DIY Christmas Topiaries

Twine Christmas Tree Topiary from The Thrifty Crafter

The Thrifty Crafter has has a couple of Christmas topiary tutorials on her blog that I love. The first is this twine wrapped Christmas tree topiary and the second is the red berry tree topiary. Both would make beautiful centerpieces for Christmas. I am adding these to the collection of Christmas topiaries I love, inlcuding this gorgeous white felt Christmas tree from Bliss Bloom Blog:

The glitter tree topiary from Eighteen25:

The edible Christmas tree topiary from Jeanne Bennedict:

And the fabric tree topiaries from The Pleated Poppy:

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DIY Christmas Topiaries ~ Be Different...Act Normal

Strings of mini lights attached to a rod behind sheer fabric.

Strings of mini lights attached to a rod behind sheer fabric.

Wedding / Strings of mini lights attached to a rod behind sheer fabric.

button christmas trees

Red & White Button Christmas Trees

Button Christmas Tree All Red

Button Christmas Tree Framed

Button Christmas Tree Red & Green
Source: via Cheryl on Pinterest

Button Christmas Tree Craft

Button Christmas Tree Framed, Vintage look

Button Christmas Tree Framed,

Button Christmas Tree, Vintage look

Gingerbread house Ideas and inspiration

Coffee Filter Paper Snowflakes

For compleate pste on the site I found this wonderful post, scroll to the bottom & click through.

Beautiful! Here are a few shots of my Christmas decorating so far.... At the moment I am trying to come up with a good place for my stockings since I don't have a fireplace. Sorry Thanksgiving, but I just don't really fancy decorating with turkeys much...

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Hand-drawn giftwrap

Hand-drawn giftwrap

Hand-drawn giftwrap

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It’s easy, quick and un-squashable and the designs are really simple.
Hand-drawn giftwrap
If you are not that confident at drawing then sketch your doodle in pencil first. Easy!
Hand-drawn giftwrap
This is more for grown ups than kids so i’ll post something more kid orientated later in week.
Hand-drawn giftwrap
Happy Monday everyone! (I’m kinda wishing it was Friday already!!!)
Hand-drawn giftwrap

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Hand-drawn giftwrap | Mini-eco


The Ellusive Cone

cone trees

the ellusive cone

For the complete post & the web site I found these gorguse things on, scroll to the bottom & click the link. :)

This is one of those unintentional projects that seem to plague my creative world. The basics of this started brewing over a year ago. Last Christmas I made some party cone baskets. They were my first attempt and and I didn’t have a real pattern. They were shallow and wide, but kind of irregular. For most projects I would mind irregular, after all, I can kinda relate. But I’d rather save the unique-ness for the embellishing on this one. This was the old project:

This year I wanted to make trees out of cones. I searched everywhere for a basic pattern but while I could find instructions for making them, and even some descriptions on math sites, I could not find a simple print and cut pattern. You’d think that a project as old as this, from crafting days of yore, would be around somewhere, but I couldn’t find it. Even Martha let me down. So I broke down and made one. It was an excruciating 5 minutes. Which leads me to believe that last year I *might* have made it a bit harder than it needed to be.
So now I have a basic pattern that could use for either a tree or cone. But did I stop there? Oh, no.
I’ve also been toying with printing a pattern on one side of paper and cutting parts of it out and sort of pushing edges up to make different embossed effects. Kirigami comes to mind, but my project is less about folding than cutting, as you will see. (I’m sure it has a name and one of my readers will enlighten me. You are a smart bunch!)
So this is what I ended up with.

I printed the pattern on the reverse side of paper but it would be done on white as well. I resized each one so they are all different. This pattern fits well on a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.
I also cut the snowflakes out differently on each cone using an exacto knife. For example, on one cone I cut all of the lines, on another one I cut only the points, on the final cone I cut a mix of points and lines but not everything…you get the picture. My purpose was to have different effects from the same pattern. Cheating. Yes. But I am lazy about that sort of thing. Why make multiple patterns when we can just look at the same pattern differently?

Once I got the designs all cut I decided to play and embellish them. I just used adhesive/tape runner to stick the flap down inside the cone. (Learn from my mistake: do not score or fold the tab. It makes the tree all wonky.)
Here I will note that most embellishments work best on an assembled cone. I embellished with little flowers, colored bling, bling flourishes, pipecleaners, and stickles. I also thought about using glitter but didn’t get a chance to…yet.
After my cones were finished I started thinking about what a waste it was to not light them from within so that all the detail would show. I’ve seen little battery operated tea lights around a lot this year, and they are perfect for this because they don’t heat up. It’s important that you don’t use lights that will get hot because come on, it’s paper! I’m not even going to mention candles.

I was thrilled when I added the lights. Even the patterns on the paper showed through. Lovely is an understatement.
So there you have it. Some trees for your reindeer, or cones for your home. At any rate, super cheap decorations that were a lot of fun to make and the kiddies can decorate, too.

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the ellusive cone « Cheeky Magpie


Button Snowmen...

These are great little onaments or on cards or gifts...

A quick little mini ornament/gift decoration.
The tallest one is about an inch high.
They go together really quickly with a few buttons, felt scraps, and craft glue.
Oh, and very tiny scissors.

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Urban Paisley: Button Snowmen...