Saturday, July 9, 2011

CHRISTMAS IN JULY 2011: WEEKEND CRAFT PROJECTS

I love books and reading, hence The True Book Addict moniker and the festive book header of this blog.  So I'm always looking for bookmark crafts to make for myself or as gifts.  I found this ultra-simple bookmark craft at MarthaStewart.com.

Make a bookmark

Sometimes when we wrap presents, there are always scraps of wrapping paper left over that are usually large enough that we don't want to throw them away, but too small to wrap anything but the smallest of presents.  Well, here's a simple craft project to put those scraps to use.  Here is all you have to do:

  • Cut a rectangle from an old cereal box and glue on the wrap.  Punch a hole about a quarter of an inch from the top and insert a ribbon of your choice.  This craft will work great for Christmas-themed bookmarks or for other occasions using birthday or all occasion wrapping paper.  I can't wait to try it!

Check this POST for more homemade bookmark ideas.

Another gorgeous craft from MarthaStewart.com.

Present Wreath

How to:

  • Unwrap a new wreath idea this year. Cover small containers, such as old jewelry boxes, with weatherproof paper, which will hold up outdoors, unlike wrapping paper; seal with all-weather tape. Add decorative bands in contrasting colors, if desired, and tie with ribbon. Attach to a flat wooden wreath form (ours is 18 inches) using a hot-glue gun. Affix a satin bow.
  • I think this would be a nice one to display indoors too.  In that case, you could wrap the boxes in regular Christmas wrap.
I love this one! So simple, yet elegant.

Glitter Candles

How to:
  • These candles light up the room even without a flame, thanks to a dusting of superfine metallic glitter. To make: Place a few in a large box and coat with spray adhesive (sold at crafts stores). Spoon glitter over the candles to coat; let dry overnight. (from MarthaStewart.com)

I love this next idea because it can be relatively inexpensive now that holiday baby/small child socks can be obtained at Dollar Tree, Deals, or even Target's dollar section.  It's simple and it has the makings for a holiday tradition.

Baby Sock Advent Calendar

Wonderful things come in small packages. This hanging Advent calendar assembled from baby socks is full of great things, and it's the perfect way to mark the season for a baby or an older child. A collection of stray socks or a mix of new ones in festive colors looks adorable dangling from a ribbon along a mantle or railing. Stuff each mini stocking with an age-appropriate toy. Then, starting on December 1, take down one sock a day, and let your child pull out the surprise inside (clip socks back onto the ribbon after gifts have been removed). The 24 days before Christmas are sure to sail by.

Tools and Materials:

24 socks
Ribbon
Number stickers
Round stickers
Pushpins
Mini clothespins
  • Gather 24 socks -- singles or 12 pairs -- in colors that go well together (vary the sizes, if you like). Lay them out in the order you want to hang them, leaving spaces in between.
  • Cut the ribbon to the desired length; to find how long it should be, measure across the row of socks and add 12 inches (ours was 72 inches).
  • Use number stickers to label each sock. If one has a busy pattern, place the number on top of a solid round sticker so that it's easier to read.
  • Tack the ends of the ribbon to a railing or mantle; if you like, you can fasten the ribbon in several places to make a few swags.
  • Use mini clothespins to clip the socks to the ribbon; overlap them if you need to save space.
  • Tuck a gift inside each. If the item is heavy, use a larger clothespin to secure the sock.
Note: Gifts must be small enough to fit in tiny socks but safe for your child's age. Choose bath toys, pacifiers, or blocks for a baby; pencils, notebooks, and toys for an older kid.


Read more at Marthastewart.com: Easy Christmas Crafts, Homemade Gifts, Gift-Wrapping Ideas - Martha Stewart 

I hope you enjoyed these fun projects today.  If you don't have time this weekend or later this month, you can come back and do them closer to the holidays.

Always in spirit....

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