Sunday, December 25, 2011

25 Days of Christmas 2011: Day 25

Day 25: Rolled Paper Tree 

And finally, today I wanted to share with you this rolled paper tree we created after seeing the idea posted on Pinterest (you can follow our Pinterest board here.) We used one of our 5x9" wood plaques (painted white) and paper from the We R Memory Keepers line. I love the look of the finished project and I really had fun making it too!

I hope you all have enjoyed seeing our 25 Days of Christmas projects as much as I've had sharing them with you! And I hope you were able to find some time to create some of them too.

Have a wonderful holiday from all of us here at Crafts Direct!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

25 Days of Christmas 2011: Day 24

Day 24: Magnetic Notepads

An inexpensive and quick project...these decorated magnetic notepads would be a perfect last minute stocking stuffer. The notepads have a magnetic flap and can easily be decorated with a single sheet of pattern paper and a few embellishments. And if you missed out on making them for Christmas you can always used different themed paper to make them for any season or holiday!

Friday, December 23, 2011

25 Days of Christmas 2011: Day 23

Day 23: Gift Tags

Today I wanted to share a few gift tag ideas we have created. First, using our unfinished wood tags, I made these gift tags by just adding some paint, pattern paper and a few embellishments.

Another favorite, that Megan created, are these monogram tags. Not only would they be cute added to the top of a gift - but they could be kept out for display all year long!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

25 Days of Christmas 2011: Day 22

Day 22: Wood Plaques

Today I wanted to share a few ideas on how to decorate our standard 5x5" wood plaques for the holiday and winter season. Perfect as a little scrapbook page or as a decor piece with a vinyl saying (or snowman face) - you definitely still have time to create one of these pieces for yourself or to give as a gift.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

25 Days of Christmas 2011: Day 21

Day 21: Snowman Hot Chocolate Jar

If you still need a quick and easy gift idea for a neighbor, teacher, or friend - today I have the perfect idea for you! Using our handled jars, some hot chocolate, mints and marshmallows we created this cute gift jar. It is also really easy to dress it up - using Wilton pens we added snowman faces to the marshmallows and then simply added a small whisk and tag using ribbon as a finishing touch. It was a very fun and easy project to create and I love the end result!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

25 Days of Christmas 2011: Day 20

Day 20: Felt Ornaments

Today's project is two different styles of felt ornaments that would be a lovely addition to anyone's tree - or could be used as part of a gift wrapping or even a gift in itself!

The first version are the Felt Mitten Ornaments - a project sheet for them can be found HERE.

Or following the same general idea you can make the Felt Light Bulb Ornaments. A project sheet for the Light Bulb version can be found HERE.


Monday, December 19, 2011

January Quilt Block.

At the end of November I shared the completed quilt top for the 2012 Quilt of the Month quilt here. Today I wanted to share a little more about the specific block for the month of January. You can see the completed block and read a little more about the background of the block above. Be sure to come in a pick up the supplies to start your January block soon! You can see the quilt top and find all the supplies on the front endcap between aisles 25 & 26.

ETA: Supplies for the January Quilt Block will be available on January 1st. Thanks!

25 Days of Christmas 2011: Day 19

Day 19: Snowman Kit 

This project is definitely one of my favorites!! There are certainly some families that I know that would love to recieve this as a gift...and I'm sure you do too!

A project sheet with full instructions and supply list on how to make your very own Snowman Kit can be found HERE.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

25 Days of Christmas 2011: Day 18

Day 18: Shadow Boxes 

Another simple way to decorate for the holidays...shadow boxes. The great thing about using a shadow box is that you can decorate and fill it in anyway you like! We have them in a variety of sizes and come with black or white frames so you can match your decorations or home decor easily. For these samples we simply dressed up the shadow boxes with pattern paper, vinyl and some small items as filler in the frame. You could also add a favorite photo to any of these projects as well!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

25 Days of Christmas 2011: Day 17

Day 17: Burlap Pillows

I love these burlap pillows that Megan created recently! The only supplies you need are a pillow form, some burlap and fabric paint. Such a lovely, rustic decoration to add to your home at Christmas! You can find a project sheet for the burlap pillows HERE.

