BURLAP TIPS! ( also, how to make a burlap wreath!)

Burlap is one of my absolute favorite materials to work with (as if the name of my blog didn’t give that away!), I love how it is rustic yet simple. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I got an email from Kat @ fix.com asking if I would share this article with my readers. I am LOVING the tutorial on making a burlap wreath and I think I have some burlap in the basement… I will be digging that up this week for sure!

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DIY Kids Dollar store Crayon name tag coaster

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This is a fun craft to do with the kiddos! It will also keep them from getting their cups mixed up… or lost! =P

* Please note this craft is more for older kids and a parent should be present the entire time. Do not let your kids chop the crayons, this should ONLY be done by the parents!

My inspiration for these Dollar store name tag coaster’s came from The Swell Designer and her crayon Christmas ornaments. CHECK.THEM.OUT! =)

What you will need:

* Dollar tree coasters ( how ever many you want to make)

* Dollar Tree stickers ( enough to spell your child’s name and small enough to fit on the coasters)

* Mod podge ( you can also buy this at the dollar tree… I have some one hand but I would think 1 dollar tree bottle of mod podge would do 2-3 coasters)

* Wax paper ( you want int to be double the size of your coaster)

* Blow Dryer

* Foam Brush

* Crayons ( I just bought a cheap pack… which will do a good bit of coasters!)

* Knife & old chopping block ( to chop up the crayons)

* A drop cloth or news papers to work on


What to do :

1.) First peel all the paper off of the crayons and chop them into pieces. A little bit goes a lot further than I had expected.  Also you want to go easy on the dark colors or they will all blend and your coaster will be a blackish brown color…. Unless that’s the look your going for =P

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2.) Once they crayons have been chopped, fold your wax paper on half and crease it, unfold the wax paper and place your coaster on top the wax paper and line it up with the crease. Place a handful of crayons in the middle of your coaster and fold the wax paper over top the crayons.

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3.) Face the creased side towards you ( that way if any of the hot waxy crayon spits out it will not hit you!) Hold the blow dryer directly over the top of the wax paper and blow dry till the big blob of crayon in the middle starts to melt. Once the majority is melted then you can work it to the tops and sides of the coaster by guiding your blow dryer where you want it to go. Once your coaster is all filled in with color let it DRY over night.

5.) When your coaster is completely dry then you can place the stickers where you want them.

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6.) After you have place your stickers where you want them brush the top of the coaster with mod podge. Let dry for 1 day and you have a cute little coaster for your kiddos! =)

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One more photo for the fun of it =p

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Popcorn tin lid winter clock & Trash Can Tutorial =)

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First of all I want to say that I have NO excuse for the mess on my dinning room table; when you are crafting and have a small house it happens… (oops was that an excuse??) We normally eat in the living room cause it is too hard to find the dining room table when I’m crafting.. I know it’s a bad habit…. don’t judge me! =p

Phew, now that that’s out of the way I want to talk to you about those “pesky” popcorn tins that are always laying around the house after the holidays. Don’t. Throw. Them. Away. Here’s why, I am going to show you 2 very cool idea’s for how to recycle them and I will be showing 2-3 more later in the spring when this weather warms up! SO let me let you into my brain for a moment ( It’s scary!) so you can see how I come up with most, if not all, of my ideas. I was surfing pinterest and came across these cute button clocks, while I was surfing I looked over and saw my popcorn tin, and so the light bulb went on.. Popcorn tin lid clocks! Yup, that’s how I come up with my ideas, LOL. Now you will need to have a pretty design on your lid to make one like mine but luckily I came across this cookie tin clock lid while writing up my post, so if your lid is just a solid color you could certainly jazz it up with some buttons. OK, time for me to stop talking and show you how to make it =0

( These hang nicely on a nail in the wall. Where I was going to take the photo is only half wallpapered and made a not so nice looking photo)

What you will need:

* Popcorn tin lid ( of course)

* Dollar store clock ( cost $4) with some work OR you can buy a clock kit at walmart for about $7

* Hammer or in my case I could not find my hammer so I used a meat mallet ha!ff

* A nail that is as thick as the center part of your clock kit ( the part that holds the hands)

* A few dabs of  hot glue may be needed to hold the back in place

* Battery for the clock ( whatever it say’s on the back, mine was AA)

 

What to do:

1.) First take your dollar store clock apart ( skip this step if you bought a clock kit ). This is very easy to do, just take a flat screw driver and wedge it between the clear plastic part of the clock and the round part of the clock ( it is black on my clock) and pop it off. Then un-assemble the clock by taking the clock hands off and popping off the back part of the clock where the battery goes.

