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Sparkling Christmas Lights

glitter lights

Are you following us on Pinterest? We heart Pinterest but we don’t always have time to surf the web and ohhh and ahhh over the amazingly creative ideas that are floating around out there. When we do get around to surfing this utopia of all things creative, we feel overwhelmed and don’t always go back to tackling what we pinned a while back.

Well, well, well… those days are about to change! To celebrate our 1,000 follower milestone (<– sayyy whaaaattt? pinch us!), we decided to finally tackle a Pinterest inspired project that we pinned a while back and hopefully, continue to tackle these projects that we loved but never followed up on. Anyone with us?!

Inspired by this pin, we are loving some serious sparkle this holiday season!

Since I only had these old light bulbs laying around (and not any pears), I went with the lights bulbs- which kept this project even lower budget than it already is. <– free.
With a little paint brush & fabric glue, I painted each bulb with a thick layer of glue.
I not-so carefully poured some serious sparkle (or red glitter) on each light bulb, as I rotated it in my hand to ensure the entire bulb would eventually sparkle all the way around.
Once the entire light bulb is filled with sparkle, I just waited for them to dry… which did not take too long at all!!
Before I knew it, I was left with these glamorous holiday bulbs that could be used as holiday decor, a part of your Christmas tablescape, or even as ornaments! I love that I was able to upcycle bulbs that were headed to the trash and give them a full makeover without spending a penny (since I had the glue and glitter).
If you didn’t have these supplies, the project would probably be less than seven bucks. You just can’t go wrong!! Warning: you may want to dip everything in glitter after you see how easy and dramatic this DIY is. Consider yourself warned…
Aren’t they pretty?
To finish off my pinspired project, I threw these bad boys in a bowl and added them to my Christmas coffee table.
They just seem like the perfect finishing touch to this Christmas cluster but I’m still dreaming up ways that I can use my next batch of sparkly bulbs.
After this EASY and glamorous pinspired project, these two rookies are feeling far more motivated to not just PIN but MAKE too! Who’s with us?!
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And for those who already do, thanks again for helping us make it to 1,000 followers!! We hope that we can inspire some fellow rookies to get in the DIY game, one pin at a time! 
 
Oh and one more thing…. Congratulations to our HomeGoods gift card winners- Cindy B. & Caitlin L. Thanks to each and every one of you who submitted entries, we hope you stay tuned for some more fabulous giveaways!! Xo
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4 thoughts on “Sparkling Christmas Lights

  1. Runt

    Great idea! I think they would make really cute ornaments!! Do you find that the glitter is rubbing or flaking off? I wonder if you could spray with some kind of … something … to keep the glitter from coming off?

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Us too! We haven’t experienced the glitter rubbing off yet, however, we aren’t really handling them at all. I think a little extra adhesive spray would be a great idea, especially for long term use.

  2. Runt

    Great idea! I think they would make really cute ornaments!! Do you find that the glitter is rubbing or flaking off? I wonder if you could spray with some kind of … something … to keep the glitter from coming off?

    Reply
  3. DIY Playbook

    Us too! We haven’t experienced the glitter rubbing off yet, however, we aren’t really handling them at all. I think a little extra adhesive spray would be a great idea, especially for long term use.

    Reply

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4 thoughts on “Sparkling Christmas Lights

  1. Runt

    Great idea! I think they would make really cute ornaments!! Do you find that the glitter is rubbing or flaking off? I wonder if you could spray with some kind of … something … to keep the glitter from coming off?

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Us too! We haven’t experienced the glitter rubbing off yet, however, we aren’t really handling them at all. I think a little extra adhesive spray would be a great idea, especially for long term use.

  2. Runt

    Great idea! I think they would make really cute ornaments!! Do you find that the glitter is rubbing or flaking off? I wonder if you could spray with some kind of … something … to keep the glitter from coming off?

    Reply
  3. DIY Playbook

    Us too! We haven’t experienced the glitter rubbing off yet, however, we aren’t really handling them at all. I think a little extra adhesive spray would be a great idea, especially for long term use.

    Reply

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Christmas Countdown Clock Tutorial

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Sometimes it’s the anticipation for your upcoming vacation, your next hot date, or even your favorite holiday that is the best part. We love the traditional crafts that help count down and build the anticipation to these exciting times, but we wanted to put an original “spin” on these classics. Call us cuckoo, but it just seemed logical to mirror our countdown to one of our favorite holidays with…
Christmas Countdown Clock
… a clock! This countdown clock is the perfect way to add some holiday glam to your home, get your family involved in the anticipation, and keep your never-ending holiday to-do list in check on your way to the big day! How it works: one hand stays on the sparkle, while the other one can be moved each day as you and your elves countdown to Christmas.
paint and supplies
Disclaimer: This project is full of a few mini projects, so excuse us as this tutorial takes you on a winding road of craziness. Follow the craziness and we promise eventually end up with a 12 days ’til Christmas countdown.
Supplies:
Circular Wood piece (pre-cut) from Home Depot. (It was like $5 in the lumber section)
Wood stick from JoAnn’s (as thin as you can find)
Wood star decal from JoAnn’s
Mini paint brush
Glitter (two colors… optional)
Paint (two colors… optional)
Razor blade
1 1/4″ machine screw and 4 washers
Pencil
Ruler
Drill (only for 2 seconds, I promise)
Alright, here’s where the winding road of crazy tutorial starts. The clock hands.
How to make wooden clock hands
Step 1: We looked everywhere for clock hands that we could easily drill into the base of wood and call it a day. No luck. All the ones we found were designed for functioning clocks that were made to tell time, like with a battery. Who knew? Ba-hum-bug.
We were left with two options… A. ditch the project (highly contemplated this option) or B. DIY some manual hands and move on (decided on this option, not after lots of whining and complaining).
So we grabbed a thin piece of wood from Jo-Ann and a razor blade and cut two different length arrows. We highly recommend measuring the angles/length precisely and tracing your symmetrical arrow outline on the back of the wood. Press down hard with the razor blade, following your outlines and you’ll be left with two arrows out of wood.
Step 2: You’ll put the arrows on top of each other on the MIDDLE of the circular board and drill a hole. You’ll be left ready to move on to the next step in no time.
 
