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the great Christmas roundup

Hello everybody, I am so excited for today’s post! I have come together with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you the great Christmas roundup–the ultimate guide for all your Christmas-related needs. From festive goodies to holiday movies, we’ve got it all right here for you!

My contribution was diy Christmas projects, so before I share what the other lovely ladies have compiled for you, let me share my tutorial for a rustic tree ornament and the rest of the diy projects that I gathered.

diy tree ornament

This project is so simple and best of all, it’s a totally kid-friendly ornament that you can trust won’t end up shattered on the floor (I’m sad to report that after a clean record for six years we’ve now had three ornament casualties already this year…).


  • Branch rounds. You can easily cut these yourself (like I did) or purchase similar items from your local craft store.
  • Mod Podge and brush
  • Wood stain and rag
  • Vinyl stencils or stickers
  • Jute, string, or ribbon
  • Drill

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  1. Apply your stencil or sticker to your wood.
  2. Apply two coats of Mod Podge.
  3. Once your two coats are completely dry then peel your stencil off and apply 3-4 coats of stain over the entire surface, following application directions. Then wipe the excess off with a rag. The stain should have penetrated the wood wherever there was no Mod Podge applied.
  4. Once your ornaments are dry, drill a hole and thread jute through.

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I have used this technique several times and I always love the look of the end result. You could do words like I did, or even simple shapes, like a snowflake or star.

Without further ado, here are the rest of the 25 Christmas projects to diy this season.

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photo transfer ornaments

homemade cinnamon dough ornaments 

mason jar lid wreath ornaments

icicle ornaments

rustic Christmas ornament


pinecone wreath

burlap wreath

frame wreath

ornament wreath

homemade evergreen wreath


felt wall nativity

simple wood block nativity

outdoor nativity

advent nativity

nativity set in a jar

card displays

framed chicken wire display

clothespin wreath display

Christmas card tree display

refurbished book card display

framed card display


mitten garland

lighted burlap garland

dried fruit garland

sewn paper garland

paint chip Christmas garlands


And now let’s get to all the other wonderful Christmas fun that my blogging friends have rounded up for us, shall we? Just click on the picture or any of the links to be taken to their roundup post!

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Liz from Chasin’ Mason has compiled 25 mouthwatering Christmas desserts that are also a treat for the eyes.


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Stephanie from Wife Mommy Me is sharing some of the best holiday movies to watch this season, sure to put you in the Christmas spirit!

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Whitney from Work it Mommy has gathered up some of the best children’s Christmas books, perfect to share with your whole family cozied up near your Christmas tree.

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Crystal from Hall around Texas is sharing some great ways that you can help to keep the magic in Christmas–for kids age 1 to 101.

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I hope that you enjoyed this roundup and it’s inspired you to do something festive with your family this week! Don’t forget to come back for more of my #SimplifyingTheSeason series, and remember that I want to see how you’re simplifying too! I’ll be picking a few of my favorites from the link up on December 26 to send a small gift to so be thinking of what you can do this year to simplify and refocus on what really matters to you at this time of year.


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18 Responses to the great Christmas roundup

  1. Whitney November 29, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    I LOVE this DIY technique!! So cool! Now I gotta get to Pinning and crafting ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. April Kusewicz November 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

    Great DIY. I love rustic style. What an awesome Christmas round up too!

    • Justine @ Little Dove November 30, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

      Thanks April! That’s the style I tend to gravitate towards for our tree, works a lot better with curious little kids who might break glass ornaments. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Crystal November 30, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

    The rustic DIY ornaments are great!! I would love to make some. Thank you for including me in your Great Christmas round-up. I enjoyed putting my post together and enjoyed all the other contributors posts! Hope you’re having a great day. (I’m catching up from Seattle!)

    • Justine @ Little Dove November 30, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

      I didn’t know you were going to Seattle! Have so much fun! And thank you so much for taking part! I loved your post.

  4. Rachelle November 30, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

    What a fun, easy project! Definitely going to try this!

  5. Susannah November 30, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

    Wow! I totally love your ornaments!!! <3

  6. Tabitha Blue November 30, 2016 at 7:11 pm #

    Such cute ornaments!!! Love them!

  7. Stephanie November 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm #

    Oh I love those ornaments. I have something similar on my tree and it was a lot of fun putting them together. I’ll share a photo with you!

  8. Logan December 1, 2016 at 9:52 am #

    This is such a cute DIY! I love it!

  9. Sydney December 2, 2016 at 12:29 am #

    Okay all of these are just way to cute I just love a cute rustic decoration!

  10. Erica @ Coming Up Roses December 2, 2016 at 7:01 am #

    OMG those ornaments are so cute! I am def going to make one with the hubs this year!

    Coming Up Roses

  11. Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins December 2, 2016 at 7:17 am #

    Wow, this is amazing! I’m a total sucker for treats during Christmastime so I’ll definitely be checking some of those out to make with my kiddos.

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