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2.)  Next take a nail and hammer, or in my case a meat mallet, and punch a whole threw the tin. Make sure you punch the hole through on the good side so that you will have a clean front to your clock. BE CAREFUL!  the back will be sharp and jaggy!

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3.) Now put the back of the clock on to your clock. Push the white part that the hand attach to through the whole you punched.

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4.) Now it is time to put the hands on.. Start with the hour hand

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then the minute…

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and the second, this one will have a little pin looking thing that goes gown threw the middle to hold the clock hands together. Hopefully the photo will help you get a better visual.
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When you are all finished if the clock feels a little lose then secure it with a few dabs of hot glue on the back. Do not put the hot glue in the middle where the whit part runs up through or your clock will not tick. I put my glue in each of the 4 corners of the battery pack then gently pressed it to the tin. Warning, the hot glue will make the tin very hot!

and that’s it! A cheap winter clock =)

I know, I know, I promised 2 ways to recycle popcorn tins. Well here it is idea #2:

Use popcorn tins as winter/Christmas garbage cans in bathrooms and bedrooms! Your welcome =P

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DIY Button Flower Barrette for girls

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A few days ago I was at Michael’s and saw these really cute flowers made from twine, a few days later I was at walmart and saw a pack of barrettes for $4, One thing lead to another and I came up with these super cute button flower barrettes. They are so fun, and easy to make. Let me show you how =)


What you will need:

* Pack of Barrettes ( I bought mine at walmart and paid about $4… they were 2 inches in size )

* yarn – enough to go around the barrette and to make the flower.. ( I bought a pack that was multicolored for $1.77)

* Buttons – One that matches your flower… you only need one button per barrette, but you may want to make more than one =)

* Hot glue gun & glue stick ( you won’t need much just enough to secure the yarn and the flower)

* Scissors

Here is the step by step:

1.) First wrap the yarn around the barrette. Wrap it around the top part, not the whole thing or it will not close. I put a very small dab of hot glue on the barrette to secure the first and last piece’s of yarn. Snip the excess yarn.

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** It will look something like this it has been wrapped. Make sure to snip the ends, which are not done in this photo  =)

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2.) Next, it is time to make the flower. To do these wrap the yard around three fingers 4 or 5 times. Carefully take it off your fingers and tie a knot in the center to hold it together. Repeat one more time so you have two bows. Lay one bow down horizontally and place a dab of hot glue in the middle where you knotted it, then line up the knot on the second bow and press it to the the glue (watch your fingers, trust me!)

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3.) Now all that’s left to do is a little gluing. Glue the flower to the top, center part of the barrette, once it is secure take your button and glue it to the center of the flower (to hide the knots).

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* You are going to want to “fluff” your flower petals a little to get them where you want them to be =)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive comission for if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Oven mitt santa’s

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How cute are these?? These would make awesome gifts! Let me show you how to make them =)

NOTE: I coffee dyed my material and mop ends (beard). To do this soak material and mop head in a bowl that has been filled with water, add a few tsp. of instant coffee granules and swoosh everything around till the water turns a coffee color. Let soak a few hours or over night. Dry over night.

What you will need:

* Red oven mitt (I like red, but other colors will work too)

* small piece of burlap

* few strands from a mop head

* foot piece of a sock ( you will see in the instructions)

* Material for the hat

* Jingle bell

* thread and needle

* Instant coffee (if you choose to coffee dye the hat and beard)

* whole peppercorns (for the eyes)

* Blush

* Q- tip

* Piece of newspaper

* Hot glue gun and glue sticks


Step 1. ( cutting and gluing the face)

cut burlap in a half oval shape as pictured below. Using a hot glue gun, glue burlap (face) to the top part of the oven mitt as shown below. This will be Santa’s face.

