I LOVE decorating for Christmas and the festive, warm feeling it brings to my home. But since holiday decor is something that is only up for a month or two it doesn’t make sense to spend oodles and oodles of money on temporary decor. But just because you want to decorate budget friendly doesn’t mean you can’t still have cute decorations around your home. I made some fun Christmas art with a few pieces of scrapbook paper that I already had, but if you had to buy them it would cost a few cents to make!
This is a really simple method that allows you to use almost any silhouette you’d like. I first used Google Image Search and looked up Christmas tree silhouette. As you’d expect there were tons of results. I found one I liked, copied it, and pasted it into a Word document.
In Word you can re-size the picture to be any size you’d like. Whatever fits the frame you have in mind! After that I picked out my scrapbook paper and then printed the tree image onto the back of the paper.
Now here comes a really tricky part so stick with me. I cut the trees out. Whew! Bet you didn’t see that one coming did you?
But really, that is all there is to it! I glued the trees onto some plain red paper and placed them in my frame. I think the whole process took all of 10 minutes and used materials I already had on hand.
Scrapbook paper comes in so many different colors and designs and is really inexpensive so you can easily change out the art on your walls for the holiday season. And don’t stop there! You can find images of just about any silhouette online. Animals in a nursery or playroom? Fruit or vegetables or utensils in the kitchen? Lighthouses, flowers, states or countries…you can make this art in just about any way you’d like and really personalize your space.
If you happen to have visited Ikea in the last little while you might have noticed some cute little lanterns, and if you noticed them I hope you also picked up a couple because they are so fun! They’re only $3+change and come in black, white, and silver.
I think these are so cute to use in your Christmas decor and at such a great price they are also the perfect container for a cute little gift.
I use a lot of red in my Christmas decorating and I always seems to have red spray paint on hand, so these silver ones got a fresh coat of paint. I wanted to show you how easy they are to paint because I think they would be absolutely adorable in bright colors on your summer deck, or painted patriotic and lit for an Independence Day BBQ. Lots of possibilities!
To start with you need to remove the glass panes and it is really simple. Inside there are tiny tabs holding the panes in and they lift easily. You don’t need to lift them all the way, or even all four, just enough to slide out each pane of glass.
After all the panes have been removed it is only a few minutes to apply a couple coats of spray paint in the color of your choice.
Once they have completely dried the panes pop right back in, press down the tabs, and done! Instead of putting a candle inside these lanterns are filled with green candies and embellished with a little sprig of berries and some ribbon.
Cute, right? They’ll look great in my Christmas decor and I also think they would make fantastic gifts. Inexpensive and easy they’re perfect gifts for teachers, neighbors, visiting teachers, etc.
So if you happen to live near an Ikea then head on over and pick up a few of these while you can! I bet you could find ways to use them all year round!
Little, brand new babies eat pretty much all day long. Every two hours round the clock, right? I felt like we were feeding Savannah all.the.time. at the beginning. And I’ve been told that the feeding doesn’t really stop. They should really put that on the warning label: “your child will want food every day for the next 18 years.” That should go right next to the second warning, “your child will poop on every article of clothing, piece of furniture, and any other surface you have in your home.”
Since kids think they need food for some reason, putting together a gift basket with baby feeding items is a fun and practical gift for any new mom!
You can include all sorts of items- things that will be helpful with a newborn and all the way through the toddler years. If you know the mother’s feeding plans (bottle or breastfeeding) then you can get even more specific otherwise a few generic items work great as well. Here’s a few ideas:
- Bottle liners
- Bottle cleaning brushes
- Nursing pads/creams
- Nursing cover
- Burp cloths
- Plates & bowls
- Sippy cups
- Snack containers
- Baby spoons/forks
And since a baby’s menu is usually full of such variety, here is a fun gift tag that showcases their discerning palates.
Thanksgiving is probably one of the few times in the year when we really “set” the table and try to make it just a little bit more special then our usual dinnerware. The result can be a beautifully decorated tablescape, but the process before hand might be a little stressful. I have created a printable that might help take some of the stress out while still lending an extra special touch. It is easy and quick too!
Now when you set the table you can arrange the napkin (cloth or paper works) and the silverware in a different way then the usual ‘beside the plate.’ The pretty wrap takes seconds to put together. Simply print and cut out the wraps and fold your napkin into a rectangle.
Fold the wrap around the back of the napkin and secure in place with some double sided tape.
The front has a nice reminder of why you have all gathered on this special holiday.
Place in the center of your plate and then slip the silverware underneath the wrap.
I told you it was quick and easy! The PDF comes with three wraps on a page and I printed mine on some plain white card stock. If you are having more of a buffet style Thanksgiving you could also print these out, wrap them around some mason jars, and then use the jars to told the silverware for the guests to take as they walk down the buffet. Or wrap them around some pretty vases with flowers! They don’t have to just be for napkins!
I know that the chalkboard look is very “trendy” right now and maybe next year when the neon sign look is “in” we’ll all be looking back at the chalkboard prints that are everywhere and say “what were we thinking?!” We may be doing that, but personally I hope not because I adore the chalkboard look. I hope this is one trend that doesn’t go away, because it is one of my favorites. Please stay around beautiful chalkboard. I do love you so.
My love for this look led to creating four different prints to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Little reminders to show our gratitude for all that we have been blessed with. You know, that’s a pretty good attitude to have year round. So maybe these prints are something to use all year too. :)
I always love putting together the November visiting teaching message because this means I get to choose any quote I like from General Conference the month before. I end up going through the talks and reading them again and finding new insights that I missed when hearing them for the first time. And while you don’t have to use the same talk I picked when visiting your sisters, you can still take them a little handout with a beautiful quote from our prophet.