Elf on a Shelf Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Now that my daughter is three and a half, I decided to start the Elf on a Shelf tradition this year.  I am so excited about it… I just think she’ll love it. Being the planner that I am, I decided try out a few ideas while she was at school the other day.  Not sure I will do these, but I took pictures to share them all with you.  Be forewarned!  I may be posting one or two more posts about Elf on a Shelf Ideas soon!  I would love to hear any ideas that you may have too, so feel free to make a comment below

Here is what I came up with in the two free hours I had…

So, the first thing I thought of was to raid her toys. I found a little oven so, I placed it on our kitchen counter top with a little pie inside.

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Then I found this little potty training toilet for her baby dolls…this one speaks for itself!

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What elf doesn’t want to have a tea party???

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For this one, I brought out one of her favorite books and set up the elf to read a bedtime story to her fairies.

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I ventured into our garage and found this checkers board. So far it’s tied… ;)

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Then I went upstairs to the craft room. Our elf OF COURSE is very crafty!

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For the last one, our elf sent her a little message on her chalkboard.

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Do you have any ideas for me?  I’m excited about the whole thing, but I need to think of about 2 dozen more! Help!

Update! Here’s 17 more EASY Elf on the Shelf Ideas I did.

Update #2! Check out these new Elf on the Shelf Ideas I did!

7 DIY Christmas Ornaments for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Christmas Ornaments For Kids

Thinking of new holiday crafts to do this year, I realized that I have done a few very easy to make Christmas ornaments.  So, I thought I’d put together a round-up of seven DIY Christmas Ornaments for Kids today!

Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments for Kids

This one is a popular one that I did when I first started blogging.  All you need is a recycled toilet paper roll, glue, ribbon, and a rhinestone.  You can glitter or paint them if you want as well. It’s super easy and the kids will love it!

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Scrabble Christmas Ornaments

I don’t know about you but our household ended up with two Scrabble boards.  One had many missing pieces so I decided to reuse the tiles.  Your kids can spell out whatever their hearts desires!

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Skeleton Key Crafts

I found these skeleton keys in the dollar bin at a craft store. All I did was add a ribbon and a bead and you have an instant ornament!

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Happy Meal Toy Memory Ornaments

What do you do with all those toy figurines and Happy Meal toys your kids won’t let go? Turn them into a memory keepsake ornament!  I write the year on the bottom so I don’t forget. If you have multiple, you can give them away to friends at school as easy and inexpensive homemade gifts.

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Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments

Another great way to recycle and reuse is to turn old colorful Christmas cards into flower ornaments.  With a similar technique as the toilet paper roll ornaments, these are also really fun to make with the kids.

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Vintage Inspired Ornaments 15 Minute Craft

One of my most recent ornaments can be made with kids as well.  They’ll have fun working with paint and giving these ornaments a little shake.

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Vintage Handkerchief Ornaments

This is a great one to make and give to grandma.  Take one of her handkerchiefs and make a pretty keepsake ornament for her as a gift this year.  Add a tag with the year and a little message to Grandma.

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Vintage Inspired Ornaments 15 Minute Craft

by Dinah Wulf

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Guess what? It’s time for another Craft Lightening! Today I am sharing how to make a Vintage Inspired Ornament in fifteen minutes. I wanted to make some more ornaments to match the vintage handkerchief ornaments I made the other day.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Clear glass or plastic ornaments
  • Craft paint in the colors of your choice
  • Lace ribbon for the trim
  • Lace ribbon for the hanger
  • Gold ribbon
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Wet paper towel

I started out with four oblong glass ornaments that I got on sale for 50% off…woo hoo! Remove the top and squirt a generous amount of craft paint into the bulb.

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Place your thumb over the bulb and give it a vigorous shake.  You may need to turn your bulb and shake to coat the entire inside.

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Keep a wet paper towel handy to clean your fingers. Place the top back on. You can wait for your paint to dry.  I am too impatient, however so I didn’t! Ha!

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Next I cut a piece of lace ribbon.  I hot glued the ribbon on with a thin strip at the back of the ornament.

