Here’s a really easy Holiday gift wrap idea. Did you know there are only 10 Fridays between now and Christmas? It’s true! I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t seem like a lot to me. So every Friday, between now and December 20th (the last Friday before Christmas) I’m going to share a simple craft that will be something for your tree, or your holiday table and of course a few gift wrap ideas…as those seem to be my favorite. I’m already dreaming of my Christmas tree this year. I love those sparse, Charlie Brown type Christmas trees. Ever since I was seven and my best friend Susy White had one, I have wanted one. Last year my kids would have none of it, they insisted on the fuller more robust tree….tradition. This year….I’m going to Terrain and I’ll be there when the doors open and those first trees go on sale. And so I’ll need a few decorations.
Last summer I found a copy of A Charles Dickens Christmas at a thrift store for 50 cents. I’m using it for my advent calendar this year, but I also used it to make gift tags and Christmas tree garland.
1. Gift Tags – I used my tag punch and cut out several tags from pages in the book. I held the punch upside down so that I could position it to capture a word or a phrase. I then cut tags from pieces of black construction paper that sort of has that chalk board look and glued the two pieces together with a glue stick. Then I used a small hole punch and tied a piece of red leather cord. p.s. I love my Eiffel Tower scissors from Lynne of Dreams on 34th Street.
2. Christmas Tree Garland – Then for the second project I used two sizes of circle punches. I cut the larger ones from the words on the pages. For the smaller circles I used the red and gray illustrations. I used simple hardware store twine and glued the circles together. I used book pages on both sides so that when the garland twists and turns on the tree it will be pretty on both sides.