DIY: Holiday Stovetop Potpourri Recipes

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Stovetop potpourri is an easy and natural way to make your home smell amazing in minutes, and your home more cozier. They’re also great last minute gifts you can put together quickly.

Below are some of our favorite recipes this holiday season. They will definitely set the mood and make your home smell like Christmas.

HOW TO MAKE.

  1. Fill pot with 3 – 4 cups of water.
  2. Add ingredients.
  3. Simmer over low heat.
  4. Add more water when needed.

TIPS FOR MAKING POTPOURRI.

  1. Simmer on stove for an hour or so.
  2. To reuse — Allow to cool, then refrigerate with lid between use and add water when ready to warm on stove again.
  3. You may reuse for 2-3 days, as long as ingredients are still fresh.
  4. Experiment different scents by using other fruits and spices.

Fall Blends: Apples, Pears, Cinnamon, and Cloves.

Christmas Blends: Cranberries, Oranges, Cinnamon, and Rosemary.

HOW TO GIFT POTPOURRI.

  1. Package ingredients in a jar, basket or cellophane bag. Make sure ingredients are whole and not sliced. Add a tag or notecard with instructions.
  2. If you would like to gift ready to make potpourri, you may dry your ingredients. Note: This process will add more time. We are sharing this link on how to dry fruit for potpourri — How to Dry Fruit for Potpourri.

MORE TO SHARE.

Below are links to other stovetop potpourri recipes we think you would enjoy. Check them out!




Home Reno Reveal: A Walk Through Master Bedroom Closet

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During the summer, we hired a general contractor, architect and engineer. We made plans to build an extension to our original master bedroom. Note — We have two master suites. We wanted a walk in closet and personal office space. However, things changed and we decided to turn the playroom (the second master suite) into our new master bedroom.

This was our chance to learn and build on our own. So, we decided to DIY!

Since we started a small business, we needed more space for an office and craft room. That is why decided to give up the playroom and have the kids move into our old master bedroom. We then take their old bedroom and turn it into our office / craft room. They can still have the same amount of space to play and store their toys.

BEFORE.

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PHOTO BY: MADXSON + CO.

A before photo of the kids playroom with and without toys. Our demo to do list:

  • Closet
  • Carpet
  • Baseboards
  • Trims

DURING.

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PHOTO BY: MADXSON + CO.

We ran into a problem after we removed the carpet. The floor wasn’t leveled. So, we had to self level. We used Mapei Self-Leveler Plus and it can be purchased at Lowe’s or Floor & Decor.

Once ready, we began building the wall for the closet and re-painted the room white.

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PHOTO BY: MADXSON + CO.

AFTER.

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We decided to purchase the PAX CLOSET SYSTEM from IKEA. It was affordable and easy to install. You can also design your closet on their website using their free Pax Planner.

Once you install your cabinets and shelves, you will have a ton of unused pre-drilled holes. Ikea sells cover plates to fill in these holes. Here is the link — Variera Cover Plate / 100 Pack White.

We also suggest using their Click & Collect service. You can buy everything online and pick up once it’s ready.

For the handles, we purchased from CB2 and they’re on sale right now! They come in different sizes and colors. We went for the 6″ brushed brass. We absolutely love them and the quality is great.

Contour Handle Brushed Brass 6″

We are happy we decided to go this route. We learned a lot during the process and still got the closet space we needed, as well as the design. Even if you’re not building a walk-in/walk-through closet, you can still give your existing closet space a make over. Stay tuned as we work on new content on closet inspo and ways to give your closet a make over.

Also, we will reveal our faux concrete wall soon and a complete master bedroom reveal.

FESTIVE FRIDAYS on INSTAGRAM

To celebrate the holiday season, we are hosting a special sale or giveaway every Friday until New Year’s Day. Follow our Instagram — @madxsonandco to see what sale or giveaway is going on 🙂

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DIY Christmas Decor | How to Dye Bottle Brush Trees

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Do you need a fun, but easy DIY project for the holidays? Why not try dyeing bottle brush trees aka sisal trees? We’ve seen it all over Pinterest and we are sure you have too. So, we finally gave it a try. We had so much fun, that we are going to grab more colors and dye a couple more.

