Snowy Wine Bottle Vase

This snowy wine bottle vase craft is an easy and inexpensive way to add a beautiful touch of winter to any mantle, centerpiece, or just about any place you need a vase.

By contributing writer Beth

This snowy wine bottle vase craft is an easy and inexpensive way to add a beautiful touch of winter to any mantle, centerpiece, or just about any place you need a vase.

We don’t get much snow where I live, so that must be why I love snowscapes and snowy crafts so much! This is a great craft for winter. I love that crisp, white monochromatic look, so I pair this snowy white vase with natural and gold accents for simple and clean looking decor.

Supplies Needed

Snowy Wine Bottle Vase supplies at The Happy Housewife

  • Empty wine bottle (You don’t even have to remove labels since they’ll be painted over and covered completely.)
  • Foam paint brush
  • White craft paint (I like to use water soluble paint since it’s easy to clean up!)
  • Disposable pans/trays (optional, not pictured above)
  • Mod Podge
  • Epsom salt
  • Branches, flowers or twigs

Instructions

1. Paint the bottle with the white paint. Let the first coat dry completely. You don’t need to bother painting the bottom unless you just really want to.

Snowy Wine Bottle Vase step 1 at The Happy Housewife

2. Add another coat of white paint so that the streaks are mostly gone and there are no bare spots. Let the paint dry completely and wash the paint brush so that you can reuse it for the Mod Podge.

Snowy Wine Bottle Vase step 2 at The Happy Housewife

3. Pour the Mod Podge in a dish or tray. Place the bottle in another tray or pan to catch any drips. I used disposable pans, but you don’t have to.

Snowy Wine Bottle Vase step 3 at The Happy Housewife

4. Coat the bottle with Mod Podge. I like to put on a really thick coat so it will catch enough Epsom salt in then next step and look more snowy. As you can see, I also like to add a few extra drips down the bottle. I think this adds to the melted and re-frozen look. Move to the next step before the Mod Podge dries.

Snowy Wine Bottle Vase step 4 at The Happy Housewife

5. Immediately press Epsom salt into the Mod Podge along the entire bottle. You’ll be able to see any empty spots, and you can just add a touch more Mod Podge to fill in those spaces. You’ll also want to push any tiny clumps off the bottom of the bottle.

Snowy Wine Bottle Vase step 5 at The Happy Housewife

6. Allow the bottle to dry completely before moving. You can place branches, flowers, or whatever you like in the vase after it’s finished.

Snowy Wine Bottle Vase at The Happy Housewife

This project took less than 2 hours from start to finish (including all drying time). It’s easy enough for beginners and children to accomplish with no problem.

This would also be a really cute effect on wine glasses to go with the wine bottle!

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How to Make a 2016 Memories Jar

Make a 2016 Memories Jar to collect memories, fun moments, or just feelings over the year, and then read all those special memories at the end of the year. | The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Jordon

Welcome 2016! Cheers to a new year, a clean slate, and wonderful memories to be made! This year I thought it would be a fun idea to make a Memories Jar that we can use for collecting memories over the year. You can put anything in there. A nice memory, a grateful feeling, a fun moment…anything! I cannot wait to fill our memories jar up and read all those special memories at the end of the year.

Welcome 2016! Cheers to a new year, a clean slate, and wonderful memories to be made! This year I thought it would be a fun idea to make a Memories Jar that we can use for collecting memories over the year. You can put anything in there. A nice memory, a grateful feeling, a fun moment…anything! I cannot wait to fill our memories jar up and read all those special memories at the end of the year.

Welcome 2016! Cheers to a new year, a clean slate, and wonderful memories to be made! This year I thought it would be a fun idea to make a Memories Jar that we can use for collecting memories over the year. You can put anything in there. A nice memory, a grateful feeling, a fun moment…anything! I cannot wait to fill our memories jar up and read all those special memories at the end of the year.

How to Make a Memories Jar

Make a 2016 Memories Jar to collect memories, fun moments, or just feelings over the year, and then read all those special memories at the end of the year. | The Happy Housewife

This jar was clear!

Supplies Needed

Instructions

1. Spray paint the jar with the Antique Bronze spray paint, and give it two coats.

2. Add stickers after the paint is dry.

3. Using the bronze pen, write “Memories of 2016” on the wood chalkboard tag, and hang it around the handle of the jar.

Make a 2016 Memories Jar to collect memories, fun moments, or just feelings over the year, and then read all those special memories at the end of the year. | The Happy Housewife

4. Put the Memories Jar in an easily accessible spot, along with the cards and Sharpie.

I just love this idea of capturing the memories throughout the year, and I cannot wait to read them all. Happy New Year to all of you, and may you have wonderful memories to put in your Jar!

