Eek, I’m so excited that my 12 Days of Christmas has begun. I usually try to stick to a theme each year, but this year I am going back to the basics of why I started my blog and that was to inspire you to make, bake, create and decorate. Over the next four weeks I will share some simple, easy and budget friendly ideas just in time for the holidays.
I am starting off with an adorable, simple paper (cardstock) angel. This cute little gal makes a great tree decoration. You could make a whole bunch and and string them together to make a garland. It is surprisingly elegant looking and simple and easy enough for the kids to help make. …
A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 – Day 11
It’s getting really close to the end of my 12 Days of Christmas 2019. I hope you have been following along and enjoying my Pinterest Inspired ideas so far (links to projects can be found at the end of this post).
This is Day 11 and today’s post will be about using Chalk Couture products to make one of a kind Christmas decor. Click on the link to go to my website https://www.chalkcouture.ca/awandafulthing where you can find all the pastes and transfers used in these projects.
I upcycled two thrift store serving trays. The first tray is made of wood and rattan. Normally I would paint a tray like this but decided to leave it as it was as I hoped the red Chalk paste would be a nice accent.
I used my “merry” transfer and candy apple red chalk paste. I was very pleased with the bright red against the wood grain. I like the understated elegant simplicity of it.
The second tray I decided to upcycle was an old vintage metal tray. …
A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 – Day 10
It’s already Day 10 of my 12 Days of Christmas 2019, where does the time go? I hope you have been following along and enjoying the pinterest inspired ideas so far.
Day 10 brings you an upcycled wine bottle using paint and an image transfer technique.
The wine jug was found at the thrift store so, no, my friend did not have to drink the wine this time, lol.
I tried to cover the bottle with white chalk paint but for some reason it would not stick to the bottle so I gave it two coats of white spray paint instead. I found the free graphic on The Graphics Fairy website, here is the link to the image I used.
As per the instructions you will find at ArtsyVaVa, I printed out the graphic in reverse on a laser printer. I adhered the graphic to the bottle using mod podge as that was all I had on hand at the time, although it is recommended to use Dixie Belle clear coat (I would use that next time).
Once it was completely dry, I sprayed the paper with water and started to rub off the paper to reveal the image. It didn’t quite work out the way it was supposed to as I rubbed off too much of the image but I think it looks “more” antiquey (is that a word) this way.
I added jute twine with hot glue around the top of the jug and added some floral sprays (red berries and silver leaves for the Christmas feel).
My inspiration came from ArtsyVaVa and can be found here.
Even though I think this was a Pinterest fail due to the fact I did not follow the instructions exactly, I do like it and have made it worthy of display as home decor. It will be easy to change it up for different seasons.
It’s been a great deal of fun preparing for this event, and I hope you come back for the last two days of 12 Days of Christmas 2019.
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Welcome to Day 9 of my 12 Days of Christmas 2019. This is my 6th year in a row bringing you 12 Days of Christmas from A Wandaful Thing. Today’s Pinterest inspired idea are these cute DIY Dollar Tree Enamel Ornaments. Adding a custom look is quick, simple and easy. You can pick up these ornaments for $1.25 each at the Dollar tree and they come already adorned with burlap and pine cones.
All that was needed to make these look like vintage enamel ornaments was a black Sharpie permanent marker and some ribbon.
It was pretty easy to make these ornaments look like vintage enamel, you simply add black marks with the Sharpie in areas where you think they would naturally wear. If you own any vintage enamelware take a look at where it has worn over the years and you will get the idea of how to make it look aged.
My inspiration came from one of my favorite YouTuber’s The Daily Diyer, you can watch her youtube video here.
These were so fast and easy to make and would look great on any Christmas tree, used as an embellishment on a gift or put in a dish and displayed as Christmas decor.
It’s been a great deal of fun preparing for this event.
Here is a recap of the Wandaful Things in 12 Days of Christmas 2019 so far:
Welcome to Day 3 of my 12 Days of Christmas 2019. This is my 6th year in a row bringing you 12 Days of Christmas from A Wandaful Thing. Today’s Pinterest inspired idea is a homemade version of one of my childhood favorite instant drink mixes – Nesquik.
You will only need three simple ingredients to make your own homemade version of this instant chocolate milk mix and you probably have these in your pantry; cocoa, sugar and salt. I love vintage mason jars so I used one to mix and store the “Homemade version of Nesquik”. You can add a label like I did and an embellishment like jute twine and ribbon and this would make a great gift.
The measurements are:
1/3 cup Cocoa Powder, 2/3 cup sugar and a pinch of salt. Add it all to your pint jar, screw the lid on tight and shake. To use, add 1-2 tablespoons to a glass of milk and stir. **Here’s a tip I tried when mixing it in the glass. To get the powder to ‘dissolve’ in the milk, first add a small amount of hot tap water. Add in your powder and stir it well. Then add in your milk. This will make a smoother version with no chocolate powder floating to the top.
This was my inspiration, you can find a link to it here.
I tried it and was sipping on my homemade chocolate milk as I was writing this post. I must say it was soooo delicious and brought back good memories. In my mind it was a Pinterest pass 🙂
It’s been a great deal of fun preparing for this event, and I can’t wait to show you what Wandaful Things I’ve been up to.
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