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I also wanted a little gold sparkle, so I added a gold glitter ribbon on top of the lace. I also added a thicker lace ribbon as the hanger on top.  They turned out quite nice!

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Thank you to Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts for allowing me to participate in another fun Craft Lightening!  If you want to see some of my other 15 minute crafts you might like:

Easy Winter Forest in Apothecary Jars

by Dinah Wulf

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Sometimes the simplest things make the prettiest decorations. I found these cute little sparkly green trees the other day and decided to make this easy winter forest in apothecary jars for my fireplace mantel.

Apothecary jars are such a great investment for someone like me who loves to decorate and throw parties. I wait until they go on sale, or I have a coupon and buy them.  I have them in many different shapes and sizes.  I use them every day, but change the contents depending on the holiday or season. If you don’t have apothecary jars, glass vases work well too.

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For this project, I filled them with some cotton snow.  I bought a bag for about $3.00 and used barely any of it!

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I found these adorable sparkly green trees at Walmart near the Christmas section where they sell the miniature villages.  The large one was $2.00, the medium ones were $1.50 each, and the small ones were only $.75 apiece.  This was a steal because as I shopped around at other places the large trees were around $7.00.  I found small ones at a craft store for missions, but they weren’t as cute as these. BUT if you want them, you have to hurry because I bought the last two small ones at my Walmart!

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Here are a few photos.  It’s so simple, very festive. I’d show you more of my mantel but it’s still a work in progress!  So, stay tuned!

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Stenciled Monogrammed Placemats Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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I love my Thanksgiving placemats.  They are simple, black and white, with a script style.  It has words like, “gratitude”, “share”, “Blessings”, and “thanks”… perfect for a Thanksgiving dinner party.  BUT you know me, and I had to spruce them up a little.  I thought a little shimmer of gold would be a nice touch.  I did a similar post in the past on burlap placemats I made.  It’s quite the popular post! With that said, here is my stenciled monogrammed placemats tutorial.

Materials:           

  • Fabric placemats
  • Stencil of choice
  • Spouncer stencil brush
  • Small paper plate
  • Craft paint good for fabric
  • Two clean towels

Here are my lovely placemats. Pretty but needed a little oomph.

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I chose a “W” for our last name, Wulf.  I love collecting “W’s” and they are all over my house.

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First, place a small amount of paint onto your paper plate.  Dip the spouncer brush in the paint and allow the paint to saturate the end of the brush.  Stamp the excess paint onto the plate BEFORE you apply it to the placemat.  Once your brush is saturated (without any clumps of paint), apply the paint in an up and down stamping motion.  This will avoid bleeding.

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You can immediately remove the stencil.  I rinsed the stencil from paint in between each placemat and dried it with two dish towels.  I had quite the system going on! I was actually able to finish this project very quickly (about a half hour).

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Allow your placemats to dry completely.

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That’s it!  These would make great personalized gifts.  I was thinking of making sets of 4 for my friends.  You can also stencil on cloth napkins and give them as a set. Make a set of two for your favorite couple and give it as a hostess gift as well!

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Vintage Handkerchief Ornaments

by Dinah Wulf

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One of my most favorite things about helping with the decorations a Vintage Inspired Baby Shower was going antique shopping with my Mother-In-Law and collecting vintage handkerchiefs.  I bought so many of them because I kept finding so many beautiful colors and patterns and even shapes. Now that the baby shower is over, I have all these beautiful handkerchiefs with nothing to do with them. After some thought, I decided to make some Vintage Handkerchief Ornaments.  Now I would be able to preserve and display them in a unique way.

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Aren’t they pretty? This post isn’t really a tutorial per se, because it’s obvious how to make them, HOWEVER I did run across some helpful tips when putting them together in these glass ornaments I got at the craft store.

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Being the Geek that I am, I was trying to figure out how to fold each handkerchief so that they would fit through a small hole, and look pretty while inside. After several trials and errors, I came upon Tip #1.

