DIY Elf on the Shelf House & Easy DIY Christmas Decor • Kmart Stacking Tree Hacks 2017

Hi Everyone!

I thought I’d start out the first of my Christmas blogs with some DIY hacks using 2 very popular items sold at Kmart this Christmas!

I’ll start with the base as it’s the same for both designs.

Here is what you will need for both hacks;

For the base you will need;

Kmart Stacking Tree – $12

Christmas Themed Wrapping Paper

Scissors

A pen or pencil

Double sided Tape – the Heavy Duty kind

A short length of Battery Powered Christmas Lights (I got mine for $2 at The Reject Shop)

To make the base;

Roll out your wrapping paper and place each part of your Stacking Tree onto the paper, tracing around each one with your pen/pencil. Make sure that you place your Stacking Tree parts the correct way up on the paper so the pattern is displayed properly (you will see below I didn’t do this the first time and had to re-do it, I also didn’t notice until after I’d completed and photographed both designs – super frustrating).

Next, cut out your stencils and place them into each corresponding part of the Stacking Tree. You will need to trim each one down to size, make sure they fit snug but without any creasing or ripples.

Then, place the double sided tape around the edges of the cut out paper, making sure you place it on the backside (non-patterned) of the paper. Remove the tape’s backing and press paper into each part of the Stacking Tree, making sure there are no bubbles or creases.

Now, stack your tree (preferably in the place you would like it displayed to save the trouble of having to move it once you have the decorations inside) and use double sided tape to stick your lights around the edge of the tree, making sure the battery pack ends up at the bottom.

If you’d like the lights and/or Tree to be a permanent fixture, use hot glue to secure each part of the tree together and to keep the lights in place.

Test your lights to make sure they work, then go on and decorate your tree!

Elf on the Shelf House

For the Elf on the Shelf House you will need;

Christmas Elf Door Set – $15

Elf on the Shelf Elf

Any other decorations you’d like to use

A star Christmas ornament

Blue tack

To create your Elf on the Shelf House;

Place the elf door on the bottom level of your house and put your Elf beside it, to show this is where Elfie (that’s what we’ve named our Elf – original I know!) has arrived from the North Pole. If you’d like to, you can always put a bit of double sided tape on the bottom and back of the door to secure it in place.

Decorate the rest of the shelf and the other shelves however you please. We chose to place a star on our top shelf as it made it feel more like a Christmas tree – I just used an ornament I purchased from the Reject Shop and used blue tack to secure it to the “roof”.

I think Hunter will really love this! This is our first year doing elf on the shelf so I wanted Elfie’s entrance to be somewhat grand!

Easy DIY Christmas Decor

For this you will only need a few ornaments/trinkets. I purchased most of these at The Reject Shop but you could get them from any cheap store or even Kmart. I also used some old ornaments I had from a few years ago that no longer fit with the colour scheme of my tree for this year – so that is a great way to save money with this DIY.

This is pretty basic, just place your trinkets and ornaments however you like – again use double sided sticky tape if you’d like things to stay put but if you’re not touching it/moving it around it’s not really necessary. I went with the almost the same design as the Elf house except the bottom shelf had a few different trinkets.

This looks super festive when lit up at night and is so affordable! The best part about this is that you can change it up every year. Just remove last years wallpaper (wrapping paper) and change it out to suit your new colour scheme/design.

Let me know if you do end up trying either of these DIY/Kmart Hacks and please tag me in pictures on Instagram if you do end up trying it! Im a festive freak so I love to see anything creative when it comes to Christmas Decor.

I’ll have 2 more Christmas themed blogs coming up in the next week so keep your eye out for those! One is Elf on the Shelf themed and the other is a DIY Advent Calendar idea great for kids!

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or ask on any of my social media.

Merry Christmas!

Kimberly Xo

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*This Post is not sponsored by Kmart or the Reject Shop – I just thought this tree was super versatile so wanted to share how I was styling it ❤️🎄

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Losing My Job, Family Issues & Exciting News! Life Update – November 2017

Hey everyone!

