Holiday Bottles & Jars

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For my 7th installment of Handmade Holiday Decorations, I present: Faux Colored Holiday Bottles & Jars

They are quite pretty as they are ~ but I wanted these jazzed up for Christmas. This is a great project for those of you, like me, who hoard save bottles & jars. Pick out bottles and jars that are interesting and make sure they are clean & free of labels.

Depending on the size of the jar or bottle mix 1-2 TBS of Glossy Mod Podge with a TINY amount of water to thin it out just a little bit.  Add drops of food colors and mix. The more food coloring & the thicker the mixture – to darker the jars will be.

Coat the inside of the jars thoroughly with the Mod Podge mixture by swirling it around & around. Turn upside-down to drain out the excess until it barely drips…

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paint chip garland


I had a bunch of paint chip samples {from an honest-to-goodness painting project} and thought I’d use them to make an up-cycled garland {and to clean out the studio}.  It’s a win-win, cheap and easy decoration idea.

Use a paper punch shape and size of your choice. Grab your paint chips in the color(s) of your choice and punch out a bunch!

Punch Your Paint Chip

Now to the sewing machine! Pick a string, yarn, twine, whathaveyou {I used a sparkle baker’s twine} and put your stitch on a zig-zag. Place a punched paint chip on the string and zig-zag it!

Zig Zag It

Continue until the garland is your preferred length.

Lots of Dots

Hang it up. That’s it!

Paint Chip Garland


lid ornaments

Jar Lid Sparkle

If you’re into canning, you know eventually, you’re gonna have a ton of used lids. Up-cycle them into swanky and sparkly holiday ornaments!

There are a myriad of way to decorate these domestic leftovers – but I also happen to be cleaning out le studio {Christmas Miracle!} and found a bag of sequin-y shiny doodads and some glitters I’ve never used and thought they’d jazz the lids right up!


(Note: Don’t stare at a pile of glittery doo-dads too long.) Grab some white crafting glue and squeeze some into your lid, then spread it around and up the sides of the lid. Don’t be stingy!

Lids and Glue

Next, fill the lids up with whatever you have: sequins, buttons, doo-dads, sparkly things, beads, little animal figurines, paper punched shapes, glitter, Glitter, GLITTER!, what-have-you.  Fill in all the white glue spots and then set them aside to dry.  Super duper easy.

Glitter Up!

When they are dry, make a hook with some type of craft-wire and then make it spiffy with a pretty ribbon. Or you can just hot-glue ribbon around the lid and tie a loop at the top.

Lid Ornaments by OliveLoaf Design

Or you can make some holes at the top of your lid and simply use some baker’s twine or string. Use what you’ve got handy. If you’re feeling REALLY fancy – you could paint the lids before crafting these ornaments – but it’s T-minus 15 til the big day, so who has time for that!? ;-)

Jar Lid Sparkle Ornaments


Light Bulb Snow People

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How do you know you’re an obsessed up-cycling crafter? You have PUH-lenty of burned-out light bulbs to make an entire tree-full of

Light Bulb Snow People or Snow Bulb Light People!

But I only made three. So cute. So easy. Grab an old light bulb & spray paint {I used Krylon white & then Krylon Silver Glitter spray}

For scarves – use fabric scraps, ribbon, sweater pieces, t-shirt strips, etc., and hot glue it to the bulb…

Go outside – find a nice stick, cut arms, glue them on. Paint on a face with acrylics or puffy paint. Attach a ribbon or wire to hang.

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paper wreath

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Flashback Friday…Cheap & Handmade Holiday Crafting {from the 2012 archives}

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I found this metal ring on a walk the other day and thought I’d whip up an easy wreath. You could make one out of craft wire or a wire hanger.found metal ring

Make a leaf template with a piece of {re-purposed} cardboard and cut out a bunch of leaves. I used white cardstock & a piece of white glitter paper that i had on-hand…


Hot glue the paper leaves to the metal ring, et voila! A simple and lovely paper wreath for magically cheap holiday decorating…


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Glass Ball Redux

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Flashback Friday! As I plan a new batch of Cheap, Handmade & Up-Cycled Holiday Decorations for 2014, here’s a flashback from last year!


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Handmade Holiday Decorations Day Something-Or-Other. Do you have that old box of glass ornament ballsthat are broken, scratched & just basically blah? Up-cycle them! Here are several ideas for up-cycling tired, old & broken glass ball ornaments.

Magnet Balls: Glue on a small magnet & decorate your refrigerator or magnetic message board…

Next up Crushed Ball Redux: I crushed up a green ball & a red ball, coated the inside of a clear ball with Glossy Mod Podge, poured in the crushed balls, swirled around & let dry. Viola! Old is new again.

Paint Balls:Using puffy paint or a hot glue gun, make designs & patterns on your boring balls. Allow to dry thoroughly and paint with desired colors…

Glitter Balls:And of course, there’s ALWAYS glitter…

Thrifty, Crafty, Green & Easy!

ps. Did you know you can remove the paint off of glass ball ornaments?

Just soak…

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lost summer too

Wow! Where did August and September go? I was so busy with gardening and crafting and working on orders that I completely neglected le blog. {sigh}  Well, in hopes of catching up – here’s a photo collage of the missing months. Enjoy!