12 DIYs of Christmas: DIY Wood Ornaments

DIY Wood Ornaments with HART Tools

This holiday season, I am partnering with HART tools to create a fun DIY wood ornament for your Christmas tree.  The best part is that you can make these ornaments in any size or from different types of wood or metal. So, these can hang as ornaments on your tree or a smaller version can serve as gift tags on your packages.

 

HART power tools work on many types of materials. For instance, you can use a sheet of galvanized metal, weathered wood, or masonite wood panels.  I chose to use white beaded plywood, because it has a neat texture that mimics the stripes of treasured vintage ornaments.  Plus, it evokes a cottage Christmas feel that I love.

For this DIY project, I am using the HART cordless power tools with a shared rechargeable battery.  This includes the HART Reciprocating Saw to cut, the Multitool to sand and distress edges of wood, and the Rotary Tool for fine sanding and cutting a hole as the ornament’s hanger. It’s quick to swap out the battery from one tool to another.

 

Instructions for DIY Wood Ornaments

Step 1: First, draw or print an ornament template onto paper.  Then, cut out the template and trace the ornament shape onto the beaded plywood material.

 

Step 2. Next, cut out the outline of the ornament from the beaded plywood using the HART Reciprocating Saw. When cutting wood, use wood clamps to hold securely in place. Be sure to wear protective goggles when cutting and sanding wood.

 

Step 3. Sand the edges of the wood ornament using the HART Multitool and 80 grit sandpaper.  Then, distress the raised wood trim on the beaded plywood.

Step 4. With the rotary tool and drill bit, pierce a hole near the top center of the ornament. Then, use the sanding attachment to smooth.  Lastly, pull a ribbon to through the hole to hang.

 

 

Step 5. Hang ornaments on the tree and enjoy!

 

HART tools are great gifts!

P.S.  These HART tools are only available at Walmart and Walmart.com.  You can learn more about them by visiting HartTools.com.  There are over 300 products from hand tools, lawn/garden, automotive to power tools which will become available in the coming months! The HART power tools that I used for this DIY project will make a great gift for the DIYer, woodworker or home renovator on your gift list.  These tools are lightweight, compact and cordless.

 

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12 DIYs of Christmas 2019: DIY Snow Globe Container for Treats

12 DIYs of Christmas 2019

DIY Snow Globe Container for Treats

Today, I am sharing the 6th DIY of the 12 DIYs of Christmas 2019, y’all! This easy Christmas dessert snow globe container is a great gift for teachers, neighbors, friends or favors for kids Christmas parties. The best part is that you can fill them up with any kind of treat. My favorite is white chocolate popcorn, but store bought candies works great too.

DIY Snow Globe Container

The DIY snow globe container cost me about $5 to make with supplies from Dollar General. However, most craft stores like Joann’s or Hobby Lobby will have these items, too.  It only takes about 5 minutes to make! Here’s what you will need…

Supplies:

  • plastic mason jar style container
  • clear plastic round ornament
  • small Christmas figurines like mini trees, snowmen and deer
  • faux snow
  • hot glue/glue gun
  • ribbon

Directions:

Step 1. Take the clear plastic ornament apart (it comes in two halves) and snap off the small hanger.  You can see it pictured on the left.  You only need one half of the ornament per container.

Step 2. Remove the two parts of the lid.  Hot glue 2-3 small figurines onto the flat part of the lid. I like grouping a deer, Santa or snowman next to a tree.  Snip the top of the tree with scissors, if necessary to fit under globe.

Step 3. Next, hot glue the fuzzy faux snow onto the lid, around the figurines. If you can not find this exact lid, hot glue the figurines, then faux snow & the round ornament directly onto the lid.

Step 4. Lace ribbon through the holes of the circle lid.  Then, replace and hot glue the flat lid inside the circle lid. Lastly, hot glue the round ornament on top of the circle lid.

Step 5. Fill the container with any kind of treat.  Then, replace the lid and tie the ribbon on.

