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Duct Tape Poinsettias Flowers

Duct Tape Poinsettias Flower

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Whenever we take long road trips I try to keep myself busy in the car. I find it impossible to sit in the car for 5-6 hours without doing something productive. Magazines and books usually do the trick but sometimes I just need to craft. Now crafting in the car isn’t always easy, but I did keep myself busy on this last trip making duct tape poinsettia flowers. I’m really happy with the way they turned out and quite impressed that I was able to make several of them in the car. Duct Tape Poinsettias Flower I recently received a box full of Duck® Brand duct tape with fun holiday themed patterns and was challenged to create something with them. As soon as I saw the red I knew I wanted to make Duct Tape Poinsettias to decorate my tree with. duct tape crafts Easy DIY Duct Tape Poinsettia Flower Tutorial Supplies: Red Duck Tape® Scissors Floral Wire Wire Cutters Floral Tape Easy DIY Duct Tape Poinsettia Flower Tutorial I began by covering a piece of floral wire with the Duck Tape®. I found its easier to work one petal at a time, but if you’re patient you could do long pieces of tape and add 3-4 stems at a time. The tricky part is folding over the tape evenly without any creases, but if you can it will make this project a lot quicker. Easy DIY Duct Tape Poinsettia Flower Tutorial Then I free handed cut the flower petal. It doesn’t have to be perfect because the flower will be a little forgiving once its put together. Easy DIY Duct Tape Poinsettia Flower Tutorial Once all of the flower petals were ready I gathered them together and twisted one of the stems around to make one solid stem. I don’t have this pictured but I later went back and wrapped floral tape around the stem to give them a finished look. The tape has also made it easy for me to wrap the flower stem around things easily. Easy DIY Duct Tape Poinsettia Flower Tutorial

The center is a scrapbooking brad that I found at Hobby Lobby.

Easy DIY Duct Tape Poinsettia Flower Tutorial

The great thing about the duct tape poinsettias is that you can make them in various sizes. Its hard to tell in pictures but the flower below is half the size of the flower above. I made a few for my tree and plan to use them as gift toppers as well this Christmas. Fore more creative holiday ideas be sure to like Duck® brand on facebook!

Easy DIY Duct Tape Poinsettia Flower Tutorial

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Stocking Stuffers Ideas {For Kids}

Stocking Stuffers Ideas

I feel like I’m a little behind working on my Christmas gift list this year. My plan was to have everything purchased and wrapped by the first week of December but alas I’m not even close to being done. Granted we have another 20 days until Christmas (woah, only 20 days!) but we’re going on vacation to Disneyland next week, which leaves me with even less time. I’m starting to feel the pressure of getting everything finished so in the last few days I’ve been trying to be proactive about working on my list. This morning I finished buying the kids stocking stuffers, which I figure it would be easy to start small then work on getting the bigger things this weekend. Here are a few non-candy stocking stuffers ideas.

Stocking Stuffers Ideas

During the holidays the kids get so many treats from family, friends at school, and of course Santa that its important for them to remember to keep their teeth nice and clean. We all want our kids to have nice #HolidaySmiles right? Walmart has a display of Colgate toothbrushes that come with characters on them. My kids love the character battery operated toothbrushes so they were definitely a great find.  My store had Dora, Spongebob, and Transformers which is great for the older two kids, the little guy isn’t old enough for the cool battery operated brushes yet. You can find out more about the toothbrushes on Colgate’s Facebook and twitter page. Stocking Stuffers Ideas

I actually picked up a couple for my niece and nephew since the little miss was with me when I spotted them. I’m going back for another set for my kiddos when she’s not around. Santa can be so sneaky sometimes.

Stocking Stuffers Ideas

Books are always a must have stocking stuffer in our family. The kids really enjoy getting new books and its a great way to encourage them to take the time to read amidst all the fun new toys. My oldest is going to get the Harry Potter book set and the little ones are getting new Christmas books to add to our collection.

Stocking Stuffers Ideas

Dollar items make great stocking stuffers. I usually don’t find any dollar items at my local Walmart but Target always has a good selection in their Dollar Spot.

Stocking Stuffers Ideas

Stocking Stuffers Ideas:

crayons

mini puzzles

jump rope

stickers

lip balm

yo-yo

stamps

Hot Wheels/Mini Lego Packs

pencils

mini games

toothbrush

socks

gloves

scavenger hunt for a Christmas gift

Stocking Stuffers Ideas

 What are some of your go-to stocking stuffers? Any great ideas I’m missing?

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Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

My favorite holiday treat is without a doubt Ghirardelli peppermint bark. Have you tried it? It is amazing! My oldest (who loves anything and everything mint) and I were eating a piece of peppermint bark the other day when he suggested that we use it to bake with. It inspired me to create a Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies recipe.

Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies Recipe

These are way too addicting, I had to stop myself from eating the entire pan. Chocolate and peppermint are one of the best holiday flavors! We love to use candy canes to stir our hot cocoa and now we have a new treat to make on those cold winter days.

Peppermint Brownies Recipe

Easy Peppermint Brownies Recipe

Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

Ingredients

  1. 1 package Ghirardelli Brownie Mix
  2. 1/3 cup water
  3. 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 tsp peppermint extract
  6. 1/2 cup white chocolate chips; melted (optional)
  7. 1/2 Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare baking pan by lightly greasing or lining with parchment paper.
  2. Combine water, oil, and egg in a mixing bowl. Add brownie mix and peppermint extract; stir until fully combined. Spread into pan.
  3. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
  4. Once brownies have cooled drizzle with white chocolate and sprinkle peppermint crunch baking chips on top.
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For this recipe I used the Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix found at Costco. I love, love, love this brownie mix! By the way I actually tried two versions of this recipe and decided this was the best one. In my first attempt at peppermint brownies I sprinkled chopped Hershey’s candy cane kisses on top. They melted right on top of the brownies creating a sweet coating. I found that they were a little too decadent and overpowered the brownies. So my next best option was to drizzle the melted white chocolate chips on top with a piping bag then add the peppermint crunch. I really like the peppermint crunch because it doesn’t melt easily like the kisses did but its also not hard like candy canes.

