Tis’ the season to decorate a random (real or fake) tree in your living room. Everyone is looking for new ways to decorate trees using the biggest and best decorations. It’s a great time to look up pins on ornaments. There is a lot of DIY ornaments you can do. It might take a little time, but you can save money. It’s also a great family project you can do. My favorite one I found was on how to make styrofoam ball ornaments. They’re super easy and cute. Just get styrofoam balls at whatever shape or size you want. It doesn’t matter. Then get your favorite glitter color, and some spray glue. Spray the styrofoam with the glue, and then roll in glitter. For the top of the ornament you can just go to any craft store, and ask where in the store you can find the tops on the ornaments, so you can use tule or string to hang it. You can also just do what I did, and take it off of some old ornaments I wasn’t using. Then you can just push it into the styrofoam ball, and it will stay. You don’t have to just use this on your tree. You can also use it around your house. Put them in a glass vase, and place on a table.
Since it’s getting close to December, and a lot of people are getting their Christmas bought, made, or ready, I found another great gift you could give to someone. You can go to the dollar store and by some cheap white coffee mugs, sharpies, and some letter cut outs or stickers. I would get stickers, so you can stick it to the mug easier. Just put someone’s initials on the mug with the letters, and then take the sharpie and make dots covering all around the the edge of the letters. Do it as much as possible, so you get a good outline. Then just stray out and do less dots. You can add other designs, or just simply write a message on them. When you’re done with the put in your oven on 350 degrees for about 10-20 minutes. This will make the sharpie stay on even after it’s been washed. Now you have a great gift to give a teacher, friend, or relative at a low cost!
There’s so much more you can do with mason jars than just decorate for the holidays with them. They’re also great for weddings, and even for just sitting in your living room. You can add some burlap around it and even some lace. Then put some water in it, and add some flowers to use as a flower vase. You can also put some marbles at the bottom with water in it, and add a candle in it that can float. Just put some twine around the top for a little extra cuteness. You can even make your own snow globe out of one. Just hot glue a little decorative christmas tree to the lid, upside down of course, and put water in it. You can also add fake snow in it also. I truly do love mason jars just because of all the cool things you can do with them besides drink out of them. So go find you a mason jar and get to craftin’!
Since I love mason jars so much, and I wanted to find a cheap way to give all my friends something for christmas, I found different dessert recipes you can put in mason jars. The one that looked the best to me was the hot chocolate cake mix cookies. Just layer the jar with:
- 1 Box Devil’s Food Cake Mix
- ½ Cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1 Cup Mini Marshmallows
and it will make 2 dozen cookies for your friend or family you give this to! You can also just do a classic jar with regular hot chocolate mix in it, and if you wanted to could top it with marshmallows. I decided to do this one since I was giving it to other college students who only have microwaves like me. This is a great gift to give to anyone because who doesn’t love cookies and hot chocolate?
I found a recipe on Pinterest that I thought looked really good, so why not kill two birds with one stone and also make a blog about it? Now this looks something a little bit more complexed than what I can handle, but it’s not. It’s fairly easy, and I actually had my mom help me with this also. It’s a baked ziti and spinach recipe, and the things you’ll need are
- olive oil spray
- 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
- 8 oz fat-free ricotta
- 8 oz part-skim mozzarella, shredded
- 14 oz uncooked meat, I used ground beef instead of sausage because I don’t care for sausage
- 12 oz high-fiber or low carb rigatoni pasta
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 2 cloves smashed garlic and chopped
- 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach
- salt and fresh pepper to taste
- 4 cups Quick Marinara Sauce
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and make sure to spray your dish with olive oil. Then bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In another bowl, mix together the ricotta, 6 tablespoons of the Pecorino Romano cheese and half of the mozzarella cheese. Next in a deep skillet, brown the meat, and set aside. Add the oil to the skillet and cook the garlic about a minute, try not to burn it like I did trying to help my mom. Add the spinach. Then with the meat add it back to the skillet and add the marinara sauce. Cook this on low for a couple of minutes. When the pasta water comes to a boil, cook the pasta according to the instructions, but under cook them by about 4 minutes, so you’re noodle are not too soggy when it’s all done. Put half of the cooked pasta into the baking dish and top with half of the meat sauce. Then put a layer of the ricotta cheese. Cover with the remaining pasta and the remaining sauce. Top with the remaining mozzarella and Pecorino Romano cheese. Then cover with some foil and bake for 20 minutes. Lastly remove the foil and bake from another 6-7 minutes or until the mozzarella is melted and edges are a little brown. Now you can enjoy a delicious meal!
My parents are definitely dog lovers. When I was searching for a new pin to blog about, I found cute treat and leash holder I could make for them. All I would need is a small wood board, big enough to hold a small mason jar, a hook to put on the board, and of course the mason jar to hold the treats. I also painted a paw on mine to make it look it better. After you paint it, if you decide to do so, then you can put on your hook toward one of the side of the board. Make sure your hook has little holes for screws, so you can screw it on the board. Then take your mason jar, and you can either put another small board under it to hold it, or find a way to screw it on. My grandfather had something to help me screw it on the board. After you get that done, then you have a new dog and leash holder!
Monogram is possibly the best thing ever for a girl. I don’t know a girl who doesn’t love monogrammed things. One great monogram I found on Pinterest was a monogram you can put on your door. It’s super cute and easy to make, and not to mention cheap! All you need is
- Dollar store foam board- $1.00
- Monogram enlargement- $1.99
- Craft Knife and replacement blades
- Transfer paper
- colored Pen or pencil
- Craft cutting mat
- Computer and monogram lettering printout
With these tools you can easily make a monogram to hang out on your front door for your neighbors to see. Just print out your monogram, and I used the copy and paste method for this. In your word processer, create your 3 letters using the sizes mentioned above. Print each one out. Lay the center letter face up. Cut the other two letters out. You don’t have to be exact – just make sure not to cut the actual letters. White paper can be left on the outer sides of the letters. Lay each letter down on either side of the center letter. Arrange and then use a glue stick to attach to the center letter. Then with take your transfer paper place it on your cutting mat. Just trace your letters onto that paper. Then put that paper onto your foam board, and you can take your craft knife, and cut out your traces. Now your practically done! Just clean up any marks or mistakes. If you want to, you can get spray paint, or any other paint, and paint your monogram. Then just hang it up wherever you would like to! I made mine for a friend for Christmas, so I have not hung it up anywhere.