Christmas crafting in July


German glass glitter is a favorite to use over here. I love how it patinas over time, giving anything a truly superb vintage look and feel. This past year we shared how we covered some old fashion light bulbs to create some fabulous Christmas glitter ornaments.

christmas crafting
glitter old fashioned Christmas light bulb ornament DIY

If you click on the link above, it will take you to the original post with all the instructions on how to create your own old-fashioned Christmas light bulb ornaments.

I cannot wait to pull these out of the Christmas bin to see how they have patina’d over the year.

christmas crafting

The first Christmas craft we created using German glass glitter were a pair of salt & pepper shakers. We cerated mini snow globes with bottle brush trees and faux snow.

christmas crafting
christmas crafting

These can be used as ornaments, as place settings for a seasonal tablescape, or as unique hostess gift since we will be mingling and gathering again this year. I use them often as decor in my kitchen over the holiday season.

christmas crafting

Once again all the detailed information is in the original post if you just click on the link above or here{Christmas crafting}.

I found the salt & pepper shaker set at the Dollar Tree but your can also find them at thrift stores. Another great Dollar Tree item you can jazz up for Christmas using German glass glitter are these plastic snowflakes.

The snowflakes come in a pack of 10 or 12, which is a great deal. This helps offsets the cost of the German glass glitter. The patina on the edges makes it so worth it!

We do not have a step by step tutorial for this one but basically you just use spray adhesive all over the plastic snowflake and sprinkle with the glass glitter. Let it dry and repeat adding as many layers as you want. I believe we used 2 layers for these. Also remember to use a tray to catch all the excess glitter that doesn’t attach so you can save it for a later use.


Another medium we love to use for crafting are book print pages. You can find old books at thrift stores and garage sales. You can also use new books from the Dollar Tree.

book print Christmas

Through the years we have crafted an assortment of book print page Christmas trees. The tutorial for the tree all the way to the right with the gold star can be found in this post {book print Christmas}.

Although we do not have a blog post dedicated to a tutorial for the other two trees a quick search on Pinterest should find plenty of tutorials. Use the term {book pages Christmas tree} to yield a plethora of information. We also used book pages to decoupage plastic ornaments.

book print Christmas

For the ornaments, I inked the edges of the torn pieces of pages with black ink. Once the decoupage medium was almost dry, a quick dusting of glitter was applied. For a finishing touch, black and ivory ribbon was attached to the hangers.


Garlands and banners are always a great way to decorate a mantel or wrap around the Christmas tree or drape across an entry way. The uses are really endless. This first garland is fabulous because it’s super easy to make and you can actually use it from the fall season into Christmas and even into late winter decor. It’s a simple burlap and pine cone garland.

garland from fall into winter

Once again all the instructions are in the original post.

Trust me when I say it’s super easy to make and so versatile to use in so many ways.

Another super versatile banner we’ve created is this burlap and chalkboard pennant banner. It’s semi home-made, remember that cooking show with Sandra Lee? She would use partially prepared foods as short cuts and we use a similar concept here. We started with a purchased burlap pennant banner, BUT we added the chalkboard so you can change the sentiment | message for whatever occasion or event.

Christmastime outside & DIY banner

We have used this chalkboard banner for so many holidays, birthdays, and events since you can customize the message to anything you want.

We hope one or all of these inspire you to get your craft on in July, getting ready for Christmastime. There’s nine crafts in this post and hopefully some resonate with you. Let me know is you have any questions or share some crafts you a have created yourself that you think fits my style. Merry Christmas in July!

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I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.

Harlan Miller

sharing @ between naps on the porch


    1. Thank you!!! 💛🤩

  1. Wonderful that you are Christmas crafting in July. So nice to be ahead of the game. I said I was going to do some Christmas quilting in July. I need to get started on my Christmas projects.

    1. I hope this inspired you to get Christmas quilting in July. Thanks for your sweet comment Judy. XO- MJ

  2. decorativeinspirationsgmailcom says:

    Some great Christmas ideas. I love the glitter lightbulbs! I can not believe that Christmas is only 5 months away.

    1. Yikes! I know this year is flying by already. I had the idea for this glitter bulbs forever til I found those vintage lights. 🙂. Thanks for stopping by. XO- MJ

  3. Kathy A says:

    I make Christmas projects year round. Besides gifts for family and friends, I try to make stuff for our church bazaar in November. Once, in October, my friends laughed at me. I just looked at them and replied that I had OTHER things to make myself CRAZY about in December. They had to good grace to shut up! I also Christmas shop year round; it is all paid for by Christmas, I avoid a lot of shopping in Dec., and I can take the time to find stuff I know friends and family will like. It works for me! And when it is on clearance or on a good sale, I can gift more for less!

    1. It’s so smart to do it through the year. I always think about shopping through the year especially when things are on sale but I’m not organized all the time. I keep trying though. XO- MJ

  4. Donna Allen says:

    I love all of your projects but especially those with the German Glass glitter. I have never used glass glitter but now I want to try it! Thanks for the inspiration! Pinning this now!

    1. Thank you Donna! I love German class glitter! You will too. It patinas beautifully. Thanks for the pin! XO- MJ

  5. So many great ideas! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

    1. Thanks Kathleen. XO- MJ

  6. MaryJo,
    Love the book print trees and the salt and pepper shakers!! Pinned!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    1. Thanks so much fo all the love Deb. I truly appreciate it. XO- MJ

  7. I love those book page ornaments… and the lovely sparkly ones, too! Pinned, and I’m happy to be featuring you tomorrow at Tuesday Turn About!

    1. Thanks for all the love Julie. XO-MJ

  8. Beautiful ideas here! What a good idea to get a head start on Christmas. . . just right for when the days are so hot you don’t want to be outside!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

    1. Thanks Richella. I appreciate the feature. XO- MJ

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