DIY Vintage Christmas Ornament Throw Pillow

If you don’t know by now, I’m totally obsessed with vintage Christmas ornaments.

IMG_6860.jpgMy favorites are the ones with the indented reflectors in the middle. I just love how unique each one is and how they sparkle and reflect colors when hanging on a lit up tree. It’s magical! You might remember that Ornament Tree Skirt I made a couple of years ago, but this year I wanted to bring that theme to life as a throw pillow.

What you’ll need:

DIY Ornament Throw Pillow.jpg-Fabric. (The amount depends on the size of pillow you want to make. I used fleece, but you can use any non-stretchy fabric you want. I got two 18″ pillows out of 2 yards of 45″ wide fleece.)
Metal Christmas light reflector cups
-1” Silver buttons
-Snowfake shaped crafting buttons
Metallic Braid Trim
-Ribbons, rickrack, and felt/fabric to decorate
-Embroidery thread and long needle
-Fabric glue
-Sewing Machine and thread (or you can glue the edges for a no-sew attempt)

What you do:

First draw a circle. The best way to do this is to use a tape measure or ruler and the compass method. Remember the way we learned in math class? HA I bet you thought you’d never need that. Then sketch out a little top piece (about 5″ wide), like an ornament would have. Then cut it out!Ornament Throw Pillow DIYOrnament Throw Pillow Tutorial.jpg

Sew the edges together leaving an opening at the top. Turn it right side out and iron. Stuff with polyfill through the top and then close the opening using a slipstitch. (You can try gluing all of these edges for a no-sew attempt, but the results won’t be as clean.)

In order to make the indented middle you need to tuft. Use a silver button and a light reflector to do this. Put the silver button in the middle of the reflector and use embroidery thread and a long needle to pull the button and reflector through the middle of the pillow. Pull it tight to make the indent, and use a triple knot to make it stay. Trim the excess thread. You can also use another button on the other side to keep it all in place if the triple knot isn’t enough. Do it yourself ornament throw pillow.jpg

 

Now you can have fun decorating it! Glue the snowflake buttons around the indent for extra sparkle. Use the metallic trim around the top to make it look like the ornament cap. Use rickrack, ribbons, and fabric scraps to create lines and shapes.

Vintage Ornament Throw Pillow DIY.jpgAnd voila! A cute little ornament throw pillow!DIY Vintage Ornament Throw Pillow.jpg

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DIY Cellophane and Bottle Brush Tree Wreath

In this installment of Krys’s craft corner I’m bringing back an oldie but a goodie. When I was a kid I always made some version of a DIY wreath using a coat hanger and some sort of household product like tissue paper, felt, plastic bags, or in this case cellophane.

This is a totally retro craft that was really popular in post-war households. During the 50s and 60s companies like Alcoa, Reynolds, DuPont, and 3M sent out pamphlets full of ways to use their plastic and foil products for other household uses such as holiday crafts, including cellophane wreaths. They were usually dressed up with foil flowers and an electric candle stick. Companies even sold them already made, for the non-DIY crowd.

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There are a few different ways to make these wreaths. You can use a wire hanger and shape it into a circular shape, or you can do what I did and buy a metal floral hoop. Most ready-made versions were made by layering round, crimped pieces of red cellophane (almost like cupcake wrappers), but other versions and the easier DIY method are made by tying strips of cellophane to a metal ring.

What You’ll Need:

-a metal floral hoop or a wire hanger shaped into a circle

-cellophane in your color choice, cut into strips approximately 1″ wide by 7″ long

(I used a 14″ wire wreath form, and 3 rolls of cellophane wrap)

I unrolled the wrap on my floor and cut strips 1 inch wide. Then I cut those strips into 7″ long pieces.

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Crumple up the strips to give them more texture. Then tie them onto the metal ring. Push each piece tight against the last.

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Continue working all the way around until the metal hoop is completely covered.

