great if you know some general things about someone and can use that as a theme to get related items for the basket. Baskets are also a great way to present a gift, you can reuse baskets you have, get them on clearance, or get one that you know will be decorative and functional. You’ve probably seen my home, I like baskets and containers, and it’s possible that I may think everyone else does too~

Thanks so much for checking out this post. Let me know in the comments below if you know someone who loves to read and would appreciate a book love gift basket this holiday season.

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When my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year… you could hear crickets. Seriously, there’s nothing that popped to my mind, so once I gave it some thought, I started thinking about cool gift baskets that I would love to receive. This amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea has all the things I love! The personalized cutting board is from a small business – I LOVE supporting small biz. There’s a fun DIY piece to it, a homemade item, and the store bought things are so cute, affordable, and functional.


Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea

Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea – mom’s recipe

Katrina, owner and designer of PNW Farmhouse Design Co., offers amazing and unique products from her online shop. I met Katrina at a blogging conference this summer and she is so funny and nice. I loved finding out that she is from the pacific northwest and I thoroughly enjoyed a fun dinner with her and a few other amazing bloggers that welcomed me into their group. When I discovered her small shop I couldn’t wait to share it with you!


Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea

When I visited her online shop, I fell in love with the personalized cutting boards and knew which recipe I wanted to have engraved onto a cutting board. However, it doesn’t have to be a recipe, it could be a letter, a blessing, wedding vows, a poem, anything that’s personal to you. My mom’s broccoli casserole recipe has been in the family for years, passed down from her grandma and modified over the years. Everyone loves this casserole and asks her for the recipe, often. To have the recipe engraved onto the board, I just scanned in the handwritten recipe and uploaded the file during the checkout process. It’s so easy to place your order, you can select the style of cutting board, and then upload the file – that’s it!


Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea

There’s something special about my handwritten recipe – it’s in Sawyer’s handwriting. Sawyer is my mom’s first grandchild and they have a special bond. It would have been awesome to scan in my great grandma’s recipe card, but it was too edited for this purpose due to changes and tweaks over the years. I know my mom will love this personalized and meaningful gift. She can display the cutting board in her kitchen and be reminded of so many cherished holiday dinners where she shared her famous recipe with others, and then she can also use the backside of the cutting board for functional purposes. With a little mineral oil occasionally rubbed onto the wood, this cutting board won’t dry out and get cracks – it will be a keepsake for years to come.

Personalized cutting boards aren’t the only awesome product in Katrina’s shop, there are several other personalized items as well as unique designs for the home. When you support Katrina’s small business, to get 20% off your total purchase, be sure to use coupon code: sycamore20


Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea

Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea – DIY item

The next part of this amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea is the fun and easy DIY. All you need is a small mason jar and a few ingredients to make stove top potpourri. You can find several recipes as well as a free printable for your stove top potpourri at DeliaCreates.com. The printable is adorable and has the easy instructions for how to make the potpourri. This is the recipe that I used:

  • cutie orange (just the peel will be used for the potpourri)
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary (fresh pine sprigs can also be used)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp of whole cloves
  • 1 tbsp of nutmeg (a whole nutmeg can also be used)
  • 1/3 cup of fresh cranberries
  • 1-2 stars of anise

I love this DIY gift idea for kids to put together. It would make a great teacher gift, neighbor gift, or to help fill a gift basket for the homebody in your life. Like I mentioned, I thought about gift baskets that I would like, and this DIY potpourri is so fun.


Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea

Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea

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♬ All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea – homebody theme

Finally, to pull together this amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea, I found this soft fleece blanket from the Dollar Spot at Target. The functional and decorative basket is also an affordable find to hold all the goodies. I added a box of Cheez-its crackers for fun, made a mini loaf of dessert bread, and then put together a fun gift tag. I enjoy going out, but I’m definitely a homebody. The items in this gift basket remind me of all the good things associated with staying home; childhood memories, homemade food, good smells, and a cozy blanky.

Thanks so much for checking out this post. I hope it stirred up some gift giving ideas for you. When you shop at the PNW Farmhouse Decorating Co, be sure to use my coupon code to save 20%: sycamore20


Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea

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