Tip #1: Don’t fold the handkerchief, it looks best when you start with a corner and stuff it in there haphazardly!

Because I tried several times at folding and stuffing I noticed that several (almost all) of these glass bulbs had sharp edges around the opening.

Tip #2: To prevent from cutting your fingers AND ripping the handkerchiefs, use a pen or chopstick to stuff the handkerchief inside the bulb.  You can also use the stick to maneuver and shape the handkerchief as you like.

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There were several times when I had to take the handkerchief out and start over.

Tip #3: Use a pair of tweezers to pull your handkerchief out if needed.  Be careful not to rip the handkerchief on those nasty sharp edges!

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After I stuffed all my bulbs, I used the ribbon from these baby shower decorations I made to re-use as a hanger for each ornament.  I used different colors, thicknesses, and materials.

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I thought they turned out quite nice and I can’t wait to put them on my tree!

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5 Tasty Holiday Cocktail Recipes

by Dinah Wulf

With the holidays just right around the corner, I thought I’d put together 5 Tasty Holiday Cocktail Recipes.  These are all original recipes written and concocted by David Edessa.  For all of David’s fun cocktail party recipes check out his Cocktail Corner!

5 Tasty Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Apple Cranberry Cider

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts (8 cups) Apple juice
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • ½ cup Pure Maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger
  • 3 Cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

Pour juice into a tall pot with a lid and turn on heat to high. Prepare spices and add to pot. When pot reaches a boil, turn to the lowest setting. Let simmer about 15 minutes. Strain the cider through a fine sieve onto a second pot. Return cider to heat source or pour into a crock pot to keep warm. Ladle into mugs and enjoy.

Coquito (Puerto Rico’s Christmas spiked eggnog)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Coconut Cream
  • 1 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Dark Rhum
  • 1 cup Spiced Rhum
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 4 Egg Yolks, well beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish

Instructions:

Boil the water and the cinnamon sticks, then allow to cool to room temperature (don’t forget to remove cinnamon sticks). In a blender or food processor combine the coconut cream, evaporated & condensed milk, salt, egg yolks and vanilla, and blend at high speed for 30 seconds, or until the mixture is smooth. Add the dark rhum, spiced rhum, orange liqueur, and cinnamon water; blend for a few seconds longer until ingredients have blended completely. You need to add the water because it will get thicker later in the refrigerator. This is also the best time to taste and add more rhum (rum) if you wish to have a stronger batch. Pour the coqui into a glass container, preferable bottles (easier to pour into glasses at time of service). Refrigerate the coqui for 4-6 hours, or until it is thoroughly chilled. Remove from refrigerator about 15-20 minutes (if too thick) before serving, then shake bottle well. To serve, pour the Coquito into a chilled parfait or punch glasses and sprinkle the top lightly with nutmeg. A pinch martini or short juice glasses will do.

Pumpkin Maple Toddy

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Crown Royal Maple Finish Whiskey
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp. Organic Honey
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin Butter (recipe below)
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 strip Lemon Peel
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Hot Water

Instructions:

Pour the honey, boiling water, and whiskey into a mug. Put in a slice of lemon peel. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes so the flavors can mingle. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

White Pumpkin Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ oz. Vanilla Rhum
  • ¾ oz. White Crème de Cacao liqueur
  • 1½ oz. Pumpkin Butter
  • ½ oz. 2% Whole Organic Milk

Instructions:

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine rhum, pumpkin butter, liqueur and milk. Shake well and pour all contents including the ice in a tall mug.

Salted Butter Pecan Martini

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka ( your favorite brand will due in a Vanilla Vodka)
  • ¾ oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
  • ¾ oz. Frangelico Liqueur
  • ½ oz. Baileys Caramel
  • 1 oz. Heavy Cream
  • Torani Salted Caramel syrup

Glass Prep Instructions:

Place martini glass in freezer for 15 minutes to half an hour. Pour the caramel syrup into a shallow plate and in another plate crushed candied pecans. Then, dip the rim of a chilled martini glass into the plate with the caramel syrup and then dip the chilled glass into the plate with the crushed candied pecans. When done place prepped glass on parchment paper for easy release and place in freezer until ready to use.

