Happy Monday everyone! It has been a little crazy around here this past week. I have been trying to fill some custom orders, and our internet was on the fritz. I did want to share my Monday finds with you all this week before it got away from me. One of my absolute favorite things about the holidays are the Christmas parades. It all starts with the Macy’s parade, and then we have all the local Christmas parades. I cannot wait for the Thanksgiving Parade this week! It is something I look forward to every Thanksgiving! So, this week my vintage finds are all inspired by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, and holiday parades everywhere. I did not have the time to write out the full list like I usually do this week, so I opted to share them via a craftcult.com treasury widget. To see the item and the wonderful shop it came from, click on the image thumbnail and it will take you to that listing. I hope you all enjoy my vintage parade finds! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!
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Hi guys! Happy Friday! I know for a lot of people it is sacrilege to decorate for Christmas before it’s even Thanksgiving. However, that is exactly what I am doing this weekend! It makes me happy, don’t judge me One of my favorite things about the holidays and holiday crafting in particular is that my mom and I always make ornaments together. This year I wanted to make some ornaments that were similar to vintage jewel brite’s or vintage diorama ornaments. These do require the use of a dremmel, but other than cutting, they are pretty easy to make! We made a bunch of them in just an afternoon.
Here’s What You Need:
*Dremmel Tool fitted with a cutting disk
*Mod podge or medium to attach glitter
*Glitter (I used Diamond Dust)
*Vintage and new miniatures
*Little bottle brush trees
*Hot Glue and Glue Gun
*Ribbon or Twine for hanging
Carefully cut your ornament with the dremmel. Insert the cutting wheel into the cutting line and then carefully follow it around until you reach the other side. Remove the cut front. You will be actually melting the plastic when you cut, so it may stick to itself after you cut, but you will find that you can easily twist it off.
To add the snow, you will need cotton balls. Pull the cotton ball apart. Add a little glue to the bottom of the ornament around the minis you glued down. Lay a little cotton onto the glue. Use your toothpick to smoosh the cotton down and around the minis.
To finish the cut edge, cut a pipe cleaner to size to fit the opening. Glue the pipe cleaner around the cut edge of the ornament. Snip down the wires in the top of the ornaments if you need to. Put the tops back on. Pliers will definitely help get the wires into the holes in the top. To finish, tie a ribbon or some twine to the loop in the top of the ornament. Now you are ready to hang.
I am so in love with these little ornaments! I had a total blast making them, and I love the vintage charm they add to a tree! I will be selling a few of these in my shop if any of you would like to have one of these fun ornaments on your tree, but don’t want to make them yourself. I hope some of you all will make some of these this Christmas with your favorite crafty partner in crime. You’ll totally love them! I’ll be back next week with more fun holiday crafting! Until then…
Hey everyone! One of my favorite things to craft with during the holidays is Christmas miniatures. I love creating little snow scenes, and I am head over heels for any kind of mini deer! I saw some salt shakers at Anthro last year that had little trees in them, and thought they were pretty darn cute. I wanted to make some of my own, but I wanted to add a little something extra to them since I already have jars and bell jar ornaments with snow scenes in them around my home. I thought I’d make mine to be photo holders. They are super easy to make and they make a great conversation piece to add to your holiday decor!
Here’s What You Need:
*Salt Shakers (I bought mine at Walmart)
*Christmas Miniatures (my deer were vintage, my snowmen came from AC Moore)
*Diamond Dust or glitter of your choice.
*Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun
*Extra Long Tweezers
*Glittered Poinsettia (I bought mine at Michaels)
*Ribbon or Trim
First clean and dry your salt shakers. Next, grab your mini with your pliers and place a nice dab of hot glue on the bottom of your mini. Insert the mini into the open salt shaker and press into the bottom. You may need to hold it in place for a few seconds until the glue sets up.
Now, take a little spoon and spoon in a little glitter into the bottom of each shaker.
To make your top, start by clipping the stem off of your flower. Cut a length of wire about 4″ or so. Stick the wire through the center of the flower and through the center hole in the top of the shaker. Fold the bottom 1/2″ or so of the wire snugly to the bottom of the shaker lid.
To make the photo holder, start at the top end of your wire. Make a loop with your pliers. Then, with your fingers loop the wire around itself in a spiral pattern to the bottom where it meets the flower.
To finish your photo holders, glue a little trim or ribbon around the shaker lid. Screw the lid on and insert your photos into the wire between the spiral loops. If your glitter is super fine and comes out of the shaker lid easily, you may want to close up the holes in the underside of the lid with some tape or glue.
