The Creative Connection 24

In case you missed yesterday’s features, make sure to check them out and get ready to pin some awesome ideas to use next Christmas {or even this year if you’ve got some last minute motivation}.

This week, your Creative Connection party girls have been busy {as usual} and have had some fabulous Christmas and Winter inspired projects…


25+ Handmade Gifts & Treats via Chase the Star

Christmas Fabric Wall Art via Becoming Martha

Classic Christmas Wreath via Wait Til Your Father Gets Home

DIY Snowflake Marshmallows via Create.Craft.Love

Burlap Gift Bags via Making Home Base

I think it’s safe to say, that Christmas is one of the best times of the year to do some crafting and DIY’ing.  There’s just something about getting a handmade gift or adding a personalized touch to your holiday decor.  We hope you’ve had a blast crafting, decorating, and DIY’ing your way through the holidays this year!

But, it’s not over yet!  So, show us what you got!  We can’t wait to see what other awesome ideas you’ve come up with this past week.

Don’t forget, our next Creative Connection party will be January 2, 2014!  See you in the New Year everyone!


Candy Swirl Christmas Centerpiece

Candy Swirl Christmas Centerpiece

I’m so excited today to be a part of a big Winter themed celebration with some other pretty fabulous bloggers.


From left to right, top to bottom: Sky from Creative Capital B, Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects, Melanie from It Happens in a Blink, Amy from One Artsy Mama, ChiWei from 1 Dog Woof, Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me, Kadie from Seven Alive, Bethany from Pitter and Glink, Kara from Happy Go Lucky, Lauren from Thinking Closet, Tara from Suburble, Nancy from Do Small Things with Love, Meredith Wait Til Your Father Gets Home, and Kirsten from One Tough Mother

The decor I’m sharing is not only super duper easy, but honestly very inexpensive {especially if you’re a craft store junky like myself}.  All of the items I used were purchased after Christmas last year for about 80% off!

Candy Swirl Centerpiece via #Christmas #winter #centerpiece #red #white #silver #candy

To make your own Candy Swirl Centerpiece, you’ll need:

foam vase filler {reds, whites, and silvers}

red & white “candy” inspired Christmas stems

a fish bowl

a small foam disc

Candy Swirl Centerpiece via #Christmas #winter #centerpiece #red #white #silver #candy

To assemble the centerpiece, I first made sure to clean the fish bowl with some glass cleaner.  It was a bit dusty from sitting in my craft closet for about 12 months.  Once it was clean, I placed the small foam disc inside the fish bowl, poked the Christmas stems through the foam, and arranged them until I felt satisfied with how they looked.

Finally, I added the red, white, and silver vase filler, and voila!  Instant, candy swirl centerpiece for our kitchen table!

Candy Swirl Centerpiece via #Christmas #winter #centerpiece #red #white #silver #candy

I placed it on top of a couple pieces of burlap and added a couple of felt snowflake ornaments to finish off the look.

Candy Swirl Centerpiece via #Christmas #winter #centerpiece #red #white #silver #candy

How have you added a little homemade to your holiday this year?!

Merry Christmas!

{and make sure to stop by and see all the other fabulous “winter inspired” ideas today too}

14 Winter Crafts and Recipes

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Snowman,   Zippered Snowflake Pouch,   Crocheted Winter Gnome,   Crocheted Snowflake Pattern,  Winter Princess Pearl Necklace,   Safety Pin Ice Skates,   15 Winter Boredom Busters for Kids,   Winter Party Favors,   Gold-Brushed Pine Cone Ornaments,   Winter Gift in a Jar,   Candy Swirl Winter Centerpiece,   Egg Nog Cookies,   Easy Beaded Snowflakes,   DIY Christmas Trees


25+ Reasons To Get Crafty This Christmas

YIKES!  Christmas is next week!

For real.

This time next week, I honestly hope that none of you are perusing my blog.  I hope you’re enjoying your families and friends, eating some yummy food, and trying out all of your new presents from the big guy in red.  If you are around though, and need some crafty reading, please, by all means, feel free!

Tonight’s features and tomorrow’s Creative Connection party will by the last party for 2013!  Our next party will be Thursday, January 2, 2014, and we hope you’ll join us.

