As I mentioned on Monday, we decorate for the holidays on the day after Thanksgiving. While watching Elf.I love how homey and peaceful the apartment feels with the glowing lights of the Christmas tree, so I always want the tree and decor up as soon as possible. That works fine for the stuff we put out every year, but not for all the wonderful Christmas crafts I always intend to make, then run out of time. Not this year. I picked out just a few crafts to make, so I wouldn’t overwhelm myself in trying to make a winter wonderland in my living room. One of the first items on my list to make was this natural wooden star, which I think turned out quite well.
Making it only took about half an hour, once I gathered up all the sticks from outside. It wasn’t super easy finding suitable sticks while walking down local streets in Chicago, but I made do with what was there.To keep the sticks together, Dan drilled little holes in the sticks and used thin wire.
I didn’t like how the wire looked, so I took some red, white, and green yarn and wrapped it around the wire for a bit of whimsy.I wanted it to light up, so I strung mini battery powered LCD lights through the branches. I knew the perfect place to put the star – on the shelf behind our couch. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in. The star looked lonely up there buy itself, so I added a mini Christmas tree with old looking bells, a sparkly white dove, and a framed Christmas saying. First, I had the famous Elf quote: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” See above. But, as much as it made me smile every time I saw it, the print didn’t really go with the more natural, toned down elements in the room that I wanted. Out went the Elf print and in went this wonderful chalkboard printable that I got from here.
Yes, I jumped on the chalkboard bandwagon. I love the look.
Christmas craft project #1 this season…SUCCESS!