Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Top 10 Posts of 2015

2015 was the first full year of our blog!
We've had tons of fun creating and sharing 
our ideas with you and with each other!
I love looking through blogs
 that feature an end of the year list of top posts.
We've put together our own list of 
your most frequently viewed posts
on Building Our Hive
 for 2015. 

First off, some bonus, top honorable mentions:

Now let's start the countdown!

Coming in at number 10 was The Spring Formal Dance.
Just loved how the ceiling turned out with banners and white lights,
plus all the cute decorations!

Number 9 is the Thankful Board
Helped us remember every day to think of something to be thankful for.

Number 8 was our Creepy Halloween Labels and Lid Toppers.
Great fun to make and display.

Number 7 was one of my favorites.
This post teaches you how to Transfer Lettering to make your own signs
and how to frame them.
We just watched the 2015 Cinderella movie again over the holiday break--just love this phrase.

At number 6, our Bottled Pines and Placecards.
These were a hit at Christmas Eve dinner.

Coming in at number 5 is the holiday board that started it all,

At number 4 are the Printable Christmas Tags and gift wrapping ideas.
File this one away for next Christmas!

In at 3 is the printable Be Thankful Banner

Number 2 is another favorite, the Mason Jar Caddy
Instructions on how to build your own wood crate caddy with handles.
Use this to hold silverware for a party, flowers or holiday decor!

Drum roll for your top viewed post this year....

The Halloween printable Spooky Banner!
This was a hauntingly fun banner to add to your eerie holiday decor.
We had so much fun making a banner each month this year!
Don't forget our Happy New Year banner and all our fun banner ideas

We want to thank all of you for stopping by
Building Our Hive
and following us as one of your favorites!
Here's to more crafting, recipes and DYI in 2016!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy New Year Board

Welcome in the New Year with this fun board.
Put out by your front door or inside for a party.  

You'll need:
one 4 ft.x 5" wide pine board 
(at the hardware store it will say it is 4'x5" but it actually measures 5 1/2" )
gold, black, white craft acrylic paint
wood stain (rag and gloves)
5" letter stencils and stencil brush
sander or sand paper

Paint one side of your board white.
I'm using Americana Snow White.
Stencil on your letters.
Put your "N" about 3 1/2" down from the top of the board.
I love this Martha Stewart Metallic Gold paint.  
A lot of gold paints are light, but this is darker and a really pretty, sparkly gold.
After your letters are dry, lightly sand your board and stain.
Wear gloves when staining.  
I like using Minwax Early American
I didn't use that much stain. Didn't want to dull the gold. 
(you could also stain the wood after painting the white and then move on to the step of adding your letters)

With the eraser side of a pencil, dip it in paint to make the dots on the top and bottom of your board.
I'm using the gold, Snow White and Martha Stewart's metallic Gun Metal paint.
(you could also use an acrylic black instead)
Let your board dry over night. 

Ready for New Year's Eve and January 1!
 Wishing you all things good in the New Year!!

Some of our other holiday boards:

Friday, December 18, 2015

Relief Society Year End Booklet

2015 was a wonderful year of learning, growth, and friendship!  To celebrate the year and inspire for future ones, my Relief Society created a booklet as a Christmas gift to the women in our ward.  It outlines our goals and achievements this year - we made blankets and pillowcases for charity!  It also records many messages of gratitude that sisters have expressed throughout the year- our focus and theme.  Favorite quotations from Sunday lessons, our scripture reading program, and even yummy recipes are also contained in this sweet little book.  We hope it will give comfort and support to all the women who helped create it.  You can create one too or plan on for next year!  A great way to cherish 2015!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Be Steadfast....2016 Mutual Theme Printable

Each year our church has a theme for the youth
Something to inspire and give encouragement for the new year.
I wanted to have a fun reminder of the theme
that my kids could post in their rooms. 
This is what I came up with.
You can print off your own copy too!

You can print off your own copy here: 

Here is the print without the scripture reference:

In January, you'll be able to find more on the theme here.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole
1 package (1 lb) frozen hash browns, thawed
12 eggs
1 cup milk
3 green onions, diced
1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
8 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Thaw the hash browns.  You can poke a hole in the bag and microwave for a few minutes. Sauté the peppers with a little butter in a saucepan, just to soften.  In a large bowl, mix your eggs and milk.  Add in spices, onion, peppers, cheese, bacon and stir.  Add your hash browns and stir to combine.  Pour into a 9x13 pan.  Bake at 375˚ for 50-60 minutes.  Insert a knife in the center to make sure egg is cooked.  
This is a great recipe for Christmas morning.  Prep/dice all your ingredients the night before.  That morning just combine them all together and bake.  Sub out the yellow pepper for green--then you'll have Christmas colors with the red!  