Aren’t they so fun! I love my photo holders! They are a fantastic size! My little Printstagram mini prints are just perfect displayed on top! I think these would also make wonderful place card holders for your holiday table. The best thing about them is that you can make a group of them in under an hour. It is a perfect weeknight craft and would be a sweet gift for a hostess. I hope you all will give them a try sometime. I will be back tomorrow with more holiday fun! Until then…
Hey everyone! One of my favorite things to collect at the holidays is vintage brooches! I love the whimsy of them! I thought it would be fun to add in one of my newest vintage reindeer brooches to a statement necklace to wear for the holidays. It’s super simple to make a necklace with a brooch as a focal point, and all you need are a few supplies! The best part about this diy is that you can create a fabulous piece of jewelry in under an hour (plus drying time.) Check it out:
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage or New Beads of Your Choice
*Bails or little Metal Tags (I bought mine at AC Moore)
*Round Nose Jewelry Pliers
So the first step to making your necklace is to make your chain of beads. Take an eye pin, load a bead onto it. Snip the excess wire at about 1/2″ or so from the top of the bead. Take your round nose jewelry pliers and curl the wire around to make a loop in the top. So you should end up with a bead that has an eye at the bottom and at the top. Now, take another eye pin. Open up the bottom with your pliers. Hook the open loop onto the top loop in your first bead then close the loop. Load on another bead, snip the wire, make a loop and then load another eye pin. Continue making your chain of beads.
Make your chain as long as you want. I made mine so the the stripe bead and the brooch would hit right about my collar bone on each side. Make one side to be from the back of the neck where the clasp will go down and around to the other side of your collar bone where the brooch will go. Then make the other side from the back of the neck to the top of where the brooch will go. Connect the two chain pieces with a lobster clasp. Attach the clasp with jump rings.
Next, you need to prep your brooch for your necklace. Pull the pin part of the brooch off of the back with your pliers. My little deer brooch had antlers that I was able to hook a jump ring to. If your brooch doesn’t have a place at the top to hook a jump ring you will need a tag at the top as well as the bottom. Put a little E6000 onto the back of your tag(s) and glue them into place on the back side of your brooch. Let the glue dry thoroughly.
Once your glue is dry, attach your brooch to the ends of the beaded chain you made earlier with jump rings. Now you are ready to wear!
I just love my new Christmas necklace! How fabulous is this brooch, really! I am just head over heels for my little deer! I used vintage lucite beads from a broken vintage necklace I had, but you can use any kind of beads you like. Have fun with it and make it your own! I can’t wait to see what you guys do with this one! I hope you will give it a try! It is super easy and fun! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun DIY. Until then…
I have a little thing for tins! Whenever I see a cute tin, I grab it up for craft storage, and I literally have dozens. I thought it would be fun to make a few christmas cannisters to use for storage and gift wrapping this year. I had some cute vintage gift wrap laying around, and the tins I picked up at the thrift store. This is a great weeknight craft, since it is so fast and easy to whip up!
Here’s What You Need:
*Wrapping Paper or Scrapbook Paper
*Chalk Paint or Spray Paint
*Decoupage Medium or Double Stick Tape
*Drill and Drill Bit the same size as the bolt on the knob
First you need to paint your tins. You can spray paint them, or you can use spray paint or paint them with chalk paint. Cut your wrapping paper to be just a little smaller than the height of the can by the width of the circumference of the tin. So, if your tin is 4″ tall, you want your paper to be 3.75″ tall. Paint a layer of decoupage medium onto your tin. Also paint a layer onto the backside of your wrapping paper. Smooth the wrapping paper onto the tin. Smooth out air bubbles. My wrapping paper was really thin and it wrinkled badly when it dried on the tin. I am not sure how to remedy that issue. Maybe thicker paper? Anyone have advice on getting out the wrinkles? I think next time I will just tape on the wrapping paper with some double stick tape. To make the top, take the top of your tin and mark the center. Drill a hole in the top of the lid with your drill and drill bit the same size of the knob bolt. Insert the knob through the hole and screw on the nut on the underside of the tin and tighten down.
These little cannisters only cost me a couple of dollars each to make since they were upcycled. You can find old tins at the thrift store for .50 cents or less usually. I used wrapping paper, but you could use regular scrapbook paper or even just leave the tins plain and painted in your favorite christmas colors. They are fantastic for storage all around the house, like holding craft items or toiletries. You can use them as gift wrap as well. One would make a sweet hostess gift with some yummy home made treat inside! I love how easy they are to make too! I’ll be back tomorrow with another Christmas project.Until then…
A little while ago I saw these fantastic vintage christmas light reflectors on etsy and just had to get them! They were so cute! I knew I had to do something special with them! They have been sitting on my desk for weeks, and it finally came to me that I should try making some hair pins with them to wear during the holidays! These are so simple and easy! Not to mention that this would be a fabulous project to do with your kids!
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Christmas Light Reflectors
*Vintage Shank Style Buttons
Gather all your supplies.
