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2014 Dream Tree Challenge

Michaels Makers 2014 Dream Tree Challenge Reveal

We just can’t wait any longer! Today is a very special day for all of us at Michaels… that’s right – it’s the Third Annual Dream Tree Reveal! It’s time to get inspired for the holidays and we know just how to do it. Michaels’ Annual Dream Tree Challenge is our one-of-a-kind holiday kick-off and the Michaels Makers did not disappoint. Each of them has spent weeks creating a dream tree of their own, and we now have 30 fully decorated, fabulous and unique trees that will blow you away! We know that getting ready for the holidays is a huge undertaking, but after seeing what they came up with, you’ll be so inspired, you won’t be able to stop yourself. Enjoy!

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Which tree is going to be your inspiration this year? Stop by our Make it Merry inspiration book for more helpful tips and holiday projects!

Michaels Makers

Maker Monday: Kari from U Create

Today we are featuring another one of our 30 Michaels Makers bloggers, Kari Sweeten. She is the blogger and creator behind U Create. We got her to share her inspiration, the craft she is most proud of (a dream tree from Michaels!) and more. Enjoy!


Kari is the owner/founder of U Create, a well-known craft blog sharing thousands of free patterns and tutorials, hot new craft trends, tips and tricks for making creating fun, and more. Her “heaven on earth” is working on a craft project with a bowl of M&M’s, a Diet Coke, and listening to a book on Audible. She has a creative/fix-it-man husband and four energetic children that keep her busy and bring her indescribable joy!

1. When did you start crafting?

I remember cross-stitching when I was in kindergarten. My mom was always doing something crafty and I wanted to be like her. I also remember her taking me to paint ceramics when I was in elementary school. My mother is always learning new things and she inspires me.

2. Describe your ideal environment to create a craft project.

Creating with friends is so much fun, but my ideal craft environment is being alone in my craft room, listening to a book on tape with a bowl full of peanut m&ms and a diet coke!

3. What is your favorite type of craft?

PHOTO 2I get this question quite a bit and my answer is…it’s always changing. Lately I have a passion for creating printables for my readers by combining two of my favorite things…crafting and laughing!

4. What craft tool can you not live without?

My digital cutting machine. Possibilities are endless on what you create with it!

5. What inspires your blog posts?

I think “what would I love to read” or “what would I love to learn”?  I love to share blog posts that teach my readers (usually with tutorials), and inspire them to create by sharing simple ideas. I also love researching the newest craft products and trends and finding fun ways to use them.

6. What project have you always dreamed of doing, but haven’t tackled yet?

I want my dream kitchen. I would love to rip out the cabinets, put in a beautiful island, tile, etc. It’s a huge project but hopefully my husband and I can tackled it soon!

7. What project are you most proud of?



My dream Christmas tree. I had the opportunity a couple of years ago to participate in a Michaels Dream Tree Challenge and I was able create a red, white, and peppermint tree. I love the feeling of accomplishment I get when I put it up each holiday season.

8. What project was your biggest craft fail?

I remember making these melting snowman cookies I saw on Pinterest using a marshmallow and a sugar cookie recipe. My daughter saw them and said “What are those mom?”…I still laugh at those cookies!!

9. Describe your craft style.

I would say my style is mostly traditional, with a bold pop of color!

10. What is your favorite craft trend right now?

I’m seeing a ton of embroidery hoop art in the crafty world using appliqué, stitching, embellishments, you name it….and I am loving it!

11. Who is your favorite person to craft with?


My sister Becky who also helps me with U Create. We bounce ideas off of each other and have a blast creating together!

Do-It-Your-Elf: Episode 4


Baking is supposed to be messy, right?


The night before Christmas, Mr. Elf baked something sweet

A batch of sugar cookies, Santa’s favorite treat!


Ready for Christmas Eve dinner with friends!

Mr. Elf made Christmas Eve dinner, what did he choose?

Of course peppermint candies for a few of his Boos!


Teeny tiny knitting needles for our little elf friend.


He had a last minute gift he wanted to knit,

A green scarf for Santa is sure to be a hit!


Sweet dreams, Mr. Elf! Santa is on his way!



 After a few sips of cocoa, Mr. Elf shut his eyes,

He can’t wait to wake up to Santa’s Christmas surprise!

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Do-It-Your-Elf: Episode 3

Now that he’s home and ready to settle in,

It’s time for the fun and decorating to begin.

Mr. Elf must pick the perfect tree

So many choices… Which will it be?

Elf Tree Lot

Hmm… Which one of these lovely trees should he take home with him?

Now that he’s found the perfect one,

Time to get it home and start the decorating fun.

