Rudolph Wrapped Bottles

Rudolph Wrapped Bottles

Depending on how long you’ve been following this little blog, you may or may not recall one of my very first projects {and honestly one of my top three favorites}, these jute wrapped bottles.  Like I said, it was one of my first projects, so please excuse the very small pictures…this girl was still learning the ropes.

Well, the reason why those little bottles are one of my most favorite projects to date is that they are so extremely versatile.  I honestly use them every season.  By just tweaking them a little bit, they totally just “fit” in my house.

Christmas was no exception.  I had some leftover glittery red bulbs from another project and immediately got this idea…

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How cute is that?!

All you’ll need to make a couple of Rudolph Bottles are:

jute wrapped bottles {any size, any shape…just find a bottle and start wrapping}

red and white baker’s twine

brown pipe cleaners

small, plastic Christmas bulbs {these were for a mini tree}

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Okay, easiest {and non-messiest} Christmas craft…EVER.

String an ornament onto the baker’s twine, tie it around the center of one bottle, bend two pipe cleaners to look like antlers and stick them in the bottle, and…voila!  Instant Rudolph Bottle {because that’s a thing, right?!}.

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I decided to let the baker’s twine bow just hang in the back because I wanted the project to stay as simple as possible!

I’ve put these Rudolphs in several spots around the house.  They’d be perfect for your mantel, a tablescape, or maybe near your fireplace to help Santa find his way to his cookies and milk on Christmas Eve.

I love that they were so simple to make but kinda make a big statement.

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Merry Christmas!

And for more Rudolph decor, head over to Lines Across today to see sweet Rudolph Jingle Bell Ornaments!

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Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

DIY Pom Pom Ornament

DIY Pom Pom Ornament

I’m joining forces with the oh so talented, not to mention so super sweet, Cheryl of That’s What Che Said today to share a fun and easy DIY Christmas ornament as part of her 25 Days of Christmas series!

In sticking with my Christmas tree colors of red, white, and silver, I was super excited to make these easy

DIY Pom Pom Ornaments

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To make a few of your own, you’ll need just a few supplies:

plastic bulbs {found at JoAnn’s}

red, white, and silver pom poms

small jingle bells

red & white baker’s twine

red ribbon

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To start, remove the metal topper from the plastic bulb and begin stuffing a handful of pom poms inside.

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You can fill them as much or as little as you’d like.  Since these pom poms don’t weigh much and wouldn’t break a glass bulb, you could probably use a glass one too.  I’ve got little ones though, and plastic ornaments are definitely my friend this year!

To finish off the ornament, I replaced the metal top, tied the baker’s twine through the ornament hook part and added a couple of small jingle bells.

They are definitely my new favorite ornament this year!

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What handmade touches are you adding to your home this holiday season?

For more other fabulous ideas, make sure to check out Che’s series all month long!

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Merry Christmas!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Handmade Holiday Ornament Exchange Party}

{Handmade Holiday Ornament Exchange Party}

You can find me today at One Creative Mommy sharing my simple DIY Beaded Garland during part of her 12 Days of Christmas Series!

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Some of you may remember a while back, we started a Handmade Ornament Exchange.  I couldn’t believe the excitement of a lot of our most loyal readers at the thought of making and exchanging handmade ornaments with one another.  We wanted to celebrate the end of the exchange {and hope that most of you that participated have received your ornaments} by having a little link party to collect all of your wonderful creations!

Feel free to link up the ornament you created and/or received today!

handmade felt ornaments

And Merry Christmas to all of you!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Handmade Felt Bulb Ornaments}

{Handmade Felt Bulb Ornaments}

I’ve been in quite the “handmade” mood lately, especially when it came to decorating for Christmas this year.  After realizing that my typical {and purchased totally on super sale at Target a few years back} glass bulb Christmas ornaments weren’t going to cut it this year with a curious toddler toddling around, I set out to make some handmade ornaments of my own this year.  I started with these beautiful Glitter & Mod Podge Snowflakes that might just be my new favorite project ever.  I also needed to make something for our first annual Handmade Ornament Exchange and knew that I wanted to try something using felt.    I soon settled on these cute old fashioned bulb ornaments.

