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How to make a Witch Broom for Halloween Decor or Costumes

When I was a  little girl I always enjoyed dressing up as a witch almost every Halloween. I just enjoyed the the mystery and the history that witches have with all Hollows eve and could not wait to dress up. As an adult I really want my Halloween costumes to be more realist and with much less plastic. I looked around for a witch broom and noticed that their are not a lot of options or in the style I would like to own.  Then it came to me to just make my very own witch broom!

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I went on the hunt at my local craft shops for wooden sticks and anything that I could use to make my witch broom. Started looking for the three parts that make up parts of the witch broom.

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Once I got all my items together, I went to work with my twine and straw or sea grass on this instance.  The sea grass was my top choice because it look much more realistic on my witch broom and of course it was on sale!

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I went a head and tied small amounts of sea grass at a time around my wooden stick, which happens to be a bamboo stick. The bamboo stick had a rich dark color which I really liked and went with my decor.

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I also decided to make a different witch broom  and more in the style of a winter witch inspiration.

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Tied a small amount of twigs first then added more and tied it around over each other. Repeated the same steps until the wood was completely covered with twigs.

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Dried sticks which I got from Trader Joe’s that smell from like cinnamon. Perfect for all year around decor. Purchased two and took them apart to use on the witch broom as seen above. Trust me when I tell you to maybe use something underneath while taking it apart because it will leave a mess and not fun to step on when walking around.

The final look it great and makes great all year decor. I used it to set next to my door or during the rest of the year it actually over my door way. Keeping all the negativity outside my door and non in my home year around.

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I have two different kind of witch brooms ready for hollows eve! My darker broom is much taller and a little bit more fragile and I keep it upside down and next to one of my favorite chairs.

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What will you be this Halloween? I hoping to dress myself my littles as the Sanderson sisters because its not Halloween with out Hocus Pocus.

 

Happy Haunting’s

loren

Coming soon…

I miss you all and miss bringing my crafts to all who want to explore my world. I will be coming back this fall with new Halloween, holiday crafts and among other things. If you want to see what I am up to day to day go check out my Instagram. On Instagram I show you all the goodies I like to play with and at time somethings of behind the scenes of my little life. I might also try my hand at behind the scenes video. See you soon! 

 

 

Loren

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Christmas Crafts Decor Round Up

If you are still decorating for the holidays that seem to be around the corner then I have a few last minute crafts you can still do to make your home festive. I place some of my favorite crafts from last year on the list.  I know we all need a little help at times, with ideas and I hope these will help with some decor crafts. I have a few from the Grinch and others as simple as using nice looking Christmas bags from Target dollar bin. You just never know what you are going to find at the target dollar bin, believe it or not know I am in the mood to go to target. As we all know it a very dangerous thing to do. Anyway, back to decorating with Christmas crafts decor round up!

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Grinch Miniature Christmas Tree

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Framed Christmas bags

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Mason Jar Christmas Chipboard Evergreen Nutcracker

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Christmas Ornament Origami Book Fold

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Snow Globe Vintage Car

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Grinch Embroidery Christmas Ornaments

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Grinch Ornaments

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Reindeer Embroidery Ornaments

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Mod Podge Glitter Wine Glasses

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Bottle Brush Tree Decor

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Reindeer Mod Podge Stencil

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Crate Stocking Holder

Hope you are all having a wonderful Holiday and Merry Christmas!

loren

 

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Winter Wonderland Decor

White it he color or a winder wonderland decor and I decided to use a little bit of it in my home. I usually try to keep away from white because the truth is I do have children and nothing really stays white for every long. Plus the little sticky fingers that love to touch everything that is new and breakable. However, that will not stop me from making it winter wonderland decor.

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I began with a metal tub in white which I got from IKEA a little while back. My first intention was to use it for a tree stand but out tree is a little bit to big for it. I placed a hand knitted blanket on the bottom to help everything border on the top of the tub. I then placed pine cones and wood slices to add more wood element. Also in the tub you will find bottle blush trees all different sizes and a mason jar of course. The mason jar has a little car and tree. I wanted the tub to stand out next to the tree and I found some lights I had left over.

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Ta-da! Now my decor is almost complete. I always have little thing that I add here and their through the holidays. Hope you enjoyed my winter wonderland decor!

Here is advent tag #6 which has clippings from our first ever real Christmas tree. I seal it so the pine needles would not continue to fall off.

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Happy holiday’s

loren

 

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Vintage Camera Diorama

I just love giving new life to old vintage thing that people might think of throwing out or find little value to. I purchased vintage camera from ebay that are broken, I do not like taking something apart if its still works so I make sure they are broken first. I took the mechanical part out of the vintage brownie box camera. Its very simple to do since it all comes out like a box.  I had removed the inside of the brownie box camera a while back so I don’t have a pictures.

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The next step is to make my wonderland miniature diorama. I used white trees, deer, tag, glitter, hot glue and fake snow. Of course I also used Tim Holtz mini lamp to light up the inside of the vintage camera diorama.

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I made a small hole on the top of the vintage camera attached the mini lamp.

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I then began on my miniature diorama. I glittered up the tag and cut it to fit the inside of the camera. I used hot glue to attach the trees to the tag, and the deer.

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Followed by hot gluing the fake snow on top of everything. It looks like a winter wonderland inside the vintage camera diorama.

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Something still seem to be missing. I decided to add scrapbook paper to the back of the camera.

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Now when you look through the front lenses of the camera you can see the little vintage camera diorama of lit up!