Taking the Tree Home

Hang on tight little tree, you are almost home.

Garland, ornaments, sparkles and lights

He is ready for his very first Christmas night!

Decorating the Tree

Mr. Elf discovers that he has quite the eye for trimming the tree!

Stay tuned for Christmas Eve with Mr. Elf,

Our final episode featuring ideas that you can do yourself.


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15 DIY Christmas Ornaments

Have you ever seen the clear glass and plastic ornaments at Michaels and wondered how you could decorate them? There are tons of ways to embellish these ornaments and turn them into pretty little things, but mostly, it’s a great project to do with your family or girlfriends!

Hi, my name is Micheline. I am the very lucky girl who actually gets to craft and demonstrate my passion through numerous Medias in Québec, Canada and into the Michaels Stores of that French speaking province. I am thrilled to participate on this blog today about Christmas decorations and hope to inspire you into making your own original and fun DIY Christmas ornaments.

Creative Fillings

Don’t we all love a craft with our children that involves no glue, no paint, no glitters, no mess, yet, tons of pleasure?! Make sure to get the plastic ornaments and watch the young ones fill them! You can also use food: coffee beans, popcorn, small candy… Be creative!

1. Pearls or Beads

Beads DIY Christmas Ornament

You can pick up beads from our jewelry department or give new life to an old and broken piece of jewelry.

2. Pom Poms

PomPom DIY Ornament

Colorful pom poms show great texture through the clear ornament and are super kid-friendly.

3. Feathers

Feather Ornament

For a more sophisticated look add feathers. Spice things up with Stenciled Feathers.

Faux Snow

These next 3 ornaments have one thing in common: fake snow. You get it by the bag at Michaels in the seasonal department. There are different textures and sizes of flakes available, some even with iridescent sprinkles. My favorite snow for ornament filling is the “Flurries” (Buffalo Snow) that looks like tiny pieces of Styrofoam.

4. Miniature Fir Trees

Fir Trees

To make the mini trees hold in the bottom of the ornament, I put a drop of hot glue under each and used tweezers to delicately go through the opening. I added the snow last.

5. Mini Bird on a Branch

Snow Cardinal Ornament

I did the same thing with the cardinal, using tweezers to hot glue it to the branch I had previously inserted in the ball.

6. Jewelry Garland

Jewelry Garland Ornament

For this one, I used a wire garland with pretty beads that I shortened with cutters and inserted into the flat ornament. Before putting the cap back on, I inserted a few beads and twisted the wire around the cap to have them hanging in the middle. I used Glitter Glue to write “Noël” on the surface.


Make a memorabilia ornament that will remind you every year of a special vacation, trip or activity that you did.

7. Vacation Sand & Seashells

Vacation Memory Ornament

I love how this one turned out with the rope wrapped around the top.  Don’t forget to identify the year on the ornament. For mine, I made a banner out of cardstock, and glued it on with a hot glue gun. You could write it on with a Sharpie marker too. Cherish other memories for years to come such as special concert tickets, petals of your bridal bouquet, etc. * Tip: When heavy items are place in an ornament, glue the cap on with hot glue to prevent damage!

Inside Out

The next 3 will show my favorite technique: Decorate the ornaments from the inside! It’s long-lasting because the paint, wax, alcohol ink, or glitter will never chip off.

8. Acrylic Paint Minion

DIY Minion Ornament

Any brand of craft paint will work for these ornaments. You can choose a specific color for a specific project (like this yellow Minion) or to match your home décor. You can also mix different colored paints together for a beautiful marbled effect. I had a special request from my daughter for this ornament. All we did was pour a bit of yellow craft paint directly inside the ornament, then shook it and turned it until it was fully covered. We then patiently let it dry by hanging it upside down on a stick planted in a Styrofoam block. The eye was printed off the Internet (type “Minion” in Google images!), cut around and glued into a soft drink bottle cap. I added a drop of Glossy Accents clear medium to give the eye a shine. I then glued the cap on a ribbon and attached to the ornament with hot glue. Lastly, I drew the smile with a Sharpie marker and added the yarn strands of hair.

9. Swirled Wax

Melted Crayon Ornament

Cut little pieces off different colored wax crayons with a craft knife and insert them into the glass ornament. Use your hair dryer at its hottest setting or an embossing gun and heat the ball.  I highly recommend that you wear gloves or use pliers to hold the ornament – it will get HOT! As the crayon bits start to melt, turn the ornament slowly in all directions to make swirls of different colors. Once dry, you can fill the ornament with ribbon, fake snow or glitter (see number 10).

