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DIY Christmas Ornaments

Before we get to the DIY ornaments…

Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving and maybe some Black Friday shopping done? I’m still in disbelief that we are well into the end of the year holiday season! 2015 was pretty eventful to say the very least, starting with my kitty getting diagnosed with stage 2 kidney disease last December and our home remodel in May-June. A lot of things had to take a back seat to get my life and family in order. But now that the dust has settled, I can finally move onto the hobbies I enjoy (well at least until our kitchen remodel next year!) A quick summary about our remodel: we finally replaced our super gross carpet with laminate flooring all throughout, painted the house inside and out, replaced our A/C and heating system, upgraded our electrical outlets and modernized our light fixtures. I’m telling you, reflooring your entire lived-in house is a MASSIVE project and not to be taken lightly!! We had to schedule several weeks prior to D-day to pack and move everything out of the house. That was probably the hardest and the most labor-intensive of the project, probably because we had so much junk! Planning and shopping for the flooring and picking out the paint colors were fun. Dealing with difficult workers was not. Keeping up with logistics and handling the budget was more than manageable. After about two weeks of noise and dust and living in one cramped bedroom with two kitties, the house looked nice and new. And every weekend after that, it was spent on cleaning, organizing, decluttering, getting rid of (a LOT of) stuff, shopping for new furniture and decorations, assembling and painting furniture, mini decoration and sewing projects, etc. etc. I think we had the Salvation Army and the Bulky Items trucks come out to our house practically every week. We worked diligently on the house for about 3-4 months straight, which took a toll on all of us. I know I talked about posting pictures of the remodel on my Facebook page, but frankly, I’ve gotten so tired of anything that had to do with decorating that I just gave up on finishing the house… well, until some time passes and I get inspired again. At this point, it’s about 80% done and I am completely okay with a living space that’s not magazine-worthy. It’s just not worthy enough for a blog post. 🙂 Maybe when one of the rooms is done and is to my liking, I will do a post on it.

So, after all this, was the remodel worth it? Absolutely! I love coming to a de-cluttered pretty home with new furnishings and decorations. And now that the holiday season is upon us, we have started to deck the rooms with Christmas decorations. We’re still working on the living room so I won’t write about that today. But here are some pictures of DIY’ed ornaments for my pink and grey bedroom. First, holiday greetings from this cute little birdie I found at Target:

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Oriental Trading provided these awesome clear ornaments that I used to make these pink balls. I swirled Martha Stewart’s pearly acrylic paint on the inside to coat the orbs. I mixed two colors in some them. You just open up the clear ornament, pour some of the paint on both sides of the orb, close it and shake it until the globe is coated well. I’ve had to reopen the globe to add more paint when there wasn’t enough. Once you do one or two, you’ll get the hang of how much paint to put in. The “Happy Holidays” sign and the white snowflakes are also from Oriental Trading.
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On a few ornaments, I brushed some Elmer’s glue on the outside and sprinkled either some fake snow or glitter. To finish the look, I added a mini holiday wreath from Michaels to a big white decorational bowl and arranged the ornaments inside. Since my bedroom wall is pink (it’s actually a violet that’s close to pink), I painted the ornaments in shades of pink to match. It’s feminine but also Christmasy. What do you think?
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For the living room, the color scheme is red, green and gold. So I made these golden ornaments by drawing on the outside with a gold metallic sharpie and putting gold glitter inside. These will be going back to the living room Christmas tree after this photoshoot. 🙂
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We got this LED lit ornament tree from Target. It adds a nice ambience to the room and will be staying as part of the room throughout the year! We LOVE Target and their fashion-forward products!
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Hope you all have a nice and cozy rest of the year! This probably will be my only post for 2015 and I’m not promising a more fruitful 2016 blog-wise. lol. But I still love my blog and sharing my craft ideas. So please look on my Facebook page (click on the icon on the top of the page) for announcements! And let’s also remember the less-fortunate during this season. My prayer is for the good Lord to provide them shelter and food, hopefully through people like you and me! Blessings!

**I received the pre-made and materials for the ornaments from Oriental Trading Company for this review. All opinions are my own.

Water Bottle Centerpieces

Looking for a centerpiece idea that’s easy on the wallet and also eco-friendly? Check out these centerpieces made out of small and big recycled water bottles!
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With less than one month before my friends’ outdoor Hawaiian wedding (you can read more about it here), I had to come up with centerpieces for 10+ tables. I knew that I wanted to incorporate the theme of water, sand and fire, so I needed something that would hold one of these three elements. But what do I use and how? Well, my first step in brainstorming: Google search! (As much as I hate the fact that Google knows so much about everyone, I do love Google…) So I began searching for wedding images and the internet is brimming with them! Of course, with unlimited funds, the sky’s the limit in terms of creating incredible-looking centerpieces. But I needed to find a budget-savvy solution… One night, brainstorming around my backyard, I looked over at the pile of hopefully-soon-to-be-recycled but-too-lazy-to-go-to-the-recycling-center water bottles that have been amassing for months. Then came the idea, ‘Ok, why not make something out of these plastic bottles since I have plenty of them?! If I mess up, I have more!’ At first, I was going to cut them at different heights and use them as vases (as inspired by this image.)
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I thought the ridges on the bottle were cool and not so cheap-looking when you get rid of the labels. You know, anything simple that’s repeated looks good. But vases are so predictable at a wedding, no? How about another way of using the bottles? Then after a dinner conversation with my friend (thanks for the inspiration, Dora!) I locked in on the idea of cutting the 1-Gallon bottles sideways and filling them with sand to make them into mini sand boxes. These sideways bottles were perfect for transporting the wedding guests to the beach, even only for a moment, with sand and Cricut cut-outs of beach-themed images. Here’s a mock-up I made during a dry run:
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While the sand boxes adorned the family tables up in front, I made vases for the rest of the eight tables that were filled with water, real Lei flowers, sand and LED candles. Each centerpiece had a table name that were cut out with Cricut, with names like “Aloha”, “Maui Me”, “Family”, “Friends”, etc. The Cricut cut-outs were propped up by popsicle sticks, and stuck into the sand (mixed with some water to make it sturdy.) Here’s how I assembled them:

1. Cut out two identical layers of table names using Cricut. I used my Cricut Studio to make custom words and welded them together with images. Fonts and images are from the Life is a Beach cartridge. Place two popsicle sticks two-inches apart from end to end (because that’s how wide the small water bottle was) and glue them in between the layers. Use a strong glue (I used a tacky glue) so that the paper don’t come apart.
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2. Remove the label from a 1-Gallon plastic water bottle (I got mine from Costco) and cut it to about 6″ high. I made an incision with an exacto knife first then cut around the bottle with scissors. It was easier than I thought. With a lighter, burn away any rough edges. Cut a smaller (individual size) plastic water bottle, about 5″ high the same way. Glue the bottom of the smaller bottle onto the middle of the big bottle with hot glue, so that it doesn’t move around in the water. Fill the smaller bottle with sand, about 4″ high. Fill the big bottle with water, also about 4″ high. (These height measurements are relative. Cut and fill them as high or low as you need them.) Insert the popsicle sticks into the sand and place a battery-operated LED candle in the middle. You can float flowers around the small bottle. Here I have some plastic flowers from Oriental Trading Company. But we floated real Lei flowers on the wedding day. I also threw in some river rocks into the water to anchor the bottle.
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3. Here’s the finished product. You can further decorate the vase with a ribbon around it.
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With a little bit of imagination, you can recycle your water bottles into fun centerpiece creations! Please feel free to leave me a comment or click on the heart if you like this post!