Thursday, August 22, 2013

Witches Stitches - 3 Easy Ornaments

The Holidays are coming up and we are going to be decorating our homes with great looking handmade items. Here are a few ideas for some very easy ornaments.

1 – Paper cones. These are very Victorian and look great on a tree. All you have to do is find a great antique holiday image and print it out on card stock paper of your choice. After you print it out cut around the image in a long triangle form. Now take the shape you just cut out and place it on top of another piece of card stock. Sew the two together leaving the top open. Cut the back piece to match the front. You now have a paper cone. Take a bit of fiberfill and place it in the bottom to hold it open slightly. Now place holiday greens in the cone.  Use a piece of wire or pretty ribbon for handle by gluing it into the inside sides. I use white glue; you could also use your glue gun. It takes minutes to make these and they look so wonderful on the tree or hung in the panes of you window.

2 – Very Prim Candy Canes. These are so easy, yet really look Prim. All you have to do is purchase a pack of red pipe cleaners and one of white.  You can get them for very little at your local craft store. Take one white and one red and now twist them together. You will see right away how they start to look like a candy cane.  Make a strong cup of instant coffee and run your twisted red and white pipe cleaner through it. Now take your fingers and run them down the pipe cleaner squeezing the extra liquid out. This also leaves it looking like it has been around for years. Now set it aside on a paper towel to dry. When it is dry cut the pipe cleaner twist in half. Now just bend the top into candy cane shape. These look great on a small tree or in the hand of a prim snowman.  If you want to make a long one do not cut it in half and use 4 pipe cleaners, 2 of each color so it is thicker.

3 – An easy window decoration is as follows. Take a few clippings from your Christmas tree, or from any extra greens you may have. They should be about 6” long. Bundle 3 of these together and tie it with matching green sewing thread. Now add one of the candy canes you just made with a bit of red thread.  This will give you a branch bundle with an antique looking candy cane on it. Make a few and hang them in the panes of your window. Do not place them in every section; just do maybe 3 per window. These are so simple, yet look so good. You can use tiny suction cups to hang them.

If you have any questions please give me a shout.  Have a great day.