Christmas

November 8, 2010

12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 7 ~ Playing Cards Garland

I love this idea and how awesome is this that most people have a deck or two that are missing cards and no longer get play time. This was first seen at Anthropologie and it is so easy to make that I thought I should share this with all of you. Great garland for trees, fireplaces and anywhere you want to hang this.

Supplies:

~Playing Cards (2 decks in two different colors)

~Sewing Machine

~Scissors (Large Circle punch, in which case you wouldn’t need the pen or glass)

~Pen

~Glass (or circle stencil)

1. Trace your circle onto your card.

2. Cut each circle out of the playing cards. It would be much easier if you had a large circle punch.

3. Sew the cards together using a straight stitch, until all cards are used.

4. Hang it up (I can’t to use this on my tree).

and

Enjoy!

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November 6, 2010

12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 6 ~ Countdown to Christmas Blocks

This is an easy project, one that even your kids could probably help with, of course with your supervision!

Supplies:

4 Wood Blocks

White Paint

Mod Podge

Coordinating Paper cut into squares

Numbers & Sayings

Ribbon

1. Paint the blocks white on all sides.

2. Mod Podge the cut paper onto each side of the square and then Mod Podge over the top of the paper.

3. On one block Mod Podge the numbers 1, 2, 6(which will be used as a 9), 0, 7 & 8. On the other block Mod Podge the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 0. On the other two blocks Mod Podge the words days to Christmas.

4. Take a ribbon and tie in a bow or knot around the blocks.

Enjoy!

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November 5, 2010

12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 5 ~ Mod Podge Canvas Art

I have wanted to do this for long time and just never did. But now that I have, I will do this more often, its so much fun and really is a great way to decorate your bare walls. And would make a great gift too!

Supplies:

~Canvas (size of choice)

~Scrapbook Paper (thinner paper is easier to work with)

~Mod Podge

~Embellishments (ribbons, rhinestones, pearls, buttons, etc..)

~Hot Glue Gun

~Razor Blade

1. Cut the paper to big enough so that it wraps around the sides.

2. Using your razor blade and cut the corners diagnolly in towards the corner of the canvas.

3. Cover the entire paper with Mod Podge.

4. Attach the paper to the canvas and completely cover the top with Mod Podge. Let dry.

5. Decorate your canvas with your embellishments using your hot glue gun.

Enjoy!

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November 4, 2010

12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 4 ~ Paperback Ornament

This was not so easy but I was so proud after I got the first one done and then it became easier as I went along. So I will try to explain every step, but don’t get discouraged, just try it again and I am sure it will turn out great! Everything looks better with glitter! By the way ~ it gives it more character when its not quite perfect! ;)

Supplies:

~ Paperback book

~ Glue

~ Spray adhesive

~ Glitter

~ Clothespin

~ Scissors

~ Ribbon

~ Embellishments of  your choice

1. Cut the book into 1 inch strips. Now this part is a bit tricky, it would be easy if you have a industrial size paper cutter. I had to use scissors and this book wasn’t huge so I cut a few strips and cut a few more until I got through the whole book, leaving the binding in tact.

2. Take some glue and apply to the binding.

3. Use a clothespin to hold the binding together until the glue dries.

4. You will be using two strips at a time and start by putting glue on the end of the strip and glue to the next two pieces.

5. Then you take the next two strips and fold in half.

6. You can use the clothespin to help keep the strips in piece, its just like having another hand.

7. Continue folding & bending, putting glue on the end of the strips that you bend, not the ones you fold, until your done.

8. Take an all purpose spray adhesive and spray the ornament, then cover with glitter. Do both sides and edges if desired.

9. Take your embellishments and using hot glue or tacky glue, attach them.

10. Once the ornament is completely dry, take a ribbon or some sort of decorative string and attach to the ornament.

And

Enjoy!

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November 3, 2010

12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 3 ~ Easy Bead Necklace

This is a super easy necklace and it turns out so pretty. This is a great way to recycle an ugly old bead necklace. This necklace is meant to slip over your head. You can modify it by making this tie at the back of the neck so you can make it a smaller choker type necklace.

Supplies:

Ribbon (I used a velvet type of ribbon)

Needle & Thread

Old bead necklace

1. Cut the end of the necklace and pull the beads off.

2. Thread your needle and knot the end, then pull through a folded over piece or ribbon. Leaving enough ribbon to tie a bow when you are done beading.

3. Start by pulling a bead through the needle & thread and then pulling the needle through the ribbon, alternating beads on each side of the ribbon. (Its easier than it sounds)

4. Once you are done threading the beads onto the ribbon, knot the end of the thread. Tie a knot at the end of each side so that the knot covers the tied end of thread.

5.  Tie a bow on near the end of one side of beads and make sure and put some fray check on the ends of the bow where they were cut, so that they don’t fray.

Wrap up

&

Enjoy!

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November 2, 2010

12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 2 ~ Easy Dish Cloths

These easy to make dish clothes turn out so cute that you will want to make some for everyone you know.

Supplies:

Dishcloths

Fabric

Fray Check

Serger or Sewing Machine

1. Cut the dish clothes into 4 equal sections.

2. Cut the fabric to the same size. Putting wrong sides together(right sides facing out) serge around the edges. If you don’t have a serger you can use your sewing machine set to a zig-zag stitch.

3. Use your fray check on the ending stitches to keep them from coming apart.

Now wasn’t that super easy? And what great gifts for newly married couples, baby gifts and anyone who enjoys being in the kitchen! Just wrap up with a few kitchen gadgets and your good to go.

Enjoy!

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November 1, 2010

12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 1 ~ Yarn Wreath

Everyone needs a beautiful wreath to hang on the door and what better than this yarn wreath with gathered flowers. You could make one of these for yourself and make another for your friend. This wreath would make a great gift!

Supplies:

Yarn

Wreath form

Flowers (for tutorial click here or here)

Glue gun & Glue

1. Take the glue gun and put a dab on the wreath and start wrapping the yarn around the wreath.

2. Continue wrapping the yarn around the wreath, making sure that none of the wreath shows.

3. Take your flowers and make a small arrangement in one section, using the glue gun to secure them.

4. Connect a piece ribbon or lace to the top making a loop to hang.

Enjoy!

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October 28, 2010

Starting Next Week….

On November 1st I will start my 12 Days of DIY Christmas! Are you excited? Cuz I am! I will have some great handmade gift ideas,  Christmas decor ideas, gift wrapping ideas and I hope that I can get you excited about making your own gifts this Christmas season!

And do you want to know the best part? ~ On November 13 I will have a GIVEAWAY of some great stuff that I made throughout the two weeks of DIY madness!

Here is a sneak peak of whats to come in the next two weeks:

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