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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Decoration Inspiration!

Each year- I suppose I try to come up with a new Christmas decoration to make.  This year was no different.  And pinterest makes it easy and hard- all at the same time- to choose what to do!

I think I was initially inspired by this burlap bubble wreath....from Today's Fabulous Finds

I loved the idea of making this with red burlap.  I'm really liking red these days.

Then- I was inspired by this felt Christmas tree from Bliss Bloom {Blog}

She has a wonderful tutorial and tips for cutting and using burlap.

So I cut my burlap squares into approximately 4in x 4in.  I think I mate have used 1-1.25 yards.  Way more than I thought.  And it also took me a little more time than I thought, but I also had to spread it out over a few nights.  But- I loved doing it because I was able to really sit down and relax....not focusing on writing or really....not think about anything at all!

To make the bubbles....fold in half....

Then tuck the remaining corners in- one by one..

Then stick a sewing pin through the 4 corners....and place in a styrofoam tree (found at crafts stores....and I used a 40% off coupon for mine).  The tutorial for the burlap bubble wreath also suggested using your old sewing pins if you have them....and then buy new ones for sewing.  I did this and loved the idea- because your pins do get worn out, but it's not one of those things that you always remember to replace because the old dull pins do still work.

I tried to fill it in pretty full as I went, but found holes.....which was easy to fix by just adding another bubble....

As I was finishing this up....Parker sat down to 'help' me.  She started putting the pins in, and I didn't mind because Grace wasn't here trying to 'help', too.  ;)

I wasn't paying attention to her.....when she said, "Look, Mommy!  It's J is for Jesus!"

The home for this tree right now is on our mantle.  I think I like it here.

I'm still trying to figure out what exactly I want to do in that big ole white space.  I know (I think I know) I want to do a wreath, but the feeling just hasn't quite hit me yet as to what it will be....
(The pictures taped to the fire place were drawn and colored by Parker for Santa.)

It even looks good at the night, too.....


Ornament garland.

{Inspiration found here @}

I LOVE all of these colorful balls.  It doesn't match our decor this I did red, white, and silver.  But- I am thinking that next year I need to make a switch to more COLOR!

My ornament garland.....


We have a clothesline type set up to hang up most of the activities we do throughout the week.  I wanted something cheap and easy to display her work for a while, so that we weren't just throwing it away right after she was done.

Right now- it is still filled with our Thanksgiving things and when I started decorating for Christmas, I wasn't ready to take them down.  

I bought this spool of candy cane print wire ribbon a few years back on clearance and have yet to use it until this year.  I knew I wanted to display all the Christmas crafts we do this year in one place, and so I came up with this.  I love how it turned out.  I am using the 3M hooks to hold it up.....and I placed sewing pins where you can't see to hold the bows in place and not unravel when pulled by the weight of the crafts.  So far- it has held up well.


And lastly- our advent calendar adds a touch of decoration and anticipation for the upcoming Christmas day and celebration of Jesus' birth.  I hope to be more organized with it next year, but I would still count this year as a success.  The girls (mostly Parker) look forward to it each day.


Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!


Megan said...

Oh my goodness! I am dying! I L.O.V.E. it all!! I want to go to hobby lobby RIGHT NOW! Good thing it is an hour away from me! :-)

catie said...

WOW! i love the burlap bubble tree, i'm going to have to try that one out! stopping by from gussy sews! merry christmas!

Skye McLain said...

all of these crafts are so cute! :) I especially love the burlap bubble tree it looks really complicated! I wouldn't tell anyone how simple it is :) lol!

Also - your stockings are BEAUTIFUL. :)

Snider Family said...

1. Parker looks so much older with her new hair cut.
2. I see our Christmas card up there!
3. I have GOT to get better at crafts again. I told myself once we got back I was going to tackle it head on and still not much of anything. I think we will do a snowman, gingerbread man, candy can and tree today. :)

Jodie said...

Well, aren't you crafty! (which, you really are) I love it all.


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