Welcome y’all to day seven of the 12 Days of Christmas. There will no swans-be-a-swimming but there is something swinging…
Today’s project was definitely inspired by something I caught a glimpse of on Pinterest.
Image found on The Style Files
Oh I loved the look of those. Especially their rustic, not perfect, character. I thought it would be fun to make them myself. And when I found a bag of wood circles for a steal it was a done deal.
My wood chips were quite rustic indeed, but that was okay. I gathered up my tools and went to work.
Drilling the holes was the easiest part.
Next came the drawing. I am no good at drawing. Really I struggle even with making a symmetrical heart.
But I went for it.
My first batch was more or less a copy of my inspiration pic.
The roughness of the wood – I hadn’t bothered sanding the chips down any further – made it hard to get clear lines. So I was happy to reach for a big tip sharpie for the next batch (mostly the backs of my white painted chips).
Working with a pen allowed me to make more intricate designs like my snowflake and I could write text.
I decided that it might be fun to add a bit of color too. So I painted a few chips all white.
I hoped I could write on them with a red sharpie. Turned out that became more pink than red. Not what I was going for. So I reached for some scrapbook embellishments and my glitter glue. Problem solved.
Now that I had about twenty of these chips decorated on both sides I had to come up with a way to use them.
I decided to string them up with string and add some extra embellishments in between. And now I have a rustic Christmas garland.
I added all kinds of little things in between the wood chips, like washi tape flags, wooden stars from a handmade Christmas two years ago and beads from my stash (I found that beaded circle among my wooden beads, lucky find, I used it as it was).
Some jingle bells were added and some bark hearts from the dollar store.
And now it is hanging in front of our French doors in the living room. It looks really cute, and it was hell to photograph. Remind me please, next year, not to make another project to hang in front of those doors. Photographing it took me almost as much time as I used to make it.
But I really like how it looks to have something dangling and swinging in front of those doors……..
Thanks for stopping by.
CU tomorrow or over at my friends, who have been doing such great work:
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All my 12 Days of Christmas Decorating Posts so far.
These are beautiful Marianne!! Pinning – xo
Donna - Funky Junk Interiors says
Gorgeous! Just gorgeous. I LOVE how they drape from ceiling to floor, it really draws your eye in! I’m glad you worked those photos in front of the windows because they truly look wonderful and as if they were effortless! 🙂
Athena at Minerva's Garden says
Hi Marianne: I just wanted to stop in and tell you how much I have been enjoying your blog. I’ve been going back and reading all your posts–so much fun, so thank you! I have a blogging question: my blog is on WordPress, too, and I wondered if you have any suggestions about a good plugin to use to backup my blog? I have one I’m using but I think something is not working correctly with it, and I’d love to change it to a better one. Thanks so much, and have a great day!
Marianne I love your garland! It is so simple and rustic… and I love the way it hangs down the door! Beautiful!