Holly Jolly Ornaments

A few posts ago, I gave a tutorial on how to make these Easy DIY Christmas Trees. With the extra foam leaf cutouts I created these sweet, dainty holly jolly paper ornaments. Holly because of Christmas, Jolly because they are so sweet they make me happy and more ornament designs because I had to resourcefully fill an eight foot Christmas tree, and it was a big one! Continue reading

Festive Painted Canvas

The Holiday Home Tour starts tomorrow night, yikes! I am going to be staging and adding the finishing touches today. I needed a large piece to go above the bed in the master bedroom so I designed this festive painted canvas. At 39”w x 31”h it is sure to add punch to the space. With a roughed up wood look in the backround and the bright red paint, the white words really jump off the canvas. Continue reading

Kids Christmas Crafts

Wow, what an amazing weekend! I was featured on 4 blogs, had an on-camera interview for the local community tv station and with the help of my husband, got the outside of the Holiday Home done too! The Crafty Christmas Ornaments were featured on, Uncommon Design’s 12 Handmade Christmas Ornaments, Someday Crafts and on Coastal Charm’s Facebook page. My Easy DIY Christmas Tree was featured on Tatertots & Jello’s 20 Amazing Holiday Ideas. I am so flattered to be amongst so many great creative projects out there!

I am wrapping things up for the Holiday Home Tour, and when I say “wrapping” I literally mean “wrapping”. I found this cute printed wrapping paper at HomeSense that fits in with the bright green and red of our Traditional Family Theme. I love the dots and the chevron pattern and have used them throughout the house on various projects. I will post those soon. The kids and I wrapped paper towel rolls with the wrapping paper and tied a ribbon at each section. These crackers look fun and festive and will bring a nostalgic feeling to the space. Continue reading

Easy DIY Christmas Tree

I have been crafting, shopping and designing like mad in preparation for the Holiday Home Tour that takes place next week. I needed some items with height to add colour and to fill space and thought that creating these foam Christmas trees would not only be inexpensive, they would be easy to make as well.

I took a piece of bristol board and turned it into a cone shape and taped up the side to keep it held together. I purchased these fabulous bright green foam sheets at Michaels and drew on a simple leaf shape. I cut the leaf out and traced it in rows onto the foam. I loved cutting out all of the leaves. The foam cuts so smoothly, I found it so relaxing.


With a glue gun, my daughter would squeeze a dab onto the top of each leaf and I would place them side by side starting at the bottom. With the both of us it went very fast. I left half of the leaf to overhang so that they bend and create a nice bottom curve to the tree. Once you have the first row around the tree done, place the next row starting in the middle of two leaves and half way down. This ensures to cover the bristol board. Continue this all the way around. I used smaller leaves for the top rows to finish it off.