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DIY Embroidered Pallet Wood Art

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2 DSC 0047 2 DIY Embroidered Pallet Wood ArtPallets are one of my favorite items to repurpose! The wood has a cool rustic look, and you can usually find them for free. I have been wanting to try to embroider some wood for a while now. My hubby scored some pallets from work the other day, and I knew exactly what to do with them. This DIY is fun and simple. As with anything that is embroidered, it takes a little time, but it’s fun work. 

Here’s What You Need:

*Piece of Wood from a Pallet

*Wording you like printed out to size

*Punch Awl

*Painters Tape

*Drill or Drill Press and a 1/8″ drill bit

*Yarn

*Large Yarn Needle

*Sawtooth hanger hardware and ruler

*Circular saw or handsaw

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is print out your wording. Find a font you like and resize it until the height and width of the font are to fit your board. My pallet piece was a little over three and a half inches tall so I made sure my font was a little smaller than three inches. Once you have your print out, tape the paper down to the pallet wood board making sure your wording is centered.

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Take your punch awl and punch holes into the wood through the paper every half an inch(a little less on curves), all around your wording.  Punch every letter until you have the whole thing punched.

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Remove the paper from the wood. Fit your drill or drill press with an eighth inch drill bit.

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Next, carefully drill through your wood where each punch is marking the letters. Be careful. If you are having a hard time seeing the punch marks, you can mark them with a marker to help you see them better. Drill through every punch mark on every letter until you get to the end. Once all the holes are drilled, clean off the wood so there isn’t any dust that will dirty your yarn.

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Cut a long piece of yarn and thread one end through the needle. Double knot the end of the yarn. Now bring the needle up through the bottom of the wood through the first hole in the first letter.

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DSC 0018 2 800x599 DIY Embroidered Pallet Wood ArtEmbroider the letter using a back stitch. Stitch all the wording. Knot the yarn at the end when you have finished stitching close to the wood. Snip excess threads. If you’d like to hang your pallet art, you will need to attach a sawtooth hanger to the center top on the back of the wood. 

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3 DSC 0036 2 DIY Embroidered Pallet Wood ArtI LOVE my little embroidered pallet wood sign! It is cute and rustic and looks great in my kitchen! Embroidering on wood is a blast! This one was a test for me. I am wanting to make a larger one soon to hang in the living room, and will definitely share when I make it. I hope some of you will give this one a try, you’ll have so much fun! I’ll be back next week with another fun and easy DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

I Heart Etsy Fridays- Wedding and Anniversary Rings

Happy Friday everyone! Tomorrow is my seventh wedding anniversary! Daryl and I are going to take a day trip down to the beach with little Beau. I am so excited! Still going strong after twelve years of being together, we are, well, fat and happy! We are so fat and happy in fact,  that neither one of us can wear our wedding rings anymore. So, this year we decided to get a couple of new inexpensive bands until we can get back down to our healthier weights. I have been looking around on Etsy and I was surprised to see so many beautiful engagement and wedding rings. I thought I would share a few of my absolute favorites with you all. Check em’ out:

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Engagement Ring with Moissanite and 14k Yellow Gold, Matte Gold and MIlgrain Textured Bezel by One Garnet Girl

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14k yellow, white, rose gold ring set – three skinny twig stacking rings by Red Sofa

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Diamond Solitare Ball Cluster Engagement Ring 14K White Gold by Adam Foster Jewelry

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rustic bark wedding ring with carved initials in hearts . simple personalized womens recycled silver wedding band . secret message by Peace’s Of Indigo

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Leaves Engagement Ring No. 4 – 14K Rose Gold and Diamond engagement ring, engagement ring, leaf ring, filigree, antique, art nouveau,vintage by Doron Merav

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Engagement Ring Square Cushion Rose Champagne Pink Spinel Sapphire and Morganite Alternative in 14k Rose Gold Diamond Halo Weddings by Pristine Jewelry

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Moissanite and Diamond Art Deco Petal Engagement Ring – 14k Palladium White Gold by Swank Metalsmithing

