A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

Monday, December 7, 2009

Holly Jolly Week Day 1

Hello my friends.
Welcome to Holly Jolly Week here at Homesteader's Heart.
It's going to be a fun week. A little bit of something for everyone.

I've been working frantically to get these crafts done so I could show them to you. I've actually done quite a few things this year but it would take longer than a week to share them all with you. But I might show just pictures of some finished projects later this week.

This is Day 1: Easy Christmas Crafts
Now I understand that some of you aren't crafty and may skip right over this post but don't forget to leave a comment if you want to be entered into the giveaway. You can see what's being given away here. To get a run down of the rest of the week go here.
This post is going to appear long but it's mostly going to be pictures and instructions on how to make these 2 crafts.
I really tried to come up with things that are easily made, in a short amount of time.
I hope you enjoy them.

First up is the Puzzle Wreath Pin.
Puzzle Pieces (small size)
Green Spray Paint
Glitter Glue
Elmer's Glue
Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue

First I laid a bunch of inner puzzle pieces on some butcher paper outside.
If you want a matt finish lay them face down, if you want a glossy finish lay them face up.
Then in a well ventilated area spray them with your green paint.
It doesn't take them that long to dry.
When dry, bring them into your work area.
Have everything you need handy and ready to go nearby.

Now lay out 5 puzzle pieces to form a circle.
This is your first layer. You will have 3 layers when you are done.
For your second layer take your Elmer's Glue and run a strip down the middle of the puzzle piece. ( Remember it will dry clear so don't worry about it oozing out.)

Now start your 2nd layer by overlapping puzzle pieces.
Here I have 3 pieces done on the 2nd layer. Each layer will have 5 pieces.
Add your 3rd layer.
Now is the time to add your adornments. I used glitter glue to add a little sparkle. You can use little gems or beads. Just get creative.
To put the bow on top I used hot glue but Elmer's should work fine if you don't have a hot glue gun. Now leave it alone and let it dry for awhile.

When dry, you are then going to put the pinback on. I also used hot glue for this but you might be able to get away with Elmer's here too. Just load it up good.
Allow to dry thoroughly before trying to pin on your shirt.
I usually do a few at a time.
And when you are done you have cute little festive pins to keep or giveaway!

The next craft I'm going to show you is for all you crocheters out there.
This is so easy smeasy. You can whip these in no time flat.

It's a Crocheted Wreath Ornament.

Pipe Cleaners (Color of your choosing.)
Yarn (Color of your choosing.)
Crochet Needle Size J

Shape a chenille stem into any size circle.
Attach the yarn onto the chenille stem any way you wish. You can knot it on, or slip stitch it on.

Cover the entire shape with the following sequence, pushing the stitches together to fit on as many as needed: Make 3 single crochet around the stem. Treating the stem as you would a previous row of stitches. Chain 5, make 3 single crochet. Repeat all around the shape. Slip stitch to join.
I looped a little extra yarn to make a hanger and then tied it off.
Now here is where you get creative.
I looped pretty gold ribbon through the chains and tied a bow at the top.
I had these pretty bells so I added them to the middle. But you can use pretty beads or whatever you have. Have fun with it. Try different color yarn and ribbon.
Hang these on your tree or give them away with a gift or cookies or something.

Well there you have it.
I hope you are able to do these and have fun doing it. I know I had fun.

Tomorrow I'm showing you how to do a really sparkly ornament.



  1. PS I am a follower...have been for a long time! I even made your blog header one time. Good times! :-)

  2. This is so much fun. I am now singing, "Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas..." Your crafts are great. I really like the puzzle idea. The crocheted one is great too but it brings back memories of when I almost failed GAs at church. I could not crochet probably because I was more interested in talking to my friends than learning how to do it. Ha!!!

  3. Those are GREAT crafts!! We have a Girl Scout ornament exchange next week! We already have ours but these would be great for next year:-)

  4. You are just too crafty, my friend! I love the puzzle wreaths...so cute and a great idea!

    Can't wait to see more!

    Love you!

  5. The puzzle wreath is so cute. I'll have to remember that project.

  6. Wow. Just wow.

    HOW COOL ARE THESE?!!!.....lol!

    I really like the crochet one. I used to know how to do basic crochet. Long ago and far away....

    Anyway, your post from yesterday seems to have disappeared, but wasn't something mentioned about making note in our comment that we're a follower??....cuz, y'know, technically I've been a "follower" since before you even came here! ;)

    Looking forward to this week! Bring it on!!


  7. Kimmy, I love those little crocheted wreaths...and I like your idea of giving them away with cookies...good neighbor gift idea...I'd better get my yarn out. :)

  8. I'm back...I think they are both cute, but I could not make the crochet wreaths...I do not know how to knit or crochet. Adorable though.

  9. Those are too cute! :D I don't know how to crochet unfortunately. I'd love to try the puzzle piece one. Thank you so much for sharing these!

  10. Very cute and looks very easy, except for the wreath! I'm like Mimi, I don't knit or crochet and tying on knots with these nails? Not!

  11. You are so fun...I tried to crochet. That didn't work out too well for me, or that yarn!
    I've been a follower of your blog for a long time!

  12. Love both of those my friend! Very cute!! Still deciding if we'll use the puzzle wreaths in my son's class - gave a link to the teacher! Just not sure if I want to spray paint hundreds of puzzle pieces for the whole class - LOL!

    Looking forward to more fun things this week! Big you're-EVER-so-much-more-crafty-than-me hugs to you! Have a holly jolly Monday!

  13. Oh wow, I love, love, love the puzzle piece wreath!!

    It's awesome. I just might have to make some of those with my kiddos this year. Wait, are they too old? Ahhh, Riley will do 'em with me. =0)

  14. Love the puzzle wreath.. might have to do that with old puzzles we have. :)

    OOOPSS.. I went in search for a christams background... then thought I settled on just the one for me... came back to your blog to find, I picked the same one! I hope you don´t mind. I really tried to pick a different one. I actually didn´t pick one because I thought it was the one you had. LOL now I am not sure I want to go through changing again. sigh***

    Really, love your Holly Jolly button!

    Dani Joy

  15. ok.. I switched to the one I originally thought you had and didn´t choose.. No I am not blond! LOL

    Dani Joy

  16. Wow, Kimmy.....OH MY STARS!! That is just the cutest wreath pin I have ever seen! I love it! I want to go out and make a million of them and give one to everyone. You are the queen bee of my hive! Seriously, how do you come up with this stuff?

    I don't know if I will try it...I might...I love it! I've just felt horrible.

    Love you muches!

  17. So guess what I did tonight??

    I made puzzle wreaths... so far I've got 29 in the works. We're making one for each of Cam's teachers and one for both of Riley's teachers and ALLL of her classmates. We need 31 total... and we're almost there!

    Will blog them in a day or two, so be sure to watch for it. I'll give you a shout out for giving me the idea. =0)

  18. Great job on the easy, smeazy crafts! They are both really cute ideas and look simple to do. Just might have to give them a try.

  19. Love these ornaments...thanks for your creative ideas.


  20. Both of these are so cute. But the puzzle one seems like it would be easy enough even for me! :)


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