DIY Retro Cellophane Wreath

Instead of the traditional candle stick I used dyed bottle brush trees from Distinguished FlamingoDIY Cellophane Wreath with Bottle Brush Trees Tutorial

And thats it! Use a ribbon or a wreath hanger to put it on your door or in your windows.DIY Vintage Inspired Cellophane Wreath Tutorial

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DIY No-Sew Mid-Century Inspired Christmas Tree Skirt

It’s that time again! Christmas time! I love this time of year. No matter what is going on in life, good or bad, decorating my Christmas tree always cheers me up. This year we switched things up a bit and used our fake pink tree instead of trying to find a natural, flocked one here in the desert. We even got a rotating stand so the whole thing spins!

I badly needed a new tree skirt since my last DIY one got ruined during our move. Wahhh.

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I used the same tutorial and materials as my previous no-sew felt Christmas tree skirt (pictured above), and put a different spin on it.

First you need a couple yards of 72″ felt. Then you make a circle in your desired size. I explain this in more detail here.diy-felt-christmas-tree-skirt-2

Then use pieces of felt in various colors to create curved rhombus shapes that were popular in the 50s and 60s.

Mid-century inspired tree skirtLike so!Mid-century inspired tree skirt made with felt

Then just simply use fabric glue to adhere them to the felt skirt in whatever pattern you desire.

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And there you have it! A quick and easy DIY tree skirt for your retro tree.

DIY Mid-century inspired Christmas tree skirt

Happy tree trimming!

 

Be sure to tag your Christmas photos with #Krysmasgram on Instagram!

 

Treetopia Ice Cream Social – National Ice Cream Month Themed Holiday Trees

I know, I know…a Christmas tree in July?!

In case you didn’t already know, July is National Ice Cream Month! To celebrate I’ve teamed up with Treetopia (who believe their trees don’t have to be limited to one holiday!) and five other bloggers to bring you sugary sweet ice cream themed holiday tree ideas.

What’s even sweeter? Treetopia is giving you the chance to win special treats through their social media giveaway, and brand ambassador, Jen Perkins’ Facebook live contest!

Ready for my ice cream themed creation?

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Tada!

 

I started with a pink lighted tree from Treetopia, of course, and decorated it with DIY ice cream ornaments and ice cream string lights.Ice Cream Themed Christmas Tree 3.jpg

I used tissue paper to create pastel scoops and placed them in real sugar cones and cute ice cream cups.

Tissue Paper Ice Cream Ornaments.jpgThen I used colorful mini marshmallows and candies to decorate them!Tissue Paper Ice Cream Christmas Tree Ornaments.jpgFor snow cones I used tissue paper and party hats!

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For extra sweetness I used twine and taffy to make little filler ornaments. Ice Cream Themed Christmas Tree 2

By the way, the pastel pink tree gets even pinker once you turn on the pink lights!

Pink Ice Cream Themed Christmas TreeCan’t forget the sprinkles! I filled Treetopia’s iridescent ornaments with rainbow sprinkles! DIY Sprinkle Ornaments.jpgTo top it all off I used the rest of my tissue paper and a party hat to make a giant ice cream cone. Ice Cream Themed Christmas Tree Topper.jpg

Make sure you check out the rest of the blogs to see more sweet inspiration:

 

Jennifer Perkins

All Things With Purpose

The Latina Next Door

Smart Fun DIY

Celebrate and Decorate

 

And don’t forget to check out Treetopia’s Facebook page for details on how to win some special treats!

