Mini Foil Trees

 

Mini Foil Trees

It’s a wet, drizzly day here in Scottsdale. I feel like that is something that I never get to say. Have I ever mentioned that I love the rain? These kind of days are my absolute favorite. I’m sure it comes from growing up in Oregon. It’s a perfect day for crafting.

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The idea for these little foil trees came about because I was debating whether I wanted to put up my vintage aluminum tree this year, and if I do, how I’m going to decorate it. (Gold ornaments on a silver tree perhaps?) It takes up a lot of space. (I was going to put a picture of it here, but I guess I’ve never taken one. Which pretty much means that I need to put it up this year, so that I can take a stinkin’ picture!)

Anyhoo… Thinking of the tree inspired me to create mini ones. (hello attention deficit disorder.) Oh and this is another project using bamboo skewers. Like this and this.

Supplies: bamboo skewers, aluminum foil, scissors, hot glue gun, wine cork (optional)

Cut the foil into four strips, each about 5 inches long. Make one strip 2 inches tall, one 1 and 3/4 inches, one 1 and a 1/2 and one that is 1 and 1/4 inches tall.

20131122-124510.jpgTake the biggest one and cut it into a fringe. Space the cuts 1/4 inch apart. Do this for the other foil strips. Making sure to keep the cuts 1/4 inch for all pieces.

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Pick a spot about 4 inches from the top of your skewer, and glue the edge of the foil fringe to it. 
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Start wrapping it around, slowing layering the fringe as you move up.20131122-124552.jpg

Keep adding the next smaller size, until you used all the foil fringe and your at the top of the skewer.

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Fluff out the fringe. I gently curled up the ends of the fringe using pencil.
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Then cut off the extra bottom of the skewer. Or don’t. I stuck the skewer in a wine cork, so it would stand.  I can think of a ton of places to put these. Stick one in a cube of cheese and decorate a cheese and cracker platter. Stick one in a wreath. Use them to decorate your gingerbread house. Use them your mini Christmas villiage. Got any other ideas?

Of course the foil wrinkles easily, so be cautious lying these down. But it’s easy to straighten out.

20131122-124803.jpgHave a happy weekend!

 

Linked to: Tatertots and Jello, Moonlight and Mason Jars, By Stephanie Lynn

Geometric Christmas Tree

Geometric Christmas Tree

I love all the geometric decor I’ve been seeing around. It looks so clean and modern. So I decided to make some of my own with a Christmas twist.

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Using bamboo skewers, a T ruler, study scissors, a glue gun and paint, I created these geometric Christmas trees.

Using you scissors and ruler cut the bamboo skewers as follows:

4- 9 inch long
1- 6 inch long
50- 2 and 9/10 inch long sticks

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Start by measuring down 3 inches from the top of a 9 inch stick and make a small mark. Do the same with another 9 inch stick. Glue a 2-9/10 inch stick to where you made the marks, forming a triangle with the three sticks.

Do the same thing 6 inches from the top on the long sides of the tree, and glue the 6 inch long skewer in. Use the 2-9/10 inch sticks to form 3 inch equilateral triangles.

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Continue to repeat this process making each row of triangles longer. For the forth row of triangles add a small stick to the end of both long sides to make the tree 12 inches long.

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Continue process until you have the desired size of your tree. You can then make a square shaped stump at the bottom.

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To make the pyramid effect, glue a small stick to each corner of the triangle and have the sticks meet in the middle. Secure with a drop of hot glue, and hold until it’s dry. Then paint the silly tree. I used DecoArt Glorious Gold.

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Or don’t make pyramids and make a larger tree, like the one above.

I’m so excited to start the Christmas season! I told the Mr. to put up the Christmas ligthts tomorrow. Is it too soon? I can’t wait. Plus it will look pretty for Thanksgiving right? You can tell me if I’m crazy…

Linked to: By Stephanie Lynn, Moonlight and Mason Jars, Link Party Palooza, Christmas In July

Gift Wrapping Inspiration

As much as I want to say that I am all ready for Christmas and my wrapping er shopping is done, I can’t. So instead, I’m procrastinating, buy finding creative ways to gift wrap the presents I don’t have yet. Take a look at what I’ve found..

Typographic Gift Wrap via Man Made DIY

Woven Paper Gift Topper via minieco

Rolled Paper Gift Toppers via Under The Table and Dreaming

Cupcake Liner Flowers via Creative Chaos

Paper Bows via ellinée

Christmas Tree Lightbulbs via Good Housekeeping

Woven Ribbon Wrap via Martha Stewart

Repurposed Shirt Gift Wrap via Country Living

Mini Shopping Bags via Martha Stewart

Newspaper Bow via Adelle

Nature Inspired Gift Wrap via Martha Stewart

Yarn Plait Gift Wrap via Bugs and Fishes

giftwrap via Anthropologie

Gold Foil Bunting via Tokketok

Have you done some creative wrapping? Please share!

