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December 10, 2010

Decorating the kitchen for Christmas...

Because I spend so much time in the kitchen, I really enjoy decorating this room for the holidays. Here are a few of my favorite kitchen decorations, as well as a tutorial for making a cupcake Christmas ornament which is fairly "kid friendly".

A glass cookie jar filled with cookie cutters and jazzed up with a decorative ribbon and small bells/pinecones.

A corner lamp with a handmade ornament and a small vignette.

No-sew curtains made from cloth napkins and one of my bingo ornaments.

A favorite bottle brush wreath with vintage angels.

Remember these cookie cutters from one of my shopping adventures?

Who says cookie cutters are just for making cookies? I tied mine onto garland and a miniature tree for my kitchen.

Last year I posted a tutorial on how to make these cupcake ornaments and it's such a fun craft, I thought I'd recycle it again. Josie and Emma were able to help me with 2/3 of this project and Josie was three at the time.

Supplies Needed:

Styrofoam balls
Cupcake liners
Glitter (I used white snowflake glitter)
Artificial floral berries
Twine or ribbon
White craft glue
Foam or paint brush
Hot glue gun
Wooden Skewers for handling glue covered foam balls

Step 1. Stick your Styrofoam ball into a wooden skewer and use a foam brush to coat the upper 2/3 of your ball with glue.

Step 2. Pour your snowflake glitter into a plastic bag and toss your glue-covered ball around the glitter.

Step 4. Place glittered covered balls in a drinking glass and let dry.

Step 5. Put a drop of hot glue in the center of your cupcake, cut a small ribbon, make a loop and press into glue. Press your floral berry (which is the cherry) in the center of your ribbon.

Step 6. Let your Styrofoam ball dry. When dry remove the skewer.

Step 7. Using a hotglue gun, place a few drops of glue around the cupcake liner and press your foam ball in place. Be careful, I found that the foil liners get REALLY SUPER hot quickly.

I also think these cupcakes ornaments would look cute tied onto packages of homemade Christmas treats. Now isn't this fun?

Happy crafting! Have a super weekend doing something you love!


Jodee said...

Great kitchen decorations! I especially love the jar with cookie cutters!

I started working on our Christmas cookie party last night. I will send you some pictures!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Jodee said...

Here is something you can whip up this weekend:

Aren't they adorable?!

Jodi said...

Love your ideas! I may have to make the cupcake ornaments. We began our baking yesterday. We have more to do this weekend as Jailyn and Jorja are ready to deliver them already!

Life in Rehab said...

That garland swag is to die for, I love it! Thanks for sharing the tutorial with the cupcakes. They came out really cute; I may just have to try that!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Kim...the cupcake ornament are so cute!...mind if I borrow the idea next year.(-: I love the way your kitchen looks, just adorable!

Michelle @ Dream Home DIY said...

How darn cute are those?!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

I love decorating my kitchen too!


Heather said...

Love the cupcake ornaments. Your kitchen decorations look cute!

Kim said...

Always amazing things..
Love them all..
You are sooo creative..
Have a great weekend..

Donna said...

Your cupcakes are so cute! What a fun project! And calorie free, even better:) I love all of your decorations, especially that pretty bottlebrush wreath, and darling ornament on your lamp! So festive!!

Karin said...

I loved seeing your kitchen decorations! So pretty! And what a cute cupcake ornament. :)