Thursday, November 24, 2016

Making Christmas Decorations

A while ago I read a blog that reminded me of a childhood craft. I picked up a Christmas magazine at a church sale, looked online for easy directions, Squido had a picture sequence for folding the pages to make a tree. The magazine from the church sale had 243 pages ! 

What was I thinking of !
Folded magazine pages to make a Christmas Tree.
I added a star on a wire stem.

Here are my picture sequences:

Kept folding, taking breaks, folding some more etc., and finally finished.

Clipped the ends together, then glued the first and last pages to keep the tree shape, added a silver sparkle star with a wire. 


Project # 2:

Angie from Knick of Time used a crate, tree branches and white lights for a decoration - here is my version of her great idea.

Used a thrifted basket, added the stencilled word DREAM (stencil from Michael's) and used chalk-clay paint - Johnston Daffodil - from CeCe Caldwell and a stencil brush. Cleaned up any smudged edges with a damp Q-tip.  

Rummaged around in my Christmas bins, found two round lighted circles, removed the strings of red and green tiny lights and arranged them in the basket then added holly branches bought a the church sale last weekend. Plugged in. Christmas decoration finished. Added a wooden soldier with wooden children to the scene.

Project # 3:

Making bouquets using a mix of shiny Christmas wire stemmed decorations on hand.

Picked out 3 branches that looked good together, wired the stems together, added them to various pretty containers, grouped.

Project # 4:

I had a rusty tree saw (from a church sale) and decided to add SOAR on one side and IMAGINE on the other. Used Hemp Oil (MMS) for the finish.

The plants are layered at the window - I brought in 3 red Amaryllis (that I may have summered successfully in my garden) - the rain has been almost daily for 2+ months but they don't feel soft. The Christmas Cactus spent the summer and autumn outside too and that seems to make them want to bloom. The Cyclamen on the left was a gift at my Mom's funeral (March 28, 2012) and I am so happy that it keeps on blooming.


One month from the 25th and it will be Christmas.

Each day and then each month 

has raced by this year. 

Thank you for visiting today.

Featured by:

Jody of Rooted in Thyme Dec 1/16

Linda H of Reviews, Chews and How To's Dec 1/16

Donna of Funky Junk Interiors Dec 2/16

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  1. I really like your Christmas tree I can not believe it is now one month to Christmas eve!

  2. Lovely vignette you've done. The basket is a great idea.

  3. Hi, Joy. Love the book. I've always wanted to do one! Yours came out great! Best wishes, Linda


  4. I made a book tree a few years ago, a friend showed me how. I love the idea of using the magazine as you get the nice colours on the finished tree.

  5. Love all these projects. I've made the folded Christmas trees before, they are kind of a pain but so cute. I made mine from an old paperback book but I like it with a magazine too!


  6. How cute! I've never done this before.

  7. Very lovely christmas decor! My favourite is that tree, I want to really try this too! I'm happy you shared it at Sweet Inspiration this week, Thank you!

  8. Hello, lovely decorating ideas. I like the tree and the cute dream basket. Wonderful post, thanks for sharing. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  9. Your little tree is adorable...seems I am too rushed this year to do one...maybe next year. Happy Pinks..

  10. Joy, oh JOY ... I love your decorations. I would never have the patience to do that magazine tree, but I love yours. My favorite is the Dream basket. I plan to copy the idea if I have time. You are so creative.
    Audrey Z.

  11. I would love to do a few trees for my kids' school library. Doubt I can make them as cute as yours look though.


  12. You have been busy Joy! I made some trees from books a few years ago and they were fun. I still use them each year. I also stenciled on a few saws and gave some as gifts. All of your projects are great! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.

  13. I have to give that magazine tree a try. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Such cute ideas! I can remember making magazine trees when I was little too.... I'm going to have find some magazines and make those with my boys this year.

  15. I think these are so neat. Have seen them aroundd, but never brave enough to make one.

  16. Such great tutorials, explained so well, we can all follow easily. I plan on trying the folded tree creation if it works for me I'll share on my blog if it doesn't I'll keep quiet!
    Happy Mosaic Monday.

  17. What good ideas for Christmas decorating. Thanks for showing how you did them, too.

  18. Isn't it amazing what we can create with simple objects already on hand? Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

  19. I would love to try to make one of the trees by folding the magazine! I think they look so pretty. And I love the Dream project...of course! Hugs!

  20. Hi Joy, The words you stencil is just who you are. You dream and imagine the most creative and lovely things. The folded Christmas tree is awesome. I can't imaging how long it must have taken. Love the finished tree so much.
    Thank you for your sweet comment and Happy Blue Monday.

  21. Joy, I love your magazine tree! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm--pinned!

  22. Working with recycled items is so satisfying. I really like the stenciled basket project.

  23. Love how you recycled an old magazine and that saw. They are gorgeous Joy, you did an incredible job!

  24. Great projects one and all. Thank you for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

  25. That tree is precious. Thanks for linking to Monday Social. It's all darling.

  26. Your magazine tree looks great, Joy. I made one a couple of years ago using an old book. They are fun to make. Pinning.

  27. I love how crafty you are! The stenciled sayings are lovely when paired with the plants, saws, and glass containers. I have a small pitcher just like that. I grew up with my mom serving us milk and other drinks in one just like it, and had to replace mine at least once over the years. So, it was nostalgic to me to see it used as a vase. I also thought that magazine tree looked awesome, but very time-consuming. It came out great, though!

  28. Hi,
    Thanks for bringing your post to the Blogger's Pit Stop last week.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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