No Sew Ruffle Tree Skirt Tutorial(ish)

Once and a while, I get a crazy idea when I see pictures of what other people have done. I think to myself, that is cute, but I wonder what would happen if I did THIS instead. Sometimes it works, a lot of the time, it does not! In this case, I like how things turned out!
There are about 500 million versions of the DIY ruffle tree skirt in blog land. About 25% of those are no sew versions. They are all adorable. It made me want one, but I wanted mine to be a tiny bit different. I chose to make my ruffles all angle towards the tree and mix tons of different fabrics to make a mish mash of awesomeness. Why does it say tutorial(ish) in the title? Because 1. Like I said, there are a bazillion tutorials out there that will tell you pretty much the same thing I will tell you and 2. I didn’t take many pictures because I did most of the work at about 1 am. That makes for crappy lighting and even crappier craptastic pictures. SOO, I will be painting a few pictures with my words.
Here is what you need…
*Boring tree skirt
*Fabric to ruffle. The 5 on the left are all fat quarters from Fat Quarter Shop. The other 5 are from JoAnn Fabric and I got 1 yard of each. I didn’t use all of the fabric, but close enough that you will probably want to get that much.
*Hot Glue (a whole lot of it)
*Glue Gun
*Scissors
Well, first you need to find the ugliest tree skirt you can find to doll up. Mine has been skirting my tree for the last 3 years. It was time to make it useful.
Then, you want to cut your fabric into strips. Mine are all about 4 inches wide. Lay them out in the order you want them to be on your tree skirt.
Lay out your tree skirt. Starting at one end where the skirt ties together, put hot glue on the tree skirt going from the outside edge towards the center of the tree skirt. Put about 6 inches at a time. Place the fabric on top of your glue and make it ruffle as you go. Keep doing this for the rest of your piece of that fabric until you reach the center. Once you get to the center, you will notice that the edge of the fabric points in into the center of the tree skirt. Cut that little edge off so that you don’t drown your tree with fabric.
Repeat those steps over and over and over and over again until you have ruffled your skirt completely.
Go attach it to your tree and you are done! What did I tell you? Lame tutorial, awesome result.
Merry Christmas! P.S. Allow this to be your informal introduction to what my Christmas colors are at my house. This is a small taste of some seriously sweet colors I used. I can’t wait to show you more!

Missionary Advent Calendar

 
Well, today is the big day. I am going to say goodbye to my little brother for 2 years while he serves an LDS mission. He will be serving the people of Bogota, Colombia. He is 5 1/2 years younger than me. To most people, that seems like kind of a big gap, but I think it is just right. We have always been pretty close. It is hard to think that I won’t be able to talk to him whenever I want and that I won’t be able to see him for 2 whole years, but he will be an incredible missionary and I know he and my family will be blessed for supporting him.
We wanted to have a little Christmas night with him before he left, so we all got him gifts that he could use on his mission etc. I wanted to give him something for Christmas that would really mean something to him, so I made him an advent calendar. I want him to feel like he gets to celebrate Christmas too. 
I got 12 pieces of scrapbook paper and I cut them in half. I folded those pieces in half and taped the sides shut to create little pockets. I decorated each of the pockets with the number of each day he would have to open them and a little extra glam cause I can’t really do anything without a little glam! 
In each pocket is a slip of paper. On the odd days, they are random facts about how the celebrate Christmas in Colombia. In the even day pockets they are some of our favorite scriptures along with an explanation of why they are special to us. On some days, he gets an added bonus. I got 6 wallet sized pictures and put them in random pockets as an extra surprise for him (including my husband ultra funny/dorky school picture this year).
On Christmas, I wanted him to get something extra special, so I wrote him a letter for Christmas Day. 
He was really excited when he opened up this gift because he could tell that I put a lot of thought into it and it is something that he can really look forward to doing each day. It is something that could be easily made for missionaries all over the world too because it is pretty light weight and would be easily shipped. He was also excited that they were all flat and could be crammed into a suitcase pretty easily. 
Wish us luck as we drop him off today! I know it will be tough, but totally worth it. I am so proud of him and the choices that he has made to be worthy of serving a mission.
I am interested in what kind of gifts you have sent to missionaries. I will have quite a few other holidays that I will send him gifts for, so tell me what your missionary gift ideas are!
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Glitter Christmas Shirt Tutorial