Peppermint Brownies Recipe

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12 Days of Christmas: Pear Ornament

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Happy Monday, my friends! Today I’m sharing an easy German glass glitter pear ornament as part of my sweet friends Nat & Holly’s 12 Days of Christmas series. I absolutely adore Nat & Holly from My Sister’s Suitcase so I’m thrilled to be part of their series.

My part of the song is “A Partridge in a Pear Tree” and I decided to make a German glass glitter pear for our Christmas tree. The way the series works is everyday one crafty blogger will share a project of their interpretation from the song. Nat & Holly will share a quick intro then the tutorial will be on the assigned bloggers site. It’s definitely a fun series to be part of and to follow!

German Glass Glitter Pear Ornament

To make the ornament I painted a paper mache pear with metallic silver Martha Stewart acrylic paint. I found the pear in the dollar bin at Michaels and taped off the stem before painting.

German Glass Glitter Pear Ornament

Once the paint dried I used Martha Stewart glittering glue to add the German glass glitter.

german glass glitter ornament

To hang the pear ornament I tied a piece of silver elastic then added a small amount of hot glue to secure it ( and the bow) in place.

12 Days of Christmas activity

I’m so happy with the way it turned out! I love glitter during the holidays..actually I love glitter everyday but I think it’s a little more acceptable for Christmas. :)

12 Days of Christmas activity

I’m pulling out the Christmas decor today and I can’t wait to start decorating! I still want to make new ornaments with the kids and I think it would be great to try to create 12 days of Christmas ornaments with the kids. Any ideas on what to make?

12 Days of Christmas ornaments

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Local Holiday Decor Inspiration

German Glass Glitter Pinecone

I often find inspiration for home decor and craft ideas online. With the help of pinterest I’ve been able to create projects that I sometimes wouldn’t have thought of myself. Do you ever have one of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments after finding something on pinterest? I sure do!

Pinterest is great but I never thought to find inspiration locally, that is until this week. On Wednesday my husband and I headed to a local boutique that I’ve always wanted to go to. It used to be located at the heart of our downtown and then suddenly it disappeared. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to visit before it closed but whas happy to discover that it moved to another location closer to where I live. For months we’ve been driving by there wanting to stop and this week I finally decided I needed to check it out. Boy, am I happy I did! The place is absolutely beautiful with mounds of home decor inspiration.

German Glass Glitter Pinecone

My favorite were the German glass glitter ornaments..they’re gorgeous! Last weekend I bought German glass glitter to do this exact project, now after seeing the deer on top I need to find one asap.

Christmas Tree Ideas

The store was filled with beautifully decorated Christmas trees, each one a different theme. My favorite was the natural/glitz tree on the bottom left.

Christmas Decor Ideas

I’m happy to have finally visited this beautiful boutique. I now have tons of holiday decor inspiration and a new favorite store to shop at. I plan to support this local boutique tomorrow on Small Business Saturday. Their ornaments will be buy one get one free and I already know its going to be hard narrowing down my choices. My husband is working so it’s going to be a date with my best friend and our little ones. Wish us luck as we try to get four kids to not touch anything. :)

If you’re planning on shopping small tomorrow in support of Small Business Saturday check out these adorable Christmas items from my sweet friend Kelsey from Poofy Cheeks.

Personalized Santa Sack

Personalized Coal Bag

How fun would it be to receive one of those for Christmas? My kids would love them!

So tell me, where do you find your home decor and crafting inspiration?

Have a great weekend!

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for American Express. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

Moss Christmas Tree

DIY Moss Christmas Tree

Happy Monday my friends! I’m excited to finally have several projects finished AND photographed to share with you this week. We went to Disneyland last month and two hours after we left the little one starting feeling sick. Needless to say the entire family has had their round in the last month. The blog has kinda taken the back burner and I’ve been anxious to finish projects. But I’m back full of ideas to share with YOU! Starting with this Moss Christmas Tree I recently made.

DIY Moss Christmas Tree

While reading a Better Homes & Garden Christmas magazine I came across a moss tree and knew right away it would be the perfect addition to my table Christmas tree display. This year my Christmas decor is an eclectic collection of all of my favorites- neutrals, glitter, and a touch of green. My hope is to stay away from purchasing any more decor and focus on making everything myself.

To make the tree I used:

-moss

-pail

-hot glue

-styrofoam cone and square

-tree twig

-mini pom pom trim

I began by gluing the the stryofoam square inside the pail. I used adhesive moss sheets to cover the cone but did have to use a little hot glue to secure the seams. For the tree “stump” I used a twig which gave it a realistic look. It was a little bare so that’s where the pom pom trim came into play. Then a little bit of loose moss at the base finished off the project.

Moss Christmas Tree

I love the way my little moss Christmas tree looks! I may use a star at the top but am still undecided. For now it’s going with my new ruffled fabric trees as part of a Christmas tree display I’m working on.

Moss Christmas Tree

Tomorrow I’ll switch gears and share a Thanksgiving idea. Then later on in the week there might just be a new giveaway that involves crafting supplies. Just sayin’ :)

 

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