DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs

Written by Kacia of Coconut Robot

DIY Glitter Holiday MugsI don’t know about you, but the time from Halloween to Christmas seems to just fly by.  I find myself thinking that I have plenty of time for DIY gifts and decor projects….only to blink and have December holidays upon us!

I wanted to make gifts for Harlow’s preschool teachers this year, but I knew that if I kept saying “Oh, I’ll do it when we are closer to Christmas break” would leave me running out to buy a gift card the last morning of school before break.

Can I get an amen?

So one chilly morning, Harlow and I got our crafting on and made these DIY glitter holiday mugs for her teachers!  We will be filling them with chocolates and gift cards and some artwork from Harlow as well!  I’m seriously ecstatic about how they turned out!

DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 2If you’ve followed any of my DIY projects and tutorials, you know that I like to push the boundaries of how materials are traditionally used.  Enter iron-on glitter vinyl and ceramic mugs!  I did some tests and found that ironing the vinyl right on to a ceramic mug….works!  And it stays!  I haven’t had the guts to put mine through the dishwasher, but after hand-washing and air-drying, they are still looking amazing!

How did we make them?  Let me show you!

DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 3DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 4I purchased these mugs from Amazon — they are both microwave and oven safe.*  I then had some glitter iron-on vinyl scraps left over from another project. (similar)

I have an at home vinyl cutting machine that I used to cut out the vinyl for my mugs, but if you don’t have one? Don’t fret!  I have a bunch of options and ideas for you!

I love iron-on vinyl, because it’s easy to use and apply.  Unlike adhesive vinyl, you don’t need an additional transfer sheet to apply the vinyl.  Just cut, iron and peel away the clear backing.

  • Free hand cut with a scissor.  If you choose this option, you will cut through both the vinyl and the plastic backing.  The matte side will be the side adhering to your mug and the plastic side will peel away. Keep this in mind as you are cutting letters and shapes, so that they don’t end up backwards!  :)
  • Free hand with a craft knife.  Lightly draw a design on the matte side of your vinyl.  Using a small craft, cut through the vinyl.  You won’t have to press very hard — don’t try to cut through the plastic backing as well, it’s best if that is kept in contact.  Weed away the excess vinyl, leaving only your design on the backing.
  • Use a paper punch.  Select holiday paper punches and cut out your designs.  If your plastic backing is too thick to cut, be sure to put the vinyl side closest to the blade — as long as you cut through the vinyl, don’t worry about cutting through the backing too!

There are so many ways to use iron-on vinyl for these mugs!  You could do something as simple as polka dots or stripes — both would be easy with a pair of scissors or a paper punch!

*I’m not entirely sure that it’s necessary that they are, but areas of the mug did get pretty hot as I was ironing!

DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 5After you’ve cut out your designs, you are ready to begin ironing!  If you were able to keep the plastic backing in place, your design will look like my “JOY JOY JOY” pieces.  Remember to cut them out mirrored if cutting from the vinyl side! :)

If you are cutting through both the backing and your vinyl, your shapes will look like the snowflake pictured above.

DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 6 DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 7 IDIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 8Assemble your vinyl and mugs and a small iron.  I love this mini iron, but any iron will work — just be careful!  The mug can get pretty hot as you work!

Harlow worked on her drawings, giving me direction on where to place each of the snowflakes and words for both of the mugs.

DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 9DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 10DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 12DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 13Follow the instructions found on your iron-on vinyl.  I held my iron in place for at least 30 seconds on each letter.  I love using a craft iron, because I don’t worry as much about it getting gunk on it from these projects — if you are using a nice iron, I would use a thin piece of fabric between your iron and the backing.

I iron and let it cool before peeling back the transfer plastic.  When the edges are secured enough to remove, I remove the plastic and lightly iron on the vinyl to get it to stick really well. After it cools I check the edges to make sure I got every bit of the surface to adhere well to the mug!

DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 14DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 15DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 17DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 18DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 19And that’s it!  Continue this process until you achieve your desired look!  Fill with candy or coffee or hot cider or soup or … well, you get the idea!

IMG_1582IMG_1593IMG_1607IMG_1602IMG_1610Kacia is a natural blonde, type-A and an artist: proof that God has a sense of humor.  Kacia writes Coconut Robot about her city-living family, motherhood, fashion, DIYs and really anything else that makes her smile.  She is a published quilt designer and loves dreaming up new projects and tutorials to share with her readers.  Addicted to coffee and Instagram. (@CoconutRobot)

Holiday Trend – Merry & Bright

Post by Anna Passadori, Nod’s resident trend expert

Getting the kids involved in Holiday decorating can be a fun bonding experience for the family. The challenge though can be creating décor that both you and the kids love. For our Merry and Bright Holiday trend, we went with bright and fun colors that will fill your home with a happy, festive feeling. The products are influenced by Scandinavian design, a modern and fun way to celebrate the Holidays.

