A lettered Christmas Tree…

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Since having the girls, I started a girl tree.  It has a few of their ornaments and also the first letter of their first name.  I had a M for Mabel and a B for Beatrice, but I needed an L for Lucille.

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I got the foam letter ornaments for my first two daughters a while ago at target and unfortunately I could not find another one for our newest daughter.  I resorted to painting a wood letter.

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I drilled a hole first for the ribbon.

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Then I painted it with Acrylic craft paint.

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Then I sprinkled it with clear glitter.

And here it is…

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Making chalkboard tags for presents…

Note: I DID THIS AND IT SMEARED AFTER A WEEK OR SO…READ here TO SEE HOW I CAME UP WITH A SOLUTION!

1.  Purchase cardboard tags or bookmarks…

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2.Paint each tag with two coats of chalkboard paint

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3. Write your message on the tag using regular chalk

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4. Lightly sprat the tags with a clear  protective coat to prevent from severely smearing….

word of advice: do not spray too close as the spray will remove the chalk!

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A painted Christmas countdown…

I had been looking for something fun to paint for the holiday season and then stumbled upon this Pinterest advent calendar.  I was not looking to do an advent calendar, but rather something cute for my wall.

Every year my daughters make new projects to hang their homework on at preschool, and I was not quite sure what to do with last years project since it looked exactly the same as this years one.  No need to keep it around…so this is what I came up with!

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Here is how I did it:

Painted the board white and hot glued clothes pins onto the board.

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I then printed out numbers and cut them into mini cards…

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Then I made printed out some letters and cut them out to make a stencil.  I used red craft paint to paint in the stencil.

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and there you go!

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Making an initial ornament

I love initials and I thought it was a great idea to paint an initial for my Christmas tree…

First, I purchased a small pack of plain colored Christmas ornaments for a reasonably cheap price…DSC_0460

Then I found a W on the computer and printed it out.  I then cut out the W from the paper to make a stencil!

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I adhered the stencil to the ornament using tape.  I helped hold the “W” in place while I sprayed adhesive craft spray on the ornament.  Quickly I sprinkle some shimmery glitter onto the spray glued “W” 

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and again here it is before:

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After

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A homemade Christmas Nativity…

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So a while back ( when I say a while…I mean when I was 8 or so!)  My aunt and uncle made this nativity for me.  It was honestly one of the best Christmas presents I ever received!  All the people are hand sewn and it came in a wood food box that they made look like a barn.

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A few years ago, I decided that it needed an overhaul, especially if it was something we were going to keep in our family FOREVER!

So…I added a top piece to make a spot for the angel with a shingled roof.  I  then stained the entire wood piece.   When that was done, I painted a little wooden star gold and adhered it to the middle of the roof!

For the final touch, I installed a little tiny light in the corner of the bard for an extra effect!

It’s simple and beautiful!

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These are dollhouse shingles that I purchased at a craft store.  It’s a little tedious to get them all on, but sooo worth it!

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ohh and here is the little light I put in!

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