Burlap Gift Bags DIY Holiday Gift Bags

Can we talk about gift wrap today?

I’m bad. I haven’t wrapped a single present. That means it’s bare beneath my tree. There are two reasons for it. One is I have a toddler and two, I don’t love wrapping gifts. I prefer gift bags. It’s true. And since I prefer gift bags, I’m showing you how I made these cute little burlap gift bags.
painted burlap gift bagsThey are perfect for pretty much anything and you can personalize them so easily!

You’ll need a few supplies: burlap, sewing machine, thread, scissors, paint, stencils.

burlap bags

Sewing these bags up is really simple. Just take two pieces of burlap the same size. You can vary the size of the bag to fit any gift you’d like. I made smaller bag to fill with candy.
burlap gift bagsPin two pieces of burlap together on three sides, and sew.

burlap painted gift bags Turn bags right side out, and you’ll have perfect little bags!
Stenciled Gift BagsTo personalize, create or use a store bought stencil to paint onto the burlap. I did a monogram and Christmas trees. Make sure you put a piece of cardboard on the inside of the bag before you start painting because it will bleed through.gift bag

I used regular acrylic craft paint from the craft store. Let the paint dry before filling the bag with goodies.IMG_3494The last thing to do is fill your bags with goodies and tie them up with cute ribbon! You can even embellish it with twine and some tree trimmings for a little rustic touch.

Now you have the perfect little burlap gift bag for some fun holiday gifting!
25 Days of Christmas Series at thatswhatchesaid_I’m so happy to be participating in That’s What Che Said’s 25 Days of Christmas Series! Cheryl has been sharing tons of awesome holiday inspiration. You won’t want to miss a single day! Check it all out at her blog, That’s What Che Said.

 

 

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Using Ornaments To Decorate Your Home For the Holidays

Using Ornaments to DecorateUsing Ornaments To Decorate Your Home For The Holidays

Competing post titles are:

Easiest way ever to decorate your home for Christmas.

Cheap holiday decorating ideas.

Seriously.

Not sure if you caught on during my holiday home tour but I used ornaments just about everywhere.

Christmas End TableYou can snag a tube of 10-12 “shatter free” ornaments from the Dollar Tree for (you guessed it) $1. I love mixing those ornaments with a little bit fancier ones from Target and even glass ones I’ve had for years. My Target ones are still super affordable, around $5 for a dozen of “shatter free” bulbs. Target just has a bit more variety so you can really have a good mix.

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If you have any vessels around – then you are already half way to having Christmas cheer all around you. Glass jar, bowls, trays, anything you can think of that holds “stuff” can be easily filled with ornaments bulbs for a quick pop of Christmas! Like this glass hurricane that I got at TJ Maxx for less than $5.

Ornaments And this Ikea lantern in my dining room.

Lamp Christmas Tour

I even put a some in my glass lamp.

centerpiece

And remember last week when I shared my dining room, check out this quick centerpiece.

mason jar with ornaments

Even in a Ball jar. I could go on for days…

Holiday decorating doesn’t have to be super expensive or time consuming! Using ornaments to decorate your home will get your home holiday ready without in no time without breaking the bank!

Ps. I’m over at Lines Across today sharing a SUPER cute stamped log slice ornament. Come say hi!

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Christmas Party Tour

Oh hey! You’re here for the Christmas party right?

Great! Come on in :)
Christmas Party Decor IdeasEarlier this week I shared my holiday home decor, we’ll call that part 1. So today, I’m sharing part 2. This is more of what you would see if you stopped by my home for a party, my dining area and I even have a fun hot cocoa bar set up for us. Want to come in?

Great! This post is full of photos so I won’t bore you with my ramblings, we’ll just dive in.
Christmas Shelves The first thing you’ll notice is that my rustic shelves have been giving some Christmas cheer.Ornaments In Jars

OrnamentsBelow the shelves we have a little cart that houses some kitchen essentials but I love decorating this area for the seasons.Kitchen Holiday Decor

As you can see, one of my favorite quick and easy ways to decorate for the holidays is by using ornaments…everywhere!buffet Christmas decorIt’s really fun to incorporate Christmas decorations into your every day kitchen decor.

place settingAnd since you are here for a Christmas party, I’ve set my table just for you.

