DIY Christmas Ornaments & Decor

Three years ago I started making some of my Christmas decor because I wanted to change the colors I previously had. I started by making some Christmas tree cones and some ornaments.

Last year, after I had already set up my Christmas tree, I once again decided to change the Christmas decor (shocker!). I wanted a different look and color but I had to get creative, had to save me some bucks as Christmas ornaments can be a bit expensive during high demand season! So, what was a girl to do? Get creative, DIY it and think outside the box. 

I had seen some cute DIY ideas around in the Pinterest world and one that really caught my attention was the paper ornaments. I honestly didn't know how they were going to turn out and if I was even going to like the end result but I have to say I'm SOOOO glad I did. I grabbed an old book I had and some of the left over cardstock/craft paper I had and went to work. 

I love them so much that I thought I would share with you the tutorials I used. Hope it inspires you to get your creative on!


PAPER ORNAMENTS


THE origami STAR

This is probably the one that took me the longest while I figured it out and it's the most delicate but I absolutely LOVE it. I'm going to make a couple of more this year. Here's the tutorial I used. 


THE SPHERE

I used this tutorial for this one. I stapled the circles together in the middle and then glued the top and bottom with a regular stick glue. You can also do these with cardstock and if you get double sided pattern it will be even prettier. 


THE swIRl

You've probably seen the 3D paper 'snowflakes' around the web using 6 sections of this ornament. I decided to use the sections on their own . So easy, so cute and if you use double sided pattern paper is even prettier. You will have to use cardstock for these ones because regular paper won't hold as well. Check out the tutorial here. 


THE retro

This is probably the easiest one to make. Again, I used double sided pattern paper and stapled the top and bottom and it was done. I used this tutorial This is another ornament which I think works better with cardstock.


THE paper fan 

Another easy one too. I used this tutorial and just added one of the buttons I had laying around. It makes a big statement on the Christmas tree. You could also try this one with different 4 or two different color paper to give it that extra pop if you desire. 


CONE TREES DIY


I made these cone trees 3 years ago and still love them. The cone trees are SOOO easy to make and are great to place around the house during Christmas time. The styrofoam ornaments were a bit more involved but still easy to make and I just love that they are unique. There are many other materials you can use to make your own trees and ornaments, just use your creativity and let it loose! Here are the supplies I used for these projects:

I believe I got most of my supplies at Joann Fabrics except for the sample paint which is one of the many gray color samples I bought when I was trying to decide paint colors for the walls in our new home. For the stem vase filler, you ca find it at any other home store too like Homegoods. Here are some of the specific items I used:

THE GLITTER & RAFFIA TREES

For the glitter tree I simply painted it with the acrylic paint with a cheap foam brush and let it dry. You don't need a lot of paint so it will dry fast. Then I use another foam brush and applied glued on the areas I wanted my stripes. I winged this one but if you don't feel comfortable with that simply use a ruler and pencil and mark the circumference in the areas you want it. It doesn't have to be perfect. For the Raffia Tree I took one end of a raffia string and glued it on the bottom then I began to wrap it around and put glue every now and then where needed. 

For the glitter tree I simply painted it with the acrylic paint with a cheap foam brush and let it dry. You don't need a lot of paint so it will dry fast. Then I use another foam brush and applied glued on the areas I wanted my stripes. I winged this one but if you don't feel comfortable with that simply use a ruler and pencil and mark the circumference in the areas you want it. It doesn't have to be perfect. For the Raffia Tree I took one end of a raffia string and glued it on the bottom then I began to wrap it around and put glue every now and then where needed. 

THE STEM TREE

This will be your most involved tree but I think its my favorite. I began by cutting stems to the desired length. Once I had a bunch of it cut I began gluing each piece at the bottom. Once the first row was done I begin with the second row, overlapping a bit so it wouldn't show too much of the cone. I did paint the cone with acrylic paint so it would blend it. When the tree was completely covered I added some glitter by applying some glue here and there and sprinkling the tree with the glitter. 

This will be your most involved tree but I think its my favorite. I began by cutting stems to the desired length. Once I had a bunch of it cut I began gluing each piece at the bottom. Once the first row was done I begin with the second row, overlapping a bit so it wouldn't show too much of the cone. I did paint the cone with acrylic paint so it would blend it. When the tree was completely covered I added some glitter by applying some glue here and there and sprinkling the tree with the glitter. 

