christmas + Crafts + DIY + Projects / Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011

14th day of Christmas crafts: Swedish oranges

Remember the American Girl dolls? Now they’re all Mattel and flashy, but when I was 10 they were simple and classy. Kirsten, the Swedish American girl was my favorite and I read the book series religiously. In the Christmas book, Kirsten’s Surprise,  there was a part about Swedish Christmas oranges with cloves and I have always wanted to make them, but I think it took moving to Scandinavia to actually do so. Since yesterday was Santa Lucia day, it was a perfect time to try it out. 
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christmas + Crafts + DIY + Projects / Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011

13th day of Christmas Crafts: berries & wreaths

I was working on another project this past weekend and I needed a bunch of berries for a shoot. They’ve just been sitting around so why not put them to use? I arranged the white and black berries in a wreath and I love how it turned out. I love the fact that I can find them just right outside our house. 
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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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