Christmas Home Tours — 14 for you to enjoy!

I joined up with some other bloggers this week to show off our home tours for Christmas.  I thought I would round up all of the homes today just in case y’all missed any of them.  Get inspired with these lovely ladies and their Christmas decor.

Get 14 blogger home tours all in one place!  Get inspired for Christmas decor!

Kids Craft: Cork Tree Ornaments

Are y’all ready for the kids to be out of school?  Maybe I can help a little with a super simple kids craft today.  My cork tree ornaments are perfect for kids of all ages to make and it will keep them occupied for at least a few minutes. 

Kids Craft:  Cork Tree Ornaments -- make these in just a few minutes with the kids help of course!

 
 Start with some corks and pompoms.  I used purchased corks actually cause I have none at home.  But you might just have some that you are saving to recycle and this project is perfect for that.  Corks can be found at your craft store if you need them or online at Consumer Crafts.  You will also need some type of cording or ribbon for a hanger.

Kids Craft:  Cork Tree Ornaments -- make these in just a few minutes with the kids help of course!

I had a package of assorted sized corks so I dug around and tried things together until I got a tree like shape.

Kids Craft:  Cork Tree Ornaments -- make these in just a few minutes with the kids help of course!

I used hot glue to adhere all of my pieces together just because it was fast.  For the little kids, I would recommend either low temp glue or a quick drying adhesive.  We don’t want any burns y’all.

Kids Craft:  Cork Tree Ornaments -- make these in just a few minutes with the kids help of course!

The kids can make these in no time and you will have some extra cute little ornaments for your tree.  Now what will you do with them the rest of them time?  I can only offer my cork tree ornaments for now but you can check out my kids craft gallery page for more ideas.

Christmas Home Tour 2013

Better late than never y’all.  I am bringing you my Christmas home tour 2013 today.  First of all if you love Christmas home tours you can see my home from 2012, 2011, and 2010 as well.  Every year I change things up a bit but some things you will see remain the same year after year.  Also I am joining in with an everything Christmas tour this week.  You can check out Denise Designed for the full line up of home tours this week and to follow along.  Now come on in to my country home.

The Country Chic Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2013 -- a rustic country farmhouse home tour with tons of pictures you don't want to miss.

I will start with my barnwood mantel which hubby made me around this time last year.  I still love filling it with seasonal goodies and of course hanging our stockings this time of year.

 

The Country Chic Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2013 -- a rustic country farmhouse home tour with tons of pictures you don't want to miss.
 
I started on the right with my snow and cranberries centerpiece.  I then layered in more red, gold, and white.
 
The Country Chic Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2013 -- a rustic country farmhouse home tour with tons of pictures you don't want to miss.

I have lots of dear on the mantel including my glitter dipped deer silhouettes.

The Country Chic Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2013 -- a rustic country farmhouse home tour with tons of pictures you don't want to miss.

I love throwing ornaments and vintage bulbs in a container for quick and easy vintage decor.  I put my gold silhouette and mini snow globe ornaments on the mantel as well.

The Country Chic Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2013 -- a rustic country farmhouse home tour with tons of pictures you don't want to miss.

A galvanized bucket piled high with ornaments also adorns the mantel.

The Country Chic Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2013 -- a rustic country farmhouse home tour with tons of pictures you don't want to miss.

I had to add some trees of course.  This tree trio includes my gold leaf trees, painted milk glass trees, and faux nailhead trees.

The Country Chic Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2013 -- a rustic country farmhouse home tour with tons of pictures you don't want to miss.

Next stop on the tour is our tree.  If you have not been around here long let me tell you about our tree tradition.  Every year we load up in the truck and go hunt a cedar tree on our farm.  We cut it down, load it up, and that is our Christmas tree.  It is a fun tradition that we all cherish.

The Country Chic Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2013 -- a rustic country farmhouse home tour with tons of pictures you don't want to miss.

This year we added blue and silver ornaments to our rustic cedar tree.  Under the tree is a train, vintage car, and of course presents.  The tree skirt (which actually is not even visible anymore) is a collection of vintage grain sacks.

