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Monday, December 15, 2014

Candy Cane Star Tree Topper

Candy Cane Star Tree Topper

My kids have been asking why we don't have a star at the top of the tree. The biggest reason, is that I've never see star tree toppers when I'm out shopping. Our upstairs tree has a bow on top. I'd like to get a star eventually.

This year we are fortunate enough to have a tree in the basement too {Thank you to my sister's neighbor who wasn't willing to take it when she moved cross country} The lights on the tree are colored and so I had the kids pull out all their decorations they've made over the years and we hung them along with colorful bulbs. But that still left the top of the tree bare. I found the cutest candy cane star over at Sweet Pea. I just had to try it out for the kids. It was pretty easy to make and really inexpensive - I'll walk you through it, but I'm sure you can figure it out from the pictures.

How to Make a Candy Cane Star
1 - Start with 10 candy canes, 10 mints, some ribbon and hot glue. I unwrapped the all the candy.
2 - Glue the candy canes together so they make heart shapes. I noticed that some of my candy canes were longer than others, so I tried to match them up as best I could.
3 - Glue mints to both points of the hearts.
4 - Wrap ribbon around the points where the mint meets the heart.
5 - Start gluing them together. I started at the bottom and overlapped them {5th picture, but for some reason it's upside down.
6 - Then I set the top piece in place and glued the side points on top.

Candy Cane Star Tree Topper

I tied it to the tree with a ribbon. My kids loved it! I think it's pretty darn cute too.

I'm taking a break until the new year - Merry Christmas everyone!
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Easy Christmas Centerpiece

I have a couple more Christmas crafts. Then I'm taking a break until the new year. This one is super easy - I'm not sure it even qualifies as a craft.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece

Start with an empty vase, some small ornaments and a floral stem with berries. Add ornaments into vase, insert stem and spread out the berries.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece

I actually keep this on my kitchen counter, but I didn't want to clean up the mess to get a good picture of it there:)

Easy Christmas Centerpiece

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

My Newest Menu Boards

I've come up with a few new styles of menu boards for my etsy shop {Bits of Sparkle and Lace}.

 I've tried to keep the blog somewhat separate from my shop, only promoting here and there. But I'm just dying to share my newest menu boards with the frames I built by hand. They are bigger and have a bigger writing area - which has been requested by several people.

Chalkboard Beadboard Menu Board
The first two are easels. They are quite large and would be perfect showing the specials in a little cafe somewhere. The one above has a dark walnut finish and the one below has an early American finish.

Chalkboard Beadboard Menu Board
The next two are designed to hang on the wall. They are basically the same size, but without the "legs" of the easel.

Chalkboard Beadboard Menu Board

As I was making them, I really liked the early American finish the best. However now that they're done, I'm leaning more towards the dark walnut. Which do you prefer?

Chalkboard Beadboard Menu Board


Of course, I still have this one available in many different colors. Although creamy buttermilk is by far the favorite.

Chalkboard Beadboard Menu Board

 I have been busy filling up the shop so head over and check it out: Bits of Sparkle and Lace


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