DIY Fresh Cut Trees Sign

Hello! One of my favorite things about Christmas is getting our tree. I absolutely love real trees. They have the most amazing smell and I love that each year our tree is a little different. I know each season it would probably be easier for us to get an artificial tree but I just can’t give up the experience. It’s such a memory making opportunity. I remember our first year in Hawaii. Our first Christmas married, it was 90 degrees outside when we picked out our tree. My husband was in shorts and flip flops as he tied it to the roof of our car. Ha.

This year, he won’t be home to go pick out a tree but I am still going to continue our tradition with our little girl. (I know! I still haven’t gotten my tree yet… soon!)

I wanted to do a little something to commemorate one of my favorite traditions and I thought this little sign would be perfect for that.

I picked up a white wood board from Lowe’s and painted it with some white paint that I had thinned out with water.

To create a stencil, I cut out the lettering and arrow using my Silhouette Cameo.

I used a pencil to trace the stencil.

I hand painted the lettering using green acrylic paint. I didn’t worry too much about getting it perfectly in the lines because I knew I would end up distressing it. And really, it isn’t supposed to be perfect.

Here’s the sign before I distressed it. See how I didn’t really do a perfect job getting the paint in the lines. It’s a wonder I made it through Elementary now that I look at it!

And here’s the after. You can hardly even tell I can’t color in the lines :) Right?

So there you have it. My little sign that reminds me of my favorite holiday tradition. I’d love to hear what your favorite holiday tradition is. Share them with me in the comments! Have a great day friends!

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Ruffle Christmas Tree Onesie Tutorial

So I’m kind of addicted to onesies. My little baby wears onesies and leggings all.the.time. Yeah, we love dresses too but there is nothing cuter than her little round belly in a onesie! And the best part? Making them! You are going to love this onesie tutorial!

Remember my Pumpkin Applique Onesie from a few weeks back? Well here is round two of holiday baby onesies, A Ruffle Christmas Tree Onesie Tutorial.

For this project you’ll need to grab a few fabric scraps and trim them to 2 in. wide. I used seven strips. Varied lengths is fine, you’ll trimmed them down to size once they are ruffled.

Once you’ve cut your scraps to 2 in. wide strips. You’re ready to start ruffling. If you have a ruffle foot for your machine, great! If not, you can do what I do, turn your tension up as high as it goes. For me, that’s 9. And bump your stitch length up as high as it goes. For me, that’s 5.0. Once you’ve got your settings ready, sew a straight line down the middle of your strips.

Your strips should look like this. Oh, that brown fabric? I played with the idea of doing a brown trunk for my tree but ended up leaving it out.

With your onesie laying flat, start placing your ruffled strips in the ordered you’d like and trim them to make the shape of your tree. Once you’ve figured out the placement. Pin the strips in place, with each strip slightly overlapping the one beneath it. Making sure you’ve returned your settings to normal, sew each strip into place, backstitching at the beginning and end to secure your stitch. I can’t stress enough how important back stitching will be for this onesie. My six month old loved pulling on the ruffles. Had I not back stitched I’m sure she would have pulled some of them right off.

Once you’ve got all your strips sewn into place, you can go through and take out the basting stitch, or the ruffle stitch.

You’re all done! See, now wasn’t that an easy DIY onesie. Wouldn’t this be a fabulous gift?

And because I LOVE showing her off, here is my sweet little babe modeling her new Christmas onesie!

Let me know if you use this tutorial to make one for yourself. I’d love to see it! And be sure to check out my other baby tutorials here.

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A Holiday Craft: Washi Tape Gift Tags

Christmas is coming! Can I just tell you? I am having a blast making holiday crafts. And sure enough, before I end one project, I’m adding a few more to the list.

Holiday crafting is happening at a rapid rate over here! Here is a quick and easy one that I whipped up last minute to put on some gifts for my husband’s Christmas care packages.

If you are in the wrapping mood, check out these washi tape gift tags!

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to WIN ten rolls of washi tape from Downtown Tape. *squeal* When I got my washi tape in the mail I was surprised with some great tags too. Just perfect for gift tags, right?

To decorate my gift tags for Christmas, I just started taping my washi tape to the tags in different patterns (I love the diagonal one the best). Then, I practiced my cursive (haven’t done that since elementary school) and wrote “Cheer” and “Merry” on a couple of them. The last step was to tie a little bit of twine and TA DA, washi tape gift tags!

Cute right? I happen to love them! And they are homemade! What can be better? They’re perfect for everyone from family to neighbor gifts!

Have a great week, friends. Happy Holiday crafting!

Check out of more holiday crafts:

Paint Chip Christmas TreesPaint Chip Christmas Trees

Let It Snow Winter Wreath Making Home BaseWinter Wreath

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