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DIY: Burlap and Holly Berry Letter

20 Nov

On a recent trip to Michaels, my mom and I both bought some really big, really cool wood letters for around $2. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it at the time but I figured I would figure something out. While browsing Pintrest, I found this picture and fell in love.

Since we are moving into the Christmas season, I decided to keep the rustic feel of my inspiration letter but take it into a more Christmas-y direction. Here is what I used:

I also used a small piece of sandpaper to rough up the letter a little bit to give it that vintage look. I also turned to Pintrest to figure out how to make a burlap bow. This tutorial was great.

She used burlap ribbon but I didn’t have any so I just used actual burlap. Also, she used floral wire which I also didn’t have (and was too lazy and cheap to go out and buy) so I just hot glued the entire thing. Here is the final product!

I’m really pleased with how it turned out! It has surely got me in the Christmas spirit!



How-To: Magazine Christmas Tree

30 Oct

I saw this on Martha Stewart crafts and was super excited to try it! After I finished my first tree, I showed my grandmother my “new” prize. Turns out, she had made these and other magazine creations growing up. Guess there really isn’t anything new under the sun! Even if Martha wasn’t the first to come up with this craft, they are super easy to make and the finished product is really pretty!

#1) All you will need is a somewhat thick magazine. I like using real estate magazines because they are free (score!) and you can pick them up pretty much anywhere.

#2) Tear off the cover and fold the right hand corner down towards the lower left corner to form a triangle.

#3) Next, fold that triangle down to the left corner again to make a sort of necktie shape.

#4) Open up that triangle.

#5) Take the point of the necktie and tuck it up to form yet another triangle.

#6) Repeat this with every page in your magazine and, when you are done, you will have a fluffy Christmas tree!

I spray painted mine gold but of course you don’t have to paint it at all! I think this will be super cute on a mantel or as part of a Christmas centerpiece!