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DIY Mini Framed Vintage Christmas Paper Ornaments

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01 DSC 0507 DIY Mini Framed Vintage Christmas Paper OrnamentsHey everyone! Today I am going to share one more ornament tutorial with you all! I am going to show you how to make a super easy and quick treat for your tree using some of those little mini frames you can get in the dollar section at Michaels. You only need a few items and you can make several in under an hour, making it a perfect weeknight craft or craft party candidate! I had a blast making these the other day! I love them so much, I may have to make some more. 

Here’s What You Need:

*Mini Frames (michaels)

*Vintage wrapping paper scraps (small prints work best)

*Old books, magazines, etc for words

*Scissors

*Pen or pencil

*Rubber cement

*Tweezers

*Cupcake picks, vintage minis, floral picks like holly, etc…

*Ribbon

*Hot Glue and glue gun

Instructions:

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First gather up all your supplies and decide what papers and words you want to use.

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Take the paper insert out of the frame and use it as a template for your wrapping paper. Trace the shape and then cut out your wrap.

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Then, cut out words you want to use from your ephemera.

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Glue your wrapping paper to the white side of the frame insert with rubber cement. Put a little rubber cement on the back of your words and place them where you want them on the wrapping piece with your tweezers. Smooth down and rub off any excess glue.

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Decide what minis or embellishments you want to add to the outside of your frame.

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Glue the embellishment to the front with hot glue.

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Cut a length of ribbon to about 4-5″ long. Glue the bottoms of the ribbon together to form a loop. Then glue the bottom of your loop onto the top back side of your frame. Hang on your tree and enjoy!

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02 DSC 0503 DIY Mini Framed Vintage Christmas Paper OrnamentsAren’t they so dang cute! You guys know me, if I can make something with vintage stuff I ALWAYS have to! My wrapping paper and paper ephemera was all vintage as well as my little plastic deer. You can make these easily with your own paper scraps or with some fun new wrapping paper (Target has some super cute wrap this year!) Have fun with it and make it your own! I hope you guys will give this one a try for your next mid-week make, or party! They are so easy and fast to whip up, and they make really cute and inexpensive last-minute hostess gifts for those holiday parties! I’ll be back tomorrow with another Christmas diy. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- November 24th

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!

DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama Ornaments

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1 DSC 0355 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsHi 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 icon wink DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama Ornaments 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:

*Plastic Ornaments

*Dremmel Tool fitted with a cutting disk

*Paint

*Mod podge or medium to attach glitter

*Glitter (I used Diamond Dust)

*Cotton Balls

*Toothpick

*Vintage and new miniatures

*Little bottle brush trees

*Hot Glue and Glue Gun

*Pipe Cleaner

*Wire Snippers

*Ribbon or Twine for hanging

Instructions:

04 DSC 0091 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsTo start with, draw a line to use as a cutting guide on the front of your ornament. Draw the circle to be about 1/2 to 3/4″ away from the seam in the center of the ornament.

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01 DSC 0099 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsCarefully 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.

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09 DSC 0056 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsPaint a layer of decoupage medium on the inside of the ornament, leaving the bottom of the inside clean. Pour a little glitter into the ornament, then swish it around to coat and tap out the excess.

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06 DSC 0062 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsTo 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.

05 DSC 0064 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsTo 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.

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2 DSC 0352 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsI 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…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Christmas Brooch Necklace

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07 IMG 1298 DIY Vintage Christmas Brooch NecklaceHey 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 Brooch

*Vintage or New Beads of Your Choice

*Eye Pins

*Jump Rings

*Lobster Clasp

*Bails or little Metal Tags (I bought mine at AC Moore)

*Jewelry Pliers

*Round Nose Jewelry Pliers

Instructions:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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06 IMG 1300 DIY Vintage Christmas Brooch NecklaceI 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…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- November 17th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We had a very cold one here, at least cold for us southerners. We set up shop at the flea market and over all it was a very nice weekend! One of the new handmade vintage items I have been working on lately is vintage wool handbags. I picked up a bunch of vintage plaid wools at Liberty this fall, and have finally finished making some bags with them. One of my favorite things for fall and winter is all the beautiful plaids! I am a plaid lovin’ gal! So, this week I thought I would share some of my favorite vintage plaid finds with you all from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage shops. Here are just a few of my favorites this week:

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1950s vintage Brownie Scout hankie / Aqua blue vintage Brownie hankie / Blue plaid Brownie Scout handkerchief from Little Vintage Stories

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Set of four classic red plaid 1950′s Juice glasses in perfect condition from Good Stuff Here

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1950s Plaid Dress / 50s Cotton Dress from Female Hysteria

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Exceptional Vintage Heavy Wool Blanket / Buchanan Clan Tartan and Black Wool Throw from Smallbones Studio

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Vintage 1950s tie . Prim and Proper . plaid clip on 50s bow tie . plaid bow tie by Arrow from Voyeur Vintage

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Vintage Mens Plaid Fedora … Champ, Feather Detail, Size 7-1/8, 1960s, Mad Men, Black and White Plaid from Cushion Chicago

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Vintage Mens Tie and Muffler Tartan Gift set from Lochcarron from Charmed Kitty

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40s or 50s argyle pattern plaid sunglasses sun glasses from All Bark No Bites Bits

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New/Old 1950′s Outing Picnic Set Complete in Original Box by Universal from The Freckled Berry

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Vintage 1950′s Plaid and White Shell Plaid Umbrella Pin Set from CoriLu Vintage

