We did something very un-Hinckley-like last Sunday…we set up the Christmas tree.
The Christmas spirit doesn’t usually hit our house until well in to December. However, thanks to retailers pushing Christmas down our throats in October my little men have been begging to get the Christmas ball rolling around here.
When in Rome…
I’ve found that my tastes change from year to year when it comes to holiday decorating. Last year I did touches of gold everywhere…this year not so much. I’ve been enlisting the help of my Cricut machine to create some personalized holiday decor. Plus, since I’m participating in Cricut’s Design Star (Team #7 in da hooouuussseee) I thought this would be a great opportunity to get my holiday craft on.
This first project I tackled, I simply cut out images out of plain old card stock using my Cricut Explore.
Check out that precision! This machine cuts like a dream. I can remember having to put together presentations in college and using a die cut machine that you had to hand crank blocks through. That seems so ancient now. The Cricut not only has thousands of objects you can use but you can also upload your own images. Plus it will cut and/draw most anything.
I’ve always loved the classic image of hauling a tree on top of a car. I found the perfect car hauling a surf board but I cut off the board and replaced it with a tree. You may remember I did another version here. I simply put my cut-outs in a white frame to make my own customized art.
I also cut out a snowflake out of cardstock, sandwiched it between two panes of glass and put it in a frame. Cheapest art I’ve ever made.
The next art piece I tackled was using my Cricut to cut out some images on vinyl.
Then I transfered them on to a gigantic mirror we have above our fireplace mantle.
A personalized holiday greeting that I can remove with damaging my mirror after the holidays.
For my next project, I wanted to add some holiday decor that didn’t scream “holiday decor”. One of the great things about Christmas is that pretty much anything goes. People will put anything on Christmas trees these days. I love a tree decked out with all the classic trimmings but it’s also fun to decorate a tree that reflects a “year in review” so to speak. Tribal prints, desert motifs, arrows, feathers…they’re big right now and I love them all. So why not put them on the tree?
I also go fancy and made some feather garland.
Looks great on my tree but would also look fab for a party or room decor also.
(Read more about my DIY arrows ornaments I made from paint stir sticks).
It’s a White Christmas!
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