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Clear Uncut Diamond Engagement Ring by Point No Point Studio

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Petite Engagement Ring by Rock Your Rocks

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1.5 carat Round Cut lab made Diamond (Not CZ) Deco Halo Bead-set Heart sign Engagement Wedding Rings by Fairy Paradise

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moissanite 3 stone sterling silver ring, engagement ring, eco friendly, sustainable, handmade by Andrea Bonelli Jewelry

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 Wedding Band with a single Diamond – Unisex – Recycled Sterling Silver – Wedding or Engagement Ring – Custom and Personalized by The Bead Girl

Aren’t they all just so fantastic! There are so many beautiful rings on etsy that would be perfect for your engagement, wedding, or even anniversary rings! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these beautiful shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more Etsy inspiration. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Upcycled Sweater Mini E-Course

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Happy Friday everyone! I think I may have mentioned before that I am planning on creating several mini e-courses this year. Well, I am very happy to announce that my first e-course, Upcycled Sweater Mini E-course,  is now up in my shop. This fun and simple course features four eclectic sweater DIYs. Each project features step by step instructions with photos to help guide you. It’s a great way to breathe new life into those old sweaters lurking in the back of your closet. You can find the Upcycled Sweater Mini E-course in my shop Here for only $4.99. I hope some of you will give this little course a try. It’s fun and easy!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

DIY Tiny Vintage Feed Sack Spool Necklaces

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One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is vintage flour sack fabric! These little cotton prints are amazing! I have a ton of scrap flour sack fabrics and I love to use them for all kinds of projects. I was looking for a sweet small gift to send my sister for Valentine’s day, and I was toying around with the idea of a dainty spool necklace. I decided to try using my little scraps and boy am I glad I did! These tiny fabric covered spool necklaces are super easy to make and perfect for your favorite gals!

Here’s What You Need:

*Tiny Wooden Spools (I bought mine at AC Moore)

*Fabric Scraps ( small prints work best)

*Decoupage Medium Matte Finish

*Paint (optional)

*Scissors

*Paint Brush

*Tiny Ball Chain

Instructions:

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First thing you need to do is paint your spools if you are going to paint them. Set them aside and let them dry.

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Cut strips of your fabric scraps to be the same width as the inside of your spools. You can measure the spool and cut the fabric accordingly or you can eyeball it. I cut my strips to be a little over a quarter inch.

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Take your fabric strip and wrap it around the spool. Allow for a little overlap and then snip off the excess fabric.

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Paint a layer of decoupage medium on the inside area of your spool and also on the backside of your fabric strip.

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Lay the fabric strip centered in the middle of the spool, and wrap it around the spool, smoothing it down as you go and overlapping it on the back.

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Paint a layer of decoupage medium over the top of the fabric, paying extra attention to the end of the fabric making sure everything is nice and flattened. Set them aside to let them dry.

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Once the spools are dry, you can string your spools on your tiny ball chain. Then they are ready to wear!

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Don’t you just love them! I think they are adorable! You can wear a single spool on your chain for a sweet and dainty look, or you can pile a few on for a little more pattern and funky style! I love the flour sack prints, but you can use any small print fabric or paper you like. It’s a very versatile project. I know my Hannah banana is going to love hers! I can’t wait to give it to her! I hope some of you guys will give this one a try, you’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Hi guys! I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend! Valentine’s Day is coming up very soon! I am a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, and always have been since I was little! I love that it is a day about love! And it’s the one time of year I can get away with decorating my house extra cute. I wanted to share a little collection of some of my favorite gift ideas for all your special valentines this year. There are so many amazing artists on Etsy, there is something for everyone! Here are my favorites:

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Valentines Day Dog Collar, Red with White Hearts, 1 Inch Dog Collar by You Had Me At Woof

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Valentine’s Day Personalized Necklace – Couples Carved Initials Necklace – Custom Hand Stamped Faux Bois Jewelry in Sterling Silver by Eclectic Wendy Designs

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Heart bobby pins 2 cute red or pink glazed ceramic hair pins by Damson Tree Pottery

