Some of you have inquired about a few of this year’s Christmas decorations. While I’ve been utterly consumed by the new course that I’m currently teaching, I did eek out time for some fun Christmas projects. Thank you Pinterest!!!
The subway art came from the Mod Podge blog, you can download the free print HERE. We had ours mounted on foam core, which kept the cost down and makes for versatile placement.
While I kept most things simple, I did spend a lot of time on my balls. Felted balls, that is. Following this tutorial from the Pickles blog, I hand felted 45 colorful balls from roving wool. This video is also very helpful. My garland is about eight feet long, with two inches of space between each felt ball. I struggled with whether or not I should glue or knot them into place, but ultimately I did not. I’m glad that I didn’t as the felt is “grabby” and they don’t move once you have them in place.
Here’s a close-up shot of my balls. I heart them. I found the bright colors at my favorite shop, Knot Another Hat, in Hood River.
We also visited these guys from Foothills Yarn & Fiber, near Odell. I now want my very own alpaca for Christmas.
I’ve managed to keep everything else cheap & easy, just how I like it. I love to display my cards every year, and found this peppermint striped ribbon in the half-off bin at Michael’s. Using Krylon’s “Blue Ocean Breeze”, I spray painted clothespins to hang the cards with.
My mason jar obsession continues…
And I’m loving my candles with sugar and cranberries: