Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Ideas and Party in Your PJs 187

Once again, it's time to Party in Your PJs!  Who doesn't like to do that?
Has your month been busy?  Mine has but after tomorrow it should settle down--I have one more paper to write for this course and then I will be done and get a 3 week break from my college.  Only 3 classes after that and I will have my Master's degree!

We shared a Dollar Store Christmas Wreath tutorial this week on the blog.  Pretty easy!

Plus, make sure to check out the Dollar Store Christmas Craft Blog Hop that I participated in with 7 other bloggers. 

Okay, onto the features from last week's party!  Don't forget to visit each host's blog as we all choose our own features!

Pillar Blue Box shared this cute Christmas Dinosaur Terrarium that looks pretty easy to make:
Add some fun to your Christmas decorations by repurposing a Nutella jar and making a super cute min Christmas Cloche (dinosaur terrarium). 

A Grace Full Life  shares Entertaining for the Holidays on a Budget--something we all can use.
shop, ad, Dollar General, Christmas, holiday, entertaining 

Eclectic Red Barn  used pool noodles to make Candy Garland!
Eclectic Red Barn: Candies from pool noodles 
Blowing Away Out West  shared some great Scandinavian Ornaments with buffalo plaid:

Keeping It Real  made a cute Santa Hat Headband for her daughter and shares her instructions.
Santa Hat Headband - tutorial & pattern 

Those are our features for this week!  If you were featured, please copy and paste a button to share on your blog.

Please follow your hosts on your choice of social media--we appreciate it!

Meet the hosts of Party in Your PJs:

Monday, December 11, 2017

Oriental Trading Magic Color Christmas Tree Garland

We were given free product by Oriental Trading Company--all opinions are our own.

Oriental Trading Company has you covered for Christmas crafts, decorations, and more!
Recently we were given some of the above Magic Color Christmas Tree Ornament Crafts to share with our attendees at Pinners Conference Utah 2017.  They loved them!  We placed a set at each chair in the class and we even had ladies ask if we had extras!  One creative lady told me she would love to decorate her small tree exclusively in these fun trees (so I gave her a few more).

I decided to use the few I had left to make a garland.  As you can see above, it is simple, easy, and fun.

My family and sat down and decorated the trees with a stylus (provided in order) and made some pretty creative trees, if I do say so myself.  As you "scratch" with the stylus on the chalkboard-like surface, colors appear.  You can make you own designs, just like we did.  Our grandkids made some last year and thoroughly enjoyed themselves!  Plus they have a cute ornament as a keepsake.  These also come with red cord to use to hang on the Christmas Tree.

I just used some jute cord that I had on hand to make the garland--the ornaments went on easily.

Use the hyperlinks I entered above to check out these Magic Color Trees and all the great items that Oriental Trading has to offer!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dollar Store Christmas Craft Challenge Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to the Dollar Store Christmas Craft Challenge Blog Hop!  We have teamed with 7 talented bloggers to bring you our ideas using (mainly) dollar store items.  We hope that you will stop by each blog and see what each of us created.

Our contribution is a wreath.  I love wreaths and I love to make them.  I don't get too fancy but like to make them using simple items--some bought, some that I already have.  It is fun to come up with a new look!  Click below for the link to the tutorial!  I would love it if you shared, too (Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram). 
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Dollar Store Christmas Wreath

Hello and welcome to Two Chicks and a Mom!  Today we have a inexpensive and easy wreath tutorial for you.  Of course, make the wreath "your own" by using your creativity and items that you love!

I purchased a few items from a dollar store (Dollar Tree) but I also had items on hand already.
Green wreath form (Dollar Tree)
Ribbon (Dollar Tree) wide and 1/2 inch
Straight pins
Craft glue
Hot glue gun
Various embellishments such as silk flowers, buttons, stuffed toys, ornaments, etc.

To start, I place one end of my ribbon on the wreath and secure it with a straight pin (you can also use glue).  Then wind the ribbon over and around the wreath.

Hopefully you end with no gaps!  Then place a second, more narrow ribbon and secure both ribbons with a straight pin; wind second ribbon as first.  You should be able to use the same straight pin to secure.

I had this cute little chalkboard Christmas Tree that I found in Target's Dollar Section last Christmas and decided to use it.

I wasn't sure exactly what embellishments I wanted to use but this is what I did use:
This is actually a Santa pin that I have had for many years.  I don't wear them often anymore so I thought Santa needed a new home.

I used the back of the chalkboard tree and glued buttons and a small scrap of ribbon to decorate the tree.  When I placed it on the wreath, I used to small pieces of artificial greenery that I cut off of a Christmas candle ring (photo above).

The white poinsettias were also taken from a candle ring that I had for several years.  I just cut them off down to the flower and hot glued them in place.

Thanks for visiting and Merry Christmas!

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