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Polymer Clay State Ornament - New Jersey

Day 12 of the 12 Days of Christmas series! I told ya I saved the best for the last............My super star ornaments, Polymer Clay State Ornaments representing the two great states where we have put down roots! What they say is true, you can take'm outta Jersey but can't take the Jersey out of them! My kids have lived in VA for more years than they have lived in NJ but they still call Jersey home. To them they will always be from Jersey! So naturally when I made an ornament for our dear VA I couldn't leave our beloved Jersey out. Here they are stealing all the limelight on our tree. To make these you need; Polymer Clay - I used White as it would be easier to paint over from MichaelsX-acto KnifeMap outline printouts of the states in 3 x 5Acrylic paints in similar shades for … [Read more...]

           
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Globe Ornament

How to make a globe ornament

Happy Weekend! Today I have a very easy one for ya. Almost too easy that I feel bad calling this a tutorial! Really this globe ornament is a total piece of cake, a perfect kids craft idea. But as with everything in my life there is a back story for this one as well. Every since I found an old Atlas at Goodwill for a buck I've been dying to use the pages in some craft or the other. But not a single idea cropped up in my mind. :P Can you believe a pretty map project that I might have a use for around the home has been eluding me for the last 6 months? Call it a crafter's block! Until.............I started doing the 12 Days of Christmas series. I was like, "Won't a map ornament be the perfect project?" All I had to do was Mod Podge the maps onto a clear glass ornament! Brilliant, … [Read more...]

           
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Fabric Scraps Christmas Ornament

Handmade Christmas Ornament,Fabric Scraps Christmas Ornament

Can't believe it is already Day 10 of our 12 Days of Christmas series! Have y'all been enjoying the daily list of handmade Christmas ornaments? I for sure have, discovered so many new ideas that I want to try out next year. The common factor in all of these ornaments is that they are very easy to make. Totally goes to prove that handmade doesn't have to be hard. Today I have another easy project for ya, Fabric Scraps Ornament. Yeah, you read that right Fabric Scraps. You know me, I don't like anything to go to waste. Remember my Fabric Scraps Wreath? A few of the same scraps made it to this one too, the Chevron print from my chair makeover and the Green fish scale fabric from the cane chair makeover. :) To make these super simple ornaments you'd need;  Clear OrnamentFabric … [Read more...]

           
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Snow Globe Ornament

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Have you heard of the saying, "There is always a right way and a wrong way of doing things"? Today I'm gonna show you how it is done. :) Sometimes you do have to do things the wrong way first to figure out the right path. This Santa Snow Globe ornament is no different. I had it all planned in my head; first a little bit of snow aka. glitter (did I say glitter? ;) ) followed by the trees and finally Santa. All went as planned albeit a little bit tricky until I hung it on the tree and ended up moving things around. Soon Mr. Santa was sun bathing in the snow singing carols! Oops that's not what I wanted. Plan B! Empty the container out and start afresh. To do this right you'd need; Clear ornament - I was using an old one from last year. This year though Michaels has … [Read more...]

           
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Vintage Jello Mold Ornament

Vintage jello mold ornament - Whats Ur Home Story

How are we doing? Anyone in the mood for Jello? Err....I mean vintage Jello mold ornaments? Can you believe these pretty molds were a thrift score find? 49 cents each! There were 3 of them and for whatever reason I decided to bring home only 2!!! I really have no idea why I scrimped on that. I just picked the 2 prettiest ones.  :( Why oh why did I not get the full set of 3? Too late to cry over split milk now...... So how to do you turn these guys into ornaments? Super duper simple! I know, I use that word a lot around here but this one is a no brainier. Really. All you need is ribbon, baker's twine, and hot glue. Make a loop with the baker's twine and hot glue the knot to the top of the mold (back side). On the front hot glue a ribbon bow to hide where you … [Read more...]

           
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Marbles Ornament

5 minute DIY Ornament with Marbles - DIY Marbles Ornament

Today I have yet another easy (it took me 5 mins) ornament for you using a favorite toy from my childhood, marbles. The mere sight of them brings back so many good memories! Growing up in rural India these sparkly gems were hard to come by. So we treasured and exchanged them like my son does his Pokemon cards but with more sincerity and fan fare. Literally, the kid with the prettiest and most sparkly marble was the king of the playground. Such was the commanding power of Marbles those days! Other than the occasional marble that we used to come across among my kids' toys these treasured gems were erased from my memory till I spotted a bag full of them at the Dollar Store the other day. Ever since I have been trying to incorporate them into my decor ( you might remember them from my … [Read more...]

