24 Dec

Stupid Cute Christmas Creations

Tomorrow is Christmas.

Because I’ve run out of time and more so because I usually don’t decorate much for the holidays, I am a huge fan of stupid cute and crazy easy crafts.

For some odd reason, this year I’m obsessed with trees.

Partly for a blog post but mainly because we are hosting our church small group party later this week, I decided to get in the spirit and do some DIY decorating.

I thought a mini-forest in the dining room corner cabinet would be a cute way to display my latest obsession.

GWTree I picked up this cute little tree wrapped in burlap at GoodWill for $0.49.

You might remember having seen it on my table at the Ladies Brunch I hosted a few weekends back & posted about here.

I really didn’t do anything to it (how adorable is the jalapeno pepper!?!) but place it on an old candle stick holder.

It looks so cute between those tealights doesn’t it?

All over Pinterest you can find tutorials for these Anthropologie-inspired paper trees (I used real wood for my trunks).

AnthroTrees

I tucked them under spaghetti sauce jars, laid a bit of faux-snow down and placed them onto a reclaimed barn-wood frame I made this summer.

At some point during my crafting I came across an image that inspired me. It was a zigzag line with lights and a star similar to this one.

Zigzag Tack Trees

Zigzagimg

I don’t know about you but there are times that I experience a sort of futuristic x-ray vision and can look at something and immediately see it transformed into something else. That’s what usually gets me in trouble happened here.

I ran out to the garage and grabbed a piece of scrap wood, sanded it up and smoothed out the edges. Then I shot it with some clear sealer.

I printed out the image, laid it over the wood and marked the ends of each zigzag with a large nail.

I had some carpet tacks on hand so I grabbed those and my hammer.

Tacktree ZZThread

After tapping in the tacks, I fished out some green yarn, tied a knot around the starting tack and zigged and zagged around the nail heads. I repeated this pattern on the way back down. Then up, then down about five times.

ZZTree

I must have come up with four different patterns before settling on my initial simplistic design. There are so many options – just play around until something makes you say AHA! – and that’s your keeper.

ZZTrees

I was so psyched about how easy it was that I got fancy and made a few more. Here is a sparkly green ribbon one that I {heart}. (spray paint after tapping in tacks)

ZZRibbon

Stupid cute right?

ZZDoor

(and did you notice I finished painting my front door???)

No Sew / No Glue Trees

I know you’ve seen those gorgeous fabric wrapped trees all over the ‘net right? My most favorite ones were done by Ashley over at Domestic Imperfection. Now, when I saw her (re)post I thought that it sounded über simple and right up my lazy craft alley to grab some ribbon, styrofoam cones and the glue gun.

A friend of mine mentioned seeing the styrofoam jobbers at the dollar store and I’m so glad she did because I was not about to pay $3.50 a pop at HobLob. And, the ones at the dollar store are white – not green.

I was super excited to get cracking on this project. I grabbed all my supplies and settled in before realizing the glue gun was in the basement. After a full day of crafting, I didn’t have it in me to run back downstairs.

So, I improvised.

Remember I had just finished up my tack trees? Well, I wrapped the fabric/ribbon around the cone and stuck a carpet tack right through it and into the styrofoam to secure. It worked like a charm and took all of 2 minutes per tree to complete.

BackTack

How’s that for crazy easy?

StyroTrees

 And do you wanna know a secret?

ThrowRug

The braided trim I used (far left tree) was salvaged from a rug my pup destroyed.

(Have you ever noticed how lots of area rugs are made from the same stuff a dog’s tug toy is made from??) 

I knew I’d find a use for those remains eventually!

Oh and did you see the pine cone tree in the back? That sucker was at GoodWill for $2.99. Did you hear me? Two-ninety-nine and it still had the Crate & Barrel sticker on it. (sometimes I wonder about the guys in back pricing things but I’m not complaining!!!)

WillTrees

I decided to pop the texture and painted every single petal? leaf? of the pine cones white. That’s 2 hours I’ll never get back – but isn’t it so pretty?? Well worth it I say.

I abso.freaking.lutely love how the white beaded tree turned out. The beads are laying right on the white foam! (The green form would not have worked!) And since I didn’t permanently secure the ribbon I can unwrap and reuse these lovelies on a future project.

TreeCU

Shim Trees

Do you have 5 minutes to spare? Great. Grab some shims, wood glue and painters tape. Glue up the tips of the shims (one side only), lay them on top of one another and wrap tape around to secure.

Then, grab a soda and watch your latest DVR’d episode of Grey’s. When you’re all caught up on Meredith & Christina’s drama you’ll have super cute shim trees to display! (I may or may not have vegged out during this project).

  ShimTrees

These are sitting on top of furniture ‘feet’ on top of my mantle. I was going to paint them and dress them up more but I kind of like them as is.

Whimsical Reindeer Hangers

When I was at the Will one of the last 7 or so times this month I eyed some white ceiling fan brackets and thought “Hmmm” (that always means trouble). I wasn’t quite sure if my idea would fly so I turned to the random person next to me and asked her opinion.

Initially, she wasn’t feeling my vision but when I put the brackets up to my temples she joined in on my AHA! moment.

Reindeer

See? Stupid cute right? (bet you wished I had a picture of those on my head!)

The faces are made out of scrap wood and the ears are actually (upside down) bees and (flipped over) leaves that I pulled off of a springtime floral wreath I picked up (at GoodWill of course) for a client project I just finished. They were just sitting on my work table begging to be repurposed.

A little bit of paint and wood glue and VOILA! I’ve got festive reindeer heads on my wall. (No shotgun needed.) You could easily hang stockings or candy canes on the ‘antlers’. I opted for mini ornaments.

I will tell you though, be sure to prime the brackets first. I didn’t initially and the paint peeled right off. The high-gloss finish they put on is some heavy-duty stuff!

Forest

And here you have it all pulled together.

Super crazy easy projects that you can do today (with the kids!) and have all your friends raving about what a creative critter you are tomorrow.

You could even whip up some last-minute gifts if need be.

Or hit the clearance racks and get a head start on next year’s decorations.

I’m going to find a way to make tack ‘prints’ of everything!

 

FullRoom

FamRules

And speaking of gifts – here is one from me to you.

Like a well run job site, every home should have its rules posted for all to see.

This should print out at full size on a regular piece of paper and easily fit an 8 x 10 frame (trimmed down a bit of course).

If you have any trouble downloading/printing let me know.

By the way, you might have noticed these gorgeous elephants earlier.

Elephants

A few years ago, today, my great friend Megan and her kids threw me my first and only birthday party. These were my gift then. Now, they sit proudly on our hearth and I just love them. Some things you just don’t try to redo. They are perfect as is.

I hope every one of you has a very, merry Christmas!

 

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4 thoughts on “Stupid Cute Christmas Creations

  1. These are really cute holiday decor ideas.

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