Copycat Target Christmas Tree

So I have this thing with DIYing. I love it! I know that most people would much rather just buy something but if I see something that I like I immediately ask myself, “Could I make that?” Most of the time the answer is yes but what really depends is how hard will it be and would it cost me more to make it then if I just bought it? 
That didn’t change a few weeks ago when I was in Target buying toothpaste but walked out with $200 worth of things I didn’t really need..or did I? 
While there I spotted these trees…
DIY Target Copycat TreeKnowing that in our garage we had a stack of shims I knew I could make a version of this and that’s exactly what I did. I grabbed a hold of the shims along with some leftover chalk paint and a box cutter.DIY Target Copycat TreeThe thing about shims is that one side is pretty thin and the other rather thick so using a box cutter I just starting cutting the thin side into the pieces I would need.DIY Target Copycat TreeDIY Target Copycat TreeNext I painted the pieces. I wasn’t trying to be perfect by any means just getting a coat on.DIY Target Copycat TreeDIY Target Copycat TreeThen, using a tree form I purchased at Michael’s and a hot glue gun I started layering the pieces all around starting at the bottom. There often were spots that needed a filler so I cut a shim to make it work.DIY Target Copycat TreeOnce that row was done I started with the next row and then the next row making sure to overlap.DIY Target Copycat TreeThis next part was a blogger fail because I finished the whole thing and didn’t take a picture when I got to the top but the finished product should give you an idea of what I did. When I reached the top of the tree I used pieces that were cut triangular so that the top came to a point. Once I finished I took some metallic paint and roughly painted the bottoms of each shim.DIY Target Copycat TreeHere’s the finished product. Not to shabby if I may say so myself! Now I know that it doesn’t look identical to the Target one but DIYing isn’t about perfection, it’s about making it your own!
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Buffalo Plaid Christmas Chargers + Tablescape

During this time of year I love to browse through Pinterest for some inspiration. While going through my holiday pins I came across this photo which for whatever reason just stood out to me! Buffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeSource
I loved the combination of the buffalo plaid print and the natural elements. It totally inspired me to create my tablescape with that print in mind and the first thing I thought of was buffalo plaid chargers! These were something I had never seen before so I knew I’d have to make them. I went to Michaels and got a hold of some cheap silver chargers which were on sale for $1 each and I ordered this fabric from Fabric.com.

I gathered all the materials I would need which was simply the chargers, the fabric, spray adhesive, and scissors.Buffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeKeep in mind, when ordering fabric it will depend on how many chargers you’re looking to cover. I ordered way too much because I didn’t measure. It’s a good thing I love the print! In order to get started I quickly cut out a square shape around the charger and then drew a circle about 2 inches away from the charger and then cut it out.
Buffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeFor the next part I took the chargers outside and sprayed the entire front and just the edges of the back with the spray adhesive. I laid the fabric down and pressed it with my hands smoothing it out and then turned it around and smoothed out the edges.Buffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeTo keep the print going I ordered these napkins as well. I absolutely love how the table came out! Buffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeThe table is all ready to go for hosting Christmas! Now to work on the menu! 

DIY Gold Leaf Ornaments

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you’re soaking in all that this wonderful time of year has to offer! I decided to extend it by putting up my Christmas tree shortly after Halloween and I’m so happy I did! When I mentioned it to my husband he was so excited it was a no brainer. I knew I married him for a reason ;). 

I try to change up my tree each year. I’ve done green and white a couple years ago and all white last year but this year I went with gold and because I have the white I tossed some pieces in there as well. DIY Gold Leaf Ornament

I am a huge fan of tree fillers but I also love classic round ornaments so I wanted to add some more. When I was going through my bins I found a bag of  clear ornaments and went to my craft drawers and grabbed some gold leaf and white paint and decided to make some ornaments of my own! DIY Gold Leaf Ornament

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The first thing I did was pour the paint inside the ornament to coat it. I added a little drop of water to make it spread easier. Make sure to hold the ornament open side down to let out any extra paint. DIY Gold Leaf OrnamentOnce that was complete I used my gold leaf pen to apply the adhesive all along the bottom of the ornament. I wasn’t careful by any means, I just spread it all around just making sure to cover it. Once it was tacky feeling I laid the gold leaf sheet on it.DIY Gold Leaf Ornament At first I was using a brush to wipe off the excess paper but then I switched to my fingers and found that to be easier. DIY Gold Leaf OrnamentI continued this same process with all the ornaments and then added ribbon to the tops for hanging!
Another fun thing I did was after filling an ornament with paint I used a sharpie and some adhesive letters to make a We said “I Do” 2016 ornament! I love how they all turned out! DIY Gold Leaf OrnamentDIY Gold Leaf OrnamentDIY Gold Leaf Ornamentdsc05484dsc05487Anyone else change up their tree each year? What’s been your favorite color scheme yet?
Thanks for stopping by! 

