Category Archives: 12 Days of Christmas Crafting

DIY: Glitter Reindeer

12 days of christmas craftingOn the 12th Day of Christmas Crafting my true love gave to me… some gliiiiiitter and a reindeer head paper cutout. That sounded a lot more morbid typed out. =P

DSC_1838Anywhoooo, I found this beautiful DIY on Daisy Dreaming’s blog!

DSC_1826Step One: Gather your crafting supplies: Some deliciously sinful glitter [still all over my carpet from the 12 days of crafting], a canvas, tacky glue, a printout of this deer head, and scissors.

DSC_1827Step Two: Print and Cut out Deer Head Silhouette. Trace over the cutout with pencil.

DSC_1828Step Three: Carefully use your tacky glue to outline and fill in the deer silhouette!

DSC_1829Step Four: GLITTER!!!!!!

DSC_1831 DSC_1841 Step Five: Let settle and enjoy your beautiful Christmas creation and the end of the 12 Days of Christmas Crafting!!

DSC_1837 I hope you all had as much fun with the 12 Days of Christmas Crafting as I did! It forced me to get off my bum and get creative in this sometimes consumerism-driven holiday season! =)

Merry Christmas Eve, my loves!

DIY: Snowman Plush

12 days of christmas craftingDay 11 of the 12 Days!!! So close to Christmas, are you all ready??

DSC_1820 You will need: 1 pair of white socks & 1 pair of colorful socks, rubber bands/hair ties, rice, something to make eyes with, scissors.

DSC_1821 I did this DIY with the instructions found here! I’ll just show you the photos of my work! DSC_1823 DSC_1824I made a momma and daughter snowmen! They’re winter-y and fun… and REALLY simple. I loved it. Definitely thinking of ways to make these into hand warmers or smelly-good decorations [Cinnamon stick brooms?], either way… a fun evening craft!

DIY: Homemade Stockings

12 days of christmas crafting3 more days left of Christmas Crafting… and today’s one is a pretty big one: HOMEMADE STOCKINGS! I’m going to show off Mitchel’s because it’s much more original than my Christmas stocking. haha.

DSC_1802 Step One: Gather your supplies: 1/4 yard of your base fabric, 6 inches of the flap fabric, a rotary cutter, a self-healing mat, and a bit of ribbon. Cut out a stencil for the “foot” of the stocking and the flap.

DSC_1803 DSC_1804 DSC_1805 Step Two: Cut out the feet and the flap. Make sure when you cut out the feet you cut one pointing left and one point right. Otherwise you will have to redo one side. haha.

DSC_1806 Step Three: Sew the flap and stocking together. I did this by sewing the white fuzzy flap on what will eventually be the inside of  the stocking. That way I could fold it over afterwards.

Step Four: Put the two outer sides of the stocking facing each other and sew them together. Flip right side out…. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand

DSC_1807VOILA!!!!!  =) Completed “bear stocking”!!!

DIY: Gingerbread House

12 days of christmas craftingWe made a Gingerbread house!!! We ran out of time to actually bake the gingerbread ourselves, so we opted out and cheated with a store bought house. And boy, was that a mistake!DSC_1812 Crack right down the front of the house!

DSC_1816And one slicing through the back as well!

BUT, we made the most of our bad situation… we used TONS of the frosting [which got everywhere] and really prettified this little home for Gingerbread men and women…

DSC_1817 DSC_1818Overall not my favorite craft of the season, but we had a bit of fun struggling with it… and Mitchel even made it a band-aid! haha.

DIY: Felt Christmas Bulb Garland

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DSC_1782 Day 8!!!! I would be lying if I didn’t mention that this is one of my favorites of my 12 days of Christmas Crafting! I’m in LOVE with the way it looks hanging in my doorway!

DSC_1764 Step One: Gather supplies: a whole lotta felt in various colors, brown felt, scissors, a sewing needle and sewing thread, and I used embroidery yarn also!

DSC_1766Step Two: Draw template for the bulb and cut out desired amount of bulbs [two felt cutouts for each single bulb]. Also, use the top of the bulb to cut out a brown piece for the top of the bulb!

DSC_1772 DSC_1771 Step Three: Take your pile of tops and bulbs and sew them together! I hand stitched these together. I’m sure you could use a sewing machine as well, but I thought this might be easier.

DSC_1768DSC_1774Step Four: After your tops are secured to your bulb, take two bulbs and sew them together with the outsides facing each other. Flip them inside out and stuff them before finishing the top stitch on the bulb!

DSC_1775 DSC_1779 Step Five: This part was kind of tricky, but I used a plastic knitting needle and I put some twine through the tops! AND IT IS MAGNIFICENT!! It does take much longer than you’d think, but it’s totally worth it in the end!

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Ignore the mess in the top photo… but look how pretty! =) What a fun and simple Christmas craft!

