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DIY Winter Pine Ornament

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

I love creating my own ornaments. Thank you so much to my Mother-in-law who got me into making them every year for her annual DIY Christmas ornament exchange. This year, I decided I wanted a minimalist ornament and something that reminded me of Utah. Since we wont have any snow here in Texas, nor pines in a close proximity, I decided to make a winter pine ornament.

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Supplies:

24 plastic (or glass) clear ornaments

5-7 picks of frosted pine– similar to THIS product

1 bag of fake snow

3 spools of ribbon

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Directions:

  1. Cut off all the sprigs of frosted pine branch picks.
  2. Stuff the sprig into the top of the ornament.
  3. Funnel in some fake snow and then place the lid back on.
  4. Tie on some ribbon to make a cute bow.

See. It’s super easy! It seriously took me maybe thirty minutes to complete all two dozen!

Here are my previous ornament DIYs.

2015 “A Savior is Born” ornament

2014 Santa’s Lost Sleigh Bell ornament

2013 Christmas Song Lyrics ornament

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

DIY “A Savior Is Born” Ornament

For some reason, this scripture has popped out at me many times the past few months whenever I thought about Christmas:

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given…and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

I love the different names of Christ. And, the fact that Child and Son is emphasized in the scriptures. Because of that, I decided I wanted to involve Rhys in the ornaments. I know this is his second Christmas, but since he is a toddler, it will hopefully mean something to him. So, for this year’s Morrell DIY ornament exchange, I created these “A Savior is Born” ornaments.

DIY "A Savior is Born" ornament based off Isaiah 9:6. A perfect ornament to make with a toddler.

Supplies

24 felt trees
1 can of puffy paint
1 paint sponge
24 sparkly star stickers
1 ball of thin twine
1 permanent marker
hole punch
at least one toddler =)
(I forgot to take a picture of the supplies!!)

Steps

1) Paint your toddler’s hand with the white puffy paint on the sponge brush.

2) Press your toddler’s hand onto the tree.

3) Let them dry.

(I forgot to take pictures of the rest of the steps…I’m awesome this year, huh?)
4) Punch a hole in the top corner.

5) Write the scripture from Isaiah 9:6 (or any Christmas scripture) in permanent marker, in your best handwriting.
6) Put the star sticker on the top of the tree.

7) Cut some twine and tie it in the hole.

 

What is your favorite Advent scripture?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

December 2015 Goals

**I am so, so, so very excited to announce the launch of She Teaches Fearlessly! If you have ever heard of She Reads Truth, this is a brand new LDS devotional and scripture study website dedicated to incorporating the Gospel into every part of our lives! I invite you to explore She Teaches Fearlessly and be uplifted!**<
November was certainly full of ups and downs! We got terrible news about a job offer, my brother went on an LDS Mission, and many more things happened.

Last month’s goal was to Write my book during NaNoWriMo. Here is how I did:
Sub Goals:
– Read and finish a book two books.
I read three books this month!
– Complete NaNoWriMo
I was great with NaNoWriMo for the first week, but that’s all I did. I got behind in blogging, housekeeping, and other family things came up.


December–Enjoy My Holidays
I want to end the year on a good, enjoyable note, especially since we are moving out pretty soon. I want to stress as little as I can. Rhys will also be old enough to begin to comprehend the season and I want to teach him the joy and magic of Christmas.

Sub Goals:
– Buy and watch old Christmas movies with Rhys
– Do Elf on the Shelf with Rhys
– Decorate the house with the family
– Visit Temple Square and see the lights
– Make and post the Morrell family DIY ornament
– Do Christmas cooking with Rhys and make plates to give to neighbors
– Host a Christmas party

What are your goals for this month?


Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

DIY Santa’s Lost Sleigh Bell Ornament

Have you ever read the book or seen the movie, The Polar Express?

I loved that book while growing up and the concept that you can hear bells rings if you still believe in Santa. I have mentioned before how much I loved Christmas last year with nieces and nephews who still believed in Santa.

So, this year, for the Morrell ornament exchange, I decided to let that influence this ornament. Also, I wanted to continue a theme of clear ornaments.

Materials:
1 bag fake snow
1 bag tiny bells
2 spools of ribbon
24 clear, plastic ornaments
scissors

Steps
1) Take off the tops of the ornaments and funnel a little bit of fake snow into it.
2) Place a small bell in. It should barely be covered by snow, but still audible if you shake it.

3) Print out the phrase, “If you believe, you’ll be able to see and hear Santa’s lost sleigh bell.”

4) Cut the strips out and carefully hole punch the end.

5) Curl the strips of paper. I just wrapped them around a pencil.

6) Now here is the tricky part. Each lid of the ornament as a wiry hook. You can actually pinch this and pull it out of the lid. Put the slip of paper in the hook, then place the hook back through the lid and lace the lid back on the ornament.

7) Cut out ribbon and tie a nice, perfect bow on the ornaments.

