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Day 5- A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020

                  A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Day 5

Thank you for joining me for my 12 Days of Christmas 2020.

If you missed the previous 4 days- there will be a link at the end of this post.

This year I am going back to basics of why I started my blog and that was to inspire you to make, bake, create and decorate, all on a budget of course.  From now until the end of November, I will share some simple, easy and budget friendly ideas just in time for the holidays.

Day 5:  No Bake Energy Balls

 

If you are looking for the perfect little snack to help curb your sweet craving, these no bake energy balls provide the perfect mid-day boost for you or any member of your family. Made with just four wholesome and filling ingredients.

Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup natural creamy peanut butter or Peabutter – (if you have an allergy to peanut butter (boo – I do))
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup honey

How to:

  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Mix well until all ingredients are coated.
  • Scoop the mixture using a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon and roll into balls.
  • Refrigerate on lined baking sheet for 1 hour or until firm.
  • Store refrigerated in tightly covered container until ready to eat.

You can take these no bake energy balls up a notch by dipping in melted chocolate.  Once energy bites are dipped in melted chocolate, return to parchment paper and refrigerate for another hour until the chocolate is set. They would make a great hostess gift, great neighbor gifts and of course a healthy snack to leave for Santa.

 

 

Easy, no bake energy balls.  It’s AWandafulThing!

Day 1- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Papercraft Angel

Day 2- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Painted glass jar candle holder

Day 3 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Macrame Keychain

Day 4 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – DIY Holiday Straws

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Day 4- A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020

                  A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Day 4

Thank you for joining me for my 12 Days of Christmas 2020.

If you missed Day 1, 2 &3- there will be a link at the end of this post.

This year I am going back to basics of why I started my blog and that was to inspire you to make, bake, create and decorate, all on a budget of course.  Over the next four weeks I will share some simple, easy and budget friendly ideas just in time for the holidays.

Day 4:  DIY – Holiday Straws

 

These straws are eye-catching and delightful, and they couldn’t be easier to DIY.  They will add a little extra oomph to any holiday drink.

Simply attach small die-cut holly leaves and berries to a red-and-white paper straw with a dab of hot glue or glue dots.

Supplies needed:

  • red and white paper straws
  • red and green cardstock
  • glue gun or glue dots
  • paper punch, die cuts or Cricut or other die cutting machine

I used my Cricut die cutting machine and a free svg file of holly leaves and berries. I cut mine at 3/4 inch. If you have a paper punch or a die cut of holly berries, simply cut equal amounts of holly and berries and attach with either glue dots or hot glue.

I used glue dots to attach the leaves to the straw, as well as the small cluster of red berries.

Simple, easy, inexpensive DIY Holiday Straws make a great addition to any holiday drink.  It’s AWandafulThing!

Day 1- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Papercraft Angel

Day 2- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Painted glass jar candle holder

Day 3 – 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Macrame Keychain

You can  follow me at all these lovely places:

Twitter @awandafulthing

https://www.facebook.com/awandafulthing

https://www.pinterest.com/awandafulthing/

 https://www.instagram.com/awandafulthing/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WTtrinketsandtreasures/

Thanks for stopping by….until next time.

Day 3- A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020

                  A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Day 3

Thank you for joining me for my 12 Days of Christmas 2020.

If you missed Day 1 &2- there will be a link at the end of this post.

I’m so excited that my 12 Days of Christmas has begun. This year I am going back to 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.

Day 3: DIY Tassel Macrame Keychain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This DIY Macrame Keychain uses simple knots and a basic tassel. It might seem like a lot of steps but once you get the hang of making these knots you will be able to make one of these diy tassel macrame keychains in well under 30 minutes. 

Supplies needed:

  • 3mm macrame cording
  • one jump ring per keychain
  • cross stitch floss, yarn or twine

For the keychain shown above I chose to use the square knot.

Cut 2 pieces of cording about 40 inches each in length. Loop each piece through the keyring with a larks head knot, making the outside strands about 2/3 the length of the cord.

6 Basic Macrame Knots

Now make 10 or so square knots.

Right-facing square knot 
A right-facing knot (RFSK) has a vertical bump on the knot that appears to the right. A left-facing knot (LFSK) is tied the same way as a right-facing but mirrored. Follow the instructions for a right-facing, but replace cord A with B, left with right and vice versa.

Step 1. Move cord B to the left across the white filler cords, forming a loop, and behind cord A.

Step 2. Move cord A behind the filler cords, and pass it up through the loop from behind. Pull cord A gently to the right, and B gently to the left, while holding the filler cords straight.

Step 3. Move cord B to the right across the filler cords, forming a loop, and behind cord A. Move cord A behind the filler cords, and pass it up through the loop created by cord B, from behind.

Step 4. Tighten the knot by pulling cords A and B while holding the filler cords straight.

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To finish off, wrap embroidery floss at the bottom for about 1/2 an inch. Cut and secure. To make the tassel cut to desired length and fray the ends.

 

Simple, easy, inexpensive handmade macrame keychains make great gifts for the holidays.  It’s AWandafulThing!

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Recap:

Day 1- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Papercraft Angel

Day 2- 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Painted glass jar candle holder

You can  follow me at all these lovely places:

Twitter @awandafulthing

https://www.facebook.com/awandafulthing

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Thanks for stopping by….until next time.

A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020

                                    A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020

Well 2020 sure wasn’t what any of us expected. It’s been an interesting, strange, challenging, reflective and creative year for me.

During my reflective period I was thinking about what I wanted to do for my 12 Days of Christmas  2020 from A WandafulThing. I decided to go back to the roots of why I started this blog to begin with, to share my love of making, baking, creating and decorating. Over the next four weeks I will share some simple, easy and budget friendly ideas just in time for the holidays.

Be sure to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss a single day or idea.  Day One is scheduled for Monday, November 09, 2020.

Here is a recap with links to all the WandafulThings that were ‘Pinterest’ inspired I created last year (2019).

2019 recap – 12 Days of Christmas Pinterest Inspired

Day 1 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 2 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 3 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 4 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 5 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 6 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 7 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 8 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 9  – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 10 – 12 Day of Christmas 2019

Day 11 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 12 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

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https://www.pinterest.com/awandafulthing/

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Thanks for stopping by….until next time.

Upcycled Tool Caddy

I found this tool caddy at Value Village for $2.99. It was the last trip I made to a thrift store before the world shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Last weekend , like the weekend before and the weekend before that, lol I had some time on my hands so I decided to transform the caddy.

I had some left over indoor white latex paint and I started to paint it and realized I forgot to take a “before” picture.  The picture below is shown with only one coat of paint. The paint soaked in quite well and it took about three to four coats to completely cover it.

 

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I decided to use my Cricut Maker to make a No. 1 decal and a combination of my Chalk Couture transfers to complete the designs on both sides of the tool caddy.

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I put the No. 1 vinyl decal and used a Chalk Couture transfer with black chalk paste on one side. Here is a link to the Chalk Couture transfer I used.

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I used part of another Chalk Couture transfer and black Chalk Couture paste on the other side. This transfer was from the March Club Couture monthly subscription.

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I left the sides plain.

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I made this as a gift for someone but I’m not sure when I will be able to give it to her.  So, in the meantime, I’ll enjoy it in different areas of the house 🙂

I am leaning toward the side that says MARKET. What’s your favorite side?

A repurposed tool caddy – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/It’s A Wandaful Thing Chalk Couture Independent Designer

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