personalized photo ornaments {a tutorial}

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Happy day-before-Thanksgiving, friends! I have the perfect ornament tutorial to share with you all today. It’s hard to believe Christmas is upon us, and these will make a GREAT gift for the loved ones in your life (I should know…I’ve already made four of these cuties to give away)!

Materials:

Mod Podge
wood blocks (sanded, with a hole drilled through the center)
foam brush
square photos
ribbon
Rit dye (optional)

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Step 1: First, you’ll need to resize and print out the images you want to use on your blocks. The blocks that I used are 1.5″ cube, so I shrunk my photos down to 1.25″. I used four photos per block, and used three blocks per ornament for a total of 12 pictures per ornament. Don’t forget to also create a square for the date! If you’re unable to make the blocks yourself, you can easily find them online (here’s a link to some I found on Amazon). FYI-I used Photoshop Elements to resize my images, but any photo editor should work.

Step 2: If desired, use Rit dye to dye your blocks. Here’s a tutorial I did last year on dyeing clothespins-just use the same technique for dyeing your blocks. Step 3: Using scissors, cut our your images, and Mod Podge them onto the four sides of your blocks.

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Step 4: Let dry. Apply 3 coats of Mod Podge to seal, allowing your blocks to dry well in between coats. Almost done! Now we’re ready to add the ribbon. I used a length of ribbon that was 25″ long, you may need a different length depending on the size of your blocks.

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Step 5: Fold your ribbon in half, and tie a knot at the top of your ribbon. This is how your ornament will hang from your tree (or wherever your recipient decides to display it).

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Step 6: Take the loose ends of your ribbon, and string all three blocks onto it. You can tie a knot between each block (like the photo below), or skip it. I think it looks fine either way! Once done, tie a knot at the bottom of the ribbon to hold the blocks on. Lastly, take lengths of ribbon and tie to the loop end of the ribbon to decorate it!

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, see you all next week!

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how to get your home ready for the holidays {two easy tips}

Many thanks to Bona for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to making my hardwood floors shine! 

Somewhere along the way, we’ve been conditioned to think that having a festive and sparkling home for the holidays is an unattainable goal. That no matter what we do, it just isn’t going to happen. This is doubly true if you happen to have kids, pets, or even just work outside the home.

Truth be told, it really isn’t that difficult to get your home holiday-ready. And it doesn’t involve hiring housekeepers, cooks or a nanny (though they’d all be handy this time of year!)  I have two easily implementable tips to get your home sparkling and festive for the holidays (yes, two!).

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my home, it’s this- “if my floors are clean, the whole house seems clean.” Am I right? Sparkling and clean floors just set the tone for your home, and are the first thing people notice when they enter. I just recently discovered Bona products and am so thankful I did. Bona Hardwood Floor cleaners are non-toxic, GREENGUARD certified, and won’t leave any residue behind.

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Adding a #BonaHolidayShine to my home was easy as can be. The mop head easily swivels to get into hard-to-reach places, and, best of all, the thick microfiber mop pad is washable and reusable.

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Clean floors=a clean house. Be sure to click here to download a $3 off coupon to get your own Bona Hardwood Floor Mop!

I promised you two tips to get your home ready for the holidays, and here’s my second…

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If you’ve done a stovetop potpourri for your home, you know what I’m talking about. Your sense of smell is key to letting you (and your guests) know that your home is clean and festive. There’s just something about a yummy-smelling home that is irresistible. My recipe is simple-slices of an orange and a lemon, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, and a dash of vanilla added to a pot of water. Simmer on the stovetop (being sure to keep and eye on it and replenishing water as needed), and your house will smell divine-I promise!

 how to get your home ready for the holidays {two easy tips}So, I’d love to know. What is YOUR best tip for getting your home holiday-ready?

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27 christmas crafts and decor ideas

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‘Tis the season! As a blogger, my Christmas crafting and decorating is well underway, and I imagine that yours is, too! But whether you are in the midst of your holiday crafting, or waiting until after Thanksgiving, you’re sure to find some inspiration here today. Enjoy!

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holiday gift tags using old photos from lovely things

easy christmas wreaths from martha stewart

matchbook advent calendar from country living

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tiny gingerbread houses for your mugs from not martha

typography heart ornaments from burlap+blue

dyed pom pom wreath from tatertots and jello

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patchwork pillow from nana company

tree pillow from inspired honey bee

looped burlap wreath from burlap+blue

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quilted coasters from gwenny penny

ruffled christmas tree tutorial from the southern institute

burlap lace tree skirt by diy divas on ucreate

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yarn wrapped trees from one pearl button

vintage ornament wreath from the toasted coconut

 felt poinsettia from bhg

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felt ball garland from my sparkle

striped straw wreath from tatertots and jello

snow globe tutorial from i heart naptime

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doorknob stockings from bhg

paper bag wreath from bloesem kids

stocking tutorial from teal & lime

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diy glitter canvas art from i heart naptime

no sew ruffle christmas tree skirt from the johnstons

santa christmas countdown printable from inviting printables

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stocking advent calendar from skip to my lou

pom pom ribbon christmas tree from cherished bliss

ric rac christmas trees from a pumpkin & a princess

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