Posts tagged ‘crafty christmas’

December 1, 2012

ornament wreath


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Thrift store frame $1 & mini glass ornaments $2:

ornament wreath

  • paint frame with metallic paint (Folk Art 580 Taupe & 675 Champagne)
  • arrange & decide ornament placement – use 3M super strength adhesive (follow package directions) to glue in place one by one

(side note:  hot glue works….however, if the wreath is in between a south-facing front door & storm door….the heat generated may re-melt the glue…& leave the cute ornaments in a big, broken, gluey heap on the floor)

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  • attach wide velvet loop with thumb tacks on backside, hang on wreath holder
  • make a pretty bow & tape or pin in place

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Let the Christmas Season begin!

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“My precept to all who build is, that the owner should be an ornament to the house, & not the house to the owner”  ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

December 15, 2011

ribbon candy

Zero calories!  The craft from years ago Martha Stewart (ribbon candy ala MS).  Simple & shiny!

General directions for ornament shown:

  1.  1 yard 1 1/2″ wide stripped ribbon, embroidery thread, shiny silver beads (6mm & 4mm)
  2. mark the ribbon every 2 1/2″ (depends on width of ribbon, adjust accordingly)
  3. tie knot at the end of thread, thread small bead, large bead, poke ribbon at low mark, small bead, poke through ribbon, large bead, alternate all the way up
  4. end with both beads, tie knot & make loop for hanging
  5. trim the lower & upper ends of the ribbon in a “v” (aka swallow-tail)
December 13, 2011

sparkly mantel

Most of the time our mantel is bare due to two reasons:  bookshelves on either side make enough visual noise, & I have a hard time putting one together!  Typically at Christmas time, a lighted garland spans the width with our stocking hanging & shiny ball ornaments hang here & there.  This year, since the garland did not light-up, I went with a simple, shiny theme:

Purchased supplies cost less than $10.  Iridescent white/clear garland, white corded lights, mini ornament balls:

Thrift store sundae glasses purchased over the years for .25 – .50 cents each.  Any sort of pedestal or tallish glass will do.

Put together it looks festive & sparse in a good way:

Maybe you have a mantel display idea or picture you’d like to share?  If so, send an email with attachment!

“It’s like your children talking about holidays, you find they have a quite different memory of it from you. Perhaps everything is not how it is, but how it’s remembered.”  ~ Denise Norden

December 7, 2011

tree skirt

Know what a tablecloth for a Christmas tree skirt looks like?…  A tablecloth!!!  It was bringing down my Christmas spirit.  So, the following $7 solution began…

Two yards grey felt (72″ wide, finished edge not required), sparkly red vinyl, cream vinyl. 

To make large skirt circle, use embroidery thread (string or yarn) tied onto a straight pin & stick it in the felt.  Measure the distance you want (25″) then swivel the string around the perimeter marking with pins as you go.  When finished, double check measurements with a tape measure (shown) stretched out to 50″ with the 25″ in the center.  Cut the circle using the pins as a guide. 

To make a scalloped edge, use a plastic lid & paper to create a template:

Continue by making the template into a quadrant (tape paper together or use posterboard) so the scallops turn out even.  For me, an element of dumb luck happened in this step.  Lots of methods could work for the same solution.

Cut scallops half way around, then fold the skirt over, pin & cut the rest using the previously cut as the pattern.  Cut one slit up to the center point so the skirt can be easily placed around the tree bottom.  Add color & shine by using a circle cutter (OLFA  circle rotary cutter = fabulous) for dots all around:

Choose a glue that will dry clear & hold leather or vinyl.  Not too much time was spent on skirt embellishing because, unless you’ve been naughty, presents will be covering the whole skirt! 

“Nothing says holidays, like a cheese log.”  ~ Ellen DeGeneres
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