The 12 Posts of Christmas #6: Handmade Christmas Ornaments


Yes, I’m late…story of my life.  I’ve been so busy with trying to get Christmas stuff done and trying not to let the house be mistaken for a landfill.  I SO thought I was ahead of the game seeing as I did this craft LAST FRIDAY!!!  And here I sit again, after 9PM on Friday, writing this.  Please do not ask me where last week went, because I can honestly say I do not know.  Just trying to keep up with dishes, laundry and my 3 year-old…there isn’t much time for more.  Throw in trying to get ready for Christmas, and I’m behind just thinking out it.

I know, I know…my very first post was on organization.  Reality is, I’m a much better planner than doer (if you know me, or have read my blog…you already know that).

BUT! Here we go.  For the past two Christmases, I’ve given handmade ornaments with Ayden’s pictures on them.  The first ones were these:IMG_6038And I only made 4 of them.  One for each of his Grandparents.  Four pictures on each side (look at his little face, he was only one year old then…wipe away tear), red scrapbook paper on the top and bottom, and a string.

Last year was this:

Individual ornaments for family and friends using wood, paint, modpodge, photos, and ribbon.

Individual ornaments for family and friends using wood, paint, modpodge, photos, and ribbon.

A little more of them, and I added paint.  But only one picture each.

And this year…(it’s going to spoil the surprise for whoever of my family reads my blog…but it’s ok).



And…like FromJtoZ, I too am in a little bit of a time crunch (still have a project to do before bed…and it’s not even my project, sigh).  So, thankfully last week I took pictures of each step.

What I didn’t take a picture of, was the package of these little wooden sticks before I opened it and painted them.  But I think you can tell what they are.  They are found with the Popsicle sticks at Hobby Lobby.  They were $2.49 for a package of 75.  (I believe I used my 40% off coupon on these that day, cuz everything else I got that day was already on sale).  I used 64 sticks to make 16 ornaments.  So $1.47 for 64 sticks, 16 photos at $0.09/print on Snapfish = $1.44.  Two sheets of 8×10 scrapbook paper from a paper pad = $.022.  Plus adhesive, hot glue, and marker that I already had.  Bringing this project total to roughly $3.13 (20 cents each).

It took some time, and some patience.  And they’re not as fancy as those you can buy and put the picture in.  But for a thrifty mom with time and (some) patience…this works for me!

Step one (not pictured), chose paint and paint 2+ coats per side (I only did 2, cuz I wanted them to show some of the wood grain and look handmade).

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Steps 2, 3, 4, and 5.  I lined up my sticks how I wanted them to turn out and traced them so I had a guide.  And I am sure glad I did since they seem to move around while gluing.  Lay side pieces down, glue bottom piece at corners.  Glue string at the top and then glue top piece at the corners.

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_MG_7942I measured how big to make my picture (ended up cutting them 2.5″ square) and then cut the back cover 1/8″ larger.  Glued the back of the picture to the back of the patterned paper so when it was adhered to the back of the frame, it looks like this…

_MG_7945Truth is, I should have cut them a little bigger so I had more area to glue to the wooden sticks.  I had to take this mounting tape that is 1/2″ wide, and cut it into 3 strips so that the adhesive didn’t show on the front.

Turn it over, write on it with a sharpie, and tada!!!!



_MG_7937 _MG_7935PS, this is what was happening while I was assembling these ornaments.  Ayden playing with the swiffer while watching Christmas George.  And then me being told to hold the swiffer while he put a sock on it.


So there you have it; simple, inexpensive ornaments!

And if you’ve been following me on Instagram, you saw that I made my cookie doughs the other night and today, while Ayden napped, I rolled and cut them and they are in the freezer.  Which reminds me that I need to take them off the cookie sheets and put them in Ziploc bags so they are sealed up.

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Gingerbread cookie recipe can be found here.  And sugar cookie recipe can be found here.  Yes, that is a lot of flour on my gingerbread men.  It is a sticky dough and I hate cutting out dough.  Hopefully they will still be good 🙂

Ok…it’s the final countdown.  SIX posts left and only 6 days to go!  Make sure to keep up with FromJtoZ to see what she’s got up her sleeve next!


The 12 Posts of Christmas #4

Welcome back to the Christmas collaboration From J to Z and I find ourselves in.  Here’s the 4th Post of Christmas



Here we are, 13 days away from Christmas Day!!!  So that means I only have 12 days until I need to have everything done (since we celebrate with the big family on the Eve).  And finally today…TODAY, I started my Christmas crafts.  One of those crafts was this terracotta pot candy jar that has been stalking me on Pinterest.  Maybe it’s the other way around…moving on!

Well, I finally decided to get the stuff and actually make it.  That’s a huge step for me because even the most simple projects become “too much work” for me if I think about really making it.

I was going to just make one, and if it was easy enough, make them for the rest of the family.  It is easy, but I don’t know if I have time.  The nice thing is, if I decide to do that…I can do it fairly late as I did this little cutie just this morning.


Here’s what you are going to need.  A terracotta pot with saucer (I got this one at Home Depot, Hobby Lobby didn’t have the right size), a glass bowl, paint color of your choice, ribbon of your choice, a wooden round drawer pull, a paint brush, and glue!  (optional, buttons)

I used this opportunity to get myself a new (bigger and better) glue gun!  Thank you to the 40% coupon at the LOB!  But if I do this project again, I might get myself a very strong non-hot glue (one post says to use E-6000 (I was going to link it, but I didn’t pin it and can’t find it)).  And I’ll tell you why.  After I painted the pot, I glued the drawer pull to the saucer, and after it dried, I picked it up to see if it was going to hold, and it didn’t stick!  I stuck that with Gorilla super glue that I had laying around.  And THEN, when I tried to glue the bowl to the pot, it took me 3 times to get it to stick.  The hot glue cooled too fast before I could get the bowl placed right.  The third time seems to be the charm.  I also hot glued the ribbon so that’s also squeezed glue between the pot and the bowl.

