Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Card Display with Decorated Clothespins and Twine

I saw this idea here a long time ago on how to make clothespins look cute and I LOVED it. This year I decorated them with Christmas wrapping paper and used them to display my Christmas cards on a piece of twine hung across my big window. This is really easy and took me about 10 minutes total.

clothes pins (got a huge pack at Dollar Tree)
modge podge (or diluted Elmer's glue)
small paint brush
scrapbook paper or wrapping paper
twine (got 200 feet for about 2 dollars from the hardware store)

Trace clothespin onto paper and cut out. Put a thin layer of glue with a paintbrush onto one side of the clothespin and glue the paper on. Trim any excess edges with scissors. Hang your Christmas cards onto twine (could also use ribbon or yarn).

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas placemats (made from a vinyl tablecloth)

I wanted some Christmas placemats that would wipe off easily so I got the idea to make them out of a vinyl tablecloth. I bought the tablecloth at the Christmas Tree Shop for 2.99 and I could probably make at least 10 placemats out of it. I picked one without any strict geometric patterns so that I wouldn't have to worry about lining everything up just perfectly. I just traced a folding tv tray I had for the shape, folded the corners in and the sides in (sort of like wrapping a present) and pinned it and then sewed it around. They were very easy and I think they look pretty nice. I didn't bother with trying to get our the wrinkles but I saw online somewhere that you can put them in the dryer on low with a wet towelle for short amounts of time until it is smooth.