The holidays are the perfect time to get into the DIY spirit. You can give away your creations as gifts, or use them to create some extra cheer in your own home!

Winter Scene Mason Jars

Mason Jar DecorYou can find mason jars almost everywhere these days, so why not take advantage of their popularity to create cute Christmas decorations?

Things You’ll Need:

  • Mason Jar
  • Fake snow
  • Any little decorations for the scene you are wanting to create (tiny cars, trees, etc)
  • Hot glue
  • Twine
  • Pretty paper to cover lid

Steps: This project is really quite easy…decide first what kind of scene you want to create. The car with the tree on top is a cute one to start with. The first step is to hot glue your tiny tree to the roof of the tiny car. Use twine to tie the car to the roof of the car. It will stay secure if you take the string, wrap it around the wheels, then also hot glue the string to the bottom of the car. Put your car into the jar and add the fake snow until it looks like enough. Cut out a nice piece of paper that will cover the top of the jar, and then screen the mason jar ring on. put it on the mantel (or table, or wherever!) and enjoy. There are so many different scenes you can create, and they make adorable decorations.

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Salt Dough Paw Print Ornaments

christmas-dogThese are cute to have as nice little keepsake of your pet (if you can get them to stay still long enough to get an impression). One recipe yields about 4 ornaments.

Things You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • parchment paper or aluminum foil
  • a straw/pen for punching a hole

Steps: Preheat oven to 200 degrees (Farenheit). Mix together the salt, flour and water until it becomes firm. Knead the dough with your hands for about 30 seconds, then cut it into circles with a cup. Place your pets paw into the salt dough hard enough to make an impression. Use the straw or pen to poke a hole through the top of the dough. Bake in the oven for 2 to 3 hours. Once it has cooled own, you are free to decorate it as you want. Paint your pets name on it, fill in the paw print with glitter…whatever tickles your fancy. Tie a nice ribbon through the hole you made and hang it on the tree.

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Iced Branches

iced branches diyThese make for some beautiful décor, and help create a fun, whimsical atmosphere when you are decorating for Christmas.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Tree branches
  • Tacky Glue
  • Colourfill Diamond Vase Filler 1lb or 2lb bag
  • Newspaper

Steps: Place a piece of newspaper down in your work area. Put a pile of the Diamond Vase Filler in the centre of the newspaper. Open the tacky glue and spread it out on the branches, and spread it so that it is smooth along the branches (you don’t want any clumps of glue). Fold the paper slightly so the diamonds don’t fall out. Take the branch and roll it around in the Diamonds. Let it set for about 45 minutes. Repeat the last step on the opposite side of the branch. Let that set. And that’s it! Make as many branches as you’d like!

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