Until then, get ready to pin these 25+ Reasons to Get Crafty This Christmas…

25+ Reasons to Get Crafty this Christmas via #Christmas #crafts #DIY #handmade

{as always, please pin from the original source}

old fashioned caramels

 Homemade Old Fashioned Caramels


Drop Cloth Sweater Stockings


DIY Light Up Twig Trees

mercury title

Mercury Glass Mason Jar Lanterns


Gold Leaf Holiday Cards


DIY Striped Mercury Glass Vase


Let It Snow Wreath


Turtle Thumbprint Cookies


Christmas Tree Ribbon Art


Creative Gifts Under $10


DIY Monogram Wreath


DIY Christmas Gift Tags


Mint Sugar Scrub


DIY Wrapping Paper


Holly Jolly Centerpiece Decor


Printable Christmas Gift Tags


Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown


Deco Mesh Christmas Stocking Wreath

DIY Santa Stop Sign (4)

DIY Santa Stop Here Sign

DIY Santa Bag (7)

Easy DIY Santa Bags


Christmas Garland


DIY Garland Christmas Tree


Fresh Greenery Picture Frame Wreath


Santa Gift Card Holders


Sweater Sleeve Wine Bottle Gift Bags


Personalized Wood Slice Coasters


Chevron Flower Christmas Ornaments


Christmas Ribbon Bunting

Make sure to join us tomorrow night at 7 pm EST for the last Creative Connection Party of 2013!  We can’t wait to see all of your fantastic ideas and inspiration.

Merry Christmas!


The Creative Connection 23

Well, it’s less than two weeks until Christmas – are you ready?!

And in even more pressing business, today is Thursday – party day! Time to show us what you have been up to this week. Here’s what we have had up our sleeves:

weekinreview dec 12


Holiday Mantel – Chase the Star / Gold Sequin Pillow – Making Home Base / Elf Name Apron – Becoming Martha / Pom Pom Ornament – Wait Til Your Father Gets Home / Santa Cookie Jar – Create Craft Love

And now, it’s time for you to show us what you’ve got up your sleeve! I can’t wait to see!


Classic Christmas Wreath Part Two

Classic Christmas Wreath Part Two

In case buying 177 shatterproof Christmas bulbs isn’t your thing, I’ve got another, more classic Christmas wreath to share with all of you today.  You might remember that I shared this Christmas Bulb Wreath a few weeks ago.

Make a Classic Christmas wreath using an evergreen wreath form, some floral stems, and a couple of shatterproof bulbs this season via #wreath #Christmas #traditional #classic

It’s beautiful and shiny and everything I’ve ever wanted in a Christmas wreath.

But I’ve also got this pretty evergreen wreath that I decorated pretty simply from last year.

Make a Classic Christmas wreath using an evergreen wreath form, some floral stems, and a couple of shatterproof bulbs this season via #wreath #Christmas #traditional #classic

Well, when I packed that puppy away for the year, I took off all the ornaments and stems.  And wouldn’t you know it, I ended up using them in other places around my house this year.

So, I grabbed a few new stems from Hobby Lobby and had a couple of those fancy schmancy shatterproof bulbs leftover from my bulb wreath and made this beauty…

Make a Classic Christmas wreath using an evergreen wreath form, some floral stems, and a couple of shatterproof bulbs this season via #wreath #Christmas #traditional #classic

Since my husband I and I have been together, I’ve slowly but surely taken on the quest of acquiring red, silver, and white Christmas decor.


Well.  To me, it’s classic.

And this girl likes classic at Christmas time.

To start, I added all of the stems that I purchased.  Those tiny red bulbs were actually part of the stem.

Make a Classic Christmas wreath using an evergreen wreath form, some floral stems, and a couple of shatterproof bulbs this season via #wreath #Christmas #traditional #classic

Since I had a couple of bulbs leftover from the Christmas Bulb Wreath, I added them to the left side by using a couple of ornament hooks and twisting them onto the wreath.

Make a Classic Christmas wreath using an evergreen wreath form, some floral stems, and a couple of shatterproof bulbs this season via #wreath #Christmas #traditional #classic

I seriously love this wreath too and have kept it on my pantry door to admire all month long!

Make a Classic Christmas wreath using an evergreen wreath form, some floral stems, and a couple of shatterproof bulbs this season via #wreath #Christmas #traditional #classic

What colors do you use in your Christmas decor?

Classic colors like reds, whites, silvers, greens, and golds?

Crazy metallics and jewel tones?



I’d love to know!!

Merry Christmas!


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