Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Spinning Wood Christmas Tree

Great project for many ages. Fun Christmas trees can be made for 1"x 1" strips of wood, they are cheap and many places will cut them for you- if like me you don't saw.
Decide how wide you want the bottom of your tree and cut each slat up 1" shorter. Use a block or 2 to 5 slats for your base. It can certainly be a regular tree if depending what you add or decorate it with.
Cover with paper, decoupage, glitter, paint, stain, glimmer mist or simply seal. You can stack the pieces on top of each other to make your tree or and glue or drill holes in the slats to hang and spin.

Mine is a spinner. You will need to decide what string, yarn or floss and wood, plastic or glass beads you want to use prior to drilling holes in your wood. This has been trial and error for me.
So test your beads and string first then drill the slats! Lightly sand the edges and the areas drilled. I stuck a toothpick in each hole of the slat to be sure there were no snags.
The clanking of a spinner can also appeal to those who love wind chimes.
I am off to finish this so have fun making yours!

Monday, December 5, 2011

"It's a Kid's Christmas" -blog hop!

Welcome just a few fun ideas that include some other participants great project links at the bottom.

Who can't use something quick for a fun kid? This is so quick! I cheated with an extra postcard
folded it in half (can use pieces of newspaper, an old Christmas card, or cardstock), printed my saying "EXTRA EXTRA Read All about it Rudolph Replacement Noses" on a separate piece of cardstock you could use paper (be sure you let it dry). Stamped Rudolph from CTMH Share the Magic set -you could also use a cricut image, sticker or what ever you like.
Fill a bag with brown and red or all red round candies, these were cherry balls. Adhere the top to the bag and you are done! Add ribbon or cording- get as fancy as you want and time allows. Great for any age!
Another fun thing I do every year with one lone domino, I stamp with Staz On with the same CTMH retired stamp(reminds me of Mrs. Claus) color in with Sharpie or permanent markers. Add a bit of glitter,
beads, glimmer mist or stickles ! Can be a card or scrapbook embellishment, tie a ribbon for an ornament, glue in a hair bow, turn it into a pin, or add a clamp or eye hook for jewelry.
Now hop on over to the following blogs to see more: