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A Cheap and Classy Christmas

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

Total: $4

Ornament How To:

1. Cut toilet paper or paper towel rolls into bands, about 1 inch each. Kitten not required :)

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2. Hot glue into flower shapes, I made both 6 petal flowers and 5 petal flowers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Garland How To:

1. String balls with needle on thread.

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2. Enjoy

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Midi Me

Midi Me

Gift Guide Part 2

Gift Guide Part 2