Christmas TableI love those faux grain sack dish towels from Ikea. I used them as napkins here. They are so inexpensive and really pretty.

holiday place setting

centerpieceI told you how I love decorating with ornaments.

hot chocolateNow that we’re done dining, come over and check out the hot cocoa bar I’ve set up for us!

fun hot cocoa bar One of my favorite things about the cooler months is warm drinks! Hot cocoa to be exact.

Hot CocoaI set up this little hot cocoa bar very easily, by just laying out some kraft paper and using a sharpie marker to write on it. I think it’s really fun.

hot chocolate barIt takes minimal effort but the overall look is really cute.

hot cocoa bar

Thanks so so much for coming by today! I hope you had a great time at the Christmas party. The fun doesn’t stop there though, there are a few more houses to check out tonight!

This is part of the Christmas Party Tour of Homes that is taking place all this week- 24 bloggers are sharing their Christmas homes over 4 days…

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Here is a peek at of all the tours…

Tuesday, December 3rd

Christmas Party Tour of Homes Tuesday December 3rd

1) Krista from The Happy Housie 2) Laura from The Turquoise Home

3) Amy from Commona My House 4) Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog

5) April from House by Hoff 6) Shayna from The Wood Grain Cottage

Wednesday, December 4th

Christmas Party Tour Wednesday

1) Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof 2) Jen from Migonis Home

3) Rachel from Maison de Pax 4) Jamie from So Much Better With Age

5) Molly from The Poor Sophisticate 6)Tanya from Twelve O Eight

Thursday, December 5th

Christmas Party Tour of Homes Thursday December 5th option 2

1) Amy from The Blissful Bee 2) Heather from The Southern State of Mind

3) Candace of Vintage News Junkie 4) Lauren from The Thinking Closet

5) Amber from Averie Lane 6) Sarah from Life on Virginia Street

Friday, December 6th

Christmas Party Tour of Homes Friday December 6th

1) Chelsea from Making Home Base 2) Aniko from Place of My Taste

3) Christy from Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer 4) Corey from Tiny Sidekick

5) Patricia from Little Cottage on the Pond 6) Emily from Two Purple Couches

holiday home tour

And don’t forget to click over and see part 1 of my holiday home!

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My Holiday Home Decor: A Home Tour

Do you hear what I hear? Sleigh bells, jingle bells, Christmas carols…

it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

holiday home tourOur little  home base is has gotten a dusting of Christmas magic. I love putting holiday touches on our home and today I’m so excited to be sharing all of the details with you as a part of the Home For The Holidays Tour of Homes!

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30 bloggers have opened up their homes to share their holiday home decor throughout this whole week. I’m stop number 10! You can check out the full roster of bloggers at the end of this post. You’ll also want to enter to win a $200 gift card to One Kings Lane and a Santa bag full of other goodies!

If it’s alright with you I’ll go light on the words and heavy on the photos today. Thanks so much for stopping in!

Welcome to my home!
Peace Sign: Outdoor Holiday DecorWhen you first arrive you’ll see my little front porch with my DIY Peace Sign and basket full of poinsettias.

front doorI’ll greet you and point out my glitter deer head wreath holder. I’m so proud of it :)

vignetteIn my family room you’ll notice my winter white, silver, and gold vignette

wreathand the cozy faux fur wreath

present wallAnd I may point out how I cleverly covered photo frames with wrapping paper.

ornaments

deer

bells and snow

hanging trimmingsYou’ll also notice the fresh Christmas smell coming from the tree trimming bundles I hung from my rustic chalkboard.

mason jar with ornamentsLittle vignettes will greet you all over the place.

Lamp Christmas TourYou’ll also find ornaments in every vessel.

Christmas End Table

mistletoeAnd it’s not Christmas without mistletoe, that’s what I always say.

joy pillowAnd it’s not Christmas without gold sequins pillows, right?

ornaments with bokeh

TreeAnd the tree… it’s really not Christmas in my house without a real Christmas tree.
wood slice ornamentThis year, there are many new ornament additions including this one.

chalkboardAnd my chalkboard with my favorite Christmas song. I hung our stocking beneath it since we don’t have a traditional mantel.

stockings were hung

baby with lights

Happiest of holidays to you and your family!

See more of my holiday projects here

Be sure to check out all of the holiday home tours. Such inspirational bloggers!