You can purchase them with color (will need bleaching) or you can try to find them without. We actually found a couple last year from Target that were ready to dye, but unfortunately haven’t seen them bring back this year. You can shop at your neighborhood craft store (Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Etc.) or purchase online from Amazon.

MATERIALS.

— Assorted Bottle Brush Trees / Sisal Craft Trees

— Bleach

— Glass Bowls and/or Cups

— Water

— Rit Dye (colors we used: wine and hyacinth)

— Paper Towel for Drying

— Rubber Gloves

— Hair Dryer (optional)

WHERE TO BUY SUPPLIES.

STEP 1.

If you need to bleach your trees, fill your glass bowl with 2/3 cup warm water and 1/3 cup bleach.

Wearing your rubber gloves, submerged sisal trees in water until color fades to white. If you do not want the white snow, you can carefully rub them off.

It is also okay if they bend, you can straighten them out later.

Once your trees have lost all its color, gently rinse them in warm water and lay them out to dry.

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STEP 2.

Fill up a few bowls or cups with warm water and add your dye — You can go as light or dark.

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PHOTO BY: MADXSON + CO.

Wearing your gloves, dip your trees into the dye mixture and remove once you are happy with the color. If you would like to try the gradient look, dip your tree into your second dye mixture half way until you are happy with the color transition.

After dyeing, rinse under cold water and set on paper towel to dry. Once they have air dried, use a hair dryer to fully dry your trees (especially the center). Having it too damp may cause the center coil to rust.

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Now that you have dyed your trees, what’s next? We are sharing a couple of inspo below on how you can use your creation and add them to your holiday decor.

INSPO: HOW TO DECORATE.

We’d like to see what you came up with! You can share and tag us on Instagram – @madxsonandco #madxsonandco 🙂

Minimalist Thanksgiving Table Settings

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Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. We reminisce about everything we are thankful for, feast on amazing and delicious food, and are surrounded by our loved ones around a festive and gorgeous Thanksgiving table setting.

You may be overwhelmed with all the food preparation and think you don’t have time to decorate and set the table, but you can always go the minimalist route in still creating a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape.

We are sharing our favorite links and also created a “where to shop” section to help you shop the look on some of these beautiful ideas.

A Neutral Fall Tablescape

BY: HOME + HALLOW

SOURCE/CREDIT: HOME + HALLOW

Berry Bliss

BY: MYDOMAINE.COM

SOURCE/CREDIT: MYDOMAINE.COM

Sweet Clementine

BY: JANE AT HOME

SOURCE/CREDIT: JANE AT HOME

Cotton + Plaid

BY: CRAZY FOR US

SOURCE/CREDIT: CRAZY FOR US

Dark + Fresh

BY: HAPPY GREY LUCKY

SOURCE/CREDIT: HAPPY GREY LUCKY

Warm + Bright

BY: LOOM BRAND

SOURCE/CREDIT: LOOM BRAND

Simple + Elegant

BY: LIFE WITH MAR

SOURCE/CREDIT: LIFE WITH MAR

Spots + Stripes

BY: BECKI OWENS

SOURCE/CREDIT: BECKI OWENS

Boho Picnic

BY: PLATTER PANTRY

SOURCE/CREDIT: PLATTER PANTRY

Outdoor Living

BY: HAPPILY EVER AFTER ETC.

Where to Shop

MADXSON+CO x CRAFTS BY CHANNY GIVEAWAY

We are hosting our first Instagram giveaway with Crafts by Channy. Check out our latest post on Instagram for details 🙂

Target Holiday Home Decor Ideas

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Is it just us, or is November flying by so quickly? Thanksgiving is approaching and we usually have our Christmas tree and decor up a few days before. However, we are in the middle of home reno and it is extremely hard to decorate the house. We are hoping we can move into our new master bedroom right before Thanksgiving.

