A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2017 – Day 10

                Welcome to A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas – Day 10

I am thrilled to be able to bring you A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas for the 4th year in a row. I’m excited as this year the theme of all of my posts will be about thrifted, gifted (diy) and vintage items as Christmas presents.

Today is Day 10 and this gift falls into the “gifted” category.  A bottle brush snow globe. This is not a new idea as it has been trending on Pinterest, YouTube and all over the internet not just this year but it seems in past years. There are many variations on this idea and I decided to use a mason jar as my globe (no surprise as everyone knows how much I love mason jars). This gift was so easy to pull together and took a total of five minutes.

I found a little set of fake mini lights in my craft stash and decided to string them on the bottle brush tree before I glued the tree to the lid.  Just add fake snow and it’s done!

 

I think it is really cute and I’m not sure I want to give this gift away. For the moment it is sitting on a shelf in my living room.  Maybe it’s Merry Christmas to me??

 

I invite you to come back and see what Day 11 brings.

Thrifted, gifted and vintage gifts are A WandafulThing, unique and one of a kind.

Here is a recap with links to what’s happened so far and links to all the Wandaful Things I created last year (2016).

2017

Day 1 – “Be Jolly” Tray

Day 2 –  Wine Box

Day 3 – Neighbor Gifts

Day 4 – Shine A Light

Day 5 – Poinsettia

Day 6 – Peppermint Mousse

Day 7 -Picture Frames

Day 8 -Angel Ornament

Day 9 – Apron et al

2016

Day 1 – Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies

Day 2 – Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Day 3 – Cork Reindeer

Day 4 – Salted Caramel Pretzel Pecan Bon-Bon

Day 5 –  O Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

Day 6 – DIY Table Decoration

Day 7 – Peppermint Bark Oreo Cookies

Day 8 – Jazzed Up Candle Holders

Day 9 – Shortbread Bars

Day 10 – Reindeer Cards

Day 11 – Edible Pretzel Wreaths

Day 12 – Deer Antler Door Decoration

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Thanks for stopping by….until next time.

 

Result from the Eight Dollar Easter Decorating Challenge

I recently posted a challenge to do some Easter Decorating for under $8.00 CDN- I referred to the Youtube challenge I followed that was started by Hillary from My So Called Home.

You can see that post here.

My vignette coast me $1.50 as I only purchased the three Vintage bunny banks at $0.50 a piece.  I scoured the house for items that I already  had and came up with a few varieties but this first one is my favorite.Here is proof on my price … I remember these fuzzy bunny banks from when I was young.

AND a closer look at what is in the picture.

Here are the other vignette’s I tried that weren’t quite right…lol Continue reading Result from the Eight Dollar Easter Decorating Challenge

Eight Dollar Easter Decorating Challenge

I’ve recently enjoyed viewing the $5.00 Goodwill Challenge Spring Decorating 2017 that was started by Hillary from My So Called Home. Here is the playlist to all the YouTubers that took her challenge- check them out, you might get inspired. The playlist from Hillary – My so called home http://bit.ly/2miYBsi

Well that $5.00 US is equal to about $6.69 CDN dollars 😦 and lets face it thrift finds are more plentiful and cheaper in the USA.  However, having said that – I am definitely up for the challenge and I’ll be keeping my budget under $10.00 – let’s say at a healthy $8.00

I am putting out the challenge on this blog, my Facebook page and my instagram page hashtag #EasterDecoratingChallenge.

Here is a cute idea from bellalimento

Continue reading Eight Dollar Easter Decorating Challenge

10 Best Saint Patrick’s Day Crafts

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I know what you are thinking, it’s Valentine’s Day and already she is posting about Saint Patrick’s Day. Well that’s the way it is in the blogging and retail world, you have to think ahead to stay ahead.

Ha ha ha ha, I certainly am not ahead of the game as I’ve seen lots of St. Patty’s Day posts out there already and all over Pinterest. I don’t normally decorate or craft for this occasion but this year I decided to change things up.

I’ve chosen 10 of the best Saint Patrick’s Day crafts I could find (that is my opinion) and now I just have to decide which one I will make – good thing is I have a month to decide.

First up is this Fabric Lucky Clover Specimen Art by Flamingo Toes

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I really like the look of this and although it is made with fabric, I think you could make a similar version from scrapbooking papers.

2.  St. Patrick’s Clover Treats – Here is an easy treat for a St. Patty’s Day gift for your kid’s classroom, neighbors, or coworker – check out the link, comes with full tutorial.

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3. Pot of Gold – ok, I adore this one and it does appear super easy to make, not too many supplies needed. Here’s what you need…mini terracotta pot, black acrylic paint, a sponge brush, mod podge, gold glitter, shamrock sticker or vinyl cut out and rolo candies. Get full tutorial by clicking the link above.

 

 

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4. If you can crochet this next one from Sarahndipities is for you – just plain adorable is all I can say.

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5. Shamrock Bouquet – show some love to St. Patty’s Day by making this simple easy shamrock bouquet.  This craft is from dollar store crafts – it’s inexpensive, easy and looks terrific in a mason jar.

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Continue reading 10 Best Saint Patrick’s Day Crafts

Day 7 : Peppermint Bark Oreos

Peppermint Bark Oreo Cookies

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These make great neighbor gifts. They are easy to make and take no time at all. Christmas and peppermint seem to go together and when you combine peppermint with white chocolate and Oreos you have a winning combination.  If you give them to the neighbors they are going to love them, I promise.

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Here is what you need:  Continue reading Day 7 : Peppermint Bark Oreos

Day 2: Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Homemade Peppermint Sugar Scrub 

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I love to give gifts that I can make in my own kitchen with ingredients I already use and trust. The good old internet can come up with a ton of ideas and recipes. When I read this one I knew it was the one I wanted to make.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups of sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
red food coloring
peppermint essential oil (my favorite is made by doTerra)

DIRECTIONS

Pour sugar into a medium-sized bowl.
Mix in the coconut oil
Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil
Divide your sugar mixture into two equal sized portions.
Mix in a few drops of red food coloring to one portion
Add your sugars to the jar in layers. Press down to compact.
Alternate between your pink and white layer.

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September Craft Challenge – how to make a soap dispenser from a mason jar.

September Craft Challenge – make a craft using a mason jar.

Just in case you are new and this is your first time visiting, here’s the scoop.

August Craft 2For the Third Monday of every month, Amelia (my friend and fellow blogger) and I do a project or post based on one chosen DIY craft or theme, then we share our results and hopefully have inspired you to join the challenge. (The links to my challenge results can be found at the end of this post.)

Last month was our terracotta plant pot challenge, the picture to the left shows the candle holder I made.

This month the craft challenge item was a mason jar . I’ve wanted to make my own mason jar soap dispenser ever since I saw one on the blog One Good Thing By Jillie and that was back in 2012, be sure to check it out, it has a great tutorial.

This is my version of a mason jar soap dispenser and a quick description of how I made it.mason-jar-soap-dispenser

 

I made the hole in the lid with a drill and then used a dremel tool to make the hole big enough for the soap pump to fit.  I spray painted the lid and the ring black to match my bathroom, then glued the pump in with E6000 and once it was dry and filled with soap it was ready to go.  I can’t decide whether or not to chalk paint the mason jar ….what do you think?soap-dispenser

 

You might also like these mason jar air fresheners, check them out here.

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Continue reading September Craft Challenge – how to make a soap dispenser from a mason jar.