Craft a Hardware Snowman Ornament

All it takes is a little imagination to turn a few nuts and screws into a festive Christmas tree ornament. Read on for the steps and what you’ll need to make this fun little snowman ornament.

What you'll need:

  • Loctite Super Glue Gel
  • 7/16 Washer Cap Push Nut
  • 6-32x1/2 Combo Round Machine Screws (2)
  • 5/16-18 Coarse Finished Hex Nut
  • 3/8-16 Coarse Finished Hex Nut
  • 7/16-14 Coarse Finished Hex Nut
  • Optional: String


Instructions

  1. Glue the mid-sized nut to the top of the largest nut using the Loctite glue, then let dry for 60 seconds. 
  2. Glue the smallest nut to the top of the mid-sized nut. 
  3. Glue the nut cap to the top of the smallest nut. 
  4. Glue the flat side of the screw to the medium size nut so it looks like an arm. Let dry. 
  5. Repeat with other screw to create the other arm. 
  6. Attach the optional string to the "hat" by threading through the holes in the nut cap. 


And there you have it! Your own hardware snowman ornament. These little guys are perfect to hang from your own tree, give as gifts or tie onto a present as the finishing touch.

·      Loctite 60-Second Glue

·      6-32x1/2 Combo Round Machine Screws (2)

·      5/16-18 Coarse Finished Hex Nut

·      3/8-16 Coarse Finished Hex Nuts

·      7/16-14 Coarse Finished Hex Nuts

·      Optional: Red String

All it takes is a little imagination to turn a few nuts and screws into a festive Christmas tree ornament. Read on for the steps and what you’ll need to make this fun little snowman ornament. 

Detangling Holiday Light Hanging

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The holiday season is a magical time of year but it can also be full of questions when it comes to lighting. How many lights do you need for your Christmas tree? Do you need any special equipment to hang lights on your house? How many extension cords do you really need?

The holiday season is a magical time of year but it can also be full of questions when it comes to lighting. How many lights do you need for your Christmas tree? Do you need any special equipment to hang lights on your house? How many extension cords do you really need?

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Start Inside

Of course the magic all starts with the perfect Christmas tree. If you need a hand in that department, visit our Holiday Tree Wonderland at your neighborhood Orchard. One of our friendly staff members will be happy to assist you in picking out the perfect tree. Once you’ve got that covered, it’s time for lights, right? Hold on, first you have to choose a holiday theme!

Your theme will give your decorating direction and can help you create a cohesive look – you know, if that’s what you’re going for. Are you more traditional? Eclectic? Or maybe a little eccentric even? There’s no wrong answer. And if you need ideas, check out our five themes here.

Okay, now it’s time for lights. Here’s our recommendation for how many lights you need based on the size of your tree (keep in mind the amount of lights can vary by box):

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Finally, plug your lights in (to check if all the bulbs are working and see how they look as you go) and make sure the plug reaches a power strip near the base of your tree.

Finally, plug your lights in (to check if all the bulbs are working and see how they look as

you go) and make sure the plug reaches a power strip near the base of your tree. 

According to our lighting tree experts, simply start at the bottom and string your lights around and through your tree in a random fashion, placing some lights deeper into the tree and come closer to create depth. If your lights aren’t cooperating, you can always use little green zip ties around the cord and branch to hold it in place. Once you’ve finished, take a step back and look at your tree through squinted eyes. Do you see anywhere that isn’t as bright? This is a good test to check for any bare spots. If you do, adjust as needed then sit back and enjoy your handiwork!

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Move Outside

Once you’ve got your décor set up indoors, it’s time to tackle the outside of your house. First, decide if you’re sticking with the same theme or if you want to change it up outside. Sticking with the same theme is simpler, but changing it up can be more fun….decisions, decisions.