Monday

Worthing Court

French Country Cottage
Atta Girl Says
Town and Country Living
Decor Adventures
Lilacs and Longhorns

Tuesday
Marty’s Musings
Mom 4 Real
All Things Beautiful
Making Home Base
The Happier Homemaker
The Lily Pad Cottage

Wednesday
The Everyday Home
Craftberry Bush
Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll
AKA Design
Hymns and Verses
Our Southern Home

Thursday
Stone Gable
Adventures in Decorating
Newly Woodwards
Setting for Four
Back Porch Musings
All Things Heart and Home

Friday
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Cottage at the Crossroads
Top This Top That
Domestically Speaking
Mommy is Coocoo
Shabby Art Boutique

Enter to win a $200 gift card to One Kings Lane and more goodies by using the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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I’m sharing my holiday home tour at Savvy Southern Style, Jennifer Rizzo

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Faux Fur Winter Wreath

Welcome to day two of 25 Days of Christmas! To see day one, click here. And to follow along on the interactive advent calendar, click here.25-Days-BannerI can’t believe that December is here and we are already two days into our advent calendar. This is my most favorite time of the year! And, I’m so excited to be a part of this wonderful count down to Christmas.

I’m sharing my winter wreath today! It’s the perfect addition to Christmas decor that will transition nicely into winter. So here goes.

DIY Faux Fur Winter Wreath

Fur Wreath

Supplies needed:

Straw wreath (got mine at a yard sale for .50! yay)

Glue gun and glue sticks

Faux fur (about 1/4  yard)

Ribbon
quick winter wreathSo the directions here are really simple. Lay out your faux fur in strips about 8 inches wide.fur winter wreath

 Lay your wreath on top of the strip of fur with the fur facing down. Fold the fur around the wreath and glue to the wreath back side of the wreath. You’ll need to snip the fur every inch or so to make sure the fur lays flat on the wreath. Once you’ve glued the first piece onto the wreath cut another strip about eight inches wide to complete the next section. Be sure to get the seams lined up as best as you can. They don’t have to be perfect because once you fluff up the fur you won’t see the seam.

winter wreathOnce you completed all the sections (I did mine in three sections) fluff up the fur. That will hide the seams and give a nice fullness to the wreath. Lastly tie a ribbon to the top. I’m going with a silver and gold color scheme this year so I decided on a gold ribbon. Keep in mind that you can always change out the ribbon when you transition your wreath from Christmas/holiday to winter wreath.
winter fur wreathAll that’s left is to hang and admire your winter wreath! Mine is above my sweet little vignette that you’ll see more of tomorrow!

Don’t forget that is this a 25 day affair with some wonderfully talented ladies!  You’ll have to check the advent calendar tomorrow to see day three!
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Check out the other posts below:



 Happy Holiday Decorating!

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Peace Sign: An Outdoor Holiday Decor Tutorial

Hey guys! I don’t know if it’s because Turkey Day is late this year or if I’m just so excited to have Matt home this year for Christmas, but I have been dying to just deck out the whole house for Christmas. This weekend I pulled down all of my fall stuff off the porch and started putting up my Christmas porch decor. I was pretty certain my neighbors would think I was totally nuts as it’s not even Thanksgiving yet but the next day I noticed my neighbor also started to replace her fall decor with Christmas. Phew. She doesn’t think I’m crazy and she’s totally with me on being ready for the most wonderful time of the year ;) One of the big focal points of my porch this year is this giant peace sign. I was inspired by this one I saw in the Pottery Barn catalog. I thought I’d save a few dollars (or a hundred) and just make my own. And of course, I’m sharing it with you today!

DIY Peace Sign

Outdoor Holiday Decor: Peace Sign

Supplies:

6 ft pine board (1x4x6 I think)

Wood Stain

Vinyl and Transfer Paper

Paint

Sand Paper
Holiday-Peace-Sign-DIYFirst step was to sand and stain the board. My absolute favorite stain of all time is Minwax special walnut. I pretty much use it for everything so here it is, making an appearance again :) Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 4.28.23 PMWhile your stain is drying you can work on getting your vinyl cut for the peace sign. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the letters. I resized the cutting area to fit the board so 6ft long and made the letters the appropriate size from there. I used vinyl because I have an excess of it. I know it’s expensive, and using 6 ft of it can be costly. You can use contact paper for a less expensive alternative.

