Decorating for Christmas is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I’m going to show you how to create a Christmas designer garland using all items I found at At Home.This post is sponsored by At Home and all opinions are mine.
I grabbed a few garlands at At Home and that is one of the keys to getting a designer garland, use more than one. I chose the 9’ Berry and Pinecone garland and then a simple 9’ Canadian Pine garland. Before fluffing the branches out, twist them together. You’ll want to find your center point and then fold it in half.Above my window in the kitchen, I have two screws that I just leave in year-round. I used my center point and found the center of my window and then I just looped the garland around my screws and then it hung evenly on both sides of the window. I do that for my front door garland as well. Once I have it hung I begin to pull out each branch to make it a fuller garland.I start with the ribbons next. At Home has such a great choice of ribbons and all of them match other decor so that it can coordinate with whatever ornaments and picks you choose. I chose two types of ribbons. I chose a green mesh that has a hint of sparkle in it but it still looks rustic and then I chose a woven red ribbon. They were each 4” wide and make the perfect swag. I take the ribbon and then take a wired branch from my garland and wrap that around the ribbon. It bunches it together and then I do that about every 12-15”.Next, use your floral picks. For this Christmas designer garland, I found some pinecone picks to match the cones in the Berry and Pinecone garland and some glittered berry picks. I pulled them apart so that for every pick I’d get about 2-3 pieces. Don’t be afraid to do that when you’re creating your garland. You don’t want things in one area and then the rest of your garland missing out. You’re easily able to hide the messy parts with the garland. You’re able to just take a branch and manipulate it to how you want it and hide any messes.Now I grabbed these heart and pinecone hanging ornaments. I chose to hang a few from the side but since they have such a great design to just hang, I chose to put others towards the top and have them hang over the window rather than inside the garland. They have such a free shape so I didn’t want to force what they decided to do.Now for the final touch. I found these great winter homes that light up but they’re meant to just sit on a mantle and not hang. They have two holes in the sides of the houses so I threaded some floral wires through those holes and twisted them in the back. I then put them near the corners of the garland and twisted it around the middle of the garlands so I’d get a good secure hold.
Making a Christmas designer garland is so much easier than you think. With At Home you’re able to get all your decorations at a great price and achieve this look in less than 30 minutes. To find your nearest At Home store, click here. At Home does not offer shipping yet so you’ll need to find a local store.
I love the time that leads up to Halloween. It’s so beautiful outside and the decorations have always been a favorite of mine. I’m going to show you how I styled these free Halloween printables.
As Halloween creeps closer, I just want all my decorations out. But then I think about how I have to just put them back in a few weeks and then put up the Christmas decorations. It’s so much work!These free Halloween printables are the perfect addition to any decor. There are spiders and insects to choose from. Just pop them in some easy frames and display. You won’t feel overwhelmed by the thought of these decorations.
I printed these off my HP printer at home and used 4×6″ photos. I sized them to fit as I printed them out so that it would cover the entire surface of your photo paper. I made these so that you can print them up to 8×10″ and have larger Halloween prints.I tell you, these are super easy to accomplish and you’ll feel 1000% better that you got something done. I know I do! Grab these free Halloween printables just using the links above. You can send them to the print shop if that’s easier but I find it a lot easier to use my HP Printer.
Have you ever wanted to create your own Cactus Pumpkins? In this post I will show you how easy it is with just a few supplies. Be sure to read until the end to find out how to enter to win your own Cricut Maker and a $75 gift card from Oriental Trading. (Giveaway has ended)This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you to Cricut and Oriental Trading for sponsoring this post.
I get to give away two Cricut Maker’s this week! To check out the first post, go here and for the second opportunity, don’t go away! This post is all about making homemade Halloween decor with your Cricut Maker and using pumpkins I got from Oriental Trading. These are super simple and can be customized to any colors of your choice.
Begin by painting your pumpkins. I just did random colors on random sizes with foam brushes.While they are drying, create your flowers and spikes in the Cricut Design Space files I linked to above. I used hot glue and glue dots to adhere to them each other. When cutting, use the intricate cut cardstock setting. This will double-cut the paper and give you a good crisp cut. Sometimes I did have it cut two times but this is when my mat was starting to lose its stick.When creating the stamens, you’ll begin by rolling the edge that doesn’t have the tab. Once you’re stamens are rolled, you’ll fold that tab under and secure it with some glue.I did about 3-4 layers of the green paint on all the pumpkins and I also painted the stems. Adhere the flowers and cactus arms with hot glue.For the spikes, cut your file on the holographic vinyl setting and just apply them randomly with your hands. No special tools needed for this easy pumpkin.These cactus pumpkins are perfect for Halloween and I love how colorful they are. Sometimes Halloween is too black and white so it’s nice to have a different color thrown into the mix.I’ve also teamed up with other bloggers to show what else you can make with your Cricut Maker and items from Oriental Trading. These two companies are a match made in heaven and the possibilities are endless.
