DIY Confetti

Time: 5 minutes
Materials: fringe wand or garland, scissors

DIY Confetti | The Crafted Life

Before 2013 comes to a close, grab your scissors & a fringe wand to make your own confetti!

DIY Confetti | The Crafted Life

I picked these fringe wands up at my local party store for about forty cents a piece. You can also use a fringe garland or even crepe paper if you can’t find them.

DIY Confetti | The Crafted Life

Take your scissors and cut the fringe, alternating size pieces as you go. Repeat until all colors are done!

DIY Confetti | The Crafted Life

DIY Confetti | The Crafted Life

DIY Confetti | The Crafted Life

I’ll be back next week to share some of my goals as well as big plans for 2014! First up will be a project reusing this confetti, so be sure to save any extra you have.  What are your New Year’s traditions/resolutions?

Happy New Year!

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap

Time: 10 minutes
Materials: paper bag, scissors, tape, stamp, ink pad, yarn

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap | The Crafted Life

The holidays are hectic enough as it is. If you happen to run out of wrapping paper this year, don’t frantically run to the store; stay in and try you hand at this last minute diy gift wrap instead!

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap | The Crafted Life

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap | The Crafted Life

Cut and measure the amount of paper you’ll need; you don’t want to spend time stamping paper you won’t use.

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap | The Crafted Life

Stamp your paper! Blot your stamp with ink once every 3-4 stamps to make the paper more interesting. It also helps to rotate the stamp as you go.

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap | The Crafted Life

Wrap your gift.

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap | The Crafted Life

To add a pop of color: tie multiple colors of yarn around the package, knot, then trim the excess, leaving a little fringe behind.

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap | The Crafted Life

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap | The Crafted Life

Last Minute DIY Gift Wrap | The Crafted Life

Need another last minute idea? Try stamping tissue paper too! 

Botanical Ornament

Time: 2 minutes
Materials: clear ornament, dried plants, ribbon

DIY Botanical Ornament | The Crafted Life

That’s right, this project only takes 2 minutes!  I used dried cedar and berries from my previous wreath DIY, but you can forage your plants from outside or even take some clippings from your tree.

DIY Botanical Ornament | The Crafted Life

Just add your plants to a clear ornament, arrange with tweezers if necessary. Much less hassle than the ornament terrariums I made last year, but the same impact!

DIY Botanical Ornament | The Crafted Life

DIY Botanical Ornament | The Crafted Life

If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember the ornament making craft day I had with some lovely bloggers (Mere, Lauren, Melissa, Emily, Camille). I thought I’d share some photos of the event to help get you in the DIY ornament spirit!

DIY Botanical Ornament | The Crafted Life

DIY Botanical Ornament | The Crafted Life

Melissa from Serving Seconds made the world’s best egg nog. Find the recipe here!

DIY Botanical Ornament | The Crafted Life

Lauren, our gracious host, made this beauty by filling a clear ornament with paint and glittering the outside, because what is Christmas without a little glitter?!

DIY Botanical Ornament | The Crafted Life

DIY Botanical Ornament | The Crafted Life

I’d love to hear about the ornaments on your tree! Are any of them handmade?