The colors can range from a brights and metallics to more traditional red and green, but updated in a more modern way:

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A rainbow palette looks best paired in a neutral setting. This clean, Nordic room is a perfect backdrop for some Merry and Bright décor:

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In addition to white, tan or beige look great paired with a rainbow palette:

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Look for modern Fair Isle and Otomi patterns that are bold and graphic for an unexpected twist:

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Try it yourself!

Land of Nod - Merry & Bright Holiday TrendUrban Pine Advent Calendar / Feathered Palette Bird Ornaments / Fair Isle Flannel Pillowcase / Bird on Bike Ornament / Star Tree Topper / Hit the Town Flannel Sheet Set / Pink Ombre Canopy & Cushion / Green Triangle Stocking / Polygon Ornaments

For more inspiration, click here!

Anna develops and designs exclusive product for The Land of Nod. She hails from the west coast and has traveled the world to source product. She loves anything Marc Jacobs, Sofia Coppola or stripes! (So, if anyone can get a photo of Sofia Coppola wearing a striped outfit by Marc Jacobs, please send it along.)

Winter Pearl Christmas Wreath

Post by Christina Williams of justcallmechris.blogspot.com

Winter Pearl Christmas Wreath
I’ve been dreaming of doing this winter pearl Christmas wreath project for several years now…but the stars never quite aligned in my favor. This year, however, I made it happen. It was a real labor of love, but I’m so happy with the results. I designed and made these wreaths for a display window of a brick and mortar store in my hometown. The whole window was done in frosty whites, pearls and tiny white lights, and turned out really beautifully, if I do say so myself.

Pardon that scrawny red bow on the wreath. I needed something so I could snap a quick photo before I sent these babies onto their final destination, and red was the best I could do. But the finished product actually has a beautiful white bow at the top, so just use your imagination. Thanks.

Anyway, if you’d like to make a pearl Christmas wreath of your own, here’s how I did it:

Supplies: wreath forms (I used 18″ white foam wreaths…the biggest I could find.) Keep in mind, though, the bigger the wreath, the more pearls you need. White grosgrain ribbon, pearls (I used an assortment of 4mm – 16mm white glass pearls, and lots of hot glue. Right now, let me do you a favor. Go get your little namby pamby mini craft glue gun. Walk it out to the garbage bin and drop it right in. Now go get yourself a rough, tough glue gun at the hardware store. You’re welcome.

Seriously, I used my mini craft glue gun for 2/3 of my first wreath, and it was terrible. The glue wasn’t hot enough to hold the pearls and those things were bouncing all over my kitchen. Bad news.

Step 1: Wrap the foam wreath form with grosgrain ribbon. Use hot glue to secure the ends. This makes the back look a bit prettier since you don’t cover the back with pearls.

Step 2: Start gluing pearls to the front of the wreath. I worked in about 2″ square sections. Squeeze the glue onto the wreath form, and stick pearls into the glue. I started with the largest pearls to cover the most space, then filled in with the smaller ones. I started with the face of the wreath, then worked on the outside and inside sections last.

For a 18″ wreath, I’d say it took me about 5 hours…so it’s definitely not a quick, easy project. But it’s definitely worth the time and effort. I’m actually making another one to layer over the top of the mirror in my entryway. I’ve also got some little foam cone shapes I’m going to turn into little pearl “trees” using the same concept.

Winter Pearl Christmas Wreath

Happy Crafting!

Post by Christina Williams of justcallmechris.blogspot.com

Peppermint Popcorn Recipe

Post by Christina Williams of justcallmechris.blogspot.com

I like to have a couple tricks up my sleeve this time of year for easy entertaining or quick neighbor gifts. This is one of my favorite holiday tricks. I keep the three ingredients for this easy peppermint popcorn on hand so I can whip up a fabulous snack at a moment’s notice.

Peppermint Popcorn Recipe

Ingredients: 

Popcorn (2 bags microwave; about 3/4 C. kernels if you’re using a hot air popper)

White chocolate chips (1-2 bags)

Candy Canes, crushed

Get to work:

Start by unwrapping and crushing the candy canes. (My kids love to help with this step).

Pop the popcorn and put it in a big bowl.

Put the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, add a little vegetable oil to smooth out the chocolate as it melts. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each 30 seconds.

When the chocolate is melted, pour over the popcorn and toss to coat. (Use the second bag of chocolate chips if necessary).

While the chocolate is still melted, pour in the peppermint pieces and stir.

Spread the popcorn out on waxed paper until the chocolate sets up.

When the chocolate is dry, put it in a festive bowl and enjoy!

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This peppermint popcorn recipe is easy, fast, and inexpensive. But the finished product looks impressive and festive. Box it up cute and deliver it to teachers and neighbors, or whip up a batch as your cousins are headed over. Happy Holidays!

Post by Christina Williams of justcallmechris.blogspot.com