Well turkey day is finally over and I’m happy to say I survived the gluttonous holiday with my waistline and sanity in check. I even managed to fit in moments of gratitude. It was no small feat, when you consider the common woes of the season: buyer’s remorse, family drama and disappointment.

Onto the next holiday…

I started decorating my home with last year’s DIY cheap, but crafty Christmas ideas. Here are my old winter crafts in my new pad:

DIY Snowglobe

Thankfully they were shipped virtually unscathed all the way from San Jose, California to Hawaii. Inspired by my favorite store-Anthropologie, it required two Mason jars, decorative paper, foam balls and miniature Christmas trees from Michaels. Go here for the info.


Here’s another project I attempted myself. This one left me with a few burned fingers from the hot glue {P.S. Kids don’t try this without an adult.}

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Trees

My easiest craft yet. Pipe cleaners and foam shaped trees. Just wrapped the pipe cleaners around the tree and that’s it! It’s one of my favorite 5-minute holiday crafts.

Scarf wreath

This year I’m sleep-deprived and house bound with a new baby so I gathered what I had around the house. Basically, I took an embroidery sewing ring and a holiday scarf and wrapped it around to make myself a wreath. And I knew the perfect place to hang it…

Scarf wreath craft

The next wreath I dreamed up with some wire, foam balls from last year, a gold leaf Christmas ornament I bought from New York a few  years ago and leftover ribbon.

DIY Wreath

You also need scissors to cut the wire and pliers to hold one end of the wire so you can thread the balls through. Here’s a closeup:

Foam balls

It makes for a very untraditional wreath with a modern twist.

Foam wreath

This year is extra special with our little guy. We’re looking forward to getting a tree and doing a few more holiday DIY crafts.

What are you up to this year?

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