Christmas Home Tour

Hello, fellow DIY holiday lovers! I LOVE this time of year! You’d think that my premature head start on having our Christmas tree all decorated before Halloween would mean, it’d be Christmas in every room in our home by now, a huge Christmas extravaganza in the DIYShowOff house because that’s usually how I roll…Christmas in nearly every room. However, the truth is, I’m going with less is more this busy holiday season. 

Birds & Berries

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge     

Why would I even?! No worries! It’s not that I’m feeling all bah humbug. It’s not that I’ve lost that DIY feeling. I’ve found that I’m prioritizing in other ways this year. I’m enjoying spending time with family, sharing my passion for wellness through essential oils, soaking up all the time with those I love that I can get (we’ve had another cancer diagnosis in our family and it’s beginning to feel like an epidemic…time with family is so precious. It just makes me realize how short our time together is and that it’s never guaranteed). I’m cherishing friendships, celebrating birthdays, taking a breather from projects (it’s our plan to get back to it full force with bathroom and basement/man cave remodels in 2016), getting ready to pack for a relaxing much needed vacation…just keeping busy in ways that reduce stress and put the focus on “life” and giving and loving.

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

So this year, it’s ONE tree, not three. This year, it’s a family room all cozy and Christmas with the rest of the house simply clean, healthy and comfortable. This year, it’s more about the spirit of Christmas. About seeing the magic of Christmas through the eyes of a 1 year old, about making Christmas magic for others through actions, help, wellness, love. 

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

Don’t get me wrong – I’m certainly enjoying everyone else’s Christmas decorating eye candy from talented blog friends’ Christmas home tours blog hops and the creativity linked to the weekly That DIY Party. Because my pin-finger is getting a work out! And I’m drooling over all that Christmas beauty too! 

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

So in the spirit of blogging and all things holiday, to show a little participation on my part, I’ll share a little DIY Christmas past with you today! Here are some of my favorites:

Christmas Home

DIYShowOff Holiday Home Tour @diyshowoff #holidayhome Red and Gold Christmas Tree Christmas decorating

Holiday Home Tour

Holiday Home Tour @diyshowoff rustic vintage Christmas tree Christmas sitting room DIYShowOff Sitting room at Christmas rustic Christmas sitting room mason jar Christmas centerpiece Christmas kitchen decorating

 

Home for the Holidays

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Succulents & Spruce

Succulents & Spruce Christmas Tree @diyshowoff - #michaelsmaker dream tree challenge Succulents & Spruce Christmas Tree @diyshowoff - #michaelsmaker dream tree challenge Holiday Home Tour @diyshowoff Holiday Home Tour @diyshowoff  

Ombre Christmas

ombre christmas tree decor ombre tree skirt  

More favorites: 

eclectic Christmas family room @diyshowoff #BSHT eclectic Christmas family room @diyshowoff #BSHT Christmas pantry at DIYShowOff Christmas office half bathroom Christmas vignette eclectic colorful Christmas Christmas centerpiece Christmas bathroom decor Christmas guest bedroom guest bedroom Christmas DIY Christmas Lamp stair landing Christmas time DIY Christmas Card Holder   colorful Christmas decor farmhouse christmas home tour white Christmas

How about some holiday DIY Ideas? Check out the DIY project gallery!

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DIY Vintage-Look NOEL Wall Art

‘Deck the halls with boughs of holly…fa-la-la-la-la-la”…well, I did that once. Holly is quite scratchy! Ouch! Guess what?! Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.com are hosting a Home for Christmas themed blog hop! Oh my Christmas! Time to belt out your favorite Christmas carols, top your cocoa with some marshmallows and to get inspired! Grab your slippers and get your pin-finger ready while you’re at it!

Home for Christmas

Once the Christmas tree was all decorated for the holidays,

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge  

I needed a little holiday cheer for above the mantel. The stormy beach portrait that’s there most of the rest of the year really wasn’t going to work.  So I decided on a “NOEL” idea for filling the empty space. Did you see the cute wooden circled monogram letters at Michaels? I knew I wanted to do something with them. This is the perfect project!

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Materials I used: (I’ve included some affiliate links so you can find the supplies easily and to maybe add a little jingle to Santa’s wallet.Ty!)

  • extra large monogram wreath letters N – O – E – L 
  • craft paint and foam brushes (I chose berry red and forest moss)
  • paper towels
  • velcro picture hanging strips
  • TransTint dye (Note: a bit on the pricy side, but this dye is AWESOME! It’s water based so it’s not oily and makes for a gorgeous wood stain. Tip: Easiest clean up ever! Just let brush dry and hide styrofoam cup on a shelf in the basement/out of the way. Dye will evaporate. Simply add water and resume use on your next project!) That bottle is going to last YEARS! 
  • paint or chip brush

What I did: 

1. I gave each letter two coats of paint and let dry. Note: One coat/dry brushing would actually look fantastic too! I wish I was a little more carefree. One coat/dry brushing means step 4 is going to look WAY better…so adopt a technique as if you’d had an extra cup of eggnog. Tip: If hanging in a grid pattern and using two colors like I did, paint the N and L the same color and the O and E the same color to avoid one color on the left, one color on the right. Mix it up!  

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

2. Sand the edges, distress as desired. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

3. Next, add a drop or two of TransTint dye to water in a styrofoam cup, more TransTint dye for a darker tone if desired. TransTint dye WILL stain fingers and work surface. I recommend wearing gloves and protecting your work table with layers of newspaper or a tarp or old vinyl table cloth or if you live in a warmer climate (lucky you…make up the guest room for my impending arrival!), work outside.

