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Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt

I’ve been pinning pictures of ruffled Christmas Tree Skirts floating around Pinterest for over a year now and finally decided to give one a try.  The last few years I have just been using a table cloth as a tree skirt because let’s face it Tree Skirts can be expensive.  At the store the other day I was pricing them and I saw several that were $100 and frankly not anything I thought cute enough to even pay $30 for.  This one I made maybe cost me $20 if I had to buy all the supplies but, I used mostly what I had on hand.  I love it because it turned out one of a kind and it looks darling under the tree.
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I did buy a vinyl round 70” table cloth for $5.99 at Ross.  (Probably can find them at the $1 store. I just didn’t have time to go check.) I folded my table cloth in fourths (fold in half and then fold in half again) and trimmed the point creating a round hole for the tree trunk.  Then I cut a slit to the center so I can easily get it around the tree trunk.
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Next, I took an old table cloth and other fabric I had around the house and ripped it into strips of approximately 4-5 inch even widths.  I did use the sewing machine to stitch the strips together and then gathered one side using a the tightest tension and largest stitch settings.  You don’t have to do this step if you don’t have a sewing machine and can skip to the next step with the glue gun.
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I inquired of 2 helpers to come help me start gluing.  I had them start on the outside on one side of the slit and hot glue the strips just so they over lapped each other slightly.  They were not scientific or perfect in measurement. One of them pulled the trigger on the glue while the other placed the ruffles.  We created a pattern since we had 4 different fabrics. When they got to the edge on the other side they just trimmed the strip of fabric.  I did not hem the fabric and plan to use some fray check on the edges because we did have a lot of loose strings.
I am guessing we had about 2 yards of each of the 4 fabrics and we did end up with some strips of fabric left over.  If you don’t ruffle ahead of time as you glue the fabric down you can scrunch it up as you go giving it a ruffle effect.  I had helpers that were just learning to use a glue gun so, me making the ruffles ahead of time made it easier on them to glue and still get the look I was going for.
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Just use what you have on hand or find inexpensive fabric, sheets, table clothes to rip up.  The nice thing about this tree skirt is that it is large enough to completely cover the stand and the vinyl table cloth makes it a nice weight with the flannel backing to keep it in place.  This way my animals can not access the tree stand as their water bowl.
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Thankfully I snapped this picture before the tree fell over and everything fell off…yes on to finding a tree stand that works for this big beautiful tree.
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Tutorial: Pretty Paper Snowflakes

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Remember making snowflakes as a kid in school? Mine never came out so pretty and so I was never very fond of the activity.  Recently I decided to give it a try and it was a huge success.
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In fact all 6 kids in this house got involved and had a blast making them. They had so much fun the first night they asked to do it again the next night. 

The hardest part is folding them so see below and I will do my best to explain each picture.

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1. Fold one corner of your paper over to make a square. (We had extra legal size paper which made for a little more extra to cut off but, I saved it and made smaller snowflakes with the excess.)
2. Cut off the excess paper.
3. You should have a triangle.
4. Fold your triangle in.
5. You should have a smaller triangle.
6. Tricky part…holding the tip of your triangle on the fold your going to fold over 1 side of your triangle and without creasing it yet.
7. I fold the other side over aligning each edge to create 3rds. 
8. It should look like an arrow.
9. Cut off the tails of the arrow.
10. You should have a cone shape.
11. Cut designs into your cone leaving some of the edges intact to hold your snow flake together. (See some design suggestions below). The trick is to cut out a lot of the paper. You can cut off the tip if you want a hole in the center of your snowflake.
12. Unfold it carefully and your done!
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Feel free to print out the picture above for design ideas. I traced a few before we opened our snowflakes so you can get an idea of the way we cut them to get more intricate designs. Below you can see another design after we cut it and then opened it up.
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Every single one is different. We all played with different cuts that we liked and each one was slightly different…there was even one that I accidently cut more than anticipated and it came out better than expected.  The fun part was opening it to see what great masterpiece we had created.
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I strung them up with fish line and Christmas ornament hooks while the kids were in school yesterday.  I taped a few to the back door. The teenagers especially loved coming home to them hanging up and were declaring which designs were theirs.  It was a family project that was a hit that allowed everyone some creativity.  The younger kids needed help folding and their designs may or may have NOT made it up for display yet! I plan to hang them on the Christmas Tree and Garland as well but, I am a little behind getting the Christmas Décor up.  This was a start and the best part was that the kids loved participating.
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Beware of the mess it creates when 6 kids and a Mom make snowflakes!
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DIY Built-In Desk

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We have an out cove in our 2nd story hallway that was perfect for built-ins of some sort and I had always wanted a desk with cabinets. I had a table in the spot acting as a desk but, it just was always piled with stuff and disorganized.  So, while I was gone to Be You Be Beautiful my husband put these cabinets in and it was so easy…let’s face it my  husband is not a skilled carpenter so anyone can do this.