THE NATURALLY WIRED TREE

The wire may be a little tough at first but once you get the hang of it you will go fast. Once again, I painted the cone with the acrylic paint and let it dry. Take the wire and begin at the bottom. Began to wrap the wired around the cone adjusted the width as needed. Once you've gotten to the top, glue the bottom tip of the wire to the cone. Use a strong glue. It may take a little bit to dry then glue the ending tip at the top. Again, it doesn't have to be symmetrically perfect. In my opinion, it's better when it's not! 

The wire may be a little tough at first but once you get the hang of it you will go fast. Once again, I painted the cone with the acrylic paint and let it dry. Take the wire and begin at the bottom. Began to wrap the wired around the cone adjusted the width as needed. Once you've gotten to the top, glue the bottom tip of the wire to the cone. Use a strong glue. It may take a little bit to dry then glue the ending tip at the top. Again, it doesn't have to be symmetrically perfect. In my opinion, it's better when it's not! 

THE ORNAMENT TREE

This is by far the easiest tree you'll make. All I did was use some of that gray leftover paint I had and painted the cone. Once it was dry I simply too an ornament that was given to me a couple of years ago and use some of the Raffia to hang it on the cone. That is it! The one thing to remember is to use a flat ornament. Of course you can use whatever color paint you want and whatever ornament you want. You can also use any type of string you desire to hang on the tree. Simple! Love it!

This is by far the easiest tree you'll make. All I did was use some of that gray leftover paint I had and painted the cone. Once it was dry I simply too an ornament that was given to me a couple of years ago and use some of the Raffia to hang it on the cone. That is it! The one thing to remember is to use a flat ornament. Of course you can use whatever color paint you want and whatever ornament you want. You can also use any type of string you desire to hang on the tree. Simple! Love it!


MORE INSPIRATION

Here are some other ideas around the web to spark your creativity. I haven't tried them myself but will definitely try them in the future!

Origami Ornament  Tutorial

Origami Ornament Tutorial

Toilet Paper Ornament  tutorial

Toilet Paper Ornament tutorial

Candy Ribbon  Tutorial

Candy Ribbon Tutorial

Star Music Sheet  Tutorial

Star Music Sheet Tutorial

Coffee Filter Cone Trees  Tutorial

Coffee Filter Cone Trees Tutorial

The Planning of a Baby Shower

So, this past September I got to give my dear friend Zoe a baby shower. She was going to giving birth to her third baby and the reason we just HAD to give her a shower is because she has two boys and now they were finally having a little girl! 

This was the very first shower I have ever planned. I usually try to stay away from them. LOL! I'm glad I had Sandy (Zoe's mother-in-law partnering with me). I'll be honest, planning a shower is NO joke but I did love coming up with crafty ideas to make it as personal as possible.

If you are planning a party or shower, here are some things that could spark your creativity!

The Decor

Whether making or buying decor for the shower, make sure they are items that mom-to-be will be able to use in the nursery. Party planning can be expensive and I wanted to make sure as many of it would go towards the baby's room. I asked Zoe about the colors and style she was going for in the room and kept it in mind while planning/buying decor. My friend was going for a shabby chic room and so I decided to do a fabric streamer garland to be used for decor at the dessert table but the intention was that after the shower the garland would be used to go over baby's crib area. Here's what I came up with. I will be including a tutorial in the future with the DIY details on how to make these. :)

Instead of playing games I decided to have a headband making station. I bought a white frame and added some string to it so people could hang their headband creations at the shower. The frame was then given to mom so she could put it in the baby's room to hang the headbands or to hang pictures. I'm so fortunate to have lots of crafty friends. My friend Rachel makes beautiful headbands so she provided a bunch of the materials. (Thanks Rachel!)

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I also made tags that people could attach to their headbands this way, in the future, mom could see who made it and if she wanted to she could take a picture of baby wearing the headband and send it to the person who created it. 

The Personal Touches

Personal touches add so much sentiment to the shower. You don't have to go overboard, just a few things here and there could just give it that personal touch that mom-to-be and guests will enjoy. The personal touches I added was hanging baby pictures of momma around the room. I also bought a glass jar for guests to place fun notes in it for mom to read in the future while nursing or during one of those sleepless nights. People could write something inspirational, or funny, or a tip...really whatever. 

Zoe didn't know I had gotten these pics so it was a nice surprise for her AND she then incorporated them into the baby room. Another decor addition to the nursery. WIN!

Zoe didn't know I had gotten these pics so it was a nice surprise for her AND she then incorporated them into the baby room. Another decor addition to the nursery. WIN!

