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A beautiful Rustic Christmas Brunch Tablescape, along with some amazing Christmas Brunch Menu Ideas that will help simplify your holiday celebrations!
On Friday I shared my Elegant Farmhouse Thanksgiving Tablescape with Wood Slice Place Cards and today I wanted to share with you how I quickly made these DIY Leather Napkin Rings last week for that Thanksgiving table! I of course used my Cricut Maker, but you could easily make these just using a rotary blade too. I’m just OCD and prefer to have everything cut perfectly!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! What better way to get your house looking festive than with this big pallet wood Christmas tree! It’s perfect for your porch!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own pallet wood Christmas tree:
I used pallet wood because I already had some laying around just waiting for the perfect project. If you don’t have any pallets laying around, you could grab a few 1’x4’s from the hardware store.
First, cut your wood. I set my miter saw at a 25 degree angle and cut my fist board 7″ (measuring on the long side of the board). Then I cut each board 2″ bigger than the one before it, so 7″, 9″, 11″, and so on. I used 13 boards for my tree, but you could use as many as you’d like to get the desired height.
My boards vary in width as well, but I really like the randomness of it and the different finishes of each board.
Once all your boards are cut, assemble them face down on the ground.
Next, take another board and lay it across the back of your already cut boards. Using a nail cut, nail the long board to each individual board. I used several nails to make sure it is secure. As you can see below, I used two boards for mine. Two boards isn’t necessary, but I didn’t have one long enough to fit my whole tree.
Finally, you’ll add your star. I found mine at Joann’s, spray painted it white and distressed the edges with sand paper.
I used wood glue to attach the star. I didn’t want to risk the pressure of the nail gun splitting the wood star since it’s so small.
To finish it off, lightly sand both sides of the entire tree.
You could always paint or stain your tree, too! Or glitter – glitter is ALWAYS an option!
The whole project only took me about an hour to finish and I love it!
Head over to Life PreKARIous to see my other favorite Christmas Tree!
Winter is here and this week I am transforming my porch and getting it ready for Christmas! Christmas lights have never worked out well for us, so this year I am 100% focusing on my favorite space in my whole house to decorate – my front porch!
I am all about the Rustic Christmas decorations, so you’ll see that come through with the projects I chose! But, let’s be honest, Christmas is just a rustic holiday! So, it’s time to embrace it if you haven’t already! Now onto all the fun ideas!
DIY Christmas Garland from Nine and Sixteen
This simple rustic garland literally has me going nuts! I am so doing this to my front door this year! Isn’t it amazing! Plus, Tessa from Nine and Sixteen has a video tutorial on how you can make it using tree scraps! I was shocked how easy it was!
Pics from: Shady Lane Garden Center
This idea is so simple, but screams classic Holiday decor! You can generally find these at your local home decor stores! Don’t be afraid to buy a simple, plain evergreen swag and then dress it up yourself with some decorative picks and pine cones!
Idea from On Sutton Place
I LOVE the idea of using small fresh pine tress on your porch! It’s time to pull out all those dying plants and flowers anyways! You can purchase the mini pine trees at your local nursery, Lowe’s or Home Depot!
Idea from DIY & Decor Selections
I love Rustic decor for Christmas and this is calling my name! Plus, how easy is this? Just grab an old crate and some pieces of wood!
Rustic Elf Parking Sign from Over the Big Moon
Most porches have a good spot just waiting for a sign! My favorite thing to do each season is put together a fun porch sign! Last year this Elf Parking Only sign was a site and I’m going to be hanging it up again this year! Find the full tutorial here —> Rustic Elf Parking Sign.
DIY North Pole Sign from Over the Big Moon
To go alone with the fun Rustic Elf Parking Porch Sign, this fun standing North Pole Sign can add a fun charm! It’s super easy and can be put together in just a few hours over a couple of days!
I am literally obsessed with this idea! Let’s be honest, no one is hanging out on the porch during the winter! So, why not decorate it? I am literally drooling!
Bucket of Ice from Life Should Cost Less
Love the practical part of this simple decoration idea! I totally plan on doing this!
Galvanized Buckets from Finding Home Farms
If you have some stairs this idea is such a simple solution for you! Plus, you can find these buckets in the clearance department year around!
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I am loving how they used the sleigh as a coffee table look! And in my opinion every porch needs some warmth brought to it with some cute decorative pillows and a blanket!
Are you feeling inspired now? Now off to the store – time to Christmas-fy your porch! Happy Holidays friends!
Simple and frugal. Those are the two words that have best described this holiday season for my family so far. They are also the best words to start this tutorial on DIY Twig Christmas Stars.