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

4. Dip the brush into the TransTint dye, tapping excess from the brush. Randomly brush, fling, stipple, drip (get messy and creative – have fun!) the TransTint dye onto the painted wooden letters. Wipe away or dab with paper towels as needed. Sprinkle TransTint to create a  “dirty, worn, aged” finish. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

5. Let dry TransTint dye dry overnight. 

6. Optional: Secure a small holiday wreath to the “O” with a ribbon for a touch of texture. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

7. Hang and display using velcro picture hangers. You might want to grab a level while you’re at it. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

I love the worn, aged finish. Vintage goodness! What do you think? 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

See MORE holiday DIY and decorating inspiration from these sweet and talented HomeTalk friends:

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3 Ways to Wrap Odd Shaped Objects – Holiday Hack Challenge

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff

The Michaels’ Makers December Challenge is “Holiday Hacks”, how to creatively tackle everything the holidays might throw at you! Some helpful ideas for making holiday prep go smoothly. And I’m sharing 3 ways to wrap odd shaped objects. For example: a toy that’s got part of a box package, jewelry and a stuffed animal/ball.

these odd shapes…

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

now look irresistible…

#michaelsmakers #makejolly Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

Challenge: How to Wrap Difficult Objects

1. Gift wrap idea with a little handmade DIY touch: create a gift using a gift. Add jewelry or small gifts to a fillable ornament (this one comes in two pieces that snap together) with some filler (crinkled shredded paper or pine & berries). Embellish with a hook and bow. Almost too cute to open, isn’t it?

these…

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

wrapped this way…

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Love that jewelry shown above? Me too! Shop HERE (affiliate link). Don’t forget to grab the coupon below!

2. DIY! Create your own custom gift bag using your supply of wrapping paper for difficult shaped objects. 

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

Instructions: 

  1. Gather supplies: wrapping paper, scissors, tape and gift.
  2. Cut a piece of wrapping paper that fits around the gift.
  3. Fold paper so seams meet in the center.
  4. Tape seam.
  5. Fold bottom up, making sure that the folded area fits the depth/width of the gift. 
  6. Open folded area and shape paper to create a diamond.
  7. Press seams with your fingers to create diamond shape. 
  8. Fold down top and bottom of diamond to meet in the center, overlapping a bit. 
  9. Tape seams. This creates the bottom of the gift bag. Tape well!
  10. Open gift bag.
  11. Place gift into the bag.
  12. Fold top down.
  13. Tape the package closed. 
  14. Embellish with ribbon, bow, tag. 

All set for giving!

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

3. And the obvious: A gift sack! Not just any ordinary gift bag, this adorable gift sack (available at Michaels) is a cuter option than the traditional gift bag AND something that will get use year after year. A re-usable gift! Love it! Perfect for oddly shaped gifts OR toting your stash of gifts on the go. 

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

Cute, right? I love gift wrapping and these ideas are so helpful when it comes to solving the challenge of oddly shaped presents. Want to see more Holiday Hacks?

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff

  • Michaels has so many holiday project ideas with instructions at Michaels.com, including gift wrapping, home décor, last minute gift ideas, hostess gifts and more.
  • Check out the other four holiday hack topics and the unique ideas from more creative Michaels’ Makers on the Michaels’ blog, The Glue String.
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*I received a Michaels gift card to complete this challenge. All ideas are my own. 😉

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Holiday Dinner Recipes

Hosting dinner this holiday season? Love the benefits of your essential oils? Add them to your holiday cooking! Here are some mouth watering recipes:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

 

Homemade Cranberry Sauce: holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Pumpkin Pie:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Lemon Butter Green Beans: holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Orange Glazed Honey Ham:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Southern Cornbread Dressing:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Sweet Potato Casserole:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Turkey Injection Sauce:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Ultimate Gravy:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Enjoy!!! 

Young Living essential oils are so loved and so amazing that they’re sponsoring my blog! Thank you, friends! What a blessing! Interested in joining me? Once you experience essential oils, you’ll not only be embracing wellness (we feel better than ever with this lifestyle change!), you’ll make new friends, be a part of an awesome team and have tons of support/resources so you aren’t left clueless. You’ll also learn of the generous business opportunity that has the potential to create financial freedom if you want it, but no obligation! I’d love for you to join us! You can enroll by clicking here or contact me to learn more. So excited to hear from you!

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12 Days of Christmas Essential Oil Infused Bath Soak Ornament Gifts

Every time of the year is a good time to share essential oils and Christmas is the perfect time to whip up your own DIY homemade gifts. 

12 Days of Christmas

essential oil infused bath soak ornament gifts

DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff

Supplies: (some affiliate links included)

  • epsom salt
  • your choice of essential oils (I only recommend Young Living brand)
  • 12 mini fillable glass ornaments (only use glass ornaments when using citrus essential oils)
  • small decorative Christmas tree
  • battery operated lights
  • ribbon and twine
  • Sharpie
  • mason jar
  • funnel (paper cones work well because you can snip the point to fit into the small ornament opening)

Instructions:

DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff

1. Add 2 level (or just under level) tablespoons of epsom salt to a mason jar.

2. Add 1-3 drops of essential oil. 

3. Screw on lid and shake, shake, shake it up!

4. Remove top from glass ornament. Using the funnel, transfer contents of mason jar to glass ornament. You’ll have to tap. I recommend holding the ornament/funnel over the mason jar. 

