DIY Holiday Decor // Rose Gold Reindeer

Rose gold reindeer on mantle

Hi! I come to you today with a different sort of paper crafting experiment that I did over the weekend. Some of you may remember my bright, sparkly, reindeer DIY from several years back. For that project, I sketched a reindeer image onto a large canvas, covered it in Mod Podge,added lots of sequins, and stuck it on my fireplace mantle. Something about antlers and sparkles screams Christmas to me. That’s normal, right?

This year, I thought I’d do something a little different, but mostly the same. I used the same subject matter, but made a smaller version and used a different technique, and I love how it turned out!

Foiled deer holiday decor

To start, I google image-searched “reindeer silhouette” until I found a simple image that I liked. I then printed it out with a toner ink printer (NOT an ink-jet or other kind of printer) onto some cardstock. I needed this to print with toner ink because I planned to foil it with my Minc foil applicator (though you could try using reactive foil and a general laminating machine for this as well). I had some 5″x7″ picture frames hanging around and wanted to use those, so I made sure to cut the printed sheet down to a size that would fit inside my frame. I got the frames at the dollar store, so this project was really inexpensive, too!

Foiled deer holiday decor

I ended up making two framed reindeer. For this first one I chose some rose gold foil. I cut a piece of the foil, layered it over my appropriately-sized panel, put it in a carrier sheet and ran it through my Minc to fuse the foil onto the printed image. I have the larger-size Minc, but the Mini Minc would be perfectly for this, too.

Foiled deer holiday decor

I chose a different reindeer silhouette and some gold foil for a second image, and then put both in frames. One lives on the fireplace mantle and the other in the dining room.

Gold and rose gold foiled reindeer

I love the chic look of these decorations, and they were so simple and quick to make! The beauty of this project is that you can use this technique with any subject matter and with any size frame – as long as the panel will fit though whatever size Minc machine you have!

I have a few other holiday decor DIY ideas in mind – we’ll see if they make it off the ground. Never enough time!


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Inspiration Sunday // DIYs for a new year

It’s almost 2013! Big plans for next year – working harder at losing weight and eating right, making sure I don’t over-extend myself (i.e. learning its OK to say ‘no’), annnnd… I’ll be getting married! Lots to do in that department. But first, here are some fun DIY’s. Not sure if D and I will be going anywhere to celebrate, but I’ll be having such a fancy New Years Eve party in my head at least…

Cranberry Pear Rum Cooler

Confetti Balloons

Star Applique Stirring Sticks

1.// Cranberry Pear Rum Cooler from the Little Kitchen. 2.// Confetti-Filled Balloons from Ruffled. 3.// Sequined Applique Stir Sticks from Somewhere Splendid. 4.// Funfetti Mashmallows from Raspberri Cupcakes.



Felt Leaf Christmas Wreath

Try saying that 5 times fast.

DIY Felt Leaf Wreath

I’ve seen some of these felt wreaths on Pinterest and have loved them. Inbetween baking batches upon batches of cookies, I made this holiday one.  I used a lot of the same supplies as I did for my burlap wreath, but cut little leaves out of grey and white felt this time.

I used:

  • glue gun
  • scissors
  • small piece of cardboard
  • grey and white felt (about 8 8’x11″ pieces of each color)
  • foam wreath form
  • ribbon
  • cranberry spray
  • glitter

Felt Wreath Supplies

First I cut out a leaf from a small piece of cardboard to use as a stencil. I just cut it to a size I thought would be nice, probably about 4 inches tall. Once I had cut out all the leaf shapes from the felt, I started gluing them onto the wreath form.

Gluing Felt Leaves on the Wreath

Once I got all of the leaves glued on, I glued on a little cranberry spray I got from the craft store, then tied on some ribbon. I also sprinkled a little bit of silver glitter onto it too, except it’s not staying on very well. Now that it’s hung up, and the sun has come out, I’m off to take Radar for a walk to the mailbox!

Felt Christmas Wreath

Happy Friday!


Easy DIY Holiday Garland

Hello! Last week I shared my glittery reindeer silhouette that’s sitting atop my fireplace mantle (which is really a pellet stove mantle…) and hanging below the reindeer across the mantle is a paper garland I made last week. Here’s how I made it:

DIY Paper Garland

I used my Silhouette to cut circle shapes (some with a scalloped edge, some without) – a circle cutter would work just fine as well. Then all I needed was some twine and glue. I used this paper stack.

Paper Circles

I assembled the circles in the same way I assembled the paper ornaments I posted last week (at On the Side after Five) – folding each circle in half and then gluing one half to another half of a paper with a different pattern/color.

How to assemble paper circles

As I was gluing them together, I made sure glue the twine down the center of the shape I was building.

One paper bauble for garland

I continued building the little baubles along the string about every 6 inches.I’m calling them “baubles” because I’m not sure what else to call them. Plus, “baubles” is a fun word. Every other bauble was scalloped.

