How soon is too soon to put up a Christmas tree? Because I wanted to put mine up at 12:00 am on November 1st. We usually do a live pine tree at my house, so we have a few more weeks to go until we can put one up and not have it be a fire hazard by December 25th. In the meantime, however, I've been scrounging up ornaments, garlands, and lights to decorate with. Maybe this is a little extra, but I like to change up the theme of my tree every year! This year I made three different Christmas ornaments, each using a different Dremel tool from our oh-so-handy combo kit.
I confess, I am not crafty. If it involves more than a 5 minute trip to Michael's, count me out. So when I saw Lindsay's Easter "Egg" Rocks, I thought this is a craft project right up my alley. See how easy they are to do.
During the Fall and Winter months, I tend to embrace my rustic side a bit more. The idea of logs and woodsy things in my home no longer seems borderline-tacky, but slightly charming and a semi-effective way of bringing nature indoors in an attempt to fight the winter blues. And speaking of fighting the winter blues, I think making this paper garland would be a great way to spend a drizzly and snowy afternoon (like today). Are you with me? Great! Let's see what we'll need for a day of November crafting.
Pretty Handy Girl assures us that this clever little project will take no more than 5 to 10 minutes to complete. All you need is a few supplies, which does, in fact, require a few rolls of toilet paper. (Imagine, toilet paper rolls as the basis for your Thanksgiving centerpiece. That
These life-size birch trunks are made from cut-up cereal boxes and left-over house paints. This is an excellent way to utilize packaging that usually ends up in the bin and
So, it's kinda like not being able to look away from a flaming car crash, but it'll still make you giggle.
"Hubby discovered that whipped cream cheese (whip your own with a mixer) made wonderful "glue". Smear it all over a cheap skull then cover it with thin slices of meat (ham seems to look the best). The eyes are olives stuffed into martini onions." From Flickr.
Happy Halloween, hamfaces.
These simple retro stars add just enough, but not too much, to a sparse tabletop. I've always been partial to the mid century star designs. There's no need to say more, k.f.d. designs provides a step by step tutorial to show you how to make your own multi-sized set.
House to Home has no less than 3654 pictures of rooms that will have your creative juices going into overdrive and your head spinning. The rundown, with links to each category, looks like this:
It really doesn't get much more eco-friendly than turning empty soda cans into Christmas ornaments! According to Esprit Cabane, it only takes a few supplies too, and the soda cans are probably in your or your office's recycling bin.
Paper rings are very fine things, but why not try something a little more ambitious this year. Design*Sponge offers three twists on the classic paper garland, with quite impressive results, indeed.
Faux Bois Rectangular Chain
Folded Paper "Chewing Gum" Chain
No-Glue 2D Ring Garland
It's arguably the biggest Christmas decoration you'll put up and it'll be around for weeks, so how do you choose a good one? Well, according to professional forester Steve Nix, like this:
Perform a "freshness test"
Take hold of a branch and pull your hand toward you, allowing the
branch to slip through your fingers. Most, if not all, of the needles
should stay on the tree.
Lifting and dropping the tree on a hard surface should not result in
Oh Scandinavia. Why you got to be so awesome?
Nordic folks know a thing or two about winter, what with 20 hours of darkness and months of temperatures that will kill you. They manage to say yahboo to the most rubbish of seasons with the best Christmas/winter decorations ever. And now, so can you... in two price ranges!
Everyone loves the festive touch of hanging stuff from the ceiling. But the premade, disposable options are, well, disposable, and well, ugly. Handmade paper garlands are a much better option, but if you're making the effort, why not go all out and create a fabric option, which can be used again and again with no tearing, ripping, or crinking...well, maybe a little crinkling, but nothing a hot iron and a few seconds can't fix. And what a great...
Stockings that are hung by the chimney with care are going modern, thanks to Unica Home. These delicious designs put a new retro spin on that old Christmas staple. Each sock is fabricated of hand-made felt, and instead of offering free monogramming on the cuffs, the designer, Ahna Holder, chose to personalize each sock with a teeny tiny picture frame. Now here’s the bad part: each sock will set you back 50 bucks. Ouch! But hey, they do provide...
This sweet Christmas tree was made with a Styrofoam cone, onto which peppermints were glued. Displayed on pillar candlesticks, they would make great table or mantle decorations. Very cute, and very easy! Via BHG.
Scare the candy corn out of trick-or-treaters this Halloween with Plow & Hearth’s bewitching tree faces. They’re made of durable, cast resin that hang in minutes with nails or screws, AND they’re only 10 bucks each!
I found instructions for these beautiful folded paper stars in an old magazine called The Workbasket. Not only were the directions indecipherable, the picture illustrations were misidentified. Although your first attempt might be a challenge, it’ll be worth it as the final product will impress your friends and family.
Use them to decorate your trees and presents for your holiday party, or hang them from your light fixtures for your New Years...
The other day, while cruising the aisles of my favorite Ace Hardware store, I came upon some very Curbly Christmas ornaments: miniature pewter hand tools. At about 9 bucks a piece, they’re perfect for the handyman or handywoman in the family.
Also available on-line at Gloria Duchin, the tiny-tools include a hammer, wrench, and circular saw, among others.
I envision a completely DIY themed Christmas tree. And for the garland, strung hex nuts...
Martin and Andrew Lindsay of Thornhill, Ontario are gods among men, as far as I’m concerned. By education, the duo may call themselves electronic, mechanical and electro-mechanical engineers. Yes, they’re smart. Really smart.
Every year they adorn their parents’ house with about 70,000 lights, which are synchronized to music that is broadcast over FM radio.
If you think the 400 hours they invest into the project is a waste of time, it isn’t. They...