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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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Christmas Gift Bags Idea

We all know that we use Christmas gift bags to hold special gifts for our families and friends however, did you every think of using Christmas gift bags for anything else. I went shopping at Target like I always do a couple of times a week and I found this cute Christmas bags in the dollar bin. They had all shapes and sizes.  One in particular caught my eye and that was the chalkboard print gift bags.  I grab a couple of different print of Christmas gift bags.

I went a head went to the frame section over at Target and found a couple of cheap frames to hold my Christmas gift bags.

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When I got home I could not wait to place the chalkboard Christmas gift bag in the frame and frame it to my wall.

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I after I place them on my wall I  noticed that I wanted to remove the red ribbon from the Christmas gift bags and on some of them I would need to cut the bag in half to make the frame less bulky.

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I tried a different ways to place the Christmas gift bags frames on my wall. Tell me which one do you prefer.

 

Happy Holiday’s

Loren

 

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Christmas Chipboard Letters

I have been seeing a lot of crafts with chipboard letters and I decided to make my own for Christmas. However, when I went in search for my letters it was so hard to find and I went looking specific in late October! I guess I was not the only one thinking of Christmas before Halloween was over. I did finally find them after a couple of stores. Here are my Christmas chipboard letters.

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After my hunt for the chipboard letter I cut off one side. I use an X-acto knife for the removal.

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Once that was done I colored the chipboard letters with red acrylic paint. After it was dry I went and purchase and garland which I cut up to make fit inside the chipboard letters. Just keep in mind that it will make a little mess when you cut the garland.

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I purchased berries and tree cones as well and added it to add that extra pop of color and make it stand out more. I did hot glue some parts of the garland on to the chipboard to make sure if did not just fall off the wall when I put it up.

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Once you have done all those thing then you are done! I enjoy seeing a pick-boo of read and the glittery berries I used. A place it up on my wall to remember to be joyous this season and be thankful.

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Happy Holiday’s

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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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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Reindeer Embroidery Pattern

It can’t be Christmas with out a few key things, Christmas tree, lights and reindeer! I just enjoy decorating with reindeer. I really want to add them to my decor this year for the holidays. I see reindeer at target in every form. I’ve purchased a snow globe of a reindeer in October. I do believe I can have that globe out all year around on my nightstand. They even had a reindeer head with gold tip antlers but I did not get it which I am regretting a little bit.  However, I did find a fun an easy way to add reindeer to my Christmas tree with this little hoop ornament.  You can also place them on your wall in all sizes!

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I first went and got my wooden hoop which I got at my local craft store and placed some felt in the hoop. I then got my silhouette and purchased a a baby reindeer pattern which I cut the head off. I made a couple of different sizes to fit my hoop.

 

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I then used glossy accents glue and traced the patterned with it. The glue stays wet for a little bit you have some wiggle room to work the entire pattern before you have to sprinkle the glitter. I used a dark brown glitter for the reindeer.

 

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I then got myself some red embroidery thread to add the red nose.

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You are almost done! I decided to painted the wooden hoop with a red sharpie. You can also stain the hoop. Now you can either hang them on the Christmas tree or on your wall. You have now a beautiful reindeer embroidery pattern than you can use glitter if you can’t really embroider.

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Happy Holidays!

 

Loren

 

 

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Halloween Coasters

I love, love, love Target dollar bin! I can always find something that I think I can’t live without. As you can imagine this time was no different. Target is always full of surprises. At first when I hear everyone talking about how wonderful Target is, I did not know why? Until I went a couple of times and just can’t get enough. Expect my wallet does not like it very much, so I have to limit my target trips because I always seem to find something I must have because I never knew how I lived without it before. Especially for kiddo clothes.

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I found this cute Halloween felt garland. I found them as pumpkins and bats.  I know I did not want to use them as garland and then the idea of making them into Halloween coasters!

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All you will really need is thread to attach them together. I decided to do three at a time to make a coaster. I now have a set of two bat coasters and pumpkins ready to use and show off to friends and family.

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I wonder what I will find next week at the Target dollar bin. Are you a Target dollar bin addict too?

 

Happy Haunting,

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Recycle Baby Food Jars into Christmas Snow Globes Ornaments

I have a very large collection of baby food jars from when my son was a baby and I have been logging them around for the past year and half all over the state. Guess what?! I finally found one good use for them. If you want to recycle your baby food jars then did you know you can make them into Christmas snow globe ornaments. I love mason jars but they are way to big and heavy to be used on my tree so recycling your baby food jars is the best thing. Even if you don’t have small children at home you can buy a couple jars for less then dollar. 

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So go into your pantry or run to the store and get baby food in glass jars.

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Now if you don’t have any kids then you have choice to eat the baby food or throw it out, hehe. I made a small hole with a drill bit on the lids. I colored the lids red with acrylic paint.

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While the lids are drying. I took the jars and got a couple of tiny trees and a reindeer on one if the jars. I used crazy glue to the bottom of each tree and used long twisiers to place them inside the jar.
 
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I added the fake snow and we are almost done! I got ribbon from Hobby lobby and tied it to the lids.

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Now you have your very own recycled baby food jars turned into Christmas snow globes ornaments to cherish every year. 
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Happy Holidays!

Loren