Archives for December 2013

Really Simple Ornaments Little Kids Can Make (with a little supervision)

Love ‘Em Ornaments

I bet you have a box of duplicate photos in your craft area, and if not, I bet you have a printer.

terrio-simple-photo-ornamenYou can help your children decorate a Christmas tree with photos of family rolled and placed in clear plastic ornaments.

Trust me, this is much easier than building a ship in a bottle and is a simple project for little hands.

  1. I cut this wedding photo into a heart shape.
  2. It didn’t quite unroll like I wanted so I simply used the eraser end of a pencil to uncurl it and viola!
  3. Instant ornament.

This would be a fun project to make as a theme:

VINTAGE—print  the photos in a sepia tone and tie the ornament at the top with ribbon

FAR AWAY—use photos of all those friends and family you are missing

Easy embellishments:

  • lace
  • ribbon
  • paste on jewels

lace-and-flowers-terri-oFestive Lace and Flowers

  1. Water down a small amount of white craft glue—about 2/3rds glue to 1/3rd water
  2. Pour into clear plastic ornament and swil around until insides are coated.
  3. Pour in glitter and swirl around. Let dry.
  4. Use a tacky craft glue to adhere a stip of ribbon and a few small flowers to the outside of the ornament and let dry. (My assistant scored a bag of lace scaps recently at a moving sale.)

terri-o-simple-ornamentGlitter on the Outside Ornament

  1. Draw glue lines on the outside of an ornament—I used a clear plastic one.
  2. Turn it in one hand as you sprinkle glitter with the other—do this over a sheet of paper and you can put any excess glitter back into its jar.
  3. Let dry.



Redneck Candle Holder for Christmas

How did crafts made with Mason Jars come to be “redneck”? When I go the the Farmer’s Market and buy apple sauce or jam or pickles and they are in a canning jar, I just think of how tasty the contents will be.

This candle holder builds on the redneck wine glass idea. You can make it pretty simply by yourself, but I admit there was a point where I could have used an extra finger as I knotted the lace and ribbon.



Hot Glue Gun



Canning Jar (Dollar Store)

Glass Candle Stand (Dollar Store)

Pearls ( upcycled jewelry)


Prima Flowers

White Mesh Lace

Red Satin Ribbon

Seagreen Organza Ribbon



  1. Tie mesh lace around jar.
  2. Tuck red and seagreen ribbon under mesh lace knot.
  3. Tie Prima Flowers with ribbon.
  4. Use hot glue gun to affix pearls and red beads to jar amidst flowers, and pearls to base of candle holder.
  5. Place a few beads into candle holder base.
  6. Trace glue around top edge of candle base and place decorated jar on top. Let dry.
  7. Add tealight.

Dazzling Trees in Styrofoam Cone Crazy-Land

kim-and-my-neighbor-terri-oI have been happily going a bit crazy making Christmas Tree based on people’s personalities.

The coolest thing about this project is I was able to raid my box of not-wearing-this-again jewelry, and my odds and ends of craft supplies. The tree bases are  tea lights or short class candle holders (you can hot glue them on or just push them part way into the bottom) and I used white cones because the green ones are too soft.

I first saw one of these trees at a neighborhood craft sale and I though to myself– Oh my gosh, I have tons of old jewelry at home. I made a couple for myself to use as holiday decor.


Then I thought–The would make great gifts if I did them based on personality.


Susan’s is red and Kim’s is pink with sparkle, the elderly couple across the street love seashells…


Oh tannenbaum! Don’t stop me now, to whom will I gift this tree when finished?


What would a tree based on your personality look like?

If you make one, I would love for you to share it on my Facebook page.