Thursday, December 1, 2011

Whimsical Christmas wreath

This is a fun wreath I put together last Christmas.  It reminds me of Whoville.   I love whimsical Christmas decor!  The wreath is so simple and cheap!  I got a wreath form at the Dollar store, then just cut and tied tulle all around it.  I used about 1 yard of red tulle and one yard of green.  I cut it into strips about 3 inches wide and 10 inches long.  I like it pretty full, so I tied and bunched until it covered the entire wreath form.  Then I added a few ribbon pieces throughout to add that little extra.  I love how it turned out! I did a smaller one for Halloween too, check it out here.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

A few fun turkey time ideas my kids had fun with this month:
We did the good old trace your hand and color like a turkey (does that ever get old-I don't think so :).  We printed a turkey from the internet and decorated it with beans.  The girls loved that!  We used the words THANKFUL and BLESSINGS to come up with things we're thankful for using each letter.  ( I can't remember the real English class term for that....)
 This is a fun one!  Maybe I'm the last to know about this trick, but this was the first time I have ever done it.  Find a good leaf in the yard and place it face down on the table, then simply place a piece of paper over it and color with a peeled crayon.  I love, loved how these turned out!
                                                   Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Rain gutter Book Shelves

We have loads of kids books around here and I needed a good way to display some of our more frequent reads.  Something that my 3 year old could easily access, something cute, and inexpensive.  The answer:  Rain gutter book shelves!  These absolutely fit the bill.  They look like crown molding, and are surprisingly sturdy.  

With the help of my husband of course, we had these up in less than an hour.  We just measured and cut to the size we wanted.  If I remember right, this is only one length of rain gutter, cut to 3 shelves!  One length is around $6!  The end caps are $2 or $3 a piece; but the total cost is still very inexpensive.  We used 3 anchors and screws  to attach them to the wall and they have worked perfectly!  I love them so much I think I'm going to put one above each girls bed for their bedtime reading.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Tulle Halloween wreath

 This is an inexpensive, super fun wreath for Halloween!  I did one like this for Christmas last year and loved it so much I had to make one for Halloween too.  I found a small wreath form at the Dollar Store and spray painted it black. 
 I used about 3/4 yard of black and probably 1/2 yard orange tulle.  I folded the tulle accordion style and cut into 3 inch wide strips. I didn't measure each cut, I just estimated; perfection is overrated...
 Next, I wrapped the 3 inch wide strips around a cutting board and cut along the top length to get 10 inch strips.  Then I simply started tying the strips around the wreath and added some ribbon.  Love it!

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