Thursday, December 3, 2009

GET R DONE FRIDAY - Christmas Decor and an Easy Craft Project

Welcome to this weeks' segment of GET R DONE FRIDAY!

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  • Create post about a project you have completed - it can be something 'crafty', remodeling, planting a vine or a vineyard - it's totally up to you!
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NOTE: Be sure to refer viewers back to my blog so everyone can see who is participating today, and if you like - include the GET R DONE FRIDAY picture button (seen at the top of today's post) in your write-up. Please have your post up before linking in with a perma-link. Thanks so much!My "GET R DONE" this week has to do with Christmas decorating...after all, "tis the season"! We hung some garland inside in various locations, put up a couple of wreathes, resurrected a Christmas Tree (actually a miniature version, as we have little room in our cabin), and added a few decorative touches as seen in the photos below. Welcome! And enjoy the brief tour!
The wreath outside our covered porch...
Dolly and Prim Bear decked up for Christmas....
Another Prim jointed bear with his Christmas bow, playing with Big Sky Bears...
And a bear and moose below our Christmas Tree! Mr. Wonderful removed the top portion of our 6 ft. tall artificial tree, put it in a basket filled with rocks, and wrapped the base in a green garland with colored lights wound into it. Much smaller, and fulfills the purpose nicely on a cozy tabletop space!

And now, for the easy project! I got this idea from something my daughter-in-law wanted to do while their family was here for Thanksgiving, but sadly, the time got away from us, so it was never accomplished. I'm going to post the "How To's" here, and I plan to send her the star I'm working on in these photos.
First, find some twigs - whatever kind look attractive to you. I used some wild grape vines with lots of squiggly 'climbers' on them. Decide how big you want your star to be - small, like the one that will be used for my mini-tree topper, or larger, to hang out by your door. They will all be made basically the same way, however larger sticks and thicker vines will make the bigger star easier to make.

In addition to the twigs or vines, you will need a hot glue gun and glue sticks, raffia, and any other embellishments you would like to add to your star once it's completed.
Cut your twigs to about the length you prefer; you will need 6 for each star. I started out with 5 inch lengths. Then arrange them in a 'star' pattern - kind of like the way we were taught to draw stars when we were in school, using one continuous line, or 2 triangle shapes overlapping each other - only of course, we are using the 6 pieces of twigs, instead.
You may prefer a more even and precise looking star, but the one I'm working on today is sort of child-like in form - rather imperfect.
As you connect the twigs, be sure to overlap them if you want a real rustic look, placing a drop of hot glue where the twigs touch, until they are all stuck together. Let them cool a few minutes.

Next, take the raffia, and over each intersection, wrap it in an X fashion, so it appears the twigs are being held together with the raffia strips. You can tie a knot, or apply a drop of hot glue to hold the raffia in place. Or do BOTH, if you are nervous it might fall apart!
That is the basics. For my stars, I glued the squiggly climbers onto it, weaving them around some of the twigs - I like the rustic look of it - seems it could have been found in the woods after being lost by a littlel boy on his way home from school.
Other ideas: Instead of raffia, tie on some frayed checked cotton fabric strips. Add some pip berries or rose hips with hot glue. Pieces of moss would work well with larger stars, too. Use your imagination - Take a STARRING ROLE this Holiday Season!

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Angela said...

I love your star! I wish I had some grape vines so I could do it. I'll have to go out into the ole woods to see what I can come up with. The stars would look good all year round too! I made a star years ago using pine needles that turned out really cute.

Get R Done Friday!

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Hi ya Monica. I feel as if I've been to the moon and back and so so out of the blog loop these days.
Love your Christmas decor, just so dang cute!
Your star will be fun to make. Thanks for sharing. One of these days, hopefully, I'll post again, and catch up on the ol' gang. Miss ya!

Chatty Crone said...

Okay - I don't know how I got involved with all these fabulous crafters - but I'm glad. I wouldn't have thought of that in a million years.

I'm going to join in - but I have nothing like this. Seriously.

If you want to kick me out - let me know!


Jan @ bobbypinsboardwalk said...

My favorite crafts always seem to involve twigs -- and this is no exception. Beautifully don and very clever. Thank you for having the party!

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Very interesting and unique twig stars you have there m'dear! I especially like the curly-q vines...

P.S. Do you have a tabletop tree to avoid CERTAIN animals getting into the ornaments and stuffed moose???

Barbara Jean said...

Thanks for hosting.
did not get pics of much this time, but joining in with a little anyway.

barbara jean

Elizabeth said...

I love the way you've wrapped the checked ribbon around your wreath. The star is so adorable, you should submit it to Tip Junkie tutorials. This is my first time participating in Get R Done.

Knitty said...

Good idea using just the tree top, and I love the star!

Neabear said...

Love your decorations! Don't know if I will get any up this year. Everything is such a mess with trying to redo my sewing room. Plus I work to much. I don't have a full free day again until Dec 12th. Working tomorrow, then a party to go to in the evening. Then we are coffee hosts at church on Sunday. So our weekend is pretty much shot.

Better go now. Need to get to work. I so dream of being retired, but can't do that yet.


Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

That star is s cute! Thanks for the tutorial!!

Barbara Jean said...

Link to giveaway is fixed. sorry

barbara jean

Barbara Jean said...

Love your wreath and the little stars you made.
soo cute, and i love rustic.

thanks for hosting each week.

you are doing a great job, and i would have been soooo on overload if i had tried to do this and everything else i am doing.


barbara jean