Lighted Wood Christmas Craft

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Aren’t these the most darling lil crafts ever? ¬†These are what I am giving out as Christmas gifts this year…hmmm…hopefully my friends and family don’t read this before they get them! ūüėČ

I love these things, because they look really nice and rustic, but they’re actually not all that hard to put together! ¬†Of course, if you LOVE the way they look as much as I do, and you don’t feel like having to do it yourself, you can also easily purchase these on my Etsy store too!

They make for a perfect Christmas decoration, and the lights in them give such a warm and cozy ambience to any room they may be displayed in!  The wood is unfinished, and I put a light coat of gray paint on them to make them look nice and rustic.  They are just perfect for a nice looking Christmas decoration!

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You can hang this craft on the wall, or you can display it on a shelf or table.  Regardless of how you display it, believe me, you will LOVE the way it looks!

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Let’s get to the instructions on how to make this!

LIGHTED WOOD CHRISTMAS CRAFTS

Materials Needed:

  • Unfinished block of wood (like a side of a crate) – I got mine at Amazon here. ¬†It’s perfect, because it has the hardware for hanging it on the wall already installed.
  • pencil
  • Stencil of the design you would like to paint on
  • tape
  • measuring tape
  • drill (size of the drill bit is up to you – bigger = more light)
  • dark grey paint
  • white paint
  • paint sponge
  • paint brush
  • toothpicks
  • Craft glue (I use Crafter’s Pick – it’s the best)
  • LED wire lights (you can get these here)
  • cuttable cork board
  • scissors
  • Large thumbtacks (4)

Directions:

1.) Use your tape measure to place your stencil in the middle of the wood accurately. Tape in place, and do a light sketch of the stencil onto the wood with your pencil.

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2.) Remove the stencil and draw in dots around your stenciled design where you want to have your light holes.  Use a drill to drill holes over those dots.

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3.) Mix your gray paint with a bit of water, and use your sponge paintbrush to paint your board gray.  Let dry completely.

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4.) Once the paint is dry, place your stencil back on the board in the same position you had it on there before. ¬†Tape into place, and use your paintbrush and your white paint to paint the stencil onto the wood. Carefully remove the stencil. Don’t worry if it’s a little sloppy – we will clean it up in the next step.

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5.) Use a toothpick and both paints to clean up the stencil design on the wood.

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6.) Flip the piece of wood over.  On the back, glue your battery pack of your LED lights along the bottom of the wood.  Arrange your LED lights in a pattern so that the lights line up with the holes you drilled.  Tape into place, then glue into place by placing drops of glue along the wires (not on the lights).  Allow the glue to dry completely, and then you can remove the tape.

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7.) After the glue is completely dry, use your tape measure to measure a piece of cork board that you can lay over the back to cover up the wires and lights.  Cut out the piece of cork board using your scissors, and then lay it over the wires, but keeping the battery pack outside of the cork board.

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8.) Use four thumbtacks to secure the cork board into place, taking care not to poke a thumbtack into the wires.

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You’re all set! ¬†The on/off switch for the lights is on the battery pack. ¬†Display your finished product proudly! ūüôā

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Enjoy! ūüôā

Snowy Town Mason Jar Christmas Candle

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love Pinterest???  Well, probably, considering that is what my whole blog is based on!  Anyway, so I was looking around on Pinterest trying to find some fun Christmas crafts to try this year, and I found this cutie patootie and knew I had to try it.  I got the idea for this mason jar candle from the following pin.

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This pin links to a site that has some of the MOST adorable craft ideas ever!  I definitely recommend checking it out if you love crafts as much as I do!

Alright, so I used the town template from that site, but everything else I did a little differently.  On the site, it used paper, and I traced it onto the jar and painted it rather than attaching the paper.  It also used spray snow, which looks awesome, but it comes off really easily, so I used a toothpick and some white paint to create a winter wonderland on the jar.  Lastly, I coated the top of the mason jar with snow paint rather than using epsom salt.  Basically, this craft is definitely not my own design, but I made enough changes to the materials used that I want to share with you all how I did it.  I think it turned out super cute, and I love the Christmasy feel it gives to the room I have it displayed in!!!

SNOWY TOWN MASON JAR CHRISTMAS CANDLE

Materials:

  • Mason Jar
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Town template (you can find this on the site that the pin links to, or click here)
  • Permanent black marker
  • Tape
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrush (one that is a good size for decent detail)
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Toothpick
  • Snow Paint (you can get this at any craft store, or on amazon here)
  • Brush to apply the snow paint
  • Flameless Tealight Candles

Directions:

1.) First off, wipe your mason jar down with rubbing alcohol and let it dry.  This will allow the paint to adhere better.

2.) Trace the town template onto a piece of paper, then use scissors to cut the template out.

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3.) Use tape to adhere the paper around the bottom of the mason jar, then use your permanent black marker to trace the template onto the jar. ¬†Once you’ve traced it onto the jar, go back and draw in the windows on the houses.

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4.) Now that the design is on the jar, use your black acrylic paint and a paint brush to paint the design.  I used two coats.  Allow to dry.

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5.) Using a toothpick, create “snow” by dipping the toothpick in white acrylic paint and making lots and lots of tiny white dots surrounding the city up to the top of the jar. ¬†Allow to dry.

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6.) Now you want to apply your snow paint to the very top (lid area) of the mason jar.  Use a small paint brush to do this.

