Saturday, November 29, 2014

Hand Made Pom Pom Garland

Well Its here!
As is our tradition,
We got our christmas tree today!
(The day after thanksgiving.)
SO to kick of the Handmade Holiday Season,
I give you my first project.
Pom Pom Garland.

I LOVE the look of the Pom Pom Garland.
And it is super easy and cheap to make.
Basically you only need 3 materials and a little time to complete
the project.
You can make this project for under $10.

Heres what you need.
An embroidery needle 

(The eye of the needle is bigger)
Skinny ribbon that usually cost $1 for a roll (1/8 in by 10 yards)
and of course some Pom Poms 
(I bought a big bag at Michael's for $6 or $7.)

So first you start off with your embroidery needle and ribbon

and start stringing on the pom poms.
Go ahead and put the needle right through em'!
(You don't have to cut a length of ribbon to start off with if you don't know how much you need you can just keep pushing them down till you get your desired length. 
Then cut the ribbon and knot on both ends.)

You can choose to string yours close together like so....

OR you can space them out as I chose to do.

I went with multi colors and different sizes.
You could use traditional holiday colors like red and green for Christmas,
or blue and white for Hanukkah.
You could also use these for a Christmas tree or to hang on a mantle,
OR just to use to hang up for a birthday party/ baby shower e.t.c...
The possibilities are endless.
I love how whimsical the garland looks.

I clearly chose to use mine for my mini Christmas trees.

Of course there are always variations you could come up with using what you have in your house.

For example here is another version I made with 
embroidery thread.

If the embroidery needle is not up your ally,
you could also use a hot glue gun.
Just put little dabs of glue down the ribbon 
(or twine whatever you've got.)
where you would like.
(WARNING: burnt fingers may occur .)

P.S. If you aren't into the pom poms tangling up.
I suggest trying to keep it laid out straight or 
wrapping it around a piece of cardboard.

Well I hope you enjoyed my little garland.
Hope your Holiday prep is going well!
Happy Handmade Holidays!!!
<3 Holly

how to make paper trees!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Creating the Holidays for little or no money

(Our first Christmas as a little family together Me, Papa Bear, Panda Bear, and the girl in the box is our Ivy Girl)

For some growing up without much money drives them
to be more materialistic when they are older.
For me I suppose that might have been true when I was 
in my early 20's but now i look at things
a lot differently.
I look back and cherish making hand made
ornaments with my mother 
or the simple act of baking cookies.
For me the Holidays were filled with so much more than 
things that cost money.
They were filled with memories with loved ones.
I'm really happy to have learned
this early on in life.
Some people never get it.
I think handmade is the best way to make a holiday.
Especially when we don't have much money to begin with.
Because of all these things I wanted 
to write some specials post 
on how to do the Holidays for those of us who don't
have much money.
I'd like to cover the basics of decorating
and gifts.
Heres to our special handmade holidays!
And making them about the things that truly matter most.

First Post: Handmade Pom Pom Garland

<3 Holly

Well some of the crazy is over so lets get going on our handmade holidays!

I just had my first art show since college.
So, I found myself completely occupied with getting ready for that when I wasn't working.
Now that its over,
I have more time to sit here and tap away at the keys to
share some projects with all of my lovely friends.

Today I would like to share with you
a cute little craft I made with
the kids I teach.
It is a fall leaf wreath.
Super easy quick and fast project for the kids
(OR adults) to make to help
decorate for Thanksgiving.

First you need some paper to cut some leaves out.
You can use some simple construction paper
or some scrapbook paper.
(Whatever you have lying around the house.)

Next you need some leaf templates.
You can draw your own or google search for some.
(there are plenty out there.)

I try to find some that I can fit about 5-6 on one sheet of paper.
Trace your templates on your paper and cut out enough to fill up a circle.
(You can use traditional colors or get wacky and use patterns and crazy colors.)
For your base you can use a paper plate with the center cut out,
or a circle with a hole in the middle.

Then just Glue away arranging the leaves the way you like.
You can use hot glue or white glue/glue sticks for younger kids!
The last step is attaching some string to the back and
find the perfect spot in the house to 
hang it up! 

Here ya go!
(you can add little details to your leaves
or just use white paper and have the
kids color them.)

So there ya' go for very little money you can make a fun and cute craft to get you ready for the Holiday!
Hope you enjoy!
Happy Handmade Holidays!!
Thanks for stopping by!!!

<3 Holly