Felt Christmas Light Garland DIY

I got this idea from a similar paper garland that I colored while I was observing 6th graders.  :)  I thought, ‘Hey, I can do that with felt!’  So here’s what I did to make this garland…

First, I traced lots of little lightbulb shapes out of different colors of felt.  You can find templates online.  I made an extra space at the top of the bulb to glue on the other part.

Then I cut out a lot of black rectangles and glued each side to the light bulb so there was a space in the middle of the rectangle.  The reason for the space was to string some yarn through them and make garland!  So just make sure the space is big enough to easily string the yarn, and the lights will pretty much stay in place.  I also decided to add some glitter around the light bulbs (using Mod Podge) just to give them that extra sparkle!

Hang up and enjoy!  :)

Wooden Christmas Light Garland

I was going to try to find vintage Christmas lights to cover in glitter (found via Pinterest- see below) but I found something even better!

 

I found these little wooden Christmas lights at the local craft store.  They were too adorable to pass up at 39 cents each.  I thought it’d be fun to paint them and make them sparkle with glitter!

I had acrylic paint in a variety of colors, and bought two classic Christmas colors- red & green.  I painted each light a different color, and sprinkled them with gold glitter dust (it worked better than regular glitter in this case).  I painted the bases of the lights black too, and then decided to tie them onto a green yarn to make garland!

Easy & fun little project to add some Christmas cheer to the house.  You could also just display them in a little jar or dish on the table.  :)

P.S. – Thanks Ryan for photographing my lights!

 

 

Christmas Ornament Wreath

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!  I spent most of my Thanksgiving break hanging out with Ryan and working on Christmas crafts. It was so relaxing; I didn’t want it to end! You can expect lots of fun Christmas posts in the near future because I have lots of projects up my sleeve. :) I’m starting with my Christmas ornament wreath I made. It was easy to make, fairly inexpensive, and it looks LOVELY!

I based my wreath off of this tutorial I found via Pinterest. It was a good use for a wire hanger (my Mom won’t get rid of them). The only difference is that I hot glued the smaller gold ornaments and bells in instead of stringing them on the wire with the red and green.

I had fun choosing the ornaments (I got cheap ones in a package at Walmart) and arranging them on the wreath.  It took 52 of the large ornaments and maybe about 20 of the smaller ones.  My Mom helped me make a red and green ribbon to tie it all together!  Also – thanks to Ryan for using his muscles to help me bend the hanger.  ;)

You could do a lot with this wreath to make it your own.  What are you creating this holiday season?!

 

Embroidery Hoop Art

Besides the terrarium, another gift I made for Todd, Carrie, & their new baby boy was a few nursery decorations!  It’s simple, yet makes a big statement – fabric covered embroidery hoops! I had some adorable bike fabric that I knew would be perfect and then I made another hoop with yellow fabric, but it needed more.  So I made bunting out of felt and hand stitched it together.  They turned out super cute!  I have a lot more hoops and fabric to make some for myself.

Fabric Hoops 8

They’re really easy and you’ve probably seen them all over Pinterest!  But just incase you haven’t…

Here’s what you need:

  • Fabric
  • Any size embroidery hoop(s)
  • An iron
  • Glue (I used ModPodge)
  • Scissors
  • Anything else that you may want to add (felt, paint, etc!)

Here’s the steps (this is not my original idea so I don’t take the credit!):

  1. Cut your fabric into a square so it will cover the whole circle.
  2. Iron your fabric!
  3. Place the fabric inside your hoop and pull it tight.
  4. Once you get it how you like it, glue your excess fabric to the back of the hoop.  I had to cut some off first, which you may or may not have to do.  I didn’t want it to show through if the fabric was too thin.
  5. Optional :  Paint your hoop, add any embellishments, embroidery, hand-stiching, painting – the sky is the limit!

What a great gift for someone or even yourself!  Here’s some of my favorites that I’ve pinned.

Source: purlbee.com via Mindy on Pinterest

Source: thejoycottage.com via Mindy on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Mindy on Pinterest