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Pink Ombre Paper Flower Bouquet – Valentine’s Day by Scrapuchino

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Valentine’s Day Card, Anniversary Card – To My Significant Otter by My Zoetrope

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Felt sheep red hearts garland Valentines gift Soft sculpture by Cozy Mil Art

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Light Teal Love Pillow by Honey Pie Design

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1.10 ct 8×6 mm Natural Oval Morganite Solid 14K White Gold Diamond Engagement Halo Ring by GNG Jewel

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Be My Valentine felt banner, Valentine’s Day garland by Tastefully Mismatched 

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There Is Nobody Else I’d Rather Lie In Bed and Look At My Phone Next To / Valentine Card by Emily McDowell Draws

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 valentines day for him, gift for boyfriend by Madie’s Charms

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B is for Bird Locket by J Topolski

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Valentine Card – Holding Hands by Hello Small World

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Love Birds fabric stuffed figurines Valentine’s gift soft sculptures by 5 Love Birds Nest

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You Are My Person Coffee Cup by Avonnie Studio

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love initial bracelet // silver or gold by Gigglosophy

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Valentine Gifts For Him, Guy Stud Hanger by Handmade Affair

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fishing men’s valentine gift – hooked on you hand stamped fishing lure by Wyoming Creative

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 funny valentines day card my life would suck without you by Letter Happy

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ITTY BITTY Bite Size VALENTINE Heart Sugar Cookies, 1/2 Pound by Sugar and Flour

Aren’t they all fantastic! I love the quirky Valentine’s Day cards! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more Valentine’s Day fun! Until then…

Happy Shopping!

New DIY Kits in the Shop & Black Friday Coupons (20% OFF)

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Hi guys! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving filled with lots of great food and being with the ones you love most! I just wanted to pop in for a bit to let everyone know that I have added a couple of craft kits to my Store this weekend! I have been wanting to add kits to my shop for a long while now, but finally got my butt in gear and I have my first two kits available as of tonight. Now you can buy a handmade kit to make your own Vintage Inspired Ball Jar Ornament or a sweet DIY Vintage Hanky Bracelet. These kits are great! Everything but the glue is included for you, and prepped so you can just grab your glue, open the box and have at it! I am really excited to finally be sharing these two with you! Both the bell jars and the hanky bracelets are two of my favorite projects ever! There will be many more kits to come in the future. Also, I am always happy to create a custom kit for most any of my projects that you see here on my blog. So if you see something that strikes your fancy, contact me and let me know. I am happy to make a crafty kit just for you.

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In other shop news, it is officially black Friday, and even though I don’t usually get all caught up in the shopping holiday, I wanted to add an extra special coupon for all of my followers. For this weekend only please enjoy 20% off of your total order from my store. Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY20 at checkout. I will also be sharing a coupon for free shipping with a minimum $20 purchase on my Facebook Fan page for my lovely Facebook followers. Go on over and check it out by clicking the facebook icon above my profile photo.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend! XOXO!

Thankgiving Bell Jar Place Cards

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all are having an amazing day watching the Macy’s parade and cooking up a storm! Today I wanted to take a break from the holiday crafting to share a little Thanksgiving project with you all! Last year I shared these fun Word search place cards for your Thanksgiving table. This year I made these fun little Turkey Tom and Pumpkin Bell Jar place card holders. These were really quick to whip up. In fact, I made them in just under an hour after dinner a couple of nights ago. They are really easy too!