5. Attach ornament lid and embellish with ribbon.

6. Label ornaments using a Sharpie.

7. Tie ornament onto tree with a piece of twine.

*Repeat steps 1-6 for each essential oil. You may want to wash/rinse/dry mason jar between each use when creating a different batch. 

DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff

Gift giving ideas:

1 – Give the entire 12 days of essential oil infused Christmas tree to a busy friend who could use some quiet ‘me’ time. Yes…it’s perfectly acceptable to keep it for yourself! Display the tree on the bathroom counter! The battery operated lights provide just the perfect glow for a relaxing bath soak. Set the mood with soothing holiday music. 

2 – Or display the tree at your next holiday essential oil 101 class or holiday party. Bam! Instant guest favors, gifts or prizes.

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3 – They make cute gift-toppers/accessories too!

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

A special gift just for YOU! Embrace wellness this season, prepare for winter! Get a the DIYSHOWOFF HOLIDAY BUNDLE (free gifts!) when you purchase a Young Living Premium Starter Kit using member #1836762 at youngliving.com. Why? Everyone I know who has taken that step to get started has no regrets and turns from skeptic to believer! Let’s get these drops of oil into your home! 

See more fun holiday essential oil gift ideas from these sweet blog friends: 

DIY essential oil Gift ideas @diyshowoff

Check out these other great DIY gift ideas using essential oils!

Young Living essential oils are so loved and so amazing that they’re sponsoring my blog! Thank you, friends! What a blessing! Interested in joining me? Once you experience essential oils, you’ll not only be embracing wellness (we feel better than ever with this lifestyle change!), you’ll make new friends, be a part of an awesome team and have tons of support/resources so you aren’t left clueless. You’ll also learn of the generous business opportunity that has the potential to create financial freedom if you want it, but no obligation! I’d love for you to join us! You can enroll by clicking here or contact me to learn more. So excited to hear from you!

Young Living at diyshowoff.com

Gift Wrap Finishing Touches

There are two types of people when it comes to gift wrapping…those who loathe it, those who LOVE it. I’ve always been a lover of gift wrapping so I’m excited to join 9 friends in a Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas blog hop! 

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

And I’m the type who makes gift wrapping an event – a holiday party for one! I prefer to do it all at once. I love the tradition of setting out the supplies just so with a view of the Christmas tree…rolls of beautiful gift wrap, displays of cute holiday tags, whimsical ornaments, glitter pens, tape, ribbon and scissors. Pump up the volume on the Michael Bublé Christmas album, dress up in your most comfy pjs and grab a mug of hot cocoa…I’m going to share some gift wrapping finishing touches with you.

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff  

last year’s gift wrap to coordinated with an orange and green Christmas theme

Succulents & Spruce Christmas Tree @diyshowoff - #michaelsmaker dream tree challenge

Each year, I select about 4-5 coordinating rolls of Christmas wrapping paper. I love mixing patterns. And I do prefer that the wrap matches my holiday decor too. So this year, it’s traditional red and green with a touch of black. 

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Above was staging of empty boxes for my Dream Tree Challenge but what I’m sharing today is what I’ve gathered for real gift-giving this year. I snagged a fun mix of patterns ranging from plaid, stripes, reindeer and text in red, white, green and black from Michaels. 

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Embellishments: decorative/washi tape (you know that collection you have but never quite use? GET IT!), black/white printed photos, monogrammed letters, cute gift tags, bows, ribbon, twine and some snips of pine, small ornaments, little DIY crafts/gifts.

And since a tutorial isn’t really necessary, let’s just cut to the chase and show some pretty gift wrap ideas in photos, okay? OKAY! Here we go…

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Tip: Use decorative tape instead of ribbon to secure/stack a collection of gifts. I used chalk tape above. I love the satiny wide ribbon-like look. And those presents are going to stay stacked! Grab a chalk marker and personalize! Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Tip: Add small handmade gifts or ornaments instead of a bow. Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Tips: If you prefer wrapping gifts as you go, designate a roll (or coordinating rolls) for each family member. 1. That way you can embellish with tags/bows/etc. after the gifts are under the tree (tag the first gift you wrap for each member so you know who’s paper belongs to who). It makes storing much easier until “Santa” arrives! 2. It also makes it easier to tally the # of gifts for each person (in case you have a little one who keeps track!) 3. It’ll create a nice mix of colors and patterns when on display under your Christmas tree. 

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Tip: Snag a photo straight from social media, print in black/white on card stock to create an easy and personalized gift tag!

Are you an all at once or as you go wrapper? Love it or loathe it?

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

See more creative holiday gift wrapping ideas from these awesome blog friends:

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Birds & Berries Christmas Tree ~ Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

Happy November, friends! Yes…this is a Christmas tree blog post the day after Halloween. I know. I know! It’s crazy! In my pre-blogging days my Christmas decorating didn’t begin until the weekend after Thanksgiving. But don’t panic! The Michaels Dream Tree Challenge mission is to bring you some holiday inspiration in preparation for seasonal decorating. It’s not too early to start collecting decorating ideas!

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

Michaels provided me with a beautiful pre-lit 7 ft. artificial pine and a gift card for decorating to participate in the dream tree challenge to kick off the decorating season in the DIY Show Off house. 

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

Christmas is my favorite holiday and I feel all organized by getting an early start. Get comfy, my friends. I have a lot of holiday cheer to spread around!

