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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Color Blocked Tree + DIY Urchin Ornament

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, how lovely are thy branches!!! You wanted that song stuck in your head all day, didn't you? You're welcome. Today is the next round of our Christmas Cheer in the Blogosphere...and Courtney and Megan are hosting the link parties for all things Christmas Tree.

We had a jewel-toned theme last year, and obviously I wasn't going to buy all new decor, but I wanted a different look. When I opened up the bins this year, and saw the ornaments organized by color, I knew our tree would be color blocked.

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My color-loving heart has palpitations just looking at it! And isn't the tree itself gorgeous!? We'd been using a hand-me-down tree for the past few years, and it was too wide for our spaces, so I jumped at the chance to choose a new one from Tree Classics this year. They have every style and size imaginable, but I went with the 8-foot Majestic Blue Spruce because of it's real feel and narrow space-saving size. It's amazing and certainly a tree we'll have for years.

But you guys saw our tree in Monday's House Tour post, so today I'm sharing a new tree-related project...DIY Gold Urchin Ornaments! Yep, I'm still playing with balls.

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{SUPPLIES}

Styrofoam Balls 
(Dollar Tree sells bags of small ones that are perfect. And only $1.)
Toothpicks
String
Craft paint & Brush
Glue Gun

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There are a few versions of DIY urchins online, but I couldn't find one for ornaments...so here's my simple version.

Cut a loop of string and hot glue the ends to the ball.

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Paint the ball...I obviously went with gold because Liberace is in my lineage. And it reminded me of these.

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Paint the toothpicks the same color as the ball. There's no need to paint both ends, so just hold them by the tips to paint. You could also assemble the urchin first, then spray paint it, but since it was 9-degrees last weekend, we settled on craft paint inside. Glitter would be a fun touch, too.

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Once the paint dries, push the sticks in one row at a time, staggering each row.

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Voila!

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Use the string to hang it on your tree, then admire your work!

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It's safe to say I'm smitten with this tree and all it's DIY Ornaments (see them here and here).

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We added this cute pup to celebrate Maggie's first Christmas with us.

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My aunt passed on the genius tip of using these hooks to hang ornaments in clusters...love it!

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The kind people at Treetopia know I'm a pink-a-holic, and sent me this adorable potted tree...so cute by the front door! I decorated it with last year's felt gift tags.

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And since this is a Christmas Tree post, here's a peek at the rest of the little trees around our house. You can see more in the full Home Tour.

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Hop over to Megan and Courtney's to link up your tree, and be inspired by others. Do you switch up how you decorate your tree each year? Are you craving Skittles after seeing ours?

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13 comments:

  1. Cassie…everything looks great! Seriously color blocking??? I would have never thought of that! But let's get back to voila….diy project. Nothing that involves a glue gun [hurt and pain] should have voila at the end of the sentence :) I love those little buggers!

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  2. Love the colour blocking. Its a great way to use the ornaments you have in a new way. Off to link up my tree!

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  3. Make sure you don't sit on those urchin ornaments. Yikes! Very beautiful tree, Cassie.

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  4. This is so you and so fun! What a great DIY ornament, too!

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  5. I simply ADORE your tree!! It's my very favorite one! One year I will have to do a similar effect. It's just stunning!

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  6. Gorgeous tree! Loving the ornament idea too - I made mirrored wall art using skewers in the same way.. having a "why didn't I think of that?" moment with the ornaments. :) Lovely as always.

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  7. Fabulous Cassie, great inspiration cause I too have those same color ornaments and love to change it up every year. I was about to spray paint them all this year, then I just limited the color instead, but I want to do this next time. Have a wonderful holiday. xo Nancy

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  8. You are seriously the colour queen!! I adore everything about this post, especially those spiky little ornaments :)

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  9. Brillant! Color blocking the tree and the toothpick ornament...love!

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  10. O my goodness! I totally need a pink tree!!!
    emma @ {from my little pink couch}

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  11. Your trees look amazing. I love the color blocking! And how sweet the little puppy for Maggie. Just precious. (Oh, and your balls look nice too.)

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  12. Your tree is fabulous! I love the color blocking! So fun!

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  13. Your tree and urchin ornament are super-cute! One word of warning though, you cannot spray-paint styrofoam. I don't know exactly why but the paint basically dissolves the styrofoam.

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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