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Sparkly Pipe Cleaner Ornaments

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I’m amazed at how simple these were to make! Each ornament only requires 2–3 pipe cleaners. I wanted to make some lightweight 2-dimensional ornaments to hang on my “Christmas in July” paper palm trees, but ran into a creative block after making some unattractive paper ornaments. Then I found metallic red/gold/silver/green chenille stems at the craft store. These ornaments are light enough to tape onto the paper palm trees and are equally suitable for a fragrant evergreen!

Mary

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A Beach… at the North Pole?

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Where can you find snow spilling out of beach buckets? At the North Pole! This is the Arctic beach where snowman can sunbathe and NOT melt! You can also find an Arctic beach in your home… if you make this centerpiece, of course! ;)

The easiest way to recreate this centerpiece is to use or buy the buckets, batting, pompoms, and ornaments of mixed sizes. If you want to get a little craftier, you can make your own glitter ornaments (click here for instructions). Want to stick to a monochromatic Christmas theme, perhaps? Or maybe just shiny silvers and golds? Whatever direction you want to take this craft, enjoy it and make your own Christmas in July centerpiece.

Glittered Ornaments

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Glittered Ornaments

We LOVE glitter up here at the North Pole. It’s pretty easy to make your own glitter ornaments; all you need is the right adhesive. I recommend using Glitter It for glass ornaments. You can try layering different colors of glitter, but this can get a little tricky—it was almost impossible for me to get perfectly straight lines. As long as you aren’t pining for perfection, you can make some beautiful multi-colored ornaments using this technique.

Mary

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Sparkly Winter Branches

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Christmas is a faaaabulous time of year! Brighten up any area with this wintery pink arrangement of branches and icicles. This quick & easy centerpiece could be on your table in no time. Pick whatever type/color of winter branches you like from the craft store. I got about 4 stems of a linear branch (hot pink), and 4 stems of a bushy branch (light pink). You may need more if you have a large vase. (My vase is 10.5″ tall with a 4″ opening.)

Mary

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Wrap It Up!

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Let’s face it, every year when we wrap gifts, we want it to be quick and easy since there are so many to wrap. At the same time we want each present to feel special, or extra-special depending on recipient ;) Sure, you can buy ready-made bows and curled ribbon, but I’ll show you how to make some simple embellishments. You can even make these in advance so your stash is full when it comes time to wrap gifts.

How To Make a Bow (Like Your Florist)

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Learn to make your own fabulous bows—just like the professionals. Apply this technique to any ribbon (satin, grosgrain, etc.) of any width from 0.25 inch to 3 inches! Wired ribbon works best, since it is forgiving. The wire allows it to be shaped and reshaped if it gets squished. Once comfortable with this method, a non-wired ribbon can be used. These directions are for right-handed crafters, but if you are a lefty, just reverse hands.

Mary

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