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How To: Make a Homemade Snow Globe

How To: Make a Homemade Snow Globe
As Kate so delicately alluded to earlier this week, I am somewhat of a holiday junkie. And Christmas is the holiday of all holidays for me. I decorated a week before Thanksgiving; yep, I’m one of those people. One of my most favorite holiday traditions as a child was our little family advent calendar and now that my kids are old enough to enjoy some fun and creative activities, I’ve filled up our little numbered stockings with slips of paper instead of candy. Well, slips of paper intermingled with candy. (There have been lots of questions about my advent calendar, and what I put into it. Snow globes are magical, whimsical, and fun. The first thing you need are jars, with nice snug lids. You can be creative with the items that go inside your snow globe, it’s just important that they are made of materials that won’t break down in water. Another really fun thing is to make your own little figurines with Sculpey Clay. You will create your scene on the underside of the jar lid. Related:  Weird Crafts

20 brilliant things to make in a jar Via: mycakies.blogspot.com Start saving your old jam jars! From cakes to herb gardens, pies to photo frames, and even entire meals … here are 20 fantastic things you never knew you could make with a jar. Via: fatgirltrappedinaskinnybody.blogspot.com Word on the street: salad in a jar is all the rage. Via: bakerella.com Cookies in a jar – a great gift idea. Via: rikkihibbert.co.za For a rustic vintage look, display your photos inside glass jars and bottles. Via: goodfoodbreadandmuffins.blogspot.com Chocolate muffin bread cooked in a jar. Via: pizzazzerie.com Super sweet. Via: simplebites.net Bread, cooked in a jar? Via: marthastewart.com A fabulous visual reminder of your favourite holidays. Via: bigredkitchen.com So let’s just cut to the chase – what about making all your meals in a jar?! Via: runwithglitter.blogspot.com There isn’t a child on earth who wouldn’t be wowed by these: rainbow cupcakes baked in a jar. Via: mybakingaddiction.com Individual cheesecakes in a jar. Via: flickr.com

autumn leaf bouquet I don’t know what it’s like in your neighborhood, but when I step outside here in Oakland, I sense it right away: Fall is in the air! I’m lucky enough to have a few turning trees on my street, so I don’t miss out entirely on the brilliant autumn colors I remember from growing up in NH. Speaking of brilliant autumn colors, I’m thrilled to share this stunning maple leaf rose bouquet DIY from a fellow Kate — clay, fiber and paper artist Kate Hust. Kate first learned how to make these a few years ago from a retired art teacher in her community, and now they’ve become an annual tradition when fall rolls around. Her instructor taught her to wrap the leaves really tight, so they looked like rose buds, but Kate has modified the technique a bit to suit her own tastes: She likes to find the really big leaves and make them with large open “petals.” Read the full how-to after the jump! The best part of living in Northern Michigan is the changing seasons. Materials Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Craft - Coffee Filter Flowers Tutorial! I have developed an unnatural love for crafting with coffee filters. They make so many easy, cute, and cheap crafts! One of my students sent in a huge box of coffee filters, so I have been having fun! My favorite so far is the coffee filter flower! Here is what you need: coffee filterswatercolor dye (hope you made it yourself! Step 1: fold the coffee filter in half. Step 2: fold in half again. Step 3: And then in half again to make a wedge. Step 4: On the flat end you will cut designs to make petals. Step 5: Dip the filter into your dye (watercolor or food coloring). Step 6: Lay flat to dry. Step 7: Use your fingers to gather the center and twist together. Step 8: Be creative! There are so many different ways you can use these flowers! Happy crafting!

ombre wreaths Wow. Thank you all so much for your sweet comments on my French Chair Makeover. You guys really are the best part of this blog, and I’m grateful for you all. I came up with the idea for these felt ombre wreaths by combining my love of felt wreaths (see here, and here) with one of my favorite new trends…ombre! To create these felt ombre wreaths, I used wool felt purchased from Etsy, as well as two straw wreaths (12″ and 8″). Questions? Out of curiosity- what color ombre-patterned wreath would you like to see? linking to:home stories A to Ztatertots and jello You Might Also Like:

Hanging Chains Headband DIY While browsing Topshop last week, I came across this fun hanging chains headband and thought with Coachella right around the corner, an easy DIY for something similar would be fun. I used an old plastic zig zag stretchy comb headband I’ve had for years because it was the most logical choice to hang chains from but you can use an elastic band in a similar way. The chains disappear a little in my blonde hair but they would stand out really pretty agains brunette locks {it would also look great on a shorter cut as well}. If you’re super crafty, add a feather or bead/charm to the bottom of a few chains. What You’ll Need… * Circular headband* Chains: fine, thick, gold, silver, rose gold… use a variety of colors and sizes or all the same… choose chains that are lighter in weight.* Jump rings {for small chains only}* Beading pliers Steps… * Prepare your chains. * Using the extra loose chain links or jump rings for small chains, attach one chain to each section of your plastic headband. And…Voila!

Weekend DIY: Make Your Christmas Tree I love the smell of pine on Christmas but ah well, cutting the trees down to have them inside isn't the best we can do for the forest, is it! Unless you use a live Christmas tree, which you can later plant in your garden, or you gather fallen or broken branches thus helping clean the forest, you will not be extremely green. But you can always use your imagination and create unusual, unexpected and over-exciting Christmas tree out of almost anything! You will need some wooden rails and hot glue for this one. Click here to get to the easy tutorial. Who knew that you can make a sweet dimensional Christmas tree out of rolled paper? Don't throw away your wine bottles, you might need them for Christmas! Plywood Christmas tree anyone? This one is so natural and reminds me a mobile. For the passionate reader - a Christmas tree made of books! ‘Christmas tree for purists’ made of numerous oiled wooden beams from northern pine. What Christmas tree will you have this year?

Haunted House Silhouettes With some jobs, when you’re burned out it’s best to take a break, to get away from the office and focus on something else. With creativity, however, I’ve found the opposite helps: for me the only cure for burnout is more challenges rather than fewer. One such challenge came my way a few years ago, when I had an opportunity to decorate an entire house for Halloween. The homeowner had a strict $100 budget and insisted that nothing be attached to the house in a manner that would damage the exterior shingles. The challenge was at first daunting, not least because I was doing the project pro-bono, the materials budget was tiny, and the restrictions seemed stifling. The solution arrived when I realized that the paper blinds on all of the windows provided me the chance to turn the entire house into one oversized luminary by creating very large paper silhouettes on all of the windows.

DIY Christmas Decoration Tutorials Those of you who follow me on Twitter probably know that Jordan has gone home to Virginia for the rest of the week (sadface). I've made a To-Do list of all the things I'd like to get done (and keep busy with). Among updating some blog features and prepping my shop for a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale, I'm hoping to make some Christmas decorations. I've been browsing the internet for a couple days and there are some great ideas out there that I can't wait to try! I couldn't find the original source for this photo but I imagine it involves hot gluing cinnamon sticks around candle votives. Are you making your own decorations?

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