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Step 2. (The Beard)

cut enough stands off the mop head to fill the front of the mitt for Santa’s beard ( picture will help you get a visual on this). I glued the very end pieces up to the top to meet his hat.. just one strand on each side will do. Then I slowly glued them around the bottom (Santa’s chin) of the burlap following the oval shape. When I was done I used my fingers to slightly fray the edges around Santa’s face so the strands will blend well. Next I unraveled some of the pieces of the mop strands to make Santa’s beard look a little fuller.

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Step 3. Part 1 (The Hat) * I am going to break this down into 3 parts =)

Now that the face and beard are in place it is time to add the hat. I am going to try to explain this the very best I can. Two thing you need to know about me are 1. I don’t measure…ever and 2. I don’t sew… ever. That being said, if you know how to sew you may want to take a better approach to making this hat, but mine works just fine =). First I cut a strip of material to fit across the mitt which will be the bottom part of the hat. You can use anything you think will work. I used a sock that was coffee dyed and I used the inside part of it, I thought it looked more fuzzy. Once you have cut the strip for the bottom of the hat set it aside. Now the tricky part! the hat itself. I start with a big square ( I eyeball it!) of material, before I cut it I make sure it is wide enough to go all the way around the mitt and long enough that it will bend down and touch the thumb of the mitt. I just try to make it look how I want it to look before I cut, so I know where to cut… I know that sounds confusing, but it’s really not that bad.

 

* I glued the ends so I had a nice clean edge on my hat.

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Part 2 of step 3. (the hat)
Ok now comes the really trick/hard to explain part and I realize I should have taken a better photo! YIKES! Wrap the hat material (the plaid looking material)  around the mitt till it overlaps slightly in the back use your hands to make sure the material is neat and follow the overlap all the way to the top, take the bottom piece of material (not the piece that is flat to the mitt) and pull the top corner till you have a point at the top, tie a piece of twine around the tip leaving about half inch of material hanging out (this will keep the tip of the hat in place so it doesn’t move on ya). Glue it about half way up. Once it has been glued in place and you are sure it is where you want it trim up the ends.

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Part 3 of Step 3  (the hat)
Now that your hat is glued into a point take the point and bend it to the thumb of the mitt, just to get an idea of how you want it to look. Then take a piece of news paper ( I used about 1/4 of a sheet of newspaper) and crumble it into a ball. Stuff the ball of news paper to the base of the hat (not the pointy end!) this will keep Santa’s hat standing up. Finish gluing up the hat. Then take the point of the hat and stitch on a jingle bell, and you will see in the photo how horrible my sewing skills are… don’t judge me =P. Once you have stitched the jingle bell on glue the point of the hat to the thumb of the mitt.
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Step 4
Now all that’s left to do is the eyes and checks and they are easy peasy! For the eye’s I just glued on 2 whole peppercorns… you can try buttons if you’d like, but I tried them and didn’t care too much for them, I think the peppercorns looked the best. Once you have glued on the eye’s then take a Q-tip and dab it into some blush (it’s always nice to get some just for crafting, I get mine at the $1 tree usually. Make sure it is a pinkish or rosy color… they look the best =) ) and apply it where you think Santa’s cheeks should be and Viola! Your finished! =)

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Hope you enjoyed this tutorial =)

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive comission for if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Snowmen family made from empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls

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This year I am on a budget for the holidays, so I had to get creative. I decided to make these primitive looking snowmen made from empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls, and they turned out adorable! These would make a perfect gift for a neighbor, teacher, friend, anybody really. I am going to walk you through the step by step process to making these cute little snowmen families.

What you will need:

* a few tsp. of Instant coffee granules

* bowl

* old socks

* scissors

* hot glue gun & glue sticks

* whole cloves

* whole peppercorns

* buttons

* material for hats and scarfs

* empty toilet paper roll

* empty paper towel roll

* few pieces of twine

* blush

* Q-tips


Step 1.

First find 3 pairs of socks (if you are anything like me, you have plenty in your stash of mix matched socks that you can’t bring yourself to throw away). Make sure the ridged part of the sock is long enough to cover the tp and pt rolls. After you are sure they are long enough snip them to fit the rolls. After they have been snipped put them in a bowl and fill it with water, add about 2 to 3 tsp of instant coffee granules and swoosh the socks around in it till the water turns the to coffee, soak socks for a few hours. Once they are done soaking ring them out and hang them to dry.

