Christmas will be here before you know it! Yaaaay! I make the majority of my gifts and decor, so I have to get started as early as possible in order to get everything done. As with anything I make, I try to recycle and reuse as many materials as possible. With a little imagination, it's really not necessary to spend lots of money or contribute to waste in order to create beautiful new decorations that make a huge impact. My first project for this Christmas is a recycled book page mini-tree. Here's how you can make your own.
While it's still in the upper 90s in the hot South, it doesn't stop me from dreaming of cooler weather, hoodies and nighttime football games. Unfortunately, I've been too busy melting away in the heat to prep a new "Fall" themed project for you guys. Fortunately, I still have an awesome, DIY pumpkin project that I did last year and a network of awesome, super, crafty friends that have many projects to share with you, so let's roll!
What do you do when your daughter tells you she has a costume party in an hour but doesn't have a costume? It happened to me about an hour and half ago....and of course she still had to do stuff like shower, text a million people, round up her chauffeur (aka Dad), travel there and etc . I was left with about 15 minutes to work with. Last minute DIY costume, here we come! I decided to try to turn her into my favorite animal (a cat) with the time and supplies I had.
My husband is part of the first generation of his family that was born in the United States. Over the years we have found a happy blend of family traditions when it comes to decorating for Christmas. In a previous post I discussed traditional Swedish Christmas ornaments and showed you how to make a Swedish Advent Star (see: How to Create Swedish Advent Stars Using Recycled Book Pages). Today I would like to share with you another decorative Swedish item that can be made with book pages and other recycled materials: the Dalahäst or Dala horse.
When I was working 40 plus hours a week on the top of juggling three kids, I often bought pricey birthday gifts in a mad dash. The shift from "working mom" to "stay-at-home mom" has given me more time and has even somewhat forced me to be more creative and selective in the gift giving process. I am actually thankful for that because now my gifts mean so much more in the grand scheme of things. This is how my youngest daughter and I decided to tackle the challenge of creating a small but thoughtful birthday gift in two days on a tight budget. We allotted one day for shopping and one day for putting it together.
My Mother was a pro at making something out of nothing. When I was a little girl, she taught me how to remove the yolks & whites from inside an egg without crushing the shell. She would use the eggs to make breakfast and then paint the shells. She was an amazing oil painter and an avid reader. I unfortunately didn't get her amazing painting skills but did get a dose of her creativity and a love for reading. So, I decided to create some decorative book page eggs in memory of her. Here's looking at you, Mom! :)