How To Make a Paper Snowflake

paper snowflakes

I wanted to create a winter wonderland scene in my kids’ room this Christmas using a tree branch, lights, and paper snowflakes. I will share that post next week.

I decided to do this in two separate posts after I discovered how maddening making paper snowflakes was. It wasn’t bad after I finally figured it out, but it was a long journey there :)

My memories from elementary school making these do not include the specifics of folding the paper. I just remember cutting and snipping and opening up beautiful paper snowflakes.

I assumed this was a simple little thing that any kid could do so I just folded up some paper and snip snipped.

Here was my first snowflake.



I tried again and got this.



I finally wised up and looked up videos on You Tube on how to make these. I watched a couple and made this.


Seriously. What is going on?

I finally got it and then wasn’t sure how to share on a blog post how to do it. I decided the best way would be on a video. I’ve never made a You Tube video before but here is my attempt. I hope that I can spare you the pain and suffering that I endured. On the bright side, once you get it, they are kind of fun to make!

Have fun!



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Elegant Winter Wreath Using Coffee Filters

winter wreath using coffee filters

I’ve heard of using coffee filters for different projects and really wanted to try since they are so cheap. Plus, the white color is great for winter decorating.

I’ve been needing a wreath for our front door so I decided to use this idea for that. This was really easy, but it takes about 30-40 minutes due to all the folding and gluing.

To start, you need the frame only of a picture frame, some white coffee filters (the basket kind, not cone), hot glue gun and some pretty ribbon.

winter wreath using coffee filters

Take a coffee filter and smoosh the bottom of it together and press flat.

winter wreath using coffee filters

Then staple the flat area to keep it together.

winter wreath using coffee filters

Then fold them where the staple is and hot glue down to the frame.

winter wreath using coffee filters

Repeat all the way around just kind of stacking them along each other.

winter wreath using coffee filters

I found it easiest to make a bunch of the petals first and then glue them down.

winter wreath using coffee filters

Wrap them all the way around and you are done.

To hang it, just hot glue a piece of pretty ribbon to the back of the frame.

winter wreath using coffee filters

You can hang using a wreath hanger that goes over the door or with a nail or 3M hook.

winter wreath using coffee filters

I found an old broach of my grandma’s and the pin on it fit perfectly over the 3M hook. No gluing needed!

winter wreath using coffee filters

That added a little touch and covered up my hook.

winter wreath using coffee filters

So, I made this for my front door, but then I selfishly wanted to be able to enjoy it all the time instead of the one minute when I pull up the driveway. So, it is hanging on the inside of my house. Sorry, neighbors, you get to stare at a lonely, abandoned hook on our plain front door. fa la la la la la la la.

I think this would look neat with some sort of adornment on it, maybe letters like JOY toward the bottom or even a section of brown coffee filters. If you try this and do something fun, please share with me because this is as far as I got.

winter wreath using coffee filters


Happy Holidays! They’re comin’!


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Faux Birch Tree Candle Holder

birch tree candle holders

Does anyone else love the look of birch trees?

I think they are so beautiful, especially on a snowy day. Since we don’t have many of these trees around us, and there is no snow yet, I thought this might be a fun project to try to bring the look into our home.

The full tutorial is being featured on Meet Penny’s blog. You can check it out here. She also has a lot of other great ideas on her site, so you may want to hang out there a while!



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Dining Room Update (before and after)

If you saw one of my previous posts, I’m trying to get rid of all the dark decor in our home and brighten things up. I started with the entryway. You can see that full project here.


Now it’s time to move to the eating area.

Here it is before.

Dining Room Before

So much dark brown. Although, if we were ever to have had a flood, my curtains would have been ready!

I started with the wall and replaced the dark toned artwork for brighter, lighter art. I recently shared that project here if you want to see how I made the frames.


Then on to this chest.


I just used white paint that I had and painted the chest and drawers.


I was going to buy a new lamp but decided to play around with the one I had first. I just painted the base of it metallic silver. I’ve never painted a fabric lampshade before but gave it a shot. I painted a light layer of white primer on the brown shade and, after that dried, I painted a couple coats of blue paint.

Then I just swapped out the brown curtains with some white ones that I had.

The only problem with this door is that all standard curtains are too short for it. Lengthening them is definitely a project I will have to tackle later.

Or most likely, never. 


The final touches were painting the dark star metallic silver to match the lamp base and swapping out a rustic, wood mirror with this more modern, silver one.


And that was it.

By swapping out items I already had and just painting what was already there, I was able to brighten up this area very easily and inexpensively.

Here was the room before.


And now.


Nothing drastic but it completely lifted the mood of the room for us.

Now on to the next unsuspecting room in my house….

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Copper Mason Jar Vase

Copper mason jar vaseSince I bought a can of metallic copper spray paint, I’ve been getting a little spray-crazy wanting to turn everything around me copper.

This is a really simple project but I thought I’d share. With the holidays coming up, this might be an easy way to brighten up a table.

First, grab a mason jar and tape off the top 1/4 of the jar. Painter’s tape would be best but I didn’t have any so I used clear packing tape and it worked fine. I’d avoid duct tape because it might leave a gummy residue on the jar.  Press down the edge of your tape well so you get a nice, clean line of paint.

DSC06224 Then spray paint the jar on the outside and let dry.


Slowly peel off your tape and you are all done.DSC06272 DSC06274I love this look because it goes well with pastel flowers for the springtime, but also would look great with darker flowers for Thanksgiving and Christmas.



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Last Minute Halloween Ideas

In case you couldn’t tell from all the pumpkins, skeletons, and bloody, rubber everything, Halloween is coming up. I thought I’d squeeze in one last post with some past ideas I’ve shared to help get you ready. (What that really means is I didn’t get around to doing any Halloween projects this year so I’m recycling to make up for it. So, sorry for the repeats you’ve already seen!)

I will always love this one though because those plastic tiaras are the worst. Here is an easy way to make them more comfortable and actually stay on your little princess this year. Hashtag Elsa :)

princess tiara costume

Need a festive outfit, but not really a costume? Then this little spider shirt is for you.

Spider Shirt Halloween

How about a snack to bring to a party? Or just a fun way to serve veggies? These little squash pumpkins are super easy!

Fall squash pumpkinsFinally, this tattoo shirt is a lot of fun and could be used for all kinds of costumes.

tattoo shirt costume


Have a safe and happy Halloween!


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Make Your Own Baseball Shirt

make your own baseball shirtIf your kids have a lot of solid colored shirts, here is an easy way to give them a little update with just some spare fabric and a sewing machine.

Shirt before:DSC05972

With your fabric, cut out whatever design you choose to sew onto your shirt. You could do an animal, letters, or something simple like a ball. I decided to do a baseball since it’s super simple.

On my white fabric, I traced the shape of a ball using a glass.


Then I pinned it to my shirt and traced two lines on it (for the ball stitching).


Then using white thread, I sewed around the ball twice using a zig zag stitch. Then with red thread in a zig zag stitch, I followed the lines I drew on the ball to make the stitching.

And that was it.


This one was really simple but it gave a plain, old shirt a little update.

I’ll let my model show you.



He was taking his modeling duties very seriously.


With winter coming, this idea would be cute for zip-up sweatshirts and sweaters, as well.



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