Dollar Tree Grinch Christmas

Christmas will be here before you know it, and it is time to start planning your decorations. When I think of Christmas, I imagine Santa Claus and the Grinch. So, in this post, I’ll walk you through the steps of making this lovely Grinch Arm.

YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING SUPPLIES TO MAKE YOUR GRINCH ARM:

  • Candy cane from Dollar tree
  • Santa scarf
  • An Ornament
  • Red ribbon
  • Wire cutters
  • Swiffer mop head 
  • Car wash mitt

STEPS:

  1. The first step is to snip the end of the Santa scarf so we can slide it up around the candy cane form.
  2. Once I had that up there and made sure I had enough material, I cut the bottom off and folded under the fuzzy ends before hot glueing it together.
  3. Once that was done, take the red ribbon and tie it on the first rang above the end. So that we could have it there later and know that it was secure and would hold your  ornament.
  4. Then cut the bottom pieces of the candy cane from off, also do cut the ends off, so they didnt stick to your little glove, so it should be without prongs. 
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5. So then  take  the glove and  cut it into what was five fingers, Shook off the fuzz again. Glued those together, expect for the left finger, and  left a little area in to stick the ribbon through. 

6.Set it aside and, once your fingers are open enough on the end, grab the red ribbon and pass it through the finger where you left the little hole to get it out the bottom. You are free to do whatever you want with this. So it’s a struggle to get those tiny figures onto the wire, which you left out. 

7. So, once you’ve got it on there, glue the top of the mitt to each of the wires and really push it in, so it doesn’t move.

8. Then pull up the Santa scarf, fold it in, and glue it down as close to the fuzzies on the car mitt as possible. So, once that’s done, make sure you get it in there well and that it doesn’t fall off.

9. Then, take the sweeper head and cut a strip out of it. (Use your fur if you have it).

10. So start from the back so there are no seams when you hang it up, and then hot glue it all the way around to create the fur on the end of the Santa suit.

11. So grab your fingers and string, then go ahead and put the ball on it at the end.  So it appears like  as if holding the ornament, tie it before cutting off the excess. Later, glue the small opening you left for the ornament to pass through. (Alternatively, a pipe cleaner could be used.  That way, you could sort of move it.

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DIY Mini Gum-Ball Machine

In just a few simple steps, you can create these adorable mini gumball machines. Small flower pots can be used for the base, and a clear ornament filled with pom poms can be used for the top. Being so simple, this craft can easily be done as a group activity as well. This is an excellent choice for a Carnival or Arcade Theme. You could even make these and give them as gifts!

TO MAKE YOUR MINI GUMBALL MACHINE, YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING SUPPLIES:

I used two coats of paint on the flowerpot and lid. Depending on your color selection, you may require a third coat – allow each coat to dry properly before doing another one. To keep the small glass jar from falling off the pot, I used hot glue and e6000 glue. For a handle, I used a small pompom, but anything would work. I made a bow out of the coordinating ribbon and added a daisy for some extra cuteness.

STEPS:

  1. I used two coats of paint on the flowerpot and lid. Depending on your color selection, you may require a third coat – allow each coat to dry properly before doing another one.

  2. To keep the small glass jar from falling off the pot, I used hot glue and e6000 glue.

  3. For a handle, I used a small pompom, but anything would work.

  4. I made a bow out of the coordinating ribbon and added a daisy for some extra cuteness.
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As you can see, I used this adorable little spring decor item on a small cake stand with a couple of other coordinating décor pieces, and I adore it. 

To match your decor, you can make this DIY with any size flower pot, a jar or even a fishbowl.

The colors used make me happy, and I hope you can try this DIY and smile every time you look at it. This gumball machine would go perfectly with the Spring Flower Trio, which you can find here.<br><br>

It’s simple and enjoyable to make it your own for any holiday and any décor. Make a note of it and pin it where you can find it later. A detailed video is also available here.

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Spring Flower Trio Craft Tutorial

For those of you who know me, you would know by now that I love to make simple crafts with things that are easily found around the home! Spring is a time to give our home some fresh bright color. In this post I will guide you through the process of creating this gorgeous Spring Flower Trio
Spring Flower Trio

TO MAKE YOUR SPRING FLOWER TRIO, YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING SUPPLIES:

  • Mod podge
  • Glue gun
  • Sandpaper
  • Wooden flowers
  • Wooden spools (but you can be creative)
  • Sturdy stems – I used a chopstick and 2 straws
  • Scrapbook paper – fabric – ribbon of your choice – I usually choose 3-4 coordinating colors so I can pick and choose from those for all embellishing
  • Embellishments like buttons – flowers – jewels etc
  • Wood base for your flowers

STEPS:

1. Make your flowers out of scrapbook paper by tracing and cutting them out. It is not necessary to be precise when cutting them out because, after they have dried, you will sand them. 

Tip* If you can’t find any wood flowers, you can cut them out of cardboard. Simply make sure it’s durable and also that you cut it into three different sizes.

2. To stick your paper to the wood or cardboard, you’ll need to use mod podge. If you’re using wood flowers, sand the edges to give them a “shabby” appearance. In case you are using cardboard, you can skip this step.

3. I used coordinating paint colors to paint the backs of my flowers, but you could also use additional paper or embellishments.

4. After the flowers have been sanded and painted, add your embellishments to the center to complete the flower look. This is where you’ll layer it until you’re pleased with it. I used paper, fabric, and buttons. I just kept rearranging them until they were just right for me. I only glued the center parts down with hot glue. This gives it a whimsy appearance.

