Crafty Christmas Trees

My inspiration for my Crafty Christmas trees came about from a few different sources.  I loved these ideas that I saw (see below) and wanted to make my own versions.



I bought three different sizes of floral foam cones and made each tree a little different.

For the biggest tree, I pinned on circles of felt to look like ruffles.  It took 16 sheets of felt and a lot of time to cut out all of those circles!  But it was worth it ~ so pretty!  I then added little jingle bells as ornaments, a pretty sequin ribbon for garland, and some glitter as snow.  Then a bow on top to complete it.

For the smallest tree, I wrapped the cone in green yarn, glued on tiny pom poms for the ornaments, and added a mini bow to the top.  I also painted a very small plant pot to put underneath the tree.

For the middle sized tree, I also painted a plant pot to put underneath it.  I wrapped the tree in white yarn, but covered the whole thing in silver glitter.  (I LOVE glitter!) I also added tiny pom poms to it as ornaments and added a little star to the top.

Now I have a cute display on little Christmas trees. I’d love to make more – like a pinecone tree, a fabric tree, a jingle bell tree — the sky is the limit!

Any other ideas?!?

Wooden Christmas Light Garland

I was going to try to find vintage Christmas lights to cover in glitter (found via Pinterest- see below) but I found something even better!


I found these little wooden Christmas lights at the local craft store.  They were too adorable to pass up at 39 cents each.  I thought it’d be fun to paint them and make them sparkle with glitter!

I had acrylic paint in a variety of colors, and bought two classic Christmas colors- red & green.  I painted each light a different color, and sprinkled them with gold glitter dust (it worked better than regular glitter in this case).  I painted the bases of the lights black too, and then decided to tie them onto a green yarn to make garland!

Easy & fun little project to add some Christmas cheer to the house.  You could also just display them in a little jar or dish on the table.  :)

P.S. – Thanks Ryan for photographing my lights!



Christmas Ornament Wreath

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!  I spent most of my Thanksgiving break hanging out with Ryan and working on Christmas crafts. It was so relaxing; I didn’t want it to end! You can expect lots of fun Christmas posts in the near future because I have lots of projects up my sleeve. :) I’m starting with my Christmas ornament wreath I made. It was easy to make, fairly inexpensive, and it looks LOVELY!

I based my wreath off of this tutorial I found via Pinterest. It was a good use for a wire hanger (my Mom won’t get rid of them). The only difference is that I hot glued the smaller gold ornaments and bells in instead of stringing them on the wire with the red and green.

I had fun choosing the ornaments (I got cheap ones in a package at Walmart) and arranging them on the wreath.  It took 52 of the large ornaments and maybe about 20 of the smaller ones.  My Mom helped me make a red and green ribbon to tie it all together!  Also – thanks to Ryan for using his muscles to help me bend the hanger.  ;)

You could do a lot with this wreath to make it your own.  What are you creating this holiday season?!


Belated Christmas Post

{Christmas Eve}


We woke up to a Winter Wonderland!!!  So perfect.  Just enough snow to cover everything, but not too much where we couldn’t travel.


I also woke up with a slight cold.  Boo!  I had one last Christmas also – this better not be a tradition.  Thank goodness it wasn’t a bad one.

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The main roads were clear so Sara, Ryan, and I headed to SW Missouri to Ryan’s Grandparents.

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His uncle and cousin also joined us and we had a nice Christmas Eve dinner of soup and a surprise dessert to celebrate Ryan’s graduation!

We ALMOST dropped the cake.

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(Except he found out he has ONE science class left to take. So I guess we’ll have to have another cake when he graduates in May!  Oh well, he’s pretty much done anyway and looking for a job. Who needs that piece of paper anyway?  Ha jk!)

Then it was time for gifts. And lots of pictures!

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We watched A Christmas Story before visions of sugar plums danced in our heads.


{Christmas Day}

Drove 2 hours to Ryan’s extended family gathering in Joplin, Missouri.  It was my first time to experience their family Christmas and their famous spaghetti and meatballs.  I sat there trying to figure out who was who, and where all his family came from!  Ryan has a lot of extended family like cousins once removed and second cousins and I don’t even know the equivalent in my family!  They are all very welcoming and kind.

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Then we drove 3 hours back home and had a big Christmas dinner (more like traditional Thanksgiving dinner) with my Mom and her BF, my brother, Ryan, & Sara!  We were pretty tired from a busy day, but it was fun!

I was so excited for Ryan to open his presents from me!

He got COAL in his stocking…heheh…made of soap!  Much to his delight, he also got a Magic Trackpad!

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We got his Mom an artificial Christmas tree for next Christmas and beyond!

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We got my Mom some new dishes and an iron!

I got a wallet from my Mom and money from my Grandma !

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Overall, I had a very Merry Christmas.  Lots of memories, lots of fun. ♥  I hate when Christmas is over.  So sad!