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

Halloween Wine Bottle Vase Craft

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Yay!!! ¬†Halloween season is here! ¬†I love this time of year – the weather is getting chillier, the air is getting crisp, and everything is just getting cozier! ¬†Plus, um, halloween = candy, so there’s that. ūüôā

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Another reason why I love Halloween season is because Halloween crafts are so much fun! ¬†I came up with the spooky wine bottle vase craft (yeah, I said spooky…MU-AH-HA-HA-HA) after enjoying a bottle of wine with hubby and then going through my craft supplies to see what I could do with the empty bottle. ¬†In other words, this is really easy to make and if you have a craft box, you may already have all the supplies you need to make it. ¬†Extra bonus? ¬†If you don’t have an empty wine bottle, you get to make one – wink! ūüėČ

At any rate, the result is really pretty neat and fun, and it makes for some perfect halloween decor if you are having a get together or to put outside on halloween for trick or treaters to admire. ¬†Let’s see how to do this!

HALLOWEEN WINE BOTTLE VASE CRAFT

Supplies

  • Empty Wine Bottle
  • black sharpie marker
  • Glue gun
  • Black, gray, and white acrylic paint
  • paint sponge applicator and paint brush
  • Fake spiders
  • Fake flowers
  • Plastic eyeballs

Directions

1.) The first thing you want to do is remove any labels off the wine bottle and rub the bottle down with rubbing alcohol.  Let dry, then use your marker to draw a spider web on the bottle.  After drawing the spider web, trace over it with the glue gun to create a textured spider web on the glass.  Let the glue dry completely.

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2.) Now you want to use your paint sponge applicator with black and gray paint to paint the entire bottle giving it a chalkboard like texture look.  Let the paint dry, then use a paintbrush to trace over the textured spider web with white and grey paint mixed.

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3.) Now you want to use your glue gun to glue the fake spiders on the web.

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4.) Now comes the flowers.  Use your glue gun to glue the plastic eyeballs into the center of the flowers, then place the flowers in wine glass and arrange them as you would like.

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That’s it! ¬†You’re all done! ¬†You will love how this turns out – it’s super cute, easy to make and makes for a perfect party decoration!

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Enjoy and Happy Halloween! ūüôā

4th of July Firecracker Light Craft

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BOOM…CRACKLE…POP!!! ¬†With the 4th of July fast approaching, I wanted to find a craft that I could make to celebrate the occasion! ¬†I love these lil firecracker lights that I made for a Fourth of July decoration. ¬†We have them out on our patio, and they are adorable! ¬†I got the idea for these from the following pin.

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So cute, right? ¬†I changed a few things. ¬†For one, “Snap, Crackle, Pop” just reminded me too much of Rice Krispies cereal and not fireworks, so I changed it to “Boom, Crackle, Pop” – a small change. ¬†I also made mine into lights using little LED lights that I found on Amazon. ¬†I love it, because it creates an awesome ambience when the sun goes down. ¬†I thought it would be tricky to do this, but it turns out that it was REALLY simple!

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So, let’s get to it!

4TH OF JULY FIRECRACKER LIGHT CRAFT

Materials

  • Three blocks of wood – I used ones I got on Amazon here, here, and here, but you can use any old blocks of wood. ¬†Just make sure they are all of three different lengths.
  • Red, White, and Blue Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • toothpicks
  • Pencil
  • Letter Stencils (this is optional – I did mine freehand, but you could also use a stencil)
  • LED wire lights (I got these on Amazon here)
  • Glue that can be used to glue the lights to the wood. ¬†I just used Elmers craft glue, and it worked fine.
  • Three tall thumbtacks

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Directions

1.) Start by painting your blocks of wood.  You want to paint one red, one whit, and one blue.  Allow to dry.

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2.) Once the blocks of wood are dry, use a pencil to sketch your words on each block.  I also drew some stars.

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3.) Use your paintbrush to fill in the letters.  If you did stars, and you need to create some really fine detail, use a toothpick to paint these by dipping the toothpick in paint and slowly tracing over the design.  Allow to dry.

