Church Foyer Christmas Decorations

Church Christmas Foyer Decorations | happy together
I have shared before how I volunteer to help with decorations at our church (Mother’s Day, February) . It’s been a lot of fun creating things I wouldn’t normally do and last week was no exception. When determining what we are going to do for decorations we focus on two things: what the message will be and how creative can we get to use as little as a budget as possible. Since Christmas is one of the bigger holidays for church, we wanted it to be a little bit larger scale than we normally do. We first went into storage to see what was already there.

Church Christmas Foyer Decorations | happy together
We found these four white trees, burlap, old lamp shades, and a fake tree that I had deleafed earlier in the year in hopes of using it at some point.

Church Christmas Foyer Decorations | happy together
We first put the trees up with the burlap and decided to go get some fake snow stuff to go in between. It ended up being a layer of felt like blankets we found in storage, snow batting spread out randomly, and fake powder snow flakes sprinkled on top. We already had a bunch of branches I had used on a thankful display for Thanksgiving, so we reused them here along with some wood logs and pine cones. The Bible verse focus for this display was to be Luke 2:10-11, so I used my Cricut Explore to cut out a few phrases from that text and tied them onto the branches. Oh, and we found these plug in can lights that we used to add some lighting in the middle.

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We wanted to hang something from the ceiling as well. It took a while, but we finally found these large and small snowflakes at the Dollar Tree to use.

Hanging Lampshades in Church Foyer | happy together
I fixed up some of the broken old lampshades a few ways. The bare one was actually one of mine I just stripped the fabric off of. The top beige one needed a little oomph so I glued on some trim. I added a pom pom to another and then that bottom one looked like it had been painted, so I glued yarn all around it to cover that up and add some texture.

Hanging Lampshades in Church Foyer | happy together
We found a little tiny lampshade at Walmart to be a filler and I covered that in doilies I had collected from Michaels and JoAnns. I added a strand of pom pom trim to hang on the next one and then spray painted that one on the end white to lighten it up some.

Hanging Lampshades in Church Foyer | happy together Faux Tree Makeover | happy together
Then this tree was the one I had deleafed. It was old and dated, but I figured it could pull off a wintry look with no leaves. I added some sticks to the base to help fill it in and then added some fake snow stuff and lights. I think it’s always worth looking at what you have to see if it still can be used or repurposed. Look for the beauty in what may not look quite so beautiful as is, but with a little love it will shine. The same goes with people too. It’s the time of the year to remember it’s not all about us especially when we are tempted to make it all about ourselves. -Jess

10 But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’” Luke 2:10-11

Michaels Makers Dream Tree Challenge Reveal

Dream Tree Challenge Creative| happy together
This past week I have been very busy decorating a Christmas tree. Say what? Yes, decorating a Christmas tree. It’s that time of the year for the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge and I was able to be a part of it this year. I was sent a 7ft pre-lit tree to decorate in my own way.

Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
I have never gone and bought much for tree decorations before. I would always just check out the clearance section after Christmas and slowly add to our collection, so I did feel a little bit intimidated about putting together a whole finished decorated tree. I walked around the whole store to gain inspiration from many sections, not just the Christmas area. I ended up sticking with things that were more on the kid friendly side as in nothing is glass (well, I think three owls are, but that is it).

Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
I even made a bunch of ornaments! I didn’t end up using everything I had originally bought for the tree, but most went together quite well.

Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
I used paper straws to make starburst ornaments and filled plastic clear ball ornaments with little bottle trees/glitter and some with paper shredding. I also stamped clay circles, found pretty little circle fans in the gift wrapping section to add, tied on canvas tags (similar burlap tags here) from the scrapbooking section, and found some jingle bells, owls, and large silver twig ornaments to add to the mix. (I will be sharing some tutorials later this month for some of the diy ornaments and will link back in this post.) I used two types of garlands as well. One was a pretty wintry one with pinecones and a snowy look (I used 3). The other were these pretty beaded strands(I used 4). They didn’t have enough of the beaded strands in the same color, so I alternated from silver to white to silver to white. I’m glad it came out nice anyways! I found this real pretty glittery kind of burlap like ribbon that I used on the top of the tree. It didn’t have wire in the sides, so I had to play around with it to give it some shape. I wrapped wire around the strands to bring it in at a few places. This helped show off the ornaments more as you could still see them pretty well. Then I made loops to create a bow look to go on the top.

Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
For the tree skirt, I cut rectangular pieces from a roll of craft paper (also found in gift wrapping section). Then I folded them so one half was a few inches shorter than the other side and rolled them up in a cone like way. I taped the pointed end together and stuck them under the tree. It’s a nice option if you don’t have a lot to spend on a tree skirt or are a person who changes their mind on decorations a lot because this can just be recycled after Christmas and a new skirt can be done the next year.

Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
Dream Tree Reveal | happy together This is a good view of the garland I used on the tree. I added a strand to this faux fireplace my husband made me.

Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
He did such a good job!!!! I really wanted a place to hang stockings this year, so he indulged my request and came up with this. Now I just need to add some stockings.

Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
(Learn how to make the above pom-pom crochet blanket here)
Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
Even though it was bit strange decorating some for Christmas, it is nice to have this done already. I hope this tree inspires you and helps spark your own creativity. Stop by Michaels blog, The Glue String, to see the full dream tree challenge and all the awesome trees that the other Michaels Makers put together.  Also check out Michaels’ Make it Merry inspiration book for all kinds of holiday tips and projects. And if you are looking for a new tree, be sure to head into Michaels Nov. 2 through Nov. 8 for the Make It Merry Tree Event  – 50% off all trees 6 ft. or taller!!!

-Jess

Tree event creative | happy together

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A Fall Table Backyard Dinner

A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
Every other week we hang out with our small group from church. We rotate houses and this past week it was at ours. Now, it’s usually plastic forks and paper plates kind of a meal, but I had been wanting to go all out one time when the weather was starting to cool down. And it really didn’t take much at all! The only things I bought for this was $4 clearance flowers from the grocery store, $4 of candles, and $2 for napkins. Everything else was stuff I already had. We just brought our kitchen table outside to fit all the adults. It was an easy fall table put together.

A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
I had put up the lights a while ago after they had been sitting in our garage for months. I got them from Target. I put them up with no light bulbs in them, then once the wires were in place, I rescrewed the bulbs back in. The bulbs break super easy and I wasn’t taking any chances! The box states to expect them to last three months if put outside so I will update how well they last. They will be up for three months next month and are all still shining bright.

A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
If you noticed, I am slowly repainting all of our kitchen chairs. I hope to share their complete makeover along with our kitchen table makeover soon.

A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
I painted a 6′ by 3′ piece of plywood with chalkboard paint to have for special occasions and for the kids to write on. (and I totally copied a chalk art I saw on Pinterest. I needed an idea quick and chalkboard ideas do not come quickly to me lol).

A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
I wanted my candles to look drippy, so I let them burn a bit before the event. Mason jars and vintage vases held all of the flowers. I added some greenery from our yard (bushes with berries, leaves and branches from trees, and a random vine growing in side yard). I love using things that are just there already. The yellow wheat was from a previous project I had.

A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
The ironing board became a stand for drinks and I added a thankful sign that I made many years ago.

A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
We used just about every single plate, bowl, cup, and spoon we had! It made for a fun eclectic look. This table was covered in fabric from my stash. It’s a bit too weathered and needed to be covered up. Those yellow glasses were an awesome thrift store find a while back. I hope to find more and add to my mismatch cup collection.

A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
We had such a good time! I might have to do this a few more times before it gets too cold. Especially when my husband does all the cooking for me ;)

-Jess

DIY Fall Desktop Calendar

Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together This month’s Cricut Design Space Star challenge was for us to create items for organization/celebrations. My team went with “Falling for Fall” for our theme. I created two projects to enter this time again with this desktop calendar falling into the organization category. I have been seeing small desktop calendars growing in popularity and wanted to create my own. I logged into Cricut Design Space™ and started creating.

Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together Using cardstock paper, I made each months square equal 5″x5″ which I felt was a good size. Then I picked out a shape/picture for each month. September got a leaf, October got a pumpkin, and November got a turkey. I simply glued these on with a glue stick. The month numbers are big enough that they can still be striked through with a pen or even covered with a small sticker to show that day has passed. I used a piece of wood from our garage for the stand and simply cut a small slit in the top center for the paper to stand in. It would be cute to use a piece of a log for this as well.

Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together It’s a very inexpensive  project, but looks so nice and professional. I think it would also make a great gift. It would be fun coming up with different things for each month of the year.

Cricut | I made it contest

Cricut has just announced the second phase of the Cricut – I Made It! contest and this time they’re awarding one winner their own Make it Now™ project line to be sold in Cricut Design Space™!

 To help create your line, Cricut will fly you to their headquarters in Salt Lake City to work side-by-side with their design team.  Then you and a guest will enjoy an all-expense paid stay at the Grand America Hotel – a luxury resort in Salt Lake City, home to the best skiing in the world.
The winner will be featured on Cricut.com and every time a Cricut user purchases your project, you’ll earn money. Cricut will even help with your publicity.

 To enter the Cricut – I Made It! contest, all you need is a photo of an original project. You can upload up to five photos (which can be five individual projects or multiple photos of one project).

You have until September 30th to enter.  What are you waiting for? It’s time you Made It big! Head to cricut.com to enter today.  

You can also see what my fellow teammates have been creating as well :) It’s so fun seeing everyone’s creativity!
Follow Jessica Fediw’s board Cricut Design Space Star Team 8 on Pinterest. 

Disclosure: I am part of the Cricut Blogger Network and have used affiliate links. I received a complimentary machine to facilitate my crafts and though I am not being paid for this post, I am submitting it for a chance to win some fun prizes.

 

Michaels Makers: Fall Market Challenge

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Fall is in the air this time of the year. The weather starts to cool down, sweaters come out of storage, and decorations of pumpkins, hay, leaves and more start appearing. In fact, you would even see some of those fall decorations at our front door now. The Michaels Makers Challenge for the month of September is: Fall Market Challenge. The goal was to create some type of fall home decor/entertaining projects. I set out to decorate our front door.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
I took my girls to Michaels and we walked around for about an hour searching for the perfect fall decor to adorn the entrance to our house. I knew I wanted some pumpkins and was excited to go with black and white ones. I like the elegance of the colors and it’s a change from what I normally do. I also found some yellow dyed wheat that I added to a mason jar. Then for trimmings, there was this pretty vine garland as well as burlap ribbon with black stripes on it. Our doorway is really narrow, so I only placed these on one side so the entry would not be blocked. I used some wood from our stash to create height differences among the pumpkins.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
The burlap, yellow wheat, and vine garland also had an appearance on the door. And since I love lights, I added these fun flickering ones. The lights make me think of falls up in Williamsburg growing up.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
Instead of a wreath this fall I opted for a basket filled with a fall arrangement. I picked out two bunches of leaves and more  yellow wheat to fill up a basket. (In case you didn’t know yet, yellow if my favorite color.) I figured the above basket would be good to hang on a door since the back was on the flatter side and the chalkboard tag would be perfect to write “welcome” on.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
I simply added the bumnches into the basket to fill it up. I spread out the leaves and then added the wheat. I wrote welcome on the chalkboard with chalk and then hung the basket onto the door with the burlap ribbon.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
Now we wait patiently for the weather to feel like fall in Louisiana. If you would like to see more autumn inspiration, checkout Michaels’ Fall Market Lookbook, browse their fall ideas pinterest board, or see Michaels’ Fall Project Page. And if you don’t have a Michaels nearby, you can always Shop Michaels Online.


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