Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Craft Day

My sister and I had a Christmas Craft Day and had a chance to put together some fun last holiday decor. We did these gumdrop trees - this is a super easy and fast project and perfect for kids as well as adults. Just get a Styrofoam cone, several bags of gumdrops (we went through 3.5 for 2 trees), toothpicks, and ribbon. Break the toothpicks in half, stick the broken half into the gumdrop and then place into the cone, working from the bottom up. Attach a bow with a toothpick and you have an easy addition to the holiday decorations.

We also made little Christmas houses atop glittered pedestals.

This is our version of a snow globe. We used votive holders and turned them upside down. Michaels had bags of the mini bottlebrush trees for $1. Whoever came up with the dyeing idea is fabulous!

We put together little holiday notebooks. I didn't put much adornment on mine as I like to keep these in my purse to keep notes, make lists, etc. They get pretty beat up in there!

Lastly we made winter bird ornaments.
Thank you to everyone who has visited and commented recently! I'm making the rounds to all the new (to me) blogs as I work through all of the holiday to do lists. If I don't have a chance to post again before Christmas - warmest Christmas and Holiday wishes to you all!


The Whispering Poppies said...

How fun, Karla! A craft day with your sister! Everything you've made is so pretty! I love the house on the pedestal, and the darling make-do cloche! =)

The Rose Room said...

What a great day Karla and what a lot you achieved! I am going to do a gumdrop bell with my Princess. Thanks for the instructions! Merry Christmas - Rachaelxo

Jessica said...

What adorable things you made! I love the votive cloche. The tree is so cute. How did you make your own Christmas house? Did you have a pattern? Thanks for sharing! And Merry Christmas!

Charmingdesigns said...

Wonderful crafts!! Laurie

Anonymous said...

Hi Sugar Bear,

Thanks for making our new holiday tradition so great! I have all my crafts displayed around the house. They give me that warm and cozy Christmas feeling everytime I look at them! Also, please tell Ramona that Clyde says hello. He misses her dearly!

Love Ya,

Kerryanne English said...

That was a very productive crafting day you and your sister had Karla. Everything looks lovely but I particularly like the gumdrop trees - I'll be making those for the kids next year.
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Monica said...

wow look at you !
You were busy little elves! Love all the goodies , especially the houses on those pretty glittered pedestals..yummers!
I have been way too busy with Austins school and cub scouts to accomplish anything of my own.
Have a wonderful Holiday girly!

MizSmoochieLips said...

Aww! Love!! The gumdrop tree is wonderful! All of it is!

Vicki C said...

BEAUTIFUL stuff Karla! Super cute.. love them all!

Margie said...

Karla, what a wonderful time of the year to spend quality crafting time with a loved one. The fruits of your labour are fantastic, I especially love the gumdrop tree and agree that it would be a great craft to do with children, I would have to add another bag of gum drops as I am sure to eat them...hugs Margie.

Anonymous said...

You and your sister are truly creative to come up with these beautiful crafts. I like the gumdrop trees - a perfect addition to my list of Christmas craft ideas to do with the kids next Christmas.

The Other Side of Me said...


You are going at those Christmas decorations. I love the snowglobe idea. It is too cute!! What a fun day to spend with your sister.
Merry Christmas to you and your husband and the little bump!!

Jorgelina said...

Hi Karla!!
Very fun!!
Wonderful crafts.
Merry Christmas

Heather - Speckled Egg said...

I'm LOVING all of your Christmas crafts!!!! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

Kim said...


Your Christmas crafts are just beautiful! I remember those gumdrop trees. How fun!

Have a great Christmas.

jenny holiday said...

Fun fun fun!!! Sisters are the best!!!

Love everything to bits!!

Happy Happy Holidays!!!
xoxo Jenny

Bejeweled said...

Those are just fabulous! What a fun day to spend crafting such fun and beautiful holiday ornaments! That gumdrop tree is just speaking to me. If the snow will just stop and melt a bit in the next few days, might just need to make some of those! :)

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and that all your holiday dreams come true!!

countrygirl3031 said...

Oh Karla what wonderful crafts you made. You're so very talented and creative! I especially love the votive glass turned upside down!

Have a wonderful Christmas!


Jeanie said...

Well, first of all, I want to be your sister. What a wonderful way to spend a creative day together. And the things you did are amazing. I kept trying to decide which I liked most (and making a note to get to Michaels for those trees before they are gone). All the projects are wonderful -- those houses so captivating, the birds, the gumdrops... I want to do them all... NOW!

DO have the merriest of Christmasses -- I know your house will be a very merry place to be!

Natasha Burns said...

Wowzers you girls did some fun crafting! Say hi to your family for me, and have a beautiful Christmas sweet girl!
Natasha xo

ParisBreakfasts said...

These are all so beautiful!!!!

Susie Q said...

What beautifu;l treausures!!

Merry Christmas sweet Karla...I send love and many warm hugs to you and your family.


natalea said...

Karla, I just love all these beautiful crafts!
I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday filled with joy!! Merry Christmas my friend!
xox natalea

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

oooh!!! DARLING creations sweetie!! such a fun time with your sister!! I wish my sister liked making things!! lol. Happy holidays to you and your family!! I hope you have a merry Christmas!!! hugs!! Britt :-)

Patti said...

Hi Karla~ I found your blog while looking for something else and I love it! All your craft ideas are too cute! Thanks for sharing...and Happy Holodays to you and your family!


Jenn said...

Wow, I'm impressed, the good ideas never stop coming! Have a beautiful day!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I LOVE what you did Karla! I need to go look at them again! Now I want to make things. Hope yours was a Merry one!

Tricia Samsal said...

Everything looks so pretty! I love the gumdrop trees. I made some awhile back and kids always loved bringing them out every holiday. HUgs, tricia

Heidi of Everyday Cookies said...

Wow, you and your sister are certainly as productive as you are creative! Everything is darling! I love the gumdrop tree, but that would never get completed with me around, I love the red gumdrops! The house on a glittery pedestal base is so cute, I bet you had fun making them! I haven't tried the dying of the bottle brush trees...I didn't have time, but will try it for next Christmas for sure!

Happy New Year...I hope you're doing well, and I know your new year will be fabulous!
Love, Heidi

Anonymous said...

Very lovely ! I add your link in my favorite :)

Clothmatters said...

You have beautiful crafts and a beautiful blog. I enjoyed visiting your site from Linda Walsh's 'Top 100 Blogs.'

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