Day 11: Cork Ornaments

WELCOME TO DAY 11 OF MY 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DECORATING, CRAFT AND GIFT IDEA CHALLENGE.

IMG_8665

IMG_8668

 

During my many visits on Pinterest I saw a variety of ornaments made from used corks.

I decided to try my hand at them. I had to purchase my corks online and found some used corks at Jelinek Cork Group.

I also searched the internet for the easiest way to cut the corks and after many different opinions decided to use the steam method. Continue reading Day 11: Cork Ornaments

Day 10: 4×4 Tiered Candle Holders

WELCOME TO DAY 10 OF MY 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DECORATING, CRAFT AND GIFT IDEA CHALLENGE.

IMG_8663

We had a temporary “get us through the winter safely” fix up on our front door step recently and I was so excited when I discovered there was left over 4×4 lumber.

So, just like back in October re the wooden pumpkins I made with the pieces of 4×4 that L cut for me.  Shown here…IMG_0660I had L do the same thing with the leftover 4×4 from the front door fix.  He cut and sanded for me 1 x 6″ high, 1 x 8″ high and 1 x 10″ high, only this time he drilled a hole in the middle on top using a 1 3/4″ spade bit for a tea light candle. Continue reading Day 10: 4×4 Tiered Candle Holders

Day 9: Oranaments from Recycled Toilet Tissue Tubes

WELCOME TO DAY 9 OF MY 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DECORATING, CRAFT AND GIFT IDEA CHALLENGE.

IMG_8647

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time then you probably know that I have a hard time throwing things out, I prefer to recycle, reuse or repurpose whenever possible. I had a pretty big stash of toilet tissue paper tubes waiting to be turned into wall art or Christmas ornaments.

Continue reading Day 9: Oranaments from Recycled Toilet Tissue Tubes

Day 8: Vinyl Serving Bowls

WELCOME TO DAY 8 OF MY 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DECORATING, CRAFT AND GIFT IDEA CHALLENGE.

What do Roseanne Cash, Janie Fricke and Tina Turner (vinyl LP)have in common in my household??

They became serving bowls for some of my christmas goodies!!!

IMG_8429

Remember the vinyl records I picked up at the “Use it or Lose it” event (I’ve mentioned a few times before…) one of them turned into my Vinyl Snowman wall hanging (see below) and three more became serving bowls.

IMG_8567

There are lots of tutorials on-line to melt vinyl LP records into various objects. Here is a link to the one I used and pretty much followed it to the letter. Continue reading Day 8: Vinyl Serving Bowls

Day 7: Merry Christmas Salsa Tradition

WELCOME TO DAY 7 OF MY 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DECORATING, CRAFT AND GIFT IDEA CHALLENGE.

IMG_8672

I am just cresting the half way  mark through my 12 days of Christmas decorating, craft and gift idea challenge and I hope you have enjoyed it so far.

Today, I share a recipe for my version of Merry Christmas Salsa.

The gift of my Merry Christmas Salsa to my family and very close friends each year has been going on for a long time, so I decided I am officially going to call it a tradition. Continue reading Day 7: Merry Christmas Salsa Tradition

Day 6: Urn Planter Door Stoop Decoration

WELCOME TO DAY 6 OF MY 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DECORATING, CRAFT AND GIFT IDEA CHALLENGE.

IMG_6076

Today’s FABULOUS idea comes from The Surly Mermaid.  She is a good friend of mine and does monthly “snippet” blog posts here at A Wandaful Thing.  She has many other talents besides her quirky , off the cuff writing style and she is sharing one with us today. Continue reading Day 6: Urn Planter Door Stoop Decoration

Day 5: Light fixture turned candle sconce

WELCOME TO DAY 5 OF MY 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DECORATING, CRAFT AND GIFT IDEA CHALLENGE.

IMG_8598

 

Here is yet another example of a reused/repurposed thrift store item.   Continue reading Day 5: Light fixture turned candle sconce