Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Card Hanger-Upper

O.k., First, please send out a good thought for my 2010 Christmas poinsettia. Every year I plant one, and ever year it dies before Christmas. PLEASE oh please little flower, fulfill your Christmas destiny and STAY alive darn-it!!!
Now that I got that out of the way, I wanted to show you my fancy Christmas card hanger-upper thingy. ha ha. I don't know what to call it. I didn't really make a tutorial for this, and it is in no way an original idea. I've seen a few variations before and I wanted to try it out for myself. Every year I get a ton of Christmas cards with photos, and I didn't have a great spot to display them. Here's what I did: I found a frame for $5 at a thrift store. I spray painted it white, screwed in eye-hooks down the sides, zig-zagged twine all the way down, embellished it with fabric flowers and glittery letters, and ta-daa!!! That's it!! Here she is!!!
I fancied up some small clips so I can clip the cards up as I get them in the mail. All I did was brush on some Elmer's glue, and sprinkled glitter on. Simple. I watched a video tutorial on
Miss Mustard Seed's blog about making glittery letters. It was just as easy as she said it would be. A bit messy, but easy.
These are the letters I used. I got them in the craft section at Target for a dollar. They were already a bit glittery, but I wanted them to be turquoise (yes I know, MORE turquoise).
I don't have any cards to display yet, but you get the gist. Pretty, huh!? I made it so I can take the "Be Merry" off easily so it doesn't have to only be used for Christmas. It could hold recipes, photos, b-day cards, etc. My mom said she really liked it but it was a bit "beige" for her taste. What can I say, I'm in a "beige" phase. Ha ha!
It was my first attempt at making fabric flowers. I think they came out pretty good. All I did was cut a circle out of cardboard and cut fabric into strips. Then I just glued the fabric down on the circle in a circular pattern until I reached the middle.
I'm sure it will look even sweeter when it's all filled up with cards from my beautiful family members & friends. Can't wait!!!!"BE MERRY people!!!"
I'm linkin' up to tatertos & Jello :)

15 comments:

  1. I love this Ali. I never would have known this was your firs attempt at making flowers. You are so creative....

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  2. I love it! And those flowers are fantastic! I can't wait to see it all filled up with Christmas card goodness.

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  3. Wow! I love it- I think you should make one for all of us for Christmas :) xo from Your #1 fan!

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  4. This thing rules!! You totally under-played it when you told me how it turned out. Well done! You always make the BEST stuff!

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  5. Wow! This is super cool! I love it all, including the sweet fabric flowers and the turquoise glitter! It is going to look so great filled with all your Christmas cards! I live that you will be able to use it after Christmas, too! (btw, it's definitely not too beige ~ just perfect! :) )

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  6. This is beautiful!..Im thinking I will make one for my daughters room and use it to hold her hair clips instead of cards...Thank you for sharing such a great craft.

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  7. Beautiful! I love how simple and easy this is to make. The touch of glitter on the letters is a fun idea too. Great job!

    justenoughstyle.blogspot.com

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  8. Visitng from Pink and Polka Dot. I LOVE this! So sweet and sophisticated especially with the fabric flowers!!!

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  9. Very cute, love it! Your flowers came out great.

    Amie
    www.coffeecakescrazies.blogspot.com

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  10. Very creative....look forward to more of your great ideas.

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  11. Way cute! I so need to do something with the pile of cards I have laying around here! Would love for you to visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday! The party will be open until Friday if you want to link up multiple projects. Hope you have a great day! http://sewcahtty.blogspot.com

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  12. Hi, Ali! that is so cute! Love the criss-cross construction and all the cool embellishments. Great color combo, very elegant!

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  13. Love this! Thanks so much for linking it up!

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