Thank You Gift

In the spirit of gratitude this month, I am giving away a gift over at facebook.

Whether you are the host or the guest this Thanksgiving, you are sure to need these wine bottle wraps to spruce up your table wine or your hostess gifts!

wine wrap

All you have to do is come on over and “like” us at facebook.com/maggiemaysgifts and then “like” the giveaway post.

One of you will receive these three wraps in the mail just in time for Thanksgiving!

Contest ends 11/10/13 at midnight. Wine not included, sorry! 🙂

Pine Cone Holiday Projects

With the sunshine, air conditioning, and trips to the pool, it’s hard to start thinking about Christmas already. But now is the perfect time for this holiday project because your materials (pine cones) will be free. Plus, cleaning and sun-drying them is easier, and having this done will give you one less thing to worry about when the holidays do come around!

First, collect some pines cones that have fallen to the ground, clean them in a bucket with water and a tiny bit of bleach. You can also collect the sweetgum balls that have fallen, which are those ping-ping sized balls with spikes on them that fall from trees.

Pine Cone holiday crafts

Lay them in the sun to dry (all day). You many want to turn them and dry them the next day as well. You want them completely dry.

Pine Cone holiday crafts

Then spray them with spray paint. I used red and silver but could you do blue for Hanukah, gold, white or any color you want!

Pine Cone holiday crafts

red pine cones

Once these are dry you can put them in holiday bowls or display them on plates or other containers. I found this old, gold mirror and just updated it with white paint.

gold mirror

I just used painter’s tape to cover the mirror and used a basic white spray paint.

Pine Cone holiday crafts

I just put a few of the cones on the mirror for this look…

Pine Cone holiday crafts

and glued some on wine corks for holiday wine stoppers. These would be cute for holiday parties and would also make cute gifts.

Pine Cone holiday craftsYour centerpiece could hold the table’s wine…

Pine Cone holiday crafts

While we are setting our holiday table, let’s make some napkin rings. Just tie a ribbon around the pine cone.

Pine Cone holiday crafts

Just pull it through the little tabs in the cone so the ribbon knot is hidden tight inside the cone.

Pine Cone holiday crafts

Wrap the ribbon around your napkin,

Pine Cone holiday crafts

and tie in a bow in the back.

Pine Cone holiday crafts

And there you go.

Pine Cone holiday crafts

Pine Cone holiday craftsNow, go treat yourself to a margarita by the pool. You deserve it. You just saved yourself time and money for this coming Christmas!

 

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