Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Random Christmas (or anytime!) Craft

Happy Hump Day, Friends!

First up... congratulations to AMANDA (beach.girl email address)!  You won the Usborne Books store credit! WOO HOO!!!  I sent you an email last night - get back to me today so I can get you the credit.  So fun!!!

Back in August I shared an easy tutorial for braided headbands made from fabric scraps.  I like to use them as part of my gift wrapping as well...

I had a random thought this week, that I could take some of my scraps and make a braided garland for G's Christmas tree in her room.  So.... I loaded up some old clothes and set to work while I waited for Luke to finish in the tech lab (his after school program). He BEGS to stay late on tech lab days so I obliged :)

I cut some strips of scraps with no real rhyme or reason.  I cut them wider than I did when I made the headbands, just so the braid would be thicker.


...knotted them together...

... and started braiding!

When a piece ran out, I just tied on another strip of different fabric.  I used mismatchy fabrics and didn't try to hide the tied ends.  I did decide to use the pink fabric throughout the entire garland...

It took me less than 20 minutes and I love the little bit of "flair it added to Griffin's tree.

All of her ornaments are from Target last year and kind of have a "boho/eclectic" look that I love.  I wanted to add some sparkly ball ornaments to it this year as well, but I'll wait until they're on sale at the end of the season ;)





 I was tempted to do a regular garland with lights in here as well, but I refrained (I know, shocking!).  By next Christmas her "big girl room" will be done and I'll be ALL over it then :)
For now it's just the little tree, the Little People nativity and some Christmas board books.  And a mess.  :)  Her room was picked up, but in true 20-month old fashion, I turned around and all the blocks were out and the nativity was scattered. And apparently Mason was shirtless ;)
  

And since several of y'all asked last week when I did my "Questions Answered post" - this is how I store Griffin's headbands.  It's command hooks hung horizontally with wire between.  The clips are IKEA curtain clips.

Her headwraps are on this random little screen (with hooks) that I found at HomeGoods one time.


So there you have it!  A super fun, easy and FREE craft!  Think Christmas tree garland, draped on a chalkboard, hung with a banner, tied on a gift, etc!


19 comments:

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    1. Right?!?! holiday colors?? Team colors??? The possibilities are endless! :)

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  2. Ahhhh! I love sweet G's tree!!! And listen, you are the craftiest person I know. You blow my mind friend :).

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    1. Hahaha. Thank you! Glad I could blow your mind a bit :)

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  3. You know I am a fan!! So cute!! I am totally keeping this in mind for next year!!

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  4. Your creativity just blows me away! You are so talented girl!!!!

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    1. Thank you! Can Ebby Lee braid??? She might have fun making something like this!

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  6. Love Griffin's tree and garland. You are so talented!!!!

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  7. So creative! My daughter's art teacher taught the kids to make a braided rope/garland like you did. Then she had them wind it in a pinwheel, sewing a stitch here and there to hold it together. It made a nice place mat or rug, depending on how big you made it. I sure enjoy your blog!

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  8. I definitely want to try this! Very cool! Do you just use old clothes you have or pick some up at the thrift store?

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  9. Love Griffin's tree.. Sooo adorable! You should start posting more tutorial videos! I loved your scarf video :)

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  10. What a cute and festive idea. I like that the tree does not scream green and red but still looks festive! Would Do you think that textured material works too or would you not be able to see the weave as well? Thank you for sharing! Heather (www.thebrothersmama.blogspot.com)

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