Merry Christmas

The month of December I was able to slow down for once and relax. I was able to put my Christmas tree and decorations up early and enjoy them. I also had time to catch up on my DVR, as well as even watch some cheesy made-for-tv holiday specials. :) I also had time to revisit some of my old holiday DIY posts, and clean them up a little for my blog. I especially reflected on 25 Days of Crafts that I did back in 2013 with Cathie of tinsel + trim. It was so fun to go back through all our crafts…remembering all the late nights we spent working on them. :) We were so crazy trying to attempt that.

So whether you have the time off or not, I hope you all had some time to enjoy the festivities, and reflect on the season. Here is a sneak peak of my house all ready for the big day.

Merry Christmas to you and your families!

 

Day 12: Felt trees

Inspired by the modern, graphic style of these wooden Christmas trees from Curbly, we decide to put our own twist on it by using felt instead of wood. For day 12 of 25 days of crafts, we’ll use inexpensive wool sheets to create modern felt trees with an inner accent color. These look great as part of a tablescape centerpiece or on your mantel.

TIME TO COMPLETE

Allow yourself 30 minutes to create two trees.

MATERIALS

  • 2 felt sheets in one color (outer color)
  • 1 felt sheet in complimentary or contrasting color (inner color)
  • 1/2 yd. Heat Bond iron-on adhesive
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Print outs of the felt tree pattern (PDF)

Materials

Step 1:

Cut a piece of Heat Bond to fit the size of the felt sheet. Place it adhesive-side down on a sheet of the outer color. Iron it according to the Heat Bond instructions.

Tip: Place an old dishcloth underneath your felt to prevent adhesive from getting on your ironing board.

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Step 2:

Peel off the paper backing on the Heat Bond. Layer the inner color so the Heat Bond is between the two felt sheets.

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Step 3:

With the inner color side up, iron the felt according to the Heat Bond instructions.

Tip: We found it took longer to have the Heat Bond full adhere to the felt so you may also need to give it more time than the instructions suggest.

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Step 4:

Cut out both the top and bottom patterns from the felt. Do not cut out the slot.

Tip: We cutout freehand but you may prefer to pin the patterns in place.

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Step 5:

Repeat Step 1 for the second sheet of outer color. Place the two cutouts, inner color face down, on the second sheet. Flip over and iron.

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Step 6:

With scissors, follow the edge of each pattern piece to cut off the excess felt.

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Step 7:

Cut out the slots for each piece.

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Step 8:

Insert the bottom piece into the top piece.

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Look at that! You just made a felt tree!

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Day 7: Icicle ornaments

When I was young, our next door neighbor used to give me and my sister a new ornament each Christmas. After many years of her generosity we had so many ornaments we were able to decorate our OWN tree with those ornaments. They have since traveled with us to our new homes, and our new experiences. I still hang these ornaments on my tree each Christmas and remember those memories.

So for day 7 of 25 days of crafts, we set out to make new memories with an icicle ornament. Cathie and I both had never painted on glass before, and realized it was much harder than it seems! With a lot of trial and error (and a lot of laughing) we tried our hand at this craft. Now that I can say I’ve tried it … I have great respect for the art form.

MATERIALS

You can create one icicle ornament in about 15 minutes, not including drying time. If you are working with glass for the first time, allow yourself additional time (and balls) to practice.

  • Glass balls
  • Silver glass paint
  • Iridescent or glitter glass paint
  • Toilet paper tube
  • Narrow brushes
  • Ribbon

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INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Before painting, clean your ball with glass cleaner. It also helps to remove the cap and hook, which you can do by gently squeezing the hook on either side and slowly pulling up and out.

Cut a toliet paper tube in thirds, and use one of the pieces to stand your glass ball upright. This will also help keep it standing when it’s drying.

Apply a small amount of silver glass paint to your brush. Starting from the top, pull your brush down along the curve of the ball about a 1/3 of the way. Start with more pressure and release to a light tip for the bottom of the icicle.

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Step 2:

Continue applying icicles in various lengths and widths around the crown of the ball.

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Step 3:

To round the tips of the icicles, paint from the tip of the icicle up toward the base. This will help minimize any hard edges.

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Step 4:

Apply a light layer of the iridescent or glitter paint over each icicle.

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Step 5:

After allowing the paint to dry, reattach the hook and cap. String a piece of ribbon through the hook and tie a bow.

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Woot! You just made an icicle ornament and a new memory!

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Day 5: Lollipop ornament

When we were little, my parents took us to the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker. I loved everything about the show…the dancing, the costumes, the sets, and the magic. My favorite dance was the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. It was not only her classical tutu (because I always wanted to wear one of those) it was that they landed in the Land of Sweets. Isn’t that every kid’s dream? So why not bring out some of those childhood memories with this glittery lollipop ornament for Day 5.

MATERIALS

  • 2 colors of Fimo clay
  • 6″ lollipop stick
  • 9/16″ screw eye, short shank
  • Craft glue
  • Crystal colored glitter
  • Modge Podge
  • Paint brush
  • 1/4″ wide ribbon for hanging

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INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Take approximately 3 portions of each color of Fimo clay

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Step 2:

Start with one color, and roll out a 12″ long snake.

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Step 3:

Roll out the same sized snake with the other color.

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Step 4:

Gently press each of the colors together and roll the two snakes into one 18″ long snake. Then hold one end of the snake steady, while twisting the other end.

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Step 5:

Once you have twisted the entire snake, start at the center and roll a tight swirl making sure that the edges are pressed together. Gently tighten the swirl so the clay holds together. This makes the top of your lollipop.

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Step 6:

Once you have the top formed, insert the lollipop stick about halfway into the bottom of the clay. Now carefully remove it. Do the same to the top of the lollipop. Insert the screw eye and then remove it.

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Step 7:

Place your lollipop top on a foil lined cookie sheet and bake it according to the Fimo packaging. We baked ours at 225 degrees for 50-60 minutes. Everyone’s oven is different, so keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn’t start browning. Once it’s baked, take it out of the oven with a hot pad and let it cool completely.

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Step 8:

Once it’s cooled add a little craft glue to the top portion of the lollipop stick and insert it in the hole in the bottom of the lollipop. Do the same to the screw eye in the hole in the top of the lollipop.

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Step 9:

Mix a little Modge Podge and glitter together, and paint the front and back of the lollipop. Don’t paint it on too thick, just give it a light coat. Let it dry completely.

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Step 10:

Finish it off by tying a loop of ribbon through the top screw eye. Now you are ready to hang a little piece of the Land of Sweets on your tree!

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