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How to make an easy DIY Gnome Christmas Ornament

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One of the best things about Christmas are all the fun crafts that you can make! Last year I made Personalized Jenga ornaments and I had a few wood blocks left over! This year I am using the wood pieces from the game in a new way to make a handmade Christmas gnome ornament!

The hardest part is cutting out the hat so I have created a free pattern for you to use to cut out the hats for the gnomes. Make sure you download it and print it out!

8 Fairy Garden Ideas and Inspiration

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This time last year I happened to walk through Michael’s searching for yarn. I do that in most craft stores but that is a whole different kind of post! On the clearance rack I saw some sweet little fairy houses for 60% off. I kept walking but I also kept thinking about those little houses because I had a few spots in my flower beds that I thought would be perfect for a fairy garden! So I went back and got a few houses and little fairy people. This year I’ve put them out in my one of the perennial flower gardens and now I’m on the hunt for more fairy garden inspiration and ideas. Enjoy my research and if you have any fun ideas please share them in the comments.

8 Fairy Garden Ideas and Inspiration

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Fairy Garden Locations

In my mind I thought my fairy garden would be tucked in among my plants but after searching more I realized that there are ton of ways to set up a fairy house. Pots, planters even inside the house in a little corner of a room works!

Tablescapes Who says that fairy gardens need to be outside?

Fairy Gardens in a flower pots can be placed anywhere!

Teacup Fairy Gardens Do you want a fairy garden in your bedroom? I think this is the perfect way to do it! Use real flowers and plants or silk ones that you won’t need to water! Add a gnome or figure you love and it’s done!

Fairy Gardens from Recycled Materials

My little houses are going to be just the beginning because the more ideas I find the more I love the idea of using natural products like rocks, sticks even broken clay pots to create this space in my gardens. The wilder and more unusual the better!

Mushrooms for Your Fairy Garden Your garden won’t be complete with out a mushroom or two and these made out of old salt and pepper shakers are adorable!

Scrap wood Fairy Home You can make your own with a little paint and creativity!

Broken Post Fairy home You are going to love this one because you can use scrap wood and a useless pot to create something fun!

Fairy Gardens for Kids

What better way to get kids involved in gardening and working in the dirt than to let them play with the “houses” and people. They can get creative and arrange the fairy garden anyway they come up with! I’m excited to include my granddaughter in my gardening as she gets older. We already go out and check on all the plants when she comes. Fairy gardens for kids are perfect!

Bambi Fairy Garden Who loves the Disney movies from long ago? I still show them to my granddaughter and we enjoy them together. This post shares how to make a natural looking playscape using Bambi and all his friends!

Tinkerbell Fairy Garden This Fairy Garden could be for kids or grownups. My sister loves Tinkerbell and I could see her having this on her desk at work!

So much inspiration here that I can’t wait to brainstorm my next fairy garden! I want to know if you have a fairy garden or if you want to build one now! So be sure to comment below!

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DIY Tissue for Your Issues painted mason jar dispenser

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Painting mason jars is a wonderful way to add some DIY decor to your home! Plus mason jars are NOT expensive and you can find them anywhere! If you need a unique handmade gift then making mason jar tissue dispensers is a great choice! Painting jars can be tricky but the method I’m going to share has helped me not have chips or runs of paint!!

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I love making Christmas gifts ahead of time and these are so easy to do in the warmer weather and tuck away for the holiday season! You can make the jars any color that you like and if you don’t have a cutting machine for the vinyl decal portion of the craft then there is an easy solution for you later in the post!

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Steps to make a DIY Tissue for Your Issues tissue dispenser

Below is a basic set of instructions for this craft project. For a more detailed explanation, head over to the DIY Bless You Jar tissue dispenser post!

Supplies needed for making a Tissue for Your Issues dispenser

* Smooth-sided quart Mason Jars or a jar about that size (like spaghetti sauce jars)

* Spray paint or chalk paint--I like to use matte or satin finish

* Newspaper or cardboard to protect your surface

* Foam Brush or paint brush

* Spouncer or sponge makeup wedge(if you use chalk paint instead of spray paint)

* Waterbased clear matte Polycrylic

* Silhouette or Cricut cutting machine

* Transfer Tape

* Oracal 651 vinyl

* Glue gun

* Craft Felt

* OLFA Rotary Circle Cutter

* Kleenex Facial Tissues Perfect Fit

* A Tissue for Your Issues Decal OR A Tissue for Your Issues digital SVG cutting file to use on your Cricut or Silhouette

Step 1 Paint your jars with Polycrylic

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Step 2 Paint your jars with 2-3 coats of spray paint

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Step 3 Let completely dry 12-24 hours

Step 4 Paint Your Jars AGAIN with Polycrylic

Step 5 Bake in a 170 degree oven for 5-10 minutes

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Step 6 Design and cut the vinyl words "A Tissues for Your Issues" using your favorite swirly font OR purchase the digital cutting file from my other business, Blue Daisy Dreamer! I used Oracal 651 vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo machine (you could use a Cricut as well) to cut this decal. Available in .svg, .dfx, .png, and .png formats

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Step 7 Weed the decal and apply transfer tape if you are cutting your own!

