Thinking on how Thanksgiving will be over in a weeks time, I've been itching to put up my Christmas stuff. I LOVE the holidays and usually decorate for Halloween mid August. So I've had my pumpkins and fall stuff out for a few months now, (and that is no small feat, I have over 100 pumpkins...a small addiction) and I am ready for the huge change over in themes and color in my home! This past week I started making a few things. Quite a few things. And here are my favorite 2 this week.
First is a super easy one, It is Christmas vinyl just mounted on a simple 8X10 frame. I put scrapbook paper cut to size inside and then tied ribbon around the edge of the frame. I think it took me all of 5 minutes to finish. I love quick projects so much! And of course I got the vinyl from my friend Chelon, over at Chatty Walls. I don't think she has it posted on her blog to order, but you could just shoot her an email and tell her you want the vinyl that says "Christmas" and is shaped like a Christmas tree and she'll know just what you mean. They have their normal website and they have a blog too, you should check them both out sometime. Lots of fun ideas on there.
The second project was more labor intensive. Mostly because you have choices, choices, choices to make! It is like the Fall Subway Art we did but she has come up with a super cute Christmas one. I LOVE it. Great job Chelon. Seriously woman, I stand in awe of your greatness! This isn't up on her website as of this morning yet either, but again, if you are interested in it, just shoot her an email (you can find her address on her website) and tell her you want the Christmas subway art and she'll let you know cost and all that fun stuff.
So for this one you need a board that is 1x12 and then cut it at 23" long. You use the negative of the vinyl so that it can be used as a stencil and everything is painted on. A bunch of friends have done these and it is so so so fun to see them come to life because ALL of them are different and unique since everyone uses the colors that best suit their home. So fun! I think it's best to go with 4 or 5 paint colors. After that it gets a little busy. But you can totally use whatever floats your boat. Also another thing we found that helped was to dab your paint on instead of brushing it. That way there is less chance for leakage, but with the vinyl if it is really smoothed down good, you really don't have to worry about that too much. I'm loving it!
I'm sure there will be many more Christmas crafting projects and gift ideas to come! I love this time of year!