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Once you’ve decided on your theme, it’s time to gather those lights and hang ‘em. Don’t forget to stock up on replacement bulbs and fuses, as it’s common for a few lights to go out or break along the way. Grab your ladder and Command™ Outdoor Light Clips and get hanging. (Speaking of light clips – these babies allow you to string lights around a door, window or anywhere really without nails or screws. In other words, they leave no holes or marks – perfect for apartment dwellers!)

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Now you know the basics of holiday lighting, with a few extra tips along the way. And remember, don’t hesitate to get creative. Orchard has a ton of holiday lights and decorations that will let your artistic side shine bright. Still have questions? Stop by your neighborhood Orchard, we’re happy to help.

Once you’ve got your décor set up indoors, it’s time to tackle the outside of your house. First, decide if you’re sticking with the same theme or if you want to change it up outside. Sticking with the same theme is simpler, but changing it up can be more fun….decisions, decisions.

According to our lighting tree experts, simply start at the bottom and string your lights around and through your tree in a random fashion, placing some lights deeper into the tree and come closer to create depth. If your lights aren’t cooperating, you can always use little green zip ties around the cord and branch to hold it in place. Once you’ve finished, take a step back and look at your tree through squinted eyes. Do you see anywhere that isn’t as bright? This is a good test to check for any bare spots. If you do, adjust as needed then sit back and enjoy your handiwork! 

Start Inside

Of course the magic all starts with the perfect Christmas tree. If you need a hand in that department, visit our Holiday Tree Wonderland at your neighborhood Orchard. One of our friendly staff members will be happy to assist you in picking out the perfect tree. Once you’ve got that covered, it’s time for lights, right? Hold on, first you have to choose a holiday theme!

 

Your theme will give your decorating direction and can help you create a cohesive look – you know, if that’s what you’re going for. Are you more traditional? Eclectic? Or maybe a little eccentric even? There’s no wrong answer. And if you need ideas, check out our five themes here.

Okay, now it’s time for lights. Here’s our recommendation for how many lights you need based on the size of your tree (keep in mind the amount of lights can vary by box):

How to Create a Stunning Centerpiece with Montana Gold

The leaves are changing color, the days are shorter, and the air is getting crisp. Autumn is the perfect time of year to add color and warmth to your DIY projects.


Whether you’re celebrating with friends, family, or a close loved one, adding special elements to your table settings is easy with Montana Gold spray paint.


Fall Features

Don’t let those pumpkins go to waste. Halloween may be over but you can still get use out of your fall decor. Up-cycle pumpkins, clay pots, pine-cones, and candles to make stunning centerpieces or table settings for your next gathering.


Adding a coat of paint transforms everyday fall flora into luxurious ornamentation and can turn your table into a piece of art.

This simple project can be completed in an afternoon and is perfect for new crafters and experienced DIYers alike.

Montana Gold Chrome spray paint brings a warmth and vibrancy to any project. Metallic flakes rise to the surface during the drying phase, providing an unparalleled shine, sure to brighten up any gathering.

Shock Black, with its matte finish, provides a depth and richness that pairs perfectly with its metallic counterpart.

What you'll need:

Instructions

1.  Gather: Gather pumpkins, clay pots,  pine-cones, and candles.

2.  Prep: Use masking tape to cover any areas you don’t want painted. Lay out newspaper, drop cloth, or other painting surface.

3.  Paint: When you paint, make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area. Keeping the can  6 to 8  inches from your decor, spray an even and light layer of paint. Allow to dry for 15 minutes before rotating any items, and repeat.

4.  Dry: For optimal results, allow your painted decor to dry for 12 hours.

5.  Varnish: Items sprayed with Montana Chrome that will be handled should be varnished to prevent the metallic particles from flaking off. Gloss varnish will ensure a lustrous shine while matte will produce a muted sheen.


With this DIY project, your guests are sure to feel the warmth of the season. 

Use these steps throughout the holiday season and into the new year to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Don’t let Daylight Savings leave you in the dark.

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It’s that time of year again when the days get shorter and the nights get longer – also known as daylight savings time. Not only does the time change mess with our internal clocks, it affects our lighting too. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your outdoor space or stay safe – just make sure you have the right lighting solutions.

