Saturday, November 21, 2015

Christmas Crafts

The deer silhouette is very popular this year.  I've seen so many on Pinterest on the fronts of pillows, and decided to try putting one on a pillow I already had.
I made this pillow a few years ago from burlap, and stenciled a tree on it, and include it in my fall decorating. It seemed like a good candidate for a Christmas update. 

Here's how I added a deer silhouette to this pillow.

First, I found a clip art drawing of a silhouette online, and printed it out.  

I went through my fabric stash and found a scrap of red fabric.  Then I measured to be sure the silhouette would fit on the fabric.

I used double sided tape to tape the pattern to the fabric, and then cut around the pattern.  The silhouette was to narrow to cover the stencil on the cushion, so I found some scrap fabric that I put behind it so the tree would be covered.  Next I pinned the white fabric to the pillow, then topped it with the silhouette.

I used adhesive fabric bonding to attach everything to the pillow.  I also used some hot glue to be sure it wouldn't come off. 

I wrote 'Noel' and 'Peace' on the bottom corners.  Then I found a scrap of ribbon and put that on the sides of the white fabric to cover some of the fraying edges.

I used a gel pen to write on the fabric, then went over it with gold glitter glue.

The eyes and nose are small gold jingle bells that I had in my stash.  This was a quick craft and required no sewing.

I also made a 'reindeer' collage.  I picked up a package of cards for scrapbooking, at HL the other day.  There were lots of reindeer pieces in the packet, so I pulled out this old frame with a collage mat, and came up with this.

Both of these crafts will show up in my Christmas Decor, and I've painted one side of my shutters red, and they will be showing up too!

Getting ready for next week's decorating. I'm excited about the theme I'm going with this year, and am looking forward to seeing how it all comes together.

Hope you are enjoying preparing for the holiday season.  I'm through shopping, so I plan to relax and enjoy it!!

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