Christmas Garland

Time: 45 minutes
Materials: Tassel Garland Kit, cardboard, crepe paper, scissors, pen, hole punch, tape runner, pom pomshot glue gun

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I’m going to be honest here and tell you that our mini tree is just not cutting it this year! Luckily, Carmen from the Flair Exchange runs one amazingly festive shop and I was able to give our decorations a much needed boost with a DIY Tassel Garland Kit.

DIY Christmas Garland | The Crafted Life

Assemble your tassels by following the instructions included with the kit. It just takes some simple rolling and twisting!

DIY Christmas Garland | The Crafted Life

Make yourself a tree shaped stencil and trace onto cardboard. Cut out when finished.

DIY Christmas Garland | The Crafted Life

Start by covering your tree trunk with brown crepe paper. To build up the texture of your tree, layer strips of green crepe paper on top of one another (securing with your tape runner). Trim the excess ends.

DIY Christmas Garland | The Crafted Life

If you want to add decoration to your trees, hot glue on a few pom poms! You could also hole punch colorful paper and glue on. When finished, punch a hole in the top and string up with your tassels.

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DIY Christmas Garland | The Crafted Life

DIY Christmas Garland | The Crafted Life

DIY Christmas Garland | The Crafted Life

PS If my bar cart got you in the mood for a holiday cocktail, you’ll find dozens of tasty concoctions over on the Flair Exchange!

Wrapped Mini Tree

Time: 10 minutes
Materials: mini tree, glitter paper, mod podge, brush, yarn, cork mat

DIY Wrapped Mini Tree | The Crafted Life

If you’re in need of a some holiday cheer, but don’t have the space for a full grown tree, why not get yourself with a mini tree?! Although the original containers they come in are not the cutest (see below), it’s nothing a little DIY can’t fix.

DIY Wrapped Mini Tree | The Crafted Life

Before beginning, clean the outside of the container.

DIY Wrapped Mini Tree | The Crafted Life

Cut your paper into the shape of a rhombus. To determine the right size, place the mini tree in the middle and fold up the sides. You may need to trim the paper a few times before getting the right fit.

DIY Wrapped Mini Tree | The Crafted Life

With a sponge brush, apply mod podge to your paper and press onto the container. The paper will have folds and overlap, so play around with it! To keep the bottom of your paper from wrinkling when you water, slip a cork mat between the container and paper after you’ve glued your second side.

DIY Wrapped Mini Tree | The Crafted Life

DIY Wrapped Mini Tree | The Crafted Life

So that’s it! This project only takes about 10 minutes to do, but makes a big difference— and an excellent hostess gift!

Holiday Votives

Time: 1 hour
Materialsglass votives, gold foil kit, rosemary, wire, wire clippers, foam brush, soft bristle brush

DIY Holiday Votives | The Crafted Life

I just cannot wait for the holidays this year! I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but there’s something comforting about slowly getting our apartment ready for the upcoming holidays. After rounding up some must-try votive diys, I decided to make some of my own!

DIY Holiday Votives | The Crafted Life

Start by applying your adhesive (comes with the kit) to your votive. Let dry for about 15 minutes.

DIY Holiday Votives | The Crafted Life

Once the adhesive changes from a milky color to clear, you’re ready to apply your gold foil.

DIY Holiday Votives | The Crafted Life

With a fine bristle brush, gently dust off the excess gold foil.

DIY Holiday Votives | The Crafted Life

Apply sealer over foil and let dry.

DIY Holiday Votives | The Crafted Life

While your votives are drying, shape wire into circle. Measure enough to make a mini wreath frame that you can slip over your candle. Secure the rosemary to the frame by twisting wire pieces until tight. Once finished and votives are dry, light a candle and enjoy!

DIY Holiday Votives | The Crafted Life

DIY Holiday Votives | The Crafted Life

DIY Holiday Votives | The Crafted Life

This might just be my favorite project so far. It was so simple to do, and the results are just beautiful! How will you be decorating this year? Any plans to DIY votives of your own?