Adorable Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

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There’s something really wonderful about having homemade holiday touches in the home and gifting handmade gifts. Jen from Craftic walks us through a lovely painted Christmas ornament tutorial inspired by clear glass ornaments discovered at a local craft store. With paint, imagination, and fun finishing touches – these adorable DIY Christmas ornaments are the perfect holiday craft to make right now.

Materials

  • Acrylic paints
  • Glass or plastic clear ornaments
  • Paint brush
  • Sequins, buttons, googly eyes, or any finishes for decorating.
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Directions

  1. Carefully take off the ornament tops.
  2. Get your acrylic paints ready. Consider mixing a custom palette to match holiday cards or other decorations in your home.
  3. Paint the interior of the ornament by squeezing a bit of paint into the ornament from the bottle. Depending on your paint’s viscosity, swirl it around to get a good coating (if it’s more fluid) or coat it with a paint brush (if it’s thicker).
  4. Place the ornaments upright on a paper plate and allow the excess paint to drip down overnight.  Tip: don’t use a napkin or you’ll end up with little bits of the towel dried to the edges!
  5. Check on your ornaments after drying overnight.  If there are splotches where the paint dried, touch up the spots with a bit of paint on a brush.
  6. Decorate the outside of the ornament however you wish!  Using craft glue, attach sequins, buttons, and beads to create patterns, googly eyes to make faces, or anything else. Leave to dry for at least two hours.
  7. After drying, secure the ornament tops back on and enjoy your newly created works of art!

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Check out more of Jen’s crafty goodness over on Craftic!

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It’s Time To Get Those Holiday Cards Ready!

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Who’s excited for the holidays?! I can’t wait to get our Christmas tree and just be present with my family in all of the goodness that the season brings. The kids have always enjoyed helping to open the envelopes that will soon start to trickle in, filled with thoughtful Holiday Cards from our friends and family.  It really is such a treat to receive an actual card in this digital era.  We’ve  joined in the tradition of sending photo cards ever since our little-big-girl first came along, and we’ve turned to Minted for several years for our Christmas cards because we adore their modern, lovely and festive designs sourced from their talented global community of independent artists.

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With brilliant letterpress options, Foil-Pressed Holiday CardsOrnament Holiday Cards, lovely New Years Card Collection options and more. Minted makes it easy to pop your favorite family photograph or kid’s art into a ton of different designs.  And you can never go wrong with free custom Minted envelopes and free recipient address printing!  Do let us know what your favorite designs are in the comments below – and take advantage of those great sales going on now through Cyber Monday!

This post is sponsored by Minted. A company that we have loved and used for years.  Opinions, as always, are my own.  Affiliate links are included.

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20 DIY Tree Skirt Tutorials

Christmas always makes me want to dust off the sewing machine and whip up something special.  I love gifting homemade goodness and adore having handmade touches in our holiday decor.  Several years ago, I made Christmas Stockings for the family, and I’ve been thinking about making a tree skirt this year.  There are some seriously brilliant, crafty ideas on the web – and after searching high and low for the best DIY Tree Skirt tutorials – we complied twenty incredible, fun, festive and modern tutorials to teach you exactly how to make the perfect tree skirt for your home.  From no-sew  – to crochet, quilted, fur-trimmed and more.  Check out these fantastic Christmas tree skirt ideas below.  DIY-Tree-Skirts-tutorial

Thinking Closet – DIY No Sew Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt

Almost Makes Perfect – DY No Sew Moroccan Blanket Tree Skirt

A Subtle Revelry – Patterned Rope Tree Skirt

DD Hines – Crochet Christmas Tree Skirt

Say Yes – DIY Peppermint Candy Tree Skirt

Pretty Prudent – Felt Fringe Christmas Tree Skirt

Centsational Girl – Scalloped Felt Tree Skirt

View From the Fridge – Ruffles and Pom Poms Tree SKirt

Rustic Luxe – DIY Buffalo Plaid Tree Skirt

The Crafted Sparrow – Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt

Polka Dot Chair – Quilted Tree Skirt

Dream a Little Bigger – No Sew Tree Skirt Tutorial

Centsational Girl – Fur Trimmed Tree Skirt

It All Started With Paint – No Sew Burlap Tree Skirt

Little Red Window – DIY Snowflake Christmas Tree Skirt

Design Dazzle – No Sew 10 Minute Tree Skirt

I Heart Naptime – No Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt

Make It Love It – Classy Christmas Tree Skirt

The Paper Mama – DIY Doughnut Tree Skirt

Jacey Craft – Hexagon Tree Skirt Turtorial

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On Keeping Seasonal Magic and The Truth About Santa

We’re among the group of parents that choose to let out kids believe in the sort of magic and childhood whimsy that comes along with believing in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny.  Despite my oldest being bombarded by classmates since Kindergarten (yes KINDERGARTEN!!) that these things aren’t real – we have two believers in our home.

What about your family? Have you thought about the best way to tell your kids the truth about Santa and more?  Luckily, there’s a brilliant tool out there to help navigate this changing childhood terrain in a helpful and empowering way that celebrates this coming of age.

Enter the Society Of Seasonal Secret Keepers, a gift set created by a mother of two to help guide kids while enlisting them as Society Secret Keepers.

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Inside this helpful kit, tucked away in a special zippered bag you’ll find:

  • A personalized welcome letter from the Society of Seasonal Secret Keepers inducting your new agent into an exciting new stage of growth.
  • A heirloom token, inside a velvet bag, inscribed with the Society’s seal and their core values of Empowerment, Agency, Respect, Curiosity, and Integrity.
  • An 80-page book entitled The Society Of Seasonal Secret Keepers Field Guide: Ancient Secrets for Modern Kids.
  • Access to an online Society Mission Control portal to provide seasonal missions and ideas, which keep the field guide fresh and current all year-round.

We have no idea how smoothly this new stage will begin in our family when the time comes – but this is the best resource we’ve found.  We love how the induction into a secret society can make a kid feel cool and empowered with their own specific training manual to help them navigate this new phase.  We think it’s AMAZING that significance is placed on vowing to protect and honor traditions (agents are bound by an oath) while caring magic on for others who believe.  And we think that truths are presented in the best way possible with an emphasis on magic as symbols of love and giving, and a sense of earned responsibility with growing up.

Do your family a favor and order it before you’ll need it.  You’ll thank us later. 🙂

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Christmastime

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It is the reminders of hope, the simple moments of togetherness, the in between times and the joy inherent in little believers eyes that bring life and meaning to real-life Christmas in our home. Wishing you peace and joy and love.  Always.

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Christmas Simmer Pot

After a long weekend of hosting Thanksgiving and enjoy visits from dear friends  – we couldn’t wait to begin preparations for Christmas.  We took a trip to our favorite tree farm and little ones have been busy adorning everything with handmade, sentimental trinkets.  We always enjoy welcoming the seasons in our home with stove top simmer pots – and love infusing the nostalgic scents of Christmas.

Christmas stove top simmer pot recipe

I’ve previously shared my my favorite spring and fall simmer pot recipes  – but there is something about this particular pot that transports me back to my mother’s kitchen.  There is nothing quite like the power of a scent.

Ingredients:

Cranberries: 1 cup
Whole Cloves: 1.5 to 2 tablespoons
Cinnamon Sticks: 3 to 4
Orange Rinds: 1 orange
Rosemary: 4 small rosemary sprigs

Optional: a pinch of nutmeg or apple cider

Instructions:
Bring a small amount of water to boil in a small pot.  Add ingredients and continue boiling for a few minutes.  Lower heat to a simmer and add water as needed.

Cheers to the scents of Christmas friends!

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