Five Beautiful Handmade Ornament Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I love a great handmade ornament. Someday I hope to have an entire tree filled with my children’s handmade creations. These ornaments are simple and cute, and you can definitely make them with your kids.

1. Snowman face ornament

Just take an ordinary Christmas ball and coat it in epsom salt. You may need more than one coat. Then, fashion a “carrot nose” from a pipe cleaner and glue the carrot and two buttons to create the snowman face. Use an infant sock to create the hat.

2. Pine cone ornaments

You can make these ornaments so easily: just get some jute twine, ribbon for bows and some pretty pine cones from your yard. Tie the ribbon into bows and tie the jute twine around the bow knot. Hot glue the bow and hanger to the pine cone. That’s really it!

3. Snow globe ornament

We made these ornaments by gluing a tiny Christmas tree inside an empty clear ball. Then, we added some epsom salt “snow.”

4. Pipe cleaner candy cane

This is by far the easiest ornament on this list, and you can make it with small kids. All you need are red pipe cleaners and white- no glue and no cutting! Simply twist them together and curve them into a candy cane shape.

5. Picture frame initial ornament

Want a super cute gift for a friend or teacher? Go grab some inexpensive small picture frames and stick on letters (or cut them out with a Cricut or Silhouette). Attach a cute piece of ribbon and you are set!

Have fun creating!! What are some of your favorite handmade ornaments?

How to DIY Christmas ornaments from pinecones!

How to DIY Christmas ornaments from pinecones!
Sometimes you just need a cute, easy craft that doesn’t cost you a dime. That’s exactly what I needed this week, and it turned out super cute.
I picked up these pinecones from our neighbor’s yard but I already had the glue gun, ribbon and twine in my craft cabinet.
I cut the ribbon at the length I wanted and tied them into simple little bows.
I then tied the twine around the knot on the bows and hot glued the bow knots to the base of the pine cones. I told you this was easy!!
And I made six of them in different sizes.
And then I hung them on our tree.
Next year, I may create a woodland tree with these pine cones and wood slice ornaments. Arent they pretty? What awesome and free crafts have you done lately?

Back porch refresh: a mood board and a plan

Our back porch currently looks like this:

We had it pressure washed and water sealed recently and we haven’t put our porch furniture back on it yet. Currently, it’s a big blank slate.

Prior to pressure washing, our porch looked like this: not bad, but kind of boring.

I’d like to change up the porch a bit, and make it more cozy. I created a mood board to pull all my ideas together.

We already have a rug and chair cushions that I love, but I would love to build this couch and table. I’d also love to swap out our porch railing for vinyl and metal and screen in the porch. I also plan to stain the porch boards and string up some Edison lights.

Of course, this will be done a little at a time. We will keep you updated throughout the process.

What porch projects are you currently working on?

Easy DIY Fall Wreath

I wanted a new fall wreath as mine has gotten a bit faded, but I didn’t want to spend a lot on it. I found some cute ones I really liked, but they were $70 or more. I just couldn’t see spending so much for a wreath I would only use for a year or two.

Did you know you can make a pretty but simple wreath all on your own ?

All you will need are these things: everything here cost me about $20.

I started by removing the tags from the flowers and arranging them on the wreath as I wanted. I then glued them down and secured the ends with floral wire.

I then added a cute little bow to my wreath.

My wreath was cute but it needed something more. I added this B that I already had.

Have you DIY’d any fall wreaths this year? I’d love to see them!

Make a storage side table from a repurposed flower pot

Our old house had this fantastic front porch, but our new one does not have a front porch at all. We do have a pretty amazing back porch.

Well, at least it could be amazing if we would clean it up. And paint it. And put the ladder away. Truthfully, we are currently working on it.

For instance, I wanted a cute side table for the rocking chairs but I really couldn’t find what I wanted. I also didn’t really want to spend money for anything new. So I did what I always do. I decided to use something i already had on hand- a flower pot and a wood circle.

I decided if I made these things into a little side table, I could store pillows under the wood slice in the flower pot. So I grabbed a can of stain in my favorite finish.

And I got to work.

Two coats later, I had this:

Our porch still has a long way to go, but I do really like how this works. I got a cute little storage table for less than $50 and I found a new use for things I already had.

Be prepared for some more quick and easy projects soon!