Step 3: As a test drive, we put the 1 1/4″ machine screw through each of the holes and added a washer in between each of the arrows and on both sides of the board. This allowed the hands to move more smoothly and added a finished look to the stacked combo.
Now, that winding road we talked about, random turn here.
sparkly red star
Remove the arrows so we can dress them up for the big reveal. We took the wood star decal (29 cents… and totally worth every penny #literally) and the arrows & painted them in glue. We then poured glitter on each to get this fabulously glamorous and oh-so-holiday look.
Another turn here:
Christmas countdown outline
Back to our clock’s base. We sketched out “Christmas Countdown” using a pencil and fonts printed off the computer. We also sketched out the numbers in preparation for the next step: tedious painting.
tracing numbers
And after all of the painting, attach the clock hands once again, hot glue your star, and you’re in business!
christmas countdown clock
Christmas Countdown diy project

We love our new spin on an old favorite- counting down to one of the most magical times of the year.

clock to countdown to christmas tutorial
christmas holiday diy
Our holiday advice? Don’t be late….
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P.S. We created this Christmas Clock to include in the “Fabulously Festive Design Contest” by Homes.com & Olioboard.  Create your own mood board and you can win the grand prize of a $1000 Visa gift card! Click here for all of the info.
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Don’t judge a book by its cover

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Coffee table books and magazines make me smile, plain and simple. These treasures offer a win-win situation for any homeowners. They offer a pop of color to any boring coffee table plus they have the potential to tell a great story to your guests. Here’s a fun stack of coffee table books that does just this.      
Christmas Photo Book
 Don’t be fooled by the red/pink Valentine’s Day combo. This coffee table stack is actually a holiday set of books that allow guests to peak into some of my holiday favorites: sentimental Christmas stories, Paula Deen’s cooking, Oprah’s gossip, and my favorite of all: a Christmas photo album. This album is one that I started almost three years ago and have absolutely grown to love, love, love!  
Christmas book
 Although it’s been almost three years of collecting holiday pictures to build a strictly holiday album, this pretty in pink (and red) album is still in progress. I have not added an official picture or monogram to the front cover because nothing has completely inspired me just yet…  
Christmas Book Cover
 And since I am just moving into the new house now, I wasn’t exactly sure what color(s) to commit to. The bow is just a substitute for now. I took it off of an Ann Taylor LOFT bag a few years back and tied it around the cover to add some color. 
LOFT BagBow
 When I have a clearer picture of where this Christmas album will sit each year, I think I will add a new bow that correlates with it’s new home. Until then, I am focusing on collecting holiday pictures every year, pictures that tell a story of all of that season’s holiday events. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, right?
Traditional Holiday  Photo Book
 My hope is that as our family grows and grows, we can bring out the Christmas album each year and reminisce about old holiday traditions. I hope that we can compare ugly Christmas sweaters, talk about old “Cookie Days” (more on that soon!) and smile about all the holiday hustle and bustle. I try and put at least one picture of each holiday tradition or memory. Whether it be cookie days, Christmas card photo shoots, Christmas dinners with the extended family, or fun holiday outings downtown, I try and capture a little bit of everything. I do need to work on adding even more pictures, because if you’re like me, even the little things (favorite gifts, holiday wrapping styles, tree decorations) are fun to look back on.
 It’s only been three years and I already look forward to looking through my pictures each year. I can only imagine how much I will cherish these pictures years and years from now. 
 A group shot of the larger group each year is so important! It definitely does not have to be perfect… but getting a picture of everyone together will be a wonderful timeline to follow someday. The imperfections make for a good laugh, maybe not now but in the future, for sure.
 Looking back on pictures from just last year makes me smile and look forward to this season’s adventures. 
 I also added little paper creations to indicate the years of each picture grouping. Here’s a shot of the 2010 place card I made that year… 
Here’s my 2011 creation. My favorite part of this one is that I wrote a little note in the Christmas “envelope” and even though it has only been a year, I loved pulling it out to read the note I left for myself from last year’s season. 
 I went with the paint swatch theme for this year’s 2012 place card. With a free paint swatch and a few stickers later… I was done.
 I thought the paint swatch was a great way to summarize what this Christmas season really focused on. Before I pack this coffee table gem back up for the year, I plan on writing a little note to myself on the back of this paint swatch. It just seems like the perfect way to remember the highlights of the season plus it selfishly gives me a little something to look forward to when unpacking my decorations next year. 
I’m only missing one more thing…. 
There you have it, my super simple holiday album. I bought this over sized album on super clearance at Marshall’s a few years back. You can use any size album and find one to match your holiday decor! If you don’t scrapbook and do not want to make the “crafty” place cards for each year, I would recommend printing a simple word document and cutting it to fit your picture size. Just remember, the memories inside are far more important than any creative touches you add, so don’t stress. This coffee table addition will tell you & your guests happy Christmas stories each and every year.
Looking back on old Christmas traditions is half the fun of the season. I can’t wait to use even more of my old Christmas pictures to glam up my home for the holidays. How do you save or display your holiday memories? Do you use anything other than pictures to reflect on past Christmas cheer?
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