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{Craft} No Sew Tree Skirt

When Halloween rolled around, I was thinking about my childhood costumes- they were always handmade by my mom, so creative and immaculately sequined, glittered, and put together, but she can’t sew! How did she do it? HOT GLUE. I unfortunately inherited this wonderful “no-sew” skill, so when I needed a tree skirt, to the hot glue gun I went.

Because I’ll be back in WI for Christmas, it didn’t make sense to get a big, real size tree this year. Maybe next year? So I opted for a small tree and had the perfect place for it. But, I hate those plastic bases, so I needed to make a tree skirt. Now I could have gone out and bought one, but what’s the fun in that?

Supplies: fabric, rick-rack (or some other type of ribbon), and hot glue

1. I made a square skirt, so I cut a 25″ x 25″ square of fabric with 1″ extra to fold over to glue a hem… it ultimately turned into a 24″ x 24″ square.

2. Use an iron to make the 1″ hem- fold over an inch and iron a straight line. This was much easier than just trying to glue the hem right away- the fabric already wanted to be folded after ironing it.

3. Hot glue the hem on all 4 sides.

4. Attach the rick-rack (or other ribbon) on the edges.

5. Cut a slit on one side to the middle.

…a perfect, no-sew tree skirt- so simple and it really adds a fun pop of color!

xo

 

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{Craft} Holiday Paper Bunting

Fun, festive paper bunting can add so much to a room. Its usually used for parties, but why not decorate with it? I’ve been wanting to make paper bunting for the longest time, I just haven’t had the patience or time to do it.

Supplies: Ribbon, 2 sheets of 3 types of paper (I used 12 x 12 scrapbook paper), double sided tape, paper cutter, hot glue gun

1. Cut the 12 x 12 squares in half- into 6 x 12 strips. Fold these in half so you have 6 x 6 squares. With the folded side at the top, make a pencil mark in the middle of the bottom at 3 inches.

2. Use the paper cutter to make triangles out of each 6 x 6 square. Line the middle pencil mark and the corner of the creased side up and cut- you’ll have one side of the triangle. Repeat on the other side and you’ll have a perfect triangle.

Step 2 (a)

Step 2 (b)

3. You can use double sided tape or hot glue, I found hot glue works best- glue the ribbon right under the fold of the triangle, and then glue the entire triangle shut. Leave enough ribbon before you start so you can tie or attach it to wherever you plan to. (Trust me its a hassle if you don’t leave enough… like I did). Repeat this as many times as needed until you have enough triangles for the length needed for your bunting.

Step 3

A festive touch in minutes!

Next project… How to make a mini tree skirt. Considering I don’t know how to sew, this should be interesting!

xo

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{Craft} Paper Snowflakes

To continue with my weekend of crafting, I decided to spruce up my windows with some snowflakes, considering paper snow is probably the only kind I’ll be seeing in Nashville. I knew I wanted something 3D, but wasn’t sure what.. then I remembered a craft I made in middle school math class- super cool paper snowflakes. A perfect project to make (its very tedious) while watching college football all day Saturday- football + crafting + holidays = perfection!

Supplies: 6 pieces of 12 x 12 paper (I used white scrapbook paper… but any size square paper works), double sided tape, ruler, pencil, Exacto knife, cutting board, stapler, hole punch, clear fishing line-type string, suction cups for windows.

1. Fold the squares in half diagonally. With the folded side toward you, use a ruler and pencil to make lines where you’ll cut (see below). Don’t cut all the way to the fold, otherwise the paper won’t stick together.

Step 1

2. Cut on the lines and unfold the paper so you have your square again. Starting in the middle, curl the sides together one way and stick together with double sided tape, and work outwards folding in alternating directions. This makes 1/6 of your snowflake. Repeat 5 more times with the rest of your paper.

Step 2 (a)

Step 2 (b)

3. Staple the sides of your 6 pieces together as well as the middle when they’re all completed. Hole punch the tip of one part, and hang on a window with clear string! A blizzard in an instant!

Step 3 (a)

Finished Snowflake!

I made 6 snowflakes, 2 using 12 x 12 paper, 2 using 8.5 x 8.5 squares, and 2 using 7 x 7 squares. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Nashville (at least at my house)!

Happy Holidays Ya’ll!

xo

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{Craft} Gilttery Pinecones

I just LOVE the holiday season! From Thanksgiving to January 1, it is my most favorite time of the year. I so enjoy time spent with family and friends during this magical time, but I also am excited to decorate and bake for all of the wonderful occasions! Today marks my first day of Thanksgiving break, and I have spent every minute looking for decorating ideas and making Target/Michael’s trips for supplies. I am headed back to the frozen tundra (Wisconsin) that I call home on Monday, so my plan is to finish all of my decorating before I leave!

First project- Glittery Pinecones. I think pinecones are a fabulous touch for the holidays, and you can’t go wrong with a little (or a lot) of glitter! I saw this idea on Pinterest, of course, but I put my own spin on it.

Supplies: 2 bags of pinecones (found mine at Michael’s), tacky glue, glitter (gold or silver works, I picked gold to match my other decorations), and some fun ribbon (I used 3 types).

Supplies

I glittered about 15 pinecones by using my finger to spread glue all over them, and then sprinkle glitter on them. What worked best for me was to dump the glitter into a bowl, and then dip the whole pinecone into it- worked much easier and they turned out much more sparkly. For the remaining pinecones, I used my different ribbons and weaved them through the pinecones for a pop of color.

Pinecones

I let my glittered pincones dry, and then arranged all of them in a pretty triangle bowl and placed it on the bar in the kitchen. Absolutely love this festive holiday touch!

xo

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