DIY Flocked Christmas Tree

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Decorating for Christmas is a passion of mine…errrr more like an obsession. And it seems every year I start earlier and earlier, much to Ralphs’s dismay. He keeps saying “It’s not even Thanksgiving yet!” Thanksgiving is super late this year…so yeah…well go with that. I put so much time into decorating for Christmas that I want to enjoy it for as long as I can, mmmmkay? And I am totally the day-after-Christmas-all-the-decorations-come-down lady.

When we moved into our new house and realized how much space we had, I had dreams of lighted garlands everywhere, a Christmas tree in every room, and basically just Christmas lights everywhere.  Ahhhh, that glorious glow. We never had room for more than one tree in our other house, and honestly, we barley had room for that one. But it was cozy and pretty, and I wont go down that sappy road because somedays I miss our humble abode so. Anywho…back to all the space we are blessed to have! I also dreamed of having a flocked tree in our new house, because, durrr. Flocking is just wonderful and so beautiful, I am a huge sucker for that sparkly, snowy, white goodness. Everything is better with a little fake snow on it I say. After looking around, I found some flocked trees that I loved, but I decided I was never going to pay 400 dolla dolla bills for a fake Christmas tree. I am way too cheap for that. Then I remembered we had a hand-me-down-tree in the basement from my mom. I searched around online and found “bonding flocking snow” on Ebay. From there it was all trial and error, because I had no idea whatIi was doing.

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The results were amazing though, and the tree turned out even more fabulous than the ones I saw in the stores! We turned our plain, artificial tree, into a flocked beauty for $20! The tree was free, and the 2 lb bag of flocking snow was $20 shipped. I have seen a ton of trees thrifting that are $20-30 which would still be a huge savings, compared to the $400 flocked trees in the stores. I promise you it’s really easy to do, just a tad bit messy.

So I don’t really even want to call this a tutorial because I had no idea what I was doing you guys. This is what worked for me and I hope it works for you! One thing you should know is that you probably will want to store the tree as is until you use it again. And by that I mean, I don’t think you could take it apart after flocking it… unless you want a huge, powdery mess. We are going to put a huge plastic bag over it and store it in the basement until next year.

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Here is what I did to flock my tree:

DIY Flocked Christmas Tree
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Ingredients
  • 2 lb back of bonding flocking snow
  • spray bottle
  • water
  • white spray paint (optional)
  • tarp
Instructions
  1. Start by putting down a tarp underneath your tree.
  2. You'll want to wear gloves and a mask while using the flocking powder so you don't breath it in.
  3. I sprayed a light layer of white spray paint over my tree first because I wanted it to turn out really white. This step is optional and not necessary. It all depends on how much green you want showing.
  4. If you choose the spray paint..wait until it dries and then you can start the flocking process.
  5. Start by spraying one small area of the tree at a time with water.I started at the top and worked my way around and down.
  6. Throw flocking powder onto the wet areas gently. You will want to throw it from the top down, so it looks like real snow would, falling down from the sky. It will clump and thats a good thing!
  7. Then spray water onto the branches that you just threw the powder on, to set them.
  8. Once the water connects with the flocking powder, it creates a bond, and will stick to the tree for about 5 years(thats what my package said)
  9. Continue to to do the rest of the tree and let it dry overnight.

 

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Fall craft ideas

Our weekend was jam packed full of fun wedding activities as two of our best friends tied the knot. Therefore I didn’t do any cooking this weekend. Kind of a nice break! So I wanted to share some of the fall crafts we have been working on so far this year!

We love to do art projects in this house and fall brings some really fun ideas for us to try. These super cute Q-tip art trees were found originally here. Just dip Q-tips in different fall colors and stamp for leaves.

Help your child cut out a body shape on white construction paper and glue pieces of Kleenex on and some eyes for a mummy.

Cut out pieces of construction paper as as tree trunks and leaves and glue them on.

This one was so fun to make! Take a toilet paper roll and glue orange construction paper strips around it. Cut a bunch of orange construction paper into strips with the paper the long way.Then glue one end of a strip inside the top of the roll and the other end inside the bottom of the roll. Keep adding more until it starts to look like a pumpkin. Then glue on a stem and leaf. Original idea here.

