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.


Now, save this post to your ‘DIY Christmas’ Pinterest Board by tapping the red ‘pin’ on the top left of this image. Then, follow along all month as I share the 12 DIYs of Christmas, including the 5th DIY, a Home for the Holidays DIY wood ornament  and the 6th DIY Snow Globe Treat Containers!  Happy holidays and happy DIYing, y’all!

Home for the Holidays DIY Wood Ornament

Home for the Holidays DIY Wood Ornament

For the 5th DIY of the 12 DIYs of Christmas, I am making a Home for the Holidays ornament.  This DIY wood ornament will look great on a Christmas tree or personalized to tie on gifts. Plus, these are easy to make using a few power tools, wood, stain and string.

Recently, I received several cordless power tools from HART tools, available at Walmart.  I love that the power tools share the same rechargeable battery, so it is easy to work quickly with several power tools and swap the battery, if necessary.  If it sounds simple, it is! Lets get to work!

Instructions for the DIY Wood Ornament

Step 1. Use a ruler to draw the outline of a simple house onto a piece of pine. Print a template, if necessary.

Step 2. Cut out the shape of the house onto wood using a reciprocating or jig saw.


Step 3. Use the drill to insert a hole through the top of the house for a hanger.

Step 4: Sand and smooth the edges of the wood with the sanding attachment on the HART multitool power tool.



Step 5. Using the HART rotary tool’s cutting attachment, add details to mimic a home. For example, draw windows, a door and a wreath, as desired. If you prefer, you can use a ruler and pencil to draw prior to cutting.

Draw door, wreath and windows onto wood using the HART rotary tool.


Step 6. Apply your favorite wood stain to both sides of the ornament and allow to dry.  When dry, hang ornament with string or jute.

Apply stain with brush or cloth.


The HART tool collection is only available at Walmart. You can visit HART Tools to find out more about the cordless power tools! Tomorrow, I am making ornaments from bead board, so check back for the rest of the 12 DIYs of Christmas. But first, save this to your Pinterest board.  Happy DIYing, y’all!

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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The Best Christmas 2019 Home Tours

The Best Christmas 2019 Home Tours

This week, I am happy to be a part of the Holiday House Tour along with 50 talented blogger friends sharing their homes decorated for Christmas!  The tour is hosted by my friend Krista at The Happy Housie, so be sure to check out her inspiring blog.  If you are coming from All Things With Purpose blog, welcome y’all!

Today, I am sharing how I decorated my formal dining room for Christmas. However, I always keep it casual.

To the window, to the wall! I love to decorate it all.  

I really tried to combine my love for rustic, natural elements and sparkly, glittery Christmas decorations.  In my home, I love neutrals with lots of blues and greens!  To me, it feels inviting, yet peaceful.  I want our home to always feel welcoming for my family, and a place of rest.


Rustic Glam is just my jam! 

Again, I love the mix of rustic with glam!  Therefore, I styled my table with a collection of mercury glass trees, pinecones and a blue and green plaid table runner. I have collected the mercury glass trees from several Homegoods stores over the years.

In addition, I incorporated these elements throughout the room. For example, on the Christmas tree, I used an assortment of rustic wood, antler and deer ornaments with mirrored signs and navy glass balls.  Variety is the spice of life, so use a mix of ornaments or ribbon in different textures, sizes, patterns and shapes.


Deck the halls with lots of garlands!

On my large chalkboard, I hung a felt garland and a simple count down calendar.  If you want to see how I made this DIY Christmas countdown calendar, click here. It’s really easy and inexpensive with numbered gift tags, craft bags, festive clothespins and a ribbon!


If you like it, you better put a wreath on it!

This week I shared 5 Ways to Decorate with Mini Wreaths during the Holidays! For instance, I hung mini wreaths on the back of my dining room chairs with ribbon. Then, I hung two larger wreaths on the mirror and bay window. I think that you can mix fresh and faux greenery, as well as flocked and unflocked greenery in one room.



More Christmas Home Tours…

If you love seeing blue Christmas decorations, I think you will love my master bedroom decorated for the holidays. I shared it on the blog, here. Now, head to the Chrissy Marie Blog to see her beautiful bedroom styled elegantly for Christmas.

