This year, we also did a bit of "forced crafting." That's what my family calls it when someone gets the idea to do a little crafting project, and the rest of us are forced to join in. (It's like a forced march, but more fun. And you end up with cute things to bring home.) I'll share pics and how-to instructions from our craft at the end of the post for those who like to get crafty!
Now, back to the windows. This year the theme was Muttly Kalikimaka, so of course we have Indy on a sandy beach wearing a lei, with the ocean behind her.
On the side windows, we have a hula dancing squirrel and a squirrel shooting the curl.
Here's the whole thing together.
On the other side of the house, my sis always puts her tree in the window, so we have some accompanying palm trees:
Too cute, right? (BTW, that is part of the process of painting the windows - you have to run outside to look at your work every 5 minutes, and squeal over how cute it is.)
This year's forced crafting was ornaments for the tree made of buttons. First we made some adorable (if we do say so ourselves) snowmen, based on a photo my sis had from a magazine. Then, because we had a lot of green buttons my sis had ordered online, we decided to make trees. We just made those up on our own.
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* A big stash of Christmasy-color buttons
* 20 gauge jewelry wire
* Some narrow ribbon
They're super easy to make! First, comb through that stash of buttons you've been saving for no-good purpose. Now's their chance to shine! Pull out some small brown ones (tree trunks), white, black, red, and green of varying sizes. If you have any fun buttons, like stars, hearts or bows, those make cute tree toppers.
Cut a piece of wire about 9 or 10 inches and fold it back on itself to make a long skinny U. You'll thread the buttons on here and also use it to form the hook.
For the snowman: you'll need 4 white buttons for the body of varying sizes. Thread them onto the wire, smallest first, then the next in size, then the biggest, then a smaller one again. Then put a red button (it's under the ribbon scarf, so not really visible in the pics). Thread 3 more white buttons on for the head. Then a big flat black button for the brim of his hat, then another red for his hat band, then 2 more smaller black buttons. Twist the wires tightly together at the top, form a little loop end to feed some ribbon through, and then twist that end down. (You can make it nice and tight using a needle-nosed pliers.) Snip off any excess wire. Use ribbon to make a scarf and a loop for hanging.
For the tree: thread 3 small brown buttons onto another piece of wire for the trunk. Then you'll need about 10-12 green buttons. You can vary them like I did (the tree with the red star) or graduate them from biggest to smallest like my sis did (the tree with the bow). For my tree, I just twisted the wire tightly at the top, and trimmed one end close while forming the other end into a hook for hanging. I used some gold wired trim my sis had to thread through the red star button and twist it onto the top of the tree. Then I just kept going with the gold trim, winding it around the tree to look like garland. I twisted it tightly at the bottom between the "tree" and the "trunk" and cut the excess off.
When my sis got to the top of her tree, she also twisted the wire tight at the top, then threaded one end through the white bow button, and used the other end to form a loop for a hanger. The two ends are twisted together, and hidden behind the bow.
That's it! You're done! Sorry I was so wordy!
Do you like to get crafty?
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