Saturday, November 17, 2012

Pallet Board Christmas Card Holder

I finally made something to display all those cute Christmas cards we receive each year!  We laid sod a few weeks ago, so I was able to use a pallet we already had.  Scott disassembled it for me ~ that was the hardest part!  After that I just cut the boards and nailed them together. I purchased the cool rusted tin star off of Ebay.  I bought clothespins from Dollar Tree, and used a tip I learned from Pinterest to age them.  Soak Steel Wool in Apple Cidar Vinegar, then rub on the clothes pins (or any wood) when it dries it has a cool aged look just like the pallet board!  I used an air nailer with 1" brads to secure the clothespins, but you could probably glue them on as well.
Now we just need all our friends to start sending those cards! :)  The ones shown are from last year - see, we even save them!

CHRISTmas Placemats

I wanted special placemats for the kitchen tables for Christmas. Originally I thought about using common Christmas words, like "Joy," "Peace," etc.  However, as I thought of what Christmas means to me personally, it became clear I should use some of the many names of Jesus.  What a blessing it is each time I walk through the kitchen to see 16 different names reflecting the attributes of our Savior!  I also think of the symolism of the banquet table his followers will share in, with each of our places paid for by His blood. What a blessing to be reminded each day to focus on who He is as we celebrate Him uniquely through the Christmas season.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Money Ornaments

My nephews like getting money instead of gifts now, so I'm always looking for a creative way to gift money. 

I had my craft glass ornaments sitting out from another project when it suddenly occurred to me that filling them with the money would be adorable (and simple!). 

Clear glass ornaments are available at Hobby Lobby in the Christmas craft area.  I just rolled the money up, tied it with green curling ribbon and dropped it in. 

I personalized the ornaments with red vinyl stickers, added some bows and they were ready to go!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Burlap Placemats

I needed a lot of place mats for not a lot of money, so homemade burlap was the way to go.  I got 8 yards of burlap from Hobby Lobby using a 40% off coupon for right at $20.00.
I pulled threads to square up the fabric, definitely worth the time as the fabric was stretched crooked on the bolt.  Begin by pulling one of the first threads that extend all the way across the bottom of the the fabric out completely.

The space created by the pulled thread serves as a guide for cutting.  Below you can see how crooked the bottom edge was as cut from the store.

Then measure up 18" from the now straight bottom edge and pull another thread (below), and cut using the pulled thread space as a guide.

After cutting the 18" strip as shown above, I turned the fabric, cut off the manufactured edge, then pulled threads every 14" and cut as above to create three 14"x18" pieces per strip.

I used two layers to make the mats heavier weight.  I sewed the two layers together using a blanket stitch on my sewing machine.  After sewing the pieces together, I pulled all the loose threads of burlap from the edges to create the fringe around the border.

Before stenciling I threw the mats in the dryer on low heat for about 20 minutes to get all of the loose fibers out.

I had an "H" stencil already, so I used it to stencil on the corner with black acrylic paint mixed with a fabric medium.  It looked a little too plain with just the H, so I printed "Est. 1993" (our marriage year) on paper, and made a stencil by cutting the text out of a transparency sheet with an exacto knife. It worked perfectly, 24 place mats for a little more than $20.00!