Snowflake Wreath

Wreath




The Snowflake Wreath is still one of my favorite holiday crafts that I have made. I love it because it is sparkly and it can be kept up past Christmas! It was also a lot of fun to make. I may have gotten stuck in the wreath form and Miranda and I got to spray it with glitter paint! Who could say not to that?! Okay maybe a select few, like my future mother-in-law. But, we are starting to bring her over to the sparkly side!!!! Let’s get started!

Materials: 

  • Roll of Tulle – I bought mine at Micheal’s. If you can’t find it, ask an employee. It can be bought at almost any craft store. If you can not find it, you can by tulle off of the bolt and cut it to size.
  • Hot glue gun
  • Plastic snowflakes- I bought mine at the Dollar Tree.
  • Wire wreath form- I found this at Jo Ann’s by all of the creepy doll heads and doilies.
  • Glitter fabric spray- Totally optional
  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge021

Step One: This step is truly optional. The snowflakes I bought already had glitter on them, but they weren’t sparkly enough for me. So of course, I added more… I brushed a light layer of Mod Podge onto each snowflake and then sprinkled glitter on them. I used two different colors of glitter to mix it up a little. Let the snowflakes dry while you do the rest of the wreath.

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Step Two: Cut all of your tulle strips to size. The length of your tulle depends on how long you want the tuffs on your wreath to be. Mine happen to be huge! I kind of cheated a little bit. Being resourceful, I used the book “Milkweed” and wrapped the tulle around the book multiple times. Next I cut at the fold of the tulle at on end of the book and then cut those strips in half. You can also do this with a piece of cardboard. This saved me a ton of time rather than cutting each piece individually. If you want to know how big my strips are, they are approximately the size of the book “Milkweed”…

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Step Three: Start knotting your pieces of tulle onto the wreath form. To do this, I folded my tulle in half then set it under the form. Next, I slipped the ends of the tulle through the loop and pulled it tight. I did all of mine the same direction so that each knot looked the same. Here are some pictures to better explain this process…

Loop tulle in half and place under the wreath form wire.

Loop tulle in half and place under the wreath form wire.

Pull the ends of the ribbon over the wreath wire and through the loop.

Pull the ends of the ribbon over the wreath wire and through the loop.

Pull the ends tight to create a knot.

Pull the ends tight to create a knot.

Step Four: This step is optional, but Miranda and I thought it would be a great idea if we did it. We sprayed the tulle with glitter fabric spray that Miranda had left over from another project. This just helped the tulle sparkle a little bit more. The fabric spray can be found in most craft stores by the shirt making kits, puff paint, or tye dye kits. Let the spray dry before moving on to Step 5!

Step Five: Now it is time to glue on all of those beautiful snowflakes that you made earlier. Using hot glue attach the center of each snowflake to the knots on the wreath. You can space them how ever you would like! After you get all of your snowflakes on,  your wreath is finished! Every year, I have to re-fluf the tuffs when I hang it up on the door, but it has lasted beautifully!2014-12-08 14.29.50

Now remember when I said that I may have gotten stuck inside my wreath? Well that really happened at some point during Step Three… It was terrifying. Miranda and I both thought I could probably fit in it to wear it like a tutu and she convinced me to try it. And I did fit! We just didn’t have a plan for if it didn’t fit back over my shoulders or over my hips, which it didn’t. It was at this point that I started panicking because I really didn’t want to have to explain to our CA (We were living in the dorms at the time) why I was stuck inside of a wreath. Luckily, after a lot of tugging and deep breaths, we got it off! Oh and don’t worry, Miranda watched as I lost my head and photographed the whole thing!

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Wreath wearin' like a boss. If you decide to try on a wreath, this is probably the best way to go about it.

Wreath wearin’ like a boss. If you decide to try on a wreath, this is probably the best way to go about it.

 

Enjoy,

Katelyn

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Glitter Ornaments

This project was a lot of fun! I made them for my friends a couple years ago when we all lived in the dorms. These ornaments are simple enough that even little kids can make them! In fact, I am making them with my Little next week as a gift for her parents. Just make sure that you plan in advance so that they are able to dry ahead of time!

Materials: 

  • Clear or Iridescent craft ornaments- I bought mine at Hobby Lobby (1/2 price of course!) I’m pretty sure my first round of them were clear but when I made some last year, I could only find the iridescent ones. They worked perfectly and there wasn’t a huge difference between the two.
  • Glitter
  • Paper
  • Elmer’s Clear Glue
  • Puff Paint *Optional*

Step 1: Pour a good amount of glue into the ornament. Not a whole lot, just enough to fill the bottom of the ornament.