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He bought 2 base cabinets from Lowe’s, cabinet base board, 2 drawer pulls and a piece of Formica counter top.  He set the cabinets in place and then placed the counter top on top. Now he did have to have the counter top trimmed to fit the space but, he took it to have a friend help him cut it.  Then he drilled holes for the drawer pulls in the drawer fronts, cut the base molding for the cabinets and slide them in place. Everything fits snug so he never did screw or nail anything in place.
He didn’t remove any of the base molding along the wall so there is a small gap but, I love that it all easily can be moved out and changed, painted behind, etc. if needed.  He did drill a hole in the center of the counter so my cords can easily run down to the plug.
I also picked up that barstool height chair at IKEA that was very inexpensive and very comfortable to sit at.
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So, here you see my blogging spot.  I still have a few things I have in the works to make the space more functional but, for now it has been a great comfortable work space…though stuff still gets dumped by the kids when they don’t know where something goes…not sure that problem is fixable.
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Fall Coffee Filter Pom Pom’s & Waxed Leaf Garland

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I had so much fun today creating this fun easy and very inexpensive Fall Garland for Thanksgiving Décor.

Fall Coffee Filter Garland
1. Buy Natural Basket-Style Coffee Filters. I think mine were $1.89
2. Separate out the filters and lay them flat.
3. Crinkle it up in a ball.
4. Smooth it back out.
5. Stack in groups of 10 & get out the stapler.
6. Staple 2 staples towards the center with a enough room to poke a hole in the center of them.
7. Fold in half and cut hole or poke hole.
8. Feed your twine or jute through the hole.
9. Scrunch up your pom-pom. I start with one side working toward the center.  Then do the other side and then scrunch both sides together making a cute scrunch messy pom-pom ball!
Next the waxed leaves.  Collect lots of pretty leaves and don’t forget fun twigs and sticks while you are at (for another project) with fun little boys in camo gear and pretty horses.
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Those horses are sure fun especially when they follow you around with curiosity probably thinking you have food for them in your bucket of leaves. Oh yes getting side tracked…onto the wax leaves.
Wax Fall Leaves
1. Buy paraffin wax at the grocery store. Mine I have had for 14 years at least sitting in my cupboard.
2. Cut some off the block and put in a throw away pan on your stove burner. Slowly melt the wax. (Learned the hard way and melted it fast only to have my downstairs all nice and Smokey.)
3. Use tongs and spatula that can be thrown away or cleaned after use or that you don’t care gets wax on it. Dip one leaf at a time with a thin coat of wax.
4. Let drip dry over pan and excess wax falls off.
5. Use wax paper to set leaves on to dry or in my case I used plastic wrap and foil with non-stick cooking spray on it.
6. Once cool and dried moved to another surface to make room for more leaves.
Tie them in between your pom- poms with more twine or jute and you are done! Or hang them with fishing wire all by themselves strung across a window.
I had everything for this project on hand except for the coffee filters so all of this cost me under $2. The kids all helped as well with the pom-pom’s and leaf waxing making it a fun family project.

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Chicken Wire Bulletin Board

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Here is one of the other fun projects I made with a thrift store frame. 

I spray painted the frame heirloom white and then glazed it with a black glaze.  Staple gunned the chicken wire on the back and it was done! Super easy and great way to add some fun to hang all those papers, invitations and announcements you need to keep around!
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Under $10 Under 1 Hour Fall 2012 Party

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I am excited to be joining up with Melissa @ 320 Sycamore Blog for her semi-annual Under $10 Under 1 Hour Party.
Here are my top posts of projects from the last 6 months that are great Under $10 Under 1 Hour projects that would make great gifts for the Holidays.

T-shirt Bracelets
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Decorative Pens
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Baby Embellished Tie Onesie 
Baby Girl Embellished Baby Gifts – Cheetah Print and Ruffles
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Recycled Animal Feed Tote
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Solar Jar Lights
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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to go visit the party over at 320 Sycamore Blog.
Click here, here, here and here for my past Under $10 Under 1 Hour Projects posts.

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Peg Board Frame–Organizing Office/Craft Supplies

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I am loving my Office/Craft supply organizers hanging on the wall above my new desk. {See below for a sneak peek of my new built in desk} I wanted something up off the desk, out of a cupboard or drawer to keep things a little more tidy.  Otherwise it seems everything just get shoved someplace, dumped on my desk and it never stays organized…or I just don’t know what I have because I can’t see it.  So here’s to hoping this helps the office area stay more organized.

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Here’s what I started with a couple of frames from the thrift store and a sheet of Peg Board from the home improvement store.  I had my husband cut the peg board to fit my frames.  I love the frames just the way they are because the wood matches my hardwood flooring and since they were in good condition there was no need to paint them for the look I was going for.
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I laid the peg board out on cardboard and painted with spray paint.  I wanted mine to look like old metal for something a little different.  I spray painted with 2 different gray metal paints and then antiqued it using the method I used on my kitchen cabinets.
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I staple gunned the peg board in by stapling just behind the pegboard into the the sides of the frame just like you would see on other framed pictures…sorry forgot to take a picture.
I am using an assortment of peg board accessories kit from the home improvement store to hold things up with.  I am still in the process of hanging stuff up and putting stuff away.
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This is a sneak peak at my new space in which I am still slowly moving into…I have been loving it but, if you saw the huge pile next to this of the stuff needing to be gone through sorted, thrown away, etc.… you would realize why I have been procrastinating putting the office/craft supplies away!  I have taken 2 trash bags out so I have made progress but, I just haven’t been very motivated to go through all the stuff everyone had dumped on my old desk…it is much more fun to sit in my new chair and surf the web.
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More to come on how we made our DIY office desk built ins all on our own.
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