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Dinosaur Tree!

Hi Internet, how were your holidays? I don’t really care so much what you celebrate, but I hope you do celebrate something so you can make time to get together with your family and loved ones.

My Christmas was pretty awesome, and I used it as an excuse to bring glitter into the house (literally), despite Tawyna’s loathing of it. She swears that it multiplies and gets everywhere and that you can never get rid of it, like fleas. Now, I’m not claiming that it’s not true… but I don’t see it as such a negative.

You know what else is really cool? Dinosaurs.

Put them together and you get…
Glitter Dinosaur Tree Ornaments

Nothing shows Christmas spirit like sparkly dinosaurs hanging from your Christmas tree!  They were such a hit that different relatives kept requesting to take one home for their own tree.  The herd may have dwindled, but the individuals are staking out new territory.

The recipe for fab dinosaurs is pretty simple.

Step 1: Acquire dinosaurs from dollar store
Step 2: Acquire glitter (the finer the better)
Step 3: Paint a thin layer of glue on dinos.
Step 4: Give them a glitter shower (or bath, if you have enough glitter, which would probably make the process a lot faster)
Step 5: After drying, rinse (tap/shake) and repeat until fully covered in glitter
Step 6: Use a hot glue gun to attach an ornament hook (or why not use a paper clip?)

The cats absolutely loved having a tree in the house too, they were our first presents under the tree.

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Hanging snowflakes

Hanging Snowflakes decor

I have been having way too much fun decorating this holiday season.  I’m sure a lot of it has to do with the fact that we’ve moved to a new place that I am just absolutely in love with.  This snowflake display was a fun and easy little project that really makes the room feel happy!  I think I’ll probably end up leaving the twine up for decorating all year round.  You could use it for so many things.  I already plan on putting up Christmas cards once they start arriving.

To make this cute little snowflake hang, you will need:

  • Magazine (or regular paper)
  • Twine
  • Clothes pins
  • Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • (nail and hammer to hang twine)

Stringing the twine is crazy easy, just put two nails in the wall for the twine to hang from.  I gave mine a little slack so it would dip down just a bit.

Then comes my favorite part, making snowflakes!  I like the look of using magazine pages.  It’s fun and whimsical and gives some nice pops of color to white walls.  If you can snag a holiday magazine, even better since you’ll find lots of holiday focused spreads!

Snowflake collage

Here’s a little refresher on snowflake making.  Find the page you want to use and tear it out.  Fold in half one way, then fold in half again so you have a square.  Next, fold diagonally, then fold diagonally again.  Cut off the excess on the top.  If you want to, you can take a sharpie and block out all that you plan on cutting out.  I usually wing it because it’s fun to surprise yourself!  Cut a bunch.  Now for the best part, carefully unfold.  It goes from little tiny piece of paper with funky shapes to an awesome snowflake.  It’s pretty much magic.

Make yourself a bunch of these.  You can never have too many, you’ll find other place to hang them too.  Windows, mirrors, cabinets, etc.

I used some blue ribbon taped to the back of my snowflakes and secured them to the twine with clothes pins.  If you want to get really crazy you could paint your clothes pins or cover them in glitter.  I may still end up doing that…

I don’t know how, but Mustafa got crazy photogenic and happened to be in exactly the right spots at the right times I was taking pictures.

We also have stockings for the first time this year!  Tawnya and I sat down and decorated ours together.  It was pretty disgustingly adorable.

I put some snowflakes on our curtains too.  They look really cool with the light filtering through.  Lex was in the right spot at the right time too.  Weird.