Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cone Shaped Christmas Tree Decor

I love the embellished, cone shaped Christmas trees I have been seeing for the past few years and what I love most about them is that you don't have to go out and buy the "cone shaped form" to make one of these pretty trees.  You could actually just use chipboard or poster board and make your own cone shape and then decorate or embellish it however you like. I have been working on a few of my own cone shaped Christmas trees and will be sure to post pictures when I am finished.. but until then, I wanted to share some that I found online that were very inspiring to me.  I believe all of these have the tutorials as well :)

First up are these gorgeous fabric covered trees that I found over at The Creative Exchange... LOVE them!

I love these pretty trees that I found over at Hero Arts. With the selection of beautiful papers out there.. the possibilities are endless!

oh.. my Goodness! LOVE these pretty glittered ones over at eighteen25.  I really love how they sit on the pillar candle holders... very cute! Just FYI: You can get the Styrofoam forms like the ones used in this pic AND the candle holders over at the Dollar Tree for a buck a piece!

Be still my beating heart!! I have fallen in love with these gorgeous sparkly, ruffly trees over at Kate Landers Events, LLC.

Have a look at this GORGEOUS vintage embellished cone shaped tree from My Love of Style. Oh, my gosh... it's stunning!

This is just a few of the beautiful decorated cone Christmas trees out there.. I hope you have enjoyed this little round up and that they have inspired you as much as they have me.  Thank you to all of the talented ladies out there who made these beautiful trees :) 

If you are wanting to make your own cones instead of buying the cone shape form, I found the instructions over at The Creativity Exchange to be very helpful and love how my cones came out!

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Monday, November 19, 2012

7 Easy Pine Cone Crafts for the Holidays

Recently I have been thinking about pine cones and how perfect they are for crafting and home decorating for the holidays.. so it prompted me to look and see what pine cone crafts were out there.. and there were TONS and most of these even have the tutorials as well :)   Here are six of my favorites:

I love this beautiful pine cone garland that I found at organize & decorate everything.

I love this pine cone wreath over at u create via V and Co.

I love these beautiful, bright colored pine cones over at HGTV. 
There isn't a formal tutorial but looks to me like you could just dip them in bright colored paints, paint it on with acrylics using a brush or even spray them with spray paint. There is a video tutorial to something similar at the link though :)

Another gorgeous pine cone craft over at Crafts Unleashed

Have a look at this GORGEOUS pine cone tree over at Life on Lakeshore Drive.


 Smile Monsters has shared these pretty pine cone decorations!

I fell in love with these gorgeous and so SIMPLE to make, pine cone candle holders that I found at Crissy's Crafts!

For even more pine cone craft and decoration ideas... see my pine cone crafts and decor round-up right here.

I hope you have enjoyed this round-up of holiday pine cone crafts! Thank you so much for dropping by:)

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Life on Lakeshore Drive
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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Easy Fabric Flowers from Old T-shirts

Fabric flowers from old t-shirts

 Do you have any pieces of old clothing that you need to get rid of but they really aren't even fit for Goodwill?  Here's what you do: Cut them up and make some of these gorgeous fabric flowers with them... I did this with a few t-shirts recently and I'm HOOKED!  I wish I had some more old clothes.. I would love to try to make these out of all kinds of different materials.. because I'm sure each flower would look different when you use different types of material. 

Here is a few different things you can use to make these.. old or damaged:
  • shirts
  •  jeans
  • slacks
  •  dress shirts
  • sheets or pillowcases
  • towels
  • handkerchiefs
  • fabric remnants
  • curtains
  • shower curtains
  • fabric remnants

  The technique to make each one is the same but there are things you can do to vary the look of them. These particular ones were made with just a regular straight edged strip of material that was about 1.5 inches wide by about a yard (my t-shirts are large). I did a running stitch down one edge, gathered the strip and and then rolled them together,  just like if you were making cinnamon rolls.  Once rolled, I glued each one to a felt circle and viola!

rolled fabric flowers from old t-shirts

The width and length of each strip will determine the size. I wouldn't recommend using a strip that is over 2 inches wide because then it just looks kind of floppy..The length of the strip will determine the size. The longer, the larger your flower will be. You can use multiple shorter strips to make one longer strip.

 Here is another photo of some more made the same way.......

These were made the exact same way but I cut a scalloped edge on each one, sewed, gathered and rolled.

If you take the strip and instead of on one edge cutting scallops, cut horizontal strips all the way down, and then stitch and roll....you will come out with something like this:

I like this one because it kind of looks like a  little pom pom.. to make it even more realistic you can do the same thing but cut pointed edges on each strip.  I think it would come out looking sort of like a dahlia or other flowers that look similar to that.

So you can definitely come up with all kinds of different looks depending on how you decide to do one edge of the strip before doing the stitch.  I love playing around and seeing what I can come up with.

Of course, the best thing I love about these is that they were virtually free to make.. so next time you get ready to throw out that old ripped shirt, keep it and make some pretty flowers!!

I hope you enjoyed this post.. if you are interested in a more detailed tutorial along with lots of ideas about what you can do with your finished flowers, see my tutorial here

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