How to Make a Citrus Floating Candle

by Dinah Wulf

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My brother was on Facebook the other day and a friend of his posted a picture of how to make a candle from an orange.  I thought that several of these citrus floating candles would be perfect for an evening summer party centerpiece. We were visiting our dad recently and decided to try it out in his kitchen. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a citrus floating candle.

Materials:

  • Orange
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Spoon
  • Cooking oil
  • Water
  • Bowl or vase
  • Lighter

Step One: Cut an orange in half.

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Step Two: Using a spoon, scoop out the orange leaving the center pith of the orange is intact. This will be used as the wick.

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Step Three: Pour cooking oil into your orange. Any cooking oil like vegetable, canola, or olive oil will work.

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Step Four: Carefully light your “wick”.  It may take several seconds to light (longer than a regular wick). Note: We sliced the bottom of our orange so that it would not roll.  Be careful not to pierce through the bottom.  You do not have to do this if you are going to place it in water.

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Step Five: Place your floating candle in the desired vessel with water.

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Ta-dah! We used a medium sized orange.  We were able to burn the candle for about three and a half to four hours.  Be careful if you are doing this project with your kids!

 

Recycled Pringles Can Gift Kits

by Dinah Wulf

I have seen a few Pringles can cookie tins on Pinterest.  They are cleverly wrapped and hold the perfect sized cookie.  I’ve seen them wrapped with Christmas paper complete with a bow and I’ve seen them wrapped like a Mummy for Halloween.   These lovely ideas inspired me to create these Recycled Pringles Can Gift Kits with a “pull me” tag and ribbon.  The long vertical shape is perfect for this.

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Here are the cans I used.

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I made these nail kits for a teenage girl is four easy steps.

STEP 1: Choose your gift.

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STEP 2: Make a “pull me” tag.

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STEP 3: Tie all your gifts together with ribbon.

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STEP 4: Insert them into your decorated Pringles can.

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Other Gift Kit Ideas:

  • Sushi Theme- chopsticks, sushi mat, soy sauce dish, packet of soy sauce, instructions on how to make sushi
  • Movie Theme- different types of candy and movie tickets
  • Spa Time Theme – loafa, travel sized soaps, bubble bath, bath wash, foot scrub, sponge
  • Tool Kit – screw drivers, nails, other tools
  • Sewing Kit – needles, thread, scissors, buttons
  • Makeup Kit – brushes and makeup
  • Creative Kit for Kids – crayons, markers, paints, brushes, stickers
  • Travel Theme – travel sized toiletries, tooth brushes
  • Puzzles – puzzle pieces and a photo of the completed puzzle
  • Bachelorette/Bachelor Party Kit- small liquor bottles, shot glass, cards, vail, sash, temporary tattoos, fun straws, games, etc.
  • Fourth of July- fill it with sparklers, snaps, matches
  • General- fill it with holiday themed candy and decorate accordingly

Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials!

What else can you do with a Pringles Can???

 

Recycled Christmas Cookie Tin

by Dinah Wulf

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Every year for Christmas we get several yummy treats as gifts… it’s the best!  It seems, however, that every tasty indulgence comes in a tacky Christmas tin.  Why is that?  I love receiving these tins because they are so useful.  You can use them for organization in your pantry, craft room, office, or bathroom.  This time I received one that was the perfect size to hold my daughter’s crayons.  It is wide enough to show several colors at once, which seems to be important to my toddler.  Here is how I made a crayon holder out of a Recycled Christmas Cookie Tin.

Here is the BEFORE photo.

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Here is what you’ll need:

  • Christmas tin of your choice
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Decorative Paper
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Ruler

This craft project is SO easy that I even had my daughter help me (I probably don’t even need to write a tutorial, but here it is anyway!).  After all, this was for her.  First, I let her choose the paper she wanted. Using a paper cutter or scissors, and a ruler to measure the tin, cut your paper to size.