DIY: Christmas Cookies

12 days of christmas craftingMitch helped me make some delicious butter cookies from the Martha Stewart recipe here! The recipe calls for:

  • 3 cups (spooned and leveled) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Decorating sugar and sprinkles, (optional)

Step One: Place flour, sugar, butter, and salt in the bowl of a food processor; process until mixture is the texture of coarse meal.

Step Two:  In a small bowl, lightly beat egg yolks and vanilla; with motor running, add to food processor. Process just until a dough forms.

Step Three: Chill overnight!

DSC_1785 DSC_1786 DSC_1787 Step Four: Divide dough in half. Flour your cutting surface and roll dough out to 3/16″ thick.

DSC_1790DSC_1798Step Five: Dip cutter in flour and cut out shapes of your choice!

DSC_1791 DSC_1792 DSC_1793Step Six: Decorate those cookies! My handsome fellow is such a fantastical artist, he really did an incredible job with these cookies.

DSC_1794 DSC_1800Step Seven: Bake cookies on 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

DSC_1799Step Eight: ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!! =)

DIY: Christmas Bulb Wreath

12 days of christmas craftingIt’s day 6 of our 12 days of Christmas Crafting! Half way there, folks. It’s kind of bittersweet, isn’t it? This DIY is close to my heart. Mainly because I’ve been admiring these wreaths for so long and I finally got my stuff together and got crafty with it [Yup, a reference to gettin' jiggy with it! Na na na na na na NA!]DSC_1733DSC_1745 First thing’s first! STEP ONE: Gather your supplies! You will need: a styrofoam wreath, some plastic Christmas bulbs [bc they're cheaper haha], hot glue gun with glue sticks, a fun wire garland, and a bow to top it all off!

DSC_1746 Step Two: Just start glueing everywhere!! I did them all together, though I’ve seen people start in three clumps and then fill it in from there! I just preferred to fill in the holes as I went around! I also tried to vary the colors, so it wasn’t TOO matchy patchy. Really, this is all up to your disgression, but PLEASE be careful with your glue gun! Don’t burn yourself!

DSC_1748 DSC_1749 Step Three: I wrapped the wire garland around my wreath, leaving just enough at the end to tie a loop [for hanging the wreath]! I added the bow to the front, attaching it to the wire garland and VOILA!!

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Here is the masterpiece on my front door! I love it so much! It makes me smile everytime I walk by it! So much cooler than the ones at Menards or Target! =)

DIY: Snow Globe

12 days of christmas craftingDay Six… we’re going to make some beautifully handcrafted Snow globes!

DSC_1712 Step 1: Gather supplies! You will need: a mason jar [or two or three], distilled water, glycerin, glitter, epoxy, and some decorations for the inside of your snow globe!

DSC_1713 DSC_1716 Step 2: Take the lid off your mason jar and sand down the inside of it so that your decorations inside the  snow globe will stick to the lid.

DSC_1720 DSC_1718 Step 3: Grab your epoxy and spread some on your lid!

DSC_1724 Step 4: Stick your decorations to the epoxy and let it set.

DSC_1729 Step 5: Place a mixture of mostly distilled water and glitter, with a bit of Glycerin, in your mason jar. Honestly, the amount of Glycerin you put in the jar depends on you. Mitch put much more in his because he wanted his glitter to fall pretty slowly. It’s all personal preference here, kiddos!

DSC_1728Now you have some personalized snow globes!! Mitch’s is the one with the dinosaur in it. I’m very jealous of how well his turned out! C’est la vie, I suppose!

DIY: Yarn-Wrapped Reindeer Ornament

12 days of christmas crafting Day Four is an easy peasy one, folks! Give ya a little -12 Days of Christmas Crafting break!

DSC_1738 Step 1: Find a Reindeer shaped ornament. I found this cutie at Target [pronounced Tar-jhey].DSC_1739 Step 2: Wrap that bad boy is some yarn of your choosing!

DSC_1741What a dapper looking gentleman. Okay, I know this may not be rocket science, but it’s still crafting… even if it’s simple and doesn’t seem like much! You’re using your artistic capabilities to make something just that much more beautiful and unique!

DIY: Noel sign

12 days of christmas craftingDay Three has arrived and we’re going to make a NOEL sign to hang or prop up in our homes!

DSC_1730 Step 1: Gather supplies. You will need: Wooden letters, wooden sign [both from Michael's], wood glue or epoxy, paint, paintbrush, glitter.

DSC_1755Step 2: Paint your wooden letters! I painted mine white because I thought it made them look snowy and festive!

DSC_1753Step 3: Break out the glitter! I used a white, snow-like glitter and just sprinkled it on all the letters while the paint was still wet!

DSC_1756 Step 4: While your letters are drying, paint your wooden plaque. I was in a polka dot mood, so that’s where my mind went!

DSC_1757 DSC_1758Step 5: Break out the glue or epoxy, put it on the back of your letters and place them on the plaque! Let your masterpiece dry and put it somewhere in your home where you can show off your crafty goodness!

VOILA! Three Christmas crafts down!