Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Santa Claus is coming to town...

...with these paper triangle gift boxes.  Finding just the right wrapping or packaging for holiday gifts can be a challenge at this time of year.  I'm not the supreme and determined wrapper that my husband is, BUT I do like to wrap things prettily, especially things that come in small packages.  And these little boxes are perfect for just that and can be sized to fit gift cards, small gifts/jewelry as well as candy/edible treats and other assorted things.  Hang them on a tree, create an advent project with them or tie them to a wine bottle as an added personal touch for the holiday hostess this season.

This Old World Santa is one version of my take on this clever idea.......














 

 



Note:  His mustache is from a kiss shaped punch.  I added pen work doodles on the mustache and beard for added detail.  And I used circle punches on shimmery gold specialty cardstock for the belt buckle.




















I love the simple folding design that makes this box so easy to make yet it's so versatile that you can decorate it in many different ways....tree, hat or themed character, like these Santas.

Here's another earlier version of a Santa that I made for the Therm O Web Blog...








It's a bit simpler (and quicker to make!) with a few less details but still cute.... and perfect for little hands to make too.


















 

I plan to make New Year's Eve party hats soon for our little at home celebration...maybe fill them with confetti and fun surprises?  Will post and let you know when I do!  :)

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!  Happy crafting too!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Felt Christmas Ornaments


Made these super easy felt friends from regular craft felt and embellished them with buttons, ribbon, beads and a bit of hand stitching.  They're really cute and something you can make yourself or have the kids do on a chilly day.  


Instructions:
1.  Create/draw or find a template shape to use.  Size the shape to about 5-6 inches.  Create a cardboard or chipboard template and use that to trace onto the back of your felt - cut 2.
2.  Embellish the front piece of felt with stitching, beads, buttons, bows, etc.  The snowman's hat is just a bit of an outgrown striped tee my daughter donated to my scrap fabric pile.  Great fabric for this kind of project as it doesn't fray and you can do all sorts of embellishments with it.... like a scarf too.
3. Then layer the 2 pieces together, tuck a length of ribbon between the layers at the top and machine/hand stitch around the edge to complete.

That's it!  Easy peasy & something  you can do while watching those holiday movies this season.  Enjoy!