And there you have it. Santa’s lost sleigh bell in a pile of snow for you to hear–if you still believe!

However, there is a sad tale that goes with these. I had shipped these all off to my MIL before Thanksgiving, as she collects them all and redistributes them early December. But, for some reason, it took 2 whole weeks (regardless of the fact that Thanksgiving weekend was part of that) to get from Utah to Georgia. I got a text from my MIL saying that the box had been opened and that only half of the two dozen ornaments I sent were there, and all were badly damaged! I felt so bad that my amazing idea that I was sooo very proud of wouldn’t be shared! So, hopefully, you’ll have better luck than I will with these!
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Our Hand-me-down and DIY Apartment Decorated for Christmas

This is the second place Justin and I have lived since being married. Our first place was BYU married student housing. It was tiny. But, it worked for us and we spent two years there. Then, we had a child, graduated, and got grown-up jobs, so we needed somewhere else. (Also, I was tired of living in a college town for the past 6 years and having a 45-55 minute commute.)

So, we came to this wonderful townhome in Sandy, Utah. See what it looks like, here. But, it took us forever to find a town home (or apartment) in our budget that was good quality for us to rent. We weren’t in a position to buy, and spent hours upon hours searching numerous websites for any hits. It was a long and arduous process. But, we finally found the perfect place for us. Scroll down to the very bottom of the post to see how this process could be much easier for you in the future!

We are still very much so newly weds–in our 3rd year of marriage–and just barely making adult wages. The only furniture we actually bought ourselves is in our bedroom: desk, bed, and dresser. Everything else was generously given to us or made for us.

Given:
– couch with recliners hand-me-down from my parents
– chair with ottomon hand-me-down from my SIL
– two hand-crafted, custom-made bookshelves as hand-me-downs from my uncle and aunt
– TV hand-me-down from my SIL
– stroller, baby swing, carseat from my SIL’s and MIL
– kitchen table and chairs hand-me-down from my parents
– Mom’s old rocking chair that all my siblings and I were rocked in
– Gradma’s old dresser for Rhys
– crib from my parents
– floor rug hand-me-down from my parents
– gamecube hand-me-down from friends
– jean picnic quilt made by my mom

Created:
– Pensieve of memories from Justin
– decorations from treats, hand-me-downs, books, gifts from friends
– picture of Jesus with notes from our old bishopric
– Rhys’s banner from my mom
– FHE Activity Jar I made
– picture of the Jordan River Temple and poem from friends

Needless to say, we have been very blessed. And, although our home is a bit eclectic, I’ve done my very best to tie it all together. In doing so, my living room and kitchen have a wooden, country, burlap-y feel the it. I really like it. I really, really do. A lot of our pieces of furniture are old and worn, and could definitely use replacing, but they are special to us and reminds us what a great family we are blessed with.

This year, I have more room to decorate Christmas with. I also have a fireplace, and wanted to make sure to have stockings for my family. So, I did a little DIY’ing this year for Christmas, and I’m not a DIY’er in the least! I was very proud of my effort.

With a lot of help and direction from my mom, I made these beautiful stockings. I designed them, did the lettering, and most of the sewing. Mom definitely helped with positioning of the patterns, and doing the trim of the stockings. I’m very proud of my effort. They aren’t perfect, but that’s what I love about them. You can tell I made them and they were made with heart.

I made this cute little nativity and scripture advent calendar at a Relief Society activity. I love them and think I did a good job.

This nativity is half missing. When I was a young girl in my church, we had an activity and service program. We worked towards different gospel-related goals and service activities. Each time we completed a section, we were rewarded with a piece of the Nativity. They were all made by a member of our congregation. I had completed the entire program and received all the pieces of the nativity. However, that was 10 or so years ago. With multiple moves, I’ve lost many of the pieces. The “Joseph” figure is actually a shepherd figure without his crook!

But, my favorite part is the Christmas tree. My family had a tradition: every year growing up, my Grandma would give all the kids an ornament. That is most of the ornaments on this tree. Also, last year, my mother-in-law invited me to participate in a big ornament exchange she organizes. Every year, all the wives in her family, as well as close friends, create (it has to be DIY) two dozen ornaments, send them to her, and she mails everyone out a set of each. Click here for last year’s ornament I made. This year’s DIY will be posted later next week.

So, although our home is a bit eclectic and hand-me-down-ish, it is perfect for us. We are in love with it and it will definitely grow with us in time.

But, I’m a little jealous of NYC. There is a cool new site that can help you find the perfect apartment to match your wants, needs, and even personality, called Urban Compass. Urban Compass is a real estate platform that connects folks searching for starter apartments with the neighborhood that matches their personality and taste. This site would be a big hit in Utah if they ever expanded, and it would have probably saved Justin and I a lot of tears and arguments and stress the first half of this year. If you are anywhere near NYC or thinking of moving there or know of someone who is, I’d definitely check out their website!


Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.