The Country Chic Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2013 -- a rustic country farmhouse home tour with tons of pictures you don't want to miss.

I also have a few surfaces in my home where I create Christmas vignettes.  I love to add in my son’s toys to the decor.  On the left is a little advent calendar I made for the kids last minute.

The Country Chic Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2013 -- a rustic country farmhouse home tour with tons of pictures you don't want to miss.
 
Also on this table there is a little mini tree and this year it is full of handmade ornaments.  You can find instructions for my string art, gold frame, or embroidery hoop ornaments here.  
 
The Country Chic Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2013 -- a rustic country farmhouse home tour with tons of pictures you don't want to miss.
 
Under that little tree is a something very special.  We found that little bird nest in the Christmas tree once we had it in the house.  I love that extra treasure that comes with our tree tradition.
 

The Country Chic Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2013 -- a rustic country farmhouse home tour with tons of pictures you don't want to miss.

 
This is another surface that I dress up a bit for Christmas.  I started with my sheet music tree here.  
The Country Chic Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2013 -- a rustic country farmhouse home tour with tons of pictures you don't want to miss.

I added in my candy cane button tree and glitter mason jar luminary.  You have yet to see that snow globe project but y’all stay tuned.

The Country Chic Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2013 -- a rustic country farmhouse home tour with tons of pictures you don't want to miss.

I hope y’all enjoyed our rustic farmhouse Christmas tour.  If you want to continue to get inspired all week, be sure to join us for our Everything Christmas Tour over at Denise Designed.  I will also wrap the entire week’s events up for y’all sometime this weekend.

The Country Chic Cottage Christmas Home Tour 2013 -- a rustic country farmhouse home tour with tons of pictures you don't want to miss.

Thank y’all for coming to the cottage today for my Christmas home tour!
Linking this up to The Nester and Thrifty Decor Chick.

Last Minute Handmade Gift Ideas

Christmas is right around the corner and I have over 20 last minute handmade gift ideas for you today.  Grab some craft supplies and make some of these gifts for those still left on your holiday gift giving list.  There are ideas here for just about anyone on your list.

 

 

 

Embellished Journal Gift Set — Last Minute Handmade Gift

I have another last minute handmade gift for you today with an embellished journal gift set.  This one is so super easy to make.  I will actually show you live how to make it in a quick video.  You CAN make this!  I am doing this as part of a last minute handmade gift series on Crafty Hangouts.  Y’all be sure to head over there and see all of the last minute handmade gift ideas.  Give handmade this holiday season….even if it is the last minute.

Embellished Journal Gift Set -- a quick and easy last minute handmade gift idea.  Click to get the instructions on making your own.
 
 

I am joined by Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts in the video below.  We are both making a last minute handmade gift using Phoomph.  You can buy Phoomph at craft stores everywhere and it is great for quick and easy crafts like these.  
 
 
In case you miss any of the instructions in the video, here is a brief explanation on how I made the journal:
 
  1. Apply fabric to just one side of your Phoomph.
  2. Use your Sizzix and a die to cut a shape from the Phoomph.  (You could use a shape and scissors as well.)
  3. Remove backing from cut out shape and stick to front of journal.
  4. Add other items to the gift set as well such as pens, washi tape covered binder clips, colorful paper clips, and anything else a writer would need.
  5. Wrap your gift as shown below for your recipient to enjoy.

Embellished Journal Gift Set -- a quick and easy last minute handmade gift idea.  Click to get the instructions on making your own.

I hope y’all have enjoyed this embellished journal gift set and will give handmade gifts this holiday season….even if it is last minute.  Y’all head on over to Crafty Hangouts for even more gift ideas.

