Glitter Dipped Wooden Ornaments

Hello makers! Are you Christmas ready? I know I’m not nearly as ‘ready’ as I usually am, but I’m still crafting away making all the Christmas decorations. Today I am excited to share my Glitter Dipped Wooden Ornaments with you. They were really easy to make and turned out so beautiful.


So pretty, right?! You only need a couple of things to make them…


I found these cute wooden ornaments and the red glitter paint at Michael’s. I bought 5 of them but you can dip as many ornaments as your sweet little heart desires.


Let’s make these ornaments, shall we? First you want to dump your glitter paint into a small dish.


Then you are going to take turns dipping the ornaments into the glitter paint. Allow them to drip off into the bowl for a bit, and then hang them to dry. I hung mine on hangers and put paper underneath to catch the drips. 


After they dry for 12-ish hours, they are safe to handle and hang on your tree.


I really love the way they turned out. The red glitter really pops against the green tree. And I super love the wood and glitter combo. 


Do you make ornaments for your tree? I love handmade ornaments so much and I have a few more up my crafty sleeve to show you, so stay tuned!

Tips for Organizing Christmas

Hi everyone! Michele from The Scrap Shoppe here with a new theme for our crafty series for December.
This month we are discussing all things ORGANIZATION! And since we’re still in the beginning of December, I thought we could discuss organizing Christmas.

I love making lists and, even more so, marking things off of them when they are complete! Years go I made a Christmas Planner and it was such a big help during the holidays. I even have a blank (free) December calendar printable that you can use for keeping December straight, marking holiday parties, when and where to gift shop, or even to keep up with the antics of your Elf on the Shelf (which is what I use it for).

Stay organized this December with this round up of adorable and USEFUL Christmas Planner FREE Printables!
I have rounded up some great printables to help you stay organized all December long! Many of these are offered as both 8.5×11 sheets as well as the smaller A5 paper size for small binders. Print the set that most suits you or mix and match to be sure you get everything you need.

Free Christmas Planner Printables
This set includes all of the major printables you need to keep organized for Christmas. I need the Christmas card list something fierce!
Free Christmas Planner Printables from Mom’s Favorite Stuff

Free Christmas Planner Printables
You can plan your entire month of December in one sitting with this planner set.
Free Christmas Planner Printables from Art & Whimsy

Free Printable Wish Lists
These printable wish lists are perfect for anyone to fill out. Print and hand out to family member to learn what they really want for Christmas. The color scheme and patterns are pretty darn cute, too!
Free Printable Wish Lists from Organizing Home Life

Free Holiday Printables
Raise your hand if you’re a list lover! (My hand is waving SUPER high!) I could fill these lists out for days.
List Lovers Free Holiday Printables from Home Coming

Free Holiday Meal Planning Printable
I’m loving this Holiday Menu Planner for keeping various holiday meals and get togethers in order! It also comes with a printable holiday baking list to keep track of your special recipes. There are also lots of tips to help make your meal planning prep run smooth.
Free Holiday Meal Planning Printable from Organizing Junkie

Free Printable Christmas Planner
One of my favorite things about this planner, besides the color scheme, is that it comes with a sheet to record Christmas crafts. How awesome is that?? It’s not only for planning holiday crafts with my kids, but any crafts I’ve seen that I want to create.
Free Printable Christmas Planner from A Typical English Home

Christmas Gift List Printable
Just in need of somewhere to write out your gift lists? This free printable may be all you need.
Christmas Gift List Printable from Minted Strawberry

Christmas Planner Free Printable
This clever planner set comes complete with a cleaning list which, while not the funnest aspect of Christmas, still needs to be tackled.
Free Christmas Planner Download from Becoming Martha

Free Holiday Planner Printable
The planner is great for people keeping to a strict budget for Christmas. Keep up with costs and purchases. I also love this set because it has a page just for YOU! Keep a list of what YOU want/need for Christmas.
Free Holiday Planner Printable from A Bowl Full of Lemons

Free Christmas Planner Printables
This unique planner set comes with a sheet just for the Christmas tree: need new ornaments? need to replace bulbs? Write it down so you don’t forget. I’m also loving the Cookie Shopping List page. A sheet dedicated just to Christmas cookies?? This is totally up my alley!
Free Christmas Planner Printables from Growing Up Gabel

Printables to Organize Christmas
This cute set stands out for it for it’s cute page for the kids to fill and and breakdown list for parents to record where gifts are coming from: you, Santa, stocking.
Printables to Organize Christmas from Mary Organizes

Free Printable Planner Stickers
Already have a planner or holiday calendar? Print and cut these free planner stickers to help you with your organization!
Printable Planner Stickers from Planner Addiction

Must Have Craft Tips & More! Will these Christmas planner printables help you stay organized? Do you already use a similar system? I’ll be mixing and matching my favorites into a new binder for this year!


