We've been busy designing our set for our annual Christmas special on December 5th and 6th. (Schedule Now!) (See Pricing) We've gone all out crafty this year, making most of our decorations. (Rob has even built me a new fireplace to fit the theme) Our colors this year are brown, gold and red, and we're incorporating a lot of natural fibers and objects. And a lot of glitter. It's been a great way to spend family time with the kids. Here are a few of our favorites.
Glittered Pinecones. This one is super easy. Collect or buy some pine cones. Paint them with Mod Podge or school glue. Sprinkle on glitter. You can glitter just the tips, or really coat them. Let dry and then shake off. Spray with Rustoleum Clear Coat to seal on the glitter.
Twine trees. Start by with a foam cone from the craft store. Pin parchment paper around the cone so the twine doesn't stick after drying. Dip long strands of twine in Mod Podge or school glue and wrap them around the cone any way that you want. Continue until you've covered the cone. Sprinkle with glitter now, or you can wait until the end and spray paint to add color. After glue has dried, remove your twine tree from the cone and peel off the parchment paper. Add any small decorations that you like. We actually haven't completed this one yet because we're going HUGE and experimenting with chicken wire cones. We're thinking full size trees. Check out the "Our Family Four" blog for the full list of directions and pictures of smaller trees.
Snowy Branches. This is one that we made for our set a few years ago, but it's still my favorite. Collect dead branches. Coat with white paint. You can lightly coat them and leave some bark showing, or you can completely coat them. Sprinkle with white or silver glitter while paint is wet. The glitter is always "optional." Unless it's for me, then it's required. Put in vases as decoration, hang from the ceiling, or put in pots by the front door.