Crafty

Glitter Letters + Fabric Trim Trees

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Christmas is different for us this year, it’s the first time we’re spending it away from our home in California and instead in Las Vegas with our extended family. This year I’m focused on simplicity over excess. The holiday season is better when it’s about making memories instead of killing ourselves with all the decorating, only to have to take it down in a few weeks. I’ve decorated my entire home top to bottom in the past because I love this season so much, but I’m taking a break from it this year and it feels really nice.

Before we left Las Vegas on our recent visit I pulled together a simple vignette in the living room with a wreath and two easy-as-can-be crafts to welcome us on our return in a few weeks. I spent maybe an hour on both projects combined! Together they make a fresh and festive vignette for us and our future guests.

merry letters and trim trees

  

I spray painted 12" paper mache letters (find them here) then sprinkled white glitter on them before the paint dried, the paint acts as an adhesive when wet and holds the glitter to the cardboard when dry.

spray paint

 

sprinkle glitter

 

I love their large scale and how they sit independently, spelling out the holiday sentiment.

merry glitter letters up close

The trio of trees are made with a few yards of fabric trim hot glued to cardboard cones, and accented with vase filler "ornaments" from a craft store.

yards of fabric trim

I used ruffled, sequin, and fluffy snow like fabric trims found on Etsy and at Joanns. I didn’t take a picture of the process, but it’s nothing more than spiraling the fabric trim around the cones and using hot glue to secure it every few inches.

fabric trim tree trio

   

Put on a Christmas movie while you make them; they’ll be done before it’s halfway over, they’re that quick and easy.

merry letters and trees

 

Today is Cyber Monday! I do half my shopping today to take advantage of all the sales, share any good ones you know about from your favorite stores! .

Sparkle Confetti Garlands

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The crush on all things spots and dots continues with the latest seasonal craft, strands and strands of sparkle confetti garland! We’re getting in the Christmas spirit around here, stringing up lights and ornaments. This year the decor is simple, concentrated mostly in the living room and the front porch since we will be spending Christmas Day away from home but still wish to enjoy the season around the house.

My ten year old girl likes to craft and decorate at Christmas too so we decorated a tree together and I added a mantel display, I’ll share that tomorrow. Here’s a look at our strands of confetti garlands and the easy steps on how to recreate.

sparkle confetti garlands

 

girl with garland

 

confetti garland

There are a few versions of this garland online but many require a sewing machine, I didn’t want to run glitter cardstock through my machine and wanted my little girl to be a part so we used a simpler process, combining 1/8” ribbon and glittered scrapbook paper cut with two different punches, 1” and 1½” sizes.

glitter cardstock and punches

Cut your ribbon as long as you wish (ours were 2 yards each) and glue two dots together to the ribbon with a glue stick so your strand is two sided.

glue dots to ribbon

 

With a little patience you’ll get strands of sparkle confetti garland for stringing up around the house through the New Year, fun to suspend anywhere, on mirrors, light fixtures, bookshelves, whichever spot needs a touch of sparkle.

sparkle garland

 

sparkle garland on mirror

 

Keep them wound up neatly in the off season and like any other garland and it will last for future parties and seasonal decor.

diy sparkle confetti garland

 

I reorganized all the holiday crafts and mantel displays from years past, find them here!

updated holiday gallery