Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Printable FREE!

I created this darling little printable for you to enjoy this holiday season. I was inspired by my bottlebrush tree dioramas. I love the sweet little deer.

You are welcome to download these to your computer, and use them (for personal use only). Print as many as you like! Give them to your neighbors. Go nuts!

These are the 5 X 7 version.

Here is a blank, so you can make it into an invitation or whatever you want.

These are the 8 X 10 printables. I love them also <3 p="">

And… because I love you… Free cupcake toppers! This is my first time making cupcake toppers. Pretty cute, right?

Here they are close up.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are enjoying this holiday season.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!


Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Neighbor Gift - Diffraction Glasses

This is the most favorite thing I have ever done for my neighbors for a neighbor Christmas gift!!! It is the time of year where driving around at night looking at the holiday lights is magical! These glasses make it even more memorable.

In each envelope are pairs of paper diffraction glasses. You know the kind of glasses you wear, and it turns all the light you look at into giant prisms?

I got the glasses in a set of 100 on ebay. I paid about $20 when I bid. (I think I got lucky.) You can buy-it-now for $39.99 including shipping, or make an offer. They ship very quickly. I only pass them out to the kids in each family, not the parents. It mades the glasses go farther.

I created a free printable for you if you choose to do the same thing. Download to your computer, and print as many as you like. (For personal use only.) I printed 4 per page on card stock. 

I slipped the glasses into cute little paper bags form Pick Your Plum. The neighbor kids have LOVED them. I thought it was a fun thing to pass out instead of treats.

I got this idea from Megan Pyrah at Brassy Apple. She buys diffraction glasses every year for her family to use when they go out to look at Christmas lights. I remember having plastic diffraction glasses when I was little, but didn't realize that they make paper glasses as well. Thanks for the idea Megan. We might be using them for the 4th of July as well!

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Bottle Brush Tree Tutorial

I have admired bottlebrush trees for years, and decided this was the year to make some of my own. It was much easier than I thought it would be, and I want to share my method with you today!

The thing that is great about bottlebrush trees is that you take regular old green mini trees, and can dye them to any color you want, and whatever fits into the decor of your home. I love fuchsia and teal, so I went with those colors for my trees.

I love the way it sets off the cute little dollar store house I painted.

You will need:
Trees - from Michael's they work great. A whole bag of 21 is around $12 on sale.
Rit Dye - from the craft store or the grocery store.
Rubber Gloves to protect your hands from the bleach (not pictured).

Pour bleach in a bowl, and add hot tap water. Use about 80% bleach, and 20% water.

They will start to change immediately. Swish them around, and you will see the color fade. When they are mostly free of the green, remove them from the bleach mixture, and plunge into warm soapy water. Massage the bleach and the last of the color out with your hands. They will look like this.

Now for the dye. You will want your trees to be wet. I started with 90% water, and 10% dye, and added dye as I saw fit. You can add more if you want the color to darken. You can also leave the trees in longer to soak up more color. Use your tongs to remove them. Try to get as much of the excess dye off as you can, and set them right on paper towels. I started with a plastic bin, and moved to using a cookie sheet lined with paper towels. It was easier to set the trees up that way. 

You can see the color variation. Leave them to dry over night. Wipe down the bases after the branches are dry.

See that cute little house that is surrounded by the fun trees? 

It is from the dollar store. 

I spray painted it white. 

I felt like I wanted a little more variation, so I hit it with a little metallic craft paint, but left the snow sections white. I then painted mod podge on the snow sections, and poured glitter on them. I did the same to the base of each window. 

The sweet little deer are from Michael's. You can also pick them up at Hobby Lobby. I like the style of Michael's better. The fake snow is from Wal-mart. 

I LOVE how it turned out!

Come back to see more fun things I have done with my daring bottle brush trees! I also have a free printable for you!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a Happy and Creative Day!


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