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4.) Apply some glue to the LED light battery pack, and attach it to the backside (the side opposite the one with writing on it) at the top of the block of wood.  Allow the glue to dry completely.

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5.) Push a thumbtack halfway down the center of the top of the block of wood. ¬†Wrap your LED light around the bottom, and then shape the wire as shown using the thumbtack as a support to wrap the wire around. ¬†Once you have your desired shape, push the thumbtack down a bit more (don’t squish the wires, but push it down enough so the wires are secure and won’t slip out).

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Once you’ve done this for all three blocks or wood, your good to go! ¬†The lights have an on/off switch, so you don’t have to have them always lit (as a bonus, they look pretty neat not lit as well!) and the battery won’t run down super quick.

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Super cute! ¬†Wishing you all a safe and happy fourth of July! Enjoy! ūüôā

DIY Musical Note Mason Jar Candle Craft

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Okay, are you ready for an absolutely ADORABLE, but ridiculously EASY craft project?  I was recently going through my piano music and seeing what I could get rid of (my music holder/seat was overflowing!).  However, getting rid of music is NEVER easy!  So, as I was feeling nostalgic (and borderline hoarder like, when it comes to sheet music), I decided to try to think of something I could do with some of my music that I never play, rather than getting rid of it.  This cutie pa-tootie musical notes mason jar candle craft is the result!

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This thing is SO easy to make, and it doesn’t require many supplies, but I love the result! ¬†I now have two of these guys strategically placed in my piano room…who am I kidding, they are placed in the room that contains the piano, which also serves as our living room. ūüôā ¬†None the less, they look great, and give the room a nice musical vibe and ambiance. ¬†The best part is that I saved some old sheet music from getting tossed, and it will now live on right next to the piano where it belongs!

So, let’s get to this craft! ¬†Like I said, you are gonna LOVE how easy this is!

DIY MUSICAL NOTES MASON JAR CANDLE CRAFT

Materials

  • Mason jar
  • Old Sheet Music (if you don’t have old sheet music, you can go online and print off some free sheet music to use here)
  • Double sided tape, or glue
  • Scissors, pencil
  • Burlap type twine or string
  • Tealight candle

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Directions

1.) Start by cutting your sheet music so that it is tall enough to cover the outside of the mason jar when wrapped around it (You can use a tape measure to get exact measurements, or you can do like I did and just line it up to the jar and cut accordingly)

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2.) Now, draw a shape of your choice in the middle of the sheet music and cut it out.  I used a heart shape, but you can do whatever you choose.

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3.) Next, place some double sided tape, or glue along the back of one end of the sheet music and attach it to the mason jar.

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4.) Continue to place double sided tape or glue on the back of the sheet music and attaching it to the mason jar by wrapping the sheet music all the way around the mason jar.

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5.) Now, you want to wrap your twine/string around the top of the jar multiple times until you have covered a majority of the top of the jar to your liking.  Tie it in a bow to connect it.

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6.) ¬†Believe it or not, you’re pretty much done! ¬†Place the candle in the jar and light it or turn it on if your using a LED candle like I did.

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See, told ya this is SO easy, and SO cute, right? ¬†As another idea, you could also use old books to create the same candle instead of sheet music – either way, it’s a great way to repurpose old paper products! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

DIY Dermaplaning for Super Smooth Skin

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So, today, I’m going to tell all you ladies how to shave your face…What?!? ¬†Yeah, you heard me right! ¬†I’ve been shaving my face for 10+ years, and I absolutely love it!

Recently, I’ve had a lot of different friends ask me about natural ways to exfoliate their face, diminish fine lines and wrinkles, improve their complexion, get rid of dead dry skin, and get rid of peach fuzz. ¬†Guess what? ¬†There is an any easy process that can help with all of these skin dilemmas, and it’s SHAVING YOUR FACE!

