11.20.2009

Artsy Fartsy: Christmas Edition

Ok, so you are probably wondering- why "artsy fartsy" I don't see any art? Make it what you want, but my husband always calls me "artsy fartsy" whenever I am doing any kind of craft. Therefore, this segment of my blog is dedicated to him.

This past week, school was let out due to Thanksgiving and currently I am unemployed. Free time is in abundance these days and believe me I have found ways to stay busy. Growing up I was the designated holiday decorator of my house hold. After we picked a tree, everyone disappear and I was left with tangled up lights and 10 tupperware boxes of ornaments. Nat King Cole played in the background, and still to this day I am never more happy then when I am wrapping gifts for my mom or finding the one missing light bulb.

This year Ross and I have no budget for decorations and are not willing to spend the money since we currently rent. Needless to say I used what I had. Here are just a few of the projects to tickle your fancy...

Burlap Picture Wreath:
I made this using a styrofoam wreath and leftover burlap. Just wrap burlap around ring and hot glue ends. I then used metal binder clips to attach some of my favorite Christmas photos. Stick pins would work and also black and white photos.
Cost- $0.00
Ornament Wreath:
I made this wreath for our front door using a metal coat hanger and different size silver ornaments from the Dollar Store. String the ornaments onto the metal hanger until completely covered. Then lock the ends together by bending the metal. I used ribbon that I already had. Its not perfect but I love the way it looks on our black door.
Cost: $8.00
Burlap Table Runner:
Used burlap (leftovers), ribbon (already had from last Christmas), and hot glue. Easy peasy and no sewing machine! Ross and I were given this buffet table from my family- its a great piece but I don't dig this dark wood. For now this runner will do to spruce it up but there are plans to paint when we buy a house. Oh, Sadie wanted to say hello!
Cost: $0.00

I am posting these projects on:
The Shabby Nest-Frugal Friday
My Romantic Home- Show and Tell Friday
Finding Fabulous- Frugalicious Friday
Funky Junk Interiors- Saturday Nite Special

Hope you enjoyed this segment of Artsy Fartsy!
Read On,
MT

14 comments:

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi MT,
Coat hangers are great, aren't they? I made a Christmas tree out of them one year. They were all the rage that year! Thanks for sharing and Happy Friday!

Blessings,
Sandi

Holly said...

Great ideas! I especially like the silver ornament wreath...really pretty!

Cindy said...

Wow, festive without a budget, you did a great job! I love to see crafts like these, especially now, many are trying to do more on less. Hugs, Cindy S. (from Canada)

Funky Junk Interiors said...
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Funky Junk Interiors said...

Oops.. sorry for double post!

Oh yeah, that wreath is really pretty! Just pops against your dark door! Loving your other ideas too.

I know where you're coming from. I'm spending nothing for decor this season. Just setting up today in fact.

Thanks for linking up to SNS #6!

Funky Junk Donna

Pat said...

Great job! I can only imagine what you will be able to do once you have your house.

Kim said...

Cute ideas on a slim budget. The green ribbon adds a nice finishing touch.
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Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Love the idea of the photo wreath! We're moving right around Christmas time (sigh) so I'm not going to pull out all the regular decor this year. I thought it would be fun to use some family photos on a table top tree. (I guess great minds think "FRUGALLY" alike, huh?)

MT said...

Thank you for all the sweet comments! I am so excited about this blog and can't wait to see where it takes me in the future! Please stay in touch:)

Jane said...

Those are some fabulous finds! The photo wreath is too cute, and I really must make an ornament wreath this year. I love that idea, because you didn't even need a wreath form. Just a coat hanger...love that! And isn't burlap fun to work with? Thanks for linkin' up to Frugalicious Friday!

Jane @ Finding Fabulous

Diann said...

Great thrifty Christmas decor ideas! i really like the photo wreath the best!

myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

great ideas! I love those ornaments wreaths!

Happy Thanksgiving
gail

Jeanne said...

Love your craft ideas. The wreaths are both very nice, especially the photos. Wire coat hangers now have a great re-purpose. Love the burlap runner. Very clever.

Happy Thanksgiving.
Hugs, Jeanne

Pearl Maple said...

Looks like you are having fun gettin artsy and in the mood for the holidays. Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

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