DIY Christmas Decor: Marble and Gold Letters

So, I told you marble contact paper was addicting. 
Last week was Thanksgiving, and despite the contentions and deep divides around us, I hope you had peace around your Thanksgiving dinner table, and you were able to be truly grateful for those with you and your many blessings.
I think “peace” is especially applicable this Christmas season. As Advent begins, the season of expectant waiting, it’s a reminder that the Prince of Peace did come to this world as a baby, and live with us. He’s the Healer, and ultimate King.
Also, I’m writing this post before Thanksgiving, and I may or may not be listening to Christmas music. Ok, I’m definitely listening to Christmas music. 
Have you seen the Christmas decorations at Target? I fell in love with the marble Christmas trees. Marble matches everything, and is so classy.
I took that marble idea, and expanded on it for these marble and gold letters!
You’ll Need: 

Step 1: Fold your contact paper so that right sides are together, like it is in the image above. 

Step 2: Then trace and cut out your letters. You may need to use a craft knife to cut out some shapes, depending on what letters you choose. “JOY” would have been a bit easier!

Step 3: Peel and stick the contact paper letters to the cardboard letters. Smooth out any bubbles under the surface. This part is the most fun!

Step 4: Paint the edges of the letters gold. I’d tried to use my copper contact paper, but without success. Paint is much easier, and I love the finished result!
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s now acceptable for me to take down my fall decorations and bust out the Christmas stuff. These will find a new home on my mantle. 
(And if you like that painting … I made that too, and I can post a tutorial for that also. The premise behind it is so easy, anyone could do it.)
So bust out the Christmas music with no shame, and get to spreading that Christmas cheer! Peace on earth, good will to men!

DIY Quick and Easy Curtains

Happy Monday friends! Last week I finally crossed of a DIY I’ve wanted to accomplish for a long time: living room curtains! 
I knew exactly what I wanted. Navy and white horizontal stripes. It can go modern or nautical, and it would tie together all the blue and white china, as well as the blue winged back chairs. The only problem was that I couldn’t find any such curtains. I looked everywhere for an affordable option. Then one day, as I was browsing the home section of Target, I saw it. 
A navy and white striped shower curtain! 

Here’s what you’ll need to turn a shower curtain into the curtains of your dreams: 
  • A shower curtain. Double check the measurements to make sure it will fit your window, but keep in mind, if you need to you could add extra fabric to make them longer. My curtain cost $15!
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing machine
First, lay the curtain on the floor, and with the measuring tape, find the middle. Use pins to mark the middle, and cut the curtain in half. 

Then, pin the edges you just cut to create a hem. 

Sew the hem.

Since it’s a shower curtain, it already has slots at the top for hanging. I had to cut the slots to make them a little bigger. Then, just thread the curtain onto your curtain rod, and you’re done!

It’s so easy, and yet it makes me so happy every time I look at them.

Not bad for $15! I think it’s a great improvement to the room. What do you think?

The moral of this story is that if you need a low cost option, don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

The DIY Dreamer