With work travel, grad classes and baking for a community event, I had no idea where I would find time this week to participate in the fourth challenge from the Dare to DIY Blog Party. The challenge this time was to make a homemade holiday gift.
I dreamed of making stockings, scented sugars or cozy candle holders to mimic those I admired at Anthropologie last week. But, as time ran out, I opted for a quick holiday ornament project that I saw in a Twitter update from DIY Magazine.
(By the way, did I mention you can follow me on Twitter?)
This project immediately appealed to me because the ornaments are made from old holiday cards, which I happen to have on hand (see, Chris, I told you they were worth saving…).
Using a simple downloadable template from DIY Magazine, I got to work. First I collected my craft knife, hole punch, glue runner and yarn. Next I strategically picked cards and cut out the pieces. I scored the back of the pieces ever-so-lightly with the knife so that they would fold nicely.
I couldn’t quite tell from the directions how this adorable little house would hang, so I improvised by punching a hole in the roof and threading through a loop of yarn, secured by a knot. With that in place, I applied glue to the roof and base and attached the pieces to the house.
It took me less than an hour to make six, so this is a quick and easy project. I think these little houses will look adorable all boxed up and gifted for the tree of someone special. My sister Holly and her husband Adam just bought their first house, so maybe they need a few new ornaments (If you’re reading guys, no surprise for you!).
I might have to make a bunch more, because they look pretty good on my own little entryway tree…
I’m excited to see what all of the other talented DIYers came up with for the Blog Party. Check them out because it’s not too late for you to make your own holiday gifts!
I am also linking this up to Centsational Girl’s Ornament Party, so head on over there to check out all of the pretty ornaments!