Every once in a while I get to feeling crafty. This is usually when the holidays roll around and I start to see so many handmade gifts and ideas that give me the inspiration to create. This year I decided to create and solve a yearly problem I encounter. Obviously, I love the photo cards I get each year, however, I really never took the time to think of a great way to display them. I can not tell a lie here, my normal tradition was to slap a piece of tape on the back of the cards and put them around my front entrance door frame. Then I would spend the next few weeks picking them up each day and re-sticking them again and again and again. Every year, I felt it was worth it since I so enjoyed seeing the faces I love each time I walked by the doorway. This year I decided no more and, with some inspiration from Martha Stewart, I decided to make a handcrafted wreath to solve my problem. Here is what I made. (Yes, I am pretty pleased with myself.)
Here is what I used:
- Hot gun and glue (or you could use wood glue)
- Miniature wooden clothespins
- Large embroidery hoop
- Large bow (or ribbon)
- Photo Holiday Cards
Using glue, affix miniature wooden clothespins to a large (about 14-inch-diameter) embroidery hoop.
Alternate clothespins to point outward and inward, spaced 1 1/2 inches apart.
Secure a large bow and or possibly a ribbon, and clip your cards in place as you receive them.
That’s it! Three simple steps and there you have it. There is something personal about having a handcrafted item that makes everything more special and sentimental. Plus now I have the perfect spot to hang your photo cards as they come in.Thanks for reading my blog on my thoughts on a great way to display those holiday photo cards.
Now for someone else who knows a thing or two about handcrafted items. I would like to share with you a little about The Bag Lady.
Hi, I’m Lisa Wenschlag, otherwise known as the Bag Lady. I love all things fabric; it is my art medium of choice. I use fabric to handcraft one of a kind bags, purses, and totes of all shapes and sizes. I pride myself on my eye for color and a natural ability to put it all together. If you would like a custom, handcrafted, quality bag made in Newport News, Virginia, contact me and we can talk. firstname.lastname@example.org
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The winner will be drawn at random and announced on Facebook on Thursda,y December 4, 2014, at 8:00 PM. Good Luck everyone!
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