Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How to Flock your own Christmas Tree or Wreath

If you love that snow white flocked look on a Christmas tree or wreath, but already purchased those items without it being flocked, do not worry you can still achieve that look. My mom is going to be flocking her tree, but I just wanted my wreaths flocked so we decided to do this little DIY project together. 

We searched in a lot of stores to find the Snow Flock material, but couldn't find it anywhere. We decided to order a 2 pound bag online at Seasons Reflections - The Original SnoFlock or on Ebay (here)

 Once you have your snow flock material, you just need a spray bottle filled with water and a strainer - sifter. Fill your sifter with some SnoFlock and lightly spray and sift at the same time. Do not spray water in the sifter. Make sure you are only spraying the SnoFlock on the branches. When the water hits the SnoFlock it expands and sticks to the branches. If you want bigger chunks I also used my hand to throw chunks on each of the branches. If you want a really snowy look just keep sifting until you achieve exactly what you want.  

A 2 pound bag should be enough for a full tree and a wreath or two.

Let it dry for a few hours and VOILA!!

-Sydney Hoffman

Sunday, November 19, 2017

5 Things to do in Toronto this Christmas

If you follow me on Instagram-@syd.hoff you will quickly see how obsessed I am with the holidays. Toronto is absolutely gorgeous during the holiday season and I love to explore all that Toronto has to offer during Christmas. I've come up with a few things that you MUST do this season in Toronto.

This is one of the best Christmas markets in the world and is located in the most perfect spot in the Distillery District. You can't miss the 50 foot spruce tree and all the little vendors and boutiques full of gifts and food. 

This is the ultimate skating rink with a beautiful view of the CN Tower and the waterfront. I also find it's not as busy as some skating rinks around the city.

3. Movie night with Christmas Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
When it's too cold to go out to any restaurants or bars stay home and watch Christmas movies all day. You can visit or use UberEats to get some Christmas Krispy Kreme doughnuts from one of the three locations downtown.

4. Cut your own Christmas tree
Although you may have to head a little ways out of the city for this one, it's totally worth it. I do have a fake large tree as my main tree, but I love cutting my own. I like to cut down a mini guy and keep it on my balcony or in another area of my condo. I would suggest Spademan Tree Farm or Merry Farms.

Not only does Nathan Phillips Square have a Christmas market starting December 1st but you can also go ice skating in front of the iconic Toronto sign.

I'm always excited to hear more about Christmas activities in the city...let me know what you like to do during the holidays!?

-Sydney Hoffman