How do you give an orange Christmas tree a Day of the Dead makeover? The ever clever Cathie Filian shows you how today on her blog. Cathie is kicking off a week-long Halloween/Day of the Dead Bloghop. We have a star-studded cast playing along and a chance for you to win some Halloween treats. First up, Cathie talks about New Traditions for the Filian Family, How to Make a DIY Faux Sugar Skull, and how to make Dia de los Muertos Ornaments from Dollar Store Plates. So many amazing DIY projects that really make her orange tree pop.
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I knew I was hanging on to all those vinyl records for a reason. All those trips to the record store are still paying off. Nowadays, I seem to craft using records more than I play them, but at least they are getting used. And used pretty well in the case of this rocking version of the Treetopia Pretty in Pink Potted Christmas Tree.
I love thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales – you name it. When I heard there was an actual holiday called National Thrift Shop Day, I felt it my duty as a red-blooded American to decorate a tree to show my support.
My kids are prolific crafters. I have no idea where they get it from. That being said, I have a LOT of kid art around my house. Sometimes I incorporate it into my art journals, other times I go old school and hang it on the fridge, and I’ve been known to make it into jewelry. Sadly, most times it ends up in a box under my daughter’s bed. They make more art than we can display and I just don’t have the heart to get rid of it.
I tend to see the world through holiday colored glasses when I am antique shopping. Whether I am at a thrift store, flea market or garage sale somewhere in the back of mind I am looking at everything thinking: “How could that be holiday decor.” I get serious tunnel vision around Halloween and Christmas, but year round I am on the prowl. Here are a few suggestions for things you could find at this weekend’s estate sale and use come December.
Mother’s Day is this weekend – put that special lady’s name in lights! Why stop there? Decorate an entire tree in her honor. I did. (more…)
Living in Texas, Cinco de Mayo does not go unnoticed. My daughter is learning about it in school and piñatas are for sale on the end caps at the grocery store — it only makes sense that we would celebrate the holiday at home as well.
At first I thought I would recreate my Feliz Navidad tree, but how could I improve upon cactus, mini piñatas and souvenir skirts? I know, I needed my friend Crafty Chica and a papel picado banner.
Using Crafty Chica paper, baker’s twine, a Big Shot, hole reinforcer stickers, Avery Elle Papel Picado goodies and embossing supplies, I whipped up a banner. It was mini and just right for a Winter White Potted Pine Tree.
I was pleased as punch with how my banner looked on the tree!
My cactus and mini piñatas came back out to play for Cinco de Mayo. I also updated with tons of colorful faux flowers to help welcome spring.
Last, but not least, I had to hang a real papel picado banner to reflect the mini version I made for my Cinco de Mayo tree. I can’t wait to turn this baby on come May 5th and sip a few margaritas under the glow of my fabulously decorated tree!
Buying Christmas ornaments in spring may seem odd to some people, but not to me. If you collect vintage Christmas decor, the off-season is often the very best time to buy. Take it from a seasoned antique/flea market/thrift store shopper – I know what I am talking about. Through the years and 100 Christmas trees later, I have learned a few things about collecting vintage Christmas tree ornaments. These are my top 10 tips!