Holiday Sign DIY After the stain had dried, and the vinyl was cut, I laid the letters onto the board getting the placement just so. Outdoor Holiday Peace Sign Then, I used a piece of transfer paper to transfer the letters onto the board.Outdoor Peace Sign Once all the letters had been transferred, I painted over the whole thing with creamy white paint.Peace Sign Pottery Barn Knock Off After two coats of paint, I peeled the letters off. Don’t you love the crispness? Pottery Barn Knock Off Peace SignI was going for a distressed look like the one of the PB catalog so I started sanding off the paint on the edges and in other little patches.Holiday Peace SignOnce it’s all done you can put a layer of protective wax over it. Since it will be outside I want it protected.

Peace Sign

I love the stained wood with the distressed white. Such a rustic combination. I’m still working on my porch but I do love the way it’s coming together with the bright white and pops of red and the rustic feel of the peace sign and the burlap basket.

It really is the most wonderful time of the year.

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Gold Glitter Christmas Sign

This post is sponsored by Plaid. As always all opinions are 100% mine.

Gold Glitter Christmas SignI’m continuing my holiday decorating today with some gold and some sparkle with some help from Mod Podge!

My crush on gold has spilled over into my holiday decor and I’m super excited! I’m thinking gold, silver, with the traditional Christmas red this year. I’ve been working on little projects here and there and I can’t wait to get it all together. Today, I want to share this Gold Glitter Christmas Sign and how I made it!

Gold Glitter Christmas Sign

Supplies:

Mod Podge Sparkle

Paint Brush

Gold Spray Paint

Dollar Store Tray

Letter Cutouts
Mod Podge Chirstmas Sign

Instructions:

First, spray paint your dollar store tray gold. Once it’s dry you are ready to adhere your letter cut outs. For the letters you can use stickers, or simple letters cut from card stock like I did. To adhere the letters to the tray, brush a light layer of Mod Podge to the tray and gently press your letters into the medium. Brush another layer of Mod Podge over top of the letters to secure them. Follow those steps with all remaining letters. Allow it to dry about 15 minutes, then brush a layer of Mod Podge over the whole tray. This will give the whole tray a nice glittery shimmer. For more sparkle, you can brush on another layer after another 15 minutes of dry time.

That’s all there is to it. When it dries you’ll have a beautiful sparkly gold glitter Christmas Sign! Christmas Decor Sign I love the “Fa La La La La La La,” it’s so festive don’t you think?
Gold Christmas Sign

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Paper Christmas Lights Garland Door Hanging

So remember last week when I opened that Christmas can of worms? Yeah, today, I’m just going to keep on going with this holiday crafting if that’s alright with you! I’m pretty sure my neighbors officially think I’m crazy as I was packing up the faux pumpkins and hanging up my paper holiday lights door hanging all at once. Hopefully it gets them in the holiday spirit ;)

PAPER HOLIDAY LIGHTS GARLAND: DOOR HANGING
Paper Holiday Lights Door Hanging

A few weeks ago I stumbled on this door hanging. I loved the look of the vintage lights on the white frame and was determined to try something similar. I did a quick search for vintage/vintage like lights and didn’t find anything in my price range. Plus, I would have needed battery operated ones for use on the door hanging, which I didn’t find. I decided to go with the next best thing. PAPER of course. After consulting the Silhouette web store, I found the perfect graphic and concluded that I could make a quick strand of Christmas lights garland to use for my door hanging.

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I bought this strand of lights at the Silhouette online store. Screen Shot 2013-11-10 at 9.40.05 PM

I ungrouped the image in order to remove the string portion of the graphic. Then, I was left with just the bulb portion of the lights.

I had the bulbs cut from construction paper (super cheap colorful paper) using blue, green, yellow, and red.
Light GarlandAfter cutting, I decided to take a sharpie and draw on some lines to give the look of the “screw top” part of the bulb. I feel like this part is totally optional. I tried it on a few and ended up liking the look so I continued with the remaining paper bulbs.Holiday Light GarlandNext, I hotglued the paper lights to some string making sure they were spaced about evenly. That’s not an exact science at all – just eyeball it.

Christmas Light Garland Wreath To add the Christmas lights garland to the frame I just wrapped my garland around the frame taping it with scotch tape to keep the ends secure.Christmas Light Paper Garland copy I obviously varied from my inspiration. The framed chalkboard I used, I already had on hand. It’s shape wasn’t nearly as fun so it needed a little something so I added the “Merry & Bright” to take it to next level. Lastly, to hang the whole thing. This is kind of funny, Originally I didn’t have anything to hang it. I could have used a plain white piece of fabric but with a white door, and a white frame I wanted a pop of color. So I went through my scrap bucket (save your scraps people!) and ended up sewing a few scraps together to make the fabric tie.

