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DIY: Christmas Tree in a Bottle Ornament

DIY Christmas tree in a bottle ornament

Bring a unique Christmas style to your home with this handmade ornament!  Add this bottle
brush tree decoration to your collection of Christmas ornaments and look forward to hanging 
it up on your tree every holiday season. Hang it up in the center of a wreath on your front door. 
You can even simply set it on a table or shelf to add a bit of festive holiday spirit wherever 
you need it. You may even tie several together to create a fun garland for your decor need.

This ornament contains a tiny winter scene that will perfectly complement the rest of the 
festive ornaments on your life-size tree! It's been partially filled with artificial snow, 
making it look like a winter weather scene. 
 
To make an ornament like this you will need the following:

  • artificial snowflakes/flurries
  • small glass bottles with cork tops (four inches or smaller)
  • small bottle brush Christmas trees, (different sizes optional, but that fit inside bottles)
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • string for hanging (your choice of string)
  • looped hooks to place the string

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To begin, you may cut the amount of string that you need and tie it through the looped hooks
as seen below.

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Screw the hook into the cork making sure it is tight and snug.  You may twist it into the cork
with your hands.

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Next, add a drop of hot glue to the bottom of the bottle brush tree and place it into the glass
bottle.

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For the wintry effect, add the snowflakes into the bottle pushing it gently with a thin stick,
coffee straw or kabob stick so it stays in the bottom. Then add the cork to the top gently,
but tight to close it.  Make sure it is not loose, some may feel more comfortable by adding glue
to secure it, but I did not add glue to mine and it is fine. 

You may make several of these for your Christmas Tree or home decor. They will be great
for an ornament exchange party, the ideas are endless. Aren't they adorable? I love it!
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These are just too cute and so easy to make, you may be able to find the supplies at any craft
store.
Let me know your thoughts and thank you for stopping by for some Christmas inspiration
today.
Happy crafting!

Tree Classics: Kennedy Fir Narrow Christmas Tree Review

*Disclosure: Tree Classics Sponsored the item on this post.  All views and opinions expressed are my honest 100% opinion.
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I’m excited to have partnered with Tree Classics to review their Kennedy Fir Narrow Christmas Tree. When Tree Classics asked if I would consider reviewing their Kennedy Fir Narrow Tree, I was delighted to do so.  I was not sure what to expect, but I did know that the tree was going to be pre-lit. I also wanted to know if it was going to be of a good quality, and it is.
The Kennedy Fir Narrow Christmas tree is beautifully designed with a combination of life-like, real feel (PE) tips on the outside and PVC needles in the inside that give it a lush appearance of a genuine tree. The branches gracefully descend to create a lovely scene that draws everyone together to view the glowing lights that create a starlit effect. The tree I received measures 7 1/2 feet tall and 42 inches in width. It features a light connection for each section toward the middle of the tree. All models have a 5 years foliage and 2 years light warranty. It has bright green real feel foliage and hinged branches for easy setup. The tree comes with a sturdy metal stand. Tree Classics also offers Color Changing LED lights on their trees.
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Tree Classics was very prompt in their delivery. When the box arrived, it seemed sturdy and was in good condition. I opened the box and the tree was wrapped in bubble wrap to protect the bulbs during shipment. The tree arrived in three sections, the top, the middle, and the bottom that included the stand. It was very easy to assemble because it is narrow and the lights may be plugged inside by the trunk. I was pretty skeptical about having a pre-lit tree considering that I’ve had one many years ago and once they burned out, that was it. But according to Tree Classics description page, if one light goes off, the rest remain lit. The cord includes an on and off switch located toward the bottom. The tree arrived with plenty of extra bulbs and fuses in case replacements are needed. Fluffing the tree took a bit of time in order to get it looking really full. I was unsure of the diameter of the tree since I have never had a narrow tree before, but for the space I needed, the tree is a perfect size. I love the width! As I continued fluffing the tree, I was not sure how I felt about the PVC needles in the inside but to my convenience, since the needles are flexible, they served well for holding the decorative ribbon in place. The PE tips have a realistic look and feel that hide the PVC branches. In the past, I have had real trees, so the fact that the tips of this tree are realistic is wonderful. I love that there are no needles on the floor and that I do not have to water it. The only thing missing would be the fragrance of a real tree, but a scented stick will do the trick.
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It was easy to decorate, I used simple snowflakes, glass ornaments, white branches, mesh ribbon and a few handmade ornaments.
This tree is perfect for those who do not have a whole lot of space for a wider tree, and do not want to deal with the mess of a real tree but want to keep the look as realistic as possible. This tree works well for those who may want more than one tree, perhaps for a dining room, bedroom, office or playroom where space may be limited. It is perfect for people in apartments or those lacking storage space, this tree will not take up as much storage as a larger tree would. It is the perfect space saver.
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This year I did not want to move furniture around and the height and width of the tree turned out just perfect for the space I had. It looks gorgeous with its decorations and looks so pretty from the outside by the window. I personally love this tree and all its conveniences. I am pleased with my Kennedy Fir Narrow Tree. Thank you, Tree Classics for the opportunity to review your tree. Tree Classics is an extraordinary company with great customer service. I recommend their trees for your Christmas Holiday!

What is your favorite kind of  Christmas tree?


How to Make a Burlap Pumpkin Centerpiece



 I love to bring Autumn decor into the home especially when it does not feel like it outside.  I decided to repurpose an old Jack O' Lantern and turn it into a Fall Burlap Pumpkin Centerpiece for my dining table to give it a Harvest touch.  I don't go overboard in decorating, but instead prefer to keep things simple, a wreath on the door and a centerpiece works well.  I believe that it will look inviting until Thanksgiving and it cost me nothing except a little time.