The Foodie

From the beginning I had the idea to make the menu a grab-and-go appetizer type of thing. I will say, I thought it would be easier but not sure if it was or not. One thing is for sure, I LOVED the results. It just looked so proper and added so much to the party, it was almost a decor of its own. Plan a few things that you won't have to reheat but don't be afraid to add a couple of items that can easily be kept warm in a crockpot. Our menu included things like Macaroni & Cheese in martini glasses, strawberry shortcake in shot glasses, fruit skewers, "taco salad" tostito scoops and other goodies.

The place where we held the shower had this stand and we decided to put all the food there. All we did to it to bring it up a notch was to add burlap ribbon around the edges. I loved how it looked. 

The place where we held the shower had this stand and we decided to put all the food there. All we did to it to bring it up a notch was to add burlap ribbon around the edges. I loved how it looked. 

The Sweets Table

Yes, do have one. It's fun to decorate and adds such a punch to your decor. You don't even have to go too crazy. The food will speak for itself. Since the color of the shower was pink, we try to incorporate as much of it in the food. We had doughnuts on a stick, strawberry shortcake in shot glasses, cream puffs, cotton candy in pretty cupcake liners, rice crispy treats, some small meringues and of course the beautiful cake my friend Jenny made. 

I did have a blast planning it and learned so much throughout the process but one of the biggest tips I could give you is...

  • Don't do it alone! - I partnered with my friend's mother-in-law to plan the event and split up some of the cost and the work. I also asked some of my wonderful crafty friends to share their gift with us for the shower like my friend Jenny that made the cake, my friend Rachel who provided some of her beautiful headband pieces creations (check her stuff here) and my other friend Jenny who took the photos (check her stuff here) Also, to help with cost and time we asked some of the family and friends that were attending if they were able to bring a dish, we send a list of what we could use and left it to see if anyone could help. It worked out great. We asked for things such as macaroni and cheese, rice crispy treats, cream puffs. Mainly things that wouldn't take too much time from people. 

Alright, enough reading, here are other pics from the party for your inspiration! 

Cucumber Delights. I LOVE these and every time I make it people seem to love it. Recipe coming soon!

Cucumber Delights. I LOVE these and every time I make it people seem to love it. Recipe coming soon!

Guests creating their headbands.

Guests creating their headbands.

Some of the beautiful flower embellishments items my friend Rachel provided for the headband making station. I also bought some of them from Joann Fabrics and Michaels. Other items Rachel added to the mix were feathers, ribbons, beads.

Some of the beautiful flower embellishments items my friend Rachel provided for the headband making station. I also bought some of them from Joann Fabrics and Michaels. Other items Rachel added to the mix were feathers, ribbons, beads.

Simple decor. A white spray painted bottle I already had, a couple of skewers, one with a flag I printed, cut and glued to it and to the other I glued two cupcake liners and added a pattern circled I printed and then wrote baby riley on it. Simple and yet personal and cute. 

Simple decor. A white spray painted bottle I already had, a couple of skewers, one with a flag I printed, cut and glued to it and to the other I glued two cupcake liners and added a pattern circled I printed and then wrote baby riley on it. Simple and yet personal and cute. 

Worked with what you have- the place where we held the shower had this big tree. I wanted to the happy face tree a bit so it wouldn't look so out of place. Solution? I had fabric strips left over from the garland I had made and so, I decided to add the strips to it. It worked great and tied it into the rest of the theme.

Worked with what you have- the place where we held the shower had this big tree. I wanted to the happy face tree a bit so it wouldn't look so out of place. Solution? I had fabric strips left over from the garland I had made and so, I decided to add the strips to it. It worked great and tied it into the rest of the theme.

Don't mind me but that was the area we used for mom-to-be to open her presents.

Don't mind me but that was the area we used for mom-to-be to open her presents.

The guests. The place we used was small but it was charming. We actually used a flower shop.

The guests. The place we used was small but it was charming. We actually used a flower shop.

Zoe's mom lives in another state and was not able to be there. I reserved the gift her mom sent in the mail. When the time came to open her present I called Zoe's mom and had her on speaker so she could talk to her and thank her. Originally I had planned to do it via skype but it didn't work out but I will suggest video if possible.

Zoe's mom lives in another state and was not able to be there. I reserved the gift her mom sent in the mail. When the time came to open her present I called Zoe's mom and had her on speaker so she could talk to her and thank her. Originally I had planned to do it via skype but it didn't work out but I will suggest video if possible.

(Huge thanks to Sandy for letting us use her flower shop, Richardson's, for the shower. We got to have a beautiful backdrop of goodies to work with and incorporate in the shower. Go check out her shop sometime if you're in town!)