5. Because my wooden spools were empty, I used the opportunity to wrap them in the coordinating ribbon. I hot glued one end, wrapped the ribbon around it, and then glued the other end.

6. I painted the small piece of fence board that I used for the bottom white, but you can use your imagery when picking a base.

7. I measured the heights of my stems before gluing them on. Because I didn’t want to cut the chopstick, I used it first to give it some height. I did know I could cut the straws down, so I glued them in place and cut them when the height was correct.

8. I hot glued the spools in place and stuck the stems into them once I had them where I wanted them. I glued the stem in with the glue that came up through the spool. If you don’t want to cut them down right away, let the spools dry before gluing the stems in place.

9. You’re almost done, but there are a few things left to do. To add some “leaves,” I ripped my fabric and tied it to my stems.

10. Such a diy can be used for any holiday décor. Making it your own is a lot of fun. 

You’ve got it now. A new piece of Spring decor to add brighten up your home that will make you smile every time you see it. A detailed video is also available here to help you create your Spring Flower Trio. Save the Pin below to your Pinterest to return to the project when you have all your supplies ready.


Let me know what you think in the comments.

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Let’s make sure this Shabby Chippy Pink Dresser never changes

Dresser DIY Project

Let’s make sure this Shabby Chippy Pink Dresser never changes

If you know anything about me then you know I can never pass up anything pink. You include shabby, chippy, and useful and all I can say is “put a bow on it, I’ll take it”. My friend had found this vintage (old) dresser and planned to redo it, luckily for me she didn’t have time. $5 dollars and it was mine.

Here is what I used:

  • School glue (Elmer’s)
  • Paint brush
  • Paint (if you need to paint inside or touch up)
  • Polyurethan
  • Handles
  • A old shabby falling apart dresser (or whatever you want to keep shabby)

Now while she had planned to sand this down and repaint it, I thought it was perfect just the way it was. Well of course after I could get rid of the ding and cobwebs. I also wanted to make sure my “chippy” didn’t end up all over my floor. I will show you how I keep the paint from chipping off anymore, but keeping that vintage look.

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There was so much dirt and grim on the dresser that I was afraid all my pink would be washed off if I tried to clean it. I filled a bucket with warm soapy water and washed as gently as possible on the painted surfaces. The unpainted areas though I got the hose and a stiff brush and scrubbed that dirt out. The inside of the drawers were the worst and I scrubbed and scrubbed those clean.

Now understand that I would only use a hose in the heat of summer. This way I know the sun will truly dry my wood out. I try to save these types of projects for the summer, or I use the fireplace to dry everything. You can see in the first picture below how clean I got the inside using the hose and brush. If your furniture has any type of smell or stains, this would be a good time to paint the inside with Kilz. I have had to do this to get rid of smoke smells. I used some extra gray paint I had just to clean up the inside of the drawers. I mean I am going to put things in them and ewwww they were gross.

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I mixed regular school glue with a little bit of water. You want it to still be thick, like good ranch dressing, but diluted enough to go in between all the cracks and crevices. You can see here how I make sure the glue gets behind all the chippy paint areas. What this does is secures the peeling paint so that it doesn’t continue to chip off.

I did this on the entire dresser to make sure I didn’t loose anymore of that precious pink paint. Once the glue was dry, I used water based polyurethan to seal everything and make it water resistant. So, this is the “almost” finished project. I wanted to live with this for a minute so I could decide what kind of handles I thought I needed. 

Can I be honest? I have lived with this for almost 6 months and am tired of wiggling the drawers to get them open. Come on you know you have done it too.

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Dresser DIY Project

As we begin to think of what 2021 will look like.

If you would have asked me a year ago what my 2020 was going to look like, you would have heard my excitement about the year I was getting ready to embark on.
For me 2020 was “the big year”, the year of travel, the year of discovery, the year that I would finally become an adult. 2020 is the year that I turned 50.
The year began just as I had hoped it would. Ed and I found a house that we loved in January and moved in on February 7th and began our new life together. Little did I know that in less than a month our new house would become my prison, my sanctuary, my sanity, and my own paradise, courtesy of amazon prime delivery and Walmart pickup.
I am not saying it was all bad, but I am not saying it was a pleasurable journey either. What I am saying is that my year was completely turned upside down just as the entire worlds was.

Just like y’all, I had time on my hands and needed something to fill my mind besides the news. This is when I found this online crafting world. It was a world that I never imagined, it was a world where I belonged. I have been a crafter, designer, and a creator my entire life. I always knew it was my calling. Of course life gets in the way of our dreams sometimes, but our dreams never leave our hearts. 

I sat and watched for several months from March until June. Everyday I realized more and more that I needed to join this world, I need to follow my dreams. I turned 50 in June and spent a week camping by myself deciding what I wanted to be when I grew up. 

It was exactly a month later on July 29th that I went live. I told myself it was now or never. I was my time to follow that dream and find that passion again. I jumped in with both feet and my whole self. I have not looked back and being here with you all is the absolutely only place I want to be. I have found my happy place. 

Decorating for 2021

Never has our home and the things we surround ourselves been so important. I am here to help you navigate and decorate your way into 2021. Let’s create a space that we love to spend time in and that brings us peace. Spending so much time in my home has made me realize that it really does need to be our castle. Lets make it cozy and comfortable, a place we are ok spending a lot of time in.