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Using a paint brush, paint on a thin coat of Mod Podge or watered down glue.  Put your decorative paper on top.  Smooth out any air bubbles.  Paint another layer of Mod Podge over the top of the paper and allow it to dry completely (approximately 15 minutes).

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Repeat this process to cover the rest of your container.

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I applied two coats.

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Here is another after photo.

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Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials!

Silent Night: Christmas Eve Sleeping Tips for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

Christmas Eve Sleeping Tips for Kids

For children, going to sleep on Christmas Eve can be difficult. After all, there is much to be excited about. For parents, it may be difficult to remember those days when all you could think of the night before Christmas was what Santa may possibly leave under the tree. If you are having difficulty in getting your children to sleep on Christmas Eve, there are a few tricks that you can try.

During the Day

  1. Keep them active – Keeping children active during the day will help to ensure that they are tired enough to actually go to sleep despite all of the excitement. Plan activities for the day of Christmas Eve and ensure that they get plenty of exercise.
  2. Don’t Overdo – Your children are bound to be excited but you can help to curb that excitement just a bit. Try not to overdo stimuli that could promote anxiety. Moderate your activities and try to avoid anything that may make your children, particularly younger children, a bit more anxious than they need to be.

During the Evening

  1. Warm bath – A warm bath is just the thing that your children need to relax them before bedtime. If you have a normal bedtime routine, stick to it. Altering from that routine can cause even more excitement which can be difficult for children to overcome.
  2. Warm milk – Warm milk is another great way to make them sleepy before bedtime. Milk has tryptophan in it that causes sleepiness so offering them a glass with a Christmas cookie after dinner can help them to fall asleep sooner.

At Bedtime

  1. Let them sleep – You may be tempted to keep reminding them that Santa is on his way but this may only lead to their restlessness. Try to avoid bringing on any more excitement. Simply close their bedroom door and allow them to drift off.
  2. Let them start early – It is customary in many households to open a gift on Christmas Eve. If this is feasible, allow your children one gift before bedtime to help curb their excitement. They will be thinking more about the gift that they opened than those that are soon to come and will fall asleep faster.

There is no right or wrong way to put your children to bed on Christmas Eve. If you are concerned about them falling asleep, get them up early on the morning of Christmas Eve or use any of the steps above to help calm their excitement and promote a better night’s sleep.

This article was provided by The Odd Mattress Company. Get more tips for a good night’s sleep by visiting their website today.

 

 

 

10 Creative Ways to Display Your Christmas Cards

by Dinah Wulf

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It’s that time of year when our letterboxes are inundated with little gestures of goodwill in the form of Christmas cards. For many of us, these cards tend to accumulate in a pile on the sideboard, but giving them pride of place around your home is easy and can become an interesting part of your festive decorations. Here are 10 Creative Ways to Display Your Christmas Cards.

1. To display your Christmas cards with minimal effort, just slot your cards in the picture frames and mirrors around your home.

2. For an interesting way of displaying cards with objects you can find around your home just tie a piece of string across the door frames and use pegs to secure the cards in place – a little Christmas card washing line!

3. Many shops also sell ready-made card-hangers to which you can simply fasten your cards. Keep a look out in your local store.

4. Fasten a little piece of ribbon to each of your cards and hang them around your home. Put a rustic-looking tree branch in a big vase for an interesting place to hang your cards.

5. If you have an empty wall, stick your cards to make the shape of a Christmas tree or a star. This can make a great feature for an otherwise un-used space.

6. Tie ribbon around your cupboard doors and use safety pins or paperclips to secure your cards in place.

7. If you have a pin board in your home, this makes for an easy space to display your cards. A cork board can easily be covered with wrapping paper for that extra festive feel.

8. Attach ribbon to a coat hanger and hang your cards anywhere in the house!

9. If you have garlands running around your fireplace or staircase these can make a great place to hang your cards.

10. If you have window shutters in your home, or an old pair hanging around, you can slide your Christmas cards into the grooves.

