Updated: Dec 8, 2020

This project might be tied with my DIY ornaments for my most favorite craft this Christmas season! My inspiration for this DIY came from Kelly at Studio DIY who I have follow for YEARS! She is probably one of my biggest inspirations and it was on her blog where I realized you could order unfinished wooden bird houses for really good prices on Amazon!

I ended up ordering 2 bird houses on Amazon for only $5 each. My totally rational intention at first was to create two houses for my girly Christmas village and then maybe I could add one new one each year. Hah, does that even sound like me?

Hobby Lobby did its usual job of making me less rational when I found this set of three stackable paper mache houses that were only $10! Can you believe it. So naturally, my Christmas village went from 2 houses to 5 houses fairly quickly.

My hot pink bottle brush trees as well as the fake snow I used on the roof tops of my houses also came from Hobby Lobby.

I picked up a few bottles of my favorite craft paint in the colors that I wanted and got to work with my festive designs. See the exact colors I used here. I wanted a bold, color-blocked look for the houses so I chose three colors for each house, 2 different shades of the same color and 1 contrasting color. I painted the roof the contrasting color and then I painted the front and back one shade and the two sides another shade. You can see below that I had one multi-leveled house and I chose to separate my two shades by top and bottom on this one. Once the houses were dry, I painted the roofs with Mod Podge and sprinkled them with a mixture of fake snow and glitter!

I also camouflaged the floors of my houses on the book shelf with some cheap polyfil that I used on my animal cookie ornaments as well!

I think my favorite is the minty green house with the bold red roof!

The wooden nutcrackers were a much less frugal project but I do love what they add to the Christmas village. For these guys, I wanted an ombre effect so I chose two shades of the same color for each nut cracker. I painted the lighter color on one end, the darker color on the other, and then I mixed the two colors to paint the middle. While these guys are super tiny, they sure do look grand guarding my mini Christmas village houses

I was recently gifted a Cricut Maker by my parents for my birthday and I am thinking about making little 'store' signs for each house to add a little something! In addition, the houses from Hobby Lobby have open windows and the roofs come off so (when I have time) I plan to line the interior with parchment paper and put some little artificial tea lights inside for some beautiful holiday ambiance!

Don't forget to follow me on IG @carlyrhill and tag me if you try any of these DIYs this Christmas!

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Updated: Dec 7, 2020

This was one of the best DIYS for two reasons. First, it was completely free, and second, it made the biggest impact in our living space!

I have made DIY pillow covers before and, for me, it is really easy. If you have a sewing machine and know how to thread it and sew a straight seam then this will be really easy for you too. If you don't have a sewing machine, this would be a little tough but if you have a friend who does, maybe you could make a deal where you provide the fabric and you both get plenty of new pillow covers out of it!

The reason this project was free for me is because I used an old rectangular table cloth that my mom was getting rid of because she now has a round dining table. I pulled all the throw pillows from around my house, took measurements, and was able to truly transform our space for the holidays!

I am no sewing expert, so if you are, I'm sure you will laugh at my directions but I tried to make these as simple as possible. Each pillow case only needs one piece of fabric and 2 seams. You may or may not need an iron depending on your fabric. Because I was using a finished table cloth, I used the finished edges to my advantage and didn't need an iron at all!

Here are my directions for those visual learners out there.

Envelope Pillow cover
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The width of your fabric though be the same as your pillow + 2 inches in order to have a 1 inch seam allowance on each side.

The length should be the same as your pillow times 2 and + 6 inches. This means your 'flaps' will have 3 inches of overlap on the backside to keep your pillow secure.

When folding your fabric, make sure you have it right side in and also keep in mind that which ever 'flap' you lay down first will end up being on the outside after you sew and turn it right side out. I made sure that each of my fabric rectangles had one of the finished edges of the tablecloth so that I didn't have to worry about it. For me, the interior flaps are unfinished.

If you are working with a rectangle of fabric that has no finished edges, you can simply fold it over 1 inch and press it really well with an iron before sewing. Just make sure it stays folded when you pin your sides together so it doesn't get wonky while you sew.

Finally you can sew two straight lines and turn your pillow cover right side out! Stuff your pillow, give it a nice chop (iykyk,) and voila!

This tutorial is obviously infinitely customizable for every holiday and every season. I always save fabrics like sheets, duvet covers, curtains, and even shower curtains for projects like this!

Don't forget to follow me on IG @carlyrhill and tag me if you try any of these DIYs this Christmas!