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

When the days are short and evening arrives early, there’s just something happy about twinkly lights on a Christmas tree that lifts my spirits and warms my heart this time of year. 

Birds & Berries Christmas Tree ~ Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

Materials I used: 

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

  • 7 ft. pre-lit artificial pine tree
  • clip on cardinals
  • faux red berries
  • red feathers
  • white berries
  • plaid and burlap ornaments
  • shatterproof ornaments
  • Christmas plaid ribbon
  • small nests with snowball eggs
  • corrigated cardboard and ribbon base
  • mini banner, stickers, ribbon and tiny clothespins
  • assorted coordinating ornaments

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

My favorite part of displaying a Christmas tree is the beautiful glow, curling up on the couch with a warm blanket, a cup of peppermint cocoa, listening to traditional Christmas music, reflecting on the past year’s ups and downs, milestones and celebrations, counting my blessings, remembering the true meaning of Christmas.  

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

It’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos and busy-ness that accompanies the holidays but throughout the day, the Christmas tree stops me in my tracks. It’s a moment when I’m reminded to Rejoice!

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and a time to celebrate love…

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and the gift of every.single.day….life!

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Wishing you happy holiday planning! 

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DIYShowOff Dream Tree Challenges from previous years: 

Succulents & Spruce Christmas Tree @diyshowoff - #michaelsmaker dream tree challenge ombre christmas tree decor

Can’t get enough? I’m not the only crazy one to have a Christmas tree up in October for a November 1st deadline. Crank the Christmas tunes, spike the holiday punch and check out these talented blog friends and their gorgeous Dream Trees for more inspiration: 

Michaels annual dream tree challenge

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Inspired to start decorating your own tree? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the other 49 Michaels Makers’ dream holiday trees that were created this year.

From now until November 14, you can get FREE shipping on all Christmas trees that are 6ft or taller on Michaels.com!

·         If you’re just getting started on your holiday decor, you can also check out some of the ornament projects and tutorials available on Michaels.com.  

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

Complete the ‘mood’ by swapping out chemical filled candles for essential oils with amazing health benefits. Diffuse Christmas Spirit, pine, Thieves, cinnamon bark…so many options to fill your home with healthy holiday scents. Young Living essential oils are so loved and so amazing that they’re sponsoring my blog! Thank you, friends! What a blessing! Interested in joining me? Once you experience essential oils, you’ll not only be embracing wellness (we feel better than ever with this lifestyle change!), you’ll make new friends, be a part of an awesome team and have tons of support/resources so you aren’t left clueless. You’ll also learn of the generous business opportunity that has the potential to create financial freedom! I’d love for you to join my team! You can enroll by clicking here or contact me to learn more. So excited to hear from you!

Young Living at diyshowoff.com

Merry Christmas, friends! {and Aaro’s 1st Christmas photos}

Wishing you a Christmas filled with love and all things healthy & happy! 

Merry Christmas

Thank you so much! I’m so blessed by your visits, your kind comments, your generous support & your friendship! I’m so glad you’re here.  xo

~from: Roeshel @DIYShowOff & family

Of course, I can’t resist taking the opportunity for a little grandma ‘showing off’… such a cutie!

Merry & Bright…

Merry Christmas @diyshowoff  

cutest Christmas cookie…

Christmas Cookie @diyshowoff  

Best present ever!

I’ll be taking a few days to enjoy time with family. See you soon at Sunday’s That DIY Party and a 2014 DIYShowOff yearly recap coming right up! Enjoy the holidays, everyone! xo

Christmas DIY party

Metallic Striped Christmas Tree Tub

Looking for a new idea for your Christmas tree? Grab these things:

metallic striped Christmas tree tub tutorial @diyshowoff

  • large galvanized beverage tub
  • gold spray paint
  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface

Christmas Tree striped tub tutorial @diyshowoff

Use the FrogTape to create stripes or a pattern on the galvanized tub. i just applied mine without exact measurements. Wouldn’t triangles, x’s or chevron be pretty too?

Christmas Tree striped tub tutorial @diyshowoff

Using a plastic card, burnish the edges of the tape. 

Christmas Tree striped tub tutorial @diyshowoff

I covered the handles with sandwich baggies and taped them in the ‘up’ position. Spray paint the tub. I positioned mine upside down. 

Christmas Tree striped tub tutorial @diyshowoff

As soon as you’ve finished, carefully remove the FrogTape. 

Christmas Tree striped tub tutorial @diyshowoff

Let paint dry. Remove sandwich bags from handles. 

Add a tree stand, assemble and decorate the tree. 

Christmas Tree striped tub tutorial @diyshowoff

Since our cat likes to roll around on tree skirts, I love this option.

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Holiday Housewalk @diyshowoff  

FrogTape Blog Squad

Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

JOY vinyl covered wood blocks tutorial

JOY vinyl covered wood blocks

JOY vinyl covered blocks tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

What you’ll need: a vinyl cutter (or cut vinyl out by hand using scissors)

Happy Face Pattern Adhesive Vinyl - Holiday 8 Pack

Tutorial:

Using the Silhouette Studio Designer software, create individual designs…I created one for wrapping each block (measure and add up all side of each block for width and the height of block), three individual rectangles for the top of each block. Then the letters J – O – Y (be sure to create a size that will fit nicely on the front of each block). 

JOY vinyl design

For wrapping each block, I used the striped vinyl and the patterned vinyl for lettering. 

For each design, load vinyl into the machine pattern side facing up. 

JOY vinyl covered blocks tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Send design to cut. Adjust settings for cutting vinyl. Cut. 