Technically, this is called derma planing, but when it comes down to it, you’re shaving your face. ¬†In doing this, you remove dead/dry skin, pull out impurities and remove peach fuzz revealing a glowing, super smooth complexion. ¬†The best part? ¬†It’s so natural! ¬†There’s nothing being injected, being applied, or being removed (other than dead skin), so it’s completely safe, non-toxic, and it WORKS!

To do derma planing, you want to have a dry face and use short downward strokes over your whole face. ¬†I do it once a week right before I apply a facial mask, but once every other week would suffice. ¬†It’s really easy to do, and only takes about 5 minutes once you get used to it. ¬†Who wouldn’t be willing to spend 5 minutes every other week for a smoother and brighter complexion?

I’ve created a video of me derma planing my face for all of you to watch so you know how it’s done. ¬†Oh, and one more thing before we get to the video. ¬†Some of you may be wondering if doing this will cause hair to grow back thicker or darker, and the answer is definitely no! ¬†That is a myth, and I have no idea where it originated from, but I’ve been shaving my face for 10+ years, and my bit of peach fuzz is still my bit of peach fuzz. ¬†It hasn’t turned into a manly beard or anything! ūüôā

Alright, to the video we go!

I’m telling you, give this a try! ¬†You will thank me, and you have nothing to lose (other than dead skin)!!! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

Immune Boosting Shower Bomb

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So, I just got over a cold/flu bug that was a beast. ¬†While I was sick lying in bed, I had plenty of time to peruse Pinterest¬†in between blowing my nose, feeling sorry for myself, and telling everyone that would listen that this is not what I had planned for my life…yeah, I’m a bit of a drama queen when I get sick. ¬†But seriously, who likes being sick?!? ¬†At any rate, I’m all better now – I survived, but I thought up this great idea to help fight off cold and flu viruses and help with symptoms when you are sick after seeing the following pin.

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The pin links to a site that has a recipe for shower bombs for when you are sick.  Now, the bombs on that site are made with Vicks vapor rub, and as anyone that knows me can contest, I am more of an all natural kind of gal when it comes to remedies, so I made my own version of these using just three ingredients Рessential oils, baking soda, and water.

You may be thinking all this is great, but what the heck are shower bombs???  Shower bombs are little blocks that you put in the corner of your shower (not directly in the spray of water) when you take a shower.  They slowly disintegrate from the steam and moisture of the shower and release amazing smells in your shower making for a great aromatherapy session!

The shower bombs I made are specifically for boosting immunity against colds and the flu, but you can also make these using different essential oils. ¬†For instance, you could make these using lavender and vanilla essential oils to make a relaxing spa like experience out of your shower time, or you could use grapefruit, orange, and lemon essential oils for a refreshing shower experience that will help you wake up and get going in the morning! ¬†I think you get the idea…there are endless possibilities, so these are a ton of fun!

IMMUNE BOOSTING SHOWER BOMBS

Ingredients/Materials

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup water
  • essential oils
    • Eucalyptus
    • Rosemary
    • Peppermint
  • Silicone flexible mini mold (I got mine on amazon here)
  • Air tight container to store the shower bombs in (I used a glass jar)

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Directions:

1.) Add the baking soda to a large bowl. ¬†Slowly stir in the water to make a mixture that is similar to really dense snow. ¬†If you grab some of the mixture, it should clump together nicely and hold it’s form. ¬†It also shouldn’t be too wet. ¬†If you accidentally add too much water, just add a bit more baking soda.

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2.) Add 3-4 drops each of the essential oils…more or less depending on how strong you would like your shower bombs to smell.

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3.) Place the mixture into your mold and pack down tightly.

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4.) If your mold is oven safe, then place it in the oven and bake at 200 degrees for 45 minutes, then let cool completely.  If your mold is not oven safe, then let the the mold sit for 2-3 days until the shower bombs are completely dry.

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5.) Once the shower bombs are completely dry, push on the bottom of the mold to remove the shower bombs one by one.

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6.) Place in a glass jar or air tight container.

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You’re good to go! ¬†Get ready for a great immune boosting experience in your next shower! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā