So glad you came by to see this nifty little craft.
With Christmas being my favorite holiday I am always thrilled when I have the opportunity to make a Christmas craft.
So of course I found this idea over at Pinterest.
(((Love that site!))) Almost as much as a good pair of slipper-socks. (hint, hint)
It’s a monogram door hanger. How cool is that? Different from traditional decorations yet still classy.
I took a trip to my local Michael’s store and purchased my letter “K”, some berries, and burlap. I kept my letter white, but you could paint it first if you want.
Simply cut your berries off the stem either with a pair of scissors or a wire cutter. Hot glue them to the letter. This part takes some patience; hopefully you like puzzles. Tie your burlap on and hang.
Voila! There you have it. Super simple.
Or so I thought…
As I was completing this project I ran into a snafu. My letter is not exactly a good letter to hang with the burlap. I tried a few different things, but with a 6 month old baby crawling at my feet I quickly came up with an alternative.
I decide to make it a shelf decoration and not a door hanger. Partially because that’s where it landed and I ended up liking it. Slight bummer that I don’t have something for my front door now, but I really like my alternative.
and here it is sitting in its cozy spot…
So I’ve been spending
way too much time some quality time reading DIY blogs and poking around on Pinterest that I thought I should join this DIY blogging party that seems to be going on. So here I go!
With an attempt to be resourceful this Christmas I have decided to get creative with stuff I already have. When I came upon this at craft idea at Pintererst I thought to myself, “I can totally make that!…hmm, now what can I use?” I began pulling apart craft bins and going through my art supplies, and came up with a plan.
Here’s what I pulled out:
- 1 large piece of sturdy cardboard (not that corrugated stuff)
- scrap-booking cutting board
- scrap-booking glue tape
- scrap-booking exact o knife
- craft paint (I used red, black, and ivory)
- printout of your text on card stock paper
- wired ribbon
- twist ties
- 2 paintbrushes
- hot glue gun
- hanging hook (I used a small “Command” hook)
- a bunch of clothes pins
...yes I did this on top of my washing machine
Cut your cardboard to the size you want and paint it. I painted my red with a drop of black to give it a textured look (don’t mix completely). I had to paint a few coats so I made sure the black streaks showed up on the top coat, and not necessarily the bottom coats.
Print and cut your text from the card stock paper. I used white paper with a grayed outline of the text for easy cutting. Make sure you have a firm protected surface for cutting. I used another piece of the cardboard.
See? It's a mess!
Paint text. I used the same piece of cardboard that I used for the cutting. Make sure your letters don’t dry and stick to the cardboard. I pained in one spot and then moved them to dry.
Glue text to painted board. I used scrap-booking glue tape, but you could use whatever works for you. I was actually hoping to use spray glue, but I didn’t have any.
Tie your ribbon.
- Make 4 loops holding firmly in the center (Loop 1 on left, Loop 1 on right, twist and repeat).
- Tie the center together tightly using a twist tie.
- Using the long end of the ribbon loop it back over to make center of bow. This will hide your twist tie.
- Turn bow around in your hand, and twist ribbon tail 360 degrees. Pinch tightly.
- Secure with another twist tie.
- You will need to cut another piece of ribbon and secure it on separately.
Secure the bow to the back of the board at the top and the bottom of both ribbon tails with a hot glue gun.
And voila! There you have it!
Now all I need is some sweet Christmas cards.