I am excited to be kicking off our Spring Festival Blog Hop today! We have amazing spring ideas being featured all week long. A big thank you to Kendra from Joy In Our Home for hosting this amazing group of bloggers. If you are joining me from Kelly at The Tattered Pew – welcome! Make sure to head over to Life on Kaydercross Creek to see more spring DIY’s.
Want to create a super simple DIY spring tablescape for your home? Growing wheat grass doesn’t get any easier.
Glass Jar (I used some from The Dollar Tree)
Wheat Berries (a whole wheat kernel found at health stores or on Amazon)
Step One – Materials
Set up all the materials needed, which isn’t very many. Glass jars are fun because you can see the roots grow. The Dollar Tree and thrift shops are a great place to shop.
Wheat berries are inexpensive and you only need a tiny bit. Generally sold in health stores or online. Any potting soil will do.
Step Two – Plant
You will add enough dirt to fill the jar 2/3 full. Pack down VERY lightly.
Add a thin layer of wheat berries across the entire top.
Add another thin layer of dirt to cover all of the seeds.
Add water slowly to not make huge holes in the soil. Get all the seeds damp.
Step Three – Watch Grow
Set the jars in a window seal and wait a few days. Soon the seeds will sprout and grow. Keep lightly watered. To much will create mildew. The grass will last for weeks and you can trim as needed. It is edible too!
Enjoy your simple spring tablescape!
Make sure to check out our DIY’s, Vignettes, Front Porch and Mantel ideas and spring Recipes – all coming this week!
Welcome to our Christmas Festival Blog Hop! I love joining these talented bloggers in hosting some holiday ideas to inspire you this season. If you are joining me from Elizabeth Joan Designs Blog – I am so glad you are here! Make sure to check out Red Brick on the Lake Blog as your next stop on the tour. And a big thank you to our host Kendra from Joy In Our Home Blog for making this all possible. Now lets get to it!
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This year I added an entirely new look to this living room fireplace space (you can see the whole process here), so for the holidays I wanted to decorate my new mantel with a fresh and simple look. I added a few inexpensive touches that you can do as well.
Step One: Lighted Garland
I snagged a 9 foot long lighted garland from Home Depot for $30. I knew this would add a good base for me to start.
Step Two: Fresh Garland
Next I picked up a 25 foot fresh garland from Costco for $16. I used it in many places in my home. Here I used about 8 feet of it. You can soak these overnight to give it a longer lasting shelf life as well as mist it with water occasionally.
I placed this garland in front of the artificial one, and added some tall nails to hold it into place. If you do not want to make holes in your mantel I suggest you use 3M Command Strip Hooks.
Step Three – Add LED Lights
I used a 33 foot long LED light from StringBright.com to add extra depth and brightness to the greenery. These lights are perfect because they last 720 hours, have a remote control with different settings, use batteries and are easy to maneuver. You can pick some here! You can use the code CITYGIRL20 for 20% off the lights there.
Step Four – Adding Pinecones, Air Refreshers, and Trees
I then added some fun cinnamon branch air fresheners and pinecones just placed randomly throughout.
I snuck in a few trees that I had already to add height, and I was finished!
This only took a few minutes, was not very expensive, and really added a fun touch to my mantel area.
Here are some close up photos of the mantel:
Enjoy the rest of the tour and check out all of these amazing bloggers!
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Who else loves Christmas cards?! I am the first to admit they are one of the things I look forward to most during the holidays. Going to the mailbox is like receiving a new present every day (moving 8 times has kept us meeting so many people that we love to stay in contact with!). Needless to say we send out alot of holiday cards.
I have been sending cards since our oldest son was a baby and I have always done them myself. They are so easy and I want to show you how! So I am partnering with Snapfish to bring you this easy tutorial – DIY Christmas Cards (made on your phone!).
Sometimes we feel like we don’t have time to make them in such a busy season, but once you see how easy this is – straight from your phone – you can make them while you wait in the carpool lane mommas!
Watch my 60 second video tutorial and then follow along to make yours too!
Here is what you will need:
Your Credit Card or Debit Card
That is it! Make sure the photo or photos you would like to use are already uploaded to your phone. Lets get started!
Who’s ready for Thanksgiving! We are headed to my parents house this year in California and I can’t wait – love me some family turkey time. If you are hosting this year, you may feel stressed about spicing up your home. DON’T BE! You can add lots of fun decor and not spend an arm and a leg. Let me show you some ideas that I love.