Step 8 Apply the decal to your jar

Step 9 Cut felt to fit the ring, snip an X in the felt & hot glue it in the ring

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Step 10 Open a box of tissues and use about 1/4 or less of the box to fill your jar. If you want to watch the process you can go to FB and watch a video there.

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Step 11 Put the ring on and pull the tissues up through the felt.

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Tada! Your Tissue for Your Issues mason jar is finished! You can add some ribbon or twine if you want or even silk flowers to decorate it a little more—it’s up to you!

Using a cutting machine for home decor projects

Each month I join with several other friends to do a themed craft post! This month is all about cutting machines. When I first got my Silhouette cutting machine all I used it for was scrapbooking! And I still love it for that task but there are SO many other uses for it!

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A cutting machine can cut out stencils, vinyl, fabric, chip board, and of course scrapbook paper. Recently I invested in a Cricut Maker so that I can cut felt for making felt succulents and flowers. Post coming on that soon I hope!

One of the challenges of having 2 machines is the space they take up. Stacking them turned out to be the easiest solution! This wire rack does a great job of holding my Silhouette which I use more frequently while still allowing me to access the Cricut. It’s magic when I have them both cutting at the same time!

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For more cutting machine projects click on any of the graphics below!

DIY Bless You Mason Jar Tissue Dispenser

DIY Bless You Mason Jar Tissue Dispenser

DIY Growth Chart

DIY Growth Chart

Spray Paint and Stenciling Mason Jars for Fall Decor

Spray Paint and Stenciling Mason Jars for Fall Decor

Deco Mesh Angel Tutorial

Deco Mesh Angel Tutorial

DIY Christmas Jenga Ornaments

DIY Christmas Jenga Ornaments

DIY Brownie Mix with Hot Pad Christmas Gift

DIY Brownie Mix with Hot Pad Christmas Gift

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Bring on the Crafts — A Craft & DIY Blog Hop

On the first Friday through Sunday of each month, a group of DIY and crafty bloggers join forces to create a fun craft or DIY project to share that follows a monthly materials theme. Together, with hosts Marie from Elle Marie Home and Habiba from Craftify My Love, they share the #BringontheCrafts blog hop with you. August's theme is Cutting Machines! Each blogger chooses their own craft to make as long as they love it and it uses a Cutting Machine for the project.

Our August Co-hosts

Jenny at Cookies, Coffee and Crafts • Kim at Day to Day Adventures Marie at DIY Adulation • Janet at Try It – Like It • Beverly at Across the Blvd

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Flowers for an All-Season and Low Maintenance Perennial Flower Garden

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Have you ever planted a perennial plant? Perennial means that the plant comes back year after year. Often perennials are low maintenance and cost less in the long run! A low maintenance flower garden is the BEST kind of of garden!

Flowers for an all season low maintenance perennial flower bed

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Sunny and Shady perennial flower gardens

At our last home I created a shady perennial flower bed over several years and when we moved it was hard to leave all my little friends growing happily in their places! But now we live on several acres and I have almost too much room for flowers.

The previous owner started a large sunny bed that is full of lilies, purple coneflower, iris, peonies and more! Over the last couple of years, I’ve been filling a smaller flower bed that has a butterfly bush, black eyed susans and yarrow.

Building perennial beds is a marathon activity not a sprint. Perennials cost more initially so instead of buying lots of annuals for a few dollars you are more likely to buy 1 or 2 larger plants that cost a bit more. BUT they come back every year so you don’t have to keep investing money in plants for that spot every year.

Starting a perennial flower garden

You don’t need a horticulture or design degree to start a perennial flower bed.

Seriously. Decide what colors you like or even choose a few plants that you like the shape of to start with OR do what I do and visit the clearance section of your local Lowe’s or Home Depot after a storm occurs in your area.

You will find plants that look a little sad but if you plant them and give them some care next year they will reward you for your effort! Remember marathon not sprint!

Favorite Perennial Flowers

There are so many choices for perennial flowers and everyone has their favorites. Take a look at the ones below and decide what you love! The links will take you to other posts that are specifically about that kind of perennial flower. Happy planting!

Spring blooming perennial plants

Flowers for an all season low maintenance perennial flower bed
Flowers for an all season low maintenance perennial flower bed

Tulips

Flowers for an all season low maintenance perennial flower bed

Crocus

Flowers for an all season low maintenance perennial flower bed
Flowers for an all season low maintenance perennial flower bed
Flowers for an all season low maintenance perennial flower bed
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Summer blooming perennial plants

Flowers for an all season low maintenance perennial flower bed
Flowers for an all season low maintenance perennial flower bed
Flowers for an all season low maintenance perennial flower bed
Flowers for an all season low maintenance perennial flower bed
Flowers for an all season low maintenance perennial flower bed
Flowers for an all season low maintenance perennial flower bed
Flowers for an all season low maintenance perennial flower bed

Purple coneflower

Fall blooming perennial plants

Flowers for an all season low maintenance perennial flower bed

Mums

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