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DIY ornament card chandelier

Today, I am going to share my DIY ornament card chandelier with you.

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A childhood Christmas story:

When I was young, my mom would take us to the Hallmark store in town. We perused around the store during the holidays seeking out that special little memento. We also spent some time selecting our favorite Hallmark cards to send to family and friends. I can remember my sister and I hiding in the back corner of the store looking at all of them while mom shopped. We would chat with the cashier and she would give us a piece of candy when we were leaving.

Isn’t it amazing the things we remember? The events that stick in our brains, right?

Those little shopping trips meant something. Family time and finding ways to share the holiday spirit with those we cared about with a holiday card or two.  So, this year I thought I would take the girls. The girls had fun selecting just the right cards to give to those they cared about and I loved that there was a coupon for them as well!



Our home is officially all decked out for the holidays and our home office is no exception! This room becomes gift wrapping headquarters with gift wrap, ribbon, tags ,and other wrapping supplies scattered about. I really wanted a holiday focal point in the office. So, why not create a DIY ornament card chandelier!?

faux chandelier with ornaments and card holder



I dressed up the chandelier for the holidays with some garland, and mercury glass ornaments-which are my favorite by the way! I also selected a few special Hallmark cards that I will be sharing with family and friends.

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It is such a simple and elegant way to display photos, cards, ornaments…you name it. The DIY ornament card chandelier is almost like a 3D hanging version of a gallery wall. The chandelier is versatile and can be changed out each season.


Supplies needed for the DIY ornament card chandelier:

Instructions for creating your ornament card chandelier:

  • Start by hanging your chandelier with a ceiling hook in the center of the room
  • Add garland/greenery to the perimeter of the chandelier
  • Attach ribbon to your ornaments and hang
  • Attach ribbon to chandelier and clip Hallmark cards to ribbon
  • Attach Bakers Twine to clothespins to hang Hallmark Magic Snowballs

TIP: To transform the Hallmark Magic Snowballs into ornaments I cut wide grosgrain ribbon the length of the Hallmark tag and hot glued the ribbon to form a decorative loop for hanging. Once the holiday season is over, the kids can play with the snowballs throughout the season when the outdoors is too cold. Nothing like an indoor snowball fight!!

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I love how this DIY turned out. Don’t you?

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 I’d love to hear about your favorite family traditions in the comments below!

Other DIY posts you might be interested in:

DIY burlap gift bag dandelion patina


So beautiful! This cozy winter mantel from combines neutral decor with textural elements. This mantel can be left all season long! #mantel #farmhousestyle


Happy Holidays,

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Christmas Cheer Free Printable

I just want to say that you have such a pretty face, you should be on a Christmas card!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all greeted each other this way during the holidays? Wouldn’t this make you smile…or even blush?

Our family has been watching The Elf movie almost every evening this past week. My girls just love it and I love it too because there are some great lessons to be learned…

…and put into practice!

With that, today, I am sharing a bit of Christmas Cheer with a free printable!

Myself and 9 of my friends have created gorgeous free printables as a thank you to all our readers. I hope you will find a few that you love and can use this holiday season!

Beautiful Christmas Cheer free printable with saying from The Elf movie via #freeprintable #christmas


free holiday cheer printable from Lovely neutral chalkboard design



vintage sheet music and super size pine cones surround this christmas cheer chalkboard free printable via


Sweet Christmas Cheer free printable via #freeprintable #christmascheer


Free Christmas Cheer printable with quote from The Elf movie via #theelf #christmascheer


The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear! Free Christmas printable from

Download: Christmas Cheer Free Printable


Be sure your printer settings are set to photo paper and quality is on “best”. We recently purchased a new printer and I had forgotten to do this.

Thus, the lines on my printable in the photos throughout this post.

You can also just send off the download to Walgreens or Wal-Mart and pick up your printable for minimal cost.

I am so glad it happened to me and not to you!

Now, please take a look at the printables my lovely friends created!


Get your 10 free holiday printables with gorgeous and inspiring holiday vignettes via #freeprintable #holiday

Christmas Tree Farm via The Little Glass Jar

Nordic Christmas Movie Quotes via Blesser House

Merry & Bright via Cherished Bliss

Vintage Inspired Merry Christmas via Live Laugh Rowe

Red truck with Christmas Tree Gift Tags via Everyday Enchanting

Christmas Greeting Cards via Paint Me Pink

Advent Calendar Tags via Meadow Lake Road

Merry & Bright Deer via Home Remedies Rx

Buffalo Check Gift Tags via Hawthorne & Main

Christmas Cheer Free Printable via Dandelion Patina

Looking for more Christmas inspiration?