Make a 2016 Memories Jar to collect memories, fun moments, or just feelings over the year, and then read all those special memories at the end of the year. | The Happy Housewife

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No-Sew Infinity Scarf

100 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Beth

This project is fast, easy, and requires no special skills or supplies. This fun, no-sew infinity scarf would be a super homemade gift from your elementary students, and the best part is, they can make it by themselves!

You could also have girls make them at a slumber party or make them in your spirit colors and give them to the team mom for your child’s sports team. These are so much fun and you can use new or used t-shirts.

This no-sew infinity scarf is fast, easy, and requires no special skills or supplies. It would be a super homemade gift from your elementary students.  At The Happy Housewife

You’ll want to pick a t-shirt with a bold and fun color. The flash of color in a scarf is great for adding flair and drawing attention to your face. This scarf is not for staying warm but great for getting noticed!

I made two different varieties and I like both of them. One has a more narrow strip cut out and ends up looking like a super cute layered necklace. The other version has wide, flouncy ruffles, and is so easy. You can wear them together or separately depending on the look you’re going for. Enjoy!

No-Sew Infinity Scarf (supplies) at The Happy Housewife

Supplies Needed

  • Scissors
  • T-shirt (Large or bigger shirts work great)
  • Bow or flower (optional)

Instructions

1. Whether you’re using an old t-shirt or a new one, make sure that the shirt is clean. Lay the t-shirt flat on a table. Cut a huge circle out of the center of the t-shirt. Cut out one circle in the front and one in the back, making sure not to cut into any seams. You don’t have to cut straight. Just do your best.

No-Sew Infinity Scarf (step 1) at The Happy Housewife

2. Starting on the outside of the circle, cut a spiral toward the center of the circle. My daughter calls it a lollipop just like those giant lollipops in the candy stores.

I cut one skinny spiral about 2 inches thick from one circle, and then with the other circle I cut out a thick spiral about 4 inches wide. This will give variety to your scarf.

No-Sew Infinity Scarf (step 2) at The Happy Housewife

3. Stretch gently along the length of the strips. Because we’re working with jersey knit, stretching them out will cause the edges to draw up and curl slightly. These strips will not unravel, so you don’t have to worry about it ending up as a stringy mess.

4. Now cut one small strip of fabric from the sleeve of your t-shirt. Arrange your scarf into the size and shape you’ll want it to lay when you wear it. Use the small strip to tie it up in one spot. This will keep your pieces from shifting out of place. You can use a bow or flower on the tied part to conceal the knot and add an accent to your scarf.

If you make this for an adult, you’ll probably want to layer the small scarf over the large scarf so that it’s full enough. I made these two for my daughter, and she’s wearing them individually so you can get an idea of the difference in texture.

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Holiday Potpourri: Homemade Christmas Gifts

100 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Jordon

It’s the holiday season with warm, cozy homes filled with family and friends. It is the season of remembering how thankful and blessed we are. Not to mention, it is the season of giving. There is something so special about giving to others and bringing a smile to their face.

Giving does not have to be elaborate or expensive. The simplest gestures can have an abundance of worth to someone. When I was thinking of homemade gifts to give to the special people around me, I kept the simple in mind. I want to bring a smile to their face and the smell of Christmas into their home.

Holiday potpourri does just that. It gives a nice cozy and happy feeling any time they want to warm up the pot on the stove. Scents can really have an affect on your mood, and the smell of Christmas will bring a happy and cheery smile to your face. What a great gift to give someone!

This Holiday Potpourri will bring a smile to the face and the smell of Christmas to the home. 100 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts at The Happy Housewife

Holiday Potpourri

Supplies Needed

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 2 vanilla beans
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 handful of fresh pine branches
  • 1 cup apple cider, pomegranate, or cranberry juice
  • water
  • small wooden crate
  • piece of holiday fabric for lining the crate
  • pieces of fabric and burlap for small ingredients
  • raffiia
  • small chalkboard sign

Box Instructions

1. Line the crate with fabric and add all the dry ingredients. (I bought my crate from Hobby Lobby.) Some of the ingredients are small and can make it look messy, so put them in pieces of burlap and fabric tied with raffia.

This Holiday Potpourri will bring a smile to the face and the smell of Christmas to the home. 100 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts at The Happy Housewife

2. Write or print out the instructions for how to make the Holiday Potpourri and tuck it safely inside the crate.

3. If desired, add a small chalkboard sign to the front of the crate.

Potpourri Instructions

1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium size sauce pot. Fill the pot with water until it reaches 3/4 the way full.

2. Place the pot on the stove and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, adding more water as needed. Let simmer for a few hours, adding water as needed.

This is what it looks like on the stove:

This Holiday Potpourri will bring a smile to the face and the smell of Christmas to the home. 100 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts at The Happy Housewife

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