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The Christmas decorations can’t just stop with decorating your house anymore. It is time to do a little decorating of the kiddos too. I love putting cute, seasonal shirts on Harper so that when I look back at pictures of her wearing those shirts, I know exactly what time of year it was taken. It is really helpful and she just looks stinking cute in them too. I am excited to show you how to make a glittery Christmas shirt of your own using the Tulip Shimmer Sheets, Glitter Paints, and Crystals.
Here’s what you need…
Shirt
Ruler
Scissors
Paper with “lil’ Christmas Star” printed on it
Paper with a picture of a Christmas star printed on it
Paper or cardboard
Iron
First, cut out the image of the Christmas star. Trace it onto the Tulip Shimmer Sheet. You will want to trace it onto the side that isn’t as glittery. Cut out the star out of the Shimmer Sheet.
Lay your text out onto your shirt and decide where you want your star to be. Use your ruler to be sure it is even and straight.
Following the directions on the Tulip Shimmer Sheet package, iron the star onto your shirt. This is so easy to do! I love the feel of it when it is done. It feels just like a shirt that you buy from the store and it only takes about a minute to put it on the shirt. I was really impressed with how easy it was.
Next, put the paper or cardboard in the shirt so that your paint doesn’t bleed through. Lay your text right where you want it to be to get a mental image. Put the paper with the text on it inside the shirt right underneath where you want the text to be. 
Use the paper with the text on it as a guide. Trace the letters while you paint with the Tulip Glitter Paint. This is done more easily if you have another paper next to you so that you can tap the paint down so that it comes out easily and gets the bubbles out. Do this often so that the paint doesn’t come bursting out. 
After the painted letters have dried, lay out the Tulip Iron-on Crystals where you want them to be. 
Using the Tulip Heat Setting Tool, attach each crystal to the shirt. Follow the directions on the package. It is really easy. Just put the tool on top of each crystal and hold it there for a few seconds. 
Now go find yourself a cute kid to decorate! Go try their new shirt on. Harper got compliments on her shirt all day long!
I hope you enjoy making your very own glitter Christmas shirt!
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Vinyl Ornament Advent Calendar

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Christmas time is quickly coming upon us. I can’t believe it almost time to start pulling out the jingle bells and holly berry. I am excited to celebrate this year with my baby who will be experiencing it for the first time. I wanted to come up with a decor item that could double as an activity for her as well, so I made an advent calendar!

This was so easy to make and it brings some bling into your holiday decor! You will need…
*Glitter vinyl in red and blue
*Indoor vinyl in red and green
*Vinyl cutter
*Mod Podge or glitter glue
*Twine or ribbon
*Tape
*Paint
*Paint brush
*Glitter
*Plastic ornaments (I found mine at Michael’s)
First, I painted my picture frame. After it was dry, I painted Mod Podge onto it and dumped my glitter on top. Be sure to put paper underneath so you can reuse your glitter. Be prepared to make a big, fat mess.
Measure the size you need the numbers to be on your ornaments. I wanted mine to be alternating colors with the days so I cut out odd numbers in one color, along with a few circles for polka dots. I used the glitter vinyl for all of my numbers.
Then, I cut out the even numbers and more polka dots in the other color of glitter vinyl.
I cut out polka dots in the two remaining colors of vinyl to add to my ornaments.
I peeled off each number and stuck it onto the ornaments, along with 5 of the polka dots in different colors to add some flavor.
Turn the picture frame so that the front part is laying down. Cut twine in different lengths to hang your ornaments with and tape them in place. I didn’t tape them in order of the days because I wanted it to be kind of a hunt for the number each day.
Repeat that step for all 12 of your ornaments and hang up the frame! I love how it turned out. I think it would be really cute to add treats or love notes in them for your kids or spouse to read everyday.

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Winner of our Giveaway! And cupcake tutorial!

Well first of all, I have to say I am sorry about bailing on you yesterday! It ended up being a little bit nuts! We found our dream house! Today we are going to put an offer on it! Wish us luck! So here is the moment you all have been waiting for. The winner of our EveryPrettyThing giveaway is…
#9 DotheTwist 
Congrats! I am totally jealous! Please email me at artistrybymckenzieg(at)hotmail.com and let me know what your address is so that you can get your cute pillow!
Because you didn’t get a post yesterday, you get 2 posts today! Right now, you get a tutorial! I made the cutest cupcakes yesterday! Here they are!
Rudolf the Rednosed Cupcake
They were a huge hit at our family Christmas party last night, and were so easy to make. Make them for your Christmas parties coming up! Here is what you will need…
*Mini Oreos
*Pretzel twists
*Chocolate chips
*Chocolate cake mix
*Chocolate frosting
*Black decorating gel
*Christmas M&Ms
*Cupcake baking cups
Step 1: Bake the cupcakes as directed on the cake mix box. Let the cupcakes cool
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Step 2: While your cupcakes are cooling prepare your pretzels. Snap pretzels in 1/2 then snap the tops off of them. This will make them look like little antlers. Put them on a plate and set them aside.
Step 3: Separate the Oreos and keep the halves with the cream on them. Set aside.
Step 4: Frost your cupcakes once they have cooled. I used the Betty Crocker Whipped Chocolate. It goes on so well! I would suggest using the whipped kind.
Step 5: Put 2 Oreo halves on each cupcake towards the top. They will be the reindeer eyes.
Step 6: Use the decorating gel to make the reindeer mouth. Make a “J” shape and then a backwards “J” to create a mouth shape.
Step 7: Put a chocolate chip on each Oreo to finish the eyes.
Step 8: Put a red M&M in the center of the cupcake at the top of the mouth. This is your red reindeer nose!
Step 9: Now you get to add the antlers! Poke 2 pretzels into the top of the cupcake and you have a completed reindeer!
Aren’t they so cute?
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Jingle all the Way Wreath TUTORIAL!

Just as I promised, here is your first “gift” of Christmas! A new tutorial!
 Isn’t it so cute? Let’s get started.
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Ta-dah! You are done!
After I finished this wreath, I had it sitting next to the doorway. My hubby walked in and litterally gasped and said “Woah! Do we get to keep this?” I had been making lots of things to sell at the open houses I had coming up. He was impressed! That is even coming from a “Manly Man”. It must be pretty breathtaking!
Happy Crafting!
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