Category Archives: Christmas

Fast Craft Holidays – Craft Paper Gift Bags

It’s the night before Christmas and this creature should not be stirring but alas, here I am wrapping last-minute gifts and of course I ran out of holiday gift wrapping paper. No worries, with a roll of craft paper and a sewing machine, I whipped up these cute little paper gift bags — perfect for anything that will fit into a gift bag! What’s great about these is you can customize the size to the gift and you can use any type of paper — newspaper would look awesome too!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Craft paper or newspaper
  • Sewing machine
  • Hole punch
  • Pinking shears
  • Twigs

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Cut a section of paper to accommodate the gift it will hold.
  2. Then fold the paper in half and using a sewing machine, run a seam up either side.
  3. Using a pinking shears, cut a decorative edge where the opening of the bag will be.
  4. Make a flap (like an envelope) by folding over the top edge of the bag.
  5. Using a hole punch, make two holes directly through the folded over flap. This step allows you to insert the twig which will act as the seal for the gift bag.
  6. Adorn with a gift tag, like my men’s necktie holiday tags (follow these instructions) and your done!

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It’s easy, original and fast!  Happy Holidays crafters!!!!

 

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Wacky Wreath Wednesday

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This holiday season I wanted to create a holiday wreath that was different from all the other wreaths on the neighborhood front doors. So, I wired bunches of radishes on a store-bought boxwood wreath.

I love the way this project turned out and if the weather stays cool, this wreath will easily last through the holiday season.

To create your own:

  1. Buy a pre-made wreath then swing by the grocery store to pick up some radishes. I used nine bunches on mine.
  2. Using floral wire, which you can buy at any craft store, wire the bunches of radishes to your wreath.
  3. Add a ribbon (optional) and you’re done!

Happy crafting and happy holidays!

Twine Christmas Trees

The holidays are here which means crafters are in overdrive! Dreaming, creating, repurposing, and general overall decorating madness. Trying to avoid the creative urge to scheme, invent easy and beautiful holiday crafts is futile.

So here we go. Take these styrofoam cones for example – with a roll of twine, and some glue you will create awesome Christmas trees.

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You’ll need:

  • Styrofoam cones
  • Hot glue gun
  • Twine
  • Bases for the trees (optional)

All supplies can generally be found at any craft store – I even found these birch bases at Michaels. If you can’t find twine, you will certainly score some at your local hardware store — that’s where I found mine.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Starting at the base of the cone, hot glue the start of the twine then continue to wrap the twine till you reach the top.
  2. Hot glue the twine to the top of the cone.
  3. Done!

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For a little extra holiday pop, I added wool felt ball garland and tree toppers. However, these trees look amazing on their own. I also found the felt balls at Michaels and simply created the garland by threading the balls together with a sewing needle and red thread.

Happy crafting and happy holidays!

 

‘The Art of Patron’ Contest Submission

The Art of Patron challenge … check! I submitted my creation, Snow Globe, Patron Style, by contest deadline but let me tell ya crafters, it wasn’t without some disasters and minor meltdowns, some involving cussing. Yes I like to do that occasionally and it feels good – sorry mom!  Anywho there were hot messes far too many to yammer on about. But the best was AFTER I inserted the trees, glitter, liquid, and sealed the cork I stepped back to admire my work … there it was, floating gently around the bottle with glitter swirling around its lifeless body, a tequila loving spider…&#%!@?!!!! Fast forward to a moment of silence for Mr Spider, more cussing, and a project do-over, I finished my creations. Phew!

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After I simmer down, I’ll share the ‘how-to’ for making YOUR own spider-free snow globe. All conflama aside, it was a fun challenge and thank you Patron for the opportunity to participate!

Happy &#%!@?! crafting :-)

 

Tiny Twig Trees

 

We’re on the holiday home stretch right now and if you’re looking for ideas for a super cute gift or party favor, you’ve come to the right place. These tiny twig trees are fun, easy, and sure to please.

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You’ll need:

  • Twigs
  • Hot glue gun
  • Tiny containers to compliment your tiny trees
  • Moss
  • Dry floral foam

Here’s how to do it:

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  1. Create the tree by laying out five pieces of twigs on a flat surface; one is the trunk, second is the base of the tree, the third and fourth are the sides and the fifth is the center.
  2. After you have the shape desired, place a dab of hot glue where the twigs touch each other.
  3. When the glue is dry insert dry floral foam into the container then insert the tree into the foam (trunk first).
  4. Glue some moss to cover the foam and you are done!

Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Twig Stars

If you’re like me, you appreciate a quick and easy craft project. One that repurposes the ordinary into extraordinary with little fuss and little time. If this sounds familiar, then I have a project is for you.

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You’ll need:

  • Five twigs – all the same length
  • A hot glue gun
  • Craft paint (optional)

Here’s how you do it:

  1. To shape the star, lay the twigs on a flat surface.
  2. After you have the shape desired, place a dab of hot glue where the twigs touch each other.
  3. Paint.
  4. You’re done!

Now how easy is that! They’re great for your holiday tree or would be awesome as gift toppers. You decide.

Happy crafting and happy holidays!

Flannel Shirt Coasters

 

Okay, I hear you…enough with the flannel shirt projects already! I have all of these scraps of old flannel shirts from previous craft projects like this one & this one and honestly, I just can’t help myself.  Stick with me crafters…this project is super easy, and fast.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Scraps of flannel from old shirts
  • Blank coasters – I found mine on Etsy and they are made of 100% recycled pulp board paper
  • Waterproof shoe spray
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors

Here’s how ya do it:

  1. Cut a piece of flannel to cover the coaster and set aside.
  2. Spray the coaster with spray adhesive.
  3. Place the flannel over the coaster and press firmly to remove any wrinkles.
  4. With a scissors, cut away the excess fabric from the gift tag.
  5. Finally, spray the flannel side of the coaster with waterproof shoe spray.
  6. Let dry and your done!

Happy crafting and happy holidays!