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Recycled Snowman Ornaments are My Favorite!

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Adorable little snowman ornaments are all handmade from recycled paperboard and decorated with an eye catching black and white ribbon.

Adorable little snowman ornaments are all handmade from recycled paperboard and decorated with an eye catching black and white ribbon.

I don’t know about you but I absolutely HATE throwing away cereal boxes. It drives me nuts! I look at these large areas of paper board and try to think what I can do with them! I end up keeping pretty much every box in my storage closet until I figure out a good use for them. From ATCoins to ornaments, I’ve been able to use every cereal box my kids have finished for about a year!

This week, I decided to use my 2.5” hole punch to punch out some circles and glue them together to make thicker pieces. I painted them white and aged them with darker brown paint. Then I cut out some carrot shaped noses and painted those orange to adhere to the snowman face and make them a little more 3 dimensional.

I love how cute they came out! They’re fun and have such sweet little faces that would just adorable on a tree or decorating the neck of a gifted bottle of wine.

You can check these out in my shop here!



Christmas In July: Vintage Seed Packet Ornaments

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Vintage Seed Packet Ornaments for a Garden Themed Christmas Tree

Vintage Seed Packet Ornaments for a Garden Themed Christmas Tree

Moving into this country house has inspired me to decorate it in vintage and country themes. Right now, in the middle of July, we’ve got an Americana theme rockin’ over here that I absolutely adore! I think I’ve signed up for about a thousand country farmhouse style magazines so that I can really find ideas that work for our house and decorate it so that it’s beautiful each season. Of course, shopping for all new stuff comes with a hefty price tag and I’ve got to be careful not to spend the “family fortune” on all the shopping that I need to do! But I’ve been lucky so far… I’ve raided every clearance department at Michaels, JoAnns, HomeGoods and Hobby Lobby and I’ve found some great stuff to put out for our Americana home.

But that got me thinking. With so many rooms in this country house, I’m going to need a lot more Christmas decor than I’ve got. And here I was thinking I had too much at the old house! Well, time to start putting together some ideas for Christmas decor so I can have that ready to put up in the late fall.

I’ve always wanted to do a garden inspired tree and I think this year, I’m going to do just that! I’ll probably put it out in the entry way or maybe even out on the back porch that is covered in screened in. I decided I’d try and make my own ornaments/decorations for some of my tree ideas.

If you’d like to see how I made these, head on over to my YouTube channel and watch the quickie video to see how these came together. Pretty quick and easy, if you ask me! Just find some free printables online (mine I found at Pinterest but also have them available for you here) or check out what people on Etsy have for downloads. I buy a ton of stuff off of Etsy for printables!

And what’s great about this little art project is you don’t need a ton of supplies. I just used the printables, some paperboard (from a recycled cereal box), scrapbook scraps, jute twine, a hole punch, a black stamp pad (to make these look aged) and some Stickles for bling. Of course, you’ll also need a glue stick, but who doesn’t have a million of those!

Now I’ll have to take a look around at some local shops to see if I can find some miniature garden tools to add to the tree that I’d like to put up this Christmas. I’m super duper excited to see how it turns out when the time gets closer! I’ll probably start decorating the day after Thanksgiving!

Have a wonderfully creative day!