Industrial Copper Christmas Tree

‘Tis the season for jolliness and hot chocolate and glitter and… copper.  Yeah, baby, COPPER. It’s popping up everywhere. I, for one, am not afraid to jump on board this metallic train, and I’m dancing my copper-loving fanny over from Ciburbanity. Wandering through the plumbing aisle at Home Depot (good times, folks) I noticed this coil of copper refrigerator tubing.  Industrial Christmas tree, anyone? I also grabbed a copper pipe and a pipe clamp.

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I started by making the base.  I used scrap wood, and some scrap trim I had on hand, but even a square medallion from the decorative trim aisle would work.  Copper’s light so the base doesn’t need to be super duper heavy or anything.  I gave it a coat of gray spray paint and then went over it with a dusting of white primer to ‘rough’ it all up a bit.  (I was hoping to use a dark stain, but the wood I used was all different types so I was worried the stain would look way too patchy.)

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To secure the tree ‘trunk’ to the base, I used this elbow joint and a pipe clamp… if you can’t find these specific pieces, you could just get a 3/4″ drill bit and drill a hole in the base to stick the copper pipe into.

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Before you attach the pipe ‘trunk’ you’ll need to drill a hole through the top of the copper pipe.  I clamped the pipe to the workbench and wrapped it with painter’s tape to give the drill bit a little something to grip.  Drilling through copper’s just like drilling through anything else… just go slow and steady.  You’ll also want to drill a hole through either end of the copper coil.

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Time to assemble your tree! You’ll need some copper wire.  At our Home Depot it’s with all the picture framing stuff in the hardware aisle.  For the bottom, wrap your wire around one of the screws on the pipe clamp, then thread it through the coil and tie it off.  For the top, thread it through the pipe trunk and then through the coil and wind it around as neatly as you can.

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The coil is pretty much tree shaped as is, but take a little time to tighten up the top and stretch out the bottom… honestly, this took 3 minutes… I had this sweet little star ornament in my stash and it works perfectly resting in the pipe at the top of the tree!

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For the extra special finishing touch, I wrapped an LED copper wire around the coil and it’s the perfect little holiday icing on the Christmas tree cake! (Although my kids said it didn’t look like a tree because it wasn’t green… can’t please everyone.)

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I also decided that the gray base was a little too… flat, so I went over it with some Mod Podge and sprinkled some white glitter on top. Glitter makes everything better, right?

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I LOVE the way this came out and plan to make more… a whole grove of industrial copper Christmas trees. These LED copper lights come in all sorts of colors, so that might be a nice way to add some variety too!

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I love using things from the hardware store to make home decor.  See how I made a floating acrylic frame here:

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This wood shim mirror here:

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And these curtain rods here:

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Diy Napkin Rings and Himmeli Ornaments

 

How pretty are these napkins rings?!?! I just really love them! They were done so fast too. All you will need for this easy project is a pack of napkin rings. I found a set at the dollar store. They are ok but nothing special, they kind of looked a bit cheap to me. I used a bit of trim that I got from Joanns that I had left over from a different project. A little bit of Hot glue and then I broke off a piece of a branch that I had that was also from Joanns.

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I cut a small piece of the trim and covered the cheap looking napkin rings by doing a small dab of hot glue to connect the two ends. Then to cover where the two ends met together I put another dab of glue and covered it with a piece of branch. I only used a small bit of glue in case I wanted to change out the cover of the napkin rings to something different for a different event. The possibilities are endless. You can cover napkin rings with paper, fabric or any other kind of trim or ribbon.

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Another element that I loved at the party was these darling Himmeli ornaments. These may look hard but they are very easy. I love them and I would love to have them all over my house. They are made from black cocktail straws, and I spray painted the ornaments gold after they were put together. One of our favorite people of all time is Mandi from Vintage Revivals. She has the best tutorial for these cute ornaments. Check out the tutorial HERE. While you are visiting her blog check out her awesome stuff. She is amazing!

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These two cute and easy projects are something that your kids can help you out with and you can get them done quickly but they are very impressive to your guest. They make a BIG impact! Party decor does not have to be hard or expensive. Little things do make a big difference.

Now get crafting!

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How to dress up a plain Plate and Gold Charger

Here is another great detail of the Merry and Bright Holiday Party. The question is…How do you dress up plain plates and gold chargers?! Did you know that you can make custom plates for a party that is affordable and very cute?! Well you can, and I want to tell you how I did it. I got Clear plates from Walmart that were $1 each and then went to my local Dollar Tree and I got the gold chargers. Then using my Silhouette Machine I Cut out “Merry and Bright” in white vinyl. But don’t worry, if you don’t have this machine you can always order them of you can use lettered stickers. But I did want to point on that I placed these stickers onto the bottom of this plate and so that being said I cut out the letters after I mirrored the words to the left. If you have any questions about this please email me of ask me at the bottom of the post in the comment box.

