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Day 2: Glitter Wire Name

Glitter Wire Necklace: 50 DIY Days of Christmas //

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 // Glitter Wire Necklace: 50 DIY Days of Christmas //

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!


- wire

- Mod Podge

- fine glitter

- clear acrylic spray

- necklace chain or string

- needle nose pliers

- wire cutters


-  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 //

- 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 //

Give this pretty thing to a favorite person!

- Chelsey

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50 Diy Days of Christmas //

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 //

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 //

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

Spooky Halloween Terrarium

Spooky Pumpkin Silhouette // Spooky Pumpkin Silhouette //

Ok. I know. It’s not even September and I’m sharing a Halloween DIY. I swear: there will not be any other mention of Halloween until the end of September (promise). Buuut, Michaels sent me some foam pumpkins and I got inspired. So yeah. Hello Halloween DIY. Ha!

I created a Spooky Halloween Terrarium with this pumpkin. Comes with a little spooky home and crazy/wild bats. It’s intense. Perfect for Halloween 2013.

Here’s what you need to make this:

- A foam pumpkin from the Michaels

- Green floral foam

- Moss

- Wire

- Hot glue

- X-acto Knife

- Wire cutters

- Scissors

- A couple toothpicks

How I did it:

- Use an X-acto knife to cut a hole out of the front of your pumpkin. I cut about an 8 inch hole (I freehand cut, but you could use a pencil to mark out the hole before cutting).

- Optional: to get a bit more light into your pumpkin, cut a small section in the back (I cut the hole so it was not visible when looking through the front hole). I did this because the pumpkin is flammable and I didn’t really want to put any sort of heat source in or around it.

Spooky Pumpkin Silhouette //

- Place a small piece of green floral foam in the bottom of your pumpkin.

- Put a layer of moss at the bottom (over the green floral foam) for the “ground cover”.

- Cut out a spooky house from my printable. Hot glue a couple of toothpicks to the back of the home. Push the home/toothpicks into the green floral foam.

- Press your branch into the green foam, behind the tree.

- Cut out a few of my bats from the printable (don’t worry about cutting these out perfectly, I didn’t). Gently fold the bat in half (so they look like they’re flying).

::click on image below + right click + save::

Spooky Halloween Terrarium //

- Cut out a couple bits of wire and hot glue the bats onto these wires.

Spooky Pumpkin Silhouette //

- Arrange the wired bats around the interior of the pumpkin. You can push the wire INTO the foam part of the pumpkin, or have them flying up from the “grass” by pressing the wire into the green floral foam.

Spooky Pumpkin Silhouette // Spooky Pumpkin Silhouette //

Enjoy! Side note: you can place this pumpkin near a lamp to get a wee bit of light into the back for a creepy nighttime glow. Just remember, pumpkin flammable.

- Chelsey

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P.S. these pumpkins were sent to me, free of charge, from Michaels

Wednesday Goodies: 4th of July Kid-Friendly Sparkler Wand

4th of July Sparkler Wand //

The 4th means fireworks. Fireworks mean fire. Kid doesn’t like fire. Sorta a good thing for me, but makes it difficult during firework season. So, that’s what the Kid-Friendly Sparkler Wand is for. I don’t want her to feel left out while we play with sparklers. It took me 5 minutes to make and I used all items I already had around the home. Bam.

4th of July Sparkler Wand //


- Paper straw

- Crepe or tissue paper

- 2 pipe cleaners (I only had one silver and one blue, so I worked with what I had)

- Hot glue

- Optional: Washi tape


- Roll out about 4 feet of crepe paper. Fold the paper into roughly 3 inch sections. Cut the looped parts. Snip one end of the crepe pieces to make 2 inch strips. ::see image below::

4th of July Sparkler Wand //

- Pick out one pipe cleaner to fold 5 points to make the star portion of the wand. Tie the end together to make the star.

4th of July Sparkler Wand //

- Push the other pipe cleaner through the straw. Tie one end of the straw pipe cleaner to one side of the star. Adjust the star and tie the pipe cleaner to the other end of the straw to secure it. Optional: use some washi tape to cover the tied pipe cleaner portion.

4th of July Sparkler Wand //

- Hot glue the crepe paper pieces to the straw just below the star. ::caution: hot glue is hot::

- Optional: wrap some washi tape around the crepe paper frills to secure/cover glue.

- Hand to your kiddo to celebrate the fun holiday!

4th of July Sparkler Wand //

This shouldn’t take too long to make and costs just about nothin (even if you don’t have all the supplies).


- Chelsey

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