Home reno isn’t stopping us from all the holiday home decor. Our favorite to go to shop for the holidays is of course, the one and only … Target. They have the cutest items and definitely affordable. We are sharing our favorite holiday home decor ideas you can get at Target right now. Click on a photo and it will direct you to the product page. What is your favorite home decor this holiday season?

Madxson + Co. | Winter and Holiday Candles 2020

We finally launched our hand poured candles for Winter and Holiday. You may now purchase them on our Etsy shop.

OUR CANDLES.

•       Made in USA | Hand Poured in Orange County, Ca. 

•       Coconut Soy Wax + 100% Natural Soy Wax

•       Dye + Phthalate Free

•       Non-Toxic + Paraben Free

•       Premium Fragrance Oil 

•       Natural Cotton Wick

•       Lead + Zinc Free

•       Burn Time: 40+ Hours

•       8 Oz. 

The following scents are sold out, but we are looking to re-stock around Thanksgiving.

Farmhouse Christmas

Eucalyptus + Spearmint

Holiday in the Sun

Wildberry Chamomile (limited)

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We are also launching our first Holiday Gift Set with four mini 4 oz candle jars. The scents in the gift set are:

Cozy Cashmere

Alpine Cheer

Chestnut + Brown Sugar

Holiday in the Sun

Follow our Instagram @madxsonandco to stay up-to-date on our latest candle collection.

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Last Minute Minimal Halloween Home Decor 2020

HALLOWEEN IS FOUR DAYS AWAY!!! We have been so busy with home renovations and preparing to launch our winter and holiday candles, we lost track of time. Eek! However, we were able to gather some quick and easy ideas. If you are looking for minimal Halloween home decor, you’ve come to the right place. We are sharing a couple of DIYs and linking you to some of our favorite products. We hope you find this very helpful and that you and your family have a fun and safe Halloween!

WALL BATS.

Super easy and fun. Our kids enjoyed sticking them onto our barn door and in their room. You can do-it-yourself, buy them on Amazon or both! We bought a pack from Amazon because they were pretty cheap, good quality, and shipping was fast. Good news, some are even on sale right now!

120 Pack Halloween 3D Wall Bats

100 Pack 3D Bats w/ Spiders

60 PCS Halloween 3D Bats

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To do-it-yourself, you will need the following:

  • Printer (to print out stencil)
  • Black construction paper / cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or White Color Pencil/Crayon (to trace)
  • Double Sided Tape
Image Credit: One Good Thing

CLICK HERE for a different bat template.

PUMPKINS.

You can’t go wrong with pumpkins. Real or fake. Carve or no carve. There are a whole lot of ideas out there. We bought a couple of decorative knitted and raffia pumpkins this year from Target (our favorite holiday shop) to put around the house.

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Image Credit: Target
Image Credit: Target
Image Credit: Target

Image Credit: Target
Image Credit: Target
Image Credit: Target

If you feel like being creative, you can always purchase real pumpkins and do one of these simple ideas we found on Pinterest.

Image Credit: Martha Stewart

Image Credit: Her Happy Home

Image Credit: Homey Oh My

HALLOWEEN GARLANDS.

Image Credit: This Mama Loves
Image Credit: Vicky Barone
Image Credit: White House Crafts
Image Credit: Target
Image Credit: Amazon
Image Credit: Amazon

BLOGS TO FOLLOW.

Image Credit: Lady Decluttered

Image Credit: Sher She Goes

On Pause.

As much as we would love to share our travel adventures, we are currently putting all travel on hold due to Covid. We had a couple of trips planned this year, but unfortunately had to cancel.

Instead, we are gathering our ideas related to travel and past travel experiences to create topics to share with you. So, stay tuned 🙂