So why not add a little fall flair to your home?  A simple pumpkin on a table is enough to give it Fall character. This centerpiece adds color, texture and both natural and faux elements, for that Autumn style that you may keep around until Thanksgiving. Now I am aware that the orange is visible, but you may line your pumpkin underneath the burlap for extra cover.  I don't mind the orange.

What inspired me to make this pumpkin was a similar centerpiece at a store which sold out and I wanted one for my dining table, so I just made my own version.

I already had everything I needed on hand.  I used an old jack o’ lantern that I no longer used
and that was where I began. So for this project, you will need:

  • A faux pumpkin, old or new, whatever you wish
  • burlap fabric
  • a piece of burlap ribbon, if you have one on hand, if not, you may use a faux or real pumpkin stem
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • push pins
  • roll of jute string
  • faux leaves & florals
  • (Optional) little pumpkins and pine cones
 I started by taping off the carving on the pumpkin, the eyes, nose, and mouth with neutral craft tape.
Then I removed the wire and bulb from the inside of the pumpkin that was used to light it up.
Next, I cut strips of burlap fabric 6 inches wide.  I used push pins to hold the fabric in place before gluing anything.  I wanted to make sure I had enough fabric and that it sat well on the pumpkin.

You have the option of lining your pumpkin before adding the burlap so that it is well covered.
I did not do that with my pumpkin so you may see a glimpse of the orange underneath.
It is not very noticeable in person.

The pumpkin has an opening in the bottom, so I used that opening to tuck the fabric underneath and
hold the fabric in place with push pins.  I cut off any excess fabric.
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As I continued to cover the pumpkin with the burlap, I made sure to fold clean edges as seen below when I overlapped the fabric, but I left the other side unfolded since it will be covered by the next strip of fabric. This will serve as a guide to glue the string later on.
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I continued to cover the pumpkin strip by strip and overlapped the previous strip carefully. Below you can see how the fabric was held in place on the top with push pins and the folded edges on the sides.
Don't worry about the rough edges on the top, that will be covered with the string as well.
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For the last strip, I folded both sides of the fabric as seen below to give it a clean finish and held it in place with more push pins.  I made sure everything was nice and tucked underneath the pumpkin.
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When the fabric was as I wanted it, nice and tucked, I began to hot glue the edge of the burlap as seen below.  At this point, I had not removed the push pins but kept them in place until all the side edges were glued.  Once the edges were glued, I began gluing the top part of the fabric by the stem carefully. Then I hot glued the fabric underneath but kept the pushpins under the pumpkin for extra hold.

After the glue was set and dry, I grabbed by jute strings; since they were thin I had to make it thicker so I twisted four pieces of string together and tied the top into a knot to keep it in place.  Before cutting my string, I measured how long the string had to be to cover the edges of the burlap fabric from top to bottom.  In my case, I used about 13 inches per edge.
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I hot glued the knot part of the string to the underside of the pumpkin as seen here. I made sure it was set before continuing. Then I twisted the string and glued it to the folded edges of the burlap, I worked my way up to the top of the pumpkin. When I reached the top of the pumpkin, I twisted and glued the remaining string around the top edge of the fabric around the pumpkin's stem. I repeated this step for all the edges on the burlap.
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Here you can see how I twisted the string around the stem, leaving the stem exposed.
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When all the edges had been covered with the string as well as the edge on the top around the stem,
I used a piece of burlap ribbon I had on hand to create a longer stem for my pumpkin. I folded the ribbon in half and rolled it to form a stem, I then hot glued it to seal the seam. After the seam was dry, I tucked it over the existing stem and hot glued it around the edges, under the string surrounding the original pumpkin stem.
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You can see here how it is tucked in under the string. That was it, I had my burlap pumpkin ready to add a little color with faux leaves and real pinecones around it with small pumpkins.  I will probably add some flowers later on, but for now, this will do.  You may use the Burlap Pumpkin for any area in your home, table, mantel or by the window, it's up to you.

I hope that you have enjoyed this Fall Craft.

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Happy Crafting!

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Welcome Fall with Handmade Decor

Our Traditions
It's Fall and I am feeling a little of that cool air that I have been missing for the past year.
Yet it is still not the time for sweaters, but what I am able to do to remind myself of
the Fall weather that I crave so much is to look for Autumn inspired items to think about this season.  
I have also been crafting little things here and there that I will soon share.

It has been a while since I have given my fellow handmade artisans some recognition on the blog.
I've selected only a few to feature on today's post. All items are Fall themed, so check them out, visit their sites and support them if you can.  Click on the captions to get to their sites.

I hope that you enjoy viewing the selected few. You may also visit the artisans that were featured on this post and this post.  Let me know which are your favorites. Happy Autumn!

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Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you have enjoyed the decor inspirations!
For more Fall Ideas visit this post!

Country Sampler Autumn Decorating


The 2017 issue of Country Sampler Autumn Decorating provides cozy ways to give 
your home a beautiful seasonal welcome. Tour fabulous fall homes & discover 
how to dress your rooms in fall style and get creative with 100+ DIY projects.

In this issue, they have featured our Book Page Fall Wreath and that is exciting!
I hope that you will pick up a copy and check out all the fall decor ideas in this issue.
Sometimes all it takes to bring in a fall look is to update your existing home decor by 
adding touches of silk fall leaves or fall foliage from your own front yard.  

This is not a promotion, I simply wanted to share with my wonderful readers all the lovely
fall ideas including my wreath in this current issue.  I hope that you get your copy
and enjoy all the wonderful ideas featured.  

Thank you for your support!


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