Friday, December 16, 2011

25 Days of Christmas 2011: Day 16

Day 16: Decorated Wood Pieces

Today's blog post contains a bunch of different projects - but what they all have in common is that they all started out as unfinished wood pieces. With just some paint, paper, and embellishments you can turn a plain piece of wood into such a cute Christmas decoration! Such as this wood sled that I used to display a favorite photo of my kids sledding last year:  

Or a wood snowflake dressed up with some glitter paper and a Happy Holidays sentiment:

For this piece I covered the front of the wood piece with a glittery foam sheet and then added little photos to each of the O's:

To display some photos from our trip to pick out this years Christmas Tree I added photos directly to the hanging trees on this wood piece:

For this piece I simply painted the piece and then covered it with a piece of pattern paper that I love:

And this guy got dressed up by just using paint and some rhinestones:

Thursday, December 15, 2011

25 Days of Christmas 2011: Day 15

Day 15: Joy Candlestick Jars 

One of my favorite projects lately are these candlestick jars. We had created a set for Halloween- which I loved - but now I think the JOY candlestick jars might be my new favorite. All you need for this project is a few wood pieces (the snowflake for the base, the candlesticks, and dowels for the top), the jars and the vinyl letters. Filled up with some Christmas treats - they make a great addition to your Christmas decor or would be a fun gift idea as well! You can find the complete instructions and supply list for this project HERE.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

25 Days of Christmas 2011: Day 14

Day 14: Christmas Frames 

Today I wanted to share with you some decorated Christmas and winter frames. All of these frames started out as unfinished frames, which I love because then I was able to paint and decorate them in any way I wanted. The possibilities are really endless with what you can do with them!

As you can see each one takes on a completely different look- and each of them only require a few supplies. (You can click on each image to be taken to a project sheet for that particular frame.)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

25 Days of Christmas 2011: Day 13

Day 13: Felt Ornament Frames

If you need a quick and easy Christmas decoration or gift, these felt ornament frames are the perfect project. They come in the shapes and sizes you see, with openings already cut for the photos and ribbon for hanging - all you need to do is add your favorite photo and embellish in any way you want. For these samples I just used a few pieces of pattern paper and some scrapbooking embellishments

These would also be a great craft idea for the kids to work on themselves - some stickers or fun kid craft supplies would work great to decorate them up as well!

Monday, December 12, 2011

25 Days of Christmas 2011: Day 12

Day 12: Holiday Mache Cones

Today I want to share with you three ways that you could decorate basic paper mache cones for the holiday season. Fun as a group of a couple or an entire collection I think these are great pieces to add to your holiday decorations. (I'm going to pick up supplies for my kids to work on some of the felt trees over Christmas break and leave them out through the winter season!)

First, how cute are these Santa Hat Cones? A project sheet for this project can be found HERE.


I love these Felt Tree Cones. There are so many options with colors, sizes, and embellishments for this project. I am thinking an entire forest of these would be great! A project sheet for this project can be found HERE


And finally, these Yarn Tree Cones are very easy to make and the whimsical look of them is wonderful! A project sheet for this project can be found HERE.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

25 Days of Christmas 2011: Day 11

Day 11: Decorative Dishtowels

Dishtowels are always a useful gift and can easily add a festive touch to your home too. Today I wanted to share a few samples Erica has created that I think would be great gift ideas - and are all really easy and inexpensive to make!
The first towel is this Ribbon Tree Dishtowel. Super simple to make, the only supplies you need are ribbon, a button, some thread and the dishtowel. A project sheet for this dishtowel can be found HERE.


The next towel is the Snowman Dishtowel. For this towel we added fabric to a dishtowel using Heat-n-Bond and then stitched around the appliqued pieces. So easy yet so cute! A project sheet for this towel can be found HERE.


Finally, how about creating an entire set of Days of the Week Dishtowels. Use your favorite fabric to add a few letters to the corners of seven dishtowels...and you have a great (and useful!) gift. A project sheet for these towels can be found HERE.