A Cheap and Classy Christmas
I have to admit I'm feeling quite proud of myself at this moment. I have crafted up 40ft of garland and 6 ornaments for $4. Thats right $4. This is the first year I have had my own place to really decorate as I choose, so I was excited to add some holiday cheer and try out my own style. I am a more classic christmas gal. I love a clean red and white color scheme and a little whimsy, I don't like to take holiday decor too seriously, bring on the warm and fuzzies. But of course, being broke, I had to be creative. So when I came across these red ball container filler bags at the Dollar Tree, I knew I had struck gold, they would make the perfect garland balls. Woo hoo. I have also been brainstorming how to best use these adorable t.p. flowers. And tada a whole holiday window display came together...
Here are the supplies and cost break down:
TP Rolls: free
Buttons: 10 for 10 cents each
Paper: Left over wrapping paper, free
Felt: leftover, free
Ribbon: $1 for a 12 ft spool at Dollar Tree, x 2
Garland balls: $1 at Dollar Tree
Hot glue & Thread: already owned, free
Ornament How To:
1. Cut toilet paper or paper towel rolls into bands, about 1 inch each. Kitten not required :)
2. Hot glue into flower shapes, I made both 6 petal flowers and 5 petal flowers.
3. Paint. The t.p. cardboard (I found out the hard way) is pretty absorbent, so it is best to give the flowers a base coat of acrylic craft paint and then use spray paint for a smoother finish.
4. Cut felt circles, using a small circle object to trace, I used my glue stick.
5. Cut stars from left over wrapping paper, I cut both 6 pointed stars and 4 pointed stars depending on the flower.
6. Stack stars, felt and buttons with hot glue. My buttons are from a vintage flea market, where I got them for 10 cents each. The are an eclectic bunch that are unified by color having some texture.
7. Attach stack with hot glue.
8. Attach ribbon by gluing on the back edges of the flower. I used this method because I knew I would be hanging them on a vertical surface, like a window or wall, but I am sure you could punch a hole and thread the ribbon to make a traditional ornament.
Garland How To:
1. String balls with needle on thread.