Gift Wrap Scraps

Christmas Cards using Gift Wrap

If you’re like me then you hoard even the smallest bits of leftover gift wrap because some day, some time you know you’ll need them for all those super tiny boxed gifts you’re going to give (only I never have small boxed gifts! ugh!).

Here’s another way to use up those scrap pieces instead of dumping them into the recycle bin.

Use them as background for Christmas cards! I made these cards to resemble wrapped gifts with tags. Inside they’ll hold gift cards. And since gift wrap is already holiday themed you don’t have to buy fancy Christmas card stock.

I think the last day in the US to mail cards for on time delivery is tomorrow so if you need a quick last minute card (I’m raising my hand!) grab your gift wrap supplies and make one!

***I’m leaving town soon but I’ll be back next Monday to start the Sew-a-long! So grab your PDF pattern while you can!

Dixie DIY Christmas: Felt Tree Skirt

Supplies: 1 and 1/3 yards of felt – the width should be at least 24in (mine was 72in, and I had plenty of felt leftover for flowers!), small jingle bells, needle, thread, yard stick or long ruler, pen

Cost: $3.00 for felt (on sale), already had bells but a small bag will run you $1.50.

Time: about 2.5 hours, depending on how fast you can cut

Difficulty: Moderate

Casualties: my cat now thinks that under her tree is her bed.

I wanted to make a tree skirt for my white tree in my bedroom (I have another tree in the living room) so I bought some more felt. So. Much. Felt!

To make a 24in diameter tree skirt I luckily had a two foot long ruler handy. I folded the felt in half and marked a center point on the fold and placed one point of the ruler on it. Then I made marks at the end of the ruler with a pen as I pivoted the ruler around to create a half circle. I cut it out, unfolded and had a full circle.

I folded the circle into a 1/4th wedge and used the same idea with the ruler to cut out the center circle for the trunk/pole of the tree. I also used this time to smooth out the outer edge of the felt (my circle wasn’t perfect, oh well).

After unfolding the circle again I cut one line along the fold from the outside to the inner circle so I could fit it around my tree base.

Using similar templates for my poinsettia wreath I cut two different size flowers out of the scrap felt and layered the small flower on top of the bigger one.

My skirt fit 25 flowers spaced slightly apart.

I attached the flowers like I did with the wreath, this time with little silver bells.

Thanks for reading along with my little holiday craft-a-thon. If you did any of the crafts featured here over the past weeks please let me know!

Dixie DIY Christmas: Re-purposed Vintage Cards

Phew! I got the last of my cards and packages mailed out just in time today. I didn’t mean to procrastonate about it. The time flew by and before I knew it it was almost Christmas!

I made these cards for my extended family by cutting up and re-purposing bits of old vintage cards that I bought along with some leftover doilies from other Christmas projects as well.

I loved the printed pictures and sentiments on these old cards and wanted to mix them with new papers and embellishments.

Christmas is right around the corner but I’ve got one last DIY project coming up tomorrow. Yeah, it might be a little late but it was fun to make and I can use it over and over again for years to come!

DIY Christmas: Hot Chocolate Peppermint Spoons

These spoons would have made extra special party favors if I could have located my clear plastic treat bags.

These spoons are for stirring in hot chocolate or coffee on those cold winter nights and in the warm liquid the peppermint chocolate will infuse into your drink making an already great treat even better, yummy! These are plastic spoons so you don’t want to run around dipping them into boiling fluid or anything like that but if you’re really worried you could go buy metal spoons at the thrift store and do the same thing.

To make these stirrers you need a bunch of spoons, chocolate chips (melted), and crushed peppermints. You could buy a packet of pre-crushed peppermints. They sell it to make peppermint bark this time of year but it’s cheaper to crush your own. I put a handful of those little round mints between two paper towels and mashed them will a rolling pin.

First just dip your spoon into the chocolate then sprinkle with or roll the spoon through the peppermint bits. Let cool on wax paper in the fridge.

You can buy little clear plastic treat bags and stick a spoon or two inside and then tie a pretty ribbon around the bag and spoon handle. Which is what I would have done if I had found those darn bags. The bags, like so much else I own, is lost somewhere in the closet or the garage. Luckily in about two months I’ll be moving to a more permanent residence and I’ll fully unpack and organize all my crafty supplies.

Instead I just arranged them in a wine glass and when the guests left I put a spoon in a little snack size ziplock bag. Not as cute but it still works!