Monday, 3. December 2012
Welcome to our Rustic Country Christmas. I have really been into the rustic, industrial look this year and created quite a few piece for my home.
DIY Barbed Wire Wreath
DIY Industrial Candle Holders
DIY Homemade Wood Stain
I gathered some of my favorite things from around the house like the bucket full of pussy willows (above) and my sweet little angel (below).
I usually make a few new things just for each new Christmas theme. This year I made a bunch of ornaments (some I have shared already and some I will share soon). I also made this Noel sign.
This was super easy to make and a lot of fun too . I bought the wooden squares at Hobby Lobby. I had Handy Hubby drill some holes in the upper corners for me. I stained them with a light stain. I used a few grapevines from my backyard to make the letters. I used a little dark wood stain on the vines to make them easier to read before I hot glued them to the squares. I strung the sign up with a little twine.
Since I do a new Christmas theme each year I only buy one or two new things each year. The nativity scene (above) is one of the things I bought. I placed it in a wicker picnic basket I had around the house and filled it with raffia. I will show you the other thing I bought very soon.
Thank you for stopping in to share my Rustic County Christmas mantel. I hope your season is merry and bright so far. Happy Holidays everyone!
Tuesday, 27. November 2012
Today I want to share a quick and easy, no-cost project. This is a star I made out of grapevines from my back yard. All I had to do is cut a few vines and shape them into a star. I then used a little twine to tie the points of the star together. I used a little dental floss to hang it up. I like to use dental floss because it is almost invisible and very strong.
Hopefully I will have all my Christmas decorating done soon. I can’t wait to share our Rustic Country Christmas with you.
Saturday, 17. November 2012
Today I want to share another homemade Christmas ornament for our Rustic Country Christmas.
These bandana stars were quick and easy to make. I bought pre-cut wooden stars from Hobby Lobby. They cost about $4.50 for a dozen. I bought four sheets of bandana print scrapbook paper for a total of $1.76. The first thing I did was have my sweet Handy Hubby drill holes in each star. Then I decoupaged the stars with the bandana paper. I painted the edges of the stars (where the paper didn’t cover) red.
I tied a bit of twine to the star so I could hang it on the tree (my holly tree in the backyard). I have a few more projects to make and share before I set the tree up next weekend. Have a happy weekend everyone
Monday, 12. November 2012
Today I wanted to share one of the decorations I’ve been working on this week.
I bought a bag of one dozen styrofoam ball from Hobby Lobby. The cost was about $4.77. I had some cream-colored burlap material on hand. I cut the burlap big enough to be able to wrap all the way around the ball.
After I had the excess material gathered at the top, I tied it with some raffia (I had the raffia on hand).
I used a little clothes pin to attach the ornament to the tree (this is the holly tree in my backyard as my Christmas tree is not up yet). So all in all, I was able to make one dozen burlap Christmas ornaments in about an hour and for around $7.50.
Thursday, 8. November 2012
I know it is a little early to start putting Christmas decorations up. I really just needed some place out-of-the-way to let the two little trees on the left dry, but they looked lonely so I kept adding and well… before I knew it, half my mantel was done.
To make these trees, I bought two little styrofoam cones at Hobby Lobby. I sprayed the one furthest left with some spray adhesive and then wrapped it with a sheet of moss, trimming the excess. I spray painted the tree second to the left green. When it was dry, I gave it a good coating of spray adhesive and then I covered it with loose spanish moss. I just kept spraying and sticking the moss on until I was happy with the results. It helps to wear disposable gloves when working with the spray adhesive.
The large yarn tree in the middle was a centerpiece on my Christmas table last year. If you’d like the tutorial please click here. You may remember my little reindeer from my Homemade Wood Stain post.
My husband bought me a scroll saw recently. I hope to have the time for him to teach me how to use it this weekend. I want to get going on the rest of my decorations so I will have everything ready to go up Thanksgiving weekend, our traditional time to decorate for Christmas.