           
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Woodland Reindeer Ornaments

Make Woodland Reindeer Ornaments from floor plank samples from the hardware store and candy wrappers-Whats Ur Home Story

Happy Monday! How have you all been enjoying the daily dose of Holiday decorating inspiration (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5) ? Today I have something special for ya; in addition to my 12 Days of Christmas friends I'm teaming up with another group of talented bloggers to share 18 easy to build Christmas projects all using RYOBI power tools. Got ya, wondering what Ryobi tool did I use for this, right? It is all in that wooden piece I used as the background for my candy wrapper reindeer. Any guesses as to what that is? :) While you rack your brains let me fill you in on the back story. I love ceramic taxidermy, be it a deer head or a rhino head. I also happen to like Pallet art.. No, haven't tried that yet but it is definitely on the To Do List. When you combine these 2 and a big pile … [Read more...]

           
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Cork Ball Ornament

DIY cork ball ornament

A cork ball...............this one has been coming for a long long time! It's been over a year since I bought a bag of 70 or so corks off someone on our FB yard sale group. Yeah, I do have to buy corks as we don't drink. Collecting that many corks would have taken us a while. :) So a decorative cork ball or two for the coffee table was always on the plan but an ornament? Though I had used up some of the corks for my Bird wine cork ornaments last year I still had a good number to work with, so I thought why not? What do they call this sorta thing....killing two birds with one stone? I could use it as an ornament now and after the holidays it could totally grace my table or floating shelves. Yay! Double score! In keeping with my easy to make ornaments theme this one too took about … [Read more...]

           
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Glitter Swirl Ornament

How to make a glitter swirl ornament

Welcome to Day 4 of 12 days of Christmas. Kinda feel strange to be posting on a Saturday but I'm loving the company of these talented ladies and the genius ideas they keep coming up with. Today we have a glitter swirl ornament the premise of which is along the same lines as my Santa belt ornament; updating old ornaments. A little Mod Podge and glitter is all it takes to give these bland ornaments from yore a new life. I mean, doesn't glitter makes everything prettier? I'm a glitter girl all day every day and holidays are an excuse to indulge in more glitter. Come to think of it I'm amassing quite a wide range of glitter colors, Gold, Black, Pink, and now Copper. Don't tell B I've bought White glitter too for an ornament project (coming up next week). ;) Anyhoo to make these you'd … [Read more...]

           
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Terrarium Ornament

Add a touch of whimsy to your tree with this DIY Terrarium ornament

Do you love something so much that after a few months without it you feel a void in your life? For me it is making terrariums. A moss terrarium was one of the first DIY projects I ever tried and blogged about. Then there was another terrarium, another, another, and another. Wait, there is more.............Ok you get the point. So while I was DIY'ing ornaments this year I kept thinking, "Why not a terrarium ornament? That would be so me!" When I spotted the perfect little container at Michaels it was a match made in heaven! A nice chic addition to my Christmas decor, all for 3 minutes of hard work. No kidding, that's all it took to make this one. :) Materials  A cute jar - Michaels - This one was $0.99, seriously!Miniature deer figurines - Micheals - $2.25 for a pack of 4Dried Moss … [Read more...]

           
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Sunburst Mirror Ornament

Sunburst mirror ornament DIY-1

So last year I went crazy as in handmade ornament crazy..........you know, "I want to DIY everything that goes on my tree" crazy! Now when I think back "crazy" seems to be the only befitting word to describe me from Holiday season 2013. What was I thinking? Full time job, blog, home...........still I churned out one ornament after other. Naturally DIY'ing everything takes way more time than you think. I started posting in December only to realize that I ran out of time and couldn't get them all in before Christmas! Duh! There is only so much you can post in X no.of days! On the flip side, that meant this year I have some room to breathe;  a handful of projects that I did last year but didn't get a chance to post! Have one such for you today, the Sunburst Mirror ornament (think I had 3 … [Read more...]

           
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