Last Minute Silhouette Ornaments

If you are limited on time this holiday season, but still need a few extra small decorations for your upcoming get together, this is the project for you. These cute personalized last minute silhouette ornaments are pretty simple to whip up and something your can work on while the cookies are baking.

Last Minute Silhouette Ornament

You will need:
– several wooden discs (I found these at JoAnn for a little over $0.25 each.)
– two colors of acrylic or chalk paint
– medium paint brush
– small paint brush
– pencil
– small silhouette cut out (Follow our Simple Silhouette Tutorial.)
– string

1. Figure out how you want to hang your ornaments. The wood discs were plain and I knew I wanted a space to put a string through, so I had my hubby drill a tiny hole in each one. If you don’t have time for that, you can always hot glue the string to the back. (Drilling Tip: Since this wood is so thin, we suggest sandwiching the discs between a couple of pieces of thin scrap wood to prevent splintering.)

Wood Circle Ornaments

2. Paint the front and sides of each disc with one coat of paint and let them dry. The drying time is the longest part of this process. I used that time to get other stuff done. (For example, making dinner, baking cookies, cleaning house, etc.) When they are dry, paint the back of the discs.

White Paint Wood Circles

3. Once all sides are painted and dried, trace your silhouette cut out onto the disc.

Traced Silhouette Wood Circles

4. Fill in the silhouette with the other color of paint using a small paint brush.

Painted Silhouette Ornament

5. Add a string to hang it with and you are done!

Pretty straight forward, right? I love that these can be hung on the tree, placed on a stocking for each family member, or added to a gift. So fun!

Silhouette Stocking Decor

I was able to get 8 of these cute ornaments finished in a couple of hours, which included drying time for the paint, babysitting an infant, tending to the never ending needs of a toddler, making lunch, and school pick up. I’m not Super Mom, so if I can do it, you can too!

Home for the Holidays Tour

We have teamed up with a wonderful group of 19 bloggers to bring you holiday inspiration with a Home for the Holidays Tour.

Hi and welcome to Emily’s home! Come on in!

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This is the decor of our entryway. I’m a pretty simple gal, so my decorating tends to reflect that.

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Christmas Home Tour Entryway

One night, I was having the hardest time going to sleep. I decided to do a little chalkboard doodling in our playroom and was extremely pleased with this tree I drew.

Chalktree home for the holidays tour

In our Kitchen/Dining Room area I have hung my DIY Advent calendar. This has been a huge hit in our house. Saying my boys love it, is probably an understatement.

DIY advent calendar home tour

I am still keeping things simple here with my wood shim Christmas Tree.

Wood Shim Christmas Tree

Some of my favorite ways to decorate is with touches of nature found right in my very own backyard.

Buffet Table Xmas home tour

Styling this fireplace and mantle brought me so much joy, that I felt the need to spell it out for everyone to see. Do you like our dollar store stockings hung by the chimney with care? I think they add a nice pop of color to our very neutral Great-room.

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Take a real good look at this pic. My two boys in the same photo! This almost never happens!

Home for the Holidays Home Tour

These two Santas are very special to me. Our grandpa had mad wood working skills and had cut these bad good boys out. Our mom painted the one on the left and the 10-year-old version of me painted the one on the right. (I know what your thinking, that I was a real prodigy, huh?) Our mother passed away when I 12 and these little guys became mine. When I was in my 20’s and moving all around the country, so did these Santas. I make sure they make my holiday decor cut every year.

Christmas Home Tour Santas

I found that this antique bassinet is a great way to keep our wrapped gifts safe from curious little fingers.

Home tour antique bassenett

Christmas decor bassenett

My oldest son keeps telling me we NEED more Christmas decoration. To keep his holiday spirit up, together we added little festive touches to his room. His favorite part is that he got his very own tree.

Christmas decor home tour

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Well, that’s it for the tour. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays to you!


Now it’s time to check out these other amazingly inspirational Christmas home tours.


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Your Designs This Time – No. 40

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Hi everyone and welcome to Your Designs This Time – No. 40! We love seeing all of the holiday projects and Christmas home tours. They are each so inspiring. We are so happy you are here and we can’t wait to your latest projects. Thanks for joining us!

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The Features

When we say it was so hard to pick features, it was truly SO hard! So, we kind of broke the rules and chose several!

First, these home tours blew us away!


So Much Better With Age | Joy in Our Home | blue i style | View from the Fridge

And all of these little DIY projects that add that special touch? Incredible!


