Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Easy DIY Christmas card display frame using vintage bump chenille

Alright, chick-a-dees. This is a seriously easy DIY that packs a nice graphic punch of vintage textual flair. Say "hello, vintage bump chenille garland".
If you've never experienced chenille (fancy pipe-cleaners), get some. It is oh-so petable.

Ok, anyways, in all likelihood you have a nice stream of Christmas cards coming in. If you are like me and want to display them in a way that looks a bit more intentional than scotch tape on the wall AND only expend 20 minutes of your time, this project is for you.

SUPPLIES: picture frame, vintage bump chenille garland (available on Etsy), staple gun, spray paint (optional), clips

The frame is from a thrift store. It had a goose picture in it that was so dated I'm not even going to share it. Since the frame was plain wood, I spritzed it with gold spray paint for extra holiday dazzle.

 Once dry, I flipped the frame over and stapled the chenille in a zig-zag pattern.
As you can see, I alternated where the chenille was stapled to give it some dimension.
To display the card, you can either weave them into the chenille or use clips.
I snatched some of the DIY chip clips from the kitchen to hold the cards but I think that glitterfied clothes pins would be super cute as well.

That is how to show off your seasonal snail mail!

On the other hand, if you are like me and have not mailed out any cards yet (*shame*) there is hope. Are you familiar with Treat? They have super adorable, customizable cards that can be ordered up to December 19. Definitely something to take advantage of or, for all you non-procrastinators, remember for next year.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Porch

After decorating the mantle, putting festive bits and bobs on the front porch is definitely one of my favorite things. Part of the thrill is probably still new home-owner giddiness but part of it is nostalgia. Growing up, we didn't have AC so in the summers we spent a lot of time on our porch. A LOT of time. I can't even tell you how many library books I read rocking in my parents porch swing. 
Now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure there were even a few times where my sister and I hauled all our construction paper and kiddie craft supplies out on the porch. (Life foreshadowing?) We might have abandoned the mess once our art projects were properly bedazzled but more likely we cleaned everything up and did NOT leave sticker sheets to blow around the neighborhood ;) 

Anyways, all that to say I LOVE porches! And I have a porch! And it's currently decorated to feel like cozy Christmas!

Want to know a secret? This whole setup is primarily our firewood. It's strategically placed in a cute vintage wagon with bits of greenery and a few pine cones to look like it took lots of effort and thought, but it really didn't. Nothing complicated or expensive. The best part - after Christmas we will burn the wood and have almost nothing to store that we don't use for other things! 

Christmas JOY door banner 
I feel a bit like I'm bragging about reinventing the wheel since the door-banner wreath-alternative idea has been around for a few ages but, by golly, I MADE this one and I'm going to show it off!

So, like I said, I made it.
Once upon a time that golden corduroy was a pair of pants. I enjoyed wearing them until the back pocket ripped out. It was a sad day when that happened, but now the memory of the pants lives on in the banner. A banner that has a polka dot backing, making it way better than a pair of pants.
I made the pompom using cotton string. If you want to learn how to make pompoms, go to Pinterest. There are literally 1000s of tutorials.
The wooden letters were purchased at Hob Lob, painted, and embellished with reclaimed wooden bits. I hot glued them to the banner.
As for the hanging apparatus, I stuck a couple wooden knobs on a trimmed down kabob stick and gave them a spritz with the paint.

That about wraps it up for the outside. Christmas is kinda the best, yeah?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014