And um, did you see my deer wreath hanger? I know! I’m dying over him and totally considering spraying him gold.
Paper Light Garland

So that’s the paper Christmas Lights Garland Door Hanging in full detail.

But there’s more… when I found out about my sweet friend Lauren, from the Thinking Closet‘s, Silhouette Challenge, I begged asked her nicely  to let me join in. She’s a genius, I love my Silhouette so naturally I had to be in. You can check out the other participants of the Silhouette Challenge by clicking any of the link below. Enjoy!

DIY Ironing Board Hanger by The Turquoise Home
Silhouette Challenge: Time Zone Bathroom Art by Nearly Handmade
Santa’s Christmas Countdown by Tried & True
Nautical Anchor Pillow Tutorial by The Thinking Closet
Christmas Card Ornament with Free Cut File by unOriginalMom
Thanksgiving and Christmas Dual Sign by Architecture of a Mom
Itching to Etch by Get Silvered
Snowman Tag ~ Silhouette Challenge by Whats Next Ma
Thanksgiving Sign by Chicken Scratch NY
DIY Horse Silhouette Pillow by Rain on a Tin Roof
Sketching on Fabric by The Sensory Emporium
Paper Leaf Garland by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
DIY Blessing Board – Silhouette Challenge by One Tough Mother
Christmas Pillow by Create & Babble
Glass Painting with Reverse Stencils by Givemeapaintbrush
Chalkboard Thankful Tree by Cutesy Crafts
Bottoms Up! MYO Wine Tag by From Wine to Whine
‘Happy Holly-days’ Tags for the Swap by An Elegant Touch…
Thank You for Dinner (Card) by Everyday Paper
Advent Star Christmas Countdown by My Favorite Finds
Geometric Fabric Bowls by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
Paper Carnival by Home At Eight
Silhouette Cameo Tutorial: Dual Sided Business Cards by Black and White Obsession
In Case of Emergency Baby Bag Tags by Tossed Salad Life
Christmas On My Mind by Creative Turn
Jingle all the Way! by My Paper Craze
We Are Thankful by 4 You With Love
Seattle Skyline Silhouette by Sowdering About in Seattle
DIY Stenciled Mugs by Coley’s Corner

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Decoupaged Runner with Martha Stewart Crafts

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Blue Print Social for Martha Stewart Crafts by Plaid.  Of course, all opinions are 100% my own.

So yesterday I talked about Thanksgiving and showed you my simple fall centerpiece. Well today I’m looking forward to Christmas. I know, you are thinking I’m crazy. But listen folks, there are only SIX weeks left until Christmas. That means we’ll be hearing Christmas music and finalizing our holiday menus really soon! So bear with me today as I get a jump start on some holiday decorating with Martha Stewart Crafts! I used some fun doilies and decoupage to make the cutest runner for a holiday centerpiece.

Decoupaged Runner for A Holiday Centerpiece
For this project you’ll need:

A wood board (scrap is fine) sanded and stained

Martha Stewart Doilies

Martha Stewart Decoupage Matte FinishDecoupaged Runner for A Holiday Centerpiece

After you’ve sanded and stained your board, and allowed it time to dry. You can pick out the doilies you want to use and prepare them. There were several to choose from in the pack, you’ll have to poke out the little bits that are still attached. Don’t worry, this went quickly.

Then you can space them out on your board. I liked like the look of some of the doilies folded over the edge of the board so I did that with the larger ones.  Once I figured out exactly how I wanted them placed, the board was ready for decoupage. To adhere the doilies to the board, I painted a bit of the medium onto the back of the doily, then placed it on the board. Once it had dried (about an hour), I painted over the doily again with the decoupage medium. I repeated that step another two times (waiting one hour for dry time) to make sure the doily was properly adhered to the board.

Decoupaged Runner for A Holiday CenterpieceI love the nice matte finish. You wouldn’t even know that I used three coats of decoupage.

I love that you can use the decoupage on an array of surfaces, not just wood! You can also use it on ceramic or glass, and it is dishwasher safe. Win!

Decoupaged Runner for A Holiday Centerpiece This project turned out even better then I expected. I love how the gold pops of the dark walnut stain. It’s the perfect way to give your table a little sprucing up for the holidays!

You can find these doilies, decoupage, and the whole line of Martha Stewart Crafts (which includes craft paint, glass paint, decoupage and more) at Michaels or online at Plaid’s Online Store.

