My Coastal Christmas Tree

Today is the last day of 12 Days of Holiday Ideas!  We made it all the way through! There are now hundreds of ideas to make your holiday merry and bright! If you want to go back and find all the bloggers and see what they have posted, here is the link. I hope you have enjoyed this series. I know Lauren and I both enjoyed putting it all together.  Thanks you to Shirley and Erlene for working so hard to put this all together!

You can see all the other link ups at the bottom of the page. Be sure to check them out!

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Now, Lauren and I were both supposed to show our Christmas Trees today, but SOMEBODY hasn’t even put hers up yet. Ahem. So, it’s just mine today!

I bought the flocked tree a couple of years ago, and I love how it fits with the rest of my living room! It shows off all the coastal ornaments so well. I have another tree in my family room as well, and that one has all the family ornaments, so this one is just fancy and fun.

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Of course, I have included some starfish and some of my Shiny Brights.  The diamond shaped mirror ornament is from my childhood. I have 3 sisters and we each received one of these mirrors in a different shape. I also see a few of my ornament exchange ones in this picture.  Here is the link to this years exchange and if you type ‘ornament exchange’ in the search box, you can find the past years also.

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I added this vintage sled to place some of the presents in and a cozy fur throw to snuggle up with.

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I made these sparkly initial chipboard letters for each of us to add to the tree too.

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My tree goes perfectly with all my other coastal items in the room. Thank you so much for joining us each post. Welcome to all our newcomers too! We can’t wait to meet you all and hope you continue to stop by! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Coastal Buoy Christmas Wreath

Good morning! We are back today with another idea for the Twelve Days of Christmas-Wreaths! Here is a link back to the original post where you can see all the other hosts and their ideas! Don’t forget the inlinkz and the giveaway at the end of this post!

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I love the coastal look, which most of you know already, so I made a Coastal Buoy for my Christmas Wreath! This will go much better with my decor!

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Here are the supplies you will need:

  • Green or white foam circle form
  • White paint (optional)
  • Strips of cotton or muslin fabric
  • Mod Podge
  • Brushes
  • Silver Duct Tape
  • White paint and whatever other color you want to use
  • Christmas greens, berries, pinecones, ect.

I bought enough supplies to make 2 wreaths, but you only have to buy enough for one. I found these green styrofoam wreath forms at the Dollar Tree. Because they were green, I painted them white first, but if you buy white ones, you can skip this step.

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While the wreaths were drying, I cut strips of muslin to wrap around the wreath. I cut them about 1 inch wide, but they don’t have to all be perfect or the same.

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I wrapped each strip around the wreath overlapping as I went. When one ended, I overlapped the next one and continued all the way around. Once I got to the end, I used a little bit of hot glue to keep it from coming undone.

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I brushed Mod Podge over the whole thing. Since mine will be hanging outside on the door, this will protect it a little bit, plus it looks a little more finished.

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When the Mod Podge was dry, I used painters tape to mark off 4 areas. I will be painting 2 areas turquoise and 2 white, so this will keep the paint from going into the other area. I will be covering the taped area later, so it won’t matter that it’s not painted.

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I used a turquoise with some sparkle in it since it’s for the holidays.

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Next I cut strips of duct tape and then cut each piece in half lengthwise. These pieces I wrapped around the wreath on the unpainted areas.

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I found the perfect rope at The Dollar Tree too! I couldn’t believe they had this. It was even called Nautical!

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I made some loose loops, 4 of them and then wrapped another piece of rope around the middle, securing it tightly.

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I also tied knots at the end of the loose pieces so it wouldn’t fray.

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I used a separate piece of rope to go around the outside of the wreath. I loosely wrapped it around the wreath and secured it with duct tape over the other duct tape. I matched up the ends and secured them too.

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For the greenery,  I used 2 pieces of greens with berries and a small one with the rope pieces. I placed 2 going up and one going down and I tied them together with twine.

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I laid the greenery on the back of the wreath and hot glued it in various places until it was secure.

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Once they were attached, I placed the rope bow on the inside of the wreath and tied it on with twine too.  I also added a twine loop for the back. I hooked it around one of the bent stems.

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I took it outside and hung it on my porch! It’s the perfect touch to my coastal home!

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I also made one to go inside the house. I can’t wait to find the perfect spot for it!

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I love how it turned out and is perfect for my front porch! What do you think? Let me see what wreaths you have made!

