Day 25: Snowflake table runner
Merry Christmas! Many wishes to you and yours on this holiday.
For the final installment of 25 Days of Crafts, tinsel + trim and I thought about how we bring a special, handmade touch to the dinner table this Christmas. A snowflake runner offers a bit of whimsy and playfulness to your decor and is versatile enough to go with just about anything.
Thank you for joining us on this whirlwind craft adventure. It’s been great fun working with tinsel + trim, trying new techniques, and exercising our creative muscles.
While the technique is simple, it may take you 3+ hours to complete depending on how long your table is.
- Felt snowflakes* (we got ours from PearCreekCottage)
- White thread
*We got 8 packs or 96 snowflakes to make a 10′ table runner.
We are going to make a table runner that is 4 snowflakes wide (approx. 20 inches). To connect the snowflakes we will sew three snowflakes together at their points.
Align your first three snowflakes like so:
With your needled threaded, stitch together the three points. There are any number of ways to do this, but we just did a basic running stitch. Be sure to loop back around to the first point to complete the connection.
Tie your thread into a knot and snip off the excess thread. You may want to put a drop of Fray-Check to seal the knot
Continue steps 1 and 2 for the length of your table runner. We recommend going 4 snowflakes wide by however many long to fit the length of your table.
Sew snowflakes together at the three-point intersections to keep them all connected.
Tip: Place a piece of colored tape on the front side of your table runner. This will help you from accidentally sewing on the wrong side.
Ho, ho, ho! You just made a snowflake table runner!
Day 24: Vintage card ornaments
What are your most favorite memories from Christmases past?
One of mine is laying underneath the Christmas tree looking up at the lights with my sister. We would talk of Santa, and what presents we thought were under the tree. Another memory (which I would like to forget) is when I broke the baby Jesus’ (from our manger scene) hand off. Of course I got in trouble for that one. It definitely makes for a good memory because now we think back at it and laugh. Oh and by the way…the baby Jesus’ hand was glued back on, and is back in the manger where He belongs.
So today we honor the past with a Christmas Eve craft of vintage card ornaments. It’s also a 2 for 1 day, so make sure to check out tinsel + trim’s ornament as well.
- Photo copies of vintage Christmas cards
- Drill and .125″ drill bit
- 3.25″ wooden circles
- Martha Stewart wood stain in white wash
- Medium sized paint brush
- Colored card stock to match your images
- Craft glue
- Silver self-adhesive glitter sheet
- Scalloped scissors
- Glitter glue
- Silver string to hang
STEP 1: Cathie from tinsel + trim has an amazing collection of vintage holiday collectables, so for this craft she let me borrow a few of her vintage cards. I took the cards to my nearest Kinkos and make a few color copies. If you want to use the originals then that works too!
STEP 2: Take your wooden circle and drill a small hole in the top using your drill and .125″ bit.
STEP 3: Paint a small layer of the white wash paint over the front and back of the wooden circle and let it dry completely.
STEP 4: While the wooden circle is drying, cut a 2.5″ circle out of your cover stock. You can use scissors, an x-acto knife, circle punch or cutting machine. Whatever technique you are comfortable with.
STEP 5: Flip the circle over and trace around it over your color image. Trim out your color copy approx .125″ from inside of your outline. This will allow you to stack your image on top of the colored stock and give you a nice border.
STEP 6: Flip your self-adhesive paper over and trace your circle once again. This time when you cut it out, use the scalloped scissors and cut just outside of your line.
STEP 7: Once you have your three circles cut, glue the image on top of the colored stock. Adhere your glitter paper to your wooden circle, and then glue your image/colored stock combo on top of that.
STEP 8: Add some glitter glue to the top of your image to enhance it.
Once it’s completely dry, loop your string through the hole and you are ready to hang it on your tree! Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas Eve!
Day 23: Paper straw ornament
For Day 23 Krafty Kath and tinsel + trim bring you two paper straw ornament crafts. So you can try both crafts with that bag of straws you buy. Or trim up some fancy drinks with the remainder straws. Be sure to check out Cathie’s paper straw ornament. Enjoy!
TIME TO COMPLETE
30 – 45 minutes
- Drill and .25″ drill bit
- .75″ Wooden bead
- Red paint
- Paint brush
- Red paper straws
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Small hole punch
- Thread or twine to hang
Re-drill the hole in the wooden bead with a .25″ drill bit. This will allow you to put one straw through the bead.