Your hostesses,
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Christmas Traditions for the Family

Welcome to another edition of Must Have Craft Tips and More! Allison here once again to bring you more great Christmas tips… like Christmas traditions for the family!
My fellow hostesses have shared lots of fabulous Christmas tips this month so just in case you have missed them you can check them out here: Tip 1, Tip 2, and Tip 3.Today, I wanted to share with you some fun Christmas traditions you can do with your family to create loads of memories for everyone!

I rounded up 3 different ideas that are sure to make your Christmas more special for you and your family.

To begin, I will start with the classic advent calendar.

LEGO Advent Calendar from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls // Family Fun Advent Calendar from Simply Sara // Advent Calendar Paper Chain from Activities for Kids //  Reindeer Balloon Advent Calendar from Not on the High Street  // Reverse Advent Calendar from Mum in the Mad House

 Advent Calendars are a fun way to help build up the excitement of Christmas for the whole family but they don’t always have to be the normal, open something and get candy, type of calendar.
Think outside the box. Do something special as a family. Do something special for others in your community. Have fun! Be together! Enjoy the reason of the season! 

I love the idea of doing a random acts of kindness advent calendar. This Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar from Coffee Cups and Crayons will help you along to know just what to do to help out and bring joy to others.

I totally love this idea and I have been wanting to start it but we are still working on our Christmas book collection but this Christmas Book Advent Calendar from Simple as That
is a something that I know my girls would love. Wrap the books up all fun, put a number on each and let one child pick out the book each night, gather together as a family and read the book.

And how about this Christmas Tradition Countdown from Create Craft Love?! 
You can print this one out or create one that works for your family but you don’t have to go over the top to have quality family time that is meaningful and you can do it along with counting down to one of the most popular holidays!

To go along with those advent calendar, it’s the season to spend time as a family and create wonderful memories to last a lifetime. Kids have off from school, hopefully you have a few days off work, so why not slow down from your fast paced life and enjoy each other for a change!
This time of year, make new traditions with family and friends!
Play games, get creative, bake delicious treats, watch movies, and just have fun together!
Everyone enjoys checking out all those gorgeous Christmas lights throughout the town so why not make a fun game out of it?! Check out this Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt from Mine for the Making  and when you go out to check out those lights, see what you can find!

Have a family craft night!
Every year my little family has a holiday craft night. We pick out a few fun and easy crafts that we can all do together and spend the evening getting creative. My girls love it and we have so much fun seeing what we each come up with.
Every year, going back to when my husband and I were still dating, we make ornaments by putting acrylic paint into clear ornaments so that tradition has continued now that we have kids. Last year we also created some fun paper plate trees and the girls got to decorate their own plates with Sharpie paint pens as well.


 If you have little ones that still love the magic of Santa why not make it extra special on Christmas Eve by creating a fun plate for those delicious cookies that Santa will be thrilled to see when he drops off those presents?

This Cookie Plate for Santa from Mine for the Making is created using vinyl and then this Santa plate from A Glimpse Inside was created with Sharpie paint pens and then baked in the oven.Both can be used for years to come!


Lastly, little ones love trees! 
They get so excited to help decorate the tree so why not make a fun tradition by giving them their own mini tree inside their rooms that are all for them. They get to decorate it any way they want, again and again if they are like my girls, and they can admire their own tree for the whole season!


My last tradition is make Christmas morning breakfast special! 
Start the morning with a delicious breakfast but why not make it fun!? 
Create Christmas related shapes with your food and show off your holiday spirit in a fun, unique way! 
Start with a whole meal like with the Santa pancakes or create those Reindeer Donuts for something quick to eat before opening presents and before you larger meal is ready.
I love these Reindeer Pancakes from 365ish Days of Pinterest and I want to make my husband, who is the pancake maker in our house, create this for us this year. Who wouldn’t love to see this on their plate Christmas morning?

 How about these super fun Christmas Tree Waffles from Crustabakes? These are so quick and easy too if you have a waffle maker which gives you more time to spend time with a family.


How about making a wreath like this Crescent Bacon Breakfast Ring from Jo Cooks stuffed full of all sorts of deliciousness?
I want this for breakfast this year too!


There you have it!
I hope you create some new traditions with your families this year and enjoy special time together.

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?

Be sure to join us next month when we share a whole new topic full of tips!

