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christmas + Crafts + DIY + Projects / Monday, 12 Dec 2011

12th day of Christmas crafts: Scrooged

Let me start off my saying that I have not turned Scrooge this year by any means. In fact, I think I could be in the running of Person With the Most Christmas Spirit award, but we were watching a Christmas address yesterday when The Christmas Carol was mentioned and it got me thinking a bit more about alternative Christmas decorations. I loved the wall hanging in Bri Emery’s loft so much that simply says, “It’s ok” and I wanted to create something that would reflect it’s simplicity. So, today’s Christmas craft goes out to Mr. Charles Dickens for writing such a memorable tagline.

Updated: I can’t keep everything in my small apartment so I’m selling some of the crafts that I’ve been making on my Etsy shop. Buy it here.

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christmas + Crafts + DIY + Projects / Friday, 9 Dec 2011

9th day of Christmas Crafts: Flapper trees

I found some papier mâché cones at a little shop back in November and have been trying to figure out what to do with them since. Well, this whole 24 Days of Christmas Crafts was the perfect excuse to give them a go. Paul took one look at these trees when he arrived home and said, “They look like flapper girls” hence their now coined name. I found these mint crepe paper streamers at a really disgusting party store in DC in October (sorry, it was just really gross) but this color totally stood out. 

Materials needed: papier mâché cones, crepe paper streamers, scissors, double stick tape.
Step 1: Cut into the streamers about 1″ in ever 1/4″ inch. 
Step 2: Affix double stick tape to the bottom rim of the cone about the height of the streamer.
Step 3: Wrap around the base about 3 times.
Step 4: Continue up the tree, each time leaving less and less space between layers. 
Step 5: For the last layer, cut the streamer in half to leave a little topper on the tree. 
Now, I’m seriously running out of room in our little place to feature all of these projects. I’ve decided to start putting them on the shop so they can go to a good home! Check it out here
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christmas + Crafts + DIY + oh happy day + Projects / Friday, 2 Dec 2011

2nd day of Christmas crafts: Candy lights

For this month’s DIY project for Oh Happy Day I tapped into my my mom’s endless artistic reservoir again and remembered how one year for Christmas she made these candy lights and put them on our whole house. It was pretty fantastic looking and I think it turned out well again this time. I love the photos that Emily took. This top one is one of my absolute favorites of all time roots and all (sick!). Should have asked her to photoshop those suckers out.

Get the full instructions here.

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christmas + Crafts + DIY + Projects / Thursday, 1 Dec 2011

1st Day of Christmas Crafts: DIY glitter trees

Happy first of December! In Denmark, the 24 days prior to Christmas are usually celebrated with advent calendars (check out Oh Happy Day for some stellar ones) accompanied with a little activity or gift. I’m going to do a “24 days of Christmas crafts” challenge. I do think I’m crazy, but they won’t always be big crafts so I think it might be doable. Wanna do it too? Let me know and let’s share ideas! I’ve been super into glitter since the days of the lantern and thought it would be a nice addition to these trees that my mom used to make out of magazines. They are a cinch to make and I thought they turned out quite well.
What you’ll need: old magazines, gold spray paint, spray glue or glitter glue (couldn’t find glitter glue in Europe. Help???), glitter

Step 1: Make your first fold by taking the top and folding it down so it creates a nice line with the center of the magazine.

Step 2: Make your second fold by taking the edge of that first fold and folding it into the center line.

Step 3: Take the point of the new bottom fold and fold it up so it’s flush with the bottom edge of the magazine. The tree will stand on this so it must be able to sit on a table.

Step 4: Repeat, repeat, repeat until the last page. 
Step 5: Spray some gold paint on. 
Step 6: Embellish with glitter by spraying on adhesive spray. Start at the top and trickle it as it comes down the tree for an ombre effect.

I think I’m going to do dozens more to act as our real Christmas tree since we don’t have a lot of space in our little apartment. Enjoy! 

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Projects / Friday, 21 Oct 2011

Last minute Halloween decor

Halloween definitely is not as in-your-face in Denmark so I hadn’t thought much about decorating until I saw my old friend, Nicole, and her simple Halloween DIY’s on her blog and I thought, bingo. She has three great tutorials, but I decided to recreate one so that it would act more as our curtains (and a bit spider-web looking) since I still haven’t made curtains in our place. Get her full instructions here and my own take below.

Once you’ve cut out a gazillion odd-shapped paper triangles in a few different colored paper blacks (to give it dimension) hot glue a dot on each end of the top of the triangle and then just keep on going.

So easy right? I’d love to put them en masse everywhere outside too, but I’m afraid Danish weather will put that to a stop immediately. I have one more DIY coming up later today, just in time for a crafty weekend!

photos by Lee Jepsen

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