JOY vinyl covered blocks tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Unload vinyl.

Peel away vinyl (like stickers) and apply vinyl to blocks, wrapping first

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then the top rectangle…

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followed by a letter for each block. 

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So cute. A great gift or holiday decor.

JOY vinyl covered blocks tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

 

Decorate!

JOY vinyl covered blocks tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Eclectic Christmas Family Room

I’m so excited to be invited by Lindsay at The White Buffalo Styling Co. to participate in this year’s Blogger Stylin’ Holiday Home Tours. Her style is so eclectically delicious. I honestly didn’t realize I had agreed to join three holiday home tours this year (oh no! My grandma brain!) It’s been quite the week! You know I don’t mind. 

Blogger Stylin' Home Tours Christmas 2014

If you’re visiting via sweet Traci at Beneath My Heart, welcome friends! Hard to drag yourself away from her beautiful and cozy home, wasn’t it? 

Today I’m sharing my family room. It’s a bit eclectic and crowded but comfy all the same.

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When was the last time you saw a cat tower in a home tour? Never? I know. But keepin’ it real, my friends. 

eclectic Christmas family room @diyshowoff #BSHT

The ruffled tree skirt is a no-sew project from a couple of years ago (tutorial here). I used my turquoise on the tomato cage Christmas tree I made a couple of years ago. 

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Here’s a quick recap from the rest of our home this year too (part 1 and part 2)…

dining room:

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Living Room:

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Kitchen:

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Up next on the Blogger Stylin’ Home tour is Chris from Just a Girl. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us. Knowing her, it’s going to be fabulous! 

Like my style? You’re invited to check out DIYShowOff tutorials here

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Holiday Home Tour {part 2}

I’m done! Our home is ready for Christmas! Have you been following the Holiday Home tours this week? I’ve found following the tours motivates and inspires me to get things done. Take a little time, follow along and be inspired to dig out your decor and get started or rearrange what you have going on already for a fresh new look. 

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Stopping by from the beautiful home of Jenna Sue Design? Welcome, friends! I love her fun style. What a pretty holiday home!

I didn’t decorate as much as previous years but I managed to juggle being a new grandma AND decorating our home for the holidays. Most of the time with a sweet little baby in my arms. If you’re a DIY Show Off reader, you’ve seen a bit of my Christmas decorating already but I’ve completed things and edited what I already had going on just a bit along with adding some new. 

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Touches of Joy in the kitchen:

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Dining Room (Succulents & Spruce dream tree challenge for an enchanted evergreen theme):

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Christmas in the living room:

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I added just a touch of Christmas to the nursery/guest room with a happy colorful mini-tree…

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See last year’s Christmas home tour here (I decorated for a real life holiday home tour).

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and Part 1 of this year’s holiday home tour here.  

For DIY gift ideas to holiday decor, visit my tutorial page for more inspiration. 

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Next up on the Christmas home tour is Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl and you’re in for a treat! This talented DIY friend surprises us with something pretty amazing each year. You won’t be disappointed!

Follow the entire holiday home tour:  #holidayhomes

Monday, December 8

Just a Girl
The Inspired Room
Kevin and Amanda
Home Stories A to Z
Décor Chick

Tuesday, December 9

Thrifty Décor Chick
Eleven Gables
Hi Sugarplum
Tidy Mom
Beneath My Heart

Wednesday, December 10

Sand and Sisal
Nesting Place
Ask Anna
Not Just a Housewife
My Blessed Life

Thursday, December 11

Tatertots and Jello
320 Sycamore
Jenna Sue Design
DIY Show Off
Pretty Handy Girl

Friday, December 12

The Hunted Interior
Four Generations One Roof
A Thoughtful Place
Southern Hospitality
Songbird

Looking for something to add to your holiday wish list? I recommend Young Living essential oils! More details (get a free holiday recipe e-book, Essential Oils Quick Reference Guide and $25 cash back for orders placed by the end of the week) here

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Easy Personalized DIY Ornaments

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Making up a personalized DIY ornament doesn’t have to be super involved, complicated or expensive. As a part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas December challenge, I grabbed these decorative ceiling medallion inserts from Lowe’s… easy personalized DIY ornaments @diyshowoff

Bonus: they were on sale. Check out the price…

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Make up a pretty matching complete gift set with a mix of personalized ornaments using the photo/frame insert, paint the decorative one in coordinating colors and add in a few mirrored inserts (attach a monogram sticker).

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Supply suggestions: photos, old holiday cards, wrapping paper or scrap book paper, alphabet stickers for monograms, paint, glitter, ribbon. 

What I did: 

I cut out scrapbook paper circles to fit in the photo/frame decorative ceiling medallion inserts x 4.

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I added metallic gold lettering to spell “N – O – E – L”. 

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Pull apart by twisting. Add the paper and re-assemble (reattach the back).

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Add a coordinating ribbon for hanging. 

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Display. 

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Easy, budget-friend, personal with a handmade feel. 

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You know that as soon as I have printed pictures of the baby, grandma will be swapping out “NOEL” for grand baby bragging photos instead. How nice that they can then be displayed all year long then? Love it! 

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I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

DIYShowOff Holiday Home Tour {part 1}

Greetings, friends! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!

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Have been following the Annual Holiday Housewalk all week long organized by Jennifer Rizzo/sponsored by Balsam Hill? If not, then welcome…you have some catching up to do! Start with Day 1 and work your way through all of the gorgeous holiday eye candy from blog to blog. 

