Friday, November 24, 2017

MHCT&M: Unique Christmas Tree Alternatives

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving with your family and friends yesterday! 

Allison here, back for another week of Christmas ideas for this week's Must Have Tip posts. 

If you are like me, today is the day you stay in decorate for Christmas instead of getting out in the crowd to go shopping. But before you put that tree up, you may want to take a look at this post because you may get an idea that you will want to try instead of a traditional tree. 

I've found so many fantastic unique Christmas tree alternatives that even my head has been whirling with ideas! 

 Create a tree using a collection of small items on the wall. 

 Love succulents and don't have a lot of space for a large tree? How about creating a succulent tree! 
How cool is this?

If you don't have a lot of floor space why not create a tree using lights on the wall or a piece of plywood? You can even add some ornaments to the wire if you'd like! 

Have a chalkboard wall? Why not create a beautiful chalkboard tree to enjoy over the holiday season?

 Love this cute cardboard tree! You can get the whole family to embellish it with simple paper ornaments and drawings. 

Thinking about going very modern this Christmas? How about creating a simple plywood tree?

Ever look at dryer venting and wonder what else you can do with it? 
Check out this tree created with it! 

Have a love for architectural elements? Create this architectural salvage tree using all sorts of fun wood, knobs, pulls, and other interesting finds! 

A rolled paper tree sure does make a statement without the mess of dropping needles! 
Here's another cardboard version that is just as fun as the previous one I shared. 

 Enjoy decorating with the farmhouse look? Stack galvanized tubs on top of each other and wrap with ribbon to create a tree. 

Washi tape is a great way to get creative and create a tree on the wall plus it is easy clean up! 
Just tape up decorations and lights onto the tree for more detail.

Have a collection of license plates? Use them to create a unique tree. 

I love this PVC tree filled will colorful ornaments! This is beautiful on this large scale but you could easily make it smaller if you don't have the space.

Have a lot of wood sitting around? Create a gorgeous wood tree with it! 

With the use of hooks on the wall and some yarn you can create a string art tree for relatively cheap! 
It can even pull double duty as a Christmas Card display! 

Create a unique tree using an old ladder. Wrap it with light and garland, hang ornaments on it or sit things on the rungs and you have a wonderful tree! 

Create a grouping of trees with washi tape over a table or on a large scale for fun modern decor.

Using a large piece of wood, draw and cut out a large tree. Place a light behind it to back light it and boom, you have a statement tree for sure! 

Oh my goodness, aren't those all fabulous! Which idea is your favorite?

And there are so many other things you can do as well! Make a tree out of books, tape special papers to the wall, create a tee pee shape out of wood and wrap with garland and decorate, so many fun things can be done to make a unique Christmas tree! 

Do you decorate for Christmas with a unique tree?

Stay tuned next week for even more Christmas ideas! 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Handmade Hangout Party #181

Happy Thanksgiving! 
I hope you've had a great day with your family and friends enjoying a delicious meals together and being thankful for all you have! I also hope you still have a little partying left in you as it is time to party a little more by showing off your ideas!

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Winter Wonderland Ornament

Do you ever make your own ornaments? 
I've made a few in my time, whenever inspiration hits, and I have one for you again today.
I had a pile of mason jar lids sitting in a box left over from a past project and I didn't want to just throw them away so after some thinking, I thought ornaments would be a great use of them! 

 This is fairly easy to create if you have some lids sitting around not being used. 

-Glitter paper
-Mason Jar lid
-Glue or adhesive of some sort (Mod Podge, Goop)
-Hot Glue Gun
-Twine or ribbon
-Small figurines and trees

Begin by tracing the center of the mason jar lid twice and cutting out the circles.

Glue the circles to both sides of the center of the lid. I used Mod Podge to glue the paper to the lid.

Here's a shot of the lid sandwiched between the paper, like the cream in an Oreo cookie. ;)

Then glue the center of the lid to the outer ring. I used Goop glue to glue this in but you could use any other adhesive and probably even hot glue. 

Time to add the winter wonderland part. 
Take a tiny bit of batting and glue that to what will be the bottom area of your ornament. 

Next, glue a small bottle brush tree and deer, or any item of your choosing, into the snow. I glued the bottom of the figurines to the batting and then placed a tiny bit of hot glue on the back of them to glue them to the paper as well so they would fall forward.

And lastly, wrap the outer ring with twine or ribbon gluing it down tightly.
I tied it once then glued it down at the top before making a knot in the twine creating a loop for hanging. 

And that's it! 
I wish you could see better in the photos the glitter paper in the backdrop but it sparkles pretty like snow!

Simple as that and ready for the tree!

I have another mason jar lid ornament in the works too so stay tuned for that one! :) 

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