For more inspiration you can check out Plaid Martha Stewart Crafts on Facebook, Pinterest, or sign up for their newsletter here.

Happy Holiday Crafting!

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Simple Fall Centerpiece With A Chalkboard Table Runner

I love this time of year. Although I’ve been working on fall projects for a month now, November is really the time to enjoy it. I love preparing for and celebrating Thanksgiving. It’s such a fun time to be together with family and just reflect on all that the Lord has blessed us with. In preparation for Thanksgiving I’ve dressed up my table with a Simple Fall Centerpiece. It’s fun to enjoy it for the whole month and not just the few days surrounding Thanksgiving. You get more bang for your buck this way :)

Simple Fall Centerpiece With A Chalkboard Table RunnerWhen I say this is a simple fall centerpiece, I mean it’s really simple.

Simple Fall Centerpiece With A Chalkboard Table RunnerI love using vessels in my decorating. Jars and containers are easily transformable. Here they hold pinecones and branches for a natural fall. You could put anything in them from flowers to dry beans for fall. Then, you can do something new for Christmas. It’s a great way to decorate on a budget!

Simple Fall Centerpiece With A Chalkboard Table Runner Most everything used I already had including the chalkboard table runner! I love this chalkboard table runner because it became that way by accident. I built this framed chalkboard to hang in my family room. I brought it in from my garage to add hardware for hanging and I just really loved the way it looked on the table so I quickly switched gears. It’s funny how stuff like that happens when your on a project marathon and having a zillion things going on at one time!

I still intend on using it as a hanging chalkboard in my living room after Thanksgiving, but for now it’s on loan to my fall centerpiece.

Simple Fall Centerpiece With A Chalkboard Table Runner

Sometimes in the busyness of life, it’s easy to forget all that we have to be grateful for. I love that I can glance over at my table and quickly be reminded of Thanksgiving and the meaning of the day.

Be sure to swing by on Monday for the chalkboard tutorial! I’ll even show you where it’s hanging when it’s not acting as a table runner!

Also, I’d love to connect with you! You can keep up with me on Facebook. Or if you love behind the scenes and sneak peeks follow along on Instagram.

And if you are new to my blog you can hop over and learn more about me and my blog.

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Last Minute 4th of July Decor: 20 Minute Patriotic Placemats

I LOVE 4th of July. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a social studies major or American history lover, but I take so much pride in the day! I love the meaning behind the holiday. I love the summer nights, fireworks, yummy bbq food! I love it all and it’s just quintessential summer for me. I have been so caught up in the summer sunshine that I have gotten a bit behind on my 4th of July Decor. Even though, the 4th is just days away it’s not too late to whip something up. You all know I love a quick and easy project so I grabbed a drop cloth and made a few Patriotic Placemats. In less than 20 minutes you can make some too!

patriotic placemats

I didn’t have time for a big project, so I just wanted to create a few placemats for my kitchen table to bring a little red, white, and blue into our home. They are no sew, (That’s right, you don’t even have to bust out the sewing machine!) so the most time consuming part is cutting your fabric!
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Ready for the tutorial? Here’s what you’ll need: an existing placemat for measurements, a drop cloth or canvas material, acrylic paint, paint brushes, stencil.

Step 1: Measure your existing placemat. Mine measured about 17 in x 13 in. Then cut your placemats the same size. No need for seam allowance as this is a no sew project!

Step 2: Pull out some of the threads and allow it to fray. This will give it a more shabby look.

Step 3: Iron placemats.

Step 4: Grab your stencil (I created mine on my Silhouette Cameo), paints, and paint brushes and get ready to paint.

Step 5: Paint graphics onto your placemats.

I painted “1776″ at the bottom of each placemat with stars at the top left. So fun!

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I love how the turned out! The perfect patriotic touch for my 4th of July Decor!

20 min patriotic placemats

Won’t these be great to whip up for a 4th of July barbecue? They would be super cute outdoors as well!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July holiday.

I’m linking up to these great parties, and Savvy Southern Style.

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Pretty Ombre Wood Bead Bracelet

Hey hey!! I’ve got a super fun project for you today! If you a Mom 4 Real fan (which you totally should be) then you’ve seen this pretty little bracelet. I shared it over there a little while ago. But… I love it so much I wanted to share it here too! With Easter just around the corner, this is a great last minute project! You can add it to your little girl’s basket or make one for yourself.