To make your own, you’ll need:

felt in various colors

white floss

cording {to hang the ornaments}

fiber fill

scissors

needle

I started by using a scrap sheet of card stock that I had to hand draw two simple patterns, one for the base of the ornament and one for the gold top part.  I then got to work tracing and cutting each part out.

By this point I was getting super excited.  I loved how they looked and all the bright colors too!

I then began to sew each ornament together.  I’m not a perfect sewer by any means, but hey, they’re handmade right?!  Imperfections make them look even more handmade in my opinion.

Once the bulb part was almost sewn shut, I stuffed a pinch of fiber fill inside to give the ornament a bit of dimension and continued to sew the bulb shut.

I then added the gold square on top, continued to sew along the edges and also sewed in some colored cording to use as the means to hang the ornaments on the tree.

In about an hour, I had all these beauties…

…and they were ready to be sent to my Ornament Exchange partner!

In return, I received this super cute Wee Santa ornament.  Isn’t he adorable?

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Some of you may remember a while back, we started a Handmade Ornament Exchange.  I couldn’t believe the excitement of a lot of our most loyal readers at the thought of making and exchanging handmade ornaments with one another.  We wanted to celebrate the end of the exchange {and hope that most of you that participated have received your ornaments} by having a little link party to collect all of your wonderful creations!

Feel free to link up the ornament you created and/or received tomorrow!

And Merry Christmas to all of you!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Kid-Friendly Ornaments with Mod Podge}

{Kid-Friendly Ornaments with Mod Podge}

What I’m about to show you is going to be shocking!  You will never believe all of the wonderful goodies I received from Plaid Crafts.  I was blown away {and so super excited} by all the possibilities of future projects to come!

I still can’t believe just how many awesome products I get to try out in the many weeks months to come.  Because, let’s be real…this stuff seems like it just may last for.ev.er!

Back to the sweet, glittery snowflakes seen above though.  Once I, and by I, I of course mean my wonderful, loving, patient, and very strong husband got all of our Christmas decor down from the attic, I quickly realized that the glass bulbs we purchased a few years ago for 80% on December 26th were simply not going to cut it this year.  Why you ask?  Well, I’ve got a little 17 month old running, and boy do I mean running, around these days.  He also is very curious when it comes to our Christmas tree.  He’s not afraid of one inch of all 8 feet of it.  I knew I’d need to come up with some alternative decor and stat!

Enter these sweet little snowflake cutouts that I remember buying when I bought said 80% off glass bulbs, but had never found a use for until this year.  I also grabbed several items from my box of goodies from the lovely people at Plaid.

To make your own, you’ll need:

red and white paint

glitter {I used red, white/iridescent, & silver}

Glossy Mod Podge

foam brush

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Silver Glitter

silver cording

bakers twine

Begin by painting each wooden cutout.  If you can’t find a wooden cutout of your desired shape, Mod Podge makes several different Podgeable Shapes, or you could even cut a shape out of sturdy cardboard.

Once the paint dries, apply a thin layer of Glossy Mod Podge to one side only of the cutout.  Generously sprinkle glitter to cover the entire shape.  Shake off the excess, and continue to Mod Podge and glitter the rest of your cutouts.

Once you’ve applied glitter to all of them, you can then go back and add a coat of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic on top of each shape.  I used the Silver Glitter Dimensional Magic on the snowflakes that I glittered silver and white and used the regular Mod Podge Dimensional Magic on the red glittered snowflakes.

Because I applied a pretty thick layer of Dimensional Magic, I let these sit out overnight.  The next day I repeated the same process of applying the Glossy Mod Podge, the glitter, and the Dimensional Magic to the other side of the cutout, since they’d be hanging on our Christmas tree and possibly visible from more than one angle.  I also let the second side dry overnight as well.

To hang them on the tree, I added some red & white bakers twine to the red snowflakes and some silver cording to the white and silver snowflakes.

These make the perfect addition to our newly kid-friendly Christmas tree this year.  I think they are gorgeous, and I’m so glad that if my little guy gets curious and decides to take one off the tree, they can’t break and cut his little hands!

Find out more about the amazing line of Mod Podge products to jazz up your holiday season!  Visit Plaid on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for much more inspiration!  You can also see what some of my friends have created with their Mod Podge goodies!



Happy Holidays and Merry Mod Podge!

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid and Blue Print Social.  The opinions in this post are my own. 

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.