November 17, 2012

5 Ways to Add Deco Mesh to a Christmas Tree

I am in FULL swing decorating my home for the holidays. I just love making my home warm and inviting for my family and guests. One of my favorite things to incorporate in my Christmas decorating is Deco Mesh. I especially like adding Deco Mesh to my Christmas tree because there are so many different ways to add it. Whether you like the funky and whimsical look or subtle more natural look, you can add Deco Mesh to your Christmas tree using these techniques. Here are my FIVE different ways to add Deco Mesh to a Christmas Tree. Make sure to leave me a comment and tell me which method you prefer.

But first, let me show you my 2012 Christmas tree from my family den, I went with a deep red/burgundy and gold theme.
Video-5 Ways to Add Deco Mesh to a Christmas Tree
You can tell I am very subtle this year with the deco mesh in my tree. That is because I found an amazing red ribbon with gold damask print I had to incorporate but I like the shimmer the mesh gives off as it reflects the warm Christmas lights.
You can see I used more deco mesh in my garland on my fireplace. I ran out of the fancy, more expensive red and gold ribbon but the gold and red mesh matches enough. I used the black and white checker ribbon also on my fireplace garland to tie the two together.
So as promised here are the videos....

Add Deco Mesh to Christmas Tree Part 1:

Attach mesh to an artificial garland and add it to the tree either vertically or wrap around your tree.


Add Deco Mesh to Christmas Tree Part 2:

Attach mesh to the Christmas tree in one continuous piece weaving in and out and around your tree.


Add Deco Mesh to Christmas Tree Part 3:

Cut 20" long pieces and place inside your tree at different locations giving the illusion of one continuous piece.


Add Deco Mesh to Christmas Tree Part 4:

Cut 12" long pieces and twist onto branches of your tree for a more whimsical look.



I hope you have a wonderful time decorating for the holidays! I know your family and friends will be amazed when they see your new decorated tree!


Don't forget to check out my new video, How to Make a Silk Flower Christmas Wreath
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November 12, 2012

How to Make a Christmas Tree Topper

This is such a busy and hectic time of the year with all of the decorating, shopping and working to do; however, all the extra effort is worth it when you see your children's eyes light up when they see the Christmas tree or when your home transforms into this warm and magical place to receive family and guests. To help you out, I created a short video I want to share with you on how I make my tree toppers for my Christmas Trees.

So what type of tree topper do you put on your tree?

November 4, 2012

How To Make A Wreath Craft Show Display or Storage

Do you need more room for storing your wreaths? Are you a fellow wreather like me? If so, then I know you crave more storage/crafting space and smarter storage areas. I want to share with you my idea for storing my wreaths until I sell them. It's so easy and no tools are required! This display would also be perfect for displaying your wreaths in craft shows; you can easily disassemble and reassemble as needed because this requires no tools. This took me 15 minutes to construct and cost less than $50.



What you will need
3 ClosetMaid 6' x 15.89" Shelves ($15 ea at Lowe's)




15 Heavy Duty Cable Ties (I used TwistTail 14.5")
9-12 "S" Hooks (31 cents ea)
 




Assemble The Base
Line up two of the shelves vertically side by side and use cable ties to secure tightly in 5 places. I secured 1 on the top, 1 in the middle, 1 on the bottom, and then in between those areas for a total of 5 ties.




Side one should look like this.



Now attach the third shelf to the two just connected, again secure in 5 places using cable ties. Note: I attached the cable ties in the same areas all the way around. Your display should now look like this.



Now twist off the excess cable ties.




Hang Your Wreaths
Now you can use the "S" Hooks to loop onto your wreath hangers and attach to the shelving grids. The feet on the bottom of these shelves are already covered with protective coating from the shelving unit itself so it won't scratch the floors.  I found this display to be very sturdy and level. I was prepared to use a 2' x 2' square piece of plywood and drill holes into in order to zip tie the display to that for a stable base, but I don't need to. It's sturdy on its own.




Like I said, these would be great for using during craft shows alone or combined with other display methods. What do you think? I hope this was helpful to you. I have 3 of these constructed that I use to store my wreaths until they are sold.

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