 

 

Melodrama Holiday Home Tour 2016

I’ve said it before but I feel like this month has flown by. I honestly wanted to do a little more decorating but ran out of time. Boooo. I did manage to get all of the necessities in here though! Christmas Tree: check! Bottle brush trees: check! More Christmas trees: check! I’ve realized this year that I have a thing for Christmas trees.

dining-roomIn the dining room I used large bottle brush trees from Target to decorate my shelves and then stuck in two more baby trees for good measure.barI got a little more festive on the adjacent bar, of course. I used Shiny Brite ornaments and epsom salts to dress up a cheapy $5 plain wreath and garland.living-room-bar-kitchenlivingroomThe living room is definitely the most festive place in the apartment! I spy a DIY corn husk wreath over the fireplace.IMG_5640.jpgI also decorated the fireplace with my collection of bottle brush trees and DIY Putz Housesvintage-inspired-christmas-tree-decorationAnd then there’s the treevintage-inspired-christmas-tree-decor

I’m going to miss this when it’s gone.

flamingoI got this hat for my dog but she hates it so Frank the flamingo got a festive little makeover.

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These DIY pom-pom pillows dressed up our little IKEA Hack bench. I made these for Christmas but I think they’ll end up sticking around all year.

I didn’t get much decorating done in our bedroom, except for this little gold tree that holds our personal, heirloom, and travel collection of ornaments. I used a faux fur throw as a tree skirt and hung a cute little DIY Christmas print on the wall. The lighting from this tree is super cozy and great to have on during bedtime Christmas movie watching AKA my favorite winter time hobby.bedroom-tree

That’s it! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays! Xoxo!

Coquito Puerto Rican Holiday Drink Recipe

 

We all have traditional comfort foods and drinks that taste like the holidays to us. You know, the ones that you just can’t do without and look forward to having once a year, every year? For my husband it’s Coquito, a creamy Puerto Rican coconut and rum based drink. For him it’s just not really Christmas without it.

Every family has their own recipe and preferred way of making it, some use egg yolks making it more of an eggnog-like drink, but the mainstays are always coconut cream and rum, and lots of it.

coquitoHere’s our favorite recipe given to us by my husband’s aunt. Thanks, Titi Pily!

COQUITO

1 (12 fluid ounce) can Evaporated Milk

1 (14 ounce) can Coconut Cream (unsweetened)

1 (13.5-ounce) can Coconut Milk

1 (14 ounce) can Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 cup White Rum

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

4 Cinnamon Sticks

1 teaspoon Whole Cloves

1 2″ to 3″ piece of Fresh Ginger

2 cups Water

Directions

You’ll be making a sort of tea with the ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. First, peel the ginger and chop into large chunks. Place the ginger in a medium saucepan and muddle until all pieces are smashed. Then, add the cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and water to the pan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it reaches a boil, lower heat, and simmer until the water turns brown, about 20 minutes.

Once the tea is ready, strain into a large measuring cup, you should be left with about 1 to 1.5 cups of liquid.

Add evaporated milk, coconut cream, coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, rum, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon and 1 cup of the tea to a blender (or a large bowl if using immersion blender) and blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes, until everything is well blended.

Pour the Coquito into glass bottles or mason jars and refrigerate until it’s cold. Once it’s ready to serve, shake the bottle or jars to make sure everything is well combined, pour into small serving glasses, and top with a light sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

 

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree! 2016

Ok, real talk, I honestly feel like this month has gone by really quickly. TOO quickly. The holidays are almost over and it makes me sad! I want more time!

Anyway, if you know me at all you know I take my Christmas trees very seriously. Every year we get natural tree and usually have it flocked in white, but for some reason this year was particularly difficult. It took visiting five different tree lots to find the perfect one, but we finally found *the one* and I love it. When you know you just know. You know?

Without further ado, here is this year’s tree!

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It’s chockablock full of candy colored ornaments, gold garland, tons of tinsel, and my trusty DIY tree skirt.

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It’s the perfect tree to display my vintage ornament collection. I especially love vintage Shiny Brites and threaded bulbs. Speaking of, The Christopher Radko Company has resurrected the Shiny Brite brand and has been producing ornaments based on classic Shiny Brite designs. I got some this year to fill out the tree and they’re gorgeous!

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I also got a finial from them to top it all off.

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I want to keep it up all year round!

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I’ll try to post a Christmas home tour, but until then you can see what’s going on over on Instagram.