11.12.2011

LITTLE CHRISTMAS PROJECTS


i tend to get a liiiiiiittle bit carried away with things like christmas decorating and christmas shopping and christmas eating. this year i decided to save money and make as much of it as possible.

here are a few things i made that i'm sort of excited about:

doily snowflakes



these are really easy to make. i followed these instructions HERE.

paper-filled globe ornaments




i think these are my favorite. i bought these big old glass ornaments at michael's and filled them with printer paper.  i made triangle confetti and curly-qs and just popped off the top and stuck them inside.

the curly-qs look the best. huck's already broken one. it scared him so badly he hasn't made a play for a real ornament since. but the paper doilies, on the other hand . . . dude.

mini marshmallow garland



no tree is complete without a garland! this year i made a marshmallow garland. even here in new york mini marshmallows are cheap. i used two bags worth, and btw marshmallows are a beast to string up. they get the needle all goopy, and after a few marshmallows the string is completely unusable, so i worked in short batches of about 12 inches of thread at a time and then tied them together at the end. keep a rag and warm water handy for wiping down the needle every few mallows. if you freeze the mallows first they goop up a little more slowly. if you have the patience to let them dry out a few days that might be even better.


when i was at staples the other day i picked up two packs of stencils in 5" and 3" for a map project that still i'm terribly unsatisfied with. and then i realized i had exactly the letters i needed for a merry christmas banner! i strung it up using some sisal rope from the drugstore. just thread it through, and then i taped it up with scotch tape. 

happy crafting!

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