Easy Christmas Decor: DIY Snowflakes From Paper Doilies

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I like to fully embrace the Christmas season starting the day after Thanksgiving, some people it’s the first of December, if your a department store its July. In celebration of our new place, my husband and I are hosting an all-apartment complex party- don’t worry its only 30 units rather than 100’s. With that, we are trying to go all out for decorations. 

While I was going through my craft box to find white printer paper to cut out snowflakes, I came across my paper doilies that I have had a knack for hoarding a bit. I grabbed them and did a quick google search. I came across this wonderful YouTube video! So easy and quick, whereas snowflakes from plain paper is really hard, well for me at least! This is a good one for kids too.

DIY Snowflakes from Paper Doilies

Directions

Use any size you want! Fold 3 times (4 times for an extra little challenge and intricacy). Cut different shapes out along the folded edge. The more you make the more you learn and explore different shapes and styles. I kind of went crazy. It was a blast. I hung them from my ceiling with sewing thread. They are 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable. Have fun! 

Below is the video I referenced. 

DIY Easy Paper Flag Banner

Hey cuties, (yum clementines)

Spring Time is Near

The sun is up, there is still a little bit of snow on the ground, I am using my phone as a hotspot for this post and it’s a wonderful day to be alive. Sometimes I think we forget to recognize the breath of life from the Holy Spirit. So welcome to this day, whatever day you may be reading this on. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, listen to your heartbeat and appreciate being alive.  Thank you Jesus, for giving us life. Amen!

Time to appreciate the little things, like cute paper banners in a kitchen or at a party. I love banners! There is one for every occasion, usually inexpensive and easily DIY’d, and its quick set up and take down.

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Supplies:

  • Cute paper 1-2 or more sheets
  • old cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine (optional) -replace with hole punch and cute string/twine/ribbon

Cut out a template of the shape you want your ‘flags’ to be ( I used triangles big and small). Click  here  for a tutorial of how to maximize paper space. She gives detailed instructions for a fabric banner @ I Can’t Stop Crafting.

 

 

 

and literally sew a 1/4 inch seam, leaving like 1-2  ‘fake stitches’ in between pieces. (the needle goes up and down but it doesn’t stitch anything (it gives some space between the pieces to freely move) ). Glue or hole punch and tie and cute ribbon/twine at the ends for decoration/fanciness (optional) and enjoy! If you don’t sew then hole punch at corners and thread ribbons through. 2-3 sheets of paper is about 6-8 feet of banner. I cut about 10 big triangles and 16 little on if I did a mix. I used a few of these for my sissy’s tea party baby shower. It was a hit!!

 

Upper left: I collected the scraps in the remaining cereal box  of making a template and composted them! or you can recycle. Or use them to make your own compostable/biodegradeable confetti with a small punch! The oppurtunities are endless.

Upper right: My bootleg templates I wung (yes, that’s a word)

Bottom left: Cute paper

Bottom right: Sewing in action

DIY Felt Holly Christmas Garland 

Merry Christmas Craft

Christmas time for me equals crafting…and baking and Christmas music and good smelling trees and pinecones and laughing and gift wrap and pretty lights and fun sweaters and snuggly movie nights and and Elf and cookies and paddleball… Well anyway, you can use this as a craft for yourself on a rainy afternoon by the fire, as a craft party activity for you and some friends, or put supplies together and gift someone a craft kit box! It’s cute and easy. Who doesn’t love that?

Supplies

Green and red felt( at least one sheet each)

~7 ft Bakers twine red & white, small twine, embroidery thread ect.

A pair of good crafting/fabric scissors

One thick with large eye embroidery needles example here. NOT affiliated

Easy Method 

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Step 1: Cut out 16-22 red circles about a penny size (see template link in step 2).

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Step 2: Cut out 12-16 green holly leaves. I made a template  using this print out

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Step 3: Thread the string through the needle and sew holly leaves and circles in the pattern you like (I did random amounts of circles & always had at least one circle between the leaves, see finished photo)

Medium difficulty level method

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Follow Steps 1&2 above

Step 3: Thread string through the needle and sew holly leaves in bunches of 1 or 2 with corresponding 1-2 rec circles. The picture below shows using one holly leaf. For two, just hold them together and sew through all felt layers (one stitch per red circle).

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Step 4: Embroidery stitch two stitches along the middle of each holly leaf. Do this first by tying a knot in extra piece of string (indicated with a penciled dot in kit) after threading it through needle, then start in the back of the holly leaf and thread just underneath the red without going through the red circle from backside to front side. Your stitches should be about 3-5 cm long and ~2 mm apart. End with a knot close to back as possible and cut thread close to knot.

 

 

A snip-it into my life…

This Christmas Eve, Van City Church (a place my husband and I call home), will gather at our normal 5 PM time to read the Christmas story, have food and drink, and sing carols by candlelight. Join us for an evening of Christmas celebration. Also, check out Church of Agony  .I am pretty sure (for the most part) they’ll be leading us in song. CAN’T WAIT.

December 24, 5 PM, 1812 Main St. Vancouver Van City Church

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