Crafty Christmas: Christmas Cards

I realized that I talk about my wife quite a bit here in my little blog space. I also realized that I have never given you her name. For all of my regular readers out there, and for all my new ones who I hope will become regular, her name is Maggie. By now you all know that Maggie, being the crafty woman she is, is making our house into a handcrafted Holiday home. Yesterday, we featured her Pom Pom Trees. Today, we will show you how to make your very own Christmas Cards.

MATERIALS
Card Stock 5×7 Cards with Envelopes
White and/or Multicolor Paper
Glue Pen
White Gel Pen (optional)
Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS
Make a few Holiday related templates.  You can do a search for some pretty awesome templates or draw some winter themed ones like Maggie did.

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Maggie was sweet enough to draw up her template of winter themes for me to share with you all.  Click below to download the PDF file.

WINTER THEMED TEMPLATES by BOBBLES & BAUBLES

After you cut them out, trace them onto white or colored paper.  Glue the back and paste them onto the front of your cardstock.  If you were brave enough to fashion some templates out of snowflakes, try laying them off center and trimming the overhang for a fun unique look (see picture below).  With a white gel pen, place some ‘stitches’ along some of the patterns (like mittens) or add little accents.

Experiment with different layouts and colors, have fun with them!  I guarantee you can’t go wrong.

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Christmas Cards - Bobbles & Baubles

Your loved ones will appreciate this personal touch this holiday season.  Share your card creations with us and don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see what day 3 of Crafty Christmas brings!

Crafty Christmas: Pom Pom Garland

This year, instead of going with a traditional garland to decorate our home, we decided to go the crafty route and make our own.  Maggie came up with the great idea of sticking with our yarn theme and created a festive pom pom garland

Pom Pom Garland - Bobbles & Baubles

MATERIALS
Yarn in multiple colors
Yarn Needle
Jute

INSTRUCTIONS
The pom pom garland is fairly simple to make.  To begin with, you should make a number of pom poms in various colors (preferable Christmas colors).  The amount you make will depend on how long you wish to make the garland and how many pom poms you wish to string on it

Pom Poms - Bobbles & Baubles

Once again, here is the hilarious video that Maggie put together on how to make a pom pom:

Next, you measure your space and cut your Jute.  You will want to add a few inches so the it can hang a little lower

Jute - Bobbles & Baubles

After measuring and cutting your jute, string it through the yarn needle and proceed to insert it into the center of the pom pom.  This will take a little practice, as the center of the pom pom (where it comes together) is usually on the tight side.  So use those muscles!

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Continue stringing until you have added all of your pom poms and are satisfied with the final look.  Make a loop at both ends of the jute for easy hanging

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And there you have it!  Hang it up and enjoy!

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