Christmas is coming! :)

I feel like it's been ages since I last blogged and I have been eager to sit down and write. This week has been super busy, I have my fingers crossed that I am able to get a table at a craft fair in December so I have already been working hard putting stuff together for that, in addition to working at Michaels and just going about my daily routines! :) I have been getting lots of ideas together for my blog and have been feeling rather festive as of late. With working at Michaels, Christmas was in full force before Halloween was even upon us and although I have let out an "It's too early for Christmas" here and there, I have to be honest and say I'm already wanting to decorate my apartment and I've well and truly began my Christmas shopping and getting in the Christmas spirit. :)

With that being said I wanted to share with you today some of my Christmas DIY's. There will be a few of these posts to come as I am currently having so much fun thinking of homemade gifts and looking up crafts on Pinterest, as well as getting ideas from people at work. And considering we are nearing the middle of November, I thought that it would be nice to get a head start on preparing decorations and the odd gift! :)

First up, I saw this on one of our flyers at work and thought it looked so cute. I love anything to do with chalkboards and the rustic vibe they have, so I really wanted to have a go at making one. You can go in to Michaels this Saturday and join them for a Pinterest afternoon where you can choose from a few things to make, buy the stuff and have teachers in the classrooms instruct you and help you make it. This is one of the things you can choose and I love it! :)

 
It's rather simple and pretty inexpensive to make too. All you need is
Charger plate, I liked the red and gold ones, 2 for $3 at time I bought them.
Chalk paint, I picked up this Craft Smart one for $1:49
Paint brush or foam brush, I had some at home and forget how much they cost but Michaels has a selection.
Paint pens. (not pictured)
Chalk.

Then all you have to do is paint the middle of the charger plate with your chalk paint, I used 2 coats and then using your paint pens, decorate the rim of the plate... and voila:

 
Then of course use your chalk to begin your Christmas countdown! :)
 
 
 
Next up, I just wanted to fix up my wreath from last Christmas. My sister and I had experimented last year when we saw these ornaments wreaths and thought they looked amazing, again it was so easy to put together that we raved about homemade being the way to go! :) However, after a year in my cupboard it was looking a bit worse for wear and I wasn't keen on the wire frame, as it made the ornaments move around a lot and made it look less full. Well with being the proud owner of a glue gun (finally) I decided to buy a foam wreath ($4.99) and attach the ornaments to that to make it look more sturdy and pretty! :)
 
 
Before, the ornaments were getting loose and falling off, so I pulled them away from the wire and their little hooks and pushed the top gently into the foam, then I filled the little whole it made with glue and put a drop of glue around the top of the ornament and placed it back in the hole I had just made. I then repeated this step with all the ornaments until I had my finished look. 


 
I love the dimension and fullness that gluing it to the foam gave it, it looks so cute! :)
 
And lastly for today, an adorable and yummy gift idea. :) For this all you will need is:
 
 
Mason jars with handles. $3.99 each
Christmas lids. 2 for $3.99
Christmas straws. (comes in pack with lids)
Chalk stickers.
Christmas ribbon. $1.99.
Christmas stickers. $1.00 & up.
 
I had seen this idea on Pinterest and it made me smile. I adore stuff like this and thought they would make perfect Christmas gifts. You can design them however you like really, depending on what you wish to fill yours with! I liked the idea of Hot Cocoa, so I simply wrote Hot cocoa with chalk on the chalk stickers, swapped out the plain metal lids with the red ones, added candy cane straws, stuck a Christmas sticker on for good Christmassy measure and tied a gold ribbon round the top. Before you give them out as gifts, you can either fill them with Hot Chocolate powder with a few marshmallows at the top so it's prepared and ready to go, or you could fill it with all kinds of Hot Chocolate sachets. I love both ideas!! Yay Christmas! :)  
 
 
 
I really hope you like these Christmas DIYs and gift ideas. I have lots more to come and can't wait to share them with you! :) If you have started decorating already or have ideas of your own, please share them in the comments below as I would love to see them and read about them! :)
 
Everything you see here can be found at a Michaels Store or at www.Michaels.com
 
Have a wonderful weekend! :)
 
Love Lulu. xx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





2 comments :

  1. Oh I love the countdown plates! I'm going to have to make one - I just bought a big can of chalkboard paint so I've been looking for projects to do with it!

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    1. Meg they were so simple and fun to make!! :) I've also seen it done on those pieces of wood that you can buy from Michaels and that looks awesome too, so rustic and cute! :) xx

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