Christmas Tree Christmas Tree Ornaments (It's Totally A Thing!)

DIY wood ornaments

I remember making DIY wood ornaments with my family when I was little. Those are such fond holiday memories. I got to relive those moments while making these wood Christmas ornaments. I hope you likey!

supplies

ultra thin birch wood (can be cut with scissors)
Cricut Explore (yes it can cut wood!)
paint
small paint brush
painter's tape
patterning tape (otherwise you can cut your painter's tape into skinny strips)
twine
Cricut template 1
Cricut template 2
cut-by-hand template

instructions

If you are cutting by hand download the cut-by-hand template. Print and trace the template onto the wood. Cut out triangles. If you are using a Cricut Explore, download the Cricut template 1 and the Cricut template 2. Upload the images into Cricut Design Space. Delete the space around the images. Size each triangle to 3 inches tall. Make sure each triangle is the same size; otherwise your triangles won't fit together perfectly. Tape your wood to your cutting mat using the painter's tape. Cut out your templates.

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Geometric Christmas Tree Ornaments

Using your tape create the pattern above and paint. Allow paint to dry. Remove tape. Repeat on the back of each triangle.

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Allow paint to dry on the back side and remove the tape.

DIY Christmas ornament

Punch a hole in the triangle that has the slit at the bottom. 

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Slide triangles onto one another perpendicularly using the slits. Thread twine through the hole, and tie a knot at the ends. You are done!

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Striped Christmas Tree Ornaments

Using your tape create the pattern above and paint. Allow paint to dry. Remove tape. Repeat on the back of each triangle.

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Allow paint to dry on the back side and remove the tape.

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Punch a hole in the triangle that has the slit at the bottom. 

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Slide triangles onto one another perpendicularly using the slits. Thread twine through the hole, and tie a knot at the ends. You are done!

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Black + White Christmas Tree Ornaments

Paint one triangle. Allow paint to dry, and paint the backside of that same triangle.

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Punch a hole in the triangle that has the slit at the bottom. 

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Slide triangles onto one another perpendicularly using the slits. Thread twine through the hole, and tie a knot at the ends. You are done!

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These DIY wood ornaments look so pretty hung on the tree!

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Which one is your favorite?

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Posted on November 20, 2014 and filed under Party, House.

West Elm Inspired DIY Marble Table

DIY marble table

Have you all heard of marble contact paper? It will change your life forever. I love it so much I tried to put it all over our wood countertops to make marble countertops. Unfortunately they are wood and have a lot of oil, so the contact paper didn't stick. Back to the drawing board on that one. If you couldn't tell that I have a marble obsession from my marble clock and my marble shelf, this post will confirm it. So I was super in love with the West Elm table below. Rather than spend the $300, I decided to save some money and make it. Here's the scoop.

West Elm marble side table
supplies
DIY side table supplies
instructions
DIY marble table step 1

Put the base of the table together according to the IKEA instructions leaving out the wire shelf. Spray paint the wood base. Allow to dry for at least two hours.

DIY marble table step 2

Cover the table top with contact paper. I like to spread out the contact paper essentially one horizontal line at a time with my finger or a putty knife/scraper. Leave the backing on the unused portion as you work your way down. This way the contact paper doesn't stick on sides you haven't gotten to yet. If there are any air bubbles that you just cannot get out, you can pop them with a pin and smooth out. If you are using a scraper/putty knife, test it on a discreet place to make sure it doesn't scrape your contact paper. The metal one I used above did, so that is why I recommend a plastic one in the supplies list.

DIY marble table step 4

Place your top onto the base, and you are done!

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DIY nightstand

What do you guys think? Would you give this a shot? How do you feel about contact paper?

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Posted on November 18, 2014 and filed under House.

DIY Ombre Dip Dye Button Down

DIY dip dye shirt

You may have already known this from my DIY leather embellished military jacket, but one color that I always love for fall is army green. And since ombre is still in style, I decided to make an ombre dip-dyed army green shirt. Have you tried dip-dying yet?  It is surprisingly very simple. So here is the scoop.

DIY ombre supplies
supplies

white button down shirt
olive green permanent fabric dye
detergent (to get the smell of the dye out)
rubber gloves
4 Tablespoons of salt
glass pan or bucket

instructions
how to dip dye

With your gloves on, dissolve the dye + salt in 4 cups of warm water. Rinse the bottom half of the shirt with water. This will help the ombre process when you are ready. Next, dip one third of the shirt in the dye, either keeping the sleeves out or in. Soak the shirt for a couple of minutes, allowing the dye to spread up the shirt. Rinse the shirt under the sink with cold water. Squeeze out the excess dye and water. Allow to dry, and rinse again. Allow to dry a second time, and wash. This will get rid of any smell the dye might leave behind. Dry your shirt! Voila! You are now in style for fall!

DIY dip-dyed shirt
DIY ombre

What do you all think? Would you give this a try or does dip-dying scare the heck out of you?

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Posted on November 6, 2014 and filed under Style.