Grab a mug of cocoa and enjoy! Visiting from Number Fifty Three? I love Angela’s style (not to mention her gorgeous painted furniture and beautifully staged photos…so inspiring!). 

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If you’re new to DIYShowOff, my tour started last month with a Michael’s Dream Tree Challenge. I always add a Christmas tree to our dining room and this year the theme is Succulents & Spruce {an enchanted evergreen} … 

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Using a few pretty pieces from Balsam Hill (mixed evergreen pine lighted teardrop, wood tabletop reindeer set, brown glen plaid ribbon) and adding in a candle, I created a pretty centerpiece…

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I rarely share photos of our living room but this year, I’m really in love with how it all came together…

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Next up on the Holiday Housewalk is a surprise home tour. Pop over to see who it is! I love her. She’s so sweet and you’re going to love her home as much as I do, especially during the holidays. 

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Part 2 of my holiday home tour!

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Enjoy the holiday home tours! I’m so glad you stopped by. You’re invited to stop back to visit my DIY tutorial page for more holiday ideas.  Christmas DIY @diyshowoff

Reminder: Get a free holiday e-book filled with recipes when you sign up with a premium starter kit at Young Living using member #1836762! 

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Holiday Gift Basket Idea {with free printables}

I recently created a gift basket for a sweet local lady’s benefit and it was a big hit. Since it’d make a great gift idea for the holidays, I wanted to share the idea as a part of my Michaels Makers’ December challenge. Purchase everything you need from Michaels Craft Stores and assemble or add a little DIY to make it a little more handmade. 

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Materials I used: Michael’s has an awesome gift selection, DIY/craft supplies AND so many great gift wrapping accessories too!

  • Eat, drink & be merry sign (They were on sale the last time I looked!) or snag a beautiful picture frame or two and print the free printables provided below
  • basket & shredded white paper filler 
  • two mason jar mugs 
  • green mason jar lids with straws
  • Christmas ornament
  • mini faux Christmas tree with burlap covered root ball 
  • regular or organic cocoa mix in a mason jar with chalkboard lid label
  • optional: peppermint essential oil or peppermint schnapps, washi tape

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More options: candy canes, marshmallows, holiday CD or movie, Christmas candle or homemade Christmas cookies. 

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Making or donating a promotional type gift? Add in your business card and samples.  Young Living essential oils holiday gift basket idea @diyshowoff

A budget friendly option. Print one or both of the attached chalkboard printables and frame in place of making a DIY sign or buying a print: 

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Right click and save to your desktop to print or click the blue link below to download the PDF for printing.

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Pin to your Holiday Gift board for future gift giving inspiration!

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See MORE Michaels Makers’ gift idea challenges:

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Find more holiday inspiration from Michaels:

  • If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones this year, check out  Michaels gift guide.
  • Not only did we get to make creative holiday gifts from Michaels, but we also decorated trees! If you haven’t gotten around to putting up your tree yet, the Michaels Makers Dream Tree Reveal and Decorating Tips posts are a must see.
  • Can’t think of what you’re going to give your craftiest friends this season? There are some great projects on Michaels’ DIY Gift Ideas Pinterest board that might spark your interest!

*As a member of the Michaels’ Makers team, I receive a gift card to complete and share fun craft challenges. All ideas and opinions are my own. 

DIY Essential Oil and Sea Salt Gift Set

December 1st is the official kick off for holiday prep in the DIYShowOff home. Today I’m excited to be participating in an Essential Oils blog hop – with lots of DIY gift ideas from several of my ‘oily’ friends. Is there a ‘loves-to-cook’ or foodie friend on your holiday gift giving list? Give one or more of these a try: 

Essential Oils + Sea Salt Gift Set

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*I only recommend Young Living brand essential oils labeled safe for dietary use for this recipe.

What I used: (includes some affiliate links)

Measurements will depend on the size of your containers and preference.

What I did:

Add 1-2 drops of essential oil to 2 tablespoons of sea salt in a dish and mix well. You may want to allow the mixture to dry for a couple of hours. 

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Mix in 1 tablespoon of dried herbs or spice. 

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Add to glass jar or bottle and secure with cork lid. 

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Add a label and ribbon. I also added a small spoon. 

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A perfect DIY gift for food lovers and cooks. 

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Looking for more essential oil gift ideas? I recently shared more essential oil gift recipe ideas and free printables. 

Essential Oils Holiday Open House

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Follow and pin the entire Essential Oil Gift Idea Blog Hop for inspiration: 

Homemade Peppermint Bath Bombs at Making Lemonade

DIY Soaking Salts and Body Mist at The Lunar Fae

Peppermint Bark at Mama Teaches

Peppermint Twist Face & Body Scrub at Eat Sleep Be

Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookies at O’Boy Organic

DIY Bath Salts at My Scraps

DIY Cleaning Wipes at Eco Incognito

Santa’s Helper Stress Away Scrub at Oily Oh My

What are Young Living essential oils? Still deciding if Young Living is right for you? 

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Get more information here and check out the incentives (free holiday gift e-book, free Essential Oils Quick Reference Guide and a $25 to put towards upgraded shipping or to add Christmas Spirit to you order) if you join THIS WEEK with the purchase of a Premium Starter Kit using member #1836762, while supplies last. 

