Purple Hues and Me

Friday, December 19, 2014

3D Cardboard Christmas Tree

Ok, remember the 3D cutouts we made as kids?  When I made one back in the fall in the shape of a pumpkin I knew I would be making another one for Christmas, this time in the shape of a tree.  I think we all made 3D trees for Christmas way back when.  

Cardboard cutouts is a great recycle way to use some of  the boxes we accumulate during the holidays.  I had a couple of large pieces of cardboard 17" x 13" I found in some packing.  I decided to make a contemporary tabletop tree with straight lines.

Materials used:
  • Corrugated cardboard - (2) 17"x13"
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • xacto knife
  • 2 1/2" circle
  • Snow-Tex*
  • 3 - 2 1/2" unbreakable ornaments
  • glitter (optional)


1.  First, find the center of the cardboards 13" width at 6 1/2" and draw lines down to the ends at the bottom, left and right, forming a triangle. Do the same for the second piece.

2.  Cutout using an xacto knife.

3.  Draw a center line slot, one from the top down stopping half way on one tree, and draw one from the bottom up to the center on the other and cutout.

4.  Draw three 2 1/2" circles on one form and cutout. 

5.  Use the cutout openings to draw on second tree form for an exact match and cutout. Slide the two pieces together to form a dimensional tree that stands on its' own.

6.  Cover cardboard with snow-tex*  (because I didn't have enough snow-tex for complete coverage, I used spackling that I had on hand thinking that would be ok - this proved to be a BIG mistake.  The cardboard kind of bowed and cracked on a couple of ends as the spackling dried). Lesson learned. 

7.  I used a knife to spread the paste on and then took the back of a spoon to add texture.

8.  I wanted to add glitter while the spackling was wet but the paste made the cardboard damp and fragile so I skipped that and just allowed the whole tree to dry overnight with hope of salvaging this project.

9.  Add unbreakable 2 1/2" ornaments to the openings.

Luckily, I was able to salvage this craft that I ended up calling my Charlie Brown tree since it's kind of bowed. If you're asking why I used spackling instead of going out and buying more Snow-Tex it's because I saw a Lowe's video using caulking on cone trees that looked pretty good so I thought spackling would have the same results - but I was wrong.

I do think this is a wonderful recycle cardboard Christmas project and the tree looks great too!

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Holiday Crafting!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ruffled Foam Sheets & Glitter Christmas Tree Cones

I've made my share of decorated Christmas tree cones.  I think someone could easily do a post on 1001 ways to decorate a cone tree.  

To add to this, I'm showing you yet another way a cone tree can be decorated using foam sheets and glitter.  This is totally a diy craft starting with making the cone out of poster board, cutting out circles of foam sheets, turning the circles into ruffles using an iron, sprinkling the glue coated edges with glitter and finally gluing the ruffles on the cone tree with hot glue.  That's all it takes to make this easy and elegantly looking tree. 

To start, it was hard for me to take pictures of making a cone for this project since I was alone at the time, but you can go here to see how I made one out of poster board. After making the cone, I started cutting out circles using a 2 1/2" circle punch but found the circles too small so I

traced around the mouth of a 3" plastic cup and cut out around 100 circles at first. I know, very time consuming, but I turned on the Hallmark channel and watched and listened to a marathon of Christmas movies.

Then, I sandwiched the circles between sheets of parchment paper and applied the iron for about 15 seconds. 

Heating up the circles made the foam pliable and easily shaped by cupping it in the palm of my hand and forming what looked like ruffles to me

Using a brush to apply white glue to the edges .  .  .
and then dipped them into glitter

and allowed to dry.

Once dry, the ruffles were glued onto the cone starting at the base.

It's amazing to see how each ruffle would intertwine with the other when gluing them on.

The ruffled Christmas tree cones turned out to be very impressive looking.
Besides using them at Christmas, they could easily fit in as wedding and party d├ęcor!

The tallest finished tree measures 24" and the smaller one, 15 inches.

What  glorious ruffled Christmas trees!

Take a little time to enjoy
Happy Holiday Crafting!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Ornament Exchange Goodies

This is my first year joining Vicky's @Life on Willie Mae Lane Annual Ornament Exchange.  Some of my blogging buddies were signing up so I had to participate too!  I don't know how Vicky managed to pair up the givers and receivers but she did an awesome job with matching our likes and dislikes.  I was given   Denise @ Denise's Delights in her Coffeeberry Cottage, someone whom I've been following for quite a while and a lover of purple, too!  Yay! She is a very lovely Christian lady who truly loves life and family.  I enjoy reading her posts so much!  In my excitement with making her ornaments and sending her my package, I forgot to take pictures.  Oh well, you'll just have to check out her blog to see what she received and enjoy reading about her everyday adventures.

 I had no idea who had my name and Vicky told me mine was coming from overseas and that got me very excited.  

