Project number 1 - Table Top Christmas Topiary
As much as I'd love the take the credit for this idea I can't. I saw it on TipJunkie. I made a few minor changes, such as I wasn't about to use glass ball ornaments around my house with the children running around. I probably would have been broken faster than it took me to make it.
|I bought one 4 inch and two 3 inch pots, a 5 inch and two 4 inch foam balls, dowel rod, and two packages of garland.|
|Paint your pots, I choose green and red.|
|I then covered the foam balls with left over fabric I had from a dress I made. I used a low temp hot glue gun to get the fabric to stick.|
|Covered and ready to go!|
|I couldn't find any plastic ornaments, but I did find this great garland and bonus it was much cheaper than buying ornaments.|
|I was hoping to make 3 of these but I miscalculated exactly how much I would need to cover one of the foam balls. It worked out though, I need one of the balls to put in to the flower pot so the topiary would stand up.|
This is the finished product. Even though it didn't turn out how I planned I think it looks pretty good. And I was still able to use the smaller flower pot and left over beads from the garland. =)
Project number 2 for the day!
Stocking Hangers. I was looking for stocking hangers and really was thinking I was going to get the heavy kind that sit on top of the mantel. Then I started thinking of kids pulling on the stocking and trips to the ER after they get hit in the head by basiclly a paper weight with a hook attached. Well that wouldn't do. So in all my online searching I found these.
Then I saw the price and figured somebody has had to figure out a way to make these at home. So I found The Many Faces of Mom's Blog
So now for less and a buck each I have 8 stocking hangers. They are so easy to make I decided to make them for when the extended family come we can hang their stockings also.
Now I just need to get the stockings made!