Step 2: Unscrew the cap of glue bottle and let the ornament opening rest inside the top of the bottle. Let the excess glue drip back into the glue bottle. This takes a minute or two. That sounds really confusing, but I am not sure how to word it. Look at the picture below. It does a much better job explaining what I mean than I do.

Glitter ornaments

 

Step 3: Fashion a paper funnel and pour a lot of glitter into the ornament! Then put a thumb over the ornament opening, and shake the glitter around. Then pour the excess back into the glitter container. Glitter ornament 2


Step 4: Put the top back onto the ornament and hang them up to dry! THAT’S IT! It’s that easy!

BONUS:

Now lets say you wanted to make them a little bit more personal or you wanted to add to them. I wrote UWSP on them in gold puff paint because that’s where we go to school. Last year, I used a clear/white shimmery glitter and used sparkly puff paint to make snowflakes on them. When I hung them up in the window, they sparkled in the sun light and when the Christmas lights were on.


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Still having trouble understanding what I did? It’s okay, sometimes I don’t even understand me! That is why I made this video to help better show you what I did. Mind you, this was filmed in my dorm room on my laptop. Also, enjoy all of the faces that Miranda is making in the background!

Enjoy!

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Christmas Picture Frame

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Today, I am sharing with you how I made a Christmas picture frame. I made it last year for our Christmas pictures. We needed something that indicated what year it was so that when I put it in the ornament, we knew! And I was probably bored which always leads to crafting with glitter…

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Materials: 

  • Picture Frame
  • Paint
  • Glitter (Optional)
  • Mod Podge (Only needed if you are going to use glitter.)
  • Round Sponges (Only needed if you are going to use glitter.)
  • Silver or Gold Sharpie
  • Gel Pens
  • Black Card Stock

I already had a wooden picture frame that I had bought from Goodwill lying around, glitter, the paper, and the pens. So all I really had to buy was the red paint which I bought at Walmart for 97 cents. Appropriately enough, it is named Holly Jolly.

Step 1: I started by removing the glass and sanding my frame and painting it with three coats of the Holly Jolly red paint. I probably could have gotten away with two, but I wanted to make sure it was completely covered.

Step 2: Once it was completely dry, I use my Martha Stewart “foam pouncers” (Which can be bought at Micheal’s.) to make different sized circles around the frame with Mod Podge. If you are not using glitter on your frame, you can omit this step. If you would like to add to your frame, you can use the pouncers to add another color of paint on top of the red!

Step 3: Pour the glitter over the frame. I did this step over scrap paper so that the excess glitter could be put back into the container. Then I shook off the excess and let it dry. If you are not using glitter on your frame, you can omit this step.

Step 4:  This part was the trickiest part. I wrote Merry Christmas about 100 times before I was satisfied with it. I probably could have just printed it out on the computer, but that would have been too easy. Since I was trying to not buy a whole lot for this project, I made my own transfer method. On the back of my paper, I lightly scribbled with a pencil. It doesn’t have to cover everything, just where your words are. I then place it (pencil scribble side down) on top of my black card stock and traced my letters that I had written on the front.

Step 5: Using your metallic Sharpie, go back over your letters that are now lightly traced onto the card stock.

Step 6: This is completely optional, but I felt like my card stock needed something more. I added some little snowflakes using a Stardust shimmer Gelly Roll pen. These can be bought at Micheal’s or Jo Ann’s.

Step 7: Reassemble your frame and you are done!

When I got the frame out this year, I realized that I put 2013 on it… And I really didn’t want to make a card stock picture. Instead, I wrote 2014 on a small piece of cardstock and used painter’s tape to attach it over the 2013. I used painter’s tape so that it could easily be removed and be replaced with 2015 next year!

Enjoy,

Katelyn Chirstmas extravaganza palooza

Snowman Door Decoration – Christmas Extravaganza Palooza Kickoff

The Christmas Extravaganza Palooza is officially starting! I am starting off with something fairly easy and quick. This week was pretty busy school wise, so I need something that wouldn’t take to long to make. I chose the Snowman Door because it is adorable. I also already had a compass that I had to buy for ONE math problem on my homework last week… I needed to get some more use out of it! This only took me about a half hour to make from start to finish.

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MATERIALS:

  • Black and Orange paper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Compass or Hole Punches, or Different Sized Lids
  • Tape
  • Scissors

Step One: Make several circles on the black paper. I used my handy dandy compass! But you can use different sized lids or hole punches (If you have the big ones) to use as your templates. Then cut them out!

  •  3-4 big ones for the buttons
  •  2 Medium sized ones for the eyes
  • 8-12 small sized ones for the mouth (Just depends on how big you want the mouth to be!)

Step Two: Draw a slanty triangle on the orange paper and cut it out. Of course I glittered it! That shouldn’t have even been a question!

Step Three: Draw a scarf shape onto the wrapping paper and cut it out.

