Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest. This holiday ornament DIY is from plain old costume jewelry I found at the thrift store for next to nothing. First I picked out some necklaces, brooches, and earrings that were extra sparkly. Back at home, I cleaned them up, and did a little disassembling. Using some tools we have around the house, like needle nose pliers and metal cutters, I broke or cut off any parts I wouldn’t be using. Then I used some 20 gauge artistic wire to fashion a loop to hang it on the tree. On some of them I added satin ribbon for a little color.
Making Christmas decorations is always so fun for me! I have made so many holiday decorations through the years, so much its really impossible to get them all out each year. These days, I’m trying hard to use materials I already have on hand, and these simple DIY ornaments are made with fabric scraps, craft paint, and wooden beads. I made these early in the season, and wasn’t quite ready to go with full-on holiday colors just yet, so I grabbed some non-Christmasy green and blue craft paint for the beads, and some equally neutral fabric scraps.
I like Valentine’s day to be a little unexpected , a little fun. A simple reminder of how much I love my favorite people. And, well, I think that a pair of embroidered boxer shorts will put a smile on any Valentine’s face. I gave an embroidered pair of white boxers to my husband Peter many years ago and it’s one of the few Valentine gifts we actually still remember.
These are a cinch to make, so no need to panic, there’s plenty of time to make these before February 14!
Here’s hoping there lots of time with family and friends (even the dysfunctional ones, cause those make great stories for our kids). My sincere thanks to you all for visiting Wise Craft and supporting my small business. I have lots of fun things planned for 2015!
Making Christmas ornaments is one of my absolute favorite holiday crafts. Because of it, we have way too many, there is rarely room on the tree for all of them. But I can’t stop myself! I made these as a quick, small little acorn ornaments to sell at some holiday fairs and I wanted to share them here. I am really inspired by nature these days… sketching it or altering bits of it here and there. These little stuffed acorns can be used as ornaments, garland, and package toppers. You can get all your supplies together and make a batch of them relatively quick.
These forgotten and decayed, web-covered Halloween flowers are made from loving cup trophies. The ones that end up at the thrift store are usually metallic painted plastic and are easy to repaint (they are practically begging to be used). Easy to repaint and do all sorts of DIY’s with, like these Halloween arrangements. The large one is nice all on its own for to spook up your décor, and the smaller ones make great place card holders or party favors. See another way I’ve used trophies for Halloween décor here.
I am really dragging my feet on getting out the Christmas decorations.
I mean, is it really, truly Christmas? So soon?
Instead of facing the thousands of decoration-filled boxes we have in the basement, I did what makes to total sense to no one but me.
I made a new wreath.