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I love how it turned out because it makes the table setting look a little more 3-d and it adds a bit more texture then just stickers on the plate. I can image this being a very cute place setting for birthday, proms, mother’s day dinner, or any other kind of special dinner party.

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How do you feel about this idea to customize a place setting? Would you do it for a dinner party?

DIY Scalloped Table Runner

Do you remember the sneak peek that we showed you of the amazing  Merry and Bright Holiday Party. I have every detail that I am waiting to share with you but for now I wanted to start with the amazing table runner. Table Runners are a great way to dress up any table. And these table runners are so easy and super cute. The cost of these table runners are pretty affordable as well. I got the cute fabric at Walmart of all things. I also used the Heat and Bond iron-on interfacing in Medium weight. The reason why I used this was so that the fabric would be a bit stiffer, and so the edges would not fray and it makes it so much easier to cut when the interfacing is on the fabric.

This is what I did… First cut the interfacing in half… The “hot dog” way.  Since I did not need the interfacing on all of the fabric, cutting it allowing the interfacing to go farther.

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Then I ironed the interfacing on.

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Then using a cup I traced the scallops onto the interfacing because it was much easier to see.

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Then I simply cut out the scallops. It was that easy!

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I wanted to do something a bit different with the table runner. They turned out super cute and I wanted to make sure that you could see them at the table. Instead of going to normal way a table runner would go, I did three table runners and had them go the other direction. You can see from the picture below that they turned out super cute! Now I want all table runners to go these direction.

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DIY Stenciled Coasters + $500 Amazon or Target Gift Card Giveaway

DIY Stenciled Coasters

As the holidays draw near, I thought it would be fun to come up with a few easy gift ideas! I love inexpensive, handmade gifts because it shows people that you really care and put thought into their gift, especially if you personalize it! These DIY stenciled coasters are really easy to customize and even if you don’t make them as a gift, they are great for your own home! I already had the paint, brushes and stencils so this project cost me $2.99! THAT is a great frugal gift!

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cork coasters – I got mine from Target (similar here)

stencils – I made mine with my SIlhouette CAMEO but you can buy stencils at any craft store.

acrylic craft paint – this is our favorite!

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Supplies for DIY Coasters

First, gather your supplies and crank up your Taylor Swift 1989 cd! Optional but definitely more fun.

Paint the tops of the coasters

Paint the tops of the coasters and let dry thoroughly.

Apply Vinyl Stencil

Once your paint is dry, apply stencil (I used adhesive vinyl to make my stencil).
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Next, paint over your stencil. TIP: Stencils work best when you use up and down dabbing motions and light coats of paint.

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Remove your stencil and allow to dry thoroughly. Repeat the same or different patterns on all of your coasters. It would be fun to personalize one with a monogram for someone special.

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The scallop and polka dots are my favorites!

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DIY Stenciled Coasters - great gift idea!

What is your favorite homemade gift you’ve ever received? We’ll have more ideas for you soon! Enjoy!

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Merry and Bright Holiday Party

This past week we were able to have a holiday party mash up with a few of our favorite bloggers. The bloggers involved were Mallory and Savannah from Classy Clutter, Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow, Elisha from Pneumatic Addict, Kristi and Kelli from Lolly Jane, Sunny from Dandelion Square, Rebecca from Simple As That and Brandy from BD Designs . We had a great time doing this party. We wanted to have a vintage and traditional vibe with a new modern twist. I think we accomplished just that. We had a traditional cocoa bar and what party would be complete without a yummy dessert table? This party is packed full of DIY projects that anyone can do. We can’t wait to share all the details with you. Over the next few weeks, we will have tutorials of everything that we did to create the perfect Christmas Party!

 

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We did the table scape for this party and I was beyond excited with outcome. Like I said, in the next few weeks I will be doing tutorials of everything I did and then giving you more details on the other parts of the party as they each go live on the other blogs. The tutorials I will be sharing with you are, the scalloped table runner, the floral centerpiece, the DIY plates, the modern ornaments, and the cute napkins rings. I have a little trick up my sleeve for every single one of these projects. Excited for the next few weeks. We have some great stuff coming up in the next weeks.  IMG_2909original

 

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The Party turned out so amazing! Stayed tuned to see more details!

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Gold Glitter Christmas Printables

Hello! It’s Courtney again from Paperelli. I hope you have being loving your fall season. Have you started thinking about Christmas yet? It’s totally coming … and in only 6 weeks! Being in the paper business, I have been designing Christmas cards for months now. I am definitely ready for the gingerbread houses, hot cocoa, Christmas lights, and the smell of fresh pine.

