Pine Tree Holiday Card Display

 

I have a real thing for Christmas cards and I love finding fun ways to display them. I wanted to do something new this year that would take up some space vertically to give some height to my decor.  This skinny pine tree is perfect!

Supplies

          1. Tall board
          2. Acrylic or Craft Paint: White, yellow, blue, red, gold
          3. Super Glue
          4. Mini clothes pins
          5. Paint Brushes, one thicker and one thin
          6. Something to spread your paint out on. A paint palette is perfect but I prefer to use a styrofoam plate or aluminum foil for quicker cleanup.

I painted my board a coat of white and left it opaque in some places to make it a little more interesting than solid. What makes this project so easy is making sure it’s NOT perfect!

Leave some space at the top for your shining star, 4-5 inches, or bigger if you really want a star statement! Mix some yellow and blue to make green and make wispy curve strokes back and forth to make the top tree layer and continue down underneath. I went through the entire tree once with my first mix of green and then mixed darker and lighter versions by using more or less yellow to go through it again. Varying colors gives more depth to the tree.

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Next you will want to mix a darker green by using much more blue than yellow and lightly load your brush. Blot any excess off on your palette or a paper towel so that you are putting it on pretty dry. You want to do blotting type strokes under each tree section to make a shadow. This will help to create more dimension and bring your tree to life!

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Put a nice yellow star on top of that tree. I use the kid-tried-and-true method of making a star. I left bits of my star opaque because I plan on going over it with gold later. Again, layering colors makes it pop and makes the imperfect work perfectly!

Star tutorial

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Now get out your mini clothes pins and arrange them around the board. Apply your super duper sticky glue and try not to glue your fingers together. Woe are the missing fingerprints of the crafter. Between glue guns and super glue my finger pads are a hot mess and I can hardly use the touch feature to login on my iPhone! It’s worth it.

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If you’ve been eager to polish off that big pretty gold star, give it a go! Get out the thinner brush to give it more precise crispy edges. Make it shine!

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What’s a holiday tree without snow?  The answer is, likely all of them if you’re in Ohio with me. Ha! Hopefully we will get some snow soon. Lightly load up your brush with white and blot off any excess just as you did with the tree shadows. Try to visualize where the snow collects on a pine tree on the end of the branches and blot it on each tree layer.

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Wait a bit and when your tree paint is mostly dry (a little tacky is ok), you can get started on the most fun part, decorating the tree! Mix up some fun colors or go with your primaries and add some fun balls or garland. Go nuts buttercup!

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To finish it off I swept some white over all of the clothes pins.

The day I did this project our first holiday card of the year arrived in the mail! How perfect! I can’t wait to fill this puppy up with holiday cheer! 

Vertical Holiday Card Display


Paper Circle Garland

This is a quick and easy garland that makes a really fun decorative peice for mantelpieces, parties and more!

Difficulty: Easy, but be careful with that glue gun!

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Supplies

  1. Paper Circles – See Options Below
  2. String
  3. Glue Gun

Cutting out these circles yourself could take a lot of time. Here are some options.

  • A circle punch. I have one of these and love it. I did a lot of art projects with cut circles for awhile and this was always at my right hand! Fiskars Circle Punch
  • If you have a die cutting machine like a Cricut or Silhouette, use this to cut out the sizes you want with your paper of choice.
  • I had some pre cut circles I bought from the scrap booking supply section at my local craft store. This is fun because you get a variety of patterns and colors. Assorted Pre-Cut Circles

Put a dot of glue on your circle and lay the string down in the glue. Repeat to desired length.

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See another version of this here!

Accordion Garland


I fell in love with this garland years ago when I saw it at my son’s elementary school. I was pregnant then with my littlest love and thought it would be perfect in the nursery. To my delight I found out my then seven year old had helped make this beautiful colorful garland and he was able to show me how to make it myself. So friends, grab some kids for this one if you’d like, this is easy and oh so pretty!


Difficulty: Easy

Time:  30-45 Minutes

Supplies: 4 Sheets of Colored Paper, Scissors, School Glue, Ruler

Not necessary but helpful supply: Paper Cutter

1. Cut each sheet in to long strips about an inch wide. If you don’t have a paper cutter, measure one strip and use it as a template to cut the rest.


HINT: Double up the sheets to make cutting go faster!

2. Glue the strips end-to-end. I chose to make one long yellow and one long green and alternated dark and light colors. Glue 5 strips together for each long strip, (total 10 strips used for this step). You will add more later but it can be hard to manipulate them when they are super super long.


3. Take the end of each long strip and glue those together to make a corner.


4. Fold the left side to the right.


HINT: Push the fold edges down well to make the them crispy.

5. Fold the bottom strip up.


6. Keep alternating folding it over itself side-to-side and up and down. If you run out of length, glue more strips on.


HINT – Sometimes you will be folding over a strip seam and that might seem awkward but just treat it like the rest of the strip, it’s just thicker. 


7. When you reach the end of all your strips, glue the pieces together. Your stack will probably be a little wonky like mine and that’s o.k.!



7. Trim off the excess with your scissors to square it off.

8. Stretch it out and admire your craftiness!


I just love it! What’s really fun about this is all of the color combinations you could put together. Please post a photo in the comments of your accordion garland for us all to admire!

First Birthday Party, Dr. Suess-Style

Time flies when you’re having fun! Our youngest’s birthday snuck up on us fast but we threw together an amazing low budget Dr. Suess birthday party that was almost just as fun to craft as it was to party!

The garland was fun fun fun! I used the silhouette machine to cut circles out of card stock and then used a hot glue gun to adhere the circles to string. I had an awesome assistant, my lovely sister in law that helped me with all the gluing, bless her heart! It actually didn’t take long at all to my surprise! Click here for a tutorial!

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I can’t talk about this party without mentioning the cake so we are going to have to go off topic real quick. I don’t know about you but I put a lot of stock in having an awesome cake. I wish I could tell you how to make this cake but some things you have to leave to the experts. We were lucky enough to have this made by the super talented Angie Karow. If you are any where near Lewis Center Ohio and need a cake I would highly recommend you get a hold of Angie at akarow8350@yahoo.com. Not only was it a perfect replica of the book illustrations it was probably the best tasting cake I’ve ever had. I’m still swooning over it.


Originally I had big plans for a outdoor sign but this turned out just perfectly and was way cheaper and more time efficient than doing something freestanding. A free printable for these are coming soon!




Since purchasing the Silhouette machine I have been all about personalizing shirts and I LOVE how these family shirts turned out. I used sister easy weed heat transfer vinyl and shirts, all ordered off of amazon. It was so easy peasy and I will forever treasure the great photos we got in them! Tutorial coming soon!


When I started brainstorming food options I KNEW I had to have green eggs and ham. We picked up some blue food coloring, carton of eggs and a few packages of cubed ham from the deli meat section and made green scrambled eggs with cubes of ham. The birthday boy LOVED them!

“Would you like them with a FISH”?

We had to set out bowls of Swedish fish and goldfish crackers to go along with the standard party sandwiches and chips.


Happy Birthday sweet baby!