Brighten up your holiday with these beautiful poinsettia lights made using twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper and some floral tape. They are just gorgeous and add a touch of magic to where you place them.
Poinsettia Lights Supplies
NOTES: LED Lights are COOL TO THE TOUCH and VERY SAFE. Also, we found some red and green glittery tissue paper at Walmart in the party section.
LED White Twinkle Lights w/green String (Get a GOOD brand that lasts. The ones linked to are not glass and will work great.)
Red & Green Tissue Paper (We used 12 sheets each of 20″ x 20″ (33 sq. feet for each color) and it was just enough to make 50 flowers. Possibly a few more.
Awl or something with a point to poke a hole in the tissue flowers with
Free Poinsettia Pattern
Video Of Poinsettia Assembly
NOTE ON STORAGE: Tissue paper is very delicate so DO NOT STORE WHERE DAMP. Store them carefully in a box with lots of room.
This is all you need!
I stapled my tissue paper together to help hold it as I was cutting more than one poinsettia leaf at time. FYI don’t cut too many as they tend to slide around. Start cutting out!
I stapled my tissue paper together to help hold it as I was cutting more than one poinsettia leaf at a time. FYI, don’t cut too many as they tend to slide around.
For each flower you will need three red and two green leaves.
Your finished Poinsettia!
Get all your items ready in an assembly line.
Layer the flowers as shown, making sure to keep them centered.
Using an awl or something sharp and pointy, poke a hole into the very center of your leaves. Wiggle the awl to make the hole a little larger.
The hole made using the awl.
Carefully push your light through the hole all the way down to the base. This will require a small amount of tearing. Just don’t tear it too much!
The underneath side of your flower.
Fold all your leaves over like a sandwich.
Try to fold them in the other direction, then scrunch them together.
Take a few inches of floral tape and start wrapping the base, squeezing it tightly as you go.
Keep wrapping as you move down.
The tape is very waxy and holds perfectly. If it tears just add more.
Carefully pull out the petals a bit.
Your finished Poinsettia!
These festive little wooden reindeer are a mixture of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they’re complete! The best part is you can make them any size. And I mean any size. We made small 5″ ones but you could even make them from logs if you were so inclined! If you enjoy doing this, you might also like our unique little stand up Christmas Countdown from Wood Slices.
Wooden Reindeer Supplies
NOTES ON GLUE: For the tiny reindeer, I used hot glue in the essence of time. This is actually not a good idea if your branches have bark on them as mine did because the sticks will pull the bark off easily. Either use sticks without bark or use larger branches and drill holes to place your sticks into for a firm hold. For larger reindeer I’d suggest a drill and wood glue.
- Small Branches
- Carpentry Hand Saw OR Table Saw We have this table saw. It’s fairly inexpensive as far as saws go.
- Hot Glue Gun (Read notes as this does not hold well)
- Wood glue for larger reindeer
- Drill (for long term holding)
- White paint
- Gold paint
- Brown Twine
Our reference sheet can be helpful when cutting your wood if your making a small reindeer. It’s in pdf format.
Grab some branches. Or do like I did and call your dad up and have him cut you a few.
Decide on the length of the deer parts. We’ve included a basic sheet of sizes but you can adjust as desired.
If you are gluing, make sure to cut certain parts that go against the body at an angle.
I just cut up a bunch of pieces to pick from.
If some have rough edges, rub them on a piece of sandpaper.
Glue on your pieces. Remember, I learned that these don’t stick well with bark on the branches. Best to drill holes in that case.
You can see why we angled the leg pieces a bit.
Now to add on the little tail.
To make the antlers attach better I did drill a hole in the head piece which had the bark removed.
Make sure the antler pieces fit in and then remove them for painting. If you drill your legs in the same manner they will hold firmly.
Paint the antler pieces gold.
Paint your deer white. Paint the tips of his feet and tail gold.
Grab some twine and bells.
Put his antlers in and tie the twine around his neck and glue on a bell.
