DIY Christmas Ornaments

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Last night my Mom and I got our DIY Christmas craftiness on after our annual Thanksgiving nap and reheating of the leftovers.  Put a checkmark in the holiday spirit category because this little project officially got me in the mood!

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I had several of these cardboard ornaments I had bought on a whim at Hobby Lobby for $2.00 each.  I had no real plan in mind for them but I loved the oversized shape and figured I could find someway to put them to use.

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I decided to paint several in Heirloom Traditions Direct Green.  I used a pouncing motion to apply the paint to create lots of fun texture – which helped cover up the fact that these were made of cardboard once painted.

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I also painted several in Daredevil.  Look at all that yummy texture up close.

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Using the same pouncing technique I applied Jet Black Soft Wax to the Daredevil painted ornies.

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I wiped off the excess wax with an old t-shirt.

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See what a difference a quick coat of wax can make?  The wax stayed in the low points and gave the ornament a wooden and aged appearance.

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I used Muddy Pond Soft Wax on the green ornaments.

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And since I can’t have a Christmas project without some bling I brushed on some liquid gold leaf to the edges. 

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I played around with several color combos including this Mackenzie Childs inspired black and white ornament.  I used Black Bean, French Vanilla, Gold Leaf, and Muddy Pond Soft Wax.

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These look so fun on my Christmas tree and I love the handmade whimsical factor it adds.

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I am thinking this will be a really fun set to give away at The Feathered Nest annual ornament exchange this year. 

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Can you believe these started out as $2.00 cardboard craft ornaments?  Me neither!  All of the paints and waxes can be found in my online shop or for an Heirloom retailer near you visit their website.

 

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What gets you in the Christmas spirit?  Crafting, Christmas shopping, or putting the tree up?

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Indie Trunk Show Giveaway

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One of my fave shows, Indie Trunk Show, is coming up December 6th at the OKC Fairgrounds and we have a fun giveaway today for 5 lucky shoppers!

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The reason why I love me some I.T.S. is because they are all about supporting local OKC handmade artists.  They only allow LOCAL folks to participate and many of them are new selling via shows.  Indie Trunk Show is so passionate about supporting new handmade small business owners they even hosted a vendor workshop to give creative business owners resources for being successful.  Pretty cool, huh?

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On December 6th artists from around the state will gather at the OKC Fairgrounds and shoppers will be in for a local treat!  Check out the list of vendors HERE.  My sidekick Hayden will also be participating in the show so make sure to go say HI!

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Plus, since this show is right before Christmas I bet the vendors will have it decked out in yuletide cheer!

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I can’t think of a better place to get my Christmas shopping done.  Last year I made a vow to only shop local for all of my Christmas gifts and this year my family will be doing the same.

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So are you ready for a sweet giveaway?  One winner will win 5 VIP passes to shop Indie Trunk Show 1-hour early.  Before everyone else.  And get first dibs on all of the handmade goodness.

Enter with the Rafflecopter widget below – it might take a second to load so please be patient. Good luck and see you at Indie Trunk Show!

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Garage Sale Table Makeover { How To Paint Furniture }

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I am finally back to painting furniture post-baby bump!  Woo Hoo!  Sleep deprivation has definitely taken a toll on my creative juices so I decided to start small with this 1960’s Mediterranean style end table I scored at a garage sale for $5.00.

endtable  I love this type of furniture because the detail can be really fun to play up with a fresh coat of paint.  The down-side is they are usually made of shiny laminate wood which can be a challenge to paint.  Problem solved with Heirloom Traditions Paints – no sanding or priming or prep work!  I just gave it a quick wipe down with Simple Green and started painting.

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I chose Buttermilk, inspired by fresh milk, dairy cream, and lambs ears. The perfect creamy white, inspired by Petit Trianon.

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Although I was pleased with the results and simplicity that two coats of Buttermilk gave the table I decided to accent some of the table’s detail.

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Using a small angled brush I painted on Repose, a soft gray, not worrying too much about perfection.

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I also gave the metal handles a few quick coats.

 

 

 

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After stepping back and admiring my work I still felt like something was missing.

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I brushed on White Lime Soft Wax on the entire drawer fronts.

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White Lime Wax gave the Repose a dry brushed look with out the dry brush work.  It also blended many of the imperfections I was obsessing about my free-handed paint job had done.

 How To Paint Furniture I also added a layer of White Lime Wax on the drawer pulls, softening and highlighting the detail.

 How To Paint Furniture White Lime Wax pulled out the gorgeous detail and wood grain in the piece.

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Can you tell I missed painting furniture?  I even styled the table and contemplated where I might put this in my home.

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Can you even imagine this as a 1960’s piece now?  I always feel like a coat of paint gives each piece of furniture their own Cinderella moment taking it from ugly step-sister to ready for the ball.

 

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Maybe it’s the little girl inside me that doesn’t ever get tired of painted furniture transformations.  Sort of like a fairy tale.

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It felt so good to be creative and tackle this project in one afternoon.  As much as I love being a mom and taking care of our new little one, a quick creative afternoon was just what I needed to feel like myself again!

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DIY UGLY Christmas Sweater { For Baby }

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with I Love to Create and Blueprint Social.  All opinions are my own.

Every year we attend a Christmas party where guests are encouraged to wear their ugliest Christmas sweater.  The ugliest sweater receives a major prize in addition to bragging rights all year long.  The Griffiths have yet to win such a prize – but this year we are bringing our A-Game with a DIY version of an ugly sweater – for our brand new baby Shepherd.  Babies + Ugly Christmas sweaters = We have this competition in the bag.  Getcha some holiday inspiration with a fun and easy way to create your own ugly sweater this year!

 

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I started searching for a sweater to uglify and after 3 trips to 3 different stores I realized most places don’t carry infant sweaters and sweatshirts.  What’s up with that?  Babies need to stay warm too!  I then stumbled on this elf on the shelf inspired onesie at a Thrift Store and grabbed it for .99.  Yeah baby!  (I spotted some similar onesies at Target if you are in the market for one.)  The design provided me an instant template to get my ugly on.

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Supplies needed for this project:

Tulip Glitter Dimensional Fabric Paint

Tulip Iron-On Transfer Sheets

Tulip Fashion Glitter Bond

Rhinestones

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Using tracing paper I made my template for the Iron-On transfer.

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I then traced my shapes onto the glitter Iron-On transfer sheets and cut them out.

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I placed the Iron-On Transfer pieces on the onesie.

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And then adhered them using a dry iron and a thin piece of fabric as a protective layer.

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I embellished the design with Tulip Glitter Dimensional Fabric Paint and adhered the rhinestones with the Fashion Glitter Bond.  I desperately wanted to add bells or pom-poms but I opted to keep it simple for fear of my little one sticking these in his mouth.  If he was older I definitely would have went to town on the sleeves as well.

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After my shirt had dried I immediately put it on Shep for an impromptu ugly onesie fashion show.  Seriously.  Look at that face.  How can he NOT win this year’s grand prize?

 

 

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Want more holiday crafting inspiration?  Follow I Love to Create, the makers of Tulip products, on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 

 

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