Typically, florists call this type of arrangement “long & low.” These arrangements are meant to be stay on a table, even during mealtimes. They are also appropriate for a coffee table or a fireplace mantel. It is low so that you can see across the table, and it’s long—meaning that the linear flowers are used to add length and not height. In this centerpiece, I used greenery (instead of flowers) to add length. You can use whatever flowers or greenery you like—just be sure to get face flowers, linear flowers, filler and greens.
Doesn’t everyone love candles? They are warm, inviting, and make a space feel cozy. When shopping for candles, the fancier candles can get pricey, so why not make your own? You can have the satisfaction of making something yourself and, at the same time, of giving a unique handmade gift to a loved one. The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating and embellishing candles, so here are a few ideas.
These little evergreens are cute enough to give as party favors or to decorate a gift. And, of course, you hang them on your tree! In today’s craft I unexpectedly found a new use for a common object. While I started making this tree, I didn’t have my usual Poly-fil® or fabric scraps. After scratching my head for a moment, I saw a plastic bag lying on the table. Ah ha! I cut a piece of the bag and used it for filling the tree!
Gifts in a jar are a Christmas classic. They are a great way to share your tasty baked goods (or other homemade goodies) during the holidays. But no one wants to give a plain ol’ jar! So today I’m exploring different ways to dress up your jar! Since these jars are fairly small in size (as far as presents are concerned), it doesn’t take much to snazz them up! I just dug through my box of recycled wrapping supplies and used what I had.
You can create many different gifts with just a few colors of paint and stencils. Turn jars into candle holders (oh yeah, bring on the thriftiness!) or you can buy candle holders. The dollar store always has several different types of glassware suitable for candles and other gifts. When shopping in-store, it gets harder to find the popular stuff the closer it gets to Christmas, so shop early! If you are planning on getting lots of glassware, you can even order in bulk online at DollarTree.com and pick it up in the store. (Free shipping!) It’s a huge time saver—no more store hopping trying to find all the items you need, and you don’t have to wait for the cashier to wrap all the items at the register.
I just love trees. And while I like all trees, but there is something special about Christmas trees. A wintery landscape is simply breathtaking and the sight of tall evergreens freshly coated with snow is beautiful. I love to gaze and to take it all in… the branches gently drooping under the weight of the snow, the sunlight glistening over mounds of snow—the beauty of it amazes me. In regard for these beloved conifers, here are a series of ideas for Christmas cards.
Blitz crafting! In a challenge to make a door hanger in 30 minutes or less, I created this by repurposing a cardboard box, some scrapbook paper, glue and glitter. You can make yours to say whatever you like—Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, etc.
Remember those pop-up books? (Those were one of my favorites…) Today, I’ll show you how to make your own pop-up card. The best part is that you can put whatever you like inside the box—a family photo, calendar picture, whatever you like! Once the card is finished it is a little front-heavy; that’s why I recommend making the entire card out of chipboard.
Craft foam is an easy way to make cards unique—these patterns and shapes would not be as interesting if they were cut from ordinary paper. The 3D effect adds a nice element to the cards. Happy card making!
This adorable penguin is so cute and chubby! He just makes me so happy. He’s round and sliding downhill so fast that he’s about to lose his hat! Spread some winter cheer with this fun & whimsical card.