It’s Going To Be A White Christmas, After All…

This Christmas, in LA, I can’t help but think of a movie I watched a long time ago, called Castaway on the Moon. It was about a man stranded on an island, who with increasing hunger, began to become obsessed with the idea of eating black bean noodles. In one scene, you watch a montage of his memories of all the times he’s turned down black bean noodles, or left them half-eaten, or not eaten at all. And he’s kicking himself in retrospect, like – Eat the black bean noodles, you fool!

I kind of feel like that with white Christmas’. Being born and raised in Canada, and now living in LA, I could see how I may have taken it all for granted.

So this year, I was determined to have a white Christmas, after all. Hence my white Christmas bottle brush tree, snow globes.

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

These DIY, Anthropologie-inspired globes are all over Pinterest and the internet now. But I remember a couple years ago when I first saw them in the Anthropologie store, I was thinking – I could make these! And I did. For my daughter’s first birthday party, I made them and dyed the trees pink.

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

This year, I decided to make them again, but dye them white, for my white Christmas theme. I used 50/50 water and bleach. I soaked them until they turned an off-white color. To get them whiter, I painted the ends of the trees with white acrylic paint.  A great idea I learned from The Decorated House.

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

I also got some silver and brown pinecones to add to the jars, from Michael’s. 

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

Mason jars of different sizes.

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

White glue. And glitter. Just dipped and rolled.

DIY white bottle brush tree snow globes.

And voila. Very white Christmassy right?

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

 I hot glue-gunned the trees and pine cone to the jar lid.

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

 Filled the jar with some white glitter.

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

 And that’s it. So simple. So pretty.

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

I made enough this year to give away as gifts, as well. Along with my peppermint bark, of course.

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

One more day to go, before Christmas!

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Part Two: Pom Pom, Feather Necklaces for Kids

So part two of my pom pom madness!

Pom pom, feather necklaces on a silver leather cording. I love these so much.

DIY Pom Pom Feather Necklaces

These were just as simple to make as the pom pom necklace in my previous post. It just required a little more material and a little more work.

DIY Pom Pom Feather Necklaces

First I needed to make more pom poms. To find out how I did it, click here. I then bought some feathers, some end crimps, silver leather cording, and tiny 9mm key rings. (All from Michael’s.)

DIY Pom Pom Feather Necklaces

To attach the ring to the pom pom, I threaded a piece of yarn through the pom pom, slid the ring on one end and tied a tight knot.

DIY Pom Pom Feather Necklaces

For the feathers, I had to attach an end crimp on the end of the feather. I used regular pliers I found in my husband’s tool box to secure tightly.

DIY Pom Pom Feather Necklaces

I then had to slide the end of the crimp through the tiny key ring. (Exactly like sliding a key through a ring.) This was the most challenging part, but still easy enough. Once done, I put the leather cord through the rings like so:

DIY pom pom necklaces

 I love the different color combinations.

DIY Pom Pom Feather Necklaces

To fasten the ends together, I bought a tiny pack of assorted closures. I then put crimps on each end of the cord. Next I put a tiny ring through the crimp on both sides, and then finally a closure on the one ring.

DIY Pom Pom Feather Necklaces

Those little rings just open and close by twisting it open carefully, and closing back together.

The finished product:

DIY Pom Pom Feather Necklaces

 And Els …

DIY Pom Pom Feather Necklaces

Wearing handmade mittens by grandma, and a handmade necklace by mom.

And can’t forget, more handmade Christmas presents for Els’ friends.

DIY pom pom feather necklaces.

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