DIY Pretty Ribbon Ombre Bracelet [Read more...]

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Vintage Valentine’s Day Vignette

Hi sweet readers! I’ve been promising you my Valentine’s Vignette for awhile now. And truth is, it’s been complete for a little bit. But the thing is, I just can’t stand photographing my entry way. The lighting is horrible and I am never super pleased with the way the photos turn out. Sigh. Oh well, you work with what ya got, right? So at last, here is my vintage inspired Valentine’s Vignette.

Making Home Base: Vintage Valentine's Vignette #ValentinesDay [Read more...]

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Valentine’s Day Decor: Sweet Valentine’s Day Wreath

Friends! I’m so glad to see you back here on this beautiful Friday! I’ve been sharing lots of Valentine’s Day projects with you all the last few weeks but today’s is probably my favorite one so far! I’m working really hard on getting my Valentine’s Day decor all together so I can show you my sweet little vignette…next week! Here is another piece to that puzzle.

Valentine's Day Decor Valentine's Day Wreath

 

This is probably one of my favorite wreaths I’ve ever made. It’s so sweet and simple and perfect for Valentine’s Day! The best part of all though is it was so inexpensive to make! You all know how I love a nice cheap project. The wreath came from Hobby Lobby around Christmas time. It was only a few bucks. Everything else, I had on hand or picked up at my favorite dollar store ever, The Dollar Tree!
Valentine's Day Decor Simple Valentine's Day Wreath

 

I wanted to go simple with this sweet Valentine’s Day wreath, and I’m so glad I did. I feel like the red and white really pop against the natural and rustic look of the twig wreath.

Valentine's Day Decor: Valentines Day Wreath

 

Now, for the details! I made the paper medallions out of the left over paper bag I had from my Paper Bag and Washi Tape Heart Bunting. Then I glued red foam glitter hearts from the dollar store to the center. The white paper doilies are also from the dollar store and the red glitter XO I had left over from another project. I also added a little burlap bunting to the middle of my wreath and glued some more of the little red glitter foam wreaths to each of the flags. To finish up my Valentine’s Day wreath, I added a red ribbon for hanging.

 

Valentine's Day Decor: Valentine's Day Wreath

 

Ah, I want to keep it up all the time. Is that allowed? I love that it feels so classic Valentine’s Day and I love the RED. What do you think? Tell me, do you go all out with your Valentine’s Day home decor or just a few touches here and there?

Happy Weekend friends – see ya back here on Monday with more Valentine’s Day goodness. Of course if you need a Valentine’s Day fix be sure to check out my Pinterest board or see some of my other Valentine’s Day projects including:

Mini Tissue Pom Garland

Valentine’s Day Floating Heart Wall Art

Valentine’s Candy Bark

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Mini Tissue Pom Garland

Making Home Base Mini Tissue Pom Garland

Hello Friends! So glad to see you today :)

Rose are Red, Violets are Blue

I love Valentine’s Day, How About you?

(Look at that – I’m a poet!)

But seriously, I am seeing nothing but love love lots of love all over the blogosphere! How about you? Everywhere I look there is tons of inspiration and I’m loving it. Have you gotten in on the Valentine’s Day action yet? Well I’ve got another little goodie for you guys today. I’m working on my Valentine’s vignette (which I can’t wait to share but it’s not quite ready), and I whipped up a little garland for it but it’s soooo cute that I couldn’t wait to share it!

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Paper Bag and Washi Tape Heart Bunting

Hi friends! Have I told you lately that I’m so glad you are here? I have to say, when I started this blog I never expected to reach so many people. I thought my mom might be the only one to ever read this (Hi Mom!), but you guys blows me a way. Every project I put out there the response is overwhelming. You know how to make a girl feel special! Anyway, you should know, I am glad you are here.

Now, down to business. I made another super easy and fun Valentine’s Day craft. I may or may not be obsessed at this point. Oops. This one is just fab (and it looks amazing against my new gray entry table)! It’s Paper Bag and Washi Tape Heart Bunting.
Paper Bag and Washi Tape Heart Bunting

Every now and then at the grocery store I ask for paper instead of plastic. Paper bags are great to have on hand. I use them to wrap packages for mailing, wrapping presents, and now I use it to make bunting. This bunting came together so quickly. If you have 30 minutes to spare, then you have time to whip up some of your own.

