A Merry Little Holiday House

How to make A Merry Little Holiday House.

A cute little holiday decoration using the Eileen Hull House Ornament Die.

Perfect for gift giving.  Just add a small battery operated tea light and see it glow.

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Directions:

  • Cut two pieces of Red and Black Buffalo Plaid paper 6″ x 8″.
  • Run both pieces of paper design side up through the Xyron Creative Station*.  As the paper moves through the Creative Station it adds adhesive to the underneath side of the paper.  You get full and complete adhesive covering on the paper.
  • Cut two pieces of Mat Board* 6″ x 8″.
  • Adhere the buffalo plaid paper onto each one of the mat board.  (underneath will be plain)

  • Lay covered matboard on top of the house ornament die and sandwich it between two sizzix cutting plates.  Run the die, mat board and cutting plates through the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine*.  The Big Shot will cut out the house shape and two tiny houses that you can use on a later project.
  • Cut two houses shapes.

A Merry Little Holiday House bits and pieces.

  • Carefully fold on the scored lines.
  • Cut off the top tab with the two holes on both houses.  (This tab is used if you want to make it an ornament.)
  • You will also need to cut the bottom flap from one of the houses.
  • Use Super Glue to assemble the house. Glue all sides of the house together before gluing the roof tabs.  Leave bottom tab unglued so that you can add a small battery operated tea light.

  • For the Roof:  Cut a piece of Black Corrugated paper 2 1/2″ x 4″.  Fold in half and glue to top of the roof.
  • Place two small pieces of white matboard over the window section of the ornament house die and run through the big shot die cutting machine.  Trim around matboard to create two small windows.  Glue windows frames onto house.

  • Add the “Merry” chipboard sticker from the Christmas Market Chipboard Accents to the front of the house.
  • Make wreath out of a 6″ piece of the craft pine stem.
  • Create a small bow from the red twine and glue onto front of wreath.
  • Glue wreath to front of the house.

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Let it Snow Painted Canvas

A Simple DIY Holiday Canvas

Christmas came early for the Xyron Design Team  and I love a good present.

We all received a wonderful box of paints and supplies from Derwent Academy.

It’s been a while since I’ve painted with acrylics on canvas so I decided to keep it

simple and festive.

I painted my canvas with a mixture of Cerulean Blue, Phthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue

and Titanium White.  I was going for a “snowy sky”.

I added a few stenciled snowflakes on the corners and then splattered the canvas with

titanium white paint using an old toothbrush.   (I kept it really simple)

I used random chipboard letters and painted them with a mixture of Cobalt Blue and

Purple Violet to make them all match.

After the letters had dried, I stamped them with silver ink.

I used my Xyron 9″Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the chipboard letters

before adhering them to my canvas.  I even used it on the large white wood snowflake.

I added the canvas to an antiqued silver frame for a cute Holiday Decoration.

Here’s the Derwent links to the products I used:

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Making More Sock Snowmen

It looks like everyone’s in love with making sock snowman.

They’re really easy to make, with so many ways to add personality

And…I just can’t seem to stop making these cute little guys.

This year, to add to the mix,  I decided to create a Snow family.

Mom, Dad, a couple kids, all made from socks.

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Here’s how I made my Snowman:

  1. Tea dye a new white sock, crew length or bigger.  Or if you have boys you could use one of their dingy ones.  (It’s better not to use a sock with the grey toe and heel.)
  2. Cut the top of the sock off, right around the heel.
  3. Turn the sock inside out and attach a rubber-band tightly around the top of the sock.  Because rubber bands wear out with time, I added a good squirt of Beacon Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive* in and around the rubber band.  (I left the rubber band on)
  4. Turn the sock right side out and fill sock about 1/2 way with rice.
  5. Fill the remaining portion of the sock with fiber-fill.
  6. Wrap a piece of twine or string tightly around the top of the sock to close the sock.
  7. Tie a piece of twine about 1/3 down around sock to create the head.
  8. I used mini black buttons for his eyes, the tip of a bamboo skewer colored orange for his nose and a simple sewn black thread for his mouth.  I purchased a small felt hat from JoAnn’s Fabrics for Dad’s hat.  I added a band around the hat using a small folded piece of flannel.
  9.  For the flannel hat… Cut a piece of flannel that will go around the head of the snowman.  Create a band on the hat by adding and gluing a fold on the long end of the flannel.  Glue flannel together to create a “tube”.  Allow to fully dry.  Glue onto snowman.  Tie top of the tube with twine to create hat. Trim if needed.
  10. Dress with Snowman with part of an old sock.  Add a couple of buttons for added detail.  A  fringed piece of fabric works great for the scarf.
  11. For the kids… I used the left over piece of sock from the original snowman to create a smaller version.

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And because I’m really into Red Buffalo Plaid again this year…

I made this cute little Snow Couple too.

The Snowmen measure approximately 7 1/2″ .

 

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Holiday Joy

I love using the word “JOY” in my holiday decorating.
It’s one of my favorite words.  Who doesn’t need a little more “JOY” in their life.
The Joy Frame is a Quick and Easy Holiday Home Décor Project.

 

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Directions:

  1. Remove the backing and glass from an old frame and spray paint it black.  My frame holds an 8 1/2 x 11 picture.
  2. Cut the scrapbook paper to size and add to frame.
  3. Paint the chipboard letters red.
  4. Stencil Snowflake design onto the red letters with cream paint.
  5. Apply a light coat of red paint over the snowflakes.
  6. Antique the letters with Vintage Photo ink and ink applicator.
  7. Glue inside of frame.
  8. Embellish frame with some greenery and a red and cream gingham bow.
Craft Confession:
My original plan was to have cream snowflakes on red letters.  After I got through with the stenciling, I thought the snowflakes looked too bright so I decided to re-paint the letters.   As soon as I put on the first thin layer of paint, I loved the tone on tone result.  Happy Accident!
This project was created for and sponsored by Clear Scraps.

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