DIY Wood Shim Star from View From the Fridge | DIY Jute Ornament from Blooming Homestead | Chalkboard Puzzle Piece Tags from Domestically Blissful

Such little details that make all the difference…make sure to check out these ladies and pin from the original source! It is so worth it to visit them!


Beautiful Brown Paper Packages from Delineate Your Dwelling| Glass Glitter Pinecone from Making it in the Mountains| Paper Feather Wreath from Little Red Window

If you were featured, be sure to grab a button and thanks again for sharing your projects! It’s always so hard to choose because SO many projects are fabulous!

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– Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on all of our blogs. By submitting a link, you authorize Brepurposed, Elizabeth Joan Designs, Little House Of Four, and Restless Arrow to feature your project on our blogs and social media. (This includes a photo from your project’s post and a link back to your blog.)
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December 2014 Printable Gift Tags

With the holidays quickly approaching, I know that I am still scrambling to get all of our family’s gifts purchased, let alone wrapped. (I’m almost done with the first part though. Woohoo!) However, I did whip up some fun printable holiday gift tags over the weekend that will be dressing up our presents.

December 2014 Printable Gift Tags

I love a pretty package with creative embellishments. (Find out how I made this wrapping paper bow.) Just cut out the gift tags along the outermost line, use a hole punch over the little circle guide, and attach them to your presents.

Present Gift Tag Bow

The round printable tags can also be used as an adornment for the top of a large mouth mason jar lid.

Holiday Mason Jar Label

We’d love to share this colorful collection, as well as a neutral gray version, with you as an early holiday gift!

Holiday Wrapping Bows Tags

All of our printables are currently FREE for download (for personal use only.) However, this is subject to change in the future, so snag them at no cost while you still can! (View Terms of Use.)

Click the image below for the free PDF link. Please download the file and open with Adobe Reader to ensure proper print sizing. When printing, make sure that Page Scaling is set to “None.”

Chrismas Gift Tags


Click here to get the 2013 Printable Gift Tags.

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Wood Shim Christmas Tree

Hello! Welcome to Day 11 of The 12 Post of Christmas, where 12 blogs have come together to bring you a variety of amazing Christmas projects for $24 or less. So if you like to spend hundreds of dollars on each of your holiday decor items, then this post isn’t for you. But if you like cute, cheap, and easy projects then stick around and I will show you how I created an adorable wood shim Christmas Tree for less than $2.00.

Wood Shim Tree Do It Yourself

– Wood Shims – (I used Nelson Wood Shims, 1.25-in x 7.75-in.)
– White Paint
– Paint Brush
– Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

DIY Wood Shim Project

First, lay out all of the shims and brush them with one nice coat of white wash.

Whitewash Wood Shim Christmas Tree

I mixed up a solution of equal parts water and white paint. This seemed to give the wood a whitish look, but I loved how you could still see the wood grains through it.

DIY Wood Shim Tree

Once the paint dries, it’s time to assemble the tree. This process may sound a bit confusing, but trust me. It’s a breeze.

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1. Start by hot gluing a few of the wood shims flat on top of one another. Make sure to line up the narrow ends, which this will be at the top. For the trunk piece. you will want to glue it about 1 1/2 inches down from the top of the other glued pieces. It should stick out a little bit from the rest.

2. After the trunk is in place, glue the next shim on top of the trunk. Line up the narrow end with the top of your tree, not the trunk piece you just placed. Continue to glue shims directly on top of each other. For balance, you will want an equal number of wood pieces on both sides of trunk. (I went with 5 on each side.)

3.For the base, take two shims and glue them together. You will want the narrow end to line up with the thick end. This will create an even foundation for your tree to stand on. (A leaning tree might not be quite as cute in the end.)

4. Finally, attach the tree trunk to the base with a dab of hot glue and you’re done! Yay!

Wood Shim Christmas Tree

This project is a fun modern spin on a traditional Christmas tree decoration. What do you think? I think I am in LOVE!


If you have not yet, be sure to check out all of the other amazing projects for the 12 Post of Christmas.

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1st Day

DIY Passion

2nd Day

Little Red Brick House

3rd Day

Fynes Designs

4th Day

My Daily Randomness

5th Day


6th Day

The DIYDiary

7th Day

The Bold Abode

8th Day

Canary Street Crafts

9th Day

Here Nor There

10th Day

Making it in the Mountains

11th Day

Elizabeth Joan Designs

12th Day

Maddex Musings


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