Friday, December 19, 2014

Burlap Christmas Wreath

It just wouldn't be right if I didn't show you the wreath I made this Christmas. I found some burlap ribbon at Hobby Lobby and fell in love. I decided to go with a forest green and accent with red chevron. I love the large bow hanging long. 

It just wouldn't be Christmas without a wreath on the front door!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DIY Christmas Stockings

When Adam and I first got our own place, we went with the cheapest everything when it came to Christmas decorations. We found stocking at Walmart for $5, and a matching tree skirt to go with it, so we thought we hit the jackpot.

Fast forward a few years and those ugly stockings had to go! I was determined to make my own stockings last year, but that never happened. So here I am this year with some new stockings I made myself, finally.

Since I made green and red chevron pillows and tree skirt last year, I decided to stay with the chevron theme. I already had the fabric, so this project cost me absolutely nothing.

First, I used our old stockings to trace. I found it easiest to fold the fabric so I could cut out both pieces at once. 

Next, I cut out the fabric for the stocking. Instead of cutting right on the line, I went out about a half an inch to leave room for the seam. This worked out perfectly when it cam time to sew because I could just follow the line I traced.

Next, I sewed the outside edge of the stocking "flap" so there would be a smooth edge. 

With all fabric facing down, I then lined up the flap and stocking to sew the edges together. When you do this, be sure the pieces of your stocking are facing outward so they are correct when you fold them.

With the flap fabric lifted up, fold the stocking so it is lined up and ready for sewing. Sew ONLY the stocking together, following your trace lines. DO NOT SEW THE FLAP. 

Once the stocking portion is sewn, turn the stocking right side out. The flap should now be inside out. Sew the side edges of the flap together.

Lastly, turn the stocking inside out one last time. Attach a piece of ribbon on the top of the stocking. Consider which way you want your stockings to hang when you do this. Then turn the stocking right side out again.

You just made your very own stocking! Woo Hoo!!

My first stocking took me quite a while to make. There were so many things to think about as far as how to sew it and in want order to be able to get the flap to fold down. Confession: I even threw a half completed stocking away because I messed up so bad. 

But once I figured out the process, I whipped up the next one in about 15 minutes.  

Happy Stocking Making!
Can you believe Christmas is just 8 days away?!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas-Themed Initial Wall Collage

I have an initial wall collage that hangs right inside the front door. It started with mostly neutral colors, but this past Spring/Summer I added some bright colors to it including bright bright, yellow and green. I decided to take down the colorful M's and add a little more red and green to it for Christmas. I LOVE the way it turned out!

I started by making a Holly Berry Initial.

I cut the holly berries off the stems and used hot glue to attach them to the M individually. I added some chevron burlap and made a bow. I hung it on the white knob where our yellow M usually hangs. This would also be a great wreath for the front door if you made it larger. 

Next, I made a red framed initial.

I found the red frame at hobby lobby, spray painted an M green, and added white fabric for the background. It was so simple, but very effective :)

I also made a canvas M.
I  painted a canvas for a green green and traced an M onto some red chevron fabric to cut out and stick on the canvas. 

Three simple M's that changed the look of the entire collage.

But, most of all, I feel like it changed the feel of the entire living room!

Happy Monday Everyone!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Motivational Monday: December 14th

I have officially finished off my semester and have 4 weeks of vacation before school starts back up again! Bring on the DIY projects, because I am ready to craft like its my job! My husband is cruising along on my craft closet, and I am happy to say I found some baskets that I am crazy about to store all my stuff. I can't wait to share it all with you sometime after the holidays, but until then it will be full blown Christmas talk over here!

Last week, I shared with you my 2014 Christmas Home Tour, and I have to say I am so overwhelmed with all the love I have gotten from that post. I hope I was able to inspire some of you with all the red and green! I also have a week full of Christmas projects planned, so make sure to come back to see all the details of my holly berry initial, homemade stockings, and my initial wall!

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Katie from Little House of Four shared with us how to make Wooden Snowflakes from Scrap Wood. This project turned out so cute, and I love the glitter! These snowflakes are perfect paired with some Christmas decor, or after Christmas when all the red and green is put away.  

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

My Christmas Home Tour

Today, I am sharing my CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR! Ahh, are you as excited as I am? I am thrilled to be joining in on the Holiday Home Tour fun hosted by Kendra from Joy In Our Home. The tour consists of myself and 18 other bloggers showing off our holiday decor throughout our home.

I get a little "holiday-happy" this time of year and go a bit crazy with my holiday decor. I try to make sure every room in our home is decorated for the holiday season, and this year was no exception. I have decided to let all the pictures do the talking for this tour, and trust me, there are plenty of them. I will post links to all DIY projects at the end of the post in case you're interested!

I hope you enjoyed that very lengthy tour! 

As promised, here are the links to all our projects:

I hope to post a few more tutorials before the holiday season is over, including DIY stockings, my holly berry "M," and our floating hoop ornaments.

Also, be sure to check out the other 18 bloggers' holiday home tours listed below.
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