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Project #44 Christmas Tree Wall Decoration

Christmas Tree Wall Decoration by Khali from Little. Lovely.

Christmas is the favourite holiday in our house. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of creating Christmas decorations that I’ll now be making with my own children. Here’s one of my favourites – a paper plate Christmas tree.

You’ll need:
*10 x paper plates
*20 x green square art paper
*Double sided tape
*3 x patterned Christmas cards
*Blu Tac
*White ribbon (optional)

Note: Your green square paper should be the diameter of the inside of your paper plates.

Step one:
Concertina fold each piece of green square paper, then fold in half.
Step two:
Staple or tape the inside edges of your folded paper together as shown to create a half circle. Repeat.
Step three:
Take two half circles and staple or tape together to make a circle. Repeat.
Step four:
Attach your circle to the centre of a paper plate using double sided tape. Place Blu Tac on the back of the plates so they can be secured to your wall. Repeat for remaining plates.
Step five:
To make wreath decorations for your tree, cut a circle from the back  and the pattern from the front of each Christmas card, as shown.
Step six:
Secure the patterns to the circles with Blu Tac or double sided tape. Now attach the Christmas wreaths to your tree or to a piece of ribbon to hang above your tree.
Step seven: Assemble plates on your wall in the shape of a Christmas tree and decorate with wreaths.

..Little. Lovely...

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Project #43 Apple Placemats

Apple Placemats by Courtney Russel from Two Straight Lines

As we celebrate the harvest season here in the US, it's nice to get the kids involved in decorating the holiday table.  These cute apple placemats are painted using a freezer paper stencil, a technique easy enough for kids.  Freezer paper can be found at many grocery stores or online, but be careful, once you start you'll be stenciling every thing in sight.

You will need:
*Printed fabric
*Fabric glue (I like Alene's Tacky Glue)
*Red and Brown Textile Paint (I use Jacquard Paint)
*Paintbrushes- 1 wide, 1 narrow
*Freezer Paper
*Heavy Weight Paper
Step one:
Cut your burlap to 13" x 17".
Step two:
On the heavy paper, sketch your apple, refining your drawing until you're happy.  Cut the apple out and trace around it on the paper side of the freezer paper.  Cut the apple out of your freezer paper, making sure that the area surrounding the apple is uncut-- this is your stencil.
Step three:
Place your stencil on the burlap where you would like it and iron it in place.
Step four:
Using the wide paintbrush, paint the area inside of your stencil with the red textile paint (tip: I used both foam and bristle paintbrushes and preferred the bristle).  Carefully peel your stencil away. Using the narrow paintbrush and the brown paint, paint the stem on your apple.
Step five:
Cut a leaf from your printed fabric.  Glue it next to your stem just above your apple.  If desired, use the marker to draw pretend "stitches" on the leaf.
Step six:
One at a time, pull four or five threads from each edge of the placemat to create a fringe.
Step seven:
Repeat until you have a placemat for every seat at your table.

..Two Straight Lines..

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