Thursday, December 10

Baby It's Cold Outside - How-to

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Here in Texas, it's a chilly 52 degrees, and let me tell you, that is COLD for us! This past week I've been making the ornaments for our Christmas tree and then I had Calley as a guest blogger for "Green Tip Tuesday" and I just had to do that "green" craft as well. Every year we try to make our tree look different. Last year we put all our christmas cards strung across the tree like ribbon and used some small silver ornaments we got from freecycle, someone was offering them. This year I saw this awesome craft on Martha Stewart website. Of course hers looked so much cooler. We did them all as a family, it was fun and now my thumbs ache!

Here's what you need:

10-15 Christmas cards (only the decorated side)
yarn or string (thick)
pencil/marker
ruler (small)
needle (kid-friendly)
hot glue gun (kids becareful)


Here's what you do:
First you cut 1/2' strips off each christmas card, this doesn't have to be perfect, just cut up, no matter if your card is landscaped or portrait style.


Seperate and keep each card with their own strips. Grab one set of strips and align the strips, I kept the strips in order (looks pretty) and then have someone hold the strips together as you get your marker a mark on the blank side of the strip, about 1/4' from the top and do the same to the bottom. This mark is where you will poke the needle through. So, thread your yarn and start poking holes and stringing the strips. Once you've done that you might want to tie a not and glue it down. Let it dry and then push the cards together. Then stark poking the needle through the opposite side of the strip (if you poked picture side first, then you will poke the blank side this time). You can now push the strips down closer to the other side and figure out what shape you want.

Tie the top and then arrange the strips to form a cyclinder (They don't have to go all the way around and sometimes you won't be able to). You can either glue them to eacho ther one at a time or just put the glue a circle around the top and bottom. This gets tricky if you are perfectionist, so get some help!


Another quick craft.... If you have some old CD-ROMs or CD's that are all scratched up, grab some ribbon or beads and thread them around and through the CD! You can be very creative with this. My hubby made his first gift for me by doing this. It was our first ornament for our tree.

Another one is to just cut out the designs from old Christmas cards and glue or tie a ribbon to hang it from the tree.... Super easy and kid friendly!

I hope you enjoyed this How-to. I just love the holidays, it's when you can get all dirty and my 5 year old just loves doing all sorts of crafts. Here are the pictures from Calley's upcycled Magazine Tree....

3 comments:

  1. OK...now I totally have to try the ornament! How cute! :) Thanks!!!

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  2. I'm getting flustered with yours...I don't think my card is big enough? Its close but it's not quite full enough. Gonna have to try again when I'm not so flustered. XO!

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  3. Ohh, i'm sorry... on some of mine i didn't close it all the way and just glued it in place and made sure when i hung it up the back, empty side, wasn't showing.

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