Pin this to your Christmas decor boards on Pinterest by clicking the red pin button on the top left corner of each photo! Then, follow me on Pinterest for more Christmas decorating ideas.


Lastly, click on the links under each picture below to be taken directly to my blogger friends’ beautiful blogs!

Sharing today with me are….


Tatertots and Jello ** A Pretty Life in the Suburbs ** Maison de Pax
She Gave it a Go ** Summer Adams

Amber Tysl ** All Things With Purpose ** Cuter Tudor
Chrissy Marie Blog ** The Happy Housie

And sharing the rest of this week…


The Happy Housie ** Shabbyfufu ** Jenna Kate at Home
Inspiration for Moms ** We’re the Joneses

Rambling Renovators ** Home Made Lovely ** My 100 Year Old Home
Maison de Cinq ** Nick + Alicia


House by Hoff ** The Tattered Pew ** Clean & Scentsible
The Turquoise Home ** Rain on a Tin Roof

Stacy Risenmay ** This is Our Bliss ** Southern State of Mind
Styled with Lace ** Life is Better At Home


Taryn Whiteaker Designs ** Just a Girl and Her Blog ** Cherished Bliss
So Much Better With Age ** Cassie Bustamante

Lemon Thistle ** The DIY Mommy ** Love Create Celebrate
The Handmade Home ** Craftberry Bush


Grace In My Space ** Rooms For Rent ** Modern Glam
Happy Happy Nester ** Town and Country Living

Two Twenty One** Place of My Taste ** Life is a Party
Sincerely, Marie Designs ** Willow Street Interiors


The Best Hot Chocolate Bars Blog Hop

The Best Hot Chocolate Bar Blog Hop featuring our Family’s Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot chocolate bars have been trending the last few years as a fun tradition to incorporate into your Christmas decorating. Specifically, if you host a gathering this holiday season, the hot chocolate bar is a favorite for kids of all ages.  Today, I am sharing my hot chocolate bar and our family’s hot chocolate recipe.

Join our Hot Cocoa Bar blog hop with fifteen of my home decor blogger friends. The blog hop is hosted by Cindy at County Road 407 blog who chooses a Pinterest inspired challenge each month.  For November, we are sharing hot chocolate bars.

If you are coming from Julie’s blog at My Wee Abode, welcome y’all!  Check out all the bloggers at the end of this post, then head to Everyday Edits blog with Laura.


Vintage Santa Mug Set

My grandmother in law had the cutest set of vintage Santa face mugs and a serving bowl for hot chocolate.  It was set up near her famous fruit cake and green jello mold salad every Christmas. A few years ago, I found a similar set while antique shopping with my mother in law, Martha. She was kind enough to gift me the set.  I am glad to say that I have carried on the family tradition of serving hot chocolate in the cutest vintage Santa face mugs.


Display your family’s holiday mugs!

Whether you use a mug rack or wooden cubbies, display your holiday mugs with a few seasonal finds.  For example, I like to include holiday tea towels, mini signs, and a jolly cookie jar near the hot chocolate bar.  You can set up a hot chocolate bar, big or small, on your buffet table, kitchen island or the dessert table.


 Include a variety of toppings in Christmas dishes!

I display an assortment of candies in my collection of holiday dishes. For example, I include marshmallows, peppermint sticks, red hot candy, whipped cream, and holiday sprinkles on my hot chocolate bar.

I like to add a red hot to the top of my whipped cream swirl when hot cocoa is served in my Santa mugs!

The Best Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot Chocolate Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 cups  milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla or peppermint oil
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips

Hot Chocolate Recipe Directions

  1. Pour all ingredients except chocolate in a large pot on the stove top on medium heat.
  2. Keep stirring for 2-3 minutes until mixture is well blended.  Turn heat to low.
  3. Add chocolate chips and stir occasionally until melted.
  4. Serve immediately or place in a serving bowl or crock pot on ‘
  5. Garnish as desired with an assortment of whipped cream, marshmallows or candies.

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