Hopefully these ideas will give you a bit of inspiration this Christmas. Many Christmas cards have such beautiful designs it would be a shame not to display them!

 

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Puerto Rico’s Eggnog Coquito Punch Recipe

by Dinah Wulf

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If you would like to try something different from the Christmas eggnog that you prepare every year; I suggest you try the Coquito. Puerto Rico’s eggnog and it is delicious. Traditionally it is served in Puerto Rico during Christmas, New Year and The Three Kings Day. However, it’s also a great celebration drink for any occasion. Here is Puerto Rico’s Eggnog Coquito Punch Recipe.

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Coquito Recipe (Puerto Rico’s Christmas spiked eggnog):

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Coconut Cream
  • 1 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Dark Rhum
  • 1 cup Spiced Rhum
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 4 Egg Yolks, well beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish.

Instructions:

Boil the water and the cinnamon sticks, then allow to cool to room temperature (don’t forget to remove cinnamon sticks). In a blender or food processor combine the coconut cream, evaporated & condensed milk, salt, egg yolks and vanilla, and blend at high speed for 30 seconds, or until the mixture is smooth. Add the dark rhum, spiced rhum, orange liqueur, and cinnamon water; blend for a few seconds longer until ingredients have blended completely. You need to add the water because it will get thicker later in the refrigerator. This is also the best time to taste and add more rhum (rum) if you wish to have a stronger batch. Pour the coqui into a glass container, preferable bottles (easier to pour into glasses at time of service). Refrigerate the coqui for 4-6 hours, or until it is thoroughly chilled. Remove from refrigerator about 15-20 minutes (if too thick) before serving, then shake bottle well. To serve, pour the Coquito into a chilled parfait or punch glasses and sprinkle the top lightly with nutmeg.

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Check out all of David’s FANTASTIC cocktail party recipes!  Find the perfect one for any occasion.

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I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas

by Dinah Wulf

I’m dreaming of a green Christmas for two reasons! The first reason is because my favorite color is green, and secondly because “green” also means eco-friendly. Same word, two meanings.  What do you call that again? Think think think… ah yes! A homonym!  See? I did pay attention in school.  That or I Googled it, but you’ll never know! ;) Anyway, here we go! Some of the following inspiration are green in color, some are eco, and some are both! Enjoy!

I love these!  Tassels made from pine needles add a very clever repurposing idea to a holiday wreath.

A fun idea from Party City are these adorable candy cane Christmas cookies perched on a green cup of hot cocoa.

OK, for this one, the site it in Bulgarian, but you get the picture! They transformed 2 liter bottles into fun Eco friendly Christmas trees!  So very clever!

Here’s another fantastic repurposing idea of using a hula hoop to make a giant Christmas wreath! I picture this outside hanging off the eaves of a roof.

You have to try these Emerald Fir Candles.   The colors are fantastic in person, especially the metallic green.  Emerald Fir is Colonial Candle’s December fragrance of the month, featuring a festive swirl of ground cinnamon, peppered clove and maple.  So good!  It’s the perfect Christmas sent without being too over powering.

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A fun and simple craft you can do with your kids, is make these adorable yarn Christmas trees to add to your holiday décor.

Both green in color and eco-friendly green, recycling wine bottles into a candle centerpiece is another easy and inexpensive way to add oomph to your dinner table. Embellish them with velvet ribbon in hues of green and add rhinestones to glam them up a bit!

I heart this Christmas ball wall art! What a unique and beautiful way to reuse an old picture frame.

So simple, yet lovely, here is another whimsical green idea from Good Houskeeping.

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Top Tips to Set your Table for Christmas

by Dinah Wulf

One of the biggest parts of Christmas is Christmas dinner. The big Christmas meal is often seen as more important than the decorations and the presents, and this is usually because it’s a chance to over-indulge and enjoy time with the entire family.

However, if there’s one way to spoil a Christmas dinner it’s by not setting your table properly.

Why?

–          Because people won’t have enough elbow room.

–          Because there may not be space for all the side dishes and accompaniments.