I know yet again its been a really long time between blog posts but life has been all over the place lately. The last time I spoke to you all was in my Turning 25 blog (which you can read here) and I was having a bit of a hard time with figuring out what to do with my life. I actually have quite a bit to update you all on so I’ll start from October.

Okay so I’m going to start with some very TMI stuff – if you’re new here, I post a lot about cycles etc as that is what I originally blogged about when I was trying to conceive 4 years ago, so if you’re not into reading that sort of stuff just skip to the next paragraph. The past year, my period (major TMI alert – this shit is about to get messy) has been really bad. Every single month the amount of pain I’m in and the amount of bleeding (I know – gross but it has to be talked about) I’ve been having gets worse every cycle and it has been getting to the point where I struggle to do daily life things like go to work or even get Hunter to daycare. But I will be seeing a specialist in about 2 weeks time and hopefully we’ll be able to work out what’s going on and find a solution ASAP because this really sucks. So I’ll do a full blog post on it after I’ve seen him.

In other news, I’m no longer working! I don’t really want to go into much detail out of respect for my former work place but it was inevitable as I’d outgrown my position there. There were other reasons too but I don’t really want to get into them as it’s just not worth sharing and I’ve left things on good terms with the owner which is the main thing.

So I am now currently a stay at home mum & housewife! Which I absolutely love to be honest, particularly after the past few weeks of stress. Rescue Mumma hasn’t been doing as well as I’d hoped and we had to make the difficult decision to cancel our subscription boxes due to low sales. We still have gift boxes available and we will also be launching a new website within the coming weeks so stay tuned! (If you’d like to purchase a gift box – you can do so here). But that was a bit of a blow as that all occurred within the same week. On top of that, we’ve had other family issues (I won’t discuss them out of respect for our family, but it has been super stressful and hard on everyone) so life has really been kicking us lately, but I do have some good news to share!

I’m really hoping that by sharing this I don’t jinx myself, but guys… I have been mostly anxiety free since the start of October! HOORAY!! I’m really not sure why all of a sudden my mental health has finally gotten its shit together but I’m hoping and praying it stays this way. This is literally the best I have felt mentally in over 7 years! I haven’t done anything different, nothing has really changed (other than everything I mentioned before) and considering the super stressful circumstances we’ve had lately, I’ve been doing incredibly well. I really hope that I have somehow miraculously overcome my issues and that I will be well from now on, but for the time being I’m enjoying feeling somewhat “normal” (I don’t mean that to be insensitive either, but if you’ve suffered from mental health problems then you will understand that all you ever want is to feel like everybody else who doesn’t have issues) and trying my best not to worry about how long this good feeling will last.

In other good news, my best friend of 10 years got married in October! We were so happy to be able to watch her walk down the aisle and help her celebrate her big day! This was also Jamie & I’s first weekend away without Hunter. It was definitely tough to begin with as he actually went away on a little holiday with Jamie’s mum to stay with Jamie’s sister, so I was a little nervous about how he’d go without us but he loved it! He truly had a wonderful time and to be honest, it was the best little holiday Jamie and I have had in 5 or 6 years – it was nice just to spend time together as couple and feel like it was just us again.

So that is pretty much my update. I feel like I’ve left something out and as per my usual writing style, this is probably all over the place but I assume you guys are used to it by now haha.

Also, Christmas is only 38 days away! I am beyond excited! I’m hoping to have my first Christmas related blog up towards the end of next week so stay tuned!

I hope you are all doing well and hopefully we actually receive some of the rain that’s forecast for this weekend! Our grass is starting to look a little sorry for itself haha.

Alright, I’m rambling – what else is new.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kimberly Xo

Ps. If you read this blog when I originally posted it, I decided to edit a few things out because I just didn’t want to keep them included. It was a really long story that had no real point to it, so if you’re wondering why it was different, that’s why! : )