 

Easy Christmas Dessert

In addition, I filled these containers with my family’s favorite white chocolate popcorn treat. It happens to cost about $5 and 5-10 minutes to make 5 cups, too. Find the delicious recipe, here. Basically, you pour melted white chocolate over popcorn, stir, pour onto a cookie sheet, and add your favorite holiday sprinkles and small candies.

 

 

I hope you enjoy this 6th holiday inspired DIY in the 12 DIY’s of Christmas.  Here are the previous projects shared in the 12 DIYs of Christmas 2019,

  • Holiday berry napkin rings for $1, here
  • Christmas countdown calendar here
  • DIY snow globe lamp, here
  • Christmas candy Tray, here
  • Home for the Holidays wood ornament, here

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12 DIYs of Christmas: Easy Christmas Candy Tray

12 DIYs of Christmas: Christmas Candy Tray

Today, I am sharing how I styled an easy Christmas candy tray using a few of our family’s favorite treats and pieces from the Lenox holiday collection. This may be the sweetest DIY that you do this holiday season. By the way, this is the 4th DIY of the 12 DIYs of Christmas.

 

How to Make a Christmas Candy Tray

First, set out your favorite Christmas tray. I am using a beautiful silver metal platter from the Lenox holiday collection.  The pinecones and holly leaf design is perfect for holiday gatherings all season long.

Next, make or buy an assortment of your favorite holiday candies and treats!  Include a variety of chocolates, peppermints, gummy candies, cookies and white chocolate covered popcorn and pretzels.

 

Its as easy as 1, 2, 3

Step 1.  Use decorative bowls to hold small candies like gummy bears, m&m’s, cherry sours or Red Hots. If necessary, use small pedestals to add height. Begin by placing the largest bowl on the tray, maybe off center. Then, add smaller bowls around it on the tray.

Step 2. Next, place larger individual treats like cookies, peppermint sticks, licorice and chocolate reindeer onto the tray.

Step 3. Last, fill in with bite size treats like mints or white chocolate popcorn (my recipe is here).

Dessert for Dinner

As my kids get older and outgrow certain traditions with sneaky elves and stories of Santa Claus, it has been hard to keep the excitement of Christmas alive.  Therefore, I thought it would be fun, and really unexpected to initiate a new a new Christmas tradition… ‘dessert for dinner!’  Of course, we had a meal afterwards, but it was still fun to enjoy dessert first!

So, I set a fancy table with beautiful Lenox mercury glass trees as the centerpiece, gold rimmed glasses, and  snowflake carved dinner plates. Then, I served dessert on a silver platter! Plus, Lenox ornaments, holiday decor and entertaining pieces are great gifts which can grow into a beautiful collection year after year.

 

Paper accents for the table are from Hester and Cook, including the paper Santa placemats and Christmas tree place cards. They are so fun and festive for holiday tablescapes.

 

Old and new traditions are what bring families together! This was a wonderful feast, y’all!

The 12 DIYs of Christmas

I hope you enjoy this 4th holiday inspired DIY in the 12 DIY’s of Christmas.  If you missed the first days of the 12 DIYs of Christmas, you can see how I made a set of berry garland napkin rings for $1, here, a countdown calendar here, and a DIY snow globe lamp, here.

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12 DIYs of Christmas: Snow Globe Lamp

12 DIYs of Christmas: Snow Globe Lamp

I love snow globes, y’all! There is something magical about looking into a snow filled scene!  If you love them too, check out last year’s DIY Snow Globe blog post.  I created snow globes with everything from ornaments to lanterns. This year, I am creating snow globes in lamps!

What you need for DIY Snow Globe Lamp:

Fillable glass lamp, hot glue gun, glue sticks

Faux Snow

There are so many different types of faux snow available online like Amazon.com and at craft stores, like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.  For example, there is fluffy  ‘buffalo snow,’ styrofoam bead snow, and glitter faux snow.  Any of these work!

