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DIY holiday pom pom garland

I’ve had the past few days off of work, and instead of doing responsible things this season like Christmas shopping, cleaning my house, packing, or doing some contract work, I’ve pretty much been indulging in donuts, watching hours of The L Word, and making pom poms. At least I have something to show for it besides an expanding waistline.

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So, you’ll need pom poms. I made about 30 using my tutorial, but I found a similar tutorial that uses your hand instead of a fork, which is great, especially if you don’t have a larger fork or are using a curved fork like I was, what a pain.

For the garland you’ll need: a tapestry needle, about thirty pom poms, and a thin yarn.

Thread the tapestry needle with the yarn and pierce the center of the pom pom. You want to make sure you get it through the middle that binds the pom pom together.

I just got them all on the yarn and spaced them out at the end. I thought I’d have to give them a knot to secure them, but they really stay in place.

Then hang them and be festive! I put them over my holiday display bookshelf.

Do you see that picture of Ryan and me? It’s the only one we have framed of each other, and it’s from our first Christmas. Yikes. <3

DIY Potato Stamp Holiday Cards

Spend some time this weekend making your own holiday cards. My friends and I got together for our annual craft night where we listened to Belle & Sebastian Christmas music, drank spiked wassail, and of course, used lots of glitter.

The best thing to come out of tonight was discovering one of Ryan’s hidden talents. It turns out he’s fantastic at carving potato stamps. He made all of the stamps. We made ginger bread, candy canes, Christmas trees, and light bulbs. What do you think?

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I hope I’ve inspired you to make your own. The potato stamps are pretty simple. Just cut a potato in half, pick a shape, and start carving. I’d think about tracing out your shape first, just to get a feel for the size and everything. But Ryan just took a parring knife and went at it, and they turned out fine. We stamped with plain old acrylic paint.

Oh, and the best card of the evening goes to my friend Bryan, who made a Mayan/2012/End of Times Christmas Card.

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He totally cracks me up. Here’s the inside of that card.

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Tonight was such a perfect Tallahassee night to spend with friends.

Christmas Craft – DIY Glitter Christmas Trees

Want to know the truth? Despite how cool I pretend to be, I go bonkers when I see glitter. I love the stuff and would really like to decorate everything with it. Luckily, with the help of massive self-restraint, I keep my glitter projects down to once a year.

Here’s a simple Christmas craft that takes no time at all. It also costs less than $15.

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You will need:
Cone Shaped Styrofoam
Glitter!
Adhesive Spray

This is a really easy project. First, lay down newspaper or something. We used a Gap bag. You won’t be sorry. Then, take your cone and completely cover it in the adhesive spray. Next, quickly pour the glitter over the entire cone, except for the base.

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You can also try rolling it in the recaptured glitter that fell off of the cone.

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After the cone is completely covered, spray it again with the glue and  set it aside to dry. Once it’s dry, you can try the spray glue and glitter pour again to make sure you’ve got the entire cone covered in glitter.  Finish it with a final glue spray and let dry.

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I’ve seen these cones stacked on candle holders to give them a more tree-like base. You can also try to decorate your tree or put a star on top, but I like the simple glitter look.

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We sort of ran out of glitter on the green one.

Crafter Caveat:

-This craft works best with two people. I attempted the first one by myself, and it was a lot harder.
-When you’re using spray glue, keep in mind where you’re spraying it at. We sprayed glue over the same area we put on the glitter and weren’t able to salvage the leftover glitter because it glued itself to the bag.
-Prepare yourself for the worst case of glitter fingers.


Happy Crafting!