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.

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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

4 Ways to save on Christmas Decorations

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ways to save on christmas Staying on a budget is difficult, but important. I’ve been home with the boys the last two months, so I’ve tried to stay on a budget and not spend money on new items, but rather recycle, reuse and repurpose items I have at home. And of course use items which are free to me or everyone…oh the endless possibilities..overview of the whole centerpiece

I decided I wanted a fun but urban and woodsy center piece for our dinner table, which I can move easily to our coffee table.tried branches

Here are my 4 ways to Save on Christmas Decoration:


  • Moss from the woods (HELLO, we are in the PNW there is moss everywhere)
  • 2 different types of Evergreen
  • Succulents from my yard
  • Twigs/dried branches


Recycle: The main piece holding the candles and vegetation is an old baking pan, I would never use it for baking. The ribbon is from a gift I received a while back.overview of center piece

Reuse: The white ornaments, are from Depot which were gifted to me a couple years back too. ceramic star and metal star

Repurpose: The wooden star I bought at a sale a couple years back and gets repurposed all the time, some times standing behind pictures on our mantel, or filled with with ornaments or just having candles displayed in them all year around. You could say that the baking pan was repurposed as well 🙂thank-you

I spend maybe 2$ on the Metal Stars, which I bought at Michaels. I actually made it out of Michaels without spending a fortune, because I only bought the 4 stars and glue! Usually that doesn’t happen, right ladies?! 🙂metal star

Happy 2nd Advent to all my readers in Germany! Enjoy your day <3


Paper Snowflake

I saw on Pinterest different snowflakes and their pattern. I remembered how we used to create them in Kindergarten and school and decorated the window with them.

Paper Snowflake
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I didn’t want to put them on the windows, I rather wanted to attach them from the ceiling, because Elliott loves everything that moves and spins. He gets so fascinated by it and I love to watch him. We also bought a reindeer and a flying Santa last year in Germany. They are attached to a spring and when you pull on them the wings go up and down.

Reindeer and Snowflakes
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Snowflakes and Santa
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So I created different sizes of Snowflakes and different shapes. I didn’t follow any pattern and just went with the flow. Each Snowflake is different and I was always surprised how they turned out.

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I just used normal printing paper, letter size. Some of the snowflakes I folded 8x  and some of them 10x or 12x. The more you fold them, the harder it gets to cut them. I think if you use bigger paper, it might be easier with the cutting.

Paper Snowflakes with Santa
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Then I punched a hole in the Snowflakes and attached white thread. I bought these white pins and just pushed them with my fingers into the ceiling. None of the thread is the same length. This way it give it a little more depths.

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Christmas is around the corner

Lights of Christmas

The christmas tree is standing with lights and we have added lights to the outside of the house. Tim bought first one chain of lights and once it was installed, he went out two days in a row to bought more. And here’s the results.

our house decorated with lights full view
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front porch with lights
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We also went to see the Lights of Christmas and I’ve played around with our Camera. I need to buy a different lens, because the lowest I could get my aperture was 5.6 which is not that low.

The Lights of Christmas was great, I think it’s actually better for kids a little older than Elliott, because then they can do the different activities. Painting your own ornament, taking the train which goes through the little park or pet the animals. Nevertheless we all enjoyed it and Elliott like it too!

Here are a couple pictures:

Lights of Christmas
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lights of christmas
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Christmas Centerpiece

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.