Have you wanted to get the Fixer Upper sytle in your home but don’t know where to start?
World Market is a great resource to get the farmhouse look.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I love the Fixer Upper Style and what I love most about it is the industrial meets farmhouse style. World Market is an excellent place to get all your Fixer Upper style needs so I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Fixer Upper items. Just click on the photos and it’ll take you to the item.
Again, World Market has some of the funnest things around when you’re looking to implement the Fixer Upper style in your own home. What’s your favorite Fixer Upper item?
Fixer Upper is one of my all time favorite HGTV shows. Learn how easy it is to create this Fixer Upper style sign for your kitchen using your Cricut.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post.
First begin by downloading the Kenzo font for free and use this pre-made Cricut template for your Fixer Upper kitchen sign. Everything is done for you. Just load your black vinyl onto your 12X24″ Cricut mat and select Go! You’ll want to use a standard blade for the vinyl and I used the Vinyl+ setting on my smart dial just to be sure I got a smooth cut. My German blade has lasted 2+ years and I’ve really never had to replace it. Once I start getting missed cuts or tears in my paper, that’s when I know it’s best to change my Cricut blade. It’s super easy, just press the button on the top and pull out the blade, throw the new blade in there and release the button. It’s so easy!After I’ve cut my vinyl, I’ll use the hook tool as a weeder and remove all the negative space. I then add my transfer tape on top of it and give it a good scrape using my scraper tool or a credit card will work just as well. Be sure to use quite a bit of pressure so that the image will lift easily when you’re ready to pull up the image.Prepare your wooden surface by sanding it lightly and then brushing off the dust remnants. I spray painted my sign black to begin with and then once I place the letters on it I’ll spray it white to reveal a reverse effect.
The pre-made template is just the right fit for the 3’X6″ wooden board. I had leftover wood so I just used that for the size. Whatever you have on hand or whatever size works for your space, be sure to edit the image so that it’ll look great for your board. I made the letters 5″ so that I had a bit of a white edge but I didn’t want too much of an edge because that doesn’t seem to be the look of the Fixer Upper kitchen sign that says SUPERMARKET.Now that I’ve weeded out my vinyl and attached it to the transfer tape, adhere it to your dry board. It’ll go on directly over the black spray paint. Use your scraper tool and be sure the letters are pressed down well. Lift off your transfer tape and begin to spray with white paint. My board had some imperfections and I loved that, If you want a cleaner look, paint at least 2 coats of white spray paint.After the white paint has dried, use your weeder tool and peel up the letters from the board. You should have crisp letters that are black and a white background. I used the scraper tool to rough my board up a bit. You could also use a metal spatula and just brush it along the edges and a little over the writing. Age that wooden board as much as you like or as little as you like.Adhere some foam mounting tape or some command strips and hang it above your kitchen sink. I love all the projects the Cricut Explore allows me to do and I’ve made so many different things for my home, my children and myself especially! Also, if you know me well, you know that I had to move everything out of the way to get a ‘clean’ shot of my home. There is crap everywhere and I have no space for anything. Do I throw it away or just buy a new house??
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This quick and easy Mothers Day wreath makes the perfect gift. It’s the perfect addition to your door in the Springtime.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I’m so excited to be joining in on another Craft Lighting. I’ve made so many easy crafts that are darling and make the perfect gift for anyone but today we’re going to make the perfect Mothers Day gift by making an easy Mothers Day Wreath with cupcake liners and some ribbon.
Wreath Form (try to get a similar color to your liners)
This mothers day wreath was so easy to make. Just buy a bunch of cupcake liners and the best place to buy bulk is online. I grabbed these ones at the dollar store and I bought 8 packages which was more than enough for a 16″ wreath form. The reason I like these ones is because they are not a true white, they are more of an antique finish and almost have a wax paper consistency.To begin, take one of your liners and grab the bottom and pull up so that it creates a longer, skinnier liner. Place some glue on your wreath form and quickly add the liners. Repeat this as much as you like. I chose a lot of liners because I want a full wreath but you go for it however full you want it. I also suggest you use the low temperature on your glue gun or else you’ll end up with a lot of burns…just talking about a friend of mine.You’ll leave a space blank and add your flowers. I grabbed my faux poppies from Michaels and removed them from the stem. I placed quite a bit of glue on the back of the flower and pressed. I began with my flowers and added my leaves as I went to fill in the spaces. Once your flowers are arranged how you like it, add in more liners to complete the look. Next take some ribbon, I love this muslin ribbon and it matches the antique look I’m going for. You can take long strands and tie them together in the middle so you have a sort of tail looking ribbon or you can take extra tong strands and tie them in a bow. I like the look of flowy ribbons so I did the first option. I think that with this muslin ribbon it looks better the longer it is. Cut the ends on a diagonal and then attach it to your wreath. You can also do this a number of ways by just gluing the knotted part of the ribbon to the underside of the form, you could also tie your ribbon on beforehand and then glue all the liners to the form. Again, this is your project so do it how you like.Once it’s dry and complete, give it to your mama. I know my mom will love her Mothers Day wreath and its something that looks great all year round. I’d love to see your creations so tag me on Instagram or Facebook. Happy Mothers Day!