The other day I opened the frontdoor and to my surprise, there was a cutely wrapped package (see picture below) waiting for me. My beautifully wrapped package was all the way from Australia!  The outside was decorated in holiday style with gold wire poinsettia and candle trimmed paper. I had never seen anything like that before! 

Carefully I opened the box and this is what I found:

 A wonderfully written holiday note, an awesome Merry Christmas with a star hang tag and a gorgeous silver poinsettia clipped onto purple tulle decorated Christmas box.  Whew!

 Inside the box on top of lavender tissue paper was the cutest burlap angel that matched perfectly with my loopy jute garland!  Who knew????

And inside the tissue paper were six adorable purple teardrop ornaments and six vintage purple lightbulb ornaments.  All together, twelve of the cutest purple ornaments you've ever seen!

I'm in a purple winter wonderland with these .  .  .

.  .  .  and these!!!
And see how the burlap angel matches my garland?  I could make lots of burlap angels to attach to the garland! What an inspiration and how adorable would that be!

All of this from the lovely Belle in Oz - The Land Down Under! Thank you so much!  I've sent her an email, thanking her and wishing her and her family a very Merry Christmas and Holiday Season!  Belle doesn't have a blog but I do hope she is inspired to start one. For now, we'll just develop our friendship through emails. 

And thank you Vicky for hosting this wonderful ornament exchange!  It was so much fun!
Happy Holidays!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holly Leaf Christmas Tree Skirt DIY

In keeping with my tradition of making a Christmas tree skirt every year, this year I was inspired by the tree skirt I found online at Pier1. 
I already had crushed velvet fabric (although not in the color pictured) I picked up last year to make velvet pumpkins.  That didn't happen so the fabric came in handy this year using it for my skirt. The tree skirt was quite easy to make and is really a no-sew except for the silver bells I tacked on the hollies. I chose to use wide metallic ribbon instead of fabric for the holly.  It was much cheaper and thicker than fabric and was available in the regular ribbon section at Hobby Lobby @50% off that day.

Materials used:
  • 1 1/2 yds of crushed panne velvet (JoAnn)
  • 2 rolls (18ft each) of 4" wide silver metallic ribbon (Hobby Lobby)
  • 1 pkg Wonder-Under paper backed fusible web (JoAnn)
  • Bells
  • Holly pattern
  • Scissors
  • Iron
To get started,  I made a plain round skirt using the same easy and quick technique as before with my snowflake treeskirt  and my poinsettia treeskirt so I'm not going into any details here.

The  crushed velvet fabric doesn't fray so I didn't finish the back closing edges (keeping with the no-sew) and the round edges were covered and sealed by fusing on the holly leaves.


Next, I drew a very large holly leaf pattern on cardstock and cutout.  Then, I followed the directions for pressing wonder-under onto the ribbon, and after


drew 33 hollies on the paper backing. Each leaf was approximately 9 1/2 inches long and I was able to make 21 from a 18 feet roll of ribbon and 12 from the second roll.  



Once I had most of the hollies cut out from the first ribbon roll, I started ironing the leaves on the edge following the fusible web directions and the pattern of leaf placement of the skirt from Pier1. During the process of fusing the fabric onto the velvet, I added a line crease while the fabric was warm (using the back of an xacto knife) in the center of the leaf for a more dimensional look.  
(Sorry, it's been raining and gloomy for a few days so the coloring in the photos is a bit off)
And finally, I added three silver bells to the grouped leaves.

The skirt looks so glamorous at night under the lit white tree with the purple ornaments.

I can't decide which one I like the best of the three Christmas treeskirts I've made so far.   I do know Pier1 also has a matching mantel scarf - maybe I'll just start another tradition. Stay tuned!
Take a little time to enjoy
Happy Holiday Crafting!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Turn Dollar Store Buckets into a Christmas Wall Hanging In Less Than 10 Minutes

Transform dollar store buckets into a festive wall or door hanging in less than 10 minutes using two buckets, ribbon, faux evergreen, poinsettias flowers and bells.

Here how:

1.  Turn bucket bottoms up and punch holes in bottom (which is now top) using a large nail and or screw driver.

2.  Take a strip of ribbon, insert through top hole, into body of bucket and tie a double knot with a bit of the ribbon hanging.


3.  Tie bells onto portion of hanging ribbon on bottom.

4.  Place a small evergreen wreath (I used stems wired together to form wreath) on edge of bucket and decorate with holiday trim such as faux poinsettia stems and pinecones.

5.  Cover holes on top with an evergreen stem piece.

6.  Add the two decorative buckets together, leaving one ribbon longer than the other.

7. Gather ribbon at top into bow and add decorative trim.

How's that for a quick way to make a decorative holiday wall hanging!

Take a little time to enjoy
Happy Holiday Crafting!