Here’s What You Need:

*Plastic Wine Glasses

*Dremmel fit with a cutting wheel

*Scrapbook Paper

*Chipboard

*3″ Scallop Punch

*Rubber Cement

*Hot Glue

*Pumpkin and Turkey Cupcake Toppers

*Fall confetti (I got these felt leaves at Michaels)

*Glass Beads Large

*Medium Gage Wire

*Wire cutters and benders

*Yarn

Instructions:

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You can find the full tutorial from my original Christmas Bell Jar ornaments that I made last year Here. Here is how these differ. Instead of using glitter to fill the bottom, drop some confetti in the jar. I used felt leaf confetti from Michaels. Before you glue the beads down to the top, you will need to make the wire card holders. Cut a length of wire about 6 inches long. Grab one end with your round nose benders. Loop the wire around the benders once, then hold the loop and loop the wire around several times to form a spiral pattern. Next, insert the other end of the wire through the bead. Cut the wire about 1/4″ below the bead and loop then bend it to the underside of the bead. Now you are ready to glue the bead down to the top of the jar. Glue the end of your yarn down to the bottom of the jar on the backside. Add a few drops of glue around the bottom, and then lay the yarn around the jar bottom and glue down at the back end and snip the excess. Glue the yarn to the top of the jar and wrap around the top several times then snip close to the back end and glue the tail down. Your jar is complete. Now make your own place cards, or print some out. I cut mine to be 3×2.5″ and wrote the names with a gold sharpie. Insert your cards into the wire holder on the top of each jar. And that’s it. Now you just need to put the jars at the table where you want your guests to sit.

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These place card holders make me smile! Thanksgiving is really the only time we use place cards, and I always have so much fun setting the table. These jars will make a fun addition to our Thanksgiving table this year. I hope some of you will give this one a try for next Thanksgiving, you’ll love them! I am off to the kitchen. I wish you all the best of Thanksgiving wishes! Enjoy the day with the ones you love most! I’ll see you all tomorrow for my final 12 Days of Christmas Craft and a gift guide for all you animal lovers. Until then…

Have the Happiest of Happy Thanksgivings!

 

Midcentury Modern Putz Style Houses

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Hi guys! Welcome to day nine of my 12 Days of Christmas crafting! Today I am so excited to share my little christmas village with you all! Vintage putz houses are one of my most swooned over Christmas items! I love them, but I have never been able to score a set that was both affordable on my budget and still in great shape. The last couple of years my mom and I have planned on making our own putz style houses, but the holidays got busy fast, and we never ended up with the time. This year I just had to give it a go. My mom found a site that had a couple of templates with a midcentury modern home style, Retro Renovation. This site is a fantastic resource for mid century style home renovations.

Here’s What You Need:

*Original tutorials and patterns from Retro Renovation

*Ranch House 1 Here

*A Frame House Here

*Ranch House 3 Here

*And they just added a new one,  split level house 4 Here

*Chipboard (cereal boxes, cracker box, etc)

*Ruler

*Xacto Knife

*Self Healing Mat

*Pencil and Transfer Paper for marking

*Glue

*Paint (I like Martha Stewart Brand craft paint)

*Glitter

*Decoupage Medium for adding the glitter to the house

*Candy Sticks for extra beams

*Foil Paper for doors

*Mini Bottle brush trees

*Holiday miniatures

*Cardboard

*White Felt

*Hot Glue

 

You can find the full tutorials and the templates over at Retro Renovation Here. I was overjoyed to find their holiday posts for Kate’s mid century putz houses. There were three templates to choose from, and I ended up using the two ranch style houses. I changed mine up a little by changing up the window designs on some of them. You can just draw the outlines of the house and draw in your own windows on your chipboard. I also extended the roof pieces on a couple of them and added lollipop sticks for some side beams and a little car port on one. These did take quite a bit of time, but they were totally worth it, and I had such a blast! The best part is that they were really inexpensive to make, so I was able to create a whole neighborhood.

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I absolutely LOVE my little neighborhood! Be sure to check out the tutorials from Retro renovation to make your own neighborhood. I hope some of you guys will give this a go this holiday season! You will just love making them! I’ll be back next week with more holiday fun! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Little Angel Tassels

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Hey guys! Welcome to day five of my 12 Days of Christmas crafting! Today I am going to share with you how to make these fun angel tassels. These sweet little angels can be displayed on a shelf or strung by ribbon and used on the tree as an ornament. These little darlings are fun and easy to make!

