Mini Paper Christmas Tree

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Christmas is literally right around the corner. I know what you’re thinking….didn’t we just do that whole Christmas thing? Atleast that’s what I’m thinking. We have friends coming from out of state for Thanksgiving week. So I decided to get my Christmas on a wee bit early this year. It has been difficult taking down all of the Harvest/Fall/Halloween decor, only because I feel like I just got all of that out. Makes me tired just thinking about it. So…Christmas, here we come.

After dragging countless bins out my workshop/storage room, I got a burst of Christmas joy. This was a blessing because honestly, I wasn’t initially feeling joyful about it all. It also gave me an opportunity to clean out the bins and donate many Christmas decor items I no longer use. So it’s a win win!

With the snow bringing itself to a full on blizzard status in the greater Denver area yesterday, I was able to create a little something new. And I may need to make a second and third one for a little grouping of paper trees.

Want a super easy, free, DIY book pages tree?

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I purchase lots of old antique books from Goodwill, thrift stores…etc. I had one book in particular that was 1/2 used (meaning, I ripped ths pages out some time ago for a different project). If you are a librarian or a tree hugger, please forgive me. I’m simply giving the book new life by repurposing the pages. I used a piece of cardboard to create my cone shape.

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I hot glued it into place and it worked famously. You could always purchase a Styrofoam cone from the craft store, but I was going for the free version. I then ripped pages of the book into strips, curled the edges with a pencil and starting at the base of my cone, I hot glued each piece on. Working my way up to the top of the cone and later filling in areas randomly with smaller pieces of paper.

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Sitting pretty just inside the front door. This would also be cute using sheet music. I have an old book of that too, but the print is too large for this little tree. Possibilities are endless. You could use news paper, craft paper, wrapping paper….so simple.

FYI, the watercolor Christmas print inside my type writer at the beginning of this post is a free printable courtesy of http://craftberrybush.com
Her site is lovely. Have a blessed and warm week.

Paper Mache Deer Head Decor

I was on the ‘hunt’ for a good deal. While scoping things out in Hobby Lobby, I came across this fun deer head decor. It was the last one on the shelf. A single shot landed him right in my cart.

But seriously, I have been wanting a faux stag head mount for some time. I actually scored this for about $15 using a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby. Its been sitting in my workshop for many months. I wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to paint it or where I wanted to put it.

I decided to paint the head a basic white and I used a gold paint pen to make the antlers gold.

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I have seen these framed and/or mounted clean onto the wall. Felt like it need another dimension to it. So I created a wood backing, using remnant fence wood that we have stacked up in the back yard.

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I actually used my ever favorite Gorilla Glue to glue the back pieces together side by side. I let that dry really well for a couple of days. Then I cut 2 other pieces to line both outer sides (covering the uneven edges of the back pieces) and I screwed those onto the boards. This made it even more stable.

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You can see the uneven pieces here on the back. Then I eyeballed where I wanted the deer head to sit on the backdrop, loaded it up with Gorilla Glue and stuck it on.

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I let this dry well overnight. Today, I created a wire hanger for the back and decided on a location for the deer to hang.

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And here is where he landed…..up above my front door.

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Whimsical funky chic….totally my style.

Gallery Wall (Love, Memories and Makeshift Art)

I am a huge fan of gallery walls but they always seem a bit intimidating. I have this wall in particular that runs along the staircase. And, it’s SUPER tall, almost 19 feet to be exact. I have always had 2 white picture ledges (Pottery Barn) staggered on the wall and a few photos here and there, but something was missing.

I adore rustic and dimensional elements of decorating. I also enjoy a mixture of photos; black and white/sepia, color, and I have several old family pictures that date back almost a century.

Time to change the look….I left the ledges, took down all the photos, made a few things to add to it, and completely started over.

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I wish I had thought to take a photo at the beginning….totally dropped the ball.
The things I made are simple, non photo, type items. Like this ‘5’ on the small wooden plank board. We have 5 children, so it seems like a good number to choose. (Secretly, I wish it said 6 or 7…as I would’ve loved to have more babies.)

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The board & cardboard number are both from Hobby Lobby. I painted the number gold and used Gorilla Glue to adhere it on the board. FYI, Gorilla Glue is THE BOMB….I’m  just sayin’.

Next, was this framed out script. I actually used and old picture that I no longer cared for, but I did like the frame. So I used a gold paint pen to outline some of the molding and I used Mod Podge to adhere the decorative paper directly onto the ugly picture hiding underneath. Buh-Bye little ugly picture.

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Last, was my remnant wood fence board creation. Using a piece of wood on hand, a stencil that I already have and some basic white paint, I was able to create this easy rustic looking board. It depicts our wedding anniversary, so that’s very special. And that’s about it.

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I’m not sure as to what else I might add to the wall, if anything at all. For now, I will just let it be and enjoy the special faces I see in each picture.

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Favorite Places – Framed Maps

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After getting all new windows in the
our house, I didn’t want to reinstall the blinds in our TV room. The new windows are so pretty and bright that I wanted to leave the look ‘clean’ & unobstructed. To that, our TV room windows face our backyard, so we don’t need blinds or drapes for privacy purposes either.

A year ago, I found 4 identical frames on clearance at Target. They were $6/frame and I knew I could use them at some point. (Next to ‘free’, ‘clearance’ is my 2nd favorite word.) So in my cart they went. Pretty black frames with some gold trimmed detail. Simple and elegant.

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My sweet hubby and I have taken several fun trips together (without kiddos) over the past 23 years. So I decided it might be fun to highlight 4 places in particular and frame a printed map of those locations. (My husband is a HUGE map enthusiast and he LOVES any Atlas he can get his hands on.)  The four locations I chose were…Paris, NYC, Seattle, and San Francisco/Monterey Bay.

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(Upper – NYC, Lower – Paris )

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(Upper – Seattle, lower – California coast)

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This decor was super inexpensive. I scoured the Internet for free printables of different maps/locations and I was actually able to print 2 of the 4 for free. (Can’t remember which 2). The other two I purchased on ETSY (printable download) for $2 & $3 each.

I really love the final look. Helps to finish off the wall of windows with a nice unified appearance.

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Easy and super affordable framed art.

Magnolia Market Sale (Hallelujah)

Several months ago I wrote a post re: my fabulous Dutch Tulip Crate that I ordered from the outstanding Magnolia Market.  If you know and love the show ‘FIXER UPPER’ (like me, totally addicted)……then you’re bound to know Magnolia Market. Yesterday, I received a lovely email notifying me of their 3 day sale……with a WHOPPING 40% OFF certain items.  The link for the sale can be found Here.  If I lived anywhere near Waco, I would frequent this amazing shop…….or try to get a job there. Hee Hee! 

I have zero affiliation with the Magnolia Market. Rather, I just love to spread the word about any great sale. If you’ve never visited the website, it does not disappoint!!!! Have a splendid weekend.