Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Christmas Tree or Three

 Have you been to Michael's lately......yikes.  I can't believe what they can charge for a styrofoam form.  The rebel in me decided that free cardboard was a way I could still keep my shirt while crafting!

 Duct tape secured the trees....(update- use hot glue)

I started to cover the largest form with dried oranges. 

I kept going until it was almost covered.
  A garbage bag of pinecones was brought in the house and my hands and feet quickly went to work stomping little buggies.  Pop your pinecones in an oven at 200 degrees and bake them out....blah
I added a few Christmas sprigs of red and green and that was  tree number one. 

I built my own star jig.  I cut out a star with cardboard and nailed ten finishing nails into a 2x6 at each point and corner.   I used finishing nails so that the wire would slide off easily.  Copper wire was wrapped around the nails alternating as I went.  I made two more so I had three in total.

   I pushed the wire through the top hole and filled in the top of the tree with glue and pine cones and embellishments.  This acts as a way to transport the tree too.

My next tree was covered completely with dried oranges.   I stuck in the star and put a few pieces of orange and Christmas sprigs around it with glue to anchor the star.  
For tree number three, I got some jute and started wrapping.  I loved it, just plain with the star, but when I put it up to the other two I felt it was naked.
  I grabbed some raffia and wrapped it around the tree like a garland.  I took some Christmas sprigs and pine cones and glued them on around the raffia.

   I took these trees one step further.  Check out what I did   HERE!
    I hope this inspires someone the way that I get inspired from all of you!

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Button Jar

 I love buttons...and then I saw it....button printables from the The Graphics Fairy.  Thank you Graphics Fairy.....again.   I quickly downloaded the two files and printed and cut.  I stuck some of  them on a mason jar and voila.  My new button jar.  

Self adhesive paper.  Awesome stuff!

I will be making one for my daughter too as she loves buttons even more than I do!

Aren't the buttons beautiful

Time For The Solar Snowman

Winter is in the air....time of the snowman.   This is a Christmas take on my solar snowmen.  I was trying to use up scraps of wood from our renovation project.  We built on dormers and we had some scrap OSB left over.  Normally this stuff would be thrown out but I wanted to see what I could do with it.  Poke around my blog and check out my other scrap wood projects!   I will just post pics.  Hope you enjoy the visual tutorial.  Oh, you can find my solar bears H E R E !

This is the general pattern.  I freehanded for length and width to make small, medium and large.

I am going to look for some type of hanging light for these guys too.  This was all I could find at the time this the post.

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