Tag Archives: Christmas

Tea Bag Gift Tags

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I’ve been crafting many, many holiday gift tags, and these tea bag tags are one of my favorites. A tag with a gift inside attached to a gift. What could be better? Because I made several of these tags for all my tea-loving friends and family, I started with a template so that I wouldn’t have to measure each one. Read the rest of this entry

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HaHa Cookies & Gift Label

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I am extremely fortunate to have a group of eight of us who have known each other at least since high school. (Carol and I just celebrated our 60th year of friendship; we’ve known each other since kindergarten!) We call ourselves the HaHa’s because we laugh so much when we’re together. This weekend, we had our annual holiday cookie exchange. The event has evolved over the years — we now bring frozen dough so we can each bake what we want when we want. In addition to our dough exchange and lots of laughter, we might have stuffed ourselves with good food and wine. I’m not confessing to anything!

My cookies were extremely easy to do, and I was able to fairly quickly make eight batches for sharing. The recipe comes from the Magnolia Days blog, and I followed the recipe almost to a tee. (Find the recipe here:  https://magnoliadays.com/lemon-sour-cream-cookies.) The directions called for grating a lemon and rubbing the zest into the sugar with your fingers. What a brilliant technique! The lemon fragrance spread through the kitchen and flavored the sugar perfectly. The recipe is straightforward and the blog post is well-explained, so I won’t give any more comment on it.

But I did do a quick craft project to decorate the slice-and-bake logs and to give written directions for baking. Using a large purchased tag, I sprayed each side with red watercolor spray. I printed the baking directions on one side…

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… and used scrapbook paper, a fine-tipped Sharpie pen, and ModPodge to decorate the other side.

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CRAP ALERT: I glued the trees too far up onto the tags, and they weren’t centered to my liking. Pieces of green washi tape fixed the problem in a hurry.

To finish the packages, I used red and white bakers twine to tie the tag onto each log. Quick, cute, and fun!

Mixed Media Ornament Boxes

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Last week, I wrote about the themed ornaments I made for each of my grandchildren (https://crapsmanship.com/2017/10/15/mixed-media-ornaments/). In an effort to DIY much of my Christmas, I also made each child a box that corresponded to the ornament I made. For example, Kelsey’s angel ornament will go in an angel box. Below each picture, I will list the items I used to make each.

Box 2

An empty Brie cheese box, gold acrylic paint, scrapbook paper, sheet music, black fine-point pen, heart jewel, red watercolor paint, letter stamps, and ModPodge

Box 4

An empty checkbook box, brown Distress crayons, white card stock, a black fine-point marker, and ModPodge

Box 1

A purchased jewelry box, sheet music, red acrylic paint, black card stock, gold scrap paper, white felt, ModPodge, and letter stamps (under Santa’s beard are the words “Be Good”!)

Box 5

A purchased jewelry box, blue and purple Distress inks, white card stock, scrapbook paper, black and orange sharpies, red Distress marker, buttons, a small pompom, and ModPodge

Box 3

A purchased jewelry box, green and blue Distress inks, brown craft paper, green scrapbook paper, red Distress marker, white paint pen, and ModPodge

Box 7

An empty greeting card box, sheet music, white gesso, scrapbook paper, washi tape, gift box stickers, snowflake stickers, string a Christmas lights, diamond gems, and ModPodge.

And here are the same boxes with their ornament they will hold. I can’t wait to see the kids’ reactions!

Mixed Media Ornaments

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I didn’t start out intending for this to be a DIY Christmas, but as I continue to make gifts, I realize many of my presents this year will be hand-made. These ornaments are some of my favorites so far. Each year, I get the grandkids themed ornaments — Kaye gets an angel, Mikey gets a bear, and so on. Usually I buy them, but this year I used a variety of material — acrylic paint, scrapbook paper, an old map, for example — to create each child a one-of-a-kind ornament directly from Grandma’s hand to their Christmas trees!

Ornament 5

Ornament 6

Ornament 4

Ornament 3

Ornament 2

Ornament 1

Christmas Wrappings

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Wrapping 1In general, there are two approaches to Christmas prep. One approach is to buy gifts throughout the year, prepare early, and roll into Christmas with ease. The other approach is to freak out in mid-December about all the things you still need to do. I belong to the first camp. I have many of my gifts bought, I’ve made a number of them, and I’m working on using my crapsmanship skills to make one-of-a-kind Christmas wrappings. Read the rest of this entry

Joy Sign

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I’m apparently not the only crapsman in the family; my sister Laurie Loo made the cute sign above.  Here are her comments:

“I don’t remember if I used hot glue or a regular craft glue. The green and red piece between the J and O is a different decoration than I had originally; the other one came off in storage and I don’t like this one as much.  I had a piece of green velvety like material that I covered the back with and then broke sticks to write the word. “

Hanging Out on the Porch with Mr. and Mrs. Santa

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Don’t look too closely to see all the crapsmanship, but I love my new porch decorations.  My friend Cindy and I crapped, I mean crafted, these today and had a blast.  I got the idea from this Kirkland’s ad:


Cute, huh?  I wanted to invite Mrs. Santa to the party, so I bought two 10″ x 6′ boards for each of us from Home Depot and red and white chalk paint from Michaels; I raided my crafting stash for black and green paints, brushes, and a couple pouncing tools.

We started on the Santas since we had the Kirkland’s ad to help us with the design.  We sketched the patterns with pencil directly on the board, painted as carefully as we could, …



and VOILA!

 

 We laughed because my Santa (on the right) had squat little legs (like my own!), and Cindy’s had a slightly Urkle look. Despite our crapsmanship, er, I mean our charming individuality, we forged on to Mrs. Santa.  She was a little bit trickier because we had to create our own design, but we each gave her a scalloped collar, white apron, and a button-up blouse.   We made some green dots on her collar and apron by using a pencil eraser as a pouncer.

  
We used a hair dryer to speed the process along.


Here’s Cindy with her North Pole pair. I’m reworking Santa’s feet to make his legs a little more proportional, and we’ll both put a layer of gloss ModPodge over both to give them a shine and some protection.


Mine will adorn my front door for December’s to come (unless some jealous neighbor steals them) and lend a little holiday cheer to Lake Side Drive!

Yarn Tree

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I had this fun red yarn, but not enough to knit anything with, so I decided to experiment with it for a Christmas tree decoration.  I got a papier-mâché tree form from Hobby Lobby.  (I first picked up a styrofoam form, which would work, but I find it’s harder to glue.).

Using some strong craft glue in a long row down one side of the tree form, I simply wrapped and wrapped and wrapped the yarn, starting at the top.

At the bottom, I wrapped the yarn around the stem and then secured the tail with glue.

Because I hadn’t glued the whole piece, I had some wiggle room with the yarn to adjust it to cover any spots I’d missed.  This was an easy and inexpensive project, and I think I’ll do two more trees with different yarn. Now onward to Hobby Lobby!
 P.S. — I’ll post a beautiful picture of my trees in place once I lug my Christmas decorations down from the attic!