This beautiful illuminated upcycled decor light was made from the covers on an old ceiling fan that we had replaced in our living room. I try to look past what something is to what it can be and this was about the easiest upcycled item I’ve ever done. I’m not sure it even fits that definition as it still basically does the same thing… covers a light. I used battery operated tea lights for mine that are on a timer so they are hands off until I need to replace the batteries. If you’d like some other twinkly room lighting ideas check out our Coffee Filter Twinkle Light Filters or our DIY Twinkle Light Jars.
Upcycled Illuminated Decor Supplies
- Old ceiling fan light covers
- Tea Lights, Battery Operated (this is the exact set I purchased which works on a timer 6 hours on 18 off) *
- Replacement batteries when needed (the set above comes with extras.)
Note on these specific tea lights: I’ve not had mine long enough to determine the usage on these specific lights but from what I read it will be about two to three months if they are kept on the timer 24/7. The way the timer works is you turn them on at the time you want them to stay lit for 6 hours. They will then auto shut off for 18 hours and come on again the next day.
This is a shot of the ceiling fan before we moved into the home. It was a nice one but still dated so we know it would eventually be replaced.
The day finally came when we replaced the ceiling light with a chandelier.
I looked at those covers and thought hmmm…
Then I grabbed some battery operated tea lights that work on a timer.
I found an old candle stand and used it for a base.
I tested these in a few places.
This is my favorite decor piece which sits on our coffee table.
I love upcycle crafts where it’s hard to tell what the original item was. In my opinion, this one qualifies for that quite well. These DIY candle holders are made from plastic soda bottles. Typical taper candles fit snugly into the tops. You can paint them any color and decorate them for any occasion or holiday. We’ve given you four different ideas to get your creative juices flowing!
IMPORTANT: These are meant as decor items only. DO NOT light candles in these plastic holders.
Here’s a fun way to make a countdown from wood slices to some special event that’s coming up! Maybe a holiday, or someone coming to visit. Maybe its a long awaited vacation or days till you buy that special something you’ve been saving for. And of course the kids always count the days until school is out. Whatever the occasion this little countdown is a fun way to keep track of the time until it happens! It’s a lovely small piece that can sit anywhere to remind you of the wonderful things in your future.
- Wood slice discs. About 1/2″ thick cut from tree branch. (approx 3 to 4″ in diameter) If you don’t have a way to cut any you can find them on eBay and Etsy.
- Chalk paint
- Hot glue gun
- Silk flowers etc.
Make a Countdown For All Occasions!
Decorate your countdown however you like to match the occasion. I made a general one for any occasion and then one for the Christmas holidays. Make sure to put on TWO coats of chalkboard paint, allowing it to dry in between. It’s best to let the last coat dry overnight before use.
I had a little wooden lady bug that seemed to fit perfectly on this one.
Supplies used for a Christmas countdown.
Of course you can make a standard Christmas Countdown. We’ve also got more Christmas Countdown Ideas here.
Another fun style.
This Christmas Spider idea comes from back in the 90s when I made them as holiday gifts. I’m not sure where it originated but there were various stories that went with it. Being someone who loves to write poems I wrote one with some of the same concepts as the stories so it could be attached to the spiders. A tree filled with these for ornaments would be gorgeous and quite the conversation piece!
Please enjoy this idea and the free poem download that you can print and attach to your spiders for giving as gifts.
POEM THAT GOES WITH THE SPIDERS. (FREE PRINTABLE BELOW)
Christmas Spider Supplies
- 2 jingle bells of different sizes for each spider. Gold or silver. I used size 1 1/4″ and 1/2″ gold. 1″ would also work for the body. ( Too small of bells make it too hard to put the pipe cleaners into them. )
- 12″ pipe cleaners i.e. Chenille stems, gold or color of choice. 2 per spider.
- Tiny ribbon for bows.
- Hot glue gun for head bell if desired. (Or any thick glue that will hold well.)
- Very thin wire (Optional for tying bells together rather than gluing. )
- Downloadable poem tags printed on cardstock.
Christmas Spider Poem Printables
NOTE: The body works best with 1″ or 1 1/4″ bells. Smaller bells for the body will not hold the 4 pipe cleaners. The head can be 1/2″ or something close to that. You can glue the head on. Hot glue will not hold as well as epoxy or tying them on with wire or even string.
Gold spider with closeups of tying on the head and ribbon.
A tiny dab of hot glue will hold your spider onto this card.