Picture Makeover for Holidays

I am constantly looking for ideas that provide functionality and decor options as we continue to settle into our smaller home. 

I’ve wanted something to put over the buffet that had a Christmas theme but haven’t come across the print, size or dollar amount I wanted.   Plus I didn’t want another picture to store.  Then  I got the idea of covering the existing picture that hangs in this area with holiday gift wrap to provide a blank slate.  I’m pretty happy with how this project came out.

This is the picture I removed from the wall.

I used a good quality wrapping paper and blue painters tape to adhere.

My goal was to be able to use the bow and letters over each year and also not damage the picture  underneath.  Using a piece of jute in the corner (I glued with a bit of hot glue on each end) allowed me to tie the bow onto the jute instead of gluing the bow directly onto the paper.

I purchased 3 wood letters from Hobby Lobby and a $1.99 bottle of red chalk paint.  

Two coats of red, then a clear wax and finally a dark wax layer and they were ready to be adhered.  

I chose this product to adhere the letters to the paper.  They worked great.

Bow and letters attached.

Why I love this idea?

  • The roll of wrapping paper can be used for many years to come.
  • The only storage will be the bow and letters.
  • The motif can be easily changed up,
  • JOY – Jesus Only You is perfect to sit above the manger scene I’ve had since childhood.
  • It’s easy and fast.
  • Can be used for other holidays
  • It’s frugal.

Pinwheel Bouquet


As a program coordinator at Arizona State University, I often have fun creating an event for the College of Nursing & Health Innovation.  This month we will be participating in Sparky’s Carnival on the downtown campus, an event geared for new students.  I am taking the carnival theme and working it with my trusty sidekick, Jasmine, our amazing student worker and we are having fun as we work.  It’s amazing what can be created with basic supplies when we have the right tools.  I am often asked for more specific information on the products I use to get results in my blog posts.  I will, going forward, be including links to what I use and hope it will be helpful.

I wanted to share this pinwheel bouquet we will be using as a centerpiece at the event because it works for any type of celebration, depending on the type of paper used, and helps create a fun atmosphere. I cut assorted scrapbook paper using my portable paper cutter  in 6″ and 4″ squares so I would have two different sizes of pinwheels.  Then 2 pieces of the same size paper (not same color or print) were attached back-to-back using square adhesive tabs to create a pinwheel (I have included directions to making pinwheels below).  Drinking straws were used for the handles – (wooden skewers can also be used).  I found a black vase at a thrift store for $3.00 and stuffed floral foam into the opening, which I cut to fit for the straws to stick into.  Then I used glass pieces to cover the foam.  These glass pieces can often be found in thrift stores on the back wall of items that are bagged up.  They come in an assortment of colors or clear.

I also found that a miniature glue gun worked well with this project.

Here is the link I used on how to make pinwheels.

If you give this project a try, please let me know – I’d love to see your creation.


Rice Krispie Gluten Free Cake Bites

I found this recipe as I was going through Pinterest late one night and am so glad I did because they take an old-time favorite and turn it into something even better.


If you have been following my blog for long – you know I like sprinkles and so I doctored these up with a little royal frosting and sprinkles.

Rice Krispie Gluten Free Cake Bites
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  1. 1 bag of marshmallows
  2. 4 Tbsp Butter
  3. 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  4. 6 cups of rice krispies
  5. 1/2 cup of vanilla cake mix - I used Pillsbury Gluten Free Funetti Mix
  6. Handful of sprinkles
  7. Extra Butter
  8. Royal Icing
  1. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. Melt marshmallows and butter over medium heat in large pan, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, rice krispies and sprinkles and mix well.
  4. When mixture is cool enough to handle, butter your hands and form into ping pong size balls. Place on parchment paper. If mixture becomes hard to manage, rewarm slightly on stove.
  5. Mix up frosting ingredients and drizzle over top. Add more sprinkles.
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