Mini Tree and DIY Ornaments

Friday, November 29, 2013

Handmade Ornaments for a Miniature Tree


All the ornaments on this tree are either handmade or embellished in some way. I had so much fun making these ornaments. Yes, they took awhile to make...but they're so pretty and fill this little tree up so nicely, it was worth it! It just goes to show that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a beautiful look...a little effort is all that's required :)


It's loaded with mini banners, made from dictionary sheets, strung onto jute. I wrote the words 'Peace', 'Hope' and 'Joy' right onto the dictionary paper. See those white balls with the polka dots? They didn't come that way. I found the vintage floss ornaments at Goodwill and hand-painted the dots onto them, then added the bows. Red dots with black-checked bows and black dots with red-checked bows. I love how they turned out! Guess where I hung them to dry? My chandelier! Yup, I untwisted a paperclip to make a hanger and hung one on each arm of my chandelier overnight to dry. It was the perfect place!


More dictionary paper was used to create these folded paper medallions. This one is mounted on a giant red glittered snowflake and has a gold pearl center.


This ornament was created used double-sided glittered Christmas paper. Lots and lots of mini paper rolls were made and glued into place. And then another layer was added so that it would be extra full. A glittered chipboard circle makes a pretty center, especially with the little pearled flower.


This glittered snowball wreath was made using cotton balls and lots of glitter! It was added to an existing ornament that needed some sprucing up! Now it looks much more festive and ready for SNOW! The jingle bells are part of this ornament and hang from it (it's hard to tell in the picture).


Here's another folded paper medallion. I love the bright blue snowflake with the lime green center. It's so bright and cheerful.


The last ornament I have to show you is the cutest mini lace tree, very shabby chic. Lace ribbon was glued around and around a tiny cardboard cone. I covered a chipboard star with pale pink gingham paper (you can't see it in the picture) and glittered the edges of the star with silver glitter. A tulle bow and pink leather flower finishes it off.

In fact, I have used touches of tulle around the tree. I just tied small pieces of it around the ends of branches. It adds such softness and looks really pretty when the lights are on.


The tree is sitting in a plastic bucket. I wrapped a large square of burlap around it and tied a strip of checked cloth around it to hold it in place.

So there you have it.  Lots of handmade ornaments for a miniature tree. 

If you have the time, you can save some dimes...how'd ya like that little ditty??

As always my dear friends, thanks for stopping by! Oh...you spotted the ribbon tree in the background? I thought you might! I'll be showing you more of that pretty tree in a few days. Stick around! Not a follower yet? If you join up, you won't miss a post :)




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Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 28, 2013



May your day be full of family fun, great food and lots of laughter! Oh, can't forget Mr Diy's favorite thing - football! We are up in the mountains of NC with family for a few days, hoping for lots of snow! Gramma's been baking and cooking up a storm... we've got board games and cousins to play with.... and beautiful scenery that makes getting away from it all that much more special!

Thank you for making my first three months of blogging so much fun!


How to Make a Mini Burlap Banner

Monday, November 25, 2013

Have you made a book page wreath yet? I love, love, love them. I have only made a couple in my life because they take quite awhile to make if you want a nice, full shape.

mini burlap banner

I am a perfectionist and want all my cones to be about the same size...so that takes extra time too!

The great thing about these wreaths is that they are suitable for displaying any time of the year!

I had made a book page wreath and wanted to add something to it for the holiday season.

Duct Tape Wallets

Friday, November 22, 2013

I am privileged to be called "Aunt" by some very special nieces and nephews. This past summer, we spent time with my "little" brother and his family in Canada. My brother is 6 years younger than me but he's over a foot taller. I still remember when he was born and I got to play dress-up and help my mom take care of him. Now he's a daddy to four amazing little ones...the newest is just a few weeks old. I decided to make duct tape wallets as Christmas gifts for these little stinkers! Read on for the tutorial.


(Attention Family: Spoiler Alert!)

Christmas Bazaar This Weekend

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Come Do Some Christmas Shopping!



This Saturday, from 10:00 - 2:00, I am participating in a Christmas Bazaar at my church, Community Church of Hendersonville, 381 West Main Street! That's only THREE days away!!!

Above are a few of the handmade creations I've been busy, busy, busy making. 

Whew, yes I have been busy!

