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Reindeer Clothespin Magnet

Guess what I found these super cute reindeer clothespins which I could not help but get however, I knew that I wanted to do something that would display them some how. I kept shopping at target where I found these cute reindeer now I was in search for some magnets. Now to make reindeer clothespin magnet!

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The basics are very simple. First I cut the magnets to fit the clothespins.

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I then just peeled the backing on the magnet to glue on the clothespins and I cut any extra pieces that does not fit the clothespins.

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Ta-da! All done. Now you can use them for a number of things. You can use them to hold you Christmas cards.

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Or even on with your milk and chocolate. What will you be using your reindeer clothespins magnets. I find that my little kiddo likes to put this craft projects on it and they are just adorable. The possibilities of things you can do with it are endless and you just never know what special thing they can hold for you.

Happy Holidays

Loren

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Grinch Embroidery Ornament

I am obsessed with the Grinch this Christmas and I wanted to add more Grinch to my Christmas tree. I thought another way I could do that was to  is to embroider a Grinch on a hoop.  I don’t do a lot of embroidery since I am a beginner but hey why not, right?

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The first thing I did was print out a Grinch image which I used to trace it with embroidery paper. The paper will leave a blue stencil on the fabric. I used white fabric to do the Grinch embroidery ornament with wooden hoop. You can find most all of these material at any craft store, I did my shopping at Joann’s.

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Now its time to to do the Grinch embroidery with a light green embroidery thread. I just followed the stencil.

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If you want to know a little bit of the stitch I tried to used they have a very nice video here on Youtube by Amamda Rolfe

 

 

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Once the Grinch was completed I colored the hoop with red sharpie. It might have been a better idea to color the hoop before but I was so excited to begin that I just skipped that part. Then I attached red tinsel around the hoop. The tinsel is from Tim Holtz holiday crafts. You can also find them at the craft store in his section. I just love everything Tim Holtz I have a stash in my closet that would last me a life time. Just don’t tell the hubby! hehe

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I also hot glued the back so it would not stick out of hoop.

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It is now complete, now you have your every own Grinch embroidery ornament for this holiday season. It looks great with my plaid tree and other Grinch Glass ornament I have done.

 

Merry Christmas,

Loren

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Christmas Home Decor

Decorating for Christmas is so much fun in my mind. I do find when asking my friends about decorating for Christmas they do not enjoy it due to their parent forcing them to decorate when they where children and now they hardly decorate as adult. At times I think I am a little crazy because my home looks like Christmas just threw up all over it, haha. I do hope I don’t scare my children and they won’t decorate for Christmas because as my hubby says it make the home seem warm and homier.  Here is my Christmas home decor this holiday season.

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If you have been with me for awhile you know that I change the ribbon of my tree every year. I just love changing thing around every year and my add and take away things because my taste in decor changes with time. However, this year I let my hubby pick the ribbon. I usually have theme in color each year but my hubby really wanted a color tree this year and in doing so he chose the ribbon. Imagine my surprise when he picked a plaid ribbon! I am in love with plaid this year and just want to have everything that is plaid.  I even purchased a plaid snowflake.

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I also used my tv stand to make a winter wonderland with my bottle brush trees and a tiny house! I used furry fabric to act as snow. It will be the only snow I will see here in Cali.

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I need a place to hold my stocking because we all need to have stockings which is one of my hubby traditions. I took all the crates which I have all over my apartment and put them against the wall and made cute little scenes in each. In one of them I have my little Grinch Christmas tree.

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I even wrapped my cabinets with ribbon and a bow and who can forget my cute reindeer watching me cook.

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My little man love helping me decorate which make me hope that he will continue the tradition to decorate in his home one day.

I hope you are all having a good holiday season.

Merry Christmas,

Loren

 

 

 

 

 

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Grinch Christmas Tree

Every Christmas the first movie I see is the Grinch and not just any Grinch movie but the Jim Carey version. I just love and can’t wait to see it very year. I decide to use my mini Christmas tree which I got at target dollar bin and turn it into a Grinch Christmas tree! Of course I am not going this challenge alone but I a joined by other bloggers on this transformation of mini dollar trees.

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After I got my target mini tree in the dollar bin I headed over to to my craft store and got Christmas tree branches to wrap around the Christmas tree. I got two packs to make it fuller.

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I then wrapped mini Christmas tree lights around the Grinch Christmas tree. I tried to hide the light between the branches.

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I then started to hang my ornaments. You can’t go wrong in which way you hang your ornaments. I used red and green mini ornaments. I also got a Christmas tree skirt at target. It has a knitting pattern in which fits perfectly with the Grinch theme.

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I placed a Grinch ornament which I had made previously. If you would like to see it tutorial please click here.

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If you would also want to take a look at some other great ideas you can do with you mini tree  then come and take a look at this wonderful bloggers!

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DIY Inspired

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Crafting Mommy of Two

 

Happy Holidays,

Loren

 

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Grinch Ornaments

I have had my silhouette for a while now but I have not use it very often due to having to take it out of the closet and setting up and then reviewing YouTube video to remember how to use the file and it has become a huge ordeal but I have decided to use it more often this holiday season so we will see how it goes.

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I do love watching he Grinch during the holiday season this year is not different, as write this post I am listing to the soundtrack. Its does get me in the mood fast and I made my Grinch ornaments to match my mood.

The first thing I did was coat the inside of the glass ornament with alcohol. If you coat the inside then it will help the glitter stick to the glass ornament.

 

I then added a coat of Pledge floor cleaner drain it in a cup and added the fabulous green glitter!

I let it dry for 24 hours to make sure the glitter would not come off the ornament.