 

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Step 2.

Once the socks are dry slip them over the empty rolls. For the family you will need one toilet paper roll and 1 paper towel roll, leave the toilet paper roll as is but cut the paper towel roll in half but so that one half is slightly bigger than the other (the taller one will be the dad, and the shorter one will be the mom). Take any excess sock that is hanging up over the ridge of the roll and  glue it to the inside of the roll.

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Step 3.

Now it’s time for the fun part, the decorating! to make the scarf cut a small slit into the fabric you decide to use then rip it (this will fray the sides of the scarf) You want the scarf long enough to wrap around the roll twice and still have enough material left over to let it hang.

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Step 4.

Once the scarf is on, it’s time for the hat. To do this cut a square out of your material, make sure the square is big enough that it will wrap the whole way around the roll, and is long enough for a little to stick up after the twine is tied around it. Secure the hat with hot glue gun. Then tie a piece of twine around the base of the hat. Leave about 1 inch of material sticking up, you may have to trim it some if its too long. A second way to do the hats is to use the sock. to do this leave an extra 2 inches of sock and then tie with twine instead of gluing the sock like in step 2.

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Step 5

once the hat and scarf are on, glue on the eye’s and buttons. I used peppercorns for the eye’s; and cloves and buttons for the snowmen’s buttons. I also took a Q-tip and dipped it into my blush and applied it to the snowmen to give them  rosey red cheeks.

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These are so fun to make! You can make just one or make a family like I did. Be sure to give each snowman their own personality. I just used what I had around the house; 2 of the scarves were old tea towels that I coffee dyed like in step 1. Whole cloves make for great buttons and whole peppercorns are awesome for the eyes, they are also cheap! I pick them up at discount stores, I buy one tub for crafting and one for cooking. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions please feel free to ask! =)

Easy & Inexpensive snowflake picture frames (would make a great gift too!)

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These snowflake picture frames are cheap and easy to make! They would be an awesome gift, just make sure to make some for yourself too! =)

Let me walk you through how to make them; step, by step.

What you will need :
*  Glittery snowflakes (I bought mine at walmart, you get 2 for $1.98 I believe)

* Cheap picture frame (take your snowflake with you to make sure the snowflake will fit the frame)

*burlap (also take your picture frame with you, you will need the enough material to fit in the picture frame X 2, you will see what I mean in the directions below. Also, I bought the opposite color so the snowflake stands out more… you can use any colors you’d like)

* Scissors

* Spray adhesive

* Matching color of glitter as the snowflakes (I had a red and silver snow flake, so I needed red and silver glitter… the reason for this is that the snowflakes have holes at the top where they are to be hung, but since we are not hanging them we don’t want to see that hole.)

* Glue

* Cheap picture frames

* A work area ( I lay news papers down so I don’t get glue on my table)

 

How to make them:

1.) First take the picture frame apart and be very careful not to cut yourself on the glass.. set the glass aside in a safe place.

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2.) Take the card board part of the frame (the part that has the back that stands up and/or hangs)Lay a piece of burlap over it, cut the burlap so it is a little bigger than the frame, just in case.

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3.) Once you have cut your burlap, take spray adhesive and spray to the cardboard part of the frame ( spray the part that you see… the part where a picture would be.)

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4.) Once you have sprayed the cardboard add the piece of burlap that you just cut and press it down so it sticks
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5.) Next repeat steps 1-4 with a second piece of burlap. You want to use 2 pieces because if you only use one you will see the cardboard through the burlap.

6.) Once your done cutting and gluing your second piece of burlap it’s time to add the snow flake. to do this you first want to center the snowflake so you know where you want it to be.

 

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7.) Next glue your snowflake. Follow the shape of the snowflake with glue then flip it to secure it onto the burlap. Hold for a few seconds to make sure it sticks. (I just use regular glue for this, not the spray)

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8. Now that your snowflake is glue place a little dot of glue where the whole is and sprinkle the matching color of glitter on it. Once it drys flip it upside down to shake the excess glitter off.