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Vintage Teddy Bear Plaid Fabric Taffeta Googly Eyes from Gizmo and Hooha

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Vintage Tin Litho Friction Toy Dog with Plaid Vest from Songbird Salvation

Aren’t they all so fantastic! I want everything on this list! The greatest thing about plaids is that there are so many different styles of plaid and so many beautiful color combinations! Be sure to check out these amazing Etsy vintage shops to see these wonderful vintage finds and much much more! You’ll love them! I’ll be back next week with more vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Easy Upcycled Christmas Cannisters

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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:

*Old Tins

*Wrapping Paper or Scrapbook Paper

*Chalk Paint or Spray Paint

*Decoupage Medium or Double Stick Tape

*Paint Brush

*Cabinet Knobs

*Drill and Drill Bit the same size as the bolt on the knob

Instruction:

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05 DSC 0092 DIY Easy Upcycled Christmas CannistersFirst 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.

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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…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Fast and Easy Vintage Christmas Light Reflector Hair Pins

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5 IMG 1301 DIY Fast and Easy Vintage Christmas Light Reflector Hair PinsA 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

*Hair Clips

*E6000

Instructions:

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Gather all your supplies.

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Glue your shank buttons onto the middle of your christmas light reflectors.

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1 IMG 1303 DIY Fast and Easy Vintage Christmas Light Reflector Hair PinsI 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…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- November 11

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We stuck around the house mostly. Sunday we went out to the flea market to shop, and Beau had a great time! I always love going out there! This week has been a little crazy since I am trying to get everything ready to set up shop next weekend at the Raleigh Flea, so I am a little behind. I did want to pop in and share some of my favorite vintage finds for this week with you all. Today I have curated a little collection of vintage finds in fallish hues of emerald and forest green. Here are my absolute favorites:

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Vintage Emerald Green Winged Cat Eye Glasses Eyeglasses or Sunglasses 1950s Frame from Vintage 50′s Eyewear

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50s Party Dress XS / 1950s Emerald Green Dress / The Toni Gown from Crush Vintage

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Vintage 1960s Rhinestone Flower Earrings Pin Set 2 Tone Green Aluminum from Rebecca’s Vintage Salon

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vintage 1950s hat / novelty hat / Pinecone from Poppycock Vintage 

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1950s Emergency Kit Ammo Box, Large Green Metal Storage from Nacho Kitty

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1940s 1950s Vintage TRAIN CASE – Forrest Carry On Luggage with Mirror Inside from Vintage Dame

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SALE Rare Printed Vintage Child’s Handkerchief with Bambi and Mother from Lady CBIM

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ON SALE 35% Off – 1950s Emerald Green Princess Coat – Fur Coat – Princess Coats – The Emeraude Coat from Aiseirigh

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8 Anchor Hocking Forest Green White Daisy Tumblers in Wire Caddy – 1950 from Sharron’s Attic

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Mid Century Modern Palissy Kelly Green Kontiki Kon-Tiki Atomic 2-Tier Cake Stand Boxed 1950s from Keepsies

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Old Green Books, Shabby Chic Home Decor, Set of 6 Green Books, Photo Props, Home Decor Wedding Decor, Vintage Books, Faded and Worn Look from Steve’s Book Decor

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Vintage 1950s Girls Forest Green Wool Coat and Matching Hat / Size 6 from Thrifty Vintage Kitten

I just love them all! Don’t you! The rich tones this time of year are so lovely! I hope you all enjoy browsing through all these amazing Etsy vintage shops. They are all brimming with wonderful vintage finds! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Easy Upcycled Vintage Fabric Holiday Hoop Art

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05 DSC 0143 2 DIY Easy Upcycled Vintage Fabric Holiday Hoop ArtOne 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

*Embroidery Hoops

*Scissors

*Fabric Glue

*Hot Glue

*Trim

*Ribbon

*Paint

Instructions:

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Pick hoops to fit your scraps. Paint your outer hoops the way you like to match the colors in your fabrics.

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Gather your scraps up while the paint is drying.

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Spread a little fabric glue on the outside of your inner hoop.

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Lay your fabric over your hoop and stretch over as much as you can with your hand.

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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.

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Repeat with your other hoops.

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Flip over your hoops and cut off the excess fabric as close to the frame as you can.

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01 DSC 0096 3 DIY Easy Upcycled Vintage Fabric Holiday Hoop ArtIf you want to add trim, run a little hot glue on the back of your hoop and glue down the trim a little at a time all the way around.

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01 DSC 0157 2 DIY Easy Upcycled Vintage Fabric Holiday Hoop ArtI 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…

Happy Crafting!

12 Fabulous DIY’s of Christmas Round Up

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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:

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Mid Century Modern Christmas Wreath at DIY Network

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Retro Fabric Christmas Light Tutorial by Our Family Four for Kojo Designs

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How to make a Christmas wreath out of vintage ornaments — Georgia Peachez’ secrets at Retro Renovation

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Home for the Holidays House Ornaments by Retro Mama

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Crochet Christmas Light Decorations by Wink at Tuts+

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Magazine Christmas Tree by Blog A La Carte

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Retro Felt Christmas Ornaments by Fantastic Toys

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Stripe Paper Straw Wreath by Tatertots and Jello

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Ribbon Candy Twist Ornament from Better Homes and Gardens

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Bambi Christmas Stocking by Polka Dot Daze

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Christmas Garland by Creative Breathing

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Tulle Christmas Tree from Fabric.com

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…

Happy Crafting!