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I also have tag #5 ready for view! I used clippings from my Christmas tree and sealed them so they can last longer.

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Happy Holiday’s hope our enjoying the season.

loren

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Snow Globe Mason Jar Car

Last year, it was very popular to have a snow globe mason jar car with a Christmas tree. I was very happy with me version and excited to unpack it from my this Christmas. However, I had one little problem. I place it on its new home and it seemed to not stand out as much as I wanted too. I left it there for a couple of days and still it did not seem right. So what to do with my snow globe mason jar car?

Then it came to me, it needs light! I went to look in my stash to see what kid of light I could have hidden away. I found a light strand for decorating flowers.

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I took the car out and wrapped the miniature Christmas tree with the lights. Sealed it up and it was all done!

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It looks fantastic on my shelf with my kiddos Christmas photos.

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I have another Christmas Tag #4!

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I was inspired by fireplaces. I just love fireplaces but I’ve only had one once in my life and so wish to have one again. I enjoy decorating them and making them all festive during the holidays. I mostly used Tim Holtz material to make this faux fireplace Christmas tag.

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Hope you all enjoyed it! Happy holidays,

loren

 

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Branches Handles Toolboxes

I’ve had this branches handles toolboxes for over a year. I got it from decor steals and just never seem to find the right place for it. It finally ended up in my garage taking up space. The hubby kept asking me what I planned to do with it and I just say Ill get inspired one day and that day finally arrived. I decided to make it my Christmas branch handle toolbox filled with greenery.

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It a simple way to add that extra piece of chic to your Christmas decor. I took the wooden toolbox and added green pine branches with red berry to add that pop of color.

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I also wanted it to stand out from the tree so I added lights to the bottom and the top of the toolbox.

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Once all that was added I place my Christmas mason jar with my target ornament which I place fake snow in it.

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I just love how I can also move it around the house and it looks just lovely.

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Of course let us not forget about my 3rd tag of the month for my advent calendar.

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Hope you join me tomorrow for more fun this Holiday!

Merry Christmas,

loren

 

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Birch Wood Stocking Holder

Every year I see everyone decorating their mantle in their home. However, I live in apartment my entire life and I have only once had one with a fireplace, mostly because we have always lived in very warm states. I decided this year to make hanging faux fireplace for myself kinda, hehe. I had a birch wood in the closet waiting around for me do something with it for about a year. I finally found a new way to bring life to it this Christmas.

I decided to use white yarn to hold up the birch wood stocking holder. I tied each end to my shutters or you can use an empty wall.

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I then used white yarn to also tie the stockings to the wood. Its that simple and fast to do.

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I wanted to cover up the sections to were I tied the birch to the shutters. I used two of my wooden deer stencils I made last year. Click here to see the full tutorial.

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All finished!

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Of course we can’t forget about my 25 days of Christmas advent tag calendar. Today is day two and here it is!

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Two days down and a lot more to go.

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Happy holidays!!

loren

 

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Christmas Advent Tag Calendar Garland

Every year I always have the intention of making an advent calendar however, I always seem to run out of time. Of course we all know the holiday season seems to be the busiest of very mommy out there. It seems like I always get a little bit to ambitions in decorating and just can’t get everything done on time. I decided this year to take make it a simple Christmas and minimal was key. Well as minimal as I would I allow myself to get.

Once all the decor was up I saw that I actually could have time to make an advent calendar. The question was what kind should I make? Everyone has their own ideas. I definitely did not want to make a candy or present advent. I believe no present should arrive until Santa comes to visit. Candy just make the kiddos sugar happy, so I started to think what makes me happy. All year I always worry about everyone and I try to make Christmas as magical as I can for the kiddos. So the Christmas advent tag calendar garland was created. I love making tags for the holidays and they all represent the how I am feeling on that particular day.

I began by taking a little trip to Trader Joe, which has the best flower and fresh fruits around here and their prices are good. I love stopping by during the holidays for my mini Christmas trees but this year I went a little early and found that they had garlands and mini wreaths. I’ve never had real garlands or wreaths but decided to make it an adventure.

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As soon as I got home I hanged them up on the wall. I had chalkboard frame that I got from decor steal the previous year. However, they are so popular that they keep bringing them back during the year. I attached my wreath to it and placed it on the wall.

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I then went ahead and ordered 25 clipboard to be able to hang my tags from them for everyone to see. Its a simple and fast Christmas advent tag calendar garland.

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My tag I used a pictures that I just took this past Thanksgiving weekend. Its was a very special moment between my hubby and the kiddos. I then went ahead and printed them out and used a few embellishment to make it pop.

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Hope you are all having a wonderful Holiday!

 

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Plaid Chair Cushions

It the season for plaid and I just love everything plaid. I have purchased every fabric I can get my hands on in plaid. I have also made sure all of my family have red and black plaid shirts. So its no surprise when I just could not help myself and decided to plaid my chair cushions. The chairs or stool were originally hot pink and were in my daughters room but we have been needing more seating in the living so they need a makeover.

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Reupholstering a chair or stool is super easy. I am going to give you a fast and dirty way to upcycle a plaid chair cushion and get it done in under 15 minutes.

I placed the fabric on the floor to get a idea of how much fabric to cut around the cushion. I also removed the legs.

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Once I cut the fabric I went ahead and folded the fabric over and stapled it to the back of the cushion.

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You are pretty much done! All you have to do is place the legs back.  Ta-Da! You are completely done with plaid chair cushions.

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Happy Holiday’s

Loren