Hi, I’m Rebekah Schwind and I’m one of the contributors here at Over the Big Moon. I also have my own little blog called Charming Imperfections and would be delighted to have you over for a visit, but don’t go yet! It will only take a few minutes and a few cheap supplies to make these precious stars.
Supplies for DIY Twig Christmas Stars
- Twigs- as straight as possible (willow works well). You’ll need 5 of the same length for one star.
- Hot glue gun
- Twine or string for hanging
- Spray paint
The best part about this tutorial is that you probably won’t need to get in the car to go shopping. At least, I didn’t. Everything I needed was found around or outside our home. This is awesome because we are trying to have a very frugal Christmas this year.
The size of your star is up to you. I made everything from a two footer to a 6 inch one.
So, grab two of your sticks and glue them together at the top. This will be the top point of your star.
Lay one stick across the front of those, gluing wherever it meets another and you have the top of the “arms”. The two “legs” are attached in the same manner.
You may want to wrap some string or twine around the joints in the middle for extra reinforcement.
At this point, I decided to give some a little sparkle and spray painted them silver. This is a great time to get creative with decorating and paint! When you are done, simply hang them by a thread or twine.
I used these stars in several places for our Christmas décor. This mobile was a quick and easy DIY using the same glue-twigs-together-and-tie-with-twine method.
Some were hung from this chicken wire frame which appeared here on Over the Big Moon a few months back!
And this big boy was showcased on its own.
Whether you are in a money crunch this year or just loving rustic simplicity, these stars are lovely and so easy to make! All you need are some twigs, glue, and string, and your home could be sparkly too.
Remember that invite to come and visit my blog? Well, if you liked this post, I’ve got a few projects just like it that you are going to love! See you there!
Elf season is near friends and it’s one of my kids most favorite part of the Holiday season! I wanted to add some new decor to my front porch and I thought a Rustic Elf Parking Pallet Sign would be super fun!!
I started by taking the pallet apart. I wanted to give it a pieced look, so I cut a few different sizes of boards to create my columns. Each of the 3 columns are 24″ tall. Feel free to adjust the size to fit the area you want it place it in.
Then I took mending brackets and disbursed them around the different places that I needed to connect. The size of the mending bracket doesn’t matter a ton. I just used different ones I had on hand. Keep in mind that the screws that come with the mending brackets may be too long. If you use them they could come through the front of the board. I replaced them with 1/2″ wood screws.
While attaching the mending brackets, my middle pallet board started to crack down the middle. Being that I was going for a really rustic look, I loved the crack. But, it was weakening the strength of the sign. So, I just added a few extra mending brackets over the crack on the backside.
After the 3 columns were secured together, it was time for paint. I chose to give it a whitewashed look. To whitewash, you just rough paint the area you want covered. Then, take a wet rag and wipe it off until you reach the desired look you’re going for.
White the board was drying, it was time to get the frame cut and painted too. To create the frame, I used stakes. They’re super cheap and the size that I wanted! You could also use 1×2’s if you want!
I find it easiest to take a stake longer than the edge that you need to frame and then use a pencil to draw a line at the edge on both sides. Then, take your stake out to your miter saw and cut it at a 45° angle. When you make the cut, you want your stake standing on it’s thin side. Not laying flat.
Cutting the frame is super easy, but pay close attention as you make the 2nd end cut on each piece. You need to make sure you cut the angel the right way (out, not in). Visualize the cut before you make it! Otherwise, you could end up with two ends angled the same way.
When I was done making the cuts, I took the frame pieces and laid them out around the sign to make sure they all fit together good. I then took my frame pieces out to the garage to spray paint them. I love Rustoleum’s Metallic line – so I chose their Oil Rubbed Broze color! I generally spray 2-3 light coats waiting approx 30 minutes between coats.
During the time that I was spray painting the frame, I wanted to get started on my lettering. I used my Cricut Explore to cut out the vinyl to create myself a stencil. You could easily just hand draw on the letters too!
Side note: When you use vinyl on a rough wood like this, it doesn’t stay in place very good. I didn’t do it this time, but I have used spray adhesive on it to help it stick down and it works great.
I wanted to keep the rustic look with the lettering, so I gave it a rough paint. To keep it from bleeding under the stencil I used brush strokes going from outside in on the letter. You just want to make sure that your outer edge is getting a crisp line, to help define the letter shape. Also, make sure you don’t have too much paint on your paint brush, because that is what will create the bleeding under the vinyl.
After I got the word Elf painted on the sign, I took my second stencil and laid it in place, so I could make sure I was going to be able to install the hooks and leave enough room under them for our Elf’s sled!
Then I went ahead and applied my stencil and painted those letters a dark gray!
After everything was good and dry I attached the frame using my Ryobi Brad Nail Gun! I nailed it approx every 3-4 inches.