Isn’t fall one of the funnest seasons to decorate? Welcome to our Fall Home Tour, featuring my home and 6 other talented bloggers who I adore. If you are coming from Jenna Kate at Home – WELCOME! Make sure to head over to She Gave It A Go after your visit here to continue on our Fall Home Tour.
Welcome to our Fall Festival Blog Hop, where 25 talented bloggers are sharing their tips and tricks for this wonderful season of Fall. Each day of the week will feature new themes and inspiration! Continue reading “Simple Fall Mantel Decor”→
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Ready to make a super easy cake plate for the holidays? Or even just for a fun display decoration? They are so simple and inexpensive – check out my 60 second video tutorial and then pin it for later when your ready to make yours!
I love using my wood chargers on my table settings, especially during the fall holidays. They are so versatile, easy to use and easy to make. I first learned about wood chargers from The Shanty Sisters – these gals are my mentors in so many ways (and they don’t even know it!). Here is a link to their blog post on where I learned how to make them:
At the time I made these, a Kreg was way out of my wheel house (I was too nervous to use it!). So I glued my strips together with wood glue and clamped until dry. If you want to use a Kreg Jig, see my post below for instructions – I love mine now once I tried it! Additionally, I have a link for more chargers and used stencils to decoration them below.
I am so excited to welcome you to today’s Holiday Vignette feature of the Christmas Festival Blog Tour hosted by Kendra from Joy In Our Home Blog. Many of you might be joining me from Stacey at Poofing The Pillows Blog – isn’t she darling? Thank you for following us on this tour!
Do you often think about Christmas Decor and wonder how you can incorporate your every day items into this amazing holiday? I have come up with 8 fun ways to help you do just that. At the end of the blog, please share with me your ideas and creative ways of decorating your home for the holidays, I would love to hear from you!
First Tip: Use your chargers
I love DIY chargers and the versatility they bring. If you don’t use them for your place settings, add them under your tablescape for a simple addition to your decor.
Don’t know how to make them? Cut 12 inch strips of 14 inch wide wood. Sand and stain. As easy as that!
Second Tip: Add ball ornaments to empty spaces
If you have vases, baskets or lanterns lying around your home – add ball ornaments to fill them up for the Christmas season. Need to find a chunk for super cheap? Head to the The Dollar Tree!
Third Tip: Use pinecones
Pinecones aren’t expensive and look perfect with all types of decor styles for the holidays. You can keep them neutral or spray paint them any color. Hot glue them to a foam ball, add some ribbon and then place on top of a candle stick – so easy!
Another pinecone DIY idea is to fill them up in a basket and highlight them with ball ornaments and greenery. The Home Depot sells ones that are laced with cinnamon – your whole house will smell yummy!
Fourth Tip: Hang your ornament with fishing string
I love the look of ball ornaments hanging in mid air. I use fishing string to make a square knot at different lengths. You can add these to a chandelier or off of any shelf for a fun holiday twist.
Fifth Tip: BEADS!
String beads add such a fun flair to holiday decor. They come in so many colors and so many price points. Lately even wood beads have adorned feeds. Find decor around your home that needs a little spicing up and lace them over and under. There is no right or wrong way to add string beads!
Sixth Tip: Flower Sprays
I love adding different colors of flower sprays for each holiday. If you have vases, mason jars or any other bucket, add new flowers for each season! I wrap red sprays in burlap for Christmas, pink sprays in ribbon for Easter, and orange sprays in brown twisted paper for Thanksgiving. The Dollar Tree, Joann Fabrics and Michaels have an amazing selection for very inexpensive.
Seventh Tip: Use wooden trays
You can decorate wooden trays very easily during the holidays. Fill it with skulls for Halloween, pumpkins for Thanksgiving, and pine needles for Christmas. This one I found at our local thrift store and sprayed it with Chalk Paint. You can read all about it in my tutorial here.
Eighth Tip: Use Ribbon
I love adding a splash of thick ribbon material to my chairs. I can’t move them out of the room so I might as well add some holiday love to them! Ribbon brightens up any normal decor you have and turns it into a holiday must have.
Now you have 8 more tips to add to your decor tool belt on ways to decorate your home for Christmas. I am so grateful you joined me today! Check out a few more of the places I love in my home this holiday season before you go:
I hope you enjoyed yourself and learned some new ways to add holiday decor to your home!