Monthly Archives: November 2011

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My little sister, who is four, means so much to me and I love having any opportunity to spend time with her. We always do the typical pumpkin carving together but I wanted to do another craft for Christmas together. I was able to find a great project that my sister and I can do together.

We are going to make little milk carton snowmen.

It is a  simple project that I know will put a smile on her face. The project is pretty simple and does not put a hole in a your wallet.  All you need is an empty, cleaned out milk carton, black, orange, and red paper, glue, yarn, fun foam, scissors and Christmas lights. Be careful with the scissors and glue. Also, make sure that you put the finished snowmen out on the porch for everyone to see. The easiest way to get the Christmas light in the carton is to cut a hole in the back of carton. By doing this, you can save electricity and always unplugging the lights before going to bed.

I can’t wait to see my little sisters imagination when creating her own snowman. It is so fun being able to watch my little sister grow up. Since I live in Stillwater, it is hard to always spend time with her.

Easy Gift Idea

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When decorating your home, you could go many different ways. You could go simple, or you could go extreme. Either way you are able to be creative and create a unique space called your own. I know when I go shopping for home decor, I see some amazing items but the price tag is the opposite. I have learned that with a little patience and creativity you can decorate your house on a budget. Since the holidays will be here before we know it, why not make some gifts.

I know that my family loves candles, especially during the holidays. I found a great way to make a plain cheap vase into a modern looking candleholder. Hobby Lobby and Jo Ann’s are great store to find discounted items such a small and tall glass vases.

The process is easy; you place different size rubber bands around the glass vase. You can do as many rubber bands as you want. Then you get spray paint in the color you desire. (Example shows white) Let the paint dry and remove rubber bands.

I found out a few tricks. First you need to make sure that you do not take the rubber bands off to early, the paint with smear and cause the design to be off. Another trick is to make sure to get spray paint that adheres to glass, otherwise the paint might peel off easily. After the paint has dried and your product is finished, make sure that the inside of the vase is very clean. Also to keep your candle holder looking good as new make sure to always clean the vase after a few uses. If candles are not to be used, tea lights still conduct the same effect.

Enjoy crafting!

Save Money? Yes Please.

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Every year I feel like Christmas decorations are going up earlier. It usually starts around Thanksgiving, but that is how it is supposed to be. Halloween, Thanksgiving, And THEN Christmas. This year I noticed decorations going out before Thanksgiving, I even saw some decorations after Halloween. I figured since they were putting out Christmas decoration than I should get to work on finding creative idea to decorate my house for Christmas. Being a college student, I don’t have a ton of money to go and get fancy decoration. Between the Internet at Hobby Lobby, I am bound to find a way to save money.

I found a cute way to take a Styrofoam circle and make it into a Christmas wreath for the door. Find some cheap ribbon at any craft store and wrap it around and hot glue the ridden. While drying, get a wooden letter from the craft store and hodgepodge scrapbook paper onto the woodmen letter. Next get sticks and fluffy Christmas color balls and glue them to the different sticks.
Once that you have all the pieces together, it is time to build. Take the fabric-covered wreath and glue the wooden letter onto the wreath in the appropriate spot. Then place all the sticks around the wreath, colorful balls facing up. Once completed, make sure to allow all the glue to dry before hanging. Once completed, it should look like this!