Happy Holidays Home Tour 2015 featuring gorgeous cottage style neutral decor and industrial flair via #cottagestyle #farmhousestyle

Holiday Home Tour 

Happy Holidays,

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DIY Burlap Gift Bag How To

Today I am going to share a DIY burlap gift bag. This bag is a simple & easy project. And, it is super cute.


The holidays are upon us and soon gift giving will be in full swing. For me, you can’t go wrong with burlap…and coffee! I know, I know…why not go out and just buy a bag? Well, because I am a creative soul and love to put my mark on the gifts I give. Creating those handmade gifts just makes the holiday season a bit more merrier!

Simple and easy DIY burlap bag tutorial by dandelion patina

A little story:

Coffee has become my addiction. I suppose it started once I became a mom.  My oldest daughter is also Ethiopian born, so when we were in Ethiopia we tasted some of the best macchiatos!  I was sleep deprived and looking for that fix to keep my ‘supermom’ status. Is there such a thing?

I started visiting my local Starbucks twice a day! The addiction started…

….and the hubby quickly pointed out what we were spending on my little addiction. The reality was pretty hard to swallow. Something had to change.


So one day he surprised me with an espresso machine. I was pretty skeptical. A pretty high standard had already been set. I mean, those baristas really know their stuff at Starbucks!

Create your own Starbucks house blend caramel macchiato and create these fun DIY burlap gift bags to share your love of coffee beans via

After some simple experimenting, wah la! I think the key is to buy the whole bean and grind your own for each macchiato. One of my favorites is the Starbucks House Blend whole bean. You can find a whole assortment of Starbucks coffee flavors to suit your taste.


So, now I can enjoy our own caramel macchiatos while crafting and gift wrapping and basically any time I want without the worry of spending too much. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love going to my local Starbucks. But, it is more of a monthly visit now rather than twice a day! If you are looking for a cost effective way to keep having those caramel macchiatos…this is the best alternative my friends. A person could give up coffee drinking entirely. I have is really hard. And, really…who wants to do that?

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Anyway, one of the simple gifts I love to give to my coffee drinking peeps is a bag of whole bean coffee and a grinder. And, a great way to wrap those bags of coffee is with burlap! Plus, if you have children, they can be involved in creating their own gift bag creations. It is such a fun way to be together and get your crafting on.


Let’s get started with the burlap bag tutorial.

DIY burlap gift bag dandelion patina

Supplies needed for the DIY Burlap Gift Bag:

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  • Start by cutting apart a brown paper bag, this will be your template for the burlap pieces.

simpel and easy burlap gift bag


  • Place your pattern on the burlap and cut out your burlap pieces leaving an allowance to be glued (1/4″) or so.

burlap gift bag tutorial


  • Then arrange your pieces in a row the way the bag would go back together and start gluing each side. The bottom piece will be glued on last.

simple and easy burlap gift bag


  • Your bag will look something like this once you have glued all sides together.
  • Trim off any excess strands of burlap. I wanted my bag very rustic looking, so I didn’t worry about having straight edges.

simple and easy burlap gift bag

  • Embellish as desired.

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Instructions for making coffee stained gift tags:

  • Brew some plain coffee beans.
  • Use a rag to wipe the wooden tag with the coffee.
  • Instantly gives the wooden tag a warm rustic stained appearance without the smell of your typical stain.

wooden gift tags stained with coffee




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Starbucks DIY burlap gift bag tutorial by


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Enjoy getting your crafting on with this fun tutorial on how to make a burlap gift bag the easy way!


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Simple and easy DIY burlap bag tutorial by dandelion patina

Other DIY projects you may be interested in:

winter is for the birds ice ornaments


how to make swirl snowflakes


Enjoy your day,

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Cozy Winter Mantel

Can you believe it is December already? Where has the year gone? This has been a busy week for me! I shared my home tour and now I am back to show you my cozy winter mantel for the Home for the Holidays Home Tour.

I love my neutral decor and during the holidays it is no different. When we originally moved into our home, there was a gas fireplace. But, it wasn’t working properly. Long story short, we ended up having to make a decision to purchase a brand new one or replace it with a large window. We chose the large window and I couldn’t be happier. Now you ask, how do I ever decorate a mantel for the holidays without a fireplace? The answer…create a faux one.

