If you follow me on twitter (or are friends with me on Facebook), you might have seen some recent Christmas crafts I've been working on. I decided that I wanted a theme to our tree this year and I kept coming back to the idea of burlap. This will be our 3rd Christmas together and for the past 2, we've only had a tiny orange Cleveland Browns tree (I am talking 2 feet tall). We didn't really get to decorate much for Halloween since I threw a bridal shower the week before so we have been dying to decorate for Christmas.
I don't want to give away too much because I intend to do a Christmas decor post when we finish decorating but I wanted to share a few things...
I bought a pack of 2 wooden H's for $.50 at Hobby Lobby. I wrapped this one in natural jute and hot glued a rosette made from burlap (see my video tutorial for rosettes here)
Last year after Christmas, I bought 5 packages of 10 black and white shatterproof ornaments for $.50 knowing I could craft with them. The one on the left is simply wrapped with natural jute and the one on the right is made from burlap. You're in luck because you will find a picture tutorial at the bottom :-)
I have been keeping my eyes out for a tree skirt but nothing has spoken to me (not to mention they are pretty expensive!). We bought a pretty small tree (6.5 ft) knowing that we will be in a different house next year, that and our current house is small, we don't have too much room for a huge tree. I had some red fabric laying around and Jon made us a homemade skirt! If you didn't already know, Jon has a degree in mechanical engineering and has the mind of a scientist. He is all about precision which happens to be my weakness! Here is a sneak peek
I put these antlers on Ernie last night and he would NOT move. I even walked into the kitchen and bounced his tennis ball (his most prized possession) and he just stood there. I don't think he likes them too much.
I used this website to make the burlap covered pom ornament above. Here is a picture tutorial with directions at the bottom.
Supplies needed: burlap, fabric scissors, hot glue, ornament (or foam ball)
Step 1: cut your burlap into 1inch by 1 inch squares (I used about 35 squares for a normal sized ornament)
Step 2: fold the small square in half and half again. Secure with hot glue
Step 3: once you've made a sufficient amount of folded squares, start hot gluing each square around the top of the ornament and continue around the whole thing
So are you crazy and already decorating for Christmas?? Do you have a theme to your tree too? What crafts have you made/plan on making for Christmas?
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