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Yarn Wrapped Reindeer {Secret Santa Blog Tour}

Yarn Wrapped Paper Maché Reindeer Head Tutorial

Yarn Wrapped Reindeer {Secret Santa Blog Tour}

But first – Hellooo, DIY friends! I have the pleasure of participating in a fun secret Santa blog hop organized by my sweet friend, Dria at DIO Home Improvements. Dria is a hard working, generous and talented blog friend with a big heart. 

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I was lucky enough to be Dria’s randomly chosen secret Santa. Here’s the DIY gift I made for her, hand-wrapped with love:

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A yarn-wrapped paper maché reindeer head. Isn’t he cute? I loved the earthy tones in the super soft acrylic/wool blend yarn. I think he’ll be a great holiday decorative accent in her beautiful home.   DIY secret Santa gift @diyshowoff

Materials: purchased from Michaels Craft Store

  • 1 skein of yarn (the thicker the yarn, the less work)
  • paper maché reindeer head 
  • hot glue

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Tutorial: It’s pretty self-explanatory. I started with wrapping the reindeer face, securing where needed with hot glue. The curved areas are a little tricky!

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Then moved on to the antlers and ears, wrapping a large vertical portion then coming back and doing smaller areas. 

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I hot glued any loose ends, adjusting yarn to cover paper maché where needed. And voila!

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Then I simply added a gift tag, tucked in a few Yankee Candle pine scented ornaments, packed him up and shipped special delivery. 

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Giving is the best part of a secret Santa gift exchange, isn’t it? Getting a gift in return is icing on the cake and boy oh boy does my secret Santa know how to create, if you know what I mean.

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Along the same reindeer theme, Christy from Our Southern Home whipped up this beautiful chevron reindeer accent pillow. Just for me, you guys! Metallic gold chevron. Reindeer silhouette. I love it!

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Follow the entire Secret Santa blog tour for some DIY gift inspiration. 


Ideas for Hosting an Essential Oils Holiday Open House

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I love holiday hosting, entertaining and getting together with friends! As you know, I love essential oils too. 😉 I recently hosted an essential oils Make & Take Holiday Open House for my team (along with their guests). We had a great time! Here are a few ideas for hosting: 

Invitation: 

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As you can see, I charged $20 per person. Most guests supplied their own Young Living essential oils if they had them. I shared my own supply with a few guests not signed up. And one guest who didn’t have her kit yet created the recipes without essential oils (which she added at a later time). While $20 didn’t cover my cost of materials, snacks and prizes, it did help tremendously. My goal wasn’t to make money but to provide a ‘thank you’ and fun interactive learning environment for my team. Create the same on a smaller scale, balance cost with expense. Have a good time! {For out of town guests/those who are unable to attend, email recipes & ideas.}

Food…I added peppermint essential oil to gluten free brownies, cinnamon bark essential oil to pumpkin bread, had lime essential oil on hand with organic/non-gmo chips and salsa and tossed some popcorn with melted coconut oil, sea salt and a few drops of lime essential oil. 

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Drinks: I supplied a flavored water station with icy cold bottled water, citrus essential oils (tangerine, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit and Citrus Fresh) with glass bottles and festive paper straws. 

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As well as a hot chocolate bar with organic cocoa mix, peppermint essential oil, marshmallows and candy canes. 

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Door prizes: (Thieves hand sanitizer, essential oil bottle labels, lip balms) were drawn every half hour (winner had to be present for this). Entries included name, email, phone# and check boxes for hosting a class or interested in business building. 

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Raffles: I sold tickets for raffle prices. This was a huge hit and ticket sales covered the cost. I purchased a few Young Living holiday items in advance and set up a raffle. Winners were drawn at the end of the day. 

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Diffuse Young Living’s Christmas Spirit essential oil blend. Crank the Christmas music!

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Holiday DIY gift Make & Take: Each guest paid $20 to make 10 gifts. I supplied everything but the essential oils. Most (and most are organic) ingredients and ‘tasting spoons’ (good for mixing, cute tied to a jar) were purchased in bulk from Amazon. Containers (tins, bottles, jars) were purchased from the bridal favor section at Michaels. Trays are from Target. Bowls from the Dollar store. Spray bottles from AbundantHealth4U. Other supplies: measuring spoons, funnels, measuring cups, medicine droppers, paper towels, gift bags for guest to take home their treasures)

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Set up at the dining room table: 

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You may need to adjust ingredients to fit your container. Everyone had fun playing “chemist”. 

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Young Living essential oils Make & Take Holiday Open House ideas @diyshowoff There was a Decorating Station in the family room. Ribbon, labels, gift tags, washi tape, etc. for making gifts pretty!

It was a fun filled day of hearing testimonials, answering questions, reviewing the Essential Rewards program and business side of things. It was a great time getting to know local team members and getting excited about essential oils. 

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Happy Holidays, oily friends!

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I love my essential oils! I love my oily team! Want to join the fun (not to mention the movement for healthier living, natural options and a chemical free home)? Let’s talk! 

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Check out my essential oils page for more information on how you can get these amazing oils in your hands too along with helpful freebies, a gift from me, and tons of support. 

 

5 Tree Decorating Tips

If you celebrate Christmas, more than likely you decorate an evergreen tree (real or artificial) with ornaments and lights. It’s a Christmas tradition in our home. 

When the days are short and evening arrives early, there’s just something happy about twinkly lights on a Christmas tree that lifts my spirits and warms my heart this time of year.  

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As a member of the Michaels’ Makers blog team, I recently had an awesome opportunity to participate in a dream tree challenge. Bri and I spent quite a bit of time browsing the aisles at Michaels to come up with creative ideas for the challenge. Finally, a glittery shimmery succulent wreath is what inspired the succulents & spruce theme. We both really love the natural/botanical vibe that succulents and plants add to just about any style of decorating. 