Along with Diy beautify, there will be some great vendors, including:
Pampered Chef
Thirty One
Norwex
Occasionally Crafty
Origami Owl
Mary Kay
Do Terra Oils
Rust and Found

Make a day of it with your "girls" and do some Christmas shopping! You're sure to find something unique for almost everyone on your list (sorry, don't think the guys are into this stuff, lol)!

For all you who are local...this is a FREE event! There will be a nativity craft for the kids, lots of goodies and donations will be accepted for Room In The Inn (an area ministry that helps homeless people by providing warm churches for them to sleep in and meals). Socks, hats, gloves and personal items are always appreciated.

I hope you come out this Saturday from 10:00-2:00. 

I look forward to seeing you there!!

DIY West Elm Pillows

Yard Sale Find to West Elm Fab!


I was at a yard sale recently when I spotted these feather-filled pillows in like-new condition. At 2 for $12, I couldn't pass them up. I am helping decorate some rooms in the basement of our church and I knew pillows were on the list.


Burgundy wasn't one of the colors we were using, but I was planning to make pillow covers. Until I spotted these napkins in West Elm....on sale for less than $4 a piece.


The stitching was the exact reddish coral of the chairs that had already been purchased for the room, and the oatmeal/flax color would fit in perfectly with the rustic vibe we were aiming for!  Not only that, but they were already hemmed!


Rather than sewing them together, which would have made them smaller, I opted to use Fabri Tac and glue them. This glue rocks, and was created for just this purpose!


I glued three edges together and let them dry. Then I inserted my pillow and was pleased as punch to see that it was a perfect fit.


I stood the pillow on its end and proceeded to glue the last edge closed. Fabri Tac is super-tacky and grabs instantly. 


In about 30 minutes I had some super-trendy West Elm pillows that are beyond comfortable (because of the feather fill) and didn't break the bank!


Don't they look awesome?! Not like napkins, that's for sure!

Have you re-purposed anything lately?




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Thrifty Ironstone Finds

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Goodwill Comes Through Again


A new Goodwill just opened up about 8 minutes from my house...that's if I make all green lights :)

I love nothing better than scouring the aisles of Goodwill for a good deal. I'm always on the hunt for real English ironstone, and Goodwill has often been a great source for me. It's hit or miss though.

This time was definitely a hit!

Look at this adorable Christmas plate I found.

Finding English Ironstone at Goodwill


I love the crazing on the back! And the fact it's made in Staffordshire, England!! I'm not sure what made me such an English ironstone snob...I will collect the other too, when I find it, but I just LOVE the English stuff!!

I also found this great sugar bowl. Unfortunately it is missing it's little lid, but it was .99 and is English, so I bought it. It will be great for flowers, any kind of storage (small soaps, cotton balls in the bathroom, etc). I really like the raised wheat design. Mr. Diy spent part of his formative years on the prairies...so wheat has significance for us :)

Hunting for English Ironstone

The little creamer has no marking on the bottom, but is the same pattern as my Snow White Regency ironstone plates, and will be a great addition to my ironstone display on my tiffany blue shelf.

Thrift Store Ironstone Finds

When you buy things at thrift stores, you are lucky if you find sets...and often don't. So you are left with mismatched plates, cups, bowls, etc. Which is okay if they are all one color (as most of my ironstone is). However, this blue plate perfectly matches a gorgeous ironstone coffee pot that I found a few years ago at a Goodwill in FL for only $2.99!!! Not one chip on it...just lots of crazing.

Ironstone at Goodwill

I plan to serve coffee and cookies on my "new matching set", lol!

Finding Ironstone at Thrift Stores

I know, I should have had some fantastic homemade Christmas cookies to display....but I didn't.....I did find some chocolate Pirouine biscuits though (for the purposes of this picture). 

Would you like to come for coffee? I promise to have something homemade :)

Oh, I almost forgot (the chocolate totally distracted me)...in my thrifty shopping adventure, I also found this pair of adorable deer for .99 each.

Brass Animals from Thrift Stores

They're small and very heavy. Right now they're a brassy gold. I can't decide if I should paint them (I'm leaning toward glossy white) or leave them as is. I know gold is coming back into fashion. 

What do you think I should do?

Have you scored anything good at Goodwill lately? I'd love to hear about it!

If you're not already a follower, I'd be honored if you'd choose to follow me in some capacity! Let me know and I'd be happy to follow you too :)




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