So, the kids ended up not doing their projects that I had planned. We didn’t have much time and when we did they didn’t want to do it. So, they’ll wait till next year. I did get one project for myself done. I got the idea from this post, but changed it up to suit my taste.
- Canvas board – whatever size
- Painters tape or masking tape
- paint color (s) of your choice
- plastic bag
- wood or chipboard letters
- clear enamel spray
- Elmers glue
- hot glue and glue gun
Once you tape off your canvas, start painting. This took about 3 coats of paint. I used a deep red that was real streaky so I just kept doing another coat until it came out solid like I liked it.
Then while that is drying I put glue on the front and sides of the letters and threw them in large ziplock bag filled with glitter and shook them up. After they were covered I gently shook them in the bag to get rid of the excess glitter then laid them on wax paper till I was ready to glue them to the canvas board.
Once my canvas was painted the way I liked I let the paint dry and then removed the tape. I laid out my letters to see where I wanted to place them and then hot glued them onto the canvas. Once they were glued down I took the whole thing outside and sprayed a real good thick coat of clear enamel spray all over the whole thing.
It ended up looking really good, but I wanted it to sit on our mantle and I guess I didn’t take into consideration how big our mantle is so the final product looks dwarfed on there. I may move it somewhere else and do something bigger for the mantle next year. But, overall, this was a super easy project and turned out so cute. It would be great for gifts too.
I tried this Pinterest find and while Alex said these were soooo good, they were not easy to make. I really ended up with only about 7 or 8 that were decent to keep. I had planned to give these as gifts to the kids in Alex and Levi’s classes, but ended up wrapping up some Christmas Hershey kisses instead for a quick gift.
Where I had an issue was with our oven being too hot and even after adjusting them the candy cane’s melted too much. It also took forever for these to cool so I threw them in the fridge which seemed to work well, but pulling them up from the wax paper made some of them break even though I was very careful.
So, my parents got Alex this lamp at Christmas and I just got around to recovering the lamp shade. The lamp itself is a horse statue, but the lamp shade was, shall we say, not cute?? I had been looking for a lamp shade all over creation when it dawned on me one day to just recover the one that came with it.
So, first I had to take the ribbon off the top and bottom edges.
Then I traced the shape on some packing paper I had left over from our move. I did have to dig in to the pile a bit to find some that had not been eaten by Charlie!! That cat!
Then I cut the pattern out and placed my fabric (left over from the blanket my mom made for Alex) face down. I put double sided tape on the pattern and then stuck it to the fabric so it wouldn’t move while I was trying to cut the fabric. I cut just a tab bit (about a 1/4″) higher than the pattern where the top of the lamp shade was so that I could have some overhang that could be tucked in at the top for a cleaner look.
After cutting the fabric I ironed it real well so the creases wouldn’t show. Then I used fabric glue and put a thin line around the top and bottom of the lamp shade and carefully rolled the fabric onto the lamp shade. I really wanted fabric glue in an aerosol can, but I couldn’t find it. I think that would be much better. You could see the glue even after it dried a bit so I didn’t want it showing through on the lamp shade and knew I’d be covering the edges with ribbon.
After gluing the fabric I trimmed any that was hanging over at the bottom of the shade and folded in the top that hung over into the top of the shade. Then I glued ribbon around the edges. To hold it in place I used clothes pins, but big mistake. We left to eat dinner at my parents and the clothes pins ended up sticking to the ribbon and leaving a tan color where they were attached. I should have just hot glued the ribbon instead. I didn’t want to tear the ribbon off so I just hot glued another layer over the first. The hot glue doesn’t show through like the fabric glue did. I probably could have used hot glue on the edges with the fabric too instead of fabric glue.
Funny story – after I got it to this point…with the clothes pins I asked Alex if she liked it. She said, “I don’t really like it mommy. It looks weird.” Ha! She thought we were leaving the clothes pins on! Crazy kid.
Here’s the final product. The ribbon is a bit wavy from sitting on top of another layer of ribbon, but it works. I love it. It matches the blanket that sits on the end of her bed.
My mom graciously helped me cover our breakfast table chairs. Or I should say I helped my mom cover the chairs. Really she did most of the work. I just held the fabric or the cushion while she did her thing. I love the way they turned out and am so glad to be done with that ugly grandma-looking fabric we’ve had on there the last few years. I also love how the chevron and the print on the curtains really play off each other.
Look past Jack, our Elf, and you can see the old fabric in this pic below.
Seems I never got around to posting pics of our new, decorated tree. I finally convinced David we needed a 12’ tree over the puny little 6’ tree we had from our last house. The 6’ tree worked great in our last house, but we didn’t have 20’ ceilings so a 6’ tree in our new living room seemed weird. The tree branches at the bottom hang so low we ended up putting the tree up on cinder blocks so we could have room to put presents under the tree. So, the 12’ tree is now more like a 13’ tree. I love it!
Another project I managed to finish this season was the charger counting down till Christmas. This was actually something my mom found on Pinterest and I thought it was so cute and simple so I copied the idea. You simply paint the center of a charger plate with chalkboard paint and let it dry. Then decorate and/or write whatever you want on it. It would be cute on different colored charger plates for multiple holidays or events you may be counting down to.
Last year we didn’t up any decorations because we had just moved in right before Christmas and I couldn’t get our boxes unpacked much less get all the decorations out. We put up our tree and that was it.
So, this year I spent way too much money getting extra decorations for this house. With stairs I had to have garland so my mom and I went on a mission to get everything I needed. After a total of 9 hours (over the course of a week) I finally finished!! Oh my goodness….I hate garland! My fingers have been all sliced up and the amount of needles and glitter everywhere is ridiculous! It is so pretty though and next year all I’ll have to do is put it up since all the decorations will stay on.
I also got this little tree from my Granny a couple years ago and we put this by the front door and I got done decorating that just this morning. Next up is our new big tree. I have been on the hunt for a 12′ tree, but the only one I can find that I like is over $500 and I just can’t stomach that much for a tree so we’re getting a 9′ one today. I’ll have to post pics of that later.
I’ve been meaning to post this project for a while, but time always gets away from me. When we moved Alex wanted a “horse” room so we got rid of yellow, green and purple butterflies and switched to pink, brown, and white horses.
Aside from giving the vanity my Gramps made a fresh coat of paint, new knobs, and recovered bench I also re-did her bulletin board.
Of course, now its filled with pics, but I think it turned out cute. Simple, but cute.
Here’s a couple other added “horse” things that I love in her room…both found on Etsy.
The last things to do in her room is re-paint her armoire white and make her some curtains. One of these days I’ll get around to it. The armoire is just so massive and the thought of taking it down stairs to the garage and back up again kills me.