Snowed In

ok ok ok ok ok.  I know that Christmas is long gone, I get it really.  And on that note I promise that today will be the LAST Christmas related post until next season.  But that still leaves today…so prepare yourself!

My snow day was pretty productive.  Neither of these projects are new, I’ve showcased them on here before, but I was just happy to finish up and be done with the holiday season crafts.  First up, I finished off another set of holiday coasters.  I’m loving not wasting the wrapping paper I had left over from gifts, and I think they came out looking pretty festive!

Father Christmas!

I also added a square of felt onto the back, to avoid scratching table tops or whatever other surface the coaster might be on.  I simply attached with my best friend, the glue gun.

Small square of felt gets glued to the back

Pretty little stack of coasters ready to go

I tied ’em up, and chose a thinner ribbon this time, to avoid covering the entire Santa face.  And now I just need to store them away for next year.  Only…346 days until Christmas next year!

The other day my mom popped into our neighborhood Walgreens and what do you know?  All holiday items majorly on sale!  You betcha.  Being the recipient of one of my ornament wreaths last year, she’s a big fan.  So she stocked up on a cart full of ornaments and came home bearing gifts.  Today I finally had the time to sit down and tackle gluing all the tops on to prep the ornaments for wreath making.  I really wasn’t kidding when I said the glue gun was my best friend…

174 ornaments later…and I was good to go.  Now don’t be fooled by the picture above, the majority are red, but there were some pops of color in there as well!

Blue, green, gold, and silver bulbs are hiding!

Some of these bulbs are glass, but I would highly recommend sticking to plastic or shatter proof ornaments.  Inevitably you will end up dropping one and breaking it, which is always a disappointment.  I only broke one, but still…go the plastic route!

One of the advantages to finally tackling this project helped with my New Years Resolution…less clutter!  This got 7, count them baby, 7(!) boxes of ornaments up and off of my floor!  Now that’s impressive.  Some of the glass ornaments had these dividers in the container:

I decided to save them because while a typical paint palette isn’t incredibly expensive, you can’t beat free!  For the next project I work on that needs a palette for dividing paint colors, I know just where to go looking!

Anyways, here’s a peak at the finished product!

All it’s lacking is a nice ribbon bow at the top…one day.

 I love how colorful and fun it looks!  Unfortunately I still have tons of ornaments left…looks like sometime in the near future I’ll have to make at least one more wreath, but we’ll see!  I know you all must think I’m crazy for still making holiday related projects when January is half over…but now is the time to do it!  Get all the materials after the holidays while they are ridiculously on sale, and then you will be super prepared for next year!  At least that’s what I tell myself…

I promise my next post will be something totally unrelated to Christmas.  I swear my ideas branch out a lot farther…

Off for another riveting, I’m sure, episode of Grey’s Anatomy.  And then…my 1 day work week!  How shall I ever survive?

All that glitters…is not gold!

Giant Christmas ornaments do too!

Today B and I were able to enjoy a super lazy Sunday, the most fantastic way to end our Christmas vacation.  One last day of sleeping in, followed by watching the Patriots kick some major Dolphin booty (38-7!), and then it was home to get my craft on.  It’s the small things that make life worth living!

100+ ornaments, piles of glitter, and more hot glue gun sticks than I can count later…and we have the birthday present sister #1 requested finished and ready!

I started with this:

That’s right…100 Christmas Tree ornaments that I scored on sale at CVS for only $4.99, horray for after Christmas sales!  Each ornament needed to have the top popped off and put back on with my trusty little hot glue gun.  Here I am hard at work!

2 episodes of the Real Housewives, several blisters, and (thankfully!) zero burns later…

Only slightly crazy after hours of hot gluing…

That’s a lot of ornaments!

After reattaching all the tops, and letting them dry, I grabbed a wire hanger I had lying around the house.  I formed the hanger into a rough circle shape and then untwisted the top.  One by one I started putting bulbs onto the hanger.  Once it was full I retwisted together the top, glued the blue smaller bulbs and a couple other fillers in place and tada!  And now for the final reveal!

Came out looking a little more patriotic than I had hoped for, but hopefully sister #1 will like it.  I made a couple of these last year, and she has been asking for one for her apartment even since then.  Too bad her birthday falls just outside of the holiday season…at least she will have decorations for next year!  Now to find the motivation to finish just one more wreath and get it to B’s mom before it’s too late…maybe I’ll save that one for next year.  But now is the time to get the supplies!  After holiday sales are the best time for shopping.

Hope everyone enjoyed their Sunday, back to the daily grind tomorrow.  Ho hum.