Printable Mason Jar Gift Boxes

I have a treat for y’all today.  These printable mason jar gift boxes are going to knock your socks off.  My friend Jen Goode from 100 Directions is here to share them.  Jen is a super talented artist and she has agreed to share her brilliance over here once a month.  I am thrilled to have her and this is a fabulous way to kick off her contributions here at the cottage.  Take it away Jen….
I love wrapping gifts and finding fun ways to dress up boxes. Usually the small gifts are the most difficult items for me to wrap. Finding small boxes I like and then wrapping them up in pretty paper can be tricky, especially if you’re an all thumbs kind of gift wrapper. So instead, I’ve created some printable gift boxes, already decorated and ready to go! I know how much Angie loves jars, so I thought it would be fun to make little boxes designed as mason jars, complete with little jar lid box tops. These printable gift boxes are really simple to make. Just download, print and glue together. You can dress up each box to give it your own personal touch by adding ribbon, glitter or other pretty accents. You can even color each paper jar however you like. Have fun!

 

Printable Mason Jar Gift Boxes -- print and fold these FREE gift boxes to give all of your holiday gifts in style!

 

Some tips using these Mason Jar Gift Boxes (click this link to print your own copy):
 
Score along the RED lines before cutting out the box pieces, Then folding will be much quicker.

 

Printable Mason Jar Gift Boxes -- print and fold these FREE gift boxes to give all of your holiday gifts in style!

 

Next trim along the edges of each box piece. There are BLUE lines on each printable to help you.

 

Printable Mason Jar Gift Boxes -- print and fold these FREE gift boxes to give all of your holiday gifts in style!

 

Fold where appropriate before gluing any tabs in place, this makes it a little easier to get nice clean fold lines.
When gluing edges in place, make sure to glue along the side edge before gluing any bottom flaps. The bottom flaps can be left unglued – folding only, but I recommend gluing the bottom flaps together if you plan to fill your boxes with anything heavy.

If you want a more sturdy box, print the box design on paper and then adhere to a piece of cardboard, such as a recycled cereal box, because scoring, cutting and folding.

 

Printable Mason Jar Gift Boxes -- print and fold these FREE gift boxes to give all of your holiday gifts in style!

 

Mix and match the mason jar gift boxes however you’d like. You can stack them or use them separately. Add your own ribbon to dress them up, or simply use the box and lid sets as is.

 

Printable Mason Jar Gift Boxes -- print and fold these FREE gift boxes to give all of your holiday gifts in style!

 

Printable Mason Jar Gift Boxes -- print and fold these FREE gift boxes to give all of your holiday gifts in style!

 

To download these free mason jar gift box printables just click this link.  

Have a fabulously festive holiday!

Printable Mason Jar Gift Boxes -- print and fold these FREE gift boxes to give all of your holiday gifts in style!

Thank you so much for sharing these with us Jen!  I hope y’all enjoy these printable mason jar gift boxes and will use them for all of your holiday gift giving needs.

 

Gift Wrap for Men using Duct Tape from @homedepot

Home Depot was awesome enough to let me shop for a present for hubby a few weeks back.  I ended up getting the entire present….gift wrap included…. from The Home Depot.  How you say?  Let me show you some gift wrap for men using ….what else??….. duct tape!  Duct tape can fix anything y’all — even a pretty bow!

Gift wrap for men with duct tape -- a fun way to wrap gifts for guys!  Learn how to make a bow from duct tape!
 

I headed to my local Home Depot with my shopping list in hand.  There is an awesome gifts area set up in the front of the store.  This is men gift heaven right here y’all.  Alright some of us girls love tools too right?  So head here for gifts for guys and girls that love tools. 
 
 
 
Gift wrap for men with duct tape -- a fun way to wrap gifts for guys!  Learn how to make a bow from duct tape!

The absolute best most amazing part??  My Home Depot had these “try it before you buy it” stations set up.  Heaven on earth.  Angels sang.  I swear.  I love this concept.  Especially since I have been wanting a Dremel forever.  Guess what I bought?  You know.  For a gift.  For hubby.  **grin**

Gift wrap for men with duct tape -- a fun way to wrap gifts for guys!  Learn how to make a bow from duct tape!

 My cart was loaded up with presents for hubby.  I ended up getting the following:

Gift wrap for men with duct tape -- a fun way to wrap gifts for guys!  Learn how to make a bow from duct tape!

