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

Amazon Prime Day 2020

We’ve all been waiting for Amazon’s Prime Day Event. This year, it’s for two days (10/13 & 10/14). We are already shopping everyday on Amazon, so this sale event is even more exciting. Electronics seem to be the big ticket items, but you can search and shop in so many other categories. They have lots of affordable options as well.

Below, we are sharing a few of our favorite Amazon finds during this sale. Download the Amazon App if you haven’t yet to maximize your savings! We hope you enjoy shopping the Amazon Prime Day Event.

OUR FAVORITE AMAZON PRIME DAY FINDS IN HOME DECOR + ESSENTIALS

NOTE: Some of the products above may no longer be included in the Prime Day Sale Event (meaning it may have ended). However, we would suggest you to add the item to your wishlist and see if it would go back on sale or if Amazon will offer a different promotion.

Happy Shopping!!!

DIY Tassel Wood Bead Garland

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We love easy DIY projects that we can add to our home decor and this tassel wood bead garland is one of them. It seriously took us less than 10 minutes and you only need a few supplies.

Supplies Needed

  • Wood Beads
  • Jute Rope or Macrame Cord
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue + Glue Gun (optional to secure rope/cord)
  • Wood Charm Pendant (optional to add to garland)
  • Wood Beads

There are many different sizes, shapes and colors to choose from, but if you’re going for the basic natural wood look … Below are a couple of links.

Amazon – Round Wood Beads

Amazon – Hexagon Wood Beads

Hobby Lobby – Mixed Wood Beads

  • Jute Rope or Macrame Cord

Amazon – Jute Rope

Amazon – Macrame Cord

Note: Depending on the type of bead you purchase, you should double check the jute rope / macrame cord size to make sure it will go through the hole of the bead.

Helpful Tutorial Videos and Links

We used the following resources to help us create this fun and easy craft project. We hope you find the following to be helpful, as it was for us.

Source: Factory Direct Craft Blog
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Upcycle Vases With DIY Ceramic Textured Chalk Paint

Over the weekend, we cleaned out our garage and found several vases that were old and not so pretty. So, we decided to work on a fun little project and upcycled those vases. We have been seeing the paint and baking powder method all over Instagram and Pinterest, so we decided to give it a try.

We were inspired by Collective Gen and her creation of “Trash to Terracotta.” She shares three different methods:

  • Terracotta Upcycle
  • White Washing
  • Ceramic Effect in Any Color

She provides full tutorials and you can see it by visiting her site.

Below, you will see our before and after using the DIY ceramic chalk paint method. Also, we are sharing a video by Collective Gen on how she upcycles her vases using this technique.

What You Will Need

  • Paint Brush (textured finish) or Foam Brush (smooth finish)
  • 1 Cup of Water Based Paint in Any Color
  • 1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
  • Stick to Mix
  • Plastic Container
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Photo By: Madxson + Co.
Source: Collective Gen

This is a great way to upcycle those unwanted vases, so you can finally use them in your home decor.

7 DIY Macrame Projects for Your Home

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Have you fallen in love with all the macrame projects on Pinterest? We sure have. It has been a new and fun project for us during this quarantine. So, what is macrame? Macrame is a form of textile made by knotting threads or cords in a geometrical pattern. It is also known as “the art of tying knots in patterns.”

We have researched easy DIY macrame projects you can start on and add to your home decor.

01 | Macrame Coasters

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These boho-inspired DIY macrame coasters give the perfect boho vibe to your home decor. It is also the perfect gift for friends or family. Each coaster took about 10 – 15 minutes. It is quite simple and easy. For step-by-step instructions, we are sharing the following link we used to help us create these beautiful coasters.

02 | Macrame Plant Hangers

Source: Macrame for Beginners

Macrame plant hangers have been pretty popular. We came across Marloes website – Macrame for Beginners. She shares several easy DIY macrame plant hanger ideas for your home. Which one fits your style? Check out the link below.

03 | Geometric Macrame Wall Hanging Decor

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There are so many different macrame wall hanging designs to choose from. One that caught our eye was the geometric design. We used three different color cords, two gold rings (6″ and 10″, but you’re more than welcome to choose your own size), and added macrame wooden beads. We found this tutorial on Pinterest to help get you started.

04 | Mini Macrame Wall Hanging Decor

Source: Bumi Art
Source: Made in May

05 | Macrame Ornament

Source: Lots of Knots Canada – Chantel Conlon

06 | Macrame Feather

Source: Shmuck Blog
Source: Cotton + Tree

We love how these macrame feathers give character to a simple glass jar. We are sharing some DIY macrame feather tutorials for you, so you can dress up some home decor pieces at home.

Decor Hint

DIY Macrame Bead Feather Leaf

The Flaneur Co

Jo & Judy

07 | Macrame Candle Cover

Where to Buy Materials

If you are not looking to order materials in bulk, we suggest looking into DIY Macrame kits. Etsy has a great collection and you can also find at your local hobby store.

Helpful Books and Websites

Below are a couple of websites that will help you begin your macrame project and provide some inspo.

Macrame for Beginners

Modern Macrame

The Spruce Crafts

The Design Twins

DIY Craftsy

The Wonder Forest

Decor Hint

We hope this post helps and inspires you to begin your macrame project. It is a great and fun craft you can add to your home decor or gift to friends and family.