Print this recipe {here}

Monday, December 14, 2015

Reindeer Food

Not that a child needs anything else to get excited Christmas Eve night, but this is a cute tradition and a fun way to end the evening and get the little ones in bed for Santa. Sprinkle your front lawn with reindeer food! The reindeer food's quick oats are a treat for Santa's trusted flyers and the silver glitter in the food helps Santa and his team find your home.

Here's a closer look. My 4-year old had lots of fun adding the glitter as you can see!

Make a little bag for each child in your home. When your Christmas Eve celebrations are over, go outside together and sprinkle your front yard. Just another way to add more holiday magic to the season!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Simple Christmas Centerpiece Ideas

Here are a couple tips for creating a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday party or dinner this year!  

-Bring the beauty of the outside in! I used  pine clippings and pine cones from my backyard for these arrangements.  Large branches from your tree can be great to use too.  
-Use what you have!  I used a flower vase and plate charger to create something new.  Christmas ornament balls are also an easy way to add color and shine to your centerpiece.
-Add some contrasting colors or textures.  I liked using the burlap and natural pine with the shiny and new ornaments.  

Have fun creating!

White Chocolate Velvet Cookies

If you need a quick cookie for your next Christmas party,
this is it!
So easy and delicious too!

White Chocolate Velvet Cookies
1 box of Red Velvet Cake Mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Mix the eggs and oil with the cake mix.  Stir in the white chocolate chips.  Put the powdered sugar in another bowl.  With a cookie scoop, put balls of dough in the powdered sugar to coat.  Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 350˚ for 13-15 minutes. Makes 1 dozen.

I found this cake mix box with two velvet mixes, red and green--bonus!  
I've never seen green velvet,
this will be perfect. 

The dough is really sticky,
so I recommend  using a cookie scoop.
This makes the perfect sized ball of dough.
Roll it around in your powdered sugar.


You'll be able to fit 12 on a large cookie sheet.

Love the powdered sugar and crinkles in the cookies.
Turn on the Christmas music and pour a cup of milk.
These are so good!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas Service Idea

I love this time of year with everything draped in Christmas lights! The decorative lights bring such a brightness to even the darkest of December nights. When looking at Christmas lights, I also like to think about the light within me and what I can do to make my light shine brighter. Service is one sure way to do this! Our family enjoys the service opportunities we participate in during the holidays. There's nothing better then to reach out to another and help ignite their inner light!

Yesterday, I came across a story about a sweet little girl who survived an unimaginable tragedy. Christmas cards help her shine brighter (although she is as bright as they come!). I was so taken by her that I knew our family needed to participate in the campaign to send her Christmas cards. Here's her story.

Last night our family signed a Christmas card for precious Safyre and dropped it in the mail for her today. I invite all to participate. It is such a simple service idea, but one that will not only help Safyre shine bright this holiday season, but you and your family's lights will beam as well!

Printable Christmas Tags and Gift Wrapping

Are you busy wrapping Christmas gifts?
I finally got all my out of town gifts wrapped and mailed out!
For gift wrap this year, I'm using brown craft paper
and this cute wide striped ribbon.

Adding a few sprigs of greens.

Label your gift with a chalk tag.
Tie it on with some bakers twine.

Three different fun styles.
Print off the tags on any color of paper.

Happy wrapping!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Bottled Pines and Placecards

I was in Pottery Barn a few weeks ago 
and saw these very cute pine tree in a bottle place cards.
I knew these would be perfect for Christmas Eve dinner.
As usual, I thought, "I can make that!"
This is my knock off version.

You'll need: 
Mini bottle brush pine trees
(amazingly, this was the hardest thing to find but I finally got some {here}
powder snow
strong adhesive glue
spiral ornament hangers

Put a large dot of glue on the bottom of your tree
and stick in the bottom of the jar. 
Let them dry for a few minutes.


Roll up a piece of paper into a cone.  This will be your snow funnel.
Add the snow.  It just takes a little.  


We've got a snow covered forest!
Now for the top.
Make sure to buy these curled ornament hooks
(saves you time and they are curled perfectly).


At the bottom of the outside curl, bend the wire, so it goes straight down.
Then cut off the hook on the opposite end.

You're going from this to this.

I dipped the end of the wire in a little of the glue we used earlier and poked it into the cork.

I have to say, these are the cutest!
Just print off or write out your name cards and stick them in the wire curl.

So excited about using these on Christmas Eve!

I really love bottle brush trees.
Since I had some extra in the pack,
went ahead and made some larger bottles to decorate around the house
and give as gifts.

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