Day 1: Mini Hat Christmas Ornament

Welcome to Day 1 of my 12 Days of Christmas 2015.

Over the next 12 Days you can look forward to posts that will include easy, elegant and inexpensive decorating ideas, craft ideas and gift ideas.

I’m starting off with this adorable Mini Hat Ornament.

green mini hat

I first saw it on Pinterest via goodknits.com.  They are so easy and cute you’ll want to make lots before Christmas.

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

1. Scissors
2. Toilet paper or paper towel tube
3. Pencil or pen
4. Measuring tape or ruler
5. Yarn

supplies needed

To begin, flatten out your toilet paper tube. With your ruler measure sections that are 3/4 of an inch wide. Use your pen to mark the width and then with your scissors make your cuts.

Then measure and  cut yarn strands approximately 12 inches long (I used about 40 strands per hat).

Next slIMG_3016ip the loop from one strand of yarn through your paper tube. Loop it around the two ends and pull tight. Keep going all the way around the tube.  Make sure you have enough strands to cover the paper but don’t squish the yarn too closely together.

 

 

 

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Christmas Tablescape Challenge

I invite all my readers, fellow bloggers and Facebook followers to join me in a Christmas Tablescape Challenge.

This is from my 2014 – 12 days of Christmas craft challenge (to view, click here).

poinsettia

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DIY: Turn an old metal tray into a chalkboard message centre

I’ve always had a thing for serving trays. I’ve collected a lot of them over the years and have used them on many occasions.  When I saw this one in a free box at a yard sale I knew instantly what I was going to do with it.

metal silver tray

I wanted a chalkboard message board for my recently reorganized office/craft space (more on that in future post).

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Repurpose a Chair Seat into a Rustic Wooden Pumpkin

 

Front Porch Pic1I recently posted about a cat bed I made using an old wooden crate and part of a chair that I found discarded and ready for the garbage pile (see that post here).

Since I had only used the legs from the chair and wasn’t quite ready to throw the rest away, I was hopeful that I could find a way to repurpose the rest of it someday.

Inspiration struck when I started to decorate my porch for fall and Halloween.floor mat

As I was digging through some stuff in the shed and trying to decide how and what to use to decorate my porch, the chair seat caught my eye

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Reviving a cast iron frying pan

 

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this picture is from seriouseats.com

I think my favorite part of owning vintage cast iron frying pans is the fact they connect us to the past.  For me, they bring back memories, especially of my dad cooking bacon and eggs for everyone in a big ol’ cast iron frying pan whenever we visited the cabin. He still has that pan and he still uses it.

We scored this rusty cast iron frying pan at an auction not long ago for a song because most people thought it wasn’t worth anything.  The hubs knew he could revive it 🙂

frypan before

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