Paper Circle Garland

Then, I strung them up on my mantle. I also strung a beaded silver garland that my mom gave me out of her Christmas “stuff.” I think the whole project took me a little over an hour and now I have a cute little paper garland decorating the fireplace!

DIY Christmas Paper Garland

Pay no mind to the fallen-over pot in the corner there. I just noticed it. ha…

Happy Crafting!


Christmas Decor DIY // Bright Sparkly Reindeer

I am starting to enjoy decorating for Christmas, Operation Christmas Cheer seems to be working. As the last few years have gone by, I’ve started to accumulate some of my own decorations, but I still don’t have too many. That’s where making some of my own comes in. The idea came to me after flipping through a Target ad I got in the mail, but it also may or may not have been inspired by Pinterest. I feel like I’ve seen something similar but can’t remember where. Anywayz.

Glitter Christmas Reindeer

All you need is:

  • a printout of a reindeer silhouette
  • scissors
  • canvas (I used 12×16)
  • pencil
  • Elmer’s glue
  • foam or bristle brush
  • glitter

Sparkling Reindeer

First I printed out the deer silhouette large enough to fit on the canvas (I had to print it in two pieces and then tape it together). Cut the silhouette out and used it as a template to trace the shape onto the canvas. Once I was finished with that, I used a foam paintbrush to paint glue inside the traced lines then sprinkled the silver glitter inside. Once it dried I cleaned up the edges and propped it up on my mantle.

Sparkly Reindeer on Mantle

I’ll definitely be keeping it to set out for years to come. It was a bit difficult to capture the glittery-ness in the photographs but it’s definitely super sparkly. I just have to figure out how to use my new camera like a pro. I used the same glitter here that I used on my glittery mani in this week’s midweek manicure. Love. I’ll tell ya’ll about the paper garland I also made for the mantle next week!

Will you be making any decorations this season??


DIY Ruffled Burlap Wreath

I have to admit, some years it’s pretty hard for me to get into the Christmas spirit. I’m not really sure why it is, but I’m not one of those people who can’t wait to turn on the all-Christmas-music-all-day radio stations the day after Thanksgiving. Maybe because I don’t really like how commercialized Christmas is, but probably mostly because I have such a hard time figuring out who to buy gifts or and what to get them. Sometimes being mildly OCD means I spend forever trying to find or pick out the perfect gift for someone to the point where I end up finding nothing good at all. This year I’m gonna work on it. D and I put up our Christmas tree two days after Thanksgiving, and I’ve been busy decorating the house and building up my holiday spirit. But I think most importantly this year, I’m going to really focus on the true meaning of Christmas (wikipedia even has an article about it, haha). More time with family, less time shopping online; More Christmas songs and hymns, less worrying about finding that one perfect gift. I’ve even volunteered to narrate the Christmas Cantata at church this year. If that doesn’t get me into the Christmas spirit, I’m not sure what will!

DIY Burlap Wreath

So, as part of Kim’s Christmas Spirit Project, I bring you an easy DIY burlap wreath. Ruffled and pretty and festive. I see burlap, I think cold weather and Christmas. That’s just how it is. Add a big red bow or some faux foliage like I did, and you’ve got yourself a lovely xmas decoration.

You will need:

  • 2 yrds Burlap (I didn’t do a great job keeping track of how much I used but it was about 2 yards)
  • 1 Round Foam Wreath Form
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Burlap Wreath Supplies

Cut 6″ diameter circles out of the burlap. To create each “flower” or ruffle, take one burlap circle and fold it into a half circle, then fold the half circle in half again (lengthwise). Place a dot of glue on the inside of the fold, towards the bottom, to hold the shape together.

Burlap Flower

Use your glue gun to glue the flowers onto the wreath. I tended to place them about a 1/2 inch apart from each other. Once you’ve glued several of them, the shape of the wreath will begin to fill out.

Adding Burlap Flowers to the Wreath

In the end, it’s up to you how loosely or tightly you want to arrange your flowers, you just want to make sure there’s no white foam showing through once you’ve got them all on there.

If you want to get rid of any of those whispies that hot glue tends to leave behind, just run some warm air from a hair dryer over the wreath and poof! they’re gone.

I hope you enjoyed this DIY wreath tutorial (and can you tell I used two different cameras for this post? ha). I have a few more DIY Christmas ideas that I’m really excited to share over the next few weeks!

Happy Crafting!

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Inspiration Sunday // Halloween Decor

The holiday is upon us! How will you be spending your Halloween? Any of you dressing up? Hosting parties? Going trick-or-treating?

Here are some of my favorite Halloween-themed things from around the interwebz (pun intended).

1.// Easy and super-cute ghoastie garland from Wild Olive. 2.// Chalkboard wreath plaque from Make and Takes. 3.// Lots of fun and FREE Halloween printables at Family Fresh Cooking.

And if you haven’t already, check out the rest of my Halloween-themed Inspiration posts from this month!

And have yourself a yummy, spooky, and pumpkin-filled Halloween!