Check out all the other Craft Lightning projects and gather more inspiration for the perfect Mothers Day gift that won’t take you a lot of time!”“
Nothing is cuter than the book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, learn how to make this farmhouse baby nursery art inspired by the book.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post.
I love Malakai’s nursery decor above his crib. It’s eclectic, kind of farmhouse and it’s all the right tones. For this project I’m going to show you how to make this ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ baby nursery art sign using your Cricut Explore. And I’ve include the .png for you to save to your computer and upload it to your Cricut Design Space using this method. Let’s get started!
First, prepare your wood surface. I used Rustoleum stain in Driftwood (it is now called Sunbleached). It’s the perfect neutral grey and I used it on my Hair Pin Leg DIY Side Table. I then added my base color to the inlay of the wood. I wanted my monster to be light so I painted the base in Ceramcoat Charcoal. Next, you’ll cut your image using the dial setting on vinyl. Using your weeding tool, peel up the monsters body. It’ll leave behind the lettering and that’s what you want.
Next you’ll adhere your transfer tape. I love the Cricut transfer tape because it has a guide on it to ensure you get an even image transfer. I use my scraper to press out the bubbles in the transfer tape. Once your base coat is dry, place the vinyl image where you want it to be and be sure to press extra good while the transfer tape is still over the vinyl. This will ensure that you get a good seal and no paint will seep down. Once you have the vinyl where you want and it’s sealed down onto your wood, slowly peel up the transfer tape. This will now expose the area of the monster that you’re going to be painting. For this color I chose Ceramcoat Quaker Grey.
Before you paint your chosen color of the monster, take the extra time to paint your base coat over the area first. This will give you crisp lines and will help to avoid any bleeding. After the base color had dried over the monster, apply your desired color. I used the stippling method to apply my paint because I wanted a rough texture. Almost mimicking fur. Now wait 20 minutes until it is completely dry before using your weeding tool to remove the vinyl from the wood. I decided to sand it a bit for a rough texture but this is completely optional. I also sanded around the edges of the frame to expose some of the wood.
This goes so well with Malakai’s wall. I’ve listed the sources of the other art below for your reference.
I also love the versatility of the Cricut Explore Air 2. Not only does it look good in the minty green but it’s so functional for daily uses. We recently made Siaki a MLK, Jr. poster board for his biography report. He loved it and so did I because it was so easy.
Have you ever wondered how to upload an image into Cricut Design Space? I’m going to show you how easy it is to upload your own .jpeg files so you can cut them on your Cricut. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post.
You first want to find an image you like or your can scan a drawing of your own and convert it to a .jpeg file. I found these ladybugs on Adobe Stock because I have an account. You can easily find an image online that you like and use it for personal use. Please don’t take other people’s hard work and pass it off as your own unless you pay for it.
So because we’re uploading an image of your own, we first want to make sure it’s saved to our computer in the right format. Cricut Design Space accepts .jpeg, .png, .svg, .gif, .bmp and .dxf files. If you have any other file that needs to be converted, there are websites dedicated to converting your file into the file you desire, you just need to google it and it’ll show up.
Now let’s get to it, you’re going to select to make a new canvas by clicking on the Create New Project link.Next, select the upload images on the left side of the screen.And then select Upload Image.Now you’ll select Browse and find your image that you’ve saved to your computer and select Open.Once you’ve brought in your image, it will be time to edit it. For .jpeg and .png, there is the option to select and deselect things you want and don’t want. I like to choose complex image for more detailed images and simple for images I just want to cut outer edges of. For the other files, it will bring it in and you can just select right away if you want it to be a cut or print then cut file.Select the negative space and whatever part of the image you don’t want using your mouse and select Continue. Whatever you do not want to show will be the transparent squares that are in the background. After you’ve edited your image, the next screen will allow you to choose whether you want a Print then Cut image or just a Cut image. When you choose the cut, only the places that were not selected in the edit screen will be cut. Go ahead and save your image with some keywords so you can search for it later and then you’ll also be able to find it by the other images you’ve uploaded. Select it and add it to your canvas.I cut out 12 images of the ladybug, 3 of each color and arranged them on my 10″x10″ canvas.You’ll next use some hot glue to secure them in place. This is not necessary but these are tiny pins here for my apothecary style art so I didn’t want them sliding all over the place. Once they’re at the place you want them at, go ahead and add your mini pins to make it look like a small piece of art just like the Japanese style art with live bugs and frame them.Add it to your mantel or shelves and enjoy this Valentine’s Day art project you made all on your own using your own images you’ve uploaded into Cricut Design Space.
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