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Updated: Dec 6, 2020

This is probably the DIY I have been most excited about sharing with you all! Partly because it turned out SO PERFECT, but also because I literally started this in October. Yes, you read that right.

I knew I wanted my daughter's tree to be FULL and in true Carly style, I landed on 4 different styles of DIY ornaments. I don't know why you're surprised, you are reading my fifth DIY of Christmas right now...

And here it is in all of it's pink-glam glory. This tree literally makes my heart sing every time I step into Natalie's room. I got this tree from Walmart and it is so skinny and fluffy and perfect!

This tree has a combination of 4 homemade ornaments as well as some I purchase on sale at Hobby Lobby. I found some disco ball ornaments, matte & shiny pink, and shiny red balls on sale!

These DIY ornaments range from stupidly-simple to slightly complex so no matter what type of crafting commitment you're looking for, one of these should fit the bill!

Let's start with the easiest...

Sprinkle-Filled Iridescent Ball Ornaments

I got these beautiful iridescent balls from Hobby Lobby. They came in a pack mixed with glittery white balls. I knew I wanted to incorporate some classic nonpareils to coordinate with my animal cookie ornaments.

I first tried to fill the ball with mod podge so that the sprinkles would stick to then entire interior but the sprinkles quickly dissolved and the colors became muddled. I decided to just fill each ball with an equal amount of sprinkles and let them act as little 'shakers!'

You may be wondering how messy these ornaments are but if you look closely in the photo above, I thought to attach the topper with hot glue as well as plug up the little hole at the top. This way, I can store these ornaments stress-free and they will be perfectly ready for next year as well!

Paint-Filled Iridescent Ball Ornaments

I was inspired to make these ornaments by Kara from A Kailo Chic Life and I absolutely love how they turned out. I knew I wanted to fill some ornaments with paint in order to get the exactly colors I wanted but when I saw her use some iridescent balls I knew I had to find them.

I used the same iridescent balls from Hobby Lobby as I used for my sprinkle ornaments but if you're struggling to find some at your local store you can get these on Amazon. As an Amazon affiliate, I may make a small commission on items purchased using my links at no additional cost to you.

Here are the exact paint colors I used to create my ornaments:

DecoArt Americana in True Red

DecoArt Americana in Festive Green

Anita’s All Purpose Acrylic in Coral Cove

Ceramcoat in Turquoise

FolkArt Acrylic in Seashell Pink

As for the directions... I squirted paint inside and swirled it around, haha. Make sure you don't use really thick paint. I had some Martha Stewart brand acrylic paint that I used on other projects but I knew it was too thick for this technique.

I chose not to let these ornaments drain upside down because I didn't want drizzly drippies going upside down. (Does that make any sense at all?) I liked the wavy line that was created just by rotating the balls and wanted it to stay that way. What that means is, there is probably a pool of paint sitting in the bottom of my ornament so I made sure to let them sit upright in styrofoam cups until they were ready to hang. I was confident that after 2 months... I mean a month of hanging upright on the Christmas tree that any paint in the bottom of the ornament would be dried up.

Color Blocked Pom Pom Ornaments

Believe it or not, this was the very first Christmas DIY that I did this year and I'm pretty sure I started before Halloween. I knew I wanted to make some yarn pom poms (even though I had never done it before) so I watched some youtube videos, grabbed a pom pom maker from Hobby Lobby as well as some cheap yarn in my color scheme and got started. I found these mini bundles of yarn for $0.99 each and they were 30% off!

I used every. single. inch! Making these pom poms was so fun and so therapeutic! I ended up making 4 styles of pom poms in the various sizes including 1 color, 2 color, 3 color and 4 color pom poms! If you haven't tried this DIY before it is definitely a fun one to try with the family!

Animal Cookie Felt Ornaments

I knew I wanted to make these ornaments but I struggled finding a template for animal cookies that I liked online. I ended up using some puzzle pieces to one of my daughter's toys and made my own. You can download it here!

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I cut several pieces out of white and pink $0.33 felt sheets from Hobby Lobby. I think I cut out enough to make 100 ornaments and only ended up making 8. I used some of the left overs on my daughter's felt tree!

After all my pieces were cut out, I lined up two matching pieces and hand sewed them almost all the way around. I then stuffed them with some poly-fil and finished sewing it up!

I added some more thread to hang the ornaments and glued on these tiny baby pom poms that I used on my DIY animal cookie wrapping paper.

Alright, this was a long one, but I hope you found something doable for you and your family this holiday season! Don't forget to follow me on IG @carlyrhill and tag me if you try any of these DIYs this Christmas!

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