Your hostesses,


siggie Signature signature allison


The Scrap Shoppe | Flamingo Toes | Mine for the Making | A Glimpse Inside



Buffalo Plaid Winter Wreath

Hello and happy turkey week! Since I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year, I have plenty of time to do one of my most favorite things… Christmas craft! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you saw a sneak peek. I cannot wait to show you my Buffalo Plaid Winter Wreath!


Isn’t it the cutest wreath ever?! I absolutely love it so much! If you love the rustic, buffalo plaid trend, then this wreath is perfect for you too. 


All supplies besides the mini trees were purchased from Michael’s Stores and the mini trees are from Target’s dollar spot. 


The wreath was really simple to make… Just hot glue all of the items onto your wreath where you want them! 


The arrow sign was an ornament… to the LODGE! 


And the mini red truck is part of figurines from a mini Christmas scene…


How adorable is the baby deer?! I just love her…


This Buffalo Plaid Winter Wreath makes me feel so cozy and totally ready for Christmas. I really love the way it turned out and I hope you do too!


If you love buffalo plaid, check out my popular Christmas trends post!


Happy Thanksgiving friends!

Three Popular Christmas Decorating Trends

Hello friends! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! Kara from Mine for the Making here this week to share three popular Christmas decorating trends you are going to love! Now don’t get me wrong… I don’t ever skip over Thanksgiving. Who could skip over the best meal of the year?! But I definitely don’t mind having my turkey dinner by the tree. And even if you don’t like to decorate as early as I do, you can pin and save these ideas until you are ready to decorate. 


The first Christmas trend and one of my personal favorites is Buffalo Plaid. In fact, be ready for a few buffalo plaid inspired Christmas projects on Mine for the Making soon! But in the meantime… check out these beautiful ways to decorate with the popular plaid of buffalo. 


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How fun is this Buffalo Plaid Hot Cocoa Bar?! It’s so festive and pretty. I love the combo of plaid and gold.


I love these Buffalo Plaid pillows made from blankets! So cozy and cute. 


There are a ton of Buffalo Plaid printables floating around cyberspace. This Baby It’s Warm Inside print is one of my favorites!

My other very favorite Christmas decor trend is the gorgeous farmhouse Christmas style. I love the hints of rustic and weathered and vintage. 


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I am so in love with this rustic Coca-Cola crate look! Stack them up and set a Christmas tree inside and you’ve got an adorable farmhouse look. 


How gorgeous are these farmhouse Christmas stairs. I love the giant wooden letters and the old vintage books. 


This chippy, old, mint door on the wall behind the tiny Christmas tree gives me all the heart eyes. If this doesn’t scream farmhouse Christmas, I don’t know what does.

And last but definitely not least, let’s have ourselves a BRIGHT Christmas, shall we?! This is far from traditional Christmas decor, but lovely just the same. 


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This bright Christmas tablescape is so fun and colorful! 


How fun are these brightly, painted Christmas lights?! What a great idea for a garland. 


I absolutely adore this white tree with bright ornaments and aqua tire tree base. Such a fun spin on Christmas decor. 

There you have it friends! Three of the most popular Christmas decorating trends. Which is your favorite? How do you decorate for Christmas?

Check back next week for more tips!


Your hostesses,
siggie Signature signature allison
The Scrap Shoppe | Flamingo Toes | Mine for the Making | A Glimpse Inside

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips, it’s Bev from Flamingo Toes here with you today!! We are having a blast bringing you these fun tips every week – and we are in full holiday prep mode around here so you’ll be getting tons of great holiday tips and tricks over the next few weeks!

I am nowhere near done with my shopping but I am absolutely committed to not leaving the wrapping until the last minute. I am all for cutting down on the craziness of the week before Christmas. I don’t have a huge budget though so I’m putting together ideas for money-saving wrapping. I thought I’d share them with you today!

Fabulous and Inexpensive Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

I’ve broken them down into some different categories – let’s take a look!

Brown Kraft Paper ideas – you can really dress up simple Kraft paper with some fun things! I buy my Kraft paper rolls at Walmart – they are super inexpensive.

Winter Scene Wrapping

DIY Winter Scene Painting Gift Toppers 1

Paper Straw Snowflake

Dress up gifts with ribbon and gold writing


Pom Poms!! – I strongly feel that pom poms make everything better – especially presents!

Fabulous Gift Wrapping Ideas #Christmas #GiftWrap #pompoms

Creative Gift Toppers – You don’t need plain ole bows to top off your gifts – get creative with idees like rosemary or dollar store ornaments!

Pretty Paper and Herb Wrapping Paper

Inexpensive Ornaments and Ribbons

DIY Ornament Clusters | Oh Happy Day!