Enjoy your fall evenings

There’s something magical about fall nights that make you want to embrace the chill and head outside to enjoy stories around the soft light of the fire. Keep some warm faux fur blankets on hand to fight the cold and make sure you have enough sticks for impromptu s’mores parties. Before you know it, you’ll be heading outside more than you thought you would this time of year.

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Ambiance and accent lighting can help create a great entertaining mood to your backyard as well. Add string lights across your dining or sitting area. LED rope lighting has a similar effect and use about 80% less energy than incandescent lights. Flame-less candles on tables can also add a nice subtle glow for cozy get-togethers around the table with hot chocolate or hot toddies.

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Shed a light on your safety

This time of year usually means you’re getting home after the sun goes down and coming home to a darker entryway. Consider setting your lights on timers or installing motion-sensor lights to outsmart the dark (and any sneaky teenagers). Dusk-to-dawn lights are a great option if you’re looking for lights that change with the sun every day.

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Or try solar path lights – they charge all day and guide your way all night. They’re great if you park in your driveway or for greeting nighttime visitors. And don’t forget about your porch light. You probably use it all year long, which means it might be time to check the bulb and update the style. Speaking of updating, switching out incandescent bulbs with CFLs can save you up to 20% on your energy bill.

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As always, if you’re not sure where to start, stop by your neighborhood Orchard and ask any of our friendly team members for help. And be sure to visit us on Facebook or Instagram to show off your outdoor spaces.

Setting the mood with Light

Guest post by Rochelle Hartigan, Brand Marketing Manager for GE Lighting


Your house reflects your design sensibilities down to the last throw pillow. The nesting dolls from a trip to Scandinavia are all lined up on the corner of your dresser, and the vintage vase you found at the flea market is brimming with fresh-cut flowers. There’s a place for everything and everything is in its place.

So, you’re done decorating.

But are you?

Lighting Matters

Unless you’ve already installed new lighting to match the mood for each space, the answer is no.

GE has introduced a new line of High Definition lighting that matches the right room to each space in your house.

Maybe you’re skeptical of applying an adjective usually associated with TVs to your lighting system, but high definition light is a real thing! GE’s HD bulbs have a higher CRI, or Color Rendering Index, which means they deliver greater color contrast and boldness than a standard bulb.

Making the change to HD light bulbs is an easy task, made even easier thanks to GE’s room-by-room system. Just think: with a few twists, you can completely transform any space in your house. GE’s HD bulbs come in three different tones, and each of those tones corresponds to a room that would most benefit from that kind of light.

You can use your lights to set the mood you’re going for in each individual area, whether it’s a clean, natural feel, or a more intimate atmosphere. 

 

REVEAL™

For instance, REVEAL™ is perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, craft and hobby rooms, and any other space where details matter and clarity counts. It’s GE’s best light because it’s HD+, thanks to a rare mineral called Neodymium, which, when added to the light bulb, creates a stronger separation in the way your eye views reds and greens. Colors appear more vivid and whites even more brilliant.

REFRESH™

Are you going for a more cool and energizing vibe? Reach for the REFRESH™ bulb. The invigorating daylight effect brings out the best in cooler colors and is made for home offices, playrooms, and laundry rooms. You can even improve on Mother Nature herself and bring these bulbs outside. Truly an asset to any active space, REFRESH™ lights will keep you going.


RELAX™

And when you’re enjoying your down time, turn on RELAX™ bulbs. The warm light emphasizes richer colors like red and gold, which makes it perfect for cozy and low-key spaces such as bedrooms, dining rooms, and family rooms. The soft white light of the RELAX™ bulb will make every moment more comfortable.

Not only will these lights set the mood, they’ll help your wallet in the long run. GE’s HD LED bulbs last for 13 years and you can save as much as $81 on energy per bulb. You’ll have a positive impact on the environment, plus room in the budget for some blankets to go with those pillows.