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! 😉

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! 🙂

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Enjoy! 🙂

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! 🙂 )
  • 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!) 🙂

Merry Christmas!  Enjoy! 🙂

DIY Painted Wine Glasses

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I was looking around Pinterest to find a new craft project that was fairly easy.  I came across the following pin.

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I decided to give painting wine glasses a try, and I’m so glad I did, because they turn out super cute.

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I made quite a few different designs, and I love them all!

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The actual painting of the wine glasses is really quite easy, and doesn’t take a ton of time.  However, making these glasses dishwasher safe takes a bit of time…4-5 days to be exact! At any rate, it’s totally worth it, because these turn out SO darn cute.

Without further ado, let’s get to the wine glasses!  Oh, one more quick note!  You can use this process to paint any glass, so you can decorate candle holders, dishes, etc.  I just decided on wine glasses, because that is what was on the pin I saw.  However, I can assure you, anything that is glass in our house is now fair game as far as I’m concerned! 🙂

DIY PAINTED WINE GLASSES

Materials Needed:

  • Wine glass
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Enamel Paint – I use Folk Art Enamels
  • Stencil (optional)
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Paint Brush
  • Q-Tips
  • toothpicks

Instructions:

1.) First, you want to wash your wine glass with soap and water and rinse well.  After this, you want to rub the wine glass down with rubbing alcohol.  Just wet a dishrag with rubbing alcohol and rub it over the glass.  Let dry for 15 minutes.

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2.) As your glass is drying, gather all your materials together.

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I had a helper decide to hang out and supervise…this is optional. 😉

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3.) When the glass has dried, you want to draw your design on the glass with a sharpie marker.  You can do this with a stencil, by tracing a design from a piece of paper placed in the glass, or freehand.

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4.) You are now ready to start painting your design.  Using any of your tools, paint the design onto the glass. For large areas, a brush works best.  I actually used an old eyeliner brush for cleaner lines.  For large dots, you can use a q-tip, and for smaller dots, you can use a toothpick or the end of your paintbrush.

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In this particular design, I did the stem and base freehand.  I painted the stem one color and the base another.  I let that paint dry completely (about 15-25 minutes)

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Then I used a q-tip to create large dots.  After letting those dry, I filled them in with smaller dots using a toothpick.

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5.) All done painting – it’s beautiful!!! 🙂

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6.) Now comes the part that takes a while.  You need to let your glass dry for a full four days.  No, I’m not exaggerating – it’s gotta be a full four days.

7.) After those four days, place your glass in an unheated oven, and turn the heat to 350 degrees.  Set a timer for 30 minutes.  When the timer goes off, turn the heat off, but don’t open the oven.  Allow the glasses to completely cool in the oven.  By letting the glass warm up and cool down in the oven, you prevent it from breaking.

Your glass is now completed.  It is dishwasher safe, so feel free to give it a go in the dishwasher, and then drink away! 🙂 Cheers!

DIY Wood Burning – Customized Cutting Boards

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I got my wood burner out to make some Christmas Ornaments to give out for Christmas – I got the idea for those from the following pin.

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Anyway, as I was working on them, I glanced into the kitchen, and saw some cutting boards sitting on the counter looking pretty barren!  Cue idea light bulb!  I decided to use my wood burner to customize the cutting boards, and they turned out really cute!  Of course, I had to come on here and share it with all of you, so you can have super cute cutting boards too! 🙂  Not only that, but with some practice, you can make these look really nice so they would make really great gifts!  I’m thinking Holiday sayings for different holidays on them, “Mr. and Mrs.” as a wedding gift…the possibilities are endless!

Another plus about doing this is that it makes your house smell like a campfire – Awesome, I l love that smell! Okay, so let’s get to the directions.  It’s really quite easy!

DIY WOOD BURNING – CUSTOMIZED CUTTING BOARDS

Materials:

  • cutting board(s) – lighter ones work best, because the burning shows up the best on these ones
  • pencils and stencils – the stencils are optional.  I did mine freehand, but if you are trying to put together a really nice gift, you may want to use a stencil.
  • Wood burner carving tool – I got mine here on Amazon for $20

Directions:

1.) Start with a clean and dry cutting board.

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2.) Sketch your design onto the cutting board using a pencil and your stencil if you’re using one.

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3.) Use your wood burner carving tool to trace over the design.  Be careful as the tool gets VERY hot.

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4.) Use soap and water to wash your cutting board.  This will get rid of any remaining pencil marks.

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5.) Allow the cutting board to dry completely, and then, if needed, go over any areas that need darkening with your carving tool.