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Vintage Coastal Farmhouse Advent Calendar

Good morning! I’ve lost track of what day we are on, but I do know I am sharing my advent calendar with you and I love how it turned out! But first, go here to go back to the 50 Christmas Ideas and see what the other hosts are sharing. Also, don’t forget the Inlinkz and the giveaway at the bottom of the post!

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First, a little history about advent. I got my information from a wonderful blogger, Yvonne over at Stonegable. She is an excellent writer and designer! Please head over to see her site. She explains advent wonderfully. Anyways, the meaning of advent is ‘the coming.’ For Christians, ‘the coming’ is the coming of Christ. His first coming was over 2000 years ago as a baby in a manger. When he was a man, he died on the cross to save us from our sins. His second coming will be when he takes all those who believe and ask forgiveness, to heaven with him to live forever.

Most symbols of advent are a wreath with 4 candles and each candle is a symbol-for hope, peace, love and joy. Advent is a time to reflect on all of our blessings and to remind ourselves about the true meaning of Christmas.

Learning all this information about advent, I decided my calendar would have just 4 bags, one to represent each symbol-hope, peace, love and joy. The wonderful little bags I used were graciously given to me by BurlapFabric. The linen material is so beautiful!  But I am getting ahead of myself!

I started out with this cupboard door. I don’t even remember where it came from! But I knew how I wanted to transform it. I started by removing the hinges and then spray-painted the whole door with Rustoleum 2X Satin Heirloom White. I didn’t worry about the patched holes in the middle because I knew I was going to be covering them.

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Once the door was dry, I cut out a piece of pretty fabric scrap I had to fit in the middle. I love the crocheted lace going through the fabric.

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I pinned it to the right size and then ironed the edges.

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I hot-glued the fabric onto the middle section of the door.

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Next I cut a small piece of burlap that I wanted to center on top of the crocheted fabric.

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I frayed a little bit of the edges of the burlap, then I stitched around the edge to make sure it didn’t keep fraying any further. I pulled out a few extras that were beyond the stitching after finishing the edge.

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I ironed the burlap onto the shiny side of freezer paper.

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I created the quote in the font I wanted on PicMonkey. I saved it onto my computer. I loaded the freezer paper into the printer and then printed out my quote. I couldn’t believe how well it worked!

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I used spray adhesive to attach the burlap to the crocheted fabric.

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I found this cute white pom-pom trim at Walmart and knew it would look great on here. It reminds me of little snowballs! I hot glued it around the inner edge of the cupboard door.

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I found these knobs at Hobby Lobby on clearance. Look at the price! I knew as soon as I saw them they would be perfect for this.

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I measured out the bottom edge of the door and penciled in even marks to drill holes for the knobs. I drilled the holes and then placed the knobs in.

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On these cute little muslin bags I received from Burlap Fabric, I decided to stencil numbers 1 through 4 on them. I used black fabric paint.

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I hardly put any paint on my brush and dabbed it over the fabric.

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I love the vintage look of the bags!

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I filled the bags with little special items and hung them from the knobs.  I don’t have any little children at home or I would have filled them with little toys or candy.

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I hung my calendar right by my table, so if I was reading an advent story on one of the 4 Sundays, the bags would be right there. They make such a great reminder of the real reason for the season.

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I’m excited to have this calendar to put up each year!

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This project took me a little bit to get done, but I’m so happy with the results! Do you celebrate Advent? I would love to hear how you and your family celebrate!

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Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!

Burlap Fabric winner will receive a prize pack of products valued at $50!

Zulay Kitchens winner will receive one Milk Frother and a Lemon Squeezer valued at $21

It’s Home To You winner will receive one wooden Santa sign valued at $65

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Nautical Inspired Seashell Ornament

Good morning! Welcome to the 2019 Ornament Exchange! I’m so excited to be participating again this year! It’s such a great way to find other bloggers and some new friends. Thank you Erlene for putting this all together! Look at all these great ideas! You can click here to go back to the blog hop and link up your own ornaments!

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This year I was partnered with Morgan from Charleston Crafted.  She has some of the cutest ideas and the cutest little boy! I love her style and enjoy following all the diy’s her and her husband work on. Please go over and take a look at her blog!

Morgan enjoys the coastal style just like I do, so making her an ornament for her Christmas tree was easy! I started our with these clear ornaments. I found the smaller ones at the Dollar tree and loved the swirly design.

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I bought some glittery paint to add to the ornaments. I knew these would be the perfect colors for Morgan.

