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Crafty Christmas

I have been feeling a bit crafty lately. And I have finally made time to do a few small projects (at the expense of my house looking like a tornado hit!)

First up, my Mom is hosting a table at her church’s Christmas dinner and she wanted me to make some “name plates” to match her table decor. I have to mail them to her so they aren’t completely put together yet – but here is the main part.

I made 10 boxes with Christmas tree cut outs in 4 different colors (2 color of green, red & white). And I am also sending rectangle tags for my Mom to write the names on. And to finish it off she just has to glue the name tags to the boxes. I thought they turned out really cute.

Second, I wanted to make a small gift for the ladies at my MOPS table. I stole the idea got my inspiration from the gift my friend Elaine gave me last year.

I made a quick run to the Dollar Tree and Michael’s and came home with $8 worth of picture frames, $2 worth of craft paper and a $3 can of brown spray paint.

This is what the frames looked like before I painted them. Not a horrible color but they were all slightly different tones.

One coat of spray paint later and they were all a nice “satin espresso” color.

I chose simple paper – red and cream for the background and a textured cream for the nativity scene. I cut out the nativity scene using my Silhouette machine and then wrote Matthew 1:23 below.

The finished product! I really like the way it turned out and I think the ladies at my table liked it too. Oh, and if you get one of these for Christmas just pretend like you haven’t seen it before :)

Do you have any favorite Christmas crafts or something new you’re going to try this year?


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4 Responses to “Crafty Christmas”

  1. Nonny says:

    Beautiful craftwork. Hope I get one.

    The only “crafty” thing I do at Christmas is to write a poem to my co-workers. It is a way to honor them for their hard work. I have been doing this since 1989. They really love seeing their name in writing, even if it is a little corny. I print it on Christmas paper and give them each a copy along with a goodie bag. We have been having our departmental Christmas party at my house every year since 1989 also. At the party I read the poem and then present them with their copy and their gift.

  2. SYBIL says:

    You are quiet the “crafty” one now. I know you’re loving the machine and all the cute things you are making using it. YYour Mom will be so proud of you! I used to do some crafts but noting in a long while. Love the pictures!!!!

  3. Mimi says:

    Well, you are just the craftiest little rascal. You do not get that from your Mimi. I’m not very swift at think up cute stuff.

  4. Honey says:

    I love our name pace trees. Thank you for all of the hard work. I think the moms at your table will love their gifts. They turned out soooo pretty! I may have to get me a machine!! My craftiness…I am decorating clipboards with the initial of every teacher in my building!