Friday, November 30, 2012

Five Gold Rings {Christmas Wreaths}

Day 5: {Five Gold Rings}
My Sister's Suitcase

Today we get to share one of our own projects with you... this is the one that inspired the entire series! I like to switch out the decor for my huge chalkboard every holiday, so what better place to display five new gold wreaths?

 


I love how these "gold rings" turned out! Each wreath is unique but they are all very festive. {And each one cost $5 or less to complete!}

Supplies used:
  • Gold spray paint
  • 10" styrofoam wreath form {Target dollar spot}
  • 8" grapevine wreaths {Dollar Tree}
  • Glitter mistletoe ornaments {Dollar Tree}
  • Gold pinecone ornaments {Dollar Tree}... I seriously went to this store 4 times in 3 days!
  • 6" embroidery hoop
  • jingle bells {medium size}
  • 2 packages of clothespins
  • Glitter cardstock
  • Gold sequin fabric {from JoAnn's - $3.00 for 1/2 yard with sale & coupon}
  • hot glue gun & glue

All of the wreaths are really simple to make, so I am just giving a quick photo tutorial for each one:
1. Clothespin wreath {$4}
Cut a 4" circle out of the glitter cardstock, spray paint all the clothespins gold, then attach them around the edge of the cardstock. {I didn't glue anything on this one!}
2. Mistletoe wreath {$5}
Spray paint the grapevine wreath, then attach mistletoe ornaments in a circle pattern with hot glue.
3. Sequined wreath {$5}
Cut your sequined material into strips - I counted 10 sequins wide for each strip. Then wrap and secure each strip of fabric with hot glue until the entire wreath is covered. This one is so simple, but it is my favorite!
4. Pinecone wreath {$4.50}
Spray paint the wreath gold, cut all the strings off the ornaments and then attach them with hot glue. Make sure the next pinecone in line is covering the ornament hanger of the previous one, so there is one continuous loop of pinecones! Love this one too.
5. Jingle bell wreath {$4.50}
Okay, okay, this one might be my favorite! It was so easy! Take a 6" embroidery hoop, spray paint it gold, then attach the jingle bells one at a time with hot glue. At the bottom of the hoop, glue on a sparkly gold bow ornament {I already had this on hand but they have them at the dollar store} to cover up the hardware.
I used a pretty beaded garland to string all of the wreaths together and hung them up on my chalkboard. I had to add the song lyrics just for fun!

 The best part about all of these wreaths is that you could make them on a larger scale and use them individually as your front door decoration or over a mantel. But I have to say, I'm liking them all together...

Thanks for following along with our 12 Days of Christmas Series! Each day for the next few weeks, we will be sharing a creative holiday craft or gift idea that has been inspired by the lyrics of the song, "Twelve Days of Christmas."  Some of our favorite bloggers are joining in, and we can't wait for you to see what they have in store! Check out all of the projects here:





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Thursday, November 29, 2012

"Be Good" Christmas Reward Jar Printable

With Christmas quickly approaching, your kids are bound to be excited. Anyone dealing with a few cases of the "Gimmies?" at home? (I love that Berenstein Bears book!) I'll admit it, I'm bribing my daughter using some lyrics from one of our favorite Christmas songs! 

"He knows if you've been bad or good, 
so be good for goodness' sake!"


She's going to get a little pom-pom in her jar every time I catch her "being good" 
- sharing, saying please and thank you, being obedient...

Click through for the free printable!

Four Calling Birds {Chalkboard Christmas Ornament}

 Day 4: {Four Calling Birds}
Melissa from No. 2 Pencil

I'm thrilled to be a part of Holly and Nat's 12 Days of Christmas. I think they have the most creative ideas, and this series is no exception. For my inspiration, I choose "4 Calling Birds", and quickly learned from several sources that "calling" was actually "colly", which means black. So the the lyric traditionally referred to blackbirds. Once I read that, I knew I wanted to incorporate the color black into my project. Chalkboard paint was the perfect way, so I made this cute little Chalkboard Christmas ornament.


I'm Melissa from No. 2 Pencil, where I share creative recipes, crafts and DIY projects. I'd love for you to come by and visit. I'm always coming up with new ideas!


Go check out Melissa's fun Chalkboard Ornament tutorial here!
 
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Three French Hens {Monochromatic Ornaments}

Day 3: {Three French Hens}
Rachel from Lines Across

Hello lovely My Sister's Suitcase readers. I'm Rachel from Lines Across. I'm a mom of a 3 year old boy, and an almost 2 year old girl, a DIY addict, and a lover of all things crafty. I'm so thrilled to be a part of this fun Christmas series (Thanks Nat and Holly!) and I'm excited to see what everyone else has made.


For my project, I wanted to make some ornaments inspired by the third day of Christmas, three french hens. Apparently, the tradition says that the song, the 12 Days of Christmas was a way to teach the faith when Catholics were being persecuted. Each of the different days represents something (this website has a list), and the three french hens represent FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE. I wanted to make monochromatic ornaments that were generally all white or all gold.


These are fabulous, Rachel! Thanks for sharing! Make sure to go get the full tutorial here!

Thanks for following along with our 12 Days of Christmas Series! Each day for the next few weeks, we will be sharing a creative holiday craft or gift idea that has been inspired by the lyrics of the song, "Twelve Days of Christmas."  Some of our favorite bloggers are joining in, and we can't wait for you to see what they have in store!




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