But I was not done shopping at The Home Depot.  I added a few more things to my cart.  Remember I said everything to wrap your gift as well.  This plain brown paper is in the paint section of your Home Depot and makes the BEST wrapping paper.  I also grabbed some silver duct tape and a piece of wood trim to make a gift tag.  

Gift wrap for men with duct tape -- a fun way to wrap gifts for guys!  Learn how to make a bow from duct tape!
Lets get started on how to make that duct tape bow first of all.  I started with duct tape, scissors, and a Bowdabra.  You can read more about the Bowdabra and see a video of me using it on this post.  You can absolutely make the same bow without the tool but I went the easy way out.
 
Gift wrap for men with duct tape -- a fun way to wrap gifts for guys!  Learn how to make a bow from duct tape!

I used about an 8 – 10 foot length of duct tape.  I then added another length of duct tape over the first so that the sticky sides are together.  Get as close to even as you can but you will probably be left with sticky sides as shown below. 

Gift wrap for men with duct tape -- a fun way to wrap gifts for guys!  Learn how to make a bow from duct tape!

Use your scissors to go down both sides of the long duct tape piece and cut away those sticky edges.  You are basically left with silver two sided ribbon.

Gift wrap for men with duct tape -- a fun way to wrap gifts for guys!  Learn how to make a bow from duct tape!

I then use the Bowdabra to make a big full bow.  Again if you don’t have a Bowdabra, just fold the duct tape over and over again then use a piece of wire to secure together in the center. 

Gift wrap for men with duct tape -- a fun way to wrap gifts for guys!  Learn how to make a bow from duct tape!

Just fluff your bow until it looks good and you have a perfect addition to a gift for dad or any guy.

Gift wrap for men with duct tape -- a fun way to wrap gifts for guys!  Learn how to make a bow from duct tape!

Now lets start wrapping.  Like I said the tool tote is perfect for adding in your tools.  All three of my purchases fit neatly inside.

Gift wrap for men with duct tape -- a fun way to wrap gifts for guys!  Learn how to make a bow from duct tape!

I then wrapped the tote with tools inside in the brown paper.

Gift wrap for men with duct tape -- a fun way to wrap gifts for guys!  Learn how to make a bow from duct tape!

Now we are going to need a manly gift tag to go on our gift as well.  I just cut off a piece of molding, drilled a hole, and wrote the name with a sharpie.  You could get really fancy with these DIY wood gift tags and add stain, paint, stamps, or any number of decorations.  I went the plain route.

Gift wrap for men with duct tape -- a fun way to wrap gifts for guys!  Learn how to make a bow from duct tape!

Add duct tape around your package, tape on your bow, and tie on your gift tag.  You have a present that is completely from The Home Depot and pretty (in a masculine way) to boot!

Gift wrap for men with duct tape -- a fun way to wrap gifts for guys!  Learn how to make a bow from duct tape!

What do y’all think?  Would you make bows out of duct tape?  What other supplies that are found at The Home Depot would make good gift wrap for men?  I thought maybe a big galvanized tub or bucket for a great tool gift basket as well.  But I already had that tool tote!

Gift wrap for men with duct tape -- a fun way to wrap gifts for guys!  Learn how to make a bow from duct tape!

I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this holiday gift giving project. As a part of the project, I am receiving compensation in the form of cash and gift cards, for the purpose of promoting the holiday gift giving project and The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.
 

10 MORE Gifts in Jars

I have been having tons of fun with gifts in jars this holiday season.  I have 10 MORE ideas for you that have never been seen before on The Country Chic Cottage.  These are all super simple quick and easy gift ideas that can be completed in minutes.  In fact, Carolina with 30 Minute Crafts and myself do 10 gifts in a jar LIVE in a short 10 minute video.  This is part of a fun last minute handmade gifts series over at Crafty Hangouts that you don’t want to miss.

10 Gifts in a Jar -- get 10 ideas for gifts in jars in a fun 10 minute video.  Great quick and easy gift ideas in this post!