–          Because there’s a higher risk of drinks being spilt or plates being knocked off tables when things get crowded.

What’s the right way to set your table this Christmas then?

There’s definitely an art to setting your table just right, but once you’ve got it down pat you won’t have any problems ever again.

So, if you want to get your table just right this Christmas, implement the following tips:

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–          Pick a theme

Picking a theme for your Christmas dinner will help you to bring everything together perfectly. Your theme could be based on absolutely anything – different colours, contemporary or old fashioned cookware, etc.

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–          Provide the right cutlery

If you’re planning on serving a starter, a main meal and a dessert, you should provide cutlery for each of these courses. This will stop you from needing to jump up and retrieve additional cutlery for everyone at the end of each course, and it can also add a formal touch to your meal.

As a general rule, place dinner knives and forks closest to the plates, then knives, forks or spoons for starters, and dessert spoons or forks on the outside. This means your dinner guests can work from the outside in when choosing their cutlery. Also, include soup spoons if you’re serving soup.

–          Consider using a hostess tray

If your dinner table isn’t very big, you don’t have to rush out and buy a new one just to make sure everything fits on it. Rather than crowding your table with multiple plates full of roast potatoes, turkey, Brussels sprouts and other dishes, think about investing in a hostess tray.

You can use this to transport your dishes from the kitchen to the dining room and can also store them on it while everyone’s eating. Not only will this free up space on your table, but you can also use it to take all of the dirty dishes back to the kitchen after the meal!

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–          Set out napkins

Christmas dinner is bound to get messy with all the food available, so always set out napkins for your guests and have some spare as well.

–          Offer wine glasses and water glasses

Give your guests wine and water glasses so that they can enjoy a sip of refreshing water and a quick tipple at dinner.

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–          Remember the Christmas crackers!

Christmas dinner is all about having fun and enjoying a great meal with close family and friends, so Christmas crackers are a must! Place them over dinner plates to ensure your guests know which one is theirs.

Christmas dinner may take hours to prepare and cook, but your guests will take just minutes in devouring it! Make sure your table is set properly to make sure everyone enjoys their meal.

This article was written by Britannia Living, a UK company selling everything from cooker hoods to cream range cookers from Britannia Living.

 

Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments

by Dinah Wulf

I don’t know about you but I receive a lot of Christmas cards in the mail.  Don’t get me wrong.  I LOVE receiving them, especially the ones with the family photos.  I love seeing my loved one’s kids grow up, seeing new additions, and even seeing what funny costumes their pets will be wearing.  You can always make recycled bottle cap magnets out of them but that was SOOOO last year!  Just kidding ;)  This year, I decided to make Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments.  This is a fun and easy kid-friendly craft.  Here’s is what you’ll need:

  • Christmas Cards
  • Paper Cutter or Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Hot Glue
  • Embellishments (I used a scrapbook embellishment and plastic rhinestone gems)
  • Ribbon

Step One: Gather your Christmas Cards! I chose by color… red and green of course! Oh yeah… plug in your glue gun.

Step Two: Cut them up.  I cut them in one inch strips.  I cut two lengths just depending on the size of the card. I cut 16 strips all together (8 in two different lengths).

Step Three: To make them easy to maneuver, I stapled four groups of four together.  I also creased a few to make the shape more interesting.

Step Four: Put the four pieces together and pinch with your fingers.  This is the easiest way to apply the glue.  Apply your hot glue and hold it for a few seconds to allow it to harden slightly and then add your embellishment.

Step Five: Add a ribbon.

Step Six: Hang it! So easy AND your Christmas cards don’t get thrown away AND you just made your kid happy by doing a craft with them! P.S. Notice my recycled Scrabble tile ornaments in the background? :)

Bonus!  Guess what?  Here are two other fun ornament tutorials done by my friends and favorite Bloggers over at Pandora’s Craft Box and Chase The Star.

Here is Loren’s DIY Snow Globe from Pandora’s Craft Box!

Here is Barbara’s DIY Ornament from Chase the Star!

I hope you try them out!

 

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