Step Four: Cut out a hat! I have no scientific method for this. I drew a rectangle onto a piece of black paper and then added two smaller rectangles at the bottom on either side. After I cut it out, I cut a strip of wrapping paper to make a ribbon which I taped onto the hat!

Step Five: Using tape, attach the eyes, mouth, nose, buttons, hat, and scarf onto your door. Our door just happens to be white on the inside so it worked out perfectly!

I hope you have lots of fun creating your own snowman door! And I hope you come back to check out the rest of the Christmas Extravaganza Palooza!

Enjoy,

Katelyn

Chirstmas extravaganza palooza

 

Are You Sure You Are Ready For This?

There’s something you should know.

I love Christmas. 

I don’t even try to hide it. I tried talking Josh into putting up our tree last week and he laughed at me. I love it because I love to decorate and bake and whatnot. But I also love Christmas because of what it is really for. Growing up, I loved doing the Nativity story and reading the “Legend of the Candy Cane”. It is still one of my favorite books and I will talk more about it in a later post. It was also the one time of year that I got to see my whole family. We are a pretty big group and when I was little I was always so excited to see everyone and spend a whole day with them. There was also really good food. I still get excited, but I haven’t gotten to go to Phillip’s Family Christmas since I started college. This will be the first time that I get to go in quite a few years! Christmas also gives me a lot of anxiety. Not knowing what’s right in front of me freaks me out. And waiting. I hate waiting. So much so that it makes me super jittery and almost sick to my stomach waiting for Christmas. Which is why my parents started the 12 days of Christmas. But more on that later.

I have a Christmas present for all of you.

Drum roll please!

    Next week will start the Christmas Extravaganza Palooza!!! 

I know it’s early to be starting it, but it’s almost the end of the semester. I have finals starting the week after Thanksgiving. That kinda frightens me, so I want to be on top of my game! I have lots of fun things planned that I can’t wait to share with you. Some will be repeats, some will be newbies. You will just have to wait and find out!

I’m just kidding! Here’s what you have to look forward to:

  • Door decorations
  • Snowflake Wreath – The very one I got stuck in…
  • Tree skirt
  • Snowflake Ornaments
  • Big Giant Paper Snowflakes
  • Cookies
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Popsicle Snowflakes
  • Picture Frame
  • Glitter Confetti
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!!!

So please join me while I deck our apartment out in glitter and drive Josh nuts with Christmas music!  🙂

Enjoy,

KatelynChirstmas extravaganza palooza

See Me Wear This {Teacher Wear}

Ya’ll know that I’m going to be a teacher right? If not, now you do! What this means for my closet is that it most of my clothes are modest and school appropriate. I’m totally okay with this since I’ve always dressed like this. It is what I am most comfortable in. Also, if I’m going to buy new clothes, they have got to be versatile. I’m on a “college student/I’m planning a wedding” budget. If you see me on the weekends, I’ll most likely be in sweats. It’s my only non-dress-up time and I’m not required to wear “real” clothes, aka-non gym clothes.

Today, I was able to tour an amazing middle school. I was in shock and awe when we were told that there were nearly 900 students that attend the school. That’s a little less than how many kids that attend my whole school district back home! Sometimes it amazes me how big the enrollment in some schools is.

Here is my teacher look. It finally got hot today, so dress pants were not an option! Do I look teachery? See Me Wear This 3


Dress- Target

Sweater- Target

Shoes- Target

*Did you see what I did there?! I picked up the dress up a few weeks ago off of the 75% off rack. I couldn’t pass it up! I bought the shoes at the end of last summer when they had all of their canvas shoes marked down. They’re by Mad Love and I am madly in love with them! They go well with my dress clothes and are more comfortable than heels! Lastly, the sweater was a Christmas gift from my mom and dad. I picked it out on Black Friday. Mom picked one out too, hers is much sparkier than mine!

I Have A Confession To Make…

When I lived at home, not much came out of a box. My mom was a big believer in making things homemade. I didn’t know what a Lunchable was until a friend’s mom let us have them for lunch one time. Trust me, I love her for it! While this made me get really sick and hate the food when I got to college (Everything was processed and mass produced. I’m not saying that it was all awful, but it just wasn’t my thing), my mom had my back and sent me food whenever Josh came to visit me!

But, I have a confession to make.

I was about 9 when we first had the Pillsbury pre-cut cookies with the designs on them. We probably begged for them until they were put in the cart just to give my parents some peace. Anyways, these things are my weakness. I love them. Not quite as much as Grandma Lorena’s sugar cookies (You haven’t lived until you have one of those things! Just ask Josh.), but these cookies get me every time. I only buy them once or twice a year, but when I do, it’s a pretty good day!

om Nom Nom!

Enjoy!

Katelyn