Lastly attacked my towel hooks.
And you’re done!
Now it was time to hang the sign! Being that I wanted to hang it on my house, but didn’t want to drill into my Hardie Board, I decided to use my favorite Velcro Command Strips (check out my Command Strip Headboard here)!
Take two of the velcro command strips and put them together. Wipe any dust/debris off the back of the board and then remove one of the sides backing strip and stick it to the board. I used 4 sets total on the back of my board.
Then clean the surface where you want to stick the board. Once it’s dry, remove the backing of the velcro command strips and push it really hard against the hard surface you are sticking it! And, ta-dah!
Looking for some help this Elf season? Or just wanting to simplify the job for yourself? Then you’ll want to go purchase The Ultimate Christmas Elf Book of Ideas – 25+ Christmas Elf Printables & Ideas Ebook for just $4.99!! It has sooo many cute ideas and printables that you and your family will love!
We also have lots of free printables and idea roundup’s too! Check them all out HERE!
Hi there Over the Big Moon readers! Today I’m sharing DIY Christmas Stockings that I’ve been wanting to do for years! After we went through the KonMari method of decluttering and organizing our clothes (which you can read about HERE and HERE), I had plenty of material to work with to make this a low-cost project.
My first instinct was to hit the thrift stores which would be a great option if you don’t have a “get rid of” bag of clothes lying around. To personalize stockings you will want to gather some fun supplies for trimming. I found 2 large squares of fur for about $7 that are doing double duty for stocking cuffs plus Christmas pillow covers (you can find them HERE). The “dollar tree” (we have the 100 Yen store in Japan) offered plenty of embellishments. Let’s get started!
Here are the linen pants that I snatched for stocking fabric before my husband threw them out
. And here is the fun fur and trimmings!
Here’s the how to put them together:
Use an old stocking for a template or use this free pattern HERE. Cut out two shapes for each stocking.
The next step is to cut out your fur cuff. I recommend sewing a quick to zig-zag seam around the edges to prevent too much shedding.
Now that you have your pieces, here’s how to sew them together.
Step one: Sew each cuff to the top of the stocking shape. Because we are going to fold over the cuffs, the wrong side of the fur should be pinned to the right side of the fabric.
Step two: Once you sew your cuff, unfold it so the sewn pieces are laying flat. Sew the second cuff (the stocking toe will be facing the other direction). Lay those pieces flat.
Step three: Pin your two stockings sides with a hanging strap between the two cuffs. The fur should be showing and the fabric will be the wrong side up. Sew a seam all of the way around the sides.
Tip: For a clean look, turn your stocking right side out and add an extra seam to the wrong side of fur.
Fold over the fur cuff.
Adding trim to your stockings is the fun part! Embellish each stocking with bells, berries, feathers, bows, and whatever else you heart desires.
Hang up and enjoy!
This is the third Christmas project I have done this year and I love how they turned out. Hopefully our kitty will leave them alone!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving next week!
Hey friends! I am having a little anxiety over the current state of my front porch! I haven’t lived anywhere with snow or temperatures this cold, since I was a kid. And, all my flower pots and plants are dead and it is just plain ugly! I have LOVED my Fall Front Porch, specifically my Fall Farm Porch Sign. So, I decided it was time to get my butt in gear and start decorating my Porch for Winter!
I knew I wanted to start with a fun vertical sign for next to my door, so that is what I am sharing with you today! It is super easy and such a statement piece! It is the main thing your guests will see as they come to my door, so I didn’t want anything red or too loud. Just something simple and clean!
I started with a 1×8 and I cut it down to 4 ft tall! I wanted one side of the board for me to use for Christmas and the other to last me into January for Winter. So, I painted one side gray and one side white.
For the white side, I wanted it to look a little rustic. So, before painting the coat of white, I painted a real rough coat of brown paint. When I applied the white coat, I applied it in different thicknesses and with the brush strokes pretty apparent. You can see in the picture below the brown barely showing through and the rough brush strokes!
For the Winter side, I painted it with a clean gray coat! I also took the gray onto the edges of the board to help give it a framed look.
Then, I cut some vinyl stencils using my Cricut Explore to say the words STAY WARM for my Winter side and BELIEVE for my Christmas side. I kept the letters approx 6″ wide and just chose a font size that made my words approx 40″-42″ in length. The word Believe was a little short, so I also grabbed a Reindeer Silhouette cutout from the Cricut Design Space Studio to put at the bottom! Super simple huh?!? For all you artsy people – I also think it would be really cool to free hand the words! I’ve always wished I had better handwriting for projects like this!
I absolutely love how it turned out! And now I am even more excited to finish designing and decorating my Winter Front Porch!
*This tutorial was originally shared over at 30 Handmade Days!