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Wednesday, December 4, 2019


I've been a busy bee decorating for Christmas and it never fails that along with that I have a few crafty projects thrown into the mix!  This year I was inspired by a honeycomb ball wreath and DIY Christmas sign I saw in HGTV Magazine, and from a project I saw from a fellow blogger.  They got my creative juices flowing for a few key pieces to switch up my Christmas decor a little bit this year.  In the process of sharing these projects, I'll also show you a few sneak peeks of my Christmas tour.

honeycomb ball Christmas wreath

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First, I caught a peek of some colorful houses on my friend Charlotte's Instagam feed and was immediately on the hunt for some inexpensive houses  to create a colorful Christmas village of my own! I scored at one of my favorite thrift stores and found a good variety of houses- and a house cookie jar thrown in the mix- for $2-5 each.  I had also picked up two metal houses in the Fall clearance section at Hobby Lobby.

Christmas village houses, rainbow painted houses

I simply sprayed them all with a coat of primer, then painted them in a rainbow of colors inspired by the colors of my bottlebrush trees.

I love how they turned out, here's a little peek of this year's mantle.  Still tweaking it a bit but this is so far!

Next, I found a few projects in this year's and last year's December issues of HGTV magazine.  You know of my love for using paper fans at Christmas, so when I saw this honeycomb ball wreath (slightly different design spotted in both issues) I knew I had to make one too!

I picked up an inexpensive 24" wreath, then found this garland with 3" balls locally at Five Below.  They also had a plain white option that I got a pack of too.

I cut it apart and hot glued the balls open, then just stuck them in the branches.  The magazine suggests wiring them in, but I didn't go to that trouble.  I did have a few fall off as I was moving it around and hanging it, but I just stuck them back in and it's been great since it's been hanging.  I had a few 6 inch balls on hand that I mixed in too.

 I would have liked to have a few more 4-6" ones but couldn't find those locally and didn't have time to order.  Here are some 3, 4, and 6 inch options online though.

I added a sting of lights to mine and I'm totally crushing on this little vignette this year!  By the way, I don't know why I've never used these before, I got some this year and they're life changing for a spot like this where the plug is behind furniture and hard to get to.  It's so easy to click those lights on and off each day!  My only suggestion is to use an extension cord with a slim profile head like this if you're using the outlet behind furniture, it really makes an inch or two difference in the amount of room you need to scoot your furniture out from the wall to accommodate the remote control outlet.

Pom Pom Trees- HL (sold out I think 😞)  ||  Striped Trees- At Home Stores  

I also spotted this sign in one of those HGTV issues- you know that red and pink caught my eye!

I had actually been looking online to download a Christmas typography print but couldn't find one I liked, so this got my wheels turning!

Those marquee letters are pretty inexpensive here, but I had something different in mind.  I found just what I needed at Hobby Lobby- this premade sign piece and the perfect sized letters.

The sign did not spray paint well (plus it was too cold outside), so I brushed it with red craft paint (didn't realized until I had started that I reversed the colors from the inspiration, but I like this better for my plan.).  Then, I taped off a wide strip in the middle.  Couldn't find my painter's tape so I just used masking, but first painted the original red along the inside tape line so any leaking under the tape would be red.  After that dried I proceeded with the pink paint for the stripe.  It took a few coats of each color to cover well.

Moment of truth... when the last pink coat was still wet I peeled the tape, whew!  Perfect lines!

For the letters, I spray painted them gold for a base color.  Then, I sprayed each with adhesive then glittered them.

After some careful measuring to get the letters just right and a bit of hot glue, it was done! And, here's another sneak peek of my Entry table with more painted houses.

One final quick project- At the end of the season last year I bought this Advent Countdown Calendar.  We have one that we've always used but I never loved it and it was falling apart.  I loved the simplicity of this one but couldn't resist jazzing it up just a bit... it needed some color!  ;)

I simply added some of the multi-color pom pom trim that I had on hand to the bottom.  I actually cut the trim apart to I could space each pom pom right in the middle between the tassels, then hot glued each piece to the back.

Easy, and a little more fun!  (I tied a bow on the top corner after I took this photo, couldn't resist!)  And yes, my 16 and 18 year old children are still marking each day.  :)

What spurs your creativity to try a new project?  Tomorrow I'll share some Stocking Stuffer and under $20 gift ideas with you, and I'll be sharing the first part of my Christmas tour on Monday!

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  1. Where did you get your paper fans? I looked at your other blog, but couldn't find it easily. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi! Some from Hobby Lobby, some from Party Galaxy, and some from Target.

  2. You make me smile.........can't wait for more!!

    I'm making progress in getting things together for my neighborhood holiday walk on the 14th with thoughts of you.... =)

  3. Where did you get the little santa hat for the bust? Everything is magazine are so talented!

    1. Oh thank you so much! That was from Hobby Lobby a few years ago. It was in the Christmas section but with some baby items like bibs and headbands. Perfect size! They might have something similar every year.

  4. i love the wreath! such a fun idea! i am a neutrals girl but would love to make one in white, black, and gold!

    1. That would be so pretty, Cassie. That’s the beauty, any color combo works!


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