Holidays

December 24, 2010

Christmas Brooches from Grandmas Bridesmaids Fabric

I have been MIA this week, getting ready for Christmas. A while back I had told you that my mom was going to give me her left over material that was used for her bridesmaids dresses and I was so excited. Her colors were rust and cream and I knew the taffeta fabric would be beautiful. I wanted to make something special for my sisters and all the granddaughters so I made these brooches and my daughter came up with this amazing poem to go along with them. What makes them more special is that this year would have been my parents 50th anniversary and yesterday two years ago is the anniversary of my fathers death so I know the girls will cherish these.

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December 17, 2010

DIY Gift Bow from a Magazine Page

I love this idea! We have had so much fun making our own bows, the color combinations are so fun. If you are low on funds, and have some old magazines laying around, try this, your gifts will sparkle.

How about Orange has a great tutorial to get you on your way to making your own bows. Click here for the instructions.

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December 16, 2010

DIY Ribbon Alternative – Elastic Gift Band

All you need is some elastic, doesn’t matter the width, and some felt circles to make this cute elastic gift band. Its been so fun wrapping gifts this year, well I should say watching my daughter wrap gifts. She comes home from school everyday asking what she can wrap. We have tried to stay with recycling and have made a lot of the gift ties and bows(that’s coming tomorrow).

1.Gather up some elastic and felt(cut in circles, size of your choice).

2. Cut the elastic to the size you want, then machine stitch the ends together.

3. Using a needle and thread, sew on the circles by hand, remember the circles will touch when sewing them on.

And that’s it, simple and fun!

Sorry I didn’t have any photos of the sewing process but its fairly simple to figure out.

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December 14, 2010

DIY – Recycled Light Bulb Ornaments

I love it when my daughter wants to create something with me! She was looking around the kitchen and had found to light bulbs that were getting ready for the recycle bin and asked if we could add some glitter to them and make ornaments. I said yeah why not. So she got out the trusty Mod Podge(I don’t know what I would do without it) and we each decorated a light bulb.

This is pretty easy, all you need is: an old light bulb, Mod Podge(or glue), paint brush, glitter, a ribbon and hot glue gun.

1. Using your paint brush, paint Mod Podge all over your light bulb, then cover it with glitter. My daughter made a mix of gold, silver & white glitter.

For a different look, I Mod Podged my light bulb and covered it with small strips of sheet music.

2. Cut two strips of ribbon. One small piece to wrap around the base and one large piece for hanging on the tree.

3. Hot glue the large piece of ribbon to each side of the base.

4. Hot glue your small piece of ribbon around the base, covering the ends of the other ribbon.

And there you have it, super simple and super cute!

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December 13, 2010

Recycled Paper Christmas Tree

I love it when I can make something that is completely recycled. This little tabletop Christmas tree is one of those projects.

If you have an old book or newspaper laying around that has those lovely yellowed aged pages, this would be the perfect project to use them on.

Supplies:

~Old frozen pizza box or cereal box

~Old newspaper or book

~Glue gun

~Scissors

~Optional – Glitter & Scrapbook supplies

1.Roll your frozen pizza or cereal box into a cone. I glued the edge down and then stapled them at top and bottom to stay.

2. Pull out two pages from a book and fold in half. My pages measured 6X10.

3. Tear the page in half.

4. Lay the two pieces on top of each other and fold in half.

5. Cut into the open side of the papers, making sure not to go all the way through the paper. Then bend the folded side in about a 1/4.

6. Crumple the ends, scrunching all the way down. I made a whole bunch before I started gluing.

7. Starting at the bottom, start hot gluing the paper onto the cone.

8. Continue glue pieces all the way, winding as you go.

9. Finish the end at the top, making sure to cover the cone completely.

10. Make the top of the tree by using another strip of cut paper and rolling it into itself.

11. Add glue to the top and insert inside the hole.

12. Decorate and your done!

Enjoy!

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December 9, 2010

DIY Suede Bracelet

These were so much fun to make, super easy too and suede when cut with sharp scissors makes a very clean edge. I used a leather shirt and suede coat that I found at the Goodwill for my bracelets. They turned out so pretty and very comfy to wear.

I found this over at 100 Layer Cake (the original post came from maikitten), they always have the most interesting wedding and non-wedding ideas.

For details on how to make one click here, it is in German but you will get the idea.

Beautiful Christmas gift idea.

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December 7, 2010

DIY ~ Easy Christmas Napkins ~

These are super easy and super fast. I had just enough fabric to make 4 cloth napkins. Try making some for a gift or for your own holiday table, you wont be disappointed. Design sponge has an easy tutorial to follow, just click here.

But the best part about these napkins is that they are completely recycled, I found the fabric at the thrift store.

Check back tomorrow for some really pretty ornaments!

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December 2, 2010

Easy DIY Scrap Wreath

Remember the Yarn Wreath I made for the 12 days of DIY Christmas? I had it hanging on the door and when my daughter came home for Thanksgiving I decided to send it back with her to school. I figured I could make another one, but when I was laying in bed last night I came up with this idea and what better way to get rid of some of your scraps. You could totally do this for anytime of the year. I am excited to make a Valentine one.

Supplies:

~Wreath form(can be foam)

~Fabric Scraps 4″ width

~Fabric Roses

~Hot Glue Gun

1. Start out by using your glue gun to secure the first strip. Wrap around and glue the end.

2. Continue to add strips until it is completely covered.

3. Gather up some fabric roses and hot glue them to the wreath.

4. Hand on your door or favorite wall and enjoy!

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December 1, 2010

DIY ~ Add Sparkle to your Gloves

Sequins are so hot right now, especially at this festive time of year. I found this shirt at the goodwill with a band of sequins around the bottom and decided to update a pair of new gloves. So I bought some cheap gloves from Target and made my own sparkly gloves. I love how they turned out and I hope you do too.

Supplies:

~A pair of Gloves/Mittens

~Sequin band of material(you can buy this at a fabric store)

~Sewing Machine

~Needle and Thread

1. Cut a piece of sequin material to the size of the glove opening when its spread open.

2. Using a sewing machine, sew the right sides together, making sure there is enough room to sew without hitting the sequins but also close enough so that the seam is hidden.

3. Using a needle and thread, sew to the inside of the gloves. I used a large bangle bracelet inside the glove so I could sew on the sequin extension. Its very important that the glove be stretched when sewing because the gloves need to stretch open to put them on.

Enjoy as your own or give as a gift!

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November 29, 2010

Busy Holiday Weekend

This last weekend was a busy one, I wasn’t doing the black Friday shopping that most did, instead I got to spend the weekend with my sisters and my mom to celebrate what would have been my parents 50th anniversary, my dad passed away Dec. 23, 2008.

But aside from the weekend away I have been busy, so I wanted to share some photos of some of the upcoming posts this week.

Easy Ornaments

Rose Ring

Rose Bib Necklace

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