It’s DIY FRI. , where every week I try to post something you can do yourself rather than buy, which is a money saver, and can be VERY REWARDING. Some of these posts are crafts, sewing projects, homemade cleaners, homemade health aids, tutorials, and the like.
As we get ready for the Christmas season, we are focusing on celebrating the birth of Christ and feasting because of God’s great gift to us. One of the ways we celebrate Christmas is to decorate, like many around the world, and we want our decorating to match our hearts. Here are a couple of decorating ideas that are super, SUPER easy to include your kids and have them join in on the fun.
This year I think we are migrating to turquoise blue and silver for some decorating. We are not completely overhauling our Christmas decorations, but the decorations we are adding are mostly with turquoise blue and silver. I have really started liking turquoise blue and my glasses even have turquoise blue in them; that’s how much I’ve grown to love turquoise blue.
This might be the easiest decorating idea ever: place ornaments in a glass container, and place a ribbon or garland somewhere around the container. It was so easy to do and the kids could participate because now they make shatter-proof ornaments.
I first saw the idea for glittered pinecones on The Chew for a Thanksgiving centerpiece. They don’t mention anything about using newspapers, which is essential in having your kids help you, so I did add a few steps in the instructions. The Chew did introduce me to a new-to-me product: spray adhesive. Where have I been? And I have thought of myself as a crafter all of these years. For those of you who don’t know what it is, spray adhesive is basically a spray-on glue. I had never heard of spray adhesive before, and I was hoping it wouldn’t be too hard to find. I easily found it at Walmart, Home Depot, and JoAnn Fabrics, the best deal being at Walmart. I found it in the adhesive section in the hardware area and also in the crafting area, and I think it was cheaper in the hardware area.
As an aside, when you are purchasing items that might be found in a couple of different areas of a store, it pays to look around. I once bought a paper cutter in the office supplies area at Walmart. A similar product was also in the crafting area of the same store for about five more dollars.
- Pinecones (we brought ours back from our road trip to Colorado: memories!)
- Resealable Baggies
- Spray Paint
- Spray Adhesive
- Lay down your newspapers outside. It is better if you spray paint when it is warm (follow the directions on the spray paint can label). Since it’s not warm here in the Pacific Northwest now, we spray painted the pinecones after the pinecones were room temperature and took them outside quickly.
- Place pinecones close together so as you spray them, the paint adheres to more pinecone surface area and you waste less paint (the kids watched this part).
- After the one side of the pinecone is dry, flip it on the other side and spray paint them again.
- As the paint dries, place glitter in your baggie.
- When the paint is dry, apply the spray adhesive to the pinecone.
- Put the pinecone in the baggie.
- Seal the baggie well, and shake, shake, shake.
- Place pinecone on the newspaper to dry.
Have you tried making hanging ornament clusters? They really are so easy!
Yarn wrapped trees? My kids took over my project!
You can easily put your own fresh wreath together!
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