Candy Wrappers – tasty and pretty all at once!

Streamline gift-giving by wrapping all your presents in the same pristine white paper brightened with bold color. It's elegant, economical, and easy to customize with tree cuttings, tags, and tempting candies.

Burlap and Pinecone Wrapping

Wrapping with Creative materials – you can have a lot of fun wrapping up gifts with different things!

Christmas Chalkboard Wrapping

Wrap Presents with Fabric (source)


Sheet Music Wrapping – these look pretty dressed up with a little greenery!

Simple and beautiful ways to dress up your Christmas gifts. Love these gift wrapping ideas!:

Grain Sack Gift Bags – these are so simple and pretty!


Check back next week for more tips!

Your hostesses,
siggie Signature signature allison
The Scrap Shoppe | Flamingo Toes | Mine for the Making | A Glimpse Inside

Christmas Organization Hacks

Hey, friends! Michele from The Scrap Shoppe here kicking off a new month of our Must Have Craft Tips & More series!

Must Have Craft Tips and More
This month we are focusing on the upcoming holidays. And more specifically today, some great Christmas organization hacks and ideas!

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
The holidays don’t have to be stressful. There are lots of tips and tricks to make everything from holiday decor to gift buying less overwhelming. I’ve gathered up a few of my favorites to share with you today.

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Printable Christmas Planner from Becoming Martha
Planning ahead and keeping track as you go is a great way to stay organized during the holidays. A printable Christmas planner may seem overkill, but can actually be extremely helpful!

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Ornament Organization at Smart School House
Who says you need to buy an expensive ornament organizer? I’m loving this idea for gluing plastic cups to cardboard to protect and layer ornaments for storage.

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Hot Beverage Organizer from Useful Beautiful Home via Eleven Magnolia Lane
Not only does this hot beverage tower take up less surface space than spread out on a table, but it looks super cute to boot!

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
25 Gift Wrap Organization Ideas from The Scrap Shoppe
Keeping your gift wrap items in order can immensely help when it comes time to wrap all of those presents. This collection of 25 gift wrap stations is sure to inspire!

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
How to Store Christmas Lights from A Real-Life Housewife
If you’re like me, you are so over messing with Christmas lights be January that you just toss them in a container to deal with for next year. Then next year doesn’t go so well untangling them, right? I really need to try this organization technique! It’s SO simple and doesn’t cost a dime.

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Easiest Way to Organize Wreaths from Ask Anna
Wreaths are fun to hang (I won’t even tell you how many I have up at any given time) but storing them can be a bear. I love this idea to hang them on a long hook!

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Christmas Dinner Checklist Printable from Kirkland’s
Hosting Christmas dinner this year? Don’t stress over it! This free printable will help you keep organized and probably give you a few pieces of advice you’d never thought to ask about.

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Wrap Christmas Tree with a Belt from Grunge Zombie
This. Is. Genius. An old belt is a great way to rein in those faux Christmas tree branches will definitely aid in getting it back into the box… something every tree tries NOT to do once it’s out!

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Christmas Photo Checklist from Simple as That
And, finally, if you’re still feeling the holiday burn you can at least keep up with which photos you want to remember to take with this printable photo checklist. You don’t need them all, just mark the ones you want to be sure to get.

Must Have Craft Tips & More!
I hope these Christmas organization hacks help to alleviate some holiday stress! Planning well and packing well always make for a better “next year” at Christmas so get a jump start now to make all those future Christmas more relaxing!



Your hostesses,
siggie Signature signature allison
The Scrap Shoppe | Flamingo Toes | Mine for the Making | A Glimpse Inside

A Christmas Carol Tablescape

Every year growing up my Aunt and Uncle would host a Christmas Caroling Party. I remember looking forward to this party every year. We would gather at their house along with other family and friends, sip hot coco and cider, and then embark on a mile long walk in which we would stop at every house and sing a Christmas carol. So.Much.Fun.


Included on our caroling walk was a book of Christmas carol sheet music for our reference, which is the inspiration and theme of A Christmas Carol Tablescape. The focal point of the table is the sheet music table runner. I found printable sheet music on Pinterest and simply printed several copies on my home computer. To give them a more vintage look, I tea stained and distressed them. You could easily use real sheet music if you had it, or found it at a second hand store as well.


I used a simple vintage green linen tablecloth and layered the DIY music table runner. Gold chargers with crisp white dishes are always a holiday classic, and I topped the dishes with trendy plaid holiday napkins wrapped in a DIY sheet music napkin ring.


