The minimalism documentary was especially impactful. I saw it a few years ago and it changed the way I looked at things like souvenirs. It’s helped me let go of extra stuff I don’t need as I clean. It’s also helping me reconsider the crafts I choose to make.
I live in an apartment and space is valuable. I always seem to be de-junking looking for places to put my stuff. As someone who loves good deals, I’ve learn to be more organilized in order to fit more stuff into less space. As a “maximalist” I often try to get the maxium amount of stuff into my small space while maintaining some semblance of order. Merica!
However, I constantly seem to be reorganizing and decluttering, so I’m trying to be wiser about the crafts and deals I pursue. I look forward to the holidays and decorating for them, so I thought I’d make some crafts that take up less space and contain parts that can can stay up year round, minimalizing the storage aspect of holiday crafts. The crafts I have so far are:
Apothecary Jars- They may have come and gone in popularity, but they are fun to make, don’t take up a ton of space, and fit the bill for allowing me to get excited about each upcoming holiday. It’s fun to find something festive to put into the jars every month or two. Plus, they are inexpensive to fill and the small things I put in them don’t take up much room to store, or I can easily donate the items I used for someone else to enjoy, or give away or eat the candy I often use. Click below to make apothecary jars similar to the ones pictured to the right.
2. Wreath- They are classy, completely customizable, won’t require storage, (as they stay hanging up all year) and thanks to killer sales at Hobby Lobby, don’t cost too much. Target also carries similar wreaths. Check out CraftyGirl’s DIY on this valentines wreath to the right for instructions on how to make it.
3. If you enjoy decorating with lights, but don’t always want white or multi-colored lights consider using these LED lights that can be changed to multiple solid colors depending on the holiday or event.
I understand that to some crafting and minimalism seem to be at odds, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t find a way to embrace aspects of it. After all as an apartment-dweller extra space is always welcome.
This savory/sweet pita pocket is a take on a delicious panini I learned to make while working at a small sandwich shop in college. The ham and apple combo in the sandwich sounded so strange to me when my manager Linda, first taught me how to make it but one bite was enough to make it a fast favorite.
This easy pita sandwich delivers gourmet flavor for a small price and requires little time, effort and only a microwave to prepare. Best of all it takes less than 10 minutes to make!
Thin slices of a apple (I prefer Pink Lady apples but any sweet red apple you enjoy will do)
2 slices Havarti Cheese *Havarti cheese is now easier to find in local grocery stores so don’t let this ingredient scare you away from trying this delicious sandwich. This mild soft cheese is now sold in precut slices near other popular cheeses or sometimes near specialty cheese/dairy sections of the supermarket.
Wheat pita pockets/pita bread/ kangaroo pockes
1. Lay out a single slice of Havarti and place 2-3 thin slices of deli ham along the inside of the cheese.
2. Add 2-3 thin slices of apple.
3. Drizzle honey accross your thin apple slices.
4. Squirt on an equal portion of mustard (as honey) or less if you’d like a sweeter sandwich.
5. Now fold your cheese slice like a taco letting the ham stick to the honey and mustard on the apple.
6. Open you pita pocket gently and then place the havarti slice stuffed with ham, apples, honey, and mustard inside of the wheat pocket.
7. Put the pita pocket in the microwave for 30-45 seconds or until the cheese is completely melted and all of the inside contents are warm.
Something that has really added to the fun of my Harry Potter themed Christmas tree has been electric candles. I origionally saw them in an ad with a high price tag and wondered if I could find something similar on Amazon. When I found them for around $15 for a box of 12 candles I was thrilled.
I ordered two boxes and ended up with one box of white and one of yellow lights. I prefer the white lights, but it may depend on the color scheme you choose for your tree. Mine was a Gryffindor color scheme of scarlet and gold, so white lights help break up a lot of the gold I have on my tree, but the yellow may be even better for trees with other color schemes.
The lights also come with suction cups so that they can stick to glass, spikes that you could stick in plants or lawn, and clips so that they clip onto branches of a Christmas tree. They also come with a remote (battery included) to turn the entire set of lights on and off, control the brightness of the lights, and a set of controls for the flickering of the lights.
The only down side to the lights is that each candle requires one triple-A battery not included with your order and needs to be added to each candle separately. However, the battery life has been good so far and the remote works really well. It would be even cooler if the candles would flicker at different rates and not all at the same time, but for the price I paid I can’t complain.
I’m excited to have these fun electric candles around for all sorts of fun future Harry Potter occasions.
When I began thinking about doing a Harry Potter Tree I knew I wanted a snow owl ornament on the tree. I found the perfect ornament at the Craft Warehouse for about $7 on sale. I just added a letter (made from a paper bag) to the owls beak. It’s simple but it adds so much to the tree.
I bought my owl at the Craft Warehouse in November of 2018, sadly I couldn’t find this gem on their website.
Dollar Tree had a lot of great ornaments and craft materials to choose from. Of course where I live the Dollar Tree is the largest I’ve ever been too. I love it! So when I saw these two colors of ribbons I knew right away what I wanted to make with them . . . a huge gryffindor scarf for my Harry Potter themed Christmas tree!
Gryffindor Tree Ribbon: for a 5-6 foot tall Christmas tree
3 spools of 9 foot wire edged ribbon- deep red/cranberry
2 spools of 9 foot mesh ribbon (no wire)- gold
glue gun and glue sticks
Let your glue gun heat up.
Cut the gold ribbon into about 1.5 inch pieces (for a tree over 5 feet tall you’ll need at least two spools).
Make a rectangle of hot glue (about 1.5 inches) at the end of your red ribbon and glue a piece of gold ribbon to the rectangle, being sure the edges of the gold ribbon match up with the edges of the red ribbon.
Make another glue rectangle about 1.5 inches further down the ribbon and attach another gold rectangle of ribbon. Repeat this process until you come to the end of the red ribbon and then glue the end of another red ribbon to your first, using the gold ribbon piece to cover up where the two attach.
I used four 9 foot red ribbons and about 2.5 gold ribbons for our wide 5 foot tree but for a skinnier tree you wouldn’t need as much ribbon.
After seeing the new Fantastic Beasts movie and hearing about Harry Potter themed ornaments, I thought I would give making a Harry Potter themed Christmas tree a go. I found great stuff to begin the project at the Dollar Tree.
I found some ornaments ready to put straight onto the tree and other craft items which inspired me to make some of my own ornaments. Here are a few ornaments which will adorn my Harry Potter Christmas tree this year!
White/Silver Stag: Harry Potter’s patronus is a stag so this shimmery ornament has a magical look which makes it perfect for a Harry Potter themed tree.
Lantern: Hagrid often guided Harry and his friends out into the Forbidden Forest with lanterns, so I felt it was only appropriate to adorn the tree with a few lanterns.
Owl: Since owls deliver the post at Hogwarts, these ornaments are a fun and inexpensive ornament to put on the tree. You may want to remove a few of the Christmas extras on the owls or keep them festive in honor of Christmas, but you really can’t go wrong for only $1.
In my next post I’ll share the items I gathered to make custom Harry Potter Christmas tree ornaments using craft supplies from the Dollar Tree.