Tuesday, November 16, 2010

join me for christmas crafternoons, won't you.

before you even go off on me for talking about christmas this early, i would like to say a couple things:
1) there are worse things to get mad at people for celebrating, friends. why are we mad that people are excited about good cheer, giving, and the birth of Jesus a couple of weeks early than normal? trust me, people will not forget to celebrate thanksgiving, just because they are celebrating christmas a smidge early.

2)let's talk about preparedness. this is not my spiritual gift. BUT, we all complain about how crazy the holidays get, yet we do the same thing year after year: waiting until the day after thanksgiving to start making christmas cards, buying gifts, decorating the house...etc. i say, no...i'm not doing this again. i'm going to enjoy the season and not feel more rushed and frantic than i have to. i don't want my kids to get the idea that christmas comes right along side mom being a nut-job for a month.

3) also, christmas is in a month and a week or so. ya... soooo, booya. jump on the christmas cheer train.

moving on...this year, i am doing my decor in an understated style. i do love color...and color can be added to any of this decor easily. feel free to mix in your typical decor with any of these pieces. i am doing lots of shimmer-ee golds, silvers, bronzes all together with book paper. it'll all go together magically.

i think i have 5 or 6 crafts to share that involve book paper. so hang tight over the next couple weeks.

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so welcome to my first christmas crafternoon session:

Paper Cone Wreath:

ingredients: (all from the dollar store)
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a thick book
a foam circle
a hot glue gun

directionals:
1)tear out some book paper and make into a cone. glue the corner of the cone down.

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2)fold the bottom of the cone, like an inch.

3) glue cone onto the foam wring.

4)make another cone and put on the opposite side of the cone you just made. do this over and over again until you cover the whole top of the foam.
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5)now we'll cover the front of the foam. for this, you still make the cones, except you fold them a little further up...almost halfway. place that bended part on the inside of the foam wreath and let it come up over the front of the foam. glue it all down.
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(fyi, i got lazy and didn't do my whole top part of the wreath...so imagine that it's done)
then just keep making more cones until the front is covered.


6) to cover the inside, i just folded some paper into a rectangle and glued it in the inside.
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7)tie a ribbon around it to hang!
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love this. and it only cost $2.

25 comments:

  1. booooooooooooooooooooooooya!

    i love this craft.

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  2. cute! and one that my kids can do with me. and there really is no such thing as celebrating christmas too early...at least in my world.

    blessings,

    alison

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  3. i love me a good book wreath! yours is cute!! :) can't wait to see all the other crafts

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  4. ah this is so cute! i am definitely trying it. i think i'll try using some gold spray paint....my mom LOVES gold. this is perfect for a pre-christmas gift that she can use throughout the season! thanks! :)

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  5. You can send that to me. Thanks.
    For real though, I have no time to be crafty (for now) but I will save this and make it when my kids sleep consistent naps.

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  6. Love this! Ooooh, wouldn't it be cool to use sheet music? Boooya indeed!

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  7. I used to think I was creative, and then I read your blog. Thanks for shattering my self-esteem.

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  8. I love these! They are so stunning. I made one a few months ago, but "fan-folded" the paper and used straight pins instead of hot glue.
    I'm thinking I'm going to have to make your version too. It's super classy and gives me a reason to have a second book wreath. :)
    I can't wait for the rest of your Christmas crafts!

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  9. Alright, I know I went off in my blog about celebrating early, heee. I Agree, it's OK to start now, it's very close. I was more referring to the people who put up their tree the day after halloween...hee hee

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  10. Uhm LOVE it! you can expect to see this on my front door very soon. What I love about this lovely craft is it can carry you past Christmas, straight into new years and even presidents day for goodness sakes! You're a smarty, friend!

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  11. ummm, i love this and have been trying to figure out a wreath to make for christmas that doesn't cost me $20. i will be doing it.

    and no, it is not too early for christmas crafts.

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  12. I love book art!
    keep them coming I have $10 to decorate for christmas with
    (I'm only partly joking)

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  13. a to the we to the s. o. m. e.
    you rock the crafternoons. seriously.
    miss you.
    love,
    jenn

    ps. word verification is "inith" if you have a little girl you should name her that.

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  14. You won me over with reason #3, and I'm usually not that crafty to begin with. I don't have a book of sheet music...but I'm sure I can make this out of all the junk mail I haven't shredded. All I need is a bit of paint! :)

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  15. It's funny I was just having the discussion with my hubby tonight about getting going on the holiday gift buying, wrapping, decoration, and planning early. I don't think he got it... but you totally take the words out of my mouth! I think it's an awesome idea to get going on this stuff early, lets hope that this will be the year to totally enjoy Christmas and all of the festivities without being crazy women!!! Love the craft idea - thanks!

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  16. That? Is awesome. So darn up my alley that I forgive you for the early Christmas chatter;)

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  17. love it! you're so creative. I will have to stash this one away with all my to do's. Thank you friend!

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  18. i LOVE this!!!! i just picked up a couple of books from the thrift store that would be PERFECT. THANK YOU!!! u have a new follower! :)

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  19. I love these paper project of yours! Just came across your blog and went back back and back to older posts, because I love it!
    God bless you! I saved your blog to favorites! :)

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  22. this got my crafting bug biting, and i just made it tonight. thanks for the inspiration! :)

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