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DIY Christmas Tree Ornament

DIY Christmas Tree Ornament

DIY Christmas Tree Ornament - Whitken & Co.

We've got the simplest of all DIY Christmas ornaments for you today! I wanted to give you guys a quick and stressless idea that you could do on Thanksgiving day while you snack on leftovers and the game is on, or if you need a fun activity to keep the kiddos busy or to help turn the awkward family gathering into something fun and less awkward. Some of my favorite memories are sitting around with friends at our gatherings and making stuff. Conversation just seems to flow easier and you can learn all sorts of stuff about people when your hands have something to do.

DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments

Materials:

*I linked to the products we used on Amazon (affiliate) but you can find all of these things at Hobby Lobby as well

DIY Christmas Tree Ornament - Whitken & Co.

Instructions:

I chose to stick with a color scheme for our ornaments to keep the look cohesive and also because I wanted to buy all of the colors but knew I couldn't so a color scheme helped me narrow down my choices.

Simply squirt a little bit of each paint color onto a paper plate or small palette if you want to get fancy. 

After dipping your brush into the paint, simply make brush strokes on your ornament. The simple brush stroke ornaments were my favorite, but we did mix it up a bit by painting some curves and dashes and dots just for fun. 

DIY Christmas Tree Ornament - Whitken & Co.

It's that simple, folks. We hung them to dry from the chandelier in our dining room, and afterwards attached ribbon for hanging on the tree, which hopefully we'll be putting up this weekend! 

Tag me on Instagram and let me know if you make your own ornaments! I would love to see your creations! 

DIY Christmas Tree Ornament - Whitken & Co.

DIY Fall Dish Towels

DIY Fall Dish Towels

DIY Fall Dish Towles

Although, it requires a little technique, these DIY tea towels are super simple to make. I'm not a super craftsy person, but I can get behind a pretty DIY that is simple, especially when it makes my home prettier or a mundane task more enjoyable. 

I'm also not a huge fan of terry cloth (it's one of those weird texture issues) so I buy these flour sack towels to use in my kitchen instead. They're pretty, absorbent, I like the feel of them, and there's a ton of different ways you can personalize them. (You can see some indigo ones that I dyed in this post)

I love these DIY dish towels because they add a little touch of fall to your kitchen and make doing dishes just a little more enjoyable. They also make great gifts. I think my favorite part are the metallic water color paints I used to make them. It's hard to see in these pictures, but they have just a little bit of sheen to them and play off the mixed metal trend, which I love.

Let me know if you guys make these!

Supplies:

DIY Fall Dish Towels

Preparation:

  • Place drop cloth or paper over surface to protect from paint
  • Put a small amount of water in small bowl or glass
  • Shake paints and squirt a small amount of each into a styrofoam bowl
  • Unpackage stencils and towels

Instructions & Technique:

DIY Fall Dish Towels
  • Unfold towel and lay flat on table
  • Determine your design or you can make it up as you go.
  • Place stencil over towel
  • Take one of the brushes and dab it in the water, tapping off excess. (I used the two largest brushes, but I don't think it really matters which ones you use.)
  • Dip your wet brush in the copper paint to think it out a bit and dab off excess by dabbing the brush in the bowl or on your drop cloth. You don't want too much paint on the brush or it will get under the stencil. We're going for a light effect here.
  • Lightly tap your brush up and down on the stencil to cover the design. You're not looking for full coverage here because you'll be going over it with the gold.
  • Once you're satisfied with the copper, repeat the same steps with the gold paint
  • Gently raise your stencil from the surface
  • Let your design completely dry before washing.

* I suggest using one towel for practice until you get your water/paint mixing and dabbing/tapping technique down. This is a really simple DIY, but there is a little technique to get a clean effect. 

DIY Fall Dish Towels

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