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Snowflake Lanterns


Transform a strand of Christmas lights with only mini plastic cups and paper! That’s right—cups and paper! I used white plastic cups (the 3 oz. size) found in the paper products aisle at the grocery store. Depending on where you shop, they might also be called bathroom cups.  I tested these lanterns with clear cups, but they didn’t diffuse the light when turned on. The lights inside the white cups illuminate the opaque plastic nicely, casting subtle shadows from the snowflakes. You cannot tell that these are cups once the lights are on!

Strands of lights usually come with 100 mini lights. You only need to cover about half of the lights with cups. You can also use these as a tealight holder—with flameless candles only!

Gift Bag Ideas and More

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How many times have you gone to the store looking for the perfect gift bag, but either they don’t have what you’re looking for or the bags are overpriced? Here’s a solution to the dilemma… Buy a few inexpensive bags and vamp them up with your personal touch! When adding embellishments to bags, they don’t need to be elaborate; something cute and simple is all you need.

Wrapping with Red

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Who loves red? As we continue exploring different ideas for wrapping presents, I’ll show you a few ideas for working with red and white materials. If I asked you to name something that is red and white and Christmassy, what would it be? For me, it’s candy canes. In addition to the candy canes, there are a couple other ideas for wrapping with red. Happy wrapping!

Song Birds


Sheet music + birds = song birds! These cute and simple ornaments could easily be made from any unwanted book, dictionary, map, etc. Feel free to explore and use whatever material you like. I found my sheet music in an old songbook at a yard sale. I love to rummage around thrift stores and yard sales because I never know what I might find. Plus, the prices can’t be beat!


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Decoupage Coasters


The thing I love about decoupage is repurposing an old (or perhaps unwanted) object. I’ll show you a couple different ways to make coasters using paper. Below you’ll find instructions for disposable and reusable coasters. You can spend as much or as little time making coasters as you want—it all depends on how you intend to use them.

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