Tag Archives: decoration

DIY Tutorial: Paper Stars made out of Ads

Everyday when I open my mailbox it’s filled with paper ads. Credit card ads, Roofing companies, pizza deliveries etc. My stomach turns when I think about how much paper we throw away on a daily basis and how much it goes to waste. So why not use the paper ads and turn them into something fun and beautiful?!

Here is a quick and easy, especially cheap tutorial on how to add charm to your room.paper star reflecting santa in snow

This also reflects the last blog post I did on how to save money. I spend about 1-2$. And here are the the things you need:paper crafts , free, cheap, easy, stars

  • Your paper ads – use the carton ones, glossy, non gloss, doesn’t matter how much text, you will not know what it says afterwards. There are a couple election ads in there too 🙂
  • Exacto knife or scissors
  • Ruler to create the shape you like
  • Glue
  • Transparent paper, parchment paper, vellum paper

I created a star template and traced those on my ads,  cut out the shapes of the stars and then the inside. I used different sizes to use as much paper as possible and to minimize the waste. You can easily involve your kids on this too, it’s not that difficult.tutorial stars

Then I added glue to the outside and placed it on the transparent paper.

tutorial star

I put something heavy on the stars while they were drying, so they wouldn’t wave and stay flat.8After cutting of the outsides, I used double sided tape and put them on every window. Depending on the weather, the light creates a magical Winter Wonderland in our house.6

Or from the outside – we did get snow this week. I might have been a bit more excited about the snow than the kids. Almost couldn’t sleep and woke up our oldest a couple times 😀window outside displaying star

I also created these little villages out of paper for the windows. snow star,reflection

color organized bonne maman jam glasses

Jars Jars Jars

I love to collect jars, I might have mentioned this before. My favorite jars are the Bonne Maman Jam jars, they look cute and it’s easy to remove the label from them. I hate when I have to go through a lot of time and different methods, to get rid of the labels on the glass.

collection of jars

click to enlarge

Jars are great for different things. For one, I use them to organize my crafts supplies, especially ribbon or buttons. I sort the ribbon by color and some of my fabric is sorted by color too. This way I have everything organized and when I am working on a certain project and I don’t have to look forever for a specific color. And besides, it just looks pretty.bonne maman jam glassesclick to enlarge

color organized bonne maman jam glasses

click to enlarge

Here are two pictures from my craft room:

blue crafts supplies in my craftroom

click to enlarge

pink crafts supplies in my craftroom

click to enlarge

I also use jars for the outside. Add a little candle or tea light and put them outside. It gives a romantic touch to the outside, or it will put the outside in the perfect mood as for example on Halloween. Each season it just looks magically outside, which a couple glass jars and  candles. Below is a picture of Halloween night.

Halloween Night jars with candles outside

click to enlarge

You can also use the jars for Halloween portions, which I showed in one of my tutorials here.

Ingredient - Eyeballs

Eyeballs for a potions

This one is taken at a Baby Shower, I actually didn’t do this myself.

drinks out of mason jars at babyshower

click to enlarge

And at my friends “Welcome Home” party:

drinks out of mason jars

click to enlarge

xmas Decoration with lit candles vertical mushroom close up

Christmas Centerpiece

In Germany we usually haven an “Advent-Wreath” with four candles, which will be lit on each Sunday one by one before Christmas Eve. And I wanted one as a center piece for our dining room. I tried to find a tiny wreath, but I only could find the huge ones, which you hang up, which I didn’t like at all.

So I decided I am going to make my own centerpiece for Christmas. This doesn’t really represents the Advent, but usually your Advent-Wreath is the center piece of your dinning or living room table. Therefore I needed to create one.

christmas Decoration with candles vertical mushroom

click to enlarge

Mushrooms, have been a huge trend in Germany for the last couple years around the Christmastime and I have picked up my fair share every time I went back home. This Christmas season I have seen them popping up here and there, in the stores or on Instagram. Even Martha Stewart has them in featured in her decorations.

xmas Decoration with lit candles vertical mushroom close up

click to enlarge

I wanted to create something small. This years Motto is not “Go bigger or go home”. I’ve decided to do a little less and more selected.

xmas Decoration with lit candles vertical

click to enlarge

I collected some moss at a little walk-through next to our house, and of course it was pouring down with rain when I did it. So I let it dry for a little while in the Garage. And also keeps the bugs away! At least a couple of them. Sometimes you can buy moss, but it’s usually not that cheap. This was free, and I love free!

moss Christmas Decoration mushroom close up diy

click to enlarge

xmas Decoration with lit candles vertical mushroom bowl diy

I placed an old plate inside my silver dish, so that the moisture from the moss wouldn’t ruin it.

I added the moss and then insert the mushroom and the candles. I actually soften the candles on the bottom with a lighter, so they would stick to the plate and wouldn’t fall over.

xmas Decoration with candles vertical mushroom close up diy

click to enlarge

xmas Decoration with lit candles vertical mushroom close up

click to enlarge

I also had an Edelweiss, which looked cute too, but I love the mushrooms and kept it this way. The moss will give you tons of opportunity to create a little world. Add some woodland animals, birds, Santa, Gnomes… An easy way to create a little center piece.