Hang out with Carolina and myself in the video below.  You can see me make the four gifts in jars pictured above plus Carolina will give you six more quick and easy gift in a jar ideas.  Grab your jars and give handmade this holiday season.  Grab two people, 10 jars, and you can have 10 gifts in 10 minutes as well.  
 

 

I promised y’all a few links in the video.  Be sure to print out my chalkboard mason jar gift tags or Ball mason jar gift tags for all of your gifts in a jar.  Now for some close ups of my four gifts in case you can’t see them well in the video.  First up is my elf teeth in a jar.  This one is a fun gag type gift for Christmas.

10 Gifts in a Jar -- get 10 ideas for gifts in jars in a fun 10 minute video.  Great quick and easy gift ideas in this post!

My spin on hot chocolate in a jar is packed full of fun and given in a mason jar mug.

10 Gifts in a Jar -- get 10 ideas for gifts in jars in a fun 10 minute video.  Great quick and easy gift ideas in this post!
 
Give anyone on your list this fun nut butter and pretzel gift in jar.  
 
10 Gifts in a Jar -- get 10 ideas for gifts in jars in a fun 10 minute video.  Great quick and easy gift ideas in this post!
 
Layer up dried fruit and nuts in a jar for a pretty gift that only takes a couple of minutes to pull together.
10 Gifts in a Jar -- get 10 ideas for gifts in jars in a fun 10 minute video.  Great quick and easy gift ideas in this post!

Love these?  If you want even MORE ideas, be sure to watch the video above and get the other six ideas.  With 10 ideas, there is a gift in a jar for everyone on your gift giving list.  For the rest of the gifts in a jar from The Country Chic Cottage be sure to check out my 5 mason jar gift ideas plus the ultimate guide to gift in jars.

10 Gifts in a Jar -- get 10 ideas for gifts in jars in a fun 10 minute video.  Great quick and easy gift ideas in this post!

If y’all need even more last minute gift ideas, be sure to follow along at Crafty Hangouts all week as the ladies over there rock the last minute gift videos!  I hope y’all have enjoyed our 10 last minute gifts in jars and will use a few of these ideas for your loved ones.  

Kids Craft: Mini Snow Globe Ornaments

Have fun with your kids this holiday season with my kids craft of mini snow globe ornaments.  Or heck…make ‘em without the kids!  This tutorial was originally posted over at Crafts Unleashed but I am republishing here in case y’all missed it.  This is absolutely one of my favorite ornaments that I have ever made.  I know y’all will love them as well. 

Kids Craft:  Mini Snow Globe Ornaments -- click the picture to get the full instructions for making your own fun Christmas ornaments.

Supplies needed (all supplies for this project were provided by Consumer Crafts but all projects and opinions are my own):

 

Using a foam or paint brush, coat the back of your ornaments with a thin coat of decoupage medium. Immediately sprinkle on the white glitter, shake off excess, then allow to dry completely.  You can seal your glitter with another coat of decoupage if you find it falls off.

Kids Craft:  Mini Snow Globe Ornaments -- click the picture to get the full instructions for making your own fun Christmas ornaments.

Using a pair of tweezers, grab the top of the tree so you can easily place it in your ornaments.

Kids Craft:  Mini Snow Globe Ornaments -- click the picture to get the full instructions for making your own fun Christmas ornaments.

Add a drop of hot glue to the bottom of the trees and put through the top opening of the ornament.  Position and stick to the bottom of the ornament.  Repeat until you have the desired amount of trees in your globes.

Kids Craft:  Mini Snow Globe Ornaments -- click the picture to get the full instructions for making your own fun Christmas ornaments.

Sprinkle in artificial snow until you are happy with the results.

Kids Craft:  Mini Snow Globe Ornaments -- click the picture to get the full instructions for making your own fun Christmas ornaments.

Replace the cap of your ornament and give it a shake for a fun water-less snow globe effect.

Kids Craft:  Mini Snow Globe Ornaments -- click the picture to get the full instructions for making your own fun Christmas ornaments.

