Who says you need snow to build a snowman? Instead, try your hand at making this adorable DIY snowman ornament. It’s a budget-friendly, easy to make project the whole family can enjoy.
Remove the hanger clasp from the ornament. Cut cotton balls into fourths to create small snowlike pieces, then fill the ornament with them. Secure the top back on the ornament.
Draw on a carrot nose with the orange permanent marker, and the coal eyes and mouth with a black permanent marker.
Knot an 8-inch piece of floss around the metal hanger on the ornament.
Take a few pipe cleaners and join them together, alternating color, starting with the red. Tie the red end of the pipe cleaners around the top of the ornament and wrap it around until the metal hanger is covered. Take the remaining strand of pipe cleaners and continue wrapping until you’ve formed a hat shape. Use a dab of hot glue (on a low heat setting) to secure the end of the pipe cleaners to the ornament.
Glue a pom-pom to the top of the pipe-cleaner hat. Once the glue has set, your snowman ornament is ready for your tree!
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Twinkle lights are essential for holiday decorating, but they can do a lot more than light up a tree, whether inside or out. Here are three creative ways to use string lights in the DIY holiday decor throughout your home.
Optional: If you’re using lights that have a dark battery compartment and plan on placing this log display on a neutral or light-colored surface, you’ll want to camouflage the battery packs. To do so, stack them on top of each other with both on switches facing outward. Wrap cotton batting (or any neutral toned fabric) around the packs to conceal them. Use scotch tape to secure the batting around the compartments.
Wrap the largest log with one of the light strands. Wrap the next log with half of the light strand; you want to leave some lights for the third log. Position the battery pack in between the first two logs.
Position the third log on top, to hide the battery compartment). Wrap it with the remaining lights.
These logs can be displayed just about anywhere — as a centerpiece, on the floor below the tree, or even in a faux or dormant fireplace.
Note: Do not position the logs in a working fireplace, as the light strands and batteries are flammable.
Illuminated Ornament Display
Materials: (per 1 glass vase)
Place the battery compartment of the lights in the bottom of your glass vase, with the on switch facing upward for easy on/off access.
Cover the battery pack with batting to conceal it. Just don’t add too much, because you’ll need to be able to access the on/off switch. Add in any type of reflective garlands — mirrors, crystals, tinsel — to the bottom of the vase to dramatize the twinkle. Now layer a few of the lights.
Fill the remainder of the vase with pretty ornaments, wrapping in the lights as you go. The more shine your ornaments have, the better! We recommend sticking with ornaments that have metallic, glitter, or iridescent finishes so your display really sparkles. Create multiple vases and use them as a table centerpiece. Or use them to decorate a mantle, side table, or coffee table.
Twinkle Light Jars
Before you start, make sure the jar you are using is wide enough to fit the battery compartment of your twinkle lights.
Place the battery compartment of the lights in the bottom of the jar, with the on switch facing upward for easy on/off access. Cover the battery pack with batting. Leave the lights trailing out of the jar.
Sprinkle in some iridescent confetti for extra shine.
With the end of the light strand pulled out of the jar, wrap the end a few times around one of your mini trees. Continue until several trees have been wrapped. Make sure to leave space in between each tree on the wire strand so you can space out the trees once they’re inside the jar.
Once the trees have been wrapped, place each one inside the jar. If the trees don’t stay upright, try using the excess wire near the base of the tree to help keep it in place. You can also add in mini ornaments and other holiday decor at this point.
Kids will especially love these colorful jars. They make perfect nightlights in a child’s room throughout the holiday season.