Glue your shank buttons onto the middle of your christmas light reflectors.
I totally love how they turned out! I think they are perfect for Hannah and I to pile on with our ugly Christmas sweaters this year for Santa pics. I could also pin one up to wear with my christmas dress at our holiday party. You could just as easily turn these into pins instead of hair clips just by glueing the pin blanks on the back instead of the hair pins. You can find old christmas light reflectors on Etsy and Ebay and even sometimes at your local thrift or flea market. I hope I have inspired you to make some festive clips of your own! I’ll be back tomorrow with more holiday how-tos! Until then…
One of my favorite things in the whole world, as some of you may have guessed by now, is vintage linens! I am nuts about them! And vintage Christmas linens are no exception! I have bunches of Christmas cutter tablecloths that I like to craft with during the holidays. I always end up with bits and scraps that just sit around. So, this year, I thought I’d use some of my favorite scraps for a little hoop art collage!
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Scrap Fabric Linens or other Christmas Fabric
Pick hoops to fit your scraps. Paint your outer hoops the way you like to match the colors in your fabrics.
Gather your scraps up while the paint is drying.
Spread a little fabric glue on the outside of your inner hoop.
Lay your fabric over your hoop and stretch over as much as you can with your hand.
Lay the outer hoop over the fabric and tighten the screw. Stretch and pull the fabric tight and keep tightening the screw until the hoop is closed as much as you can and the fabric is firm and tight.
Repeat with your other hoops.
Flip over your hoops and cut off the excess fabric as close to the frame as you can.
I am so in love with this little hoop collection! I think they all look adorable together! I can’t wait to hang them on the wall! You could easily turn the small ones into Christmas ornaments by just tying a loop on the top for hanging. They were so easy to whip up, and make an awesome Christmas display! I used vintage tablecloth scraps, but you can use any kind of Christmas fabric you have on hand. Have fun with it and customize it to your space! I’ll be back next week with more fun Christmas crafts! Until then…
My sister and I have this holiday tradition every year, where we get ugly Christmas sweaters and go get our picture taken at the mall with Santa. It is something special that just us two crazies do together, and we always have a blast! Since we get new sweaters every year, I have several of my old ugly Christmas sweaters laying around in the back of the closet, never to be worn again. So, this year I thought I’d upcycle them into some fun kitschy pillows!
Here’s What You Need:
*Old Christmas Sweaters
*Trim (ricrac, ball trim, etc…)
*Sewing Machine and Thread
First, lay your sweater out and smooth it out nicely. Decide the size you want your pillows and then cut out the sweater accordingly. For my little pillows I cut two 10″ squares from each side of a sweater. For the other two, I cut up the middle so I took an even amount from the middle of each sweater. For example, if I wanted a 16″ (17″ with seam allowance)pillow, I would find the middle of the sweater and mark it. Then I would measure over half of the amount(8.5) and mark out from the middle and do the same for the length of the pillow. Cut the back square of the pillow in half lengthwise or widthwise .
If you are going to add trim, now is a good time. Stitch your trim onto the front of your pillow with right sides touching and trim like pom poms facing inwards towards the middle. If you have bulky trim a zipper foot is great for stitching.
Now on your back pieces sandwich the raw top edge of each side and stitch each piece with bias tape to cover your raw ends.
Lay your front piece face up, then lay each back piece face down onto the front, lining up the edges. Pin in place, and then stitch with a half inch seam allowance all the way around the edges of the pillow. Turn pillow right side out through opening in the back. Insert your pillow form and enjoy!
I LOVE love love love my ugly sweater Christmas pillows! They remind me of those good memories of our Christmas sister dates to see Santa and shop! We always find our ugly sweaters at Goodwill, but you can find them at other places like flea markets and even walmart. Of course you can upcycle regular sweaters too in the same way. I love how festive these are! They are going to be perfect on my sofa this Christmas! So, don’t throw away your old kitschy sweaters, upcycle them into some fun pillows for your space this holiday! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun Christmas project! Until then…
Hey everybody! I know I am not the only one who like to start their holiday crafting early, so I thought I’d share some of the projects on the top of my crafting wish list. There are so many amazing DIY projects out there that are holiday themed, it’s hard to narrow them all down to just twelve! You can check out many more of the holiday projects on my Christmas DIY board on Pinterest that I love too. Here are my top favorites this year:
Aren’t they all so cute and festive! I always have grand plans of making lots of fun crafts over the holidays. Life always seems to get in the way a bit, but I am starting early this year, so hopefully I’ll be able to sneak a few in! Do you all have anything you are super excited to make for the holidays this year? Anyone interested in doing a handmade ornament swap? I just love this time of year! I’ll be back next month with a fun round up of handmade gifts to DIY. Until then…