Family Fun magazine’s “swab skeletons”! Glue Q-tips and cotton swabs together to make a spooky skeleton, then glue on black paper for a face. Jack (my 4 year old) thought this was so cool. Afterwards we practiced writing the alphabet with the Q-tips!

Let your kids paint a canvas. (we used puffy paint before we painted to make the squiggly border). Sprinkle with glitter, let dry. Go on a leaf hunt around your yard! Mod podge the leaves onto the canvas. Easy fall decor that you can bring out every year and kids love making things with leaves they found themselves!

Paint a pre-made wood sign, then mod podge leaves and scrapbook paper onto it. Paint wooden letters and sprinkle with glitter. Hot glue on the sign when completely dry. Matches my fall wreath perfectly!

These awesome centerpieces are made by one of my good friends Emily. She has been making them with her kids for years. Throw together some fall-ish looking twigs in a vase and have your kids write on leaves all the things they are thankful for. Throw some mini-pumpkins in the bottom and ta da! Beautiful, meaningful, cheap centerpiece.

We have lots more time for fall crafts so this is just the beginning! Stay tuned for more!

Three fall books I highly recommend buying:

  • Where the Wild Things are by: Maurice Sendak 
  • Please Try to Remember the First of Octember by: Dr. Seuss, Theo. LeSieg
  • The Tale of Three Trees by: Angela Elwell Hunt, Tim Jonke

Here are some of our other favorite fall-ish stories.

Thanks for reading!

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DIY homemade deodorant

So I think we all now how poisonous deodorant is. If you don’t know why its because most deodorant’s contain aluminum, which is a toxin that has been linked to cancer. The aluminum is in deodorant to basically clog your pores to stop you from sweating, which obviously isn’t good for your body. But it’s not like you can just go without deodorant, right?

There are some deodorants you can buy without aluminum in them (we have tried them all) but they are pricey and don’t really seem to cut it. After doing some research I found out it is almost embarrassingly easy to make your own deodorant! On top of that, this homemade deodorant is good for you.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon fine ground celtic sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • your choice of essential oils
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 2 tablespoons bentonite clay (optional & may stain light clothing)
  • container to keep it in (could be old deodorant stick, washed out or a tin)
What the ingredients are good for:
Bentonite clay is full of minerals and helps with the consistency of the deodorant, It also helps to absorb toxins from your armpit glands, which is what causes you to stink.
The celtic sea salt is also full of minerals that help kill bacteria that also causes you to smell.
Baking soda keeps you clean and dry.
Arrowroot helps to thicken the texture.

Combine ingredients on low heat until the beeswax is completely incorporated. I added about 5 drops of an essential oil, which seemed to be plenty for the scent. Remove from heat, then pour into your container.

I was skeptical but this stuff is amazing! We made lemon zest scent for the first batch and it smells delicious. It really works too, and believe me, because I’m a sweater.

Thank you Shoshanna from Bulk Herb Store for this great recipe. Check out her bulk herb store here for some great herbs and supplies!

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DIY dinosaur toothbrush holder

Saw this idea in Family Fun magazine (which is my go-to magazine for fun projects to do with the kids), and had to try it!

You will need:

  • 1 cheap, hollow, plastic dinosaur
  • 5/8 drill bit
  • drill

Depending on the thickness of your toothbrushes, you might be able to use a smaller drill bit. Ours were pretty thick, as I think most kids toothbrushes are. All you do is drill the holes right through the dinosaur! Pretty simple. The kids thought this was super cool. Family Fun had suggested using a craft knife, but I thought this would be easier.

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DIY home air freshners

So if you aren’t already aware, almost all home air fresheners including Bath & Body Works delicious smelling wallflowers, are full of VOCs or volatile organic compounds. VOCs are highly toxic and some of the side effects of inhaling them are memory loss, headaches, infertility, and cancer.

Good news! There is a solution to get your home smelling even better than all those fake scents! You can dump out the full air fresheners and refill them with essential oils.

All you have to do is take out the filter, dump out the liquid, rinse it out, fill it halfway with an essential oil of your choice (I highly recommend Eden’s Garden starter kit), and then fill the other half with water. Replace the filter and pop it in! This is so much safer for your health and I think it smells a lot better. Our favorite so far is sweet orange and thyme.

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