Now the fun part begins I use my silhouette to cut black vinyl. I used contact paper to transfer the image to the Grinch ornaments. I repeated the same thing to a few more ornament and it looks fantastic.

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What will you do with your very own Grinch Christmas ornanments.

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Happy Holiday’s

Loren

 

 

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Christmas Reindeer Chalkboard

You can never have enough Christmas Decorations. I wanted a chalkboard count down so the kiddos can see how many more days are left to Christmas. I have my little monster asking me every night if tomorrow is Christmas? hehe He can be so cute. I have to explaining to him that its not quite here yet. I was hopping watching curious George Christmas would help him understand but he keeps asking if if goes to sleep tomorrow will be Christmas. I guess eventually it will be. I can’t wait to see his little face when it finally is Christmas.

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I used a wooden reindeer from Michael’s which I had used from a previous crafts which was the stencil reindeer. I instead of stenciling I use chalkboard paint.

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I then attached a very cute Christmas mas ribbon bow. The ribbon was from last season. I just love Christmas ribbon. I don’t really use it except during Christmas time. I attached my Christmas reindeer chalkboard countdown calendar to a piece of wood. The wood I sealed before attached a tack to it and hung the chalkboard reindeer. I can’t believe how versatile the little wooden reindeer can be. I think I might do a couple more thing with them. They are a fast and cheap craft. We all do love those.

You can also see what else I did with my other stencil wooden reindeer here.

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Happy Holiday’s

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Bottle Brush Tree Crafts

If you want a fast and easy way to decorate around the house think about maybe having bottle brush trees. They are so cute!! I just can’t get enough of them and I can’t stop myself from buying them when ever I see them. I go to every retail store looking for them and I get very disappointed when they don’t have them. However, I did find a few at world market and they look so cute that I could not help myself. I Also got a few smaller ones from last year that I use to decorate my tea cups. I got the tea cups at anthropology.

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I grabbed some fake snow and place it inside the tea cups and placed my little bottle brush trees in them and on top of them.

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You can also make your very own colored bottle brush trees if you want to. You can find craft bottle brush tree at your local craft store they are by Ranger Tim Holtz. He made them so that you can die them in any color you want. They can by single package or six on a pack of bottle brush tree crafts. I have few of them but I was so scare on coloring them. However, I did take the plunge finally and they came out so cute. I decided to do a candy cane tree and just focus on the painting the red on the tree.

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I used tape to cover where I did not want the paint to go and use distress paint with water.  I spray  a couple of coats to get it a little dark. I used berry distress refill stain.

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Now I have different kinds of bottle brush tree crafts for this holiday season.

 

Happy Holidays,

Loren

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Stencil Reindeer

I will say it again I just love reindeer decor. I can’t wait to go full on Christmas home decor!  My hubby seems to be excited about me decorating for the holiday season. I decided to start a little early this year and do a stencil reindeer which I found at Michael’s ! Just love it and I need to make it pop and I remembered that I had this awesome wooden stencil from Plaid Mod Podge. It would add that extra wood feel to the wooden reindeer.

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I first wanted to age the wood a little bit and I stained it.

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I went ahead and placed the stencil on the wooden reindeer and went over it with red acrylic paint.

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Once it was all dried I sealed it.

I still found that the my little reindeer needed something else to make it stand out .  I went back to michael’s and I got some leaves and berries to add some dimensional touch to it.

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I also did add a burlap bow to the top of the head for the wooden reindeer.

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I did two different stenciled reindeer and I just so excited how they came out! I kind of feel like going back and buys a few more! I just wish I can give them out as gifts but I don’t know anyone who would enjoy them as much as me as you guys maybe. Who knows I might just do a giveaway on my instagram. In case you don’t follow me on instagram you can find me @mypandorascraftbox.

 

 

Happy Holidays,

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Christmas Mason Jar Nutcracker

Its that time again of the year where you have to take out the Christmas tree and unpack all the ornaments well at least in my house. Now that I really think about it we have never had a real Christmas tree. Living in apartments it has always made sense to have a fake tree, even if my hubby does have bring it up from the garage. I enjoy decorating for Christmas and this year is not any different.

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I’ve been in the look out for Christmas decoration and inspiration when I go to the stores. I am always very surprised how early they start putting up all the decorations. Its was not even close to Halloween and everything was on sale and a few Christmas stuff were on the shelf. So I decided to start my Christmas crafts early.

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I began with a Christmas Mason Jar Nutcracker. I found the nutcracker at Michale’s once known as the $1 bins and got a few of the nutcrackers.

I then took a mason jar and spray pained the lid gold and hot glued the nutcracker to the lid.

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I added fake snow to the inside of the jar. You cant have Christmas with out a little snow. Especially since I live in Cali and it not a place where snow is very common at least not where I live.

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I have another Christmas Mason Jar ready for the holidays. I may actually have a good collection this year.

Happy Holidays,

Loren

 

 

 

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Heart Crochet Christmas Ornament Tutorial

I have another Christmas Ornament but this time I am trying out my crochet skills. I am a beginner at crochet and I love watching YouTube videos when trying to figure out how to do a specific stitch. So when looking for project to do I always look for something that  is simple to understand and to do. Guess what I found?! A simple crochet star tutorial which I turned into a crochet Christmas heart Ornament. 

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I use the tutorial over at Little Golden Nook  which I applied to my fire heart. Instead of using a round bracelets I found cute heart bracelet over at wal-mart and used the same pattern she provided. I added a cute picture of my little man to remind me of how big he is getting. 

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To take a look at the pattern click here

Happy Holidays! 

Loren