Christmas Printable by Paperelli for Classy Clutter

One of my favorite things to decorate with at Christmas time is gold and silver and glitter! Today I have two free printables to match your sparkling Christmas décor. The first one is a Merry and Bright printable, designed to fit in your favorite square frame. You can choose between an 6”, 8”, or 12” print. Wow your friends and family by adding metallic glitter accents and this printable to your Christmas décor.

Any of you who have been following me on my Pinterest may have noticed my slight obsession with gift wrapping. I have an entire board dedicated to gift wrapping ideas. Who doesn’t love receiving a beautifully wrapped gift? That is why I have another printable to help you wrap your own beautiful gifts this Christmas season. Download the PDF here. After you have printed your Mini Gift Wrap Flags, cut each of them out and fold over your favorite twine. Then, wrap your mini flag banner around your gift to complete the look. Ta da!

Mini Gold and Black Flags by Paperelli

It’s time to get going on decorating, gift wrapping, and holiday treat baking! What are you going to do this year to make the most of your Christmas season?

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Have you ordered your Christmas cards yet? Check out our Paperelli Holiday Collection in the shop!

Gold Glittered Mason Jar Vases – #MadeWithMichaels

We are super excited to have teamed up with Michaels to invite YOU to a Pinterest Party! So fun right? Michaels stores will be hosting Pinterest Parties across the nation on November 15th from 1pm – 4pm. You will have the opportunity to recreate some of your favorite top crafts from Pinterest in Michael’s stores! Girls night out anyone?

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For our craft, we chose this adorable glittered jar (they used a candle) but we wanted to make a fun floral centerpiece while using their tutorial for adding glitter to jars.

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The changes we did from the instructions above were using Mason Jars instead of the candle and before we added glitter, we spray painted our jars with Rustoleum’s Gold Metallic Spray Paint. Basically our favorite spray paint ever. You can get really creative with this tutorial and really make it your own.

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We love that it can be used year round, not just for the holidays! Wouldn’t these be the cutest jars to hold q-tips, makeup brushes, toothbrushes, etc.?

DIY Mason Jar Vases

We sure hope to see you at Michaels Pinterest Party on November 15th (1-4pm!) If you can go, use the hashtag #MadeWithMichaels so we can check out your crafts! Don’t forget to follow Michaels Stores on Pinterest for more inspiration! We hope to see you there!

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Felt Fall Leaf Coasters

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Hi friends!  It’s Katie from Made to be a Momma here again! Can you believe Thanksgiving is at the end of this month? Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  I mean who doesn’t love a day that is all about appreciating the important things in life, spending time with family, and eating lots of yummy food?   These felt fall leaf coasters would be perfect for your dinner table or you make a pair of them for each of your guests as a favor.  These leafs came together so quickly!  You can make them into any shape of leaf you want!

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All you need to do is cut a leaf shape out of your felt.  I decided to add another pop of color to the top of my leaf.  I created the same shape for the second color I just sized it down a bit!  With my sewing machine, I top stitched around the two leaves and sewed lines on the top part of the leaf to give it texture and to secure the two pieces together.  You could definitely hand stitch them together it will just take a bit longer :)

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I love simple crafting! With two little boys constantly keeping me busy, I love being able to make pretty things that don’t take tons of time.  Besides, sometimes simpler is better right? :)  I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving and remember all the blessings in your life!

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For more fun fall ideas check out these:

 

Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes

Fall Ruffled Table Runner

These are darling Katie! Be sure and follow Katie on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Google+

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12 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

I have seriously had the same exact tree decor for the last 7 years and I am in MAJOR need of all decor! So this year I hope to pick out a few new things that I will totally love and that being said I have been searching around online for some inspiration and this is what I have found so far and I what I love so far.

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12 Days Christmas Advent Tree is just so much fun and I love the idea of the different gifts.

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Red and Green Christmas Tree I love the colors.

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Let it Snow Tree I love that it has a airy feel to it.

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Black, White and Silver Tree classic colors that will never go out of style

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Happy Holidays Tree, I love the woodsie feel of this tree

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Peppermint and Snow Tree I love this classic feel of the red and white

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Let it Snow love all the glitter in this tree

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Dr Seuss Tree, love this fun idea

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Burlap Christmas Tree, love the rustic feel

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Rustic Woodland Tree, I love the rustic but also the white pops adds a fun element

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Happy Holiday Tree I love the garland in this tree

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Peace on Earth Tree, I am a sucker for the gold…. and I always love Mallory’s House

With all this in mind tomorrow I am going to try and pick up a few things to get my holiday decor started.

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