*Christmas Crafting* By Julie White


This is one of the easiest and cutest crafts that I’ve made all year. It’s a great end product for not much of a time commitment. That’s the best kind of craft, if you ask me.


I had a bunch of vintage ornament boxes leftover after making an ornament wreath and some of them had great, retro designs. I decided to create some vintage Christmas shadow boxes for further decoration.

First I removed the clear plastic from the top of the boxes and then I gutted them to get rid of the individual ornament slots:

Then I covered the back of the boxes with shiny wrapping paper in order to make it brighter when I put the items in and help make them more visible.

Finally, I added the fun stuff! One box got just a simple deer that I was lucky enough to find in a bag at ARC.


The other one got more details: a faux flower glued up high, a vintage elf from ARC (another treasure from one of their bags), and some garland.

I glued the top or front of the boxes back on and added a few finishing touches. Then it was done! I took a picture showing the sides of the box and the way things are tucked in there.

These were so, so easy and turned out great. I love the way they look tucked around my house.


Crafting Season is Upon Us! By Julie White


The holiday season equals crafting season in my book. There are so many fun Christmas and winter crafts to make. I decided that this year, the first one on my list was a vintage ornament wreath. I’ve seen some beautiful ones online and once ARC put all of their Christmas items out, I started hunting for ornament treasures. I knew I needed tons of ornaments for a large wreath so I bought a lot of boxes of vintage glass globe ornaments in all different colors.

I found a good amount of them bagged, too. I love the ARC bags because there’s always some good stuff, you just have to hunt to find it.

It’s not hoarding if it’s for a project…right? I was lucky enough to find some great Shiny Brite ornaments and several different designs. I knew I wanted some fancy ones to go on the front of the wreath. I went through all of the ornaments at ARC that I could find and came across some really beautiful ones.


I was even lucky enough to find the wreath form at ARC. I love the crafting section in each store. I always check there first before a project because I’d much rather put my money towards a wonderful cause versus a big craft chain store.


My first step was to wrap a tinsel garland around the entire wreath form. I didn’t want any white styrofoam peeking through. Using hot glue I secured one end and then wrapped the whole thing and glued the other end to make sure it wouldn’t unravel.


After that I started gluing the larger, plain globe ornaments all around the outside edge. (Good thing I was able to find so many at ARC-this wreath took a lot of them.) This project is all about the glue gun; everything is secured with hot glue.


Once the outside border was done, it was time to start gluing onto the front of the wreath. I tried to mix and match colors and designs to get a good mix of them. This was the fun part!

Here is the wreath in stages, as I added more and more ornaments:

And finally, the finished project:


I love this wreath! I think it turned out amazing. It might be my favorite thing that I’ve ever crafted all thanks to the great ornaments that I found at ARC. And it’s only the beginning of the crafting season!