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7.) Turn your flameless tealight candles on, and place them¬†in the jar. ¬†You can use as many as you want depending on how “bright” you want it. ¬†I used three.

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8.) Now put it on display where lots of people will see it, because it’s so darn cute!

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Oh my gosh! ¬†I LOVE IT!!! ¬†Merry Christmas! ūüôā

Oh Holy Night Frame Repurposing Craft

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Oh holy night, the stars are brightly shining!  And so is this awesome frame repurposing craft!  I love love love this craft!  It looks so nice as Christmas decor, and I love the fact that it can repurpose an old frame!  I got the idea from the following pin on Pinterest.

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When I clicked on the link, it brought me to the homepage of a craft blog Organized Clutter (If you click on the pin, it will take you there).  Oh boy, are there some great ideas on there!!! I definitely recommend checking it out!

I couldn’t find this particular craft on there, but as you can see, it’s pretty self explanatory on how to make it, so that’s what I did! ¬†And now, I want to share it with you all, but again, this is not my original idea – all the credit goes to Organized Clutter!

When it comes to this craft, what you see is what you get!  You can see all the materials you will need to create this.

  • An old frame (I used an old unfinished wood frame that has a great rustic look to it)
  • Gray paint (I mixed some gray acrylic paint with some water to thin it out so that the frame would still look rustic and unfinished – I like it that way!)
  • Black paint (I just used good old black acrylic paint)
  • A paintbrush
  • Scrabble letters that spell out “OH HOLY NIGHT” (I got mine at Hobby Lobby…in full disclosure, I was short one letter, so I flipped another tile over and used a black permanent sharpie to draw the letter on there – I’m not going to tell you which one till the end of this post – go ahead, look closely and see if you can guess, but I don’t think you’ll be able to! ūüôā )
  • Silver metal star (I got this at Hobby Lobby as well)
  • Glue (I used Elmers craft glue)

That’s it! ¬†Now you just need to put it together. ¬†Again, what you see is what you get – very self explanatory. ¬†You simply paint the frame gray, paint the backboard¬†of the frame black. ¬†Let those dry, then you glue the letters and the metallic star onto the backboard in the form of a Christmas tree as shown in the image. ¬†Wa-Lah! ¬†You’re done! ¬†Here are the pictures I took while making this beauty!

Start with an old frame.

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Paint the frame gray.

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Paint the backboard black.

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Glue the letters and the star onto the backboard as indicated.

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Let everything dry completely, and you’re all set! ¬†Okay, take another close look – which tile is it that I had to draw on myself?

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One more look?

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Okay, if you guessed the H in NIGHT, then you guessed right, BUT I will say that I had my husband look it over very closely, and he couldn’t tell which one, so that’s good enough for me! ¬†I just didn’t feel like having to go buy a whole other pack of letters for just one letter!

Personally, I still think it turned out GREAT, and I LOVE this craft!  Easy and elegant!

Lastly, I will leave you with “O Holy Night” the song on the piano, played by yours truly (plenty of mistakes to verify that!) ūüôā

Merry Christmas! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

DIY Wood Burning Christmas Ornaments

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We put our Christmas tree up this past weekend!!!

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Yes, I know it’s early, but both my husband and I always try to get as much Christmas time as possible each year since we love having our place all decorated and cozy!

As I was decorating the tree, I got to thinking about these wood ornaments that I’ve been making lately. ¬†Last year for Christmas, I made some really cute snowman ornaments, and I had some of the pieces of wood left over. ¬†That, along with my new wood burning tool made for a whole lot of ornament making fun to put me in the Christmas mood! ¬†I whipped up some really cute ornaments, put them up on my Etsy store, and got an order from a Zumba instructor who wanted to give out the ornaments to her class. ¬†They turned out SO cute!

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I wanted to share with all of you how to make these cuties, since they make great gifts.  You can also make some really cool gift tags with this process as well Рdesign both sides of the wood, and you have an ornament and a gift tag in one!

Though these aren’t hard to make, they do take a bit of time and care. ¬†Also, if you are just going to make one or two, it’s kind of expensive for the materials. ¬†If you don’t want to go through the hassle of making these yourself, I do sell them at my Etsy store, and they are completely customized and made to order, so you can have me design them however you would like.

That being said, if you are still interested in making you own, here’s how!

DIY WOOD BURNING CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

Materials

  • Wood log discs – I got mine on Amazon here. ¬†This gives 50 of them, which is a lot if you aren’t planing on making them in bulk. ¬†They actually have gone down in cost since last year, and are at $25.00 plus shipping right now.
  • Wood burning tool – Any wood burner will do. ¬†I got mine on Amazon here¬†for $20 plus shipping
  • An electric drill
  • Ribbon
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Stencils (optional)

Instructions

1.) On your piece of wood, use a pencil to sketch your design.  I did all mine free hand, but you can use a stencil if you would like.

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2.) Use your wood burning tool to burn the design into your wood.  Be very careful with this step as the wood burner gets VERY hot.  As a plus, this step will make your house smell nice and cozy like a campfire!

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3.) After your design in burned into the wood, use an eraser to erase any left over pencil marks.

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4.) Use your drill to drill a hole into the top center of your ornament.

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5.) String your ribbon through the hole you drilled, and then tie the ribbon tightly in a bow, creating a loop to hang your ornament with.

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Hang on your tree, and enjoy! ūüôā ¬†And don’t forget that you can also design and purchase these at my Etsy store! ¬†Merry Christmas!

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