Paint the wooden bead red, or any other color you’d like. Let it dry completely.
Cut the paper straws in the following lengths:
1 – 6″
1 – 5.25″
4 – 2.5″
8 – 1.5″
Slip the 6″ long straw through the wooden bead. Place a little dot of hot glue in the center of the straw. Quickly slide the bead up over the glue and place in the center of the straw. Clean off any excess glue from the edges.
Cut the 5.25″ long straw in half. Place a dot of glue on one end of each and place on the wooden bead to make a cross.
Take the 4, 2.5″ pieces and place a little bit of glue on each end and place them on the wooden bead in the diagonals.
Now take the 8, 1.5″ pieces and cut a tiny “v” on the end of each one. This will help it sit in between each straw better. Glue each one in between the straws.
Punch a small hole in the long straw that runs through the bead and tie a little piece of colored twine to hang it on your tree!
Day 22: Jingle bell napkin ring
Years ago my grandmother gave me her beautiful china. It’s a beautiful white china with a thin silver accent, very similar to my Mom’s china. It’s so classic. Every time I take it out I am reminded of the special occasions at home. For this craft I wanted to create a napkin ring that accented the silver. Plus it might be the easiest craft ever!
Don’t forget that today is a 2 for 1 craft day on Krafty Kath and tinsel + trim. You get two styles to choose from, so check out her wooden tree napkin ring as well.
Unscrew one end of the bangle. Slip on your bells one by one, alternating the direction they face.
Continue to slip on all the bells until it’s full. Screw on the end and you’re finished.
Fold or roll your napkin, and slide on the ring. (I used a French Fold and gathered it together in the center.)
Now you have a chic napkin ring to adorn your Christmas dinner table!
Day 21: Shadowbox
For day 21 we present to you our first guest post by Julia Saimo. Julia is a very talented young lady who loves crafting as much as we do. We have seen her crafts over the past year, and jumped at the chance to invite her to write a post during 25 Days of Crafts. Hope you enjoy her DIY as much as we do! – Kathy & Cathie
For this project I was inspired by Bethany Mota, a beauty blogger on YouTube. I wanted to make something that celebrated the holiday spirit with my grandmother when she visited us from Arizona for Thanksgiving.
TIME TO COMPLETE
All of these materials were purchased at Michael’s Craft Stores.
- Shadowbox. These come in many shapes and sizes. I chose the 9 x 9 x 2 inch size.
- Christmas card stock for the inside back of the box. Card stock comes in many different colors and textures. Choose one that matches your holiday theme.
- Vinyl adhesive backed letter sheets. These come in many different font types and colors. I chose a cursive style in gold because it feels elegant and formal.
- Fun and festive fillings. There are many different fillings to choose from. To follow my theme of Christmas elegance I choose gold and clear pearlescent marbles and 2 gold angel ornaments to hang on the back wall of the box.
- Gold ribbon to secure the angel ornaments.
Measure card stock to fit the back of the shadow box. Hint: Take out the back plate of the shadow box and use it to trace on your card stock to quickly get the size right.
Once card stock is cut, adhere to the back plate and set aside to dry if you use glue.
Place your shadow box glass surface down and arrange your fill contents on the inside of the shadow box. Place them gently and slowly as to not crack the glass.
To secure the angel ornaments I used golden ribbon and tied one end to the angel and the other end to the brackets that came applied to the back of the frame.
When you back plate of the shadow box is ready, secure it into place by closing the tabs on the frame. I find it helpful to use a knife so you don’t ruin your fingernails.
When you apply your vinyl lettering you will want to visually balance it with the contents on the inside, making sure that everything lines up symmetrically. It helps to apply your lettering with an X-acto knife.
Once your lettering is applied you’re finished!
And there you go – a simple and fun way to add the elegance of Christmas in a 3 dimensional way to your home!
And since you can create almost anything in this shadowbox, here is another example of a different style.
Hi! My name is Julia Saimo. I’m a seventh grade student at Twin Falls Middle School. I enjoy dance, computer science, baking with my mom and making fun crafts. I especially love the winter time and the spirit of the holidays spent with friends and family. When I’m not busy with school, dance and sports I like to hang out with my two older brothers, Sam and Will and my Lhasa puppy Khokomo.
You can follow Julia on Instagram (julia_saimo) and on Tumblr (juliaroselove).