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9.) Carefully put the picture frame back together ( I cleaned the glass first)

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And that’s all there is to it! easy huh? =)

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive comission for if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Keep empty paper towel holders to store Christmas lights TANGLE FREE!

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Every year when I go to decorate there is a fight between me and the lights… and the lights usually win. Not anymore! While fighting with my lights I saw some empty toilet paper rolls that I have saved for crafting and a light bulb went off! Why not use empty paper towel rolls to store my lights? So I tested it and it worked! I will be saving all my empty paper towel rolls this holiday season. Next year I WILL win the fight with the Christmas lights! Let me show you how to do this

What you will need:

Empty paper towel roll
string of lights (I believe mine were a 100 light strand)

1.) First feed one of the ends through the paper towel holder

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2.) Next start rolling the lights around the empty paper towel holder
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3.) Once you are finished rolling it will look like this

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4.) When you are done rolling tuck that end into the paper towel holder
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And there you have it! An easy inexpensive way to store your Christmas Lights! =)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive comission for if clicked. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Snowflake Luminaries made from empty Toilet Paper Rolls

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These little luminaries are easy to make and they look beautiful, no one will believe they were once toilet paper rolls! Here is a step by step guide of how I made them. =)

What you will need:

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* Empty toilet paper rolls

* Light blue and white paint ( I got mine at walmart in the craft section for .50 cents )

* White glitter ( I think white looks the best)

* Snow Flake punch ( I purchased mine from Michael’s)

* 2 Foam brushes

* Old news papers to work on

* Mini Tea Lights , the kind that are battery operated ( I bought mine at the dollar tree, DO NOT USE ANYTHING WITH A FLAME)

* Tooth pick ( you may or may not need this, I used it to get excess paint out of the punched snowflake.)

 

Step 1 :

First use your snowflake punch and punch snowflakes all around the top and bottom of the toilet paper roll. Try to make them as evenly spaced as possible. Save the snow flakes that you punched… you will use them later.

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Step 2 :

Paint the toilet paper roll either blue or white (which ever you choose). I had to do 2 coats of paint. While paint is wet move on to step 3.

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Step 3 :
While paint is wet sprinkle with glitter.

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Step 4 :

Paint the snowflake you saved the opposite color of the toilet paper roll. While paint is wet move to step 5

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Step 5 :

Sprinkle snowflakes with glitter while still wet… Let dry

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Step 6 :

Dab the back of the snowflakes with glue and place them randomly around the toilet paper tube.

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Once everything is dry place mini tea lights inside, ( DO NOT USE ANYTHING WITH A FLAME!!) the kind that are battery operated ( I bought mine at the dollar tree).

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive comission for if clicked. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Homemade Glitter Snowballs =)

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How cute are these? My mom showed me how to make them a few years ago and today I am going to share this with you. They are so simple & make such a cute Christmas decoration =)

What you will need:

* Foam balls ( they normally come in a 6 pack )

* Dry wall mud ( I buy whatever is cheapest! some have a grey tint so ask the associated at the store before buying, they should know if it has a grey tint or not. If you buy it and there is a slight grey tint add a little white paint to it, I had to this time)

* Glitters ( I like the white glitter )

* Old bucket or bowl

* old wooden spoon

* old news paper to work on

How to make them:

Lay news papers down on your work surface. Open drywall mud and mix it well with a wooden spoon, once you are done pour it into an old bowl ( you don’t have to do this, I just think it’s easier).

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If your drywall mud has a grey tint now is the time to add the white paint, mix well with wooden spoon

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Once your drywall mud is mixed well and you’ve added your paint (if needed) it is time to add the glitter, I do not measure it, I just eyeball it! But make sure you leave some for after, you will need to sprinkle on more glitter…

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Once everything has been mixed and your glitter is in it’s time to start making your snowballs. To do this simply take a big glob of mud into your hand and form it around the foam balls. I like to make the ends jaggy by taping them with my fingers but if you want them smooth you can do that as well

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After they are formed and still wet add more sprinkles to the tops and sides

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Allow them to dry for 1 to 2 days. You now have beautiful Christmas snowballs for the season. I like to display mine in cute baskets and bowls… How will you display yours?? =)

Disclosure: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive comission for if clicked. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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