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Make Your Own Holiday Tableware. I love hitting the thrift stores.

Make Your Own Holiday Tableware

I’ll often pick up plain plates to use in my recipe photos on my cooking blog. However, using the same plates over and over again can get old, so repurposing them into holiday tableware seemed like an ideal solution. I pulled out a red plate a friend gave me last year, and found a couple of plain white coffee mugs at the second hand store. I paired those with some saucers I already had and came up with these festive designs. The Martha Stewart decorative paint line has new stencils and an entirely cool line of multi-surface paints in a variety of finishes. I started with the plain white coffee mugs I found at the thrift store.

I used the stencil adhesive because I needed to use the snowflake on a curved surface. Secure the edges of the stencil with painter’s tape. The new line of stencils includes this smaller set of self adhesive stencils. I also used self adhesive stencils on the red plate, see those cute little gingerbread men? (Linkup closed) Lolly Chessie's Famous CP Christmas Trees - Crate Paper. Hey Everyone!

Lolly Chessie's Famous CP Christmas Trees - Crate Paper

My name is Lolly Chessie and I'm thrilled to be sharing my first tutorial here on the Crate Paper blog! One of the projects I did for CP this past Summer CHA was two little trees! I thought it would be fun to share how I made them with you all! What you need: Two paper mache tree shapes. Lets Get Started! Start by either cutting the petal shape using the Sizzix - "Flowers, Beauty Bloom" die (found HERE) or if you have SCAL and a Cricut you can use this .svg file found HERE (1 sheet for the larger petals) and HERE (1 sheet for the medium and smaller petals). Just a note: If you use the Sizzix die, your petals will be all the same size and that's totally ok! Paint the bottom of your tree shapes with the green paint! You will want to split the pile of "Mittens" and "Candy" papers into two groups as you will be using both sides of these papers! Wrap each shape around a round pen or sharpie marker to curl the edges! The curled petal should look something like this!

Almost there!!! Balsa wood mini tree. We’ve had a lot of requests for urban/apartment friendly tree ideas.

balsa wood mini tree

I can say from experience that lugging even the smallest of live trees into an apartment can be messy, unwieldy, and inconvenient. But that shouldn’t mean no tree, either. For those who live in a small space but would like to have a tree you can decorate, this balsa mini tree is for you. I scrapped several—okay, many—variations on miniature tree designs. Too many of them involved tools that not everyone has room to own or otherwise were unable to support ornaments. I’ve included the template for the tree limbs, which can be scaled up or down to suit your needs. CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!

Materials: Instructions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.