Allow your kids to make these as well.  I would use a low temp glue gun when working with the kids.  But otherwise, they will love adding fun trees to the inside of these fun ornament.  Grab your supplies and make these for your tree this year.  My mini snow globe ornaments will be the hit of your Christmas tree.

Kids Craft:  Mini Snow Globe Ornaments -- click the picture to get the full instructions for making your own fun Christmas ornaments.

DIY Glitter Deer Shrink Plastic Ornaments

Go back in time and make these DIY glitter deer shrink plastic ornaments.  Remember that shrink plastic from when you were a kid?  You can use it to make elegant Christmas ornaments as well.  This is a quick and easy ornament tutorial plus it is great to make with the kids.  Grab one sheet and make my DIY glitter deer shrink plastic ornaments today.

DIY Glitter Deer Shrink Plastic Ornaments -- a quick and easy ornament tutorial to show you how to make these great glitter deer.
 

Start with one piece of white shrink plastic film and a few deer silhouettes that can be printed from the internet.  Don’t like deer?  Then absolutely choose another shape.  This tutorial will work with any shape you love.  Choose BIG shapes as the plastic will shrink up when baked (there is a picture a few steps ahead of how much shrink to expect).

DIY Glitter Deer Shrink Plastic Ornaments -- a quick and easy ornament tutorial to show you how to make these great glitter deer.

Trace your shapes onto the shrink plastic using a pencil.  I actually used a gold sharpie so y’all could see this better but that is not needed.  My two deer took up almost an entire sheet of shrink plastic.

DIY Glitter Deer Shrink Plastic Ornaments -- a quick and easy ornament tutorial to show you how to make these great glitter deer.DIY Glitter Deer Shrink Plastic Ornaments -- a quick and easy ornament tutorial to show you how to make these great glitter deer.

Use just regular old scissors to trim your shrink plastic around your lines.  It is really as easy as cutting paper.  The kids will love helping you make these shrink plastic ornaments.

DIY Glitter Deer Shrink Plastic Ornaments -- a quick and easy ornament tutorial to show you how to make these great glitter deer.

Be sure to punch a hole with a standard size paper hole punch BEFORE baking your shrink plastic.  You won’t be able to add the hole afterwards.

DIY Glitter Deer Shrink Plastic Ornaments -- a quick and easy ornament tutorial to show you how to make these great glitter deer.

Bake your shrink plastic according to the package directions (3 – 5 minutes usually).  The plastic will shrink up and thicken.  It is really AMAZING!  You can see in the photo below just how much it shrinks.  Your kids will love this part.

DIY Glitter Deer Shrink Plastic Ornaments -- a quick and easy ornament tutorial to show you how to make these great glitter deer.

Allow your shapes to cool completely then give them a quick coat of paint on the areas you are going to apply glitter.

DIY Glitter Deer Shrink Plastic Ornaments -- a quick and easy ornament tutorial to show you how to make these great glitter deer.

Allow your paint to dry then add decoupage medium and glitter.  Allow that to dry and add on another layer of decoupage to make sure your glitter stays put.

DIY Glitter Deer Shrink Plastic Ornaments -- a quick and easy ornament tutorial to show you how to make these great glitter deer.

Once your ornaments are dry completely, add a string to hang on the tree.

DIY Glitter Deer Shrink Plastic Ornaments -- a quick and easy ornament tutorial to show you how to make these great glitter deer.

Your DIY glitter deer shrink plastic ornaments are ready for your tree.  Enjoy making these with your kids this holiday season.  What shapes will you make for your tree?  You kids will love the “magic” that happens in the oven as these shrink and become rigid plastic ornaments.  For anyone that does not love the idea of using shrink plastic, my friends over at Lolly Jane made some similar ornaments out of clay.  Now you have two ways to make these fabulous deer ornaments.  My shrink plastic version will be adorning my tree this holiday season.  

DIY Glitter Deer Shrink Plastic Ornaments -- a quick and easy ornament tutorial to show you how to make these great glitter deer.