DIY Christmas Ornaments: Rae Dunn inspired

Our Dollar Tree has a pretty epic craft section. I found this pack of “chalkboard” tags when I visited last week.

I had a chalk pen left over from a previous project. I love Rae Dunn and I knew I wanted to create something similar to her stuff.

The result?

I am planning to use them for Christmas gift tags. They’d make wonderful ornaments too.

Go to your local Dollar Tree right now and get some of these chalkboard rounds- you can make so many cool things with them.

Home tour soon!! Stay tuned!

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?

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!

2021 Fall Home Tour

I have meant to post this for a few weeks now, but I never could seem to find the time. We have actually taken a step back and done a more minimal home tour this year- less fuss and more simplified. It’s an approach I really like and will likely continue. We actually aren’t finished with the outside of the house.

When you walk in our door, we have this little entry table. The entry table has a cute little basket vignette.
I’m absolutely loving our fire place this year! Michael and I built this from an antique mantle a few years ago and I love it. It’s one of my favorite things we ever built together. Aside from the kids, of course.
Firestarter pine cones on the hearth? Don’t mind if we do.
Fall tray on our living room table. Lots of faux pumpkins this year.
Fall pillows are everywhere! Here are two of them we have in our living room.
And also in our family room.
Some fall goodness in our kitchen. That cinnamon candle from Arhaus smells divine.
My dining room decked out for fall.
Our bathroom shelves.
The hall bath shelves

That’s a wrap for the inside of the house. I hope you enjoy our scaled down fall home tour.

Free Printable Friday: Happy October!

Good morning and Happy October! The month I most associate with fall, bonfires, and changing leaves is upon us!

photo from istock

As a result, I will be offering you a free fall printable today! One of my absolute favorite books growing up was Anne of Green Gables. I absolutely love this quote for that reason- and also because I agree with Anne Shirley. October is beautiful, wonderful, and worth looking forward to each year.

To download this printable, right click and save it to your device. For best results, do not print larger than 8×10. I like to use a print shop such as Staples Copy and Print and have them print on cardstock. Please also remember the printable is for personal use only. If you share this printable, please tag me. Thank you!

Have a w wonderful October first 🙂