So beautiful! This cozy winter mantel from combines neutral decor with textural elements. This mantel can be left all season long! #mantel #farmhousestyle


I originally wanted my husband to build me a fireplace frame/mantel similar to this one. But, as luck would have it, I found it on Craigslist for so much less than the materials would cost. So, with that savings we added the shiplap to the wall for texture. I love how it turned out. Our walls are all painted in Benjamin Moore Coastal Fog. It is an amazing neutral color with a sandy color during the day and then in the evening it changes to a warm foggy gray.

Cozy winter mantel vignette from #farmhousestyle #cottagestyle


Amazing rack right? These white antlers from Target give a rustic yet feminine feel. I love how they were incorporated into a vintage frame on this cozy winter mantel via #mantel #farmhousestyle


I discovered these white antlers while browsing one day. I was not sure what I was going to do with them, but I knew I had to have them. I had some vintage wooden frames lying around the basement, so I thought I would paint them up to frame the antlers. What do you think?

Lovely pair of white antlers paired with vintage frames, mercury glass and holiday greenery via #cottagestyle #christmas


If you follow me at all, you know I love mercury glass during the holidays. It is a simple way to dress your decor up and make it shine! I also love incorporating vintage books into my vignettes. The patina and character they have ties in so well with the glam of the mercury glass.

cozy winter mantel with white antlers from #antlers


cozy winter mantel with vintage books and christmas greens via #christmasmantel #cottagestyle

Simple evergreens and branches give a natural festive touch to the mantel.

cozy winter mantel from #wintermantel


cozy winter mantel with stockings hung on a wooden ladder made from pallets via #stockingladder #cottagestyle

My DIY pallet ladder works well for hanging stockings on. Which reminds me, I still need to share the tutorial!

cozy winter mantel with wooden whitewashed terriarium and mercury glass via #mantel #farmhousestyle

This wooden terrarium is one of my favorite home decor pieces. I love its whitewashed driftwood look.

cozy winter mantel with wooden terrarium, mercury glass ornaments and cedar greens via #wintermantel #farmhousestyle


cozy winter mantel featuring mercury glass ornaments and faux fur throw via #mercuryglass


cozy winter mantel pinecones in a sisal basket and cedar greens via #pinecones


So beautiful! This cozy winter mantel from combines neutral decor with textural elements. This mantel can be left all season long! #mantel #farmhousestyle


I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created this cozy winter mantel. Interested in seeing my fall mantel? Need inspiration for next summer?


Now, I would like to bring your attention to this wonderful blog tour I am part of this week. All the details are below!

Happy Holidays!

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Welcome to the 2nd annual Home for the Holidays Blog Tour hosted by Sondra Lyn at Home. Wow, do we ever have a great week of holiday celebration ideas lined up for you!

Join us each day for inspiration from nearly 30 of the today’s finest blogs!

Home for the Holidays 2015 - Sondra Lyn at Home


You’ll see everything from gorgeous decor to yummy holiday recipes… and everything in between! Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week:

Monday – Holiday Decor


Just a Girl and Her Blog | Lilacs & Longhorns | What Meegan Makes

Windgate Lane | Worthing Court

Tuesday – Holiday Recipes


Duke Manor Farm | Graceful Order | Rhubarb and Honey

Snappy Gourmet | The Happier Homemaker | Two Thirty-Five Designs

Wednesday – Mantles and Tablescapes


Dandelion Patina | {Home-ology} modern vintage | Organize and Decorate Everything

Sondra Lyn at Home | StoneGable | The Everyday Home

Thursday – Holiday Crafts


An Extraordinary Day | Cottage at the Crossroads | Making it in the Mountains

Our Southern Home | 2 Bees in a Pod | Two Purple Couches

Friday – Gifts and Wrapping


Addison Meadows Lane | DIY180 | Domestically Speaking

My Creative Days | Southern State of Mind | unOriginal Mom

Be sure to check back every day this week to enjoy all the goodies we’ll be sharing with you! Each day’s links will be posted that day and will go live at 7am EST/6am CST, so don’t miss a single day!

Cause we all know…

there’s no place like…

Home for the Holidays!

Monday – Holiday Decor

Tuesday – Holiday Recipes


Wednesday – Holiday Mantels and Tablescapes

Thursday – Holiday Crafts


Friday – Holiday Gifts and Wrapping

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