Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Etceteras: miniature yule log

This tiny log was about to get thrown out with the yard clippings. I rescued several branches before they were tossed.

First up from my new stash of branches -  a miniature Yule log.  Apparently, the Yule log dates back centuries. It was customary that on Christmas Eve an enormous log of freshly cut wood would be carried to the house and place on the hearth.

My tiny Yule log won’t get burned but hopefully will be used year after year.


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Etceteras: berries in the snow

It doesn’t snow where I live. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see people in shorts on Christmas day. So, in order to have a white Christmas around here, you have to buy it in a can.

This year I wanted to some snow for my table centerpiece. I created these berries in the snow using twigs, red faux berries and canned snow.

Now, even though the sun is out, we can have a white Christmas too.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Etceteras: holiday house place cards

With the hustle and bustle of shopping, card making, gift wrapping and decorating, it’s easy to forget about your holiday table. For a sit down holiday meal, you can dress up your table with place cards.

To make a snowy house place card, you will need:

  • Cardboard or an existing small box
  • Glue
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Kosher or coarse salt
  1. Make a small box out of cardboard and tape the inside of the box.
  2. Make an A-frame roof out of corrugated cardboard and glue onto the top of the box. Cut out windows, and doors as desired.
  3. Once you’re happy with your house, pour kosher or coarse salt into a plate.
  4. Apply glue all around the house and press the house into the salt one side at a time. You may need to apply a little more glue and fill in the bare areas. Set aside to dry.
  5. Add a name tag to each house.
If you’re feeling especially ambitious, create houses in a variety of sizes and make a small village centerpiece.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sew and Tell: pomander or kissing ball

I wasn’t sure if I should call this a pomander ball or kissing ball. A pomander ball typically is made of fragrant materials such as; flowers, oranges or spices and was originally carried as an aromatic scent. A kissing ball is made of holly, greens or mistletoe. Kissing balls originated in Victorian times to encourage modest ladies to give or receive a kiss or embrace.

My holiday ball is made of fabric flowers and gold berries. I’m leaning more toward the kissing ball since it will be hung for holiday décor.

To make this kissing ball, I started with a small styrofoam ball and glued on fabric flowers. The flowers are made out of white quilt batting and I used the same method to make the flowers that I used on my paper flower wreath and tacks. I was going to use white felt but I liked the fluffiness of the batting. I added a string and gold berries.

This kissing ball is ready to stand under.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Upcycling: holiday gift tags

I love to keep the holiday cards that I receive but it usually gets to the point where I have to make some tough decisions on which ones to save. Rather than throw them away, I upcycle them and make gift tags.

These are so easy to make. Just cut up holiday cards using decorative edging scissors or shape cutters. Punch a small hole in the corner and add ribbon or string and you have gift tags ready for the next year.

Holiday cards are usually printed on nice stock, have beautiful imagery and can be used on a variety of crafts.

What do you do with the holiday cards you receive? Leave me a comment or send me an email with photos. I’d love to feature your holiday card upcycling idea.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Inkling: it’s a wrap – take two

Here’s another idea for holiday gift wrapping.

Plain white gift wrap is as versatile as brown kraft paper. You can use it for any occasion and transform the look with a few embellishments.

A single strand of mini pom poms and a crafted flower dress up this package. As with my first package, this look can be used for any occasion or for the upcoming holidays.

To make paper flowers, you simply cut out flower shapes. Layer them with the largest at the bottom and the smallest at the top. Poke a hole through all the flowers and add a button, berry or brad to secure. Gently curl the petal for a more natural look.

Plan ahead and make your embellishments in advance. The holidays can be hectic. If you wait until the last minute to wrap - and I’ve been there - you’ll be digging for last year’s gift bags to re-use.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Inkling: corrugated paper ornaments

Have you seen the cute corrugated ornaments at West Elm? Here’s a picture…I love the owl.

The store is filled with great décor and they have a terrific holiday section. But the corrugated ornaments caught my eye. Definitely something I could try to make.

I made a snowman and a heart. I used corrugated paper that I had on hand. My paper was thinner than the kraft box type corrugated paper used in the West Elm ornaments but it worked fine.

To make these, you simply cut strips of paper and roll them using glue every now and then to hold the roll together. To make a shape other than a circle, start rolling and shape as you roll.

The heart and snowman were fairly easy to make - so next up, I’m going to try to make the owl.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Inkling: holiday gift list – free download

It’s not quite panic time but it’s getting close. I know it’s hard to think about holiday gift buying when you haven’t even bought your Thanksgiving turkey - but now is a good time to start on your list.

I have to admit, I’m starting to feel the holiday excitement and stress. But I always feel better once I have my list done. I created this holiday gift list and plan to finish up my gift ideas very soon.

How about you? Have you started your list yet? Are you a last minute shopper or completely organized and done with all your holiday shopping? If you’re like me, and just getting started on your list, feel free to download a copy of my holiday gift list.

You can find the free download under the Goodie Bag Tab.