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 20: Joy pillow
Cathie and I are both designers by day and bloggers by night. This usually means having a minor obsession for typography. I am definitely a purveyor of everything typography related, so doing this craft was right up my alley. For day 20 we wanted to do a craft that brings in our love of type to life.
TIME TO COMPLETE
Depending on your sewing level, and painting dry time, it takes about a day and a half.
- 16” inch pillow insert
- 17” x 17” square of cotton twill fabric (front of pillow)
- 26” x 17” rectangle of cotton twill fabric (back of pillow)
- Thread to match
- Multi-surface acrylic or fabric paint (2 colors)
- Alphabet Joy Template
- Sewing machine
- Paint brushes (flat and small tip)
- Silhouette Cameo/Xyron or transfer pencil (see step 2)
If you haven’t cut your cotton twill, cut the front side of the pillow into a 17″ square. Cotton twill is a nice fabric for pillows because it’s thick enough for décor, but not too thick that it’s hard to manage while sewing.
First you need to print out the Alphabet (Joy) Template. These instructions require a Silhouette Cameo and a Xyron, however if you want to use the transfer pencil method, you will need to flip the template artwork so it’s backwards before you print it out. (You can reference this post on Krafty Kath for the transfer pencil method.) If you have a Silhouette Cameo, you can cut it out as-is.
Once you have your stencil cut out, remove the individual letters carefully.
Carefully peel off your stencil from your cutting mat.
Now cut your stencil in half (in-between the 3rd and 4th row) so you have two halves.
Gently run each half through a Xyron machine to adhere the sticky backing.
Remove the backing and place in the center of your 17″ square front fabric. Make sure to align the two pieces.
Make sure your stencil is firmly placed on your fabric. Now you can begin to paint. Using an up and down dabbing motion, gently paint the “JOY” letters one color and the remaining alphabet another color using the square tip paint brush.
Remove your stencil from the fabric.
Fill in your empty areas that the stencil made using the fine tip paint brush. These are letters like A, B, D, O, P, Q, and R. Then touch up the edges where the paint bled.
Now let your front fabric dry completely. (We let ours dry overnight.)
For the back of the pillow, if you haven’t already, cut a 17″ x 26″ rectangle of the same fabric. Cut that piece in half vertically.
Take one piece and fold over one inside edge 1/2” and then fold over again. Iron the folded edge flat and use a couple pins to hold the fold down. Repeat to the other piece.
Sew each of the pinned pieces right down the center of the fold, approximately 1/4” from the edge.
To assemble the pillow, place the front side of the pillow (painted side) up on the table. Take the two pieces of the backside and overlap them to match the 17” x 17” square. Place the right sides to the painted side and pin together.
Sew around all four sides 1/4″ to 1/2″ from the edge.
Trim the excess seams on the inside and then turn the case right side out.
Insert the pillow insert inside the case. You’ve just created a new Christmas decoration!
Day 19: Baked goods packaging
I love cookies, especially homemade ones. I had all the best intentions to make cookies for Christmas this year but things just got hectic. Now I’m left with some awesome packaging ideas…for next year. So I guess my friends and family won’t be too surprised after seeing this post!
In the spirit of sweet givings, today tinsel + trim and I hope to inspire you with these DIY packaging ideas for your next cookie or candy gift.
I found this cute red tin that works perfect for cookies and brownies. Ribbon and a felt snowflake make it festive.
Small gift bags with washi tape are perfect for party favors.
A ceramic loaf pan lined with candy cane wax paper and loaded up with cookies makes a great hostess gift that has use well beyond the holidays. Plus, leave it to us to find another use for pom poms and bells! You know how much I love pom poms.
After our big Frango mints debate, Cathie brought me a box back from Chicago so we could compare them to the Seattle version! The Chicago versions come with waxed paper liners, which were perfect for this shallow, scalloped tin tray. Wrap in cellophane and tie a swag of blue-berried juniper to complete the package.
Note: So far the only difference I can find between the two Frangos is the consistency. It’s SLIGHTLY different. But it could be all in my mind.
For our final package, we put chocolate, caramel popcorn balls in a cellophane bag and tied it up with ribbon and a sprig of juniper. This is a great option if you need to package in volume.
Tip: If you are local to Seattle and haven’t checked out Swanson’s Nursery, it has a great selection of fresh swags and wreaths. We got a huge swag of juniper for six dollars – enough for a few dozen of these bags.
Small touches can go a long way to make a lasting impression and to let the recipient know you care. How will you wrap your next gift?
P.S. The cookies featured in today’s post come are White Chocolate Butterscotch from With Sprinkles on Top. And note that I did not bake them…Cathie did the honors there.