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Day 4: Harvest Garland

Harvest Garland DIY // thepapermama.com

Day 4 of 50 DIY Days of Christmas: The lovely Harvest Garland (my most recent DIY for Better Homes and Gardens). This sweet thing was inspired by the beautiful pops of flowers I still seeing holding onto the last bits of summer, next to the crispy fall leaves.

To get the full DIY, please head on over to BHG to see how to make this for yourself! It’s really so lovely and I have it hanging up in my studio!

- Chelsey

To keep up with the series, click here or on the image below!

50 Diy Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

P.S. I do have a couple of spots open for the DIY Days, so if you think you have the perfect project to share send me an email. First, check out theDIY/Submission section in my FAQ’s for a bit of post submission info.  If you’d like to reminisce in the past 50 DIY Days of Christmas… here you are:2011 & 2012.

I’m a paid contributor for Better Homes and Gardens. 

Day 2: Glitter Wire Name

Glitter Wire Necklace: 50 DIY Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

Day 2 of 50 DIY Days of Christmas: Glitter Wire Name! My kiddo has been showing an interest in how the mail system works, so I thought I’d set up some pen pals with her! It’s a totally new thing and we haven’t even started yet, but we will soon. She’s got about 3 of them (all girl’s about her age). I expect most of it will be colored pictures and stickers, but I thought it would be fun to send something special for the holiday season. That’s why I’ve created these Glitter Wire Name necklaces/ornaments!

Glitter Wire Necklace: 50 DIY Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com Glitter Wire Necklace: 50 DIY Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

There VERY inexpensive to create and cute. I can see them worn as a necklace or used as an ornament for the Christmas tree. If the kiddo receiving this gift is a bit on the young side (and/or seems to put everything in their mouth), I’d recommend this be an ornament. My girl will be wearing her name as a necklace. Hopefully her pen pal buddies will love their necklaces (or ornaments), too!

Supplies:

- wire

- Mod Podge

- fine glitter

- clear acrylic spray

- necklace chain or string

- needle nose pliers

- wire cutters

Directions:

-  Draw the name of the person you’d like to gift this creation to on a piece of paper.

Glitter Wire Necklace: 50 DIY Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

- Cut a section of wire. I’d recommend cutting an 18ish inch piece of wire. That should be a good length for most names (unless it’s a super long name). Note: make sure there’s about an extra couple inches at the end of the name, this will be useful for hanging the piece to dry.

- Paint a layer of Mod Podge onto the name. Pour a bunch of glitter all over the Mod Podge. Hang the name to dry overnight.

- In a well ventilated area, spray a couple layers on each side of the name (waiting about 2 minutes in between each layer). Wait about 24 hours for the name to cure.

- At each end of the name, twist a loop. This will be to attach the chain or string.

- Decide if you’d like this to be a necklace or an ornament.

Glitter Wire Necklace: 50 DIY Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

Give this pretty thing to a favorite person!

- Chelsey

To keep up with the series, click here or on the image below!

50 Diy Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

P.S. I do have a couple of spots open for the DIY Days, so if you think you have the perfect project to share send me an email. First, check out theDIY/Submission section in my FAQ’s for a bit of post submission info.  If you’d like to reminisce in the past 50 DIY Days of Christmas… here you are:2011 & 2012.

Day 1: Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

Day 1 of 50 DIY Days of Christmas: Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props! I’m prepping the final details for my PNW Blogger Holiday Party and I needed some perfect props for our photo booth. What screams PNW? Woodland creatures and well, beards. I can’t wait to put these to use at the party.

I think these would be perfect for the kiddos during the holidays. A little spur of the moment Christmas photo booth could be fun! My kiddo has been wearing some felt ears about once a week. She tells me they are Armadillo ears. Hee.

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- A variety of felt

- Headbands

- Hot glue

- Scissors

- Wire

- Free Patterns: Fox and Mouse, Rabbit and Doe, Antlers, and Beard

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

Directions:

- Cut out the patterns for your ears and beards.

- Trace the patterns onto your felt. Cut out the traced felt.

- Glue the felt onto your headbands, folding the felt pieces together and gluing with hot glue. Some of the ears may need some extra support (like the antlers, rabbit ears, and fox ears), so use some wire to hold up the ears. Use wire to create ear hooks and glue onto your beards.

- Enjoy!

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

Happy Monday!

- Chelsey

To keep up with the series, click here or on the image below!

50 Diy Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

P.S. I do have a couple of spots open for the DIY Days, so if you think you have the perfect project to share send me an email. First, check out theDIY/Submission section in my FAQ’s for a bit of post submission info.  If you’d like to reminisce in the past 50 DIY Days of Christmas… here you are:2011 & 2012

Painted Star Pumpkin for the Kid

Painted Star Pumpkin for the Kid // thepapermama.com

We love carving pumpkins, I swear, but it’s much more fun to paint a pumpkin when your kiddo is 3-years-old. I don’t quite trust her with a knife just yet. Ha! I know she loves stars, so I hand cut some stars out of some contact paper and pressed them onto her pumpkin.

Painted Star Pumpkin for the Kid // thepapermama.com

Set her up with some paint and let her go to town. When she was finished I peeled off the stars and we were left with a beautiful star pumpkin! Fun.

- Chelsey

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