Christmas 2014

Happy Holidays everyone!! What an amazing holiday season! It’s been jam packed and I feel like I’ve been going non stop but I love every second of it! My hope was to get a little Christmas tour going awhile ago but cloudy days and early sunsets made it almost impossible to get any shots and then time got the best of me. Believe it or not my decorations went up the day after Thanksgiving which has now become a tradition of mine.  I am not a colorful Christmas type of person, my colors consist of silver and gold. I kept the tree silver, white, and green for a second year. We also hosted Christmas this year. I love to cook so I was excited to host everyone at our house but we also decided to redo 3 rooms right before the day…what were we thinking! We gave the hall bath a makeover, the guest room got all new crown and base molding as well as casings around the windows/doors and the kitchen got a much needed paint job. Everything turned out great and now we can finally sit down and enjoy it all! I’ll of course be sharing all the details but for now let’s still enjoy a little of Christmas! 

A little entry table fun.

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I had attempted a Christmas craft by spraying these styrofoam balls with fake snow but when I forgot about them outside and then it rained they were ruined so I just threw them in the basket as is haha.

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The living room…

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Oh and just about the best smelling pine candle ever! Your entire house will smell like you’ve got a real tree! 

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My favorite part of this tree is how when it’s lit at night the twinkling lights reflect off of the windows to the left and right.

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The above photo proves you can’t have 3 cats and a tree skirt! 

For Christmas day we connected two tables since there were 10 of us and I went with a simple tablescape.  For dinner I made prime rib with a roasted garlic rub and a horse radish sauce, a mix of veggies that were roasted (carrots, parsnip, butternut squash, brussel sprouts, cauliflower), and hasselback potatoes. I sautéed garlic and then threw in about 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary and brushed the oil on the potatoes before tossing them in the oven…so good!  My dad also brought his lasagna. There was so much food, let’s just say after all the appetizers and dinner I’m not sure how anyone had any room for dessert! 

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And a daylight shot of the outside.

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DSC_0374I have to admit, the bright red on the wreaths outside has me thinking I might add some more in the house next year.  Hope you all enjoyed this holiday season and thank you so much for stopping by! 

Posts of Christmas Past

Hello beautiful people! I hope everyones December has been off to a good start! Does anyone else feel like the past few months have been flying by? I mean Christmas is only 21 days away!! Crazy! But with that in mind it got me thinking about past Christmas projects and I thought I would do a little round up for anyone who’s in the middle of decking their halls and are looking for some inspiration! Just click on the number below the photo to bring you to the post! 

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I’m hoping to get a few more crafts done this season so stay tuned! 

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Are you DIYing any holiday decor? I’d love to hear about it! 

 

 

 

Winter Wreath 2013

It’s Friday, woohoo! Break has officially begun and I’m headed to the mall to pick up some last minute gifts (wish me luck!).  But before I head out I had to come and share the last of my holiday crafts! I like to think I saved the best for last. In case you missed the title it’s my winter wreath! Last year I made my Snowman wreath which is out again this year.  My favorite thing about that wreath was that after the holidays were over I was still able to keep it up because he was more of a winter wreath than a Christmas one. I wanted to do the same thing this year.

My inspiration for this years wreath came from a post that Censtational Girl did. I had this idea to do felt snowflakes on my wreath and here is what I came up with! 

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Once I had all the snowflakes cut it was super easy to put together. The tough part was cutting out the snowflakes.  Well, it wasn’t so much tough as it was tedious. I used a white wool felt fabric and a snowflake that I printed and put on card stock that I used as a tracer. I cut a few out every night here and there while catching up on some shows.

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photo 2I used a very fine black marker and cut inside the marker so that you wouldn’t see the black on the snowflake.  Once I had all of them, about 50, I took the felt and cut strips and wrapped it around the foam wreath form.

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WreathWhile the red bow is quite festive, once the holidays are over I’m planning on taking it out and replacing it with something a little less Christmas and more winter! Of course I’ll let you know what I end up doing! 

Pine Cone Christmas Trees

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend! We had some snow up here in good ole NY and I have to say it was nice being “snowed in.” I managed to clean out my DVR and get a few projects done.  I decided that since we are so close to Christmas that I am going to hit you guys up everyday this week with a Christmas craft! Das right! 5 whole days straight of Christmas goodness! So if you haven’t subscribed yet, you’re gonna want to get on that or just make sure to come back and check it out! So today we are going to start with one of my favorite crafts and it involved the ever so versatile, pine cones! I’ve seen so many cute ideas with pine cones all over the place that I thought I would take a stab at it.  I mean I did OD on them this year but I can’t help it! What do you think is going to happen when Michaels puts a bag on sale for $1.99! So my idea was to turn them into little Christmas trees. I had the whole idea but nothing to put them in until I walked by these suckers that I’ve had for years.  

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I’m pretty sure they’re suppose to be a lot larger than this but the last time I watered or cared for these guys Jack Bauer still had 23 hours left in his day! Needless to say I wanted the little white planters they were in so bye bye cacti. 

Now let’s get to the fun part of the project, painting! I measured out 3 pinecones that would sit well in the holders and not fall straight in.

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To give the white holders a little something I wrapped them in burlap and tied a bow with just some twine!

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So simple right? I’m all about simplicity these days! I love how they add that touch of nature to the rest of my decor! Have you done any Christmas crafts with pine cones this year?

I’m sharing this project over at Newly Woodwards in the last of the Dare to DIY series! I’ve had so much fun!