These decorations have added some festive cheer to our home and were fun to make. Grab some little hands, take a coffee break, and enjoy the moment to make something together.
- Popsicle sticks
- glue (hot glue, white glue)
- fun craft goodies (paint, glitter, etc.)
I have had a large LARGE box of Popsicle sticks hanging out in our craft closet for a while now. This craft was great in helping us thin through the lot of them. It was a good brainteaser for the boys and I to work on piecing together different snowflake shapes.
I chose to hot glue mine and then spray painted them a festive gold color. I used some clear line to hang them in the entry way. The little hands can use a white glue and decorate with all their wonderful creativity!
Rustic Festive Bottles
- cleaned soda or wine bottles
- acrylic paint
- scrapbook paper
- mod podge
Take your clean glass bottle and pour some paint inside, swirling the paint around to completely coat the inside. Once dry, you can now add the letters. If you are fortunate enough to have a vinyl machine [and I am slightly green if you do 😉 ] you can do the letter cutouts with adhesive vinyl. Otherwise, I traced my letters on some pretty scrapbook paper and using mod podge added them to the outside of the bottles. I decided to add some jute string to the top with a hot glue gun to give it a rustic natural feel.
Tomato Cage Card Tree
- tomato cage
Very easy one. I had a tomato cage in the garage from the garden season. You could bind the top with jute string, or make a cone out of heavy paper and put that on top. I chose to use a star tree topper I had on hand. When you get some lovely cards in the mail, or the little hands in your house make some awesome drawings, you can use clothespins to hang them up on the cage.
Pine Cone Garland
- pine cones
- hot glue (optional)
This makes for some good outdoor winter fun. We like to go on what we call ‘adventures’. Adventures to my boys means a walk where we look for random things and explore. So we took an adventure in search for pine cones.
You can use your handy helpers to make a garland for the tree or mantle.
If you want to add some color, dip the edges of your pine cones in paint or brush the tips with a paintbrush. Using string or ribbon, loop around the pine cone in open areas (if needed, add some hot glue to secure). Keeping a few inches in between, repeat the process.
♥ Another idea would be to pile them into a tall apothecary jar for mantle or table deco.
- tacky spray
- Epsom salt
Here is where this idea came from. I loved these branches I saw at a local craft store. HOWEVER, 3 sticks for $12.00!? Must have lost your mind. My thoughts went in the direction of “I have a tree in my backyard and surely enough creativity to hack this.”
On your adventure walk, forage for some sticks of varying lengths.
Outside, use some spray adhesive and coat the sticks. The magical trick, use Epsom salt. Sprinkle it over the sticks. It gives it a very frosted snow look. Yet, not too shiny like glitter.
These are great to put in a nice vase, or you could gather a bundle and band them together for a good chunky depth decor item on a shelf or mantle.