Wednesday, December 7, 2016

All Buttoned Up


Compliments of Brian Patrick Flynn
Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Merry Christmas Friends!

All Buttoned Up Raid your button stash to find examples in various shapes, sizes and colors. Then, simply attach the buttons to a 3" foam sphere with tailor's pins. Working one row at a time, cover the entire ball, then fill in any gaps with smaller buttons. Pin on a ribbon loop for hanging and proudly display your completed ornament on the tree.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ribbon Garland


Compliments of Brian Patrick Flynn

Merry Christmas Friends!

Rather than sticking with tradition and horizontally wrapping your Christmas tree in strands of tinsel garland this year — shake things up and instead attach long sections of wired ribbon to the top of the tree, letting them drape the branches vertically.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Timeless Gingerbread Ornaments


Compliments of Marian Parsons
Photo By: Marian Parsons

Merry Christmas Friends!

Made from pre-cut wood shapes and paint, these gingerbread "cookies" look like the real thing. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Easy-to-Craft Wooden Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments
These gingerbread cookie ornaments, made out of wood and paint, look as festive as the real thing, but can be enjoyed for many Christmases to come. Kids will love helping out with this fun and easy holiday craft.

Materials Needed:
pre-cut wooden shapes (available at your local craft store)
220-grit sandpaper
drill
1/8" drill bit
brown acrylic craft paint
1/2" flat artist brush
white puff paint
twine or ribbon
scissors

Paint Wooden Ornaments
Lightly sand wooden ornaments with fine sandpaper (220 grit) to smooth rough edges. Paint ornaments with two coats of brown acrylic paint. Allow paint to dry.



Drill Holes for Ribbon/String
Drill a single hole at the top of each painted ornament with an 1/8" drill bit to thread a string or ribbon through. Tip: Use a scrap piece of wood underneath ornament to drill into to protect your work surface and reduce splintering on the backside of ornament.



Decorate Ornaments
Decorate ornaments with white puff paint to simulate icing on a gingerbread cookie (Image 1). Allow to fully dry before decorating second side. Tip: Applying puff paint involves a learning curve, so practice on a piece of paper or cardboard first. Thread a piece of twine through drilled hole and tie then hang your completed ornaments on the tree (Images 2 and 3).



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Saturday, December 3, 2016

JDC Christmas Printables


Compliments of Jones Design Company

Merry Christmas Friends!

Emily of Jones Design Company has been generous in sharing these Holiday templates to make our lives easier, during the busiest time of the year, without compromising style and thoughtfulness.

Thank you Jones Design Company!

Click HERE to download BHG Christmas Tags template


Click HERE to download Woodland Christmas Tags template


Click HERE to download Classic Christmas Tags template


Click HERE to download Christmas Shopping List template


Click HERE to download Holiday Invite template


Click HERE to download Holiday Note Cards template


Click HERE to download Holiday Gift Tags template


Click HERE to download Christmas Wish List template


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Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Tree Skirt


Compliments of Marian Parsons

Merry Christmas Friends!

Felt is a perfect fabric for no-sew holiday projects because raw edges won't fray. This tree skirt looks complicated, but it's actually made with straight cuts and fabric glue, so it's a quick craft to tackle during the busy holiday season. If desired, rows of felt fringe can be sewn to the skirt. Once dry, slide the tree skirt around base of the tree, positioning the slit in the back for a festive DIY holiday accessory.

Materials Needed:
3 yards red felt
2 yards white felt
2 bottles fabric or felt glue
scissors
rotary cutter
cutting mat
clear ruler
pencil
length of string

Cut Tree Skirt Base
Cut a 48" square out of red felt. Fold square piece of felt in half, then in half again. Tie length of string around pencil tip. Press string into corner of felt where folds meet and extend string until tight, then trace a quarter circle on felt (Image 1). Cut along pencil line, then cut corner where folds meet in a quarter circle pattern to create a hole for the tree trunk (Image 2). When felt is unfolded, it should be a circle with a hole in the middle. Use scissors to cut a straight slit from skirt edge to center hole, so skirt can be easily slid around tree trunk (Image 3).



Cut Felt Strips
Using a rotary cutter, clear ruler and cutting mat, cut remaining red felt and all of the white felt into 3" wide strips (Image 1). Then cut each strip into 4" lengths, leaving about 1/4" of felt attached along top of strip to create an oversized fringe (Image 2).



Glue Fringe to Skirt
Starting at the outside edge of skirt, apply a bead of fabric or felt glue (Image 1). Press connected edge of red felt fringe into glue (Image 1). Repeat until one full row is completed. Apply another bead of glue approximately 2-1/2" inches above top of first row and press connected edge of white fringe into glue until that row is completed making sure the white row of fringe overlaps the first row of red fringe. Continue this process until entire skirt is covered in fringe, creating a sunburst pattern with a nod to classic holiday sweets — candy canes and peppermints (Image 2). Tip: Allow fabric glue to completely dry before moving or handling tree skirt. If desired, rows of felt fringe can be sewn to skirt. Once dry, slide skirt around base of tree, positioning the slit in the back (Image 3).



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Thursday, December 1, 2016

8 Christmas Gift Toppers


Compliments of DK Books - Greener
Photo By: DK - A Greener

Merry Christmas Friends!

Sometimes the smallest touches make all the difference. See how a pile of packages under the tree can look so much more enticing if they are thoughtfully decorated. The Evergreen Foliage and String is perfect. Simply gather a few lengths of string, tie up the gift and tuck a couple of sprigs of foliage under the bow.

Cinnamon Sticks and Braided Raffia
Tie the gift with braided raffia, thread ribbon under it and add a bundle of cinnamon sticks.


Dried Fruits and Raffia
Glue three dried orange slices together in an overlapped row, tie the gift with raffia and glue on the orange slices.


Holly Sprig and Vintage Ribbon
Tie the gift with bright vintage ribbon and tuck a holly sprig with a few berries under the bow.


Pinecones and Raffia
Tie the gift with raffia, wrap a little thin wire around the base of each cone and tie them to the bow.


Ribbon and Buttons
Wrap recycled ribbon around the gift and glue different-sized buttons onto the ribbon.


Raffia and Dried Leaves
Gather a few lengths of raffia, tie the gift and glue a few dried, flattened leaves just under the bow.


Threaded Buttons
Thread odd buttons onto a very thin length of ribbon and tie the ribbon around the gift.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Tutorial Collection by Jones Desgin Company


Compliments of Jones Design Company

Merry Christmas Friends!

In honor of the upcoming holiday season, Jones Design Company created a collection of projects they call the Christmas {tutorial} collection.



Emily and Nonna have had such fun creating these projects, decorating the trees and getting into holiday mode, even if their tree is up a month earlier than normal!.

The entire collection is in download form with instructions for wreaths, garlands and ornaments perfect for decorating your home, your tree or giving as gifts. Also included in your download are images and inspiration for three uniquely decorated trees that will encourage you to think creatively when decorating your home this holiday season. The projects use inexpensive materials (things found at the thrift or craft store) are simple to create and are great ideas for crafting with a group of friends or alone while watching your favorite Christmas movie.

Download Christmas {tutorial} collection instructions HERE.

Enjoy, and thanks again to the Jones Design Company for sharing this awesome Holiday tutorial with us, the perfect gift...

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