Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ornament Garland

I figured I could sneak in one more Christmas idea. It's not over YET! I promised I would show you how to make the ornament garland from my Christmas tree. I got the idea from this garland they are selling at Target that was SO CUTE. Of course it was only a few feet long so that meant I would have to buy a ton of them. Which would mean I would spend way too much money. SO, this way was a lot cheaper. Here it is. It is super easy!

What you need:
Some sort of string or thin ribbon that goes with you Christmas ornaments. I just used this gold string that I already had.

Christmas ball ornaments I used the plastic ones. I figured they would store better than the glass ones. I also mixed two different colors. You use whatever works on your tree.

What to do: Now all you do is string the balls on the string. The hole in the top of most balls are pretty tiny and this is why you need a thin ribbon or string. It will go a lot faster.

Keep stringing! Squish them all together so it looks nice and full. Make it as long as you'd like and then tie the end off with a ball.

DONE! GO hang it on your tree! I'm going on the hunt after Christmas for a couple more tubs so I can make another garland! Hope you guys like this. Let me know. Have a Merry Christmas.

I'm linking this up to:

The DIY Show Off
Go check out all the fabulous ideas people have shared.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Neighbor Gifts

I loved this idea when I saw it last year. It's personalized hand soap! The message actually goes inside the bottle. I can't remember exactly where I saw it. Anyway, they have been the best neighbors/best bud gifts ever. Teachers love them for their classroom too. So, want to know how to make 'em?

Here goes...
Step 1: Find a cheap clear soap. Walmart has them for 98 cents.

Step 2: Remove the label. These ones have a label that is actually removable on the front. The back one is another story...it comes off but leaves the sticky stuff, not cute!

Step 3: Use this to get the sticky off. I just used a ton of paper towels so I could just throw them away. Be sure to do it outside it is so smelly!

Step 4: Get on your computer and print out onto paper whatever you want to put inside. I made a few practice ones and checked to see if they would fit by holding them next to the bottle. Then we purchased some transparencies from a print center and had them copied onto the transparency. I tried printing them on my home printer but it does not work. It smears. You need to have it photo copied. After you have them printed cut them into little squares and roll them into the soap like a message in a bottle. They pop right opened and you can use the pump to push it to the front. EASY!

Step 5: On my computer I made a little saying. It said,"Hope your holiday season "BUBBLES" over with Joy!" Then I got some extra Christmas cards that I didn't use this year and cut them by hand into a tag shape. I inked the edges with my green ink pad, slapped the saying on the back, punched a hole, added a couple of cute ribbons, tied it to the bottle and DONE!

Aren't they SUITE?

SUITE and Simple Christmas

Merry Christmas and welcome to our first post here at Cinnaberry Suite! I'm still going to be working on adding more stuff so check back often. For today,
I'm taking you on a little tour around our house for a "Suite and Simple Christmas".
Come on in...

Our Shelves are stocked with snowmen and stars...I LOVE STARS!

I turned my uplight into a wreath holder.

I found these little pillow ornaments at Dollar Tree. I cut off the hanger and put them in a little wooden bowl on my coffee table...totally kid friendly.

Speaking of kids. They decorated our tree. I added the star and the ornament garland that I made pictured below. (I'll show you how to make that too!)

Here is our mantle with homemade stocking hangers!

Our bathroom shelf has a small tree, a sled and a gift on top. The mirror is decorated with fun jingle bells. So Suite!

On top of the book shelf I have my little snowman set up.

It was all about simple this year. Suite and Simple. Leave me a note so I know you stopped by. Thanks for coming! Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Stocking Holders ReVaMp

I am joining the party over at Shanty 2 Chic!

Shanty 2 Chic

If you've never visited Shanty 2 Chic head over and partake of their fabulousness! I look forward to checking in everyday to see what new ideas they have. Thank you Shanty Sisters for sharing your talents with the rest of us.
Now for the revamp....
SO, I had these shiny gold "SANTA" stocking holders that I just loved when I bought them a few years back. WELL....they just aren't doin' it for me anymore. Quite SHANTY don't you think?

While I was studying up on my Pottery Barn Catalogs, I saw this picture. So beautiful, right? *CHING* on came the light!

This is what I did:

Took the fuzzy stuff off the bottom of the holder. It peels right off. I saved it so I could reuse it. Then I took out the little screw and removed the weight.
Under the weight it has little screws that hold the letter onto the holder. I removed those.
Then, I went on a hunt for some old frames I've been keeping. PERFECT!
I removed all the backs and glass from them.

Now for the fun part...I took the party outside and sprayed the hooks and frames all with RUSTOLEUM (Satin Classic, low-sheen finish) in a pretty red. LOVE IT!
Then once the frames dried I scuffed them up a bit with medium grit sandpaper.
I screwed the weight back into the bottom of the holders and stuck the fuzzy stuff back on. Then I got my GOOP glue and spread it on the top of the holder to attach the frame.
Since I don't own a pair of clamps (hint, hint, Santa!) I rubberbanded them together to hold until they were dry. (About 2-3 hrs.)

Next, I found some pictures of the little chicks and the hooks found their place on my mantle....DONE! The kids should be able to spot thier stocking on Christmas morning without a problem. Thanks again Shanty Sisters. You guys are great!

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