I finally started on my daughters doll house for Christmas…nothing like last minute!
We got these awesome shelves from my mom that she was selling in a garage sale. I put it together on Sunday.
We were thinking of putting a nice shingled roof on the house, but I thought that once painted the top part would look great as roof top garden! I painted the floor of the roof green and made little seats. I might still make a couple of flower boxes too. I found some great sparkly craft paper at the dollar store and used that for the seats in the garden and for the side walls in the doll house.
The walls upstairs I painted purple and pink. I put a nice ribbon trim as a “base board” on the main floor.
For the picture frames on the main floor I cut out material I had and put a sticker frame around it and stuck it to the walls!
This was a lot of fun to put together and I can’t wait to see both of my daughter’s faces when they see this on Christmas day!
So, I had a lot of left over pine cones from my gold pine cone craft. I decided to try out napkin holders. I don’t have holiday ones yet.
The supplies I used were the pine cones, already spray painted gold, ribbon, a glue gun.
I made a circle from the cut ribbon, glued it together, then glued on a pine cone…..so so so simple! My kind of craft!
This is the finished product…
It looks really nice all together. I did eight of them and put them in middle of my table in the center of a cranberry wreath.
I really love how they turned out. And I know you can’t really tell in the pictures that the cones are covered in gold. But they really do look sparkly! Unfortunately I have to come up with a new napkin holder or buy new ones. Unless my guests don’t mind getting gold glitter all over their clothes, face, hands and food! Seriously, even these napkins are covered in glitter. So is my table and my hands. I even have glitter on my face. This could be a problem;) I just might hang the napkin holders on my tree for decoration.
These I saw on Martha Stewart’s website. All you need is pine cones, gold paint or gold spray glitter (I liked the spray glitter the best), some ribbon and a glue gun. I tried to attach little eye hooks but the pine cones were too dry and they kept breaking. I wanted to do this craft with my 4 year old, but it is kind of messy. She helped me with it after the paint and glitter was dry;)
We had a bag of small pine cones in the toy room that my daughter, Shay, collected at her dads aunty and uncles farm.
This last picture doesn’t really show the sparkles too well, but they are there!
We started by gluing the cones together. My daughter told me what colors to use! She can be a little bossy;)
With a little hot glue, and some direction of where to place the cones and ribbon, here is what my daughter and I have made:
If you want to try this here are some suggestions. I would use bigger pine cones and fresh ones, the ones I used were over a year old. Maybe with fresh ones you could get the eye hook screwed in without breaking the cone. Get a proper drying spot for the cones that were dipped in gold paint. I only dipped 4 because I didn’t have a place to hang them to let them dry. But the ones I did dip look awesome after dry and sprayed with the gold glitter. I used scrap ribbon for these but for the next ones I am going to use wide beautiful gold ribbon.
I have a bunch of little cones left. I want to make place card holders from them. If you have any ideas how, please share!!!
One of my Facebook fans suggested I try t-shirt necklaces as one of my crafts. Lucky for me I just finished going through my closet and had a hamper full of clothes that I was going to take to my sewing room or good will. I found all of my t-shirts and t-shirt material dresses. YouTube offers great videos for how to make these. That`s where I got my information. I cut strips of t-shirt, from the bottom up, leaving a nice circle.
Once all of your strips are cut, I cut about 5-8 per necklace, you stretch them out. The stretching makes them roll up. This is where my daughter helped out. We stretched the material as much as we could then where the stitching is I wrapped the bottom part of the t-shirt (the first strip I cut) around the necklace to hold it together and to hide the stitching.
Once I did the first necklace I realized that you need bigger t-shirts. Mine were size small and barely fit around my daughters neck…maybe I never stretched as much as I should have! Next I used the material from a dress of mine. That seemed to be enough material to fit around my neck!
The smaller ones worked great for big headbands!
We were going to make these as Christmas gifts to my sister-in-laws, but I think I need a little more practice before doing that…For now my lovely daughters will wear them!
With my youngest daughter being sick, I can’t go down in my sewing room to finish my orders. I decided to do a very simple craft that I have been putting off for a month.
I love to hang a mistletoe at one oft he entry ways on our home. I have done this in every house we’ve lived in…yes, we’ve moved a few times!
The mistletoe is already made up, it is just missing something to hang on. It used to have a something that looked like a pipe cleaner.
I took a 2 foot piece of yellow ribbon (baby maize). I picked that colour because 1) I love yellows and greens together 2) My daughters have a yellow chair in the living room that it would nicely accent;) I tied the ribbon around one of the “branches” and tied a bow.
With a clear thumb tack I attached the mistletoe to the entry way from our front entrance going to out living room.
Mistletoe can be used as a Christmas decoration. According to Wikipedia, the mistletoe must mot touch ground between its cutting and removal, it may remain hanging throughout the year, often to preserve the house from lightning or fire, until it was replaced the following Christmas Eve.
According to ancient Christmas custom, a man and a woman who meet under a hanging of mistletoe are obliged to kiss. The custom is believed to be of Scandinavian origin.
~Stay tuned for more crafts and recipes that I will be trying out this month as I take some time off of work~
I’m no Martha Stuart, but I’m going to try. I have a few projects planned for the holidays, so I decided I will track my progress. I still have a few orders to finish up before I can start on any new ideas. But I hoping to get everything started by next Saturday.
My first project is going to be a doll house for my girls. My mom gave me 2 shelves unassembled. I put one together for my sewing room. It looks like it would make a great Barbie house. All it needs is some decorations, a staircase, a roof, and maybe some awesome wall paper! Oh, and furniture of course…(if any one knows where I can get some Barbie furniture let me know)
For my other projects…Christmas crafts! My husband and I are hosting 2 Christmas dinners, one with his family and one with mine. I want it to be magical. Place setting cards, beautiful decorations, tasty food, delicious drinks…
And because I have 2 crafty kids, I will of course be trying out some crafts with them too. One I have in mind involves pine cones that my 4-year-old collected last summer.
If you know of any fantastic crafts or have some ideas I can try out, leave me a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org