Ready for a tutorial? Okay! The first thing I did was created a little template for the paper part of the bunting. I just cut a piece of card stock down to the size I wanted and traced it on my brown paper.
Making Home Base Paper Bag and Washi Tape Heart Bunting

To make the little hearts. I taped lines to washi tape to a piece of card stock paper. This is where you can get really creative. Since there are a billion different designs of washi tape, I can only imagine the possibilities! I had these all on hand. I taped pieces of washi tape to cover the enter sheet of card stock.

makinghomebase.com Paper Bag and Washi Tape Heart Bunting

After the sheet was covered, I flipped it over and traced the hearts. I just tried to fit as many as possible on the sheet.

Making Home Base Paper Bag and Washi Tape Bunting Tutorial

After both my hearts and paper were traced and ready to cut, I cut out ten of each. Lastly, I glued the hearts onto the brown paper sheets then hot glued the brown paper sheets to some twine. It was seriously that easy!

Making Home Base Paper Bag and Washi Tape Bunting

Easy peasy! I love the way it looks in my entry way. Super festive over here! yay!

Have a great friends!

Want more Valentine’s Day projects? Check out my Valentine’s Day Project Gallery.

 

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Snickerdoodle Cookies with a Valentine’s Day Twist

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. I had planned on posting another Valentine’s Day craft today but after all the love you guys gave me over my Valentine’s Day Candy Bark I thought you wouldn’t mind another tasty dessert recipe. This time it’s my Snickerdoodle Cookies with a Valentine’s Day Twist. My husband absolute favorite cookies are snickerdoodles. He loves them. He also loves when I make them to for him to bring to work. I think he likes to show off. If there is ever a night when I ask him what dessert he want he will always say these cookies. I like them too, but personally, I’m a chocolate chip kinda girl.

Since they are his absolute favorite, I made a few batches last week to add to his Valentine’s Day care package. Since I was going with a Valentine’s Day theme I wanted to spruce up these yummy treats with a festive look. I did that by adding in some pink sprinkles to the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Bam. Valentine’s Day cookies! So easy, and so festive. I think these would be really great for homemade Valentine’s too. Okay, on to the recipe…

Making Home Base Snicker doodles V Day

Ingredients:

For cookie batter:

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

For cinnamon sugar coating:

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp pink sprinkles

 Directions:

In a mixing bowl beat butter until smooth (about 3o seconds). Add the 1 cup of sugar, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of the bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in flour in 1/2 cup increments. Cover and let chill for about one hour or until the dough is easy to handle.

Preheat oven to 375° F. Combine the 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of sprinkles. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll balls in sugar/sprinkle mixture until completed coated. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until edges are golden. (Watch them carefully they bake up fast!) Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Source: Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book

Making Home Base V Day Snicker doodle cookies

I tasted them before shipping them off – they were delicious!

 

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Valentine’s Day Floating Heart Wall Art

Can I just tell you? I am so excited for Valentine’s Day! My house is a bit bare ever since taking down my Christmas decorations. It needs some sparkle! So I’m going all out for Valentine’s Day. Honestly, I haven’t done too much decorating for Valentine’s previously, just a couple hearts here and there (and of course heart shaped pancakes for the hubby) but now that I have Miss P, I’m going to make it a perfect holiday of love for her!heart wall art making home base

So here goes my first craft of Valentine’s Day folks! I’m so excited to share my Floating Heart Wall Art. This fun piece is made using a recycled picture frame, some hearts cut out of card stock, twine, and good ole hot glue. Ready to see how it’s made?makinghomebase heart frame

When I was pregnant with my daughter my husband and I picked up tons of frames at thrifts stores to refinish and potentially use in her nursery gallery wall, you can see that here. We have lots of frames left over. This one was an ugly gold frame, and we just spray painted it white. It’s perfect for this project.

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The first thing I did was lay out my hearts in the frame to position them the way I wanted. I didn’t really get too technical with it, just laid them out. Then I laid the string over top and started gluing. I glued two heart cut outs together that way if they get turned around you don’t see the string or glob of glue on the back side. Lastly, I glued the strings in place onto the frames. Simple as that!

heart frame vday

I love the little bit of aqua in there. So fun for Valentine’s Day! So tell me…have you started working on Valentine’s Day projects yet?

Get inspired with more Valentine’s Day ideas:

Reeses Pretzel Bites

Valentine’s Day Reese’s Pretzel Bites

Valentine's Day Decor: Valentine's Day Wreath

Valentine’s Day Wreath

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