Joanna Anastasia

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Easy handmade ornaments

Today is the Holiday Blog hop: which means, that on top of my awesome easy Christmas ornament inspiration, you get to see other Christmas decoration ideas at once ! Yey :)!

Oh, Christmas Trees! Blog HopSo thanks for stopping by our Holiday Blog Hop! If you’re looking for inspiration for your tree, DIY ornaments, or just want to see some really gorgeous, fun, and creative Christmas trees, then you’ll LOVE the hop,

“Oh, Christmas Trees!”

Don’t forget to follow the links at the end of the post to visit all the great blogs!

 Easy Christmas ornaments

I bought these transparent ornaments last year, when I was heavily pregnant and looking for calm activities to do with my toddler. Of course, in the end, we didn’t decorate them at all. I think I overestimated my at the time two year old daughter. And my at the time energy level ( pretty low). So this year, I decided it’s time to paint them!

But, again, in the end we didn’t paint them. We did something better :). We added gold glitter ! And after my daughters suggestion, I decided to offer them as gifts, so I also painted the names of our family members on them, to make them personalized πŸ™‚

 Easy Christmas ornaments

All you need is:

Transparent ornaments
Glitter
Sharpie

Pour as much glitter as you wish inside the transparent ornament, and personalize it with a hand written name ! And if you’d make it with a three year old like I did, you will have glitter everywhere for a week, including your car. But it’s totally worth it ! πŸ˜‰

 Easy Christmas ornaments

And here is another Christmas ornament that we did, and this one we managed to make last year :). It’s an air dry clay, that’s super easy to prepare, and once dried really really white. We used cookie cutters, and we had so much fun! It’s really a toddler friendly craft, that you could try this year :). And if you click here you’ll find out how to make them :).

 Easy Christmas ornaments

And as you can see, this year my simple & rustic Christmas tree is rather small, but it’s because I needed to put it out of my crawling babies way πŸ™‚ but I still love it, especially because of our hand made ornaments that I did together with Lili :).

 Easy Christmas ornaments

For more fabulous Christmas inspiration, check out these blogs!

Create and Babble

Denise Designed

Lazy Mom’s Blog

Blue Willow House

My Patch of Blue Sky

I am Homemaker

Easy Christmas cards

Easy Christmas cards

I’ll be honest here with you : I never made Christmas cards before, but I got this amazing package of goodies from Scrapbook Adhhesives, and it totally motivated be to make these easy Christmas cards.

You see, I’m not really in to scrap booking, and I used to forget, to even send a Christmas card. But it seems that while I’m getting older I tend to be more attached to tradition, and preparing for Christmas is one of these things that I love more and more. And what I enjoy the most is introducing Lili to all of the Christmas preparation. So that’s way I started making my own Christmas cards. Actually we crafted these hand in hand, you’ll see in the end of this post what did she made :).

Also, for me, Christmas is a way to turn a cold and dark season in to a glittery magical time. (Or that’s how I try to see it,) and while I know people, who start to think about Christmas only in the end of December, I look forvward to it all fall. And now, when the weather gets more and more ugly cold, I start planning for gifts and decoration.

So I wanted to make bright, cheerful and glittery Christmas cards that I could attach to a hand made gift, or send with a small package of cookies. Since I’m not a scrapbooker I used all sorts of materials other than paper : pom-poms, twine, ribbons, stickers and lots of glitter ! And some cool adhesives from Scrapbook Adhesives that helped me glue it all.

I started easy, with a pretty Christmas ribbon and this great crafty power tape.

Easy Christmas card

Than I decided to make a textural card with some pom-poms and glitter. Honestly these little adhesive dots are amazing! They literally glue everything !

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Adding a glittery strap was really easy with this foam sheet:

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And then I decided that these dots are made to hold glitter so I went wild with it :

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Then I used some more ribbon and glitter. I glued the ribbon with the crafty power tape, and than I glued a stripe of this tape in the middle of the ribbon and sprinkled it with glitter. It took less than 5 minutes πŸ™‚

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And here is the card I made with twine and glitter: a simple glittery Christmas tree :

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And when I was ready to add some fun Christmas stickers to finish it all, my baby started to cry and refused to sit and chew on that rubber giraffe anymore.
So as you see I finished it all later in the evening :

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And here are the finished cards:

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Christmas card

And a bonus , a 100% toddler made, modern intake on a Christmas card ! Ok, I’m exaggerating a bit, I did help her to cut the triangles, but then she glued them, she added more of these amazing adhesive dots, and she had fun with glitter. No, there are no pictures, you nedd to take my word for that.

Christmas card

So, now when you’ve seen my simple Christmas cards, do you feel like you’d like to make some too?

Disclosure: I received these products free for review. All opinions remain my own.