Monday, November 28, 2011

Make it Monday

Well how was everyone's Thanksgiving? Due to the holiday I decided to take a break for a bit. Working in education I had the blessing to have the week off to enjoy my family and friends. I also was able to complete a TON of projects that you will get to see in the weeks ahead.

Yesterday my girl friends and I had our Holiday DIY party. A few weeks before each holiday we have been getting together to hold a Do It Yourself party. Each time a different friend hosts the party. Each girl (we keep it small only 4-5 girls) brings a completed project and enough supplies for everyone else to make the same or similar project. So you bring 5 of the same undone projects and leave with 5 different finished projects. We also bring our kids for a big play date, usually my mom will keep an eye on them for us while we create. Everyone also brings something to snack on too.

Today's Make It Monday is a rundown of the awesome projects of our Holiday DIY party.

1) Fabric Christmas Trees
This was a Pinterest find like all my projects. In fact I think all of our projects were. I would have made a tutorial for you but Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange did such a great job I will just send you to her. I found these to be fairly easy to make but I don't know if all of the girls would agree with me. I think the toughest part is getting and keeping the fabric smooth. I am pretty thrilled at how mine turned out though. They do take a bit if patience.

2) Felt Pointsetta Pillow Case
The picture defiantly does not give this justice. These are beautiful in real life. These are easy to make but are time consuming. Luckily we had all of the pieces cut for us and the pillow case was sewn and ready to be appliqued. Generally, you make a plain pillow case (or buy one if your not a sewing type of girl. Cut out three sizes of petals. Hand stitch a line of thick tread down the middle gather and knot on each end. When you complete all of the petrels you hot glue them on (you could sew it on but we were in for quick). Add some jingle bells to the center and there you go.

3) Clothes Pin Card Holder
Talk about cheap and easy, this one was it! Open up a wire coat hanger. Spray paint clothes pins and string them onto the rounded coat hangers. Alternate beads with the clothes pins to give the cards space. When you get to the top leave yourself a little room. Push the wire through the ending beads wrap and glue ribbon on the coat hanger to connect the ends. Add a bow and a piece to hang with. So cute!

4) Christmas Wreath
These are always fun and easy to make. Get a plain wreath and embellish it with ribbon, bells ornaments and whatever reminds you of Christmas. Be careful though these can get expensive quick so the more you put on the pricier it gets. Quick tip, go to the Dollar Store first to get your supplies to help you stay on budget.

5) Christmas Notebook
This is a simple project that I had not heard of or thought of. Just get a notebook and embellish with scrapbook paper and such. Tab out sections for recipes, projects, gift ideas, etc. To keep track of your Holiday plans.

This is such a fun time I highly suggest you do this with your friends. It is so fun to see the projects that people bring and how different each project ends up even with the same set of supplies. It also is a cheap and fun way to add to your Holiday Decor.

Have a great Monday!

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