10. Glittered

Glittered Ornament

If you love a nice sparkly & shimmering ornament, then you’ll love this amazing technique. The very best glue to completely glitter-coat the inside of your ornament is called Glitter-It! by Beacon. It is a very liquid glue, almost like water, that you pour into the ornament (fill about 1/5 of it). Slowly turn the ball to make sure every spot is covered and then pour out the excess in a little plastic cup, letting it drip well. You will reuse this glue for your next ornament. Now comes the exciting part! Pour fine glitter directly into the ball. I use a lot, but recuperate more than half after. Start shaking and turning the ornament and the glitter will stick to the inside surface. Pour out the excess on a sheet of paper that you can funnel back into the glitter bottle. Voilà!

11. Alcohol Ink + Glitter

Alcohol Ink + Glitter

I just LOVE the effects we can produce with these two techniques combined. Oh, the possibilities! First, put a few drops of the color of your choice of alcohol ink in the ornament. It is made to be permanent on non-porous surfaces such as glass, metal, plastic or photo paper. Turn and swirl the ball to disperse the ink. It will dry quickly, but when you put drops of a second color, the alcohol will reactivate the ink and the colors will blend together creating beautiful swirls. If you blow in the ornament while the ink is still wet, it will make nice designs as well. You can stop with this step and hang the ornament as-is, or add the glitter technique as mentioned above once your alcohol inks are dry.

Adorned & Embellished

And finally, decorate ornaments on the outside surface. You can also recycle old ornaments with these techniques.

12. Dimensional Fabric Paint

Fabric Paint Ornament

I used the neon color kit of Slick® fabric paint by Tulip® for these ornaments. The bottles have a nice applicator with a fine tip so it’s easy to write directly on the surface of the ornaments. I like how the lines stay “puffy” and almost a bit sticky after they’re dried.

13. Transparent Glass Paint

Glass Paint Ornament

Using a foam spouncer, you can add a subtle colored texture to your ornaments with the Martha Stewart Crafts™ Transparent Gloss Glass Paint. Imagine how pretty the lights in your Christmas tree will shine through these beautiful delicate glass balls! Add a little bit of opaque metallic paint to your spouncer for a special shine.

14. Rhinestone Stickers

Rhinestone Sticker Ornament

If you are inspired by our Crystal Elegance Christmas line this year for your décor, you will want to add all that extra bling to your tree! You can find rhinestone stickers by Recollections® on a sheet – they are pre-placed in a pretty shape and all you need to do is cut to desired size, peel and stick on the ornament!

15. Snow Tex

Snow Tex Ornament

Snow Tex can be found in the adhesive section of Michaels. It’s so fun to create snow with this dimensional medium. This thick stucco-like paste can be applied with a brush or sponge directly on the surface and it dries quickly to a hard finish. I can guarantee that this is one ornament in which the cap will never fall off!

I could show you dozens of other ways to decorate these ornaments, but I think you get the picture! Go out there, be creative and most of all – have fun decorating! Show us your DIY Christmas Ornaments on Instagram and Pinterest by tagging them with #JustAddMichaels!

Joyeux Noël from Quebec, Canada!

– Micheline


Craft Crush | November

Craft Crush

It’s about that time everyone! I really struggled to round up my crushes this month. There’s just SO much magic happening in the DIY world right now with upcoming holidays and events. Am I right? My Pinterest board runneth over. But seriously, my goal this holiday season is to pin less and make more.  Also on my list of goals: don’t over do the holiday sweets. I’ll report back and let you know how that one goes.

Without further ado, here’s my November Craft Crush:

Craft Crush November

Clockwise from top left:

Maple Glazed Apple Donuts from A Pumpkin and A Princess // If you don’t already know, I have a bit of a donut obsession and these babies make my mouth water. I’m definitely making them soon.

Pom Pom Pumpkins from One Sheepish Girl // Our very own Meredith is a pom pom prodigy. These little pumpkins are super simple to make and serve as perfect Thanksgiving decorations.

Framed Toy Story Dolls Shadowbox by By Stephanie Lynn // What a genius idea to custom frame favorite toys and preserve childhood memories! No worries folks, I’m pretty sure they can still escape to go on adventures.

Advent Christmas Tree by Lil’ Luna // I love how Lil’ Luna combined the tradition of an Advent Calendar into her tree design. It’s absolutely stunning.

Mercury Glass Mason Jars by Mason Jar Crafts Love // I’m a sucker for vintage. But, sometimes it’s hard to find the good stuff. This tutorial shows you have to create mercury glass look perfection.

So, tell me … what have you been crushin’ on lately?