Getting ready for the holidays

It’s weird celebrating the holidays in a place the air never gets that nip in the air. No matter how many Christmas carols I listen to in the car, it still feels more like mid may. Yesterday, I wore shorts and a tank top to an evening event. Whatever happened to mittens and hot chocolate?

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Inside though, I have a fireplace adorned with pinecones, holiday scented cameras and my woodsy Christmas tree covered in DIY ornaments and some vintage baubles that used to my grandparents.

Here are a look at some of the ones I made this year.

1. Balsa Wood Cut Out Creatures

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For these, I would look up an animal outline online and then draw it the best I could onto the balsa wood. Then I would lightly score the wood with an exacto knife.

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From there you just deepen the cut, until the balsa wood breaks away. It easier to break it up into little pieces than it is to try to separate it as two big pieces.

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2. Balsa Wood Animal Portraits

These guys are my fav. You just cut out an oval and then draw a silly little animal onto the wood. I then framed them with a little bit of extra pom pom ribbon I had lying around.

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3. Balsa Wood Trees

These are just decorate triangles of balsa wood. Nothing too fancy, but the raw wood just added a nice balance to the tree decorations.

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4. Paint Pen Baubles

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I had gotten the DecoColor pens for another project (painted mugs) and as it turns out they also worked really well on some glass ornaments from michaels. Eryn and I drew little trees on them as well as geometric patterns.

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5. Gold leaf baubles

As you can see in one of the above photos, we also covered some of the ornaments in gold leaf. We just used Modge Podge to get it to stick

6. Contact Paper Designs

I still have a lot of contact paper from that DIY statement wall I did, and I wanted to try using some of it on ornaments. It creates starker lines than painting and you can move it around if you want to adjust the look. It is however tricky to lay things on the curve of the sphere.

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And there you have it, 6 different easy DIY ornaments.

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