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Ta-da!  It’s that easy, and now you’ve got lovely cutting boards that you can still use for chopping, but will also look great as a cheese plate for a get together!  These are also available for purchase at my Etsy store.  Enjoy! 🙂

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 – design 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! 🙂  And don’t forget that you can also design and purchase these at my Etsy store!  Merry Christmas!

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DIY Halloween Gift Basket

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Hocus Pocus is on TV tonight, so it’s official – Halloween season is here!!!  This put me in the Halloween mood, so I decided to put together a little halloween surprise for my husband. I decided on a gift basket full of goodies.

I went to the store and stocked up on the goodies, and then when I got home, I realized I needed something to put them in!  Oh my gosh!  I came up with the most adorable little Halloween themed basket!  It’s super simple, but I thought it was cute enough to share!  I looked around our place to find some things to get creative with, and I saw some gauze…this made me think mummy, so I looked in my craft box, and found a bag of googly eyes.  These two items along with a used water jug and some double sided tape was all I needed to create a cute lil basket to hold all the goods!

This is so easy, and you don’t have to limit its use to gift baskets!  You could also decorate chip or treat bowls at a halloween get together this way, and it will make for some great decorations!  Okay, let’s get to how to make this basket!

DIY HALLOWEEN GIFT BASKET

Materials:

  • Gauze
  • Used water Jug
  • double sided tape
  • Googly eyes (you could also make paper eyes by just drawing them on the paper and cutting them out if you don’t have any plastic googly eyes)
  • Goodies to fill the basket with

Directions:

1.) Take your water jug, and tear off any paper or tape on it.  Use a knife to cut the bottom of the jug off from the top, creating a basket with the bottom of the jug.

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2.) Using your double sided tape, Tape the end of the gauze to the bottom of the basket you created.  Wrap your gauze around and up your basket, and periodically, place a piece of double sided tape to keep the gauze in place.  When you’ve gotten to the top, use double sided tape to tape the googly eyes on one side of the basket.  Wrap the gauze over so it partially covers the eyes, then cut your gauze and use double sided tape to tape the end to the basket.

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3.) Your basket is now done – told you it was easy! 🙂  Now you just need to fill it with goodies, and you can be done if you want.

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4.) I made a little sign using a straw, a marker, and some paper, but this is totally optional.  If you’re interested, this is how I did it: On a piece of paper, draw your sign.  Fold the paper over, and cut your sign out so that it has a front (where you drew), and a back piece of paper.  Wrap your straw in double sided tape, and then place your pieces of paper on the straw, then use some double sided tape to tape the sides together.

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5.) Place your sign in the gift basket where you would like it, and now you’re done!

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Hubby will have a cute little surprise waiting for him tomorrow morning to brighten his day!  SOOOO cute!  Enjoy! 🙂

DIY Throw Blanket – Finger Crocheting With Video Instructions

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If you are lucky enough to live in a part of the world where things are cooling down, then this easy project is perfect for you!  We are stuck here in San Antonio, where it is still hot, HoT, HOT, and I make it no secret that I am a Michigander through and through, so not a fan of the heat AT ALL.  That being said, my internal Michigan clock is still telling me that it should be close to Fall now, and I wanted to start with a fall project.  I had recently been talking to my mom about crocheting, and I decided to give it a try making a cute dishtowel.  I wasn’t the most coordinated with the crochet needle, so decided to try something different.  I came up with finger crocheting.

With finger crocheting, you basically just use your finger in place of the crochet needle.  Obviously this makes for a much bigger stitch, so this type of crocheting is best for chunky scarves, throw blankets, and the like.  I decided to try to make a blanket, and it turned out GREAT!

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This thing is so soft and cozy, and I can easily sit in our air conditioned apartment and snuggle up in this thing and just pretend like it is nice Michigan fall weather, so it serves as a little piece of home.  Anyway, once I made this blanket, I was hooked!  I told my mom about it, and sent her a picture, and she said she wanted one, so I made another one for her, and I made sure to document it using videos to share with all of you so you can make these if you would like!

These blankets are super easy to make, and I love making them, because I can just zone out and relax while doing so.  They make for perfect Christmas gifts as well, so you could get started now and hand these out for Christmas as well.  At any rate, you will fall in love with finger crocheting once you give it a try!

Without further ado, here is the step by step video instructions on how to make these blankets!

1.) INTRODUCTION

2.) SLIP KNOT

3.) MAKING YOUR STARTING CHAIN

4.) SINGLE STITCH FIRST ROW

5.) SINGLE STITCH SECOND ROW

6.) CHANGING YOUR BALL OF YARN TO A NEW BALL OF YARN

7.) MAKING A DOUBLE BORDER

8.) ENDING YOUR LAST STITCH AND FINISHING YOUR BLANKET

Easy Peasy!  These are also available for purchase at my Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PinningJunkie.  Enjoy! 🙂

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