This is a pretty self explanatory craft.  Paint…glue…tie…fill…VOILA!


In other news…Ayden and I put up his very first Christmas tree in his new big boy room.  Yes, my son is 3 (just barely) and I am just transitioning his room.  In my defense!!!  He has never tried to climb out of his crib and…well…I’ve been avoiding it.  Both for financial reasons and procrastination reasons.  BUT, it’s done now (sorta kinda).  So, all in this afternoon, I replaced the front panel of his bed for a bed rail, took out the glider and put down a reading/blanket/stuffed animal fun corner, and put up his little tree (that I got on clearance at Hobby Lobby last year).  And I think waiting longer helped his transition to freedom.  I’m pretty sure he never got out of bed (and I left his tree on when I left).

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Now, in case you missed it, head back to From J to Z and check out what she made for $4!!!  IMG_0413.JPG

Scrap Room to Scrap/Guest Room Transformation

That’s right, you read that correctly.  I have my scrapbook stuff in my guest bedroom.  Actually the guest bed is in my scrapbook room.

When Hubby and I were house shopping (6ish years ago), one of the stipulations was that I got to have a room just for my scrapbooking stuff.

I have been scrapbooking since I was 15 years old (10 years at this point) and had always had to keep my stuff in my travel bag or tucked in a corner of my 12×10 bedroom at my parents house.  Oh, how grand it would be to have a whole room…A WHOLE ROOM dedicated to just my scrap stuff!!!

Every house we looked at, I envisioned which room would be “mine” and how I would decorate and organize it all.

We found our house, Berk picked his room, I picked mine and we were happy!

First things first, I painted mine purple.  I heard that purple sparks creativity…perfect for a scrapbook room!

It had many phases between my corner computer desk, Berkley’s corner computer desk.  Nothing really seemed to work right.

Then…after 4 years of having a whole room dedicated just to crafts, we found out we were expecting a little bundle of joy (whom
(or is it who?  dang it!!!) we now call him Ayden).  Since we weren’t really planning for Ayden…I had to think quick as to what we were going to do.  We need to have the guest bed for when we go out of town, our friend can have a comfy place to sleep when she watches our dog and when my parents come…they need a comfy bed too!  I didn’t even decide which room would be the baby’s room until about 4ish months before Ayden’s arrival.  I wanted to wait until we found out the gender.  If we were going to have a girl, I would just put her in my scrapbook room and build her theme around the purple walls.  I’m so glad we have a boy.  Nothing against girls, but it would have been more work to move all of my scrapbook stuff out, patch the walls where the shelves are and put closet doors back on the closet.  So…Someone “upstairs” took pity on my natural laziness and blessed me with a beautiful BOY!!!

Anyhoo…back to my dilemma…I have a whole room…bursting with “stuff” that I now have to trim down enough to fit a queen size bed and also leave enough room for people to stay in the room, somewhat comfortably.  Now we do not have a big home, it’s perfect for us, but the bedrooms are just average size bedrooms.  This is a BIG task to take on at 24 weeks pregnant!

But, nonetheless it still needed to be done.  And it needed to be done before I could even get started on Ayden’s room since the bed was still in there.

So, I went through and “cleaned house” (not really, just the one room).  I mean really cleaned.  I am what you would call a “pack rat.”   A trait passed down through the generations.  I had stuff in there I hadn’t used in over a decade.  I had to play a game of “just toss it and forget about it.”  I did, and I never looked back.  I still have a small pile of things I think I can sell on eBay.  But most everything went to the garbage heap or to donation.

After the “toss, donate, and sell” stage was complete.  I removed everything from the room so I could reorganize from scratch.  I am a firm believer in you gotta make a mess, to clean a mess.  As you will see in the pictures below…I was in a desperate need of reorganization.  So out went everything, and it only came back in as much as I could carry and got put away into it’s new place.  Some stuff had to wait until I got my new storage modules though.

Once cleaned out, I waddled myself up to Michael’s and purchased some of their storage cubes.  They were 50% off that week so I could get everything I needed without having to get one per day to use the 40% off coupon.  I got all that I NEEDED (wanted more), asked a friend to come help build, and we got to work.

Here are some before and afters photos.  I am about to bare my soul here.  Don’t judge my messiness.  I love to organize, but never said I was always organized!  The room didn’t get used much and for some reason, if I did craft, I brought my supplies out to other areas of the house then threw everything in back in the room when I was finished.  I think it has something to do with the room not being very open to natural light.  Even tho it does have a nice big window, the view isn’t the greatest and I prefer natural light surrounding me!  Makes me feel happy, happy, happy.


Yes, Gus laid there on his own will.  He loves to lay under the table where I’m working.  Quite often he laid under the desk if I was scrapbooking before.  Now, there isn’t much room for his bigness.  But he found a way to fit himself “in” there.

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Ok so obviously the “after” photos after the first one was quite a while after Ayden was born because I just saw him standing in the window.  Haha, but you get the picture.

This is where the bed was…see, I had a big project on my hand but what an accomplishment!!!


I would like to add a BIG THANK YOU to my father-in-law for building my new countertop.  We gave him the measurements and he built, laminated, and installed my countertop.  It’s beautiful and sturdy!

Now, if only I made more time to play in there instead of watching TV.

Hope you enjoyed and I’d love to see picutres/stories of your organizing projects!

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