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Today I wanted to share a few tips for setting up and decorating an artificial tree, some that help make it look more ‘real’ and full.

Tip #1 Set the Mood

This is completely optional but nothing sets a Christmas tree decorating mood like cranking up the Christmas tunes. Pair that with a cup of hot cocoa and you’re all set! I like to set my boxes of ornaments and decorations in the same room to have everything within easy reach. 

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Tip #2 Pine Scent

Making the tree not only visually “Christmas” but smelling like pine contributes to the magical feel of the holiday season. In the past I’ve lit pine scented candles. Michaels also sells pine or cinnamon scented ornaments. This year, we’re really loving our essential oils. So we’re diffusing essential oil blends like Christmas Spirit, cinnamon and/or pine, creating a seasonal scent without the harmful chemicals.  

Tip #3 Ideas for Under the Tree

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Get creative with the area under the tree. For my dream tree challenge, I simply added a burlap table runner for a ‘skirt’ and displayed potted succulents. here are some past ideas we’ve done too:

Tip #4 Lights 

Tip #4: Pre-lit is the way to go but in the past I’ve also used a 9 outlet Christmas tree extension cord for adding strings of light. I like that the outlets are spaced along the extension cord. One plug into the wall outlet and an off/on switch for the Christmas lights, the outlets up along the back of the tree for adding strings of lights.

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I was surprised that not many Facebook fans knew this tip, so I’ll share here too: I add my lights to the tree vertically {up and down} rather than around. I can’t tell the difference and when the tree is in a corner, it’s a lot easier than trying to get around it’s width. Not a fan of pulling it out from the corner, moving a ladder all around while trying to “lasso” the tree with strings of lights and pushing it back into place. 

 Tip #5 Filling in the tree & decorating

If your artificial tree isn’t as full as you’d like it to be, add faux pine garland or silk flower bunches to fill in the gaps {large faux poinsettias help to fill in space and look pretty too}. Even dollar store green garland pushed near the center of the tree will help hide seeing the “pole” through sparse branches. Try larger ornaments and use wide ribbon or tulle as a garland to help fill the empty spaces.

We chose items that had more of a natural theme rather than specifically traditional. By adding in mixed metallics with a bit of glitter along with natural elements, we were able to create an enchanted evergreen vibe. 

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Bonus tip: Cat Proofing the Tree. I recommend an artificial tree if you have a cat to prevent possible poisoning from ingesting pine needles or tree water (things to consider with a real tree). You may want to set up the tree but hold off on decorating until cat is a little less curious. Choose a safe location in the event that the tree is knocked over. Use a citrus spray, Bitter Apple spray to help discourage cats or spritz pinecones with citrus/citronella and display near the base. Make sure the tree has a wide/secure/heavy anchor. Tape down electrical wires or wrap exposed wires in foil. Artificial trees also eliminate the temptation to sharpen claws where as your cat may find a real tree trunk irresistible. Thankfully our cat doesn’t climb the tree but I’ve heard that tin foil around the trunk may help to prevent it. Ours will bat at lower ornaments though. Be sure to bend the ornament hanger securely around a branch or display unbreakable ornaments lower on the tree. 

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I really don’t feel there is a wrong or right way to decorate a tree. Decorating in layers is what works best for me. Materials I used: (Find materials and decor that you feel fit a succulent & spruce/enchanted evergreen theme at Michaels) .

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  • 7 1/2 foot pre-lit Willow Pine Christmas tree
  • succulent garlands
  • packs of matte orange Christmas bulb ornaments
  • grapevine orbs 
  • mini mossy fairy/gnome houses
  • lighted grapevine star tree topper
  • assorted pheasant feathers
  • large pinecones
  • glittery floral pics in copper
  • assorted floral pics: one with mini pinecones on branches, one with gold berries, gold/green ferns, gold glittery spiral branches, etc. 
  • clip on burlap poinsettias 
  • assorted potted succulents – for the ones hanging on the tree, be sure to use hot glue to ensure succulents are extra secure in foam base/pot as well as to adhere an ornament hanger to the pot so that rather than set on it’s base, it hangs like an ornament. 
  • burlap table runner for use as a tree skirt
  • birch wood slices for displaying succulents under the tree

Succulents & Spruce Christmas Tree @diyshowoff - #michaelsmaker dream tree challenge

Before blogging, I decorated our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. During blogging, the season starts a bit earlier. My tree was up and decorated by Halloween. I’ve been asked if I take it down or leave it up for two months. I definitely keep it on display the entire month of November and December and a little into January too. How about you? 

Get more Christmas tree tips from the entire Michaels’ Makers team:

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·        If you haven’t seen all of the Dream Trees yet, stop by The Glue String to see all 30 – be prepared to be inspired! See the full Succulents & Spruce Christmas tree reveal here

·         You can help spread some holiday cheer by sharing a photo of my dream tree or any trees that inspire you this year on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag your friend, use the hashtag #TagATree and encourage them to do the same! Thank you!!! xo

·         Looking for some creative holiday ideas? Michaels has a variety of Make it Merry projects for you and your family to work on this season!

·         All Michaels stores are hosting a Holiday Pinterest Party tomorrow, Saturday Nov. 15 from 1-4pm – come in and create a fun holiday project with the help of a Michaels associate!

dream tree decorating tips @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers #tagatree