Figurines

Bottle brush trees are my favorite.  However, deer, Santa, and snowmen figurines are cute, too.  Group items in three, like two trees and a Santa.

Directions:

  1. First, remove the lamp shade from the base.
  2. After choosing an arrangement for the figurines and trees, hot glue the bottom of the figurines to the inside base of the lamp.  Often, the lamp bases are curved upward. so this will secure them in place.  If the base is flat, there is no need to glue.
  3. Add any kind of faux snow to cover the bottom of the lamp base.
  4. Lastly, replace the lamp shade.  Enjoy your snowy scene during the holidays.

So easy, right??? Before long, you will want to make every glass container into a DIY snow globe.

Be sure to follow along all month as I share the 12 DIYs of Christmas! Plus, more decorating ideas and holiday tours of my home decorated for Christmas on the blog this December.

12 DIYs of Christmas

Day 1 – Beaded Napkin Rings for $1

Day 2 – Advent Calendar Banner

Day 3 – DIY Snow Globe Lamp

 

12 DIYs of Christmas: Count Down Calendar

12 DIYs of Christmas: Count Down Calendar

With a few minutes and a few dollars in craft supplies, you can put together this easy DIY Christmas count down calendar or advent calendar!  It’s a fun tradition, especially for kids!

I hope you enjoy this 2nd holiday inspired DIY in the 12 DIY’s of Christmas. If you missed the first day of the 12 DIYs of Christmas, you can see how I made a set of berry garland napkin rings for $1, here.

Last year’s DIY Christmas calendar was featured in Reclaim, UK magazine, in the December 2019 edition titled “Styling Advent Calendars.” It was made with a picture frame, and the same numerical paper tags and paper bags.  Here is a page from the magazine! So exciting to see my work in print!

This year, I used a similar technique, but found some super cute numbered clothespins from Hobby Lobby!  In addition, I hung the Christmas count down calendar across a large chalkboard in my dining room.

Christmas countdown calendar using paper tags, bags and clothespins hung across chalkboard.

 

Supplies for a Christmas Count Down Calendar

  • Clothespins – numerical wood slice pins from Hobby Lobby
  • Numbered paper tags – these are gift tags from Michael’s (can print or write your own on cardstock)
  • Paper bags – these are from Hobby Lobby but any small paper bags will do
  • Ribbon or jute string – length of picture frame, or chalk board
  • Push pins
  • Notes of activates or scripture, treats for bags…

Instructions for a Christmas Count Down Calendar

  1. First, find a large, empty chalkboard, memo board, or picture frame to use as the base. Then, cut ribbon a foot longer than the frame.  Pin the ribbon with push pins near the top of the frame.  For a narrower frame, you may have to hang several rows.
  2. Layer the bags, numbered paper tags and or clothespins on the table. You can fill with scripture, small treats or candies, or family friendly activities.
  3. Start by placing the bags with numbers 1, and 24 on either side of the ribbon.  Next, find the center to hang bag 14.  Lastly, hang the remainder of the bags on the ribbon.

This is a great DIY whether you use it as an advent calendar or a fun Christmas count down calendar with winter activities with the family.  For example, here are some of my family’s favorite activities for December.

  • Decorate cookies with grandparents.
  • Set up a hot cocoa bar in the breakfast room.
  • Take hot cocoa in a thermos and drive around to look at Christmas lights.
  • Put on Christmas pajamas and take selfies.
  • Have a Christmas  movie marathon with our favorite popcorn treat.
  • Bake cookies for family and friends.
  • Play Christmas music all day.
  • Let older kids shop for other family members.
  • Volunteer to bake treats and feed the homeless.
  • Decorate gingerbread houses.
  • Donate gently used towels and blankets to an animal shelter.
  • Have a family game night around the fireplace.
  • Make homemade snow globes with the kids.
  • Make our own homemade peppermint candles.
  • Shop or make gifts for teachers.
  • Read ‘Twas the night before Christmas on Christmas Eve.

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Christmas countdown calendar on large chalk board.