How to Make a Flannel Christmas Ornament

Dear world,
I am here to tell you that I am one of those people who is ready to decorate for Christmas right after Halloween ends. My reasoning? Christmas is the best holiday to decorate for!
I saw these Christmas ornaments in a popular retail store for $8.00; I looked at my mom and said, “I can make that for much cheaper.” So I did.


What you need
Clear, plastic Christmas ornament
I found these for $0.98 at Walmart, but don’t look in the Christmas section. They were by the crafts.

I bought half of a yard of Christmas-color flannel for about $5.00 at Joann Fabric and Craft. I only used about an eighth of a yard for each ornament (of course that depends on the size of your ornament).

Mod Podge
I used Mod Podge to stick the fabric to the ornament. I already had this in my craft box being that it is the holy grail of craft box essentials.

I used twine to cover the silver top of the ornament and to hang it. I had this in my craft box as well.

Hot Glue Gun/Hot Gun
I used hot glue to keep the twine in place.

What you do
First, you cut the flannel into strips that are about an inch wide and long enough to wrap around your ornament (starting and ending at the top). The measurements don’t have to be perfect. Then, you take a few threads out of each side of your strips of flannel to give it a fringe-look.

Flannel Christmas Ornament              Flannel Christmas Ornament

Next, you place Mod Padge on the ornament where the strip of fabric will go – make sure you’re not using too much Mod Podge because it will seep through the flannel. Now, place your strip of flannel over the Mod Podge making sure there are no wrinkles. Repeat this until the whole ornament is covered.

Flannel Christmas Ornament              Flannel Christmas Ornament

Use hot glue to wrap the top of the ornament in twine. Make sure you use the hot glue sparingly so it doesn’t leak through (a pet peeve of mine). Lastly, use twine to hang your ornament.

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What you pay
I personally paid about $2.25 per ornament, but I already had many of the supplies in my craft box. If you decide to make these ornaments and don’t have any of the supplies, you won’t regret buying them. I use these items all the time.

What’s your experience?
Have you every made these ornaments? Or have you made other fun and festive decorations for your Christmas tree? Tell me about it!


How to Make a Cute Strawberry Costume

If every year you procrastinate getting your Halloween costume together like I do, then this is the perfect costume for you. This strawberry outfit took me about an hour to put together once I had the right supplies.

Dressing up as a strawberry was great for me because I wore the costume to work tucked into a pair of jeans (on casual Friday, of course) and I could dress it up a little different to go out. The best part about this costume is that it only cost about $10 to make.

So what are you being for Halloween? Comment on this post and tell me all about how you made your costume!

A Quick Craft to Decorate for the Season

I’m sure everyone has seen on social media this year or last people posting pictures of burlap wreaths that they made. There are several ways to make these, but the way I used was very easy and very quick.

There are several tutorials if you just search Pinterest, but I love video tutorials so I can watch and craft at the same time. So here is a video tutorial from Just Call Me Home Girl.


What you need
Wire Hanger
You will use a wire hanger for the base of your wreath. The hanger gives you a good-sized wreath and if you want a smaller one, you can easily cut the hanger. I used a dark colored hanger so it wouldn’t show through the burlap.

I used pliers to untwist the hanger and to shape it into a circle. You will also be using it to make the hooks to keep it together.

I used about 37.5 feet of burlap: 30 feet of brown and 7.5 feet of red (because I wanted it to be exactly a quarter of the wreath).

Whatever you want your wreath’s theme to be – get accessories pertaining to that. I wanted a wreath that could be used in the fall – not just for Halloween or Thanksgiving – so I purchased a little bag of artificial leaves, decorative acorns and some fake little barriers.

Hot Glue Gun/Hot Glue
I use hot glue for everything because I’m too impatient to wait for anything to dry.

What you do
First, you have to use pliers to untwist the hanger. I used them and my knee to then make the hanger circular.

Next, you put the burlap on the hanger. You put the hanger through the corner then flip the burlap over and put the hanger through the opposite side just a few inches down. The closer you put the hanger, the thicker the wreath will be, but you don’t want to put it too close together to where there are no pretty loops.You continue those steps until you put on as much burlap as you want.

If you need to cut your burlap, there is a trick to cutting it so it doesn’t fray. First you decide where you want to cut it, then you pull a thread out in that area. You are left with a gap in threads where you cut.




The next part is pretty tricky and I actually made someone else do it because I got so frustrated. Now that I know what to do, though, I could do it with some confidence. So, you make both ends of your hanger into hooks using the pliers. Then you hook them together and squeeze them shut. Super easy, I know, but as I said, I’m very impatient.

Lastly, you embellish it how you please and hang it up.

What you pay
I went to Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts and used multiple coupons in one transaction. You can find all kinds of coupons through text, email, the Jo-Ann app, the Retail Me Not app.

What’s your experience?
This was my first time making any kind of wreath; what kind of wreaths have you made? Are there other seasonal wreaths that you see trending on social media?

How to Easily Arm Knit a Blanket

Arm knitted blanketMy sister-in-law and I were talking about arm knitting the other day. (For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s just like knitting but your arms act as the needles.) I’ve never done it before, but I thought I would give it a shot and give my sister-in-law an arm knitted blanket for her birthday.
My first search was a Pinterest search, which was as far as I needed to go because a found a blog called Simply Maggie. She has an awesome tutorial about arm knitting blankets that told me everything I needed to know. I did run into a couple roadblocks, though, but I’m prepared to help you avoid those.

What you need
In the tutorial, she tells you to use Couture Jazz yarn, but I searched everywhere and unless you want to order it, you have to find other yarn. This was the biggest issue because the Couture Jazz yarn is so nice and thick that it gave the blanket she made a chunky look to it.Arm Knitted Blanket

So after picking a thick yarn, I made a blanket that had
giant holes in it and didn’t look like a blanket at all.

I had to tear it apart and start all over again.Arm Knitted Blanket

The second time around I tripled up on the yarn by tying three spools of yarn together, which gave it the thickness I was looking for.Arm Knitted Blanket

You will need a sharp pair of scissors to cut the yarn without fraying the end too much.

You’ll need two of those.

What you do
I followed the technique on the tutorial pretty closely. Because of the difference in yarn, my blanket needed a few extra feet to begin with, so I made the tail about 13 feet. Although, when I make another blanket, I will go even longer than that because I want it to be wider.
I advise to make your first row and see how wide it is. If you want to make it wider, you can pull it apart and start over. That is easier than getting to the end of your blanket and realizing that it’s really skinny.
Another technique difference that I picked up on was to just reach through the layers of yarn when casting on the rows with your fingers instead of your whole hand. This saves a little time.
Lastly, I found a technique that helped me when I wanted to take a break. I would make sure all the strands were on one arm and I would slide them off my arm one by one onto a broomstick. This allowed me to not have to complete the blanket in one sitting.

What you pay
If you’ve ever shopped for yarn, you know it’s not cheap. That’s why you need to know how to coupon and not be ashamed to split up your order in several transactions (the cashier is usually understanding).
I got my yarn at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores because it has a pretty nice selection. Jo-Ann’s will let you use multiple coupons per transaction (at least they have in my experience) so that helps a lot.
I bought 12 spools of yarn split up into three transactions because I found four coupons (one from the texts I signed up for, one from emails, one from the Retail Me Not app and one from the Jo-Ann app). All in all, I saved over $45!

What’s your experience?
This was my first time arm knitting a blanket, so what are your experiences? Did you find a perfect yarn or have a different technique? Let me know!