Here’s What You Need:

*Wooden Round Doll Heads

*Crochet Doilies

*Tulle Ribbon

*Ribbon, Fabric Scraps, etc

*Gold Wire

*Craft Paint

*Micron Pen

*String or floss

*Drill or Dremmel and Small Drill Bits

*Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

*Jewelry Pliers and Wire Cutters

*Screw Eyes (Tiny)

*Ribbon for hanging

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is pre drill the holes in the head for the screw eye and halo. Drill into the center top of the head with a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screw eye. Drill into the back center of the head for the halo with a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the wire for the halo. Draw in the eyes with your micron pen, and then paint on the hair, lips, and cheeks. Set aside to let dry. Take a piece of cardboard or a small book and lay a piece of string across it at the top. Starting at the bottom, wrap your tulle ribbon a bunch of times around the book width ways. Cut tulle ribbon and wrap other ribbon or trim around the book. Scrunch the ribbons towards the middle, and take the ends of your string and tie around the top of the ribbons around the book. Then at the bottom cut through the bottom loop of the ribbons. Trim the bottom of your cut ribbons if needed. Fluff out your poof. Now, heat up your glue gun. Place a liberal amount of hot glue on the top of your poof. Glue the center of your doily to the top of the poof. Then glue the wooden head to the top of the doily. Next, you need to make the wings and the halo. Take the end of the wire, and bend about 1/2 inch at a right angle. Make a large loop to the left. Bring the long end of the wire and loop it around the other end of the wire. Loop the wire again this time to the right, and loop it around the center a couple of times and snip excess wire. To make the halo, take the end of the wire and bend a 1/2″ or so at a right angle. Then, about an inch and a half up make a loop and another right angle so it is parallel to the bottom where it will insert into the head. Loop the wire around the end of the loop where it meets the beginning of the loop and loop it around the straight part a few times. Snip. Add a dab of glue to the back of the head where you drilled the hole for the halo. Insert the halo into the back of the head. Glue the wings to the back of the doily up near the head. To finish off, screw the screw eye into the top of the head where you predrilled a hole. Cut a piece of ribbon, loop it through the eye, bring both ends together and tie a knot.

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Aren’t they just so cute! I am not so good with faces, as you can tell some of them are kinda wonky, but they are still fun and festive. I think I am going to display a few of these on my tree this year and a few on a shelf. I hope some of you will give this one a try. They are really fun to make! I will be back tomorrow with another fun Christmas craft. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Holiday Spool Necklaces

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Hello everybody! I am really excited today because this is the first day of my 12 Days of Christmas series! Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this month I will be posting a Holiday DIY project. I know some of you are probably thinking “Whoa! Christmas already!,” but I like to start making my decorations and handmade gifts early in November. As an avid crafter, it’s what works for me. Christmas is my favorite holiday and my favorite time of year! I start my decorating well before Thanksgiving, and leave up my decorations well into January. Spreading the Christmas cheer through my home and blog makes me happy, and I some of you guys will join in the holiday fun with me this year. It will be so much fun! Today I am going to start off my first DIY of Christmas with these DIY Vintage Wrapping paper covered Spool Necklaces….

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Wooden Spools

*Vintage Christmas Wrapping Paper

*Matte Decoupage Medium

*Vintage Buttons

*Colored Craft Wire

*Ribbon or Fabric Scraps

*Charms, beads, etc..

*Chain for necklaces

*Ruler

*Scissors

Instructions:

Back in February I made some fun spool necklaces for Valentine’s day. You can see the full tutorial here. The changes I made with these necklaces was that I used vintage wrapping paper to wrap and decoupage around the little spools. I also used Christmas colored buttons, and red and green charms. I used a few different sized spools, and some fabric scraps instead of ribbon for a few of the necklaces.

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I LOVE these Christmas Spool Necklaces! They are so festive and cute! You can easily use them as ornaments just by stringing the top loop of wire by some ribbon instead of chain. You can completely customize these little necklaces by changing up your papers and colors. These would make fun hostess gifts! They would also be fun to add to your favorite gal’s stocking, and be sure to make one for yourself! They are a lot of fun to wear! I hope some of you guys will give this one a try! I’ll be back tomorrow with another holiday DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!