Holiday Desserts and Drinks with Duncan Hines



Thanks to Duncan Hines for sponsoring my writing. There’s no limit to the baking possibilities, so grab your favorite Duncan Hines mix and Comstock or Wilderness fruit fillings and Bake On! www.duncanhines.com

The easiest type of holiday parties to throw is a dessert party. No having to worry about the timing of foods or multiple courses, just lots of sweet yummy desserts and beverages to match. My two favorite things about the holidays are desserts and drinks, combine the two and I am a happy girl. Now, I’m no official when it comes to pairing drinks, alcoholic and otherwise, with different types of food, but I definitely know what I like.

The most important thing when pairing desserts and drinks is to keep it simple. If it’s a light and fluffy vanilla cupcake, offer a simple champagne spritzer. And for those that don’t drink, a champagne glass full of lemon-lime soda with a dash of grenadine is always classy.

Or you can keep things similar.. A decadent German Chocolate Cake tastes amazing with a stout beer. Yum! Or how about some cola with a splash of vanilla??

Desserts and drinks don’t always have to two separate things.  A rum cake sounds amazing with a sip of egg nog. With or without the brandy.

And now for the ultimate decadent pairing of dessert and drink…

This Duncan Hines Triple Chocolate Cake with a glass of Irish Cream on ice. Or if you are a glutton like me..just pour the Irish Cream on top of the cake and let it become a gooey delicious mess! I would eat this for breakfast if it was allowed. This one is for grown-ups only!

Happy eating!!

 

Remember to check out Duncan Hines’ website www.duncanhines.com to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective

Woodgrain Tree Ornaments

I’ve been seeing a lot of salt dough ornaments on the internet lately and I have to admit, they look a lot cooler than they did when I was in kindergarten. Lots of shapes, different kinds of paint and texturizing with rubber stamps. Salt dough is super easy and cheap to make and most likely you have all the ingredients necessary in your kitchen.

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It’s no secret around here that I love woodgrain. It just looks so..natural. So I decided to combine the two and make some woodgrain textured ornaments. Earlier in the year I bought this large woodgrain rubber stamp that I never used. I love it, but haven’t had a use for it, until now.

Supplies: salt dough, rolling pin, extra flour, cookie cutter, rubber stamp, straw, sand paper

Lightly flour your surface and roll out your dough to ¼ to ½ an inch thick. Then lightly flour the top of the dough. Place the rubber stamp on the dough and then push down hard and evenly. Then push down again..It seemed to take a lot of pressure to get a really good imprint of the woodgrain. Carefully lift off the stamp. Use your cookie cutter to make your shapes and your straw to make a hole at the top.

To dry the ornament, I put them on a cookie sheet and stuck them in the oven for a couple hours at 200°, turning them over every 30 minutes or so. Then I left them out overnight. Truly, they take a couple days to completely dry.

I then used a fine grit sanding block to smooth the edges, then I spray painted them with two coats of glossy white paint. I considered rubbing some brown or green paint into the grooves, but ultimately decided to leave them white.

Linked to: Whipperberry, Remodelaholic, Today’s Creative Blog, Tip Junkie, Home Stories A to Z, Centsational Girl, I Gotta Create

Mr. Frosty Ornaments

Forgive me, but I’m on an ornament making kick right now. I want to be ready for the tree when we get it. Plus, my craft supply closet is overflowing, and I’m challenging myself to only use what I have for the rest of the year. And maybe all of January too. Seriously, it’s gross.

I was digging through my stuff and found these wooden discs, and I had enough to make a snowman..or four!!!!

Supplies: Wooden discs {various sizes}, sand paper, hot glue gun, white acrylic paint, ribbon, paint pens {for the face and buttons, use can use acrylic paint too}, Mod Podge or craft glue, foam brush and epsom salt

First, sand the edges of the discs so they are nice and smooth. Using the hot glue gun, glue together your discs like above and then paint both sides white. Once the white paint is dry, paint it again. Then glue the ribbon on to the back (for hanging).

Using the paint pens, or acrylic paint with a fine brush, paint on a face and a cute carrot nose.

Look at poor Mr. Frosty taking an epsom salt bath..he must have some sore muscles.

Once the paint dries, use the sponge brush to paint on the glue, and sprinkle on the epsom salt. I did both the front and back. Gently tap Mr. Frosty on the edge of the bowl to get off the excess salt and then set him in a safe place to dry.

Of course you can use clear crystal glitter instead of the epsom salt..but I **love** epsom salt right now {and I have a ton}. Your choice!

Linked to: Whipperberry