Decorating for the Christmas Season

reindeer wall hangingIt’s a holiday tradition for our family to put up Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving.  This year I decided to have a little fun with my daughter’s room.  Since her walls are still blank (decorating in process), I made a cardboard reindeer to hang over her bed.

I found the tutorial for the reindeer on the Good Housekeeping site.  It was pretty easy to make. It just took a while to cut out all the cardboard pieces.

reindeer wall hanging 2Click here for the reindeer tutorial.

How do you like to decorate for the holidays?  Please share in the comments.

Pixel Heart Wall Art

pixel heart wall artPhoto Credit: A Beautiful Mess

It’s always fun to see how others interpret my craft projects. Today the blog, A Beautiful Mess, posted a pixel heart  project inspired from my book Fun With Washi (click here to see the full tutorial).  And while you’re there, you might want to take a look around.  Their site is filled with lots of inspiring projects.

DIY Christmas Sweater Gift Tags

DIY sweater gift tags 2If you’ve been hoarding Christmas cards for crafting, this project is for you.  All you need are a few humble supplies plus Christmas cards to make these mini sweater gift tags.  The trick to making your tags look like sweaters depends on the placement of the sweater template.  For example, I centered the template on the top of the Christmas tree image for the sweater on the left.  Cards with recurring patterns like the red gift tag pictured above work well too.  Play around with the templates and have fun.  DIY sweater gift tags 4Supplies:

Sweater template – Click here to download.  Print and cut out templates.  You only need one template but I added three others just in case.

Christmas cards

Pen or pencil


Hole punch

String, ribbon, etc.

DIY sweater gift tags1.  Place cut out template on card image.

2.  Trace template onto your image with a pen.

3.  Cut out sweater shape with scissors.

4.  Punch a hole at the top of the sweater.

5.  String gift tag with ribbon and tie in a knot to secure.

DIY sweater gift tags 3I noticed in the past years more and more people are sending photo cards instead of the traditional holiday cards.  I’m curious, which kind of card do you prefer receiving/giving.

Bird and Leaf

bird print t-shritBird and Leaf by David Roehl

Have I ever mentioned by brother is a designer too?  He recently had his Bird and Leaf print selected by Cotton Bureau to be made into a t-shrit. They’re currently for sale on Cotton Bureau and come in various colors and sizes.  Please stop by the site and check it out.

Kirigami Fall Decorations

Kirigami leaf Patterns 4Have you ever tried the craft kirigami?  It’s the art of folding and cutting paper to create a shape/design.  Even though the designs might look complicated, they’re pretty easy to cut out. I’ve created four simple patterns to help you get started. Directions below.

Kirigami Leaf Patterns 2Supplies

kirigami templateTemplates – click here to download and print on standard copy paper or card stock

6in x 6in origami paper



Kirigami Leaf Directions1.  Fold origami paper in half on the diagonal (refer to fig 1).

2.  Fold paper in half again on the diagonal (refer to fig 2).

3.  Fold paper in half one more time (refer to fig 3).

4.  Your paper should now look like fig 4.

5.  Trace one of the templates you printed out onto the folded paper (refer to fig 5).

6.  Cut the shape out making sure not to cut the folds.  For example, in fig 5 you would only cut on the aqua lines.

7.  Carefully unfold paper to reveal your kirigami creation.

Kirigami Leaf Patterns

kirigami leaf patterns 3 Use the kirigami for doilies, to decorate windows or to make into a garland.

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