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I practiced making dots first on a piece of paper. I didn’t want to mess up the ornaments!

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I used a cup to balance the ornament on and once one side was dry, I turned the ornament to paint the other side.

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While the paint was drying, I made bows for the top of each ornament. I learned to make bows years ago when I took some florist classes. They aren’t too difficult, but do take a little bit of practice. If you want really nice looking bow, use wired ribbon. It makes any bow look perfect! Here are the steps for making your own bow:

!. Start with a small loop of ribbon. This will be the center of your bow.

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2. Twist the long piece of the ribbon on the back of the loop.

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3. Taking the long piece, twist the ribbon into another longer loop on one side. When you bring it back to the middle, twist it again and make a loop on the other side.

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4. Keep making loops on each side of the center loop and keep twisting the ribbon on the back.

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5. Once you have as many loops as you want on each side, make one more loop around the bottom. You can also leave extra so you will have 3 tails on the bottom.

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6. Cut a small piece of wire (easier done before you start :)), slide half the wire through the middle loop.

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7. This part takes a little practice. The wire should go between your two first fingers and them squeeze the two ends of the wire together under the loop.

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8. Once the wire is together, twist it tightly around to secure the bow.

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Fluff up each loop and cut the long tail loop and you have a bow! Did you know if you cut ribbon on a diagonal, it won’t fray?

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Here is a video too that might make it a little easier to understand.

I used silver and gold ribbon, tied them into bows and glued them to the top of each ornament. I also glued some seashells onto the ribbon, just to make it look more coastal.

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They look so pretty when they sparkle with the lights from the tree.

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Since the ornaments were a little hard to see on a white tree, I took a few pictures with green pine too.

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I loved making these and I think they turned out so good. Thank you Morgan for your ornament too! I will be sharing it soon! Be sure to go back and link up your ornaments too. I would love to see them! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

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50 DIY Holiday Ideas For You!

Good morning! Lauren and I are so excited to join the 12 Days of Holiday Ideas Blog Hop! This is our first year joining in and we have been very busy! Do you need some holiday ideas? There are ideas for decorating, crafting, cooking, games, baking and the grand finale will be our Christmas Trees! We are hosting a BIG GIVEAWAY from our Sponsors this year! Be sure to scroll all the way down for more information and to enter to win!

It’s the fifth year of the Holiday Ideas Blog Hop! If you aren’t familiar with this annual blog hop, it’s a 4 week event where 50+ bloggers share Christmas ideas 3x a week. Scroll down to meet this year’s Holiday Ideas Team and grab the free printable event calendars! The official Holiday Ideas Blog Hop starts Monday, November 11, with all sorts of Gift Guides! In the mean time, enjoy this round-up of the Best DIY Holiday Ideas from this year’s hosts and get started on your DIY holiday projects!

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Love My Little Cottage  ~  Mom Home Guide   ~  Blogghetti
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Interior Frugalista  ~  Elle Marie Home  ~  DIY Adulation  ~  Through My Front Porch
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Home on the Corner  ~  Adventures of a DIY Mom  ~  My Hubbard Home  ~  Hello Central Avenue
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Radiant Pearl Living  ~  Super Mom – No Cape  ~  Little Vintage Cottage  ~  Christmas Tree Lane

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Hope you enjoyed these holiday ideas. Remember to check back on November 11 for Gift Guides!

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 MEET OUR SPONSORS who have generously donated fabulous prizes for the Big Christmas Giveaway!

DecoArt  winner will receive a prize package valued at $100!

Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar winner will receive a Keurig Coffee Maker valued at $100!

Oriental Trading winner will receive an OrientalTrading.com gift card valued at $200!

Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!

Burlap Fabric winner will receive a prize pack of products valued at $50!

Zulay Kitchens winner will receive one Milk Frother and a Lemon Squeezer valued at $21

It’s Home To You winner will receive one wooden Santa sign valued at $65

12 Days of Holiday Ideas Event Sponsors 2019

 

Giveaway begins Nov. 8, 2019 and ends Dec. 6, 2019. Winners will be notified by December 13, 2019. Sponsors will ship each prize to the winner. There will be a total of seven winners, one for each prize. Drawing is by random selection using the Rafflecopter widget. 

Must be 18 to win. Open to U.S. residents only. Terms and Conditions.

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I hope you are all as excited as we are! I can’t wait to see all the different ideas these talented ladies come up with! See you on Monday!

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