Any holiday I can, I try to use my grandmother’s vintage cut crystal glassware, and also the gorgeous mother of pearl flatware from my mother in law, which just gives the whole table that vintage feel.



I hung some festive ornaments from my chandelier for some dimension. And lastly, I added a few floral arrangements. A larger arrangement in the center of the table placed on a stack of vintage books, and two smaller arrangements with cranberries in the water for some extra color.




So there you have it, a Christmas carol music themed table for your celebrations this holiday season.


Sheet Music Table Runner


Sheet Music (as many as needed to fit the length of your table)
Tea Bags (4 – 6)
Mod Podge


Step 1
Boil 6 cups of water and seep tea bags for at least 15 minutes. While you are waiting for the tea to finish, gently crumple the music sheets into a loose ball. This will give the pages a more distressed/vintage look.


Step 2
Once your tea is done, pour into a large pan. Un-crumple your music sheets and submerge 2 or 3 in your pan of tea at a time. Leave the sheets in the tea for about 2 – 3 minutes. Then remove and lay flat to dry.


Step 3
When your sheet music is dry, lay them out on your table to give yourself an idea of the length and width you want your table runner to be. Once you decide what you want it to look like, flip the sheets on to their backs and use a dab of Mod Podge to adhere the sheets together. The reason I do this from the back is I wanted a really loose look for the runner. . . I wanted ends of the paper to kind of roll up and look natural. You could also Mod Podge over the entire top of the runner if you wanted a more shellacked look. Let the adhesive dry, and you are ready to set your table!




Party On,


Mindy Alyse Celebrations

Holiday Kitchenaid Giveaway

Hello there bakers and makers!

We love the holiday season and we love our readers so much that we wanted to have a fun Holiday Kitchenaid Giveaway! We also love to encourage you to get in the kitchen with your kids and what better way to do so than with a Kitchenaid! This stainless steel 4.5 quart kitchen tool is what every kitchen needs and is perfect for all of your baking needs. One lucky winner has the chance to put this beauty right on their counter top, all you need to do is enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open to all US residents who are 18 years or older. The giveaway will close on Saturday, December 19th and the winner will be announced on Sunday, December 20th. Thank you so much for reading our blogs! We appreciate you.


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Giveaway sponsored by:
  • Children’s Culinary Institute
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  • Britches N Boots
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  • Pink Cake Plate
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 Giveaway is CLOSED! Thank you to all who participated!

Easy and Personal Holiday Gift Ideas

Hello makers! I’m blogging at you from beautiful, sunny California and I couldn’t be more thankful. Our family recently sold our home, down sized, and we are now RV living while we buy land and build our next home. Needless to say, the past couple of months have been a whirlwind and I have BIG TIME slacked on making and shopping for gifts this year. Usually I’m finished back in October, but life got super busy this year. Do you know the feeling? Well, I’m here with a few Easy and Personal Holiday Gifts Ideas that won’t break your bank and won’t take up too much of your time to create.

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Staples Copy and Print makes it easy for consumers to do more for less this holiday season with personalized gifts at great prices. Plus, they offer a variety of designs in personalized holiday cards and photo gifts. Photos are my favorite and incorporating them into gifts is such a great way to personalize gifts.

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Items like ornaments, mouse pads, pillows, calendars, cell phone cases, coffee mugs, t-shirts… they can all be personalized with your favorite photos from throughout the year and sent to someone special!

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It only takes a few minutes with Staples Copy & Print services. You design, order, and pay for your gifts online right from the comfort of your own home or even at work on your lunch break! Staples ships most of the items right to you!

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Wouldn’t it be fun to surprise a friend or family member with an ornament that has photos on it of something fun they did that year? Or maybe a cell phone case! Just hop over to their Facebook or Instagram pages to grab a few of their photos from throughout the year! Save them to your computer and upload them to Staples Copy and Print website.

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The Staples Copy and Print site is very user-friendly and it took me all of 30 minutes to create 2 personalized gifts and my annual family Christmas cards. The two gifts arrived on my door step several days later and my Christmas cards were ready for me to pick up in less than 24 hours at my local Staples store! Talk about convenient. Busy mamas love convenience.

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I really love the way our Christmas cards and gifts turned out! Now all I need to do is get them addressed and sent out!

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Are you ready to create some easy and personal gifts? Click HERE for holiday cards, invitations, and calendars. Save 20% off all orders placed before December 26th with code HOLIDAY20. Click HERE for custom photo gifts. Save 20% off all orders placed before December 26th with code JOLLY20.

So tell me, what are you going to make first on the Staples Copy and Print site?! Tell us in the comments or tweet at us @mineforthemakin!

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