Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Decorating with Dixie Cups, A Pinterest Poser Challenge

I cleaned up Christmas quickly.  In fact by December 30th, it looked like Christmas had never happened in my house.  Except for a few leftover paper chains and lights that we never got around to putting outside.

Usually I like the clean-up because I am so over the holidays and my house suddenly feels bigger.  But this year, I admit, it felt a little empty.  A little less full of joy and light.  But never fear, just in time for a Pinterest Poser Challenge*, I found a way to bring back the light.

*In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,** every week I  detail a new Pinterest challenge whether it be a new recipe or a craft.   
**My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance.**

That's right folks.  Inspired by this post on Pinterest and a picture in this book, I created a weird little lit up garland that is my new most favorite thing.  I'm feeling all kinds of joy and light in my little writing nook/kitchen/room where I spend most of my life.

The Dixie Cup Light Garland

I grabbed the lights that have been sitting on my counter since the day after Thanksgiving, poked holes in some cute little Dixie Cups, put the lights through and hung them over a window.  The whole project took me 10 minutes.  Some people might tell you to measure and mark with an X where you want to poke the hole in the cup.  

But that sounds like a lot of work.  I just jammed a pencil through the cups half-hazardly. It was actually a little therapeutic.

I love the view out of my window.
I love the way it looks with the lights plugged in and without.  

My new happy space.  I like the way it turned out, I might decorate the whole house with Dixie Cups.  Oh boy.

Another fun and totally cheap (um free) thing I did based on a Pinterest find was make snow ice cream.  

What else do you do during a Polar Vortex, right?

Homemade Snow Ice Cream

It's simple.  Brave the blustery winds to collect freshly fallen snow or find someone in the house that will.  Luckily those blustery winds have created drifts that are almost to your doorstep so you don't have to venture too far.
My snow gatherers all bundled up.

Then all you do is mix 1 gallon of snow1 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons of Vanilla Extract and milk (add as much as you like to make the consistency you like). Be sure not to add too much milk because then you might end up with frosty snow soup. 
We cut the top off this milk carton to collect the snow.

Eat and enjoy right away.

Delicious and gluten free.

Merry Polar Vortex. 
(I know I can't stop with the polar vortex-ing, I will soon. I promise.  When the kids go back to school, I will stop. Deal?)

Have you made anything on Pinterest lately? Any holiday projects?  How are YOU surviving the Polar Vortex and all the kids' snow days? Share what worked and what didn't, leave a comment here or on my Facebook page.

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Here are some of the projects I've attempted--the good and the bad:

DIY Ornaments-click here
Gluten Free Clay- click here
Make Your Own Stamps- click here
Birthday Shirt- click here
Gluten Free Pop Tarts- click here
Front Porch Kid Art Display- click here
Door turned into Table- click here
Summer Wish List Chalkboard-click here
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Sandwiches-click here
Painted Mason Jar Vases-click here
Cinco de Mayo Paper Flowersclick here
Earth Day CupcakesClick here
Nail Art-click here
Homemade Photo Booth Funclick here
Fake Bangs- click here
DIY Subway Art- click here
Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here
Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here
The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here

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  1. Oh my gosh, those lights are so stinking cute! And snow ice cream is one of my very, very favorite things about my childhood. We've made it a couple of times here, too! It's the best thing about snow, frankly.

    1. The lights are so easy and seriously my new favorite thing. Snow ice cream is so easy too! And the kids were very impressed (at least the younger ones).

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