Winter Pinterest Challenge: DIY Paper Tulips

This last week I was surfing craft blogs when I saw a tutorial for gorgeous paper tulips.  I added the tulips to my ever expanding list of projects I would like to make.  I am inspired by so many of the beautiful projects I see online, but recently have not had time to craft.  The winter Pinterest challenge hosted by Sherry of Young House Love gave me the motivation I needed to take a hour to craft.

DIY Paper Tulips

While I haven’t seen any tulips yet this year, tulips are one of my favorite flowers because they are one of the first flowers of spring.  Here is a photo that I took last spring when I visited the Tulip Library on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Aren’t the tulips cheerful?

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DIY Ornaments: Salt Dough Hummingbirds

During the summer, my mother enjoys watching the hummingbirds outside of her kitchen window.  She always seems a bit sad when it is time to put away the feeder for the winter and looks forward to the birds return in the spring.  For the holidays, I thought I’d bring her a little early cheer and make her a couple of hummingbird ornaments for her tree.

DIY Salt Dough Hummingbird OrnamentsI also think these ornaments would be pretty hanging in a window or on a mobile for a year-round decoration.

DIY Salt Dough Hummingbird OrnamentsThese little hummingbirds are made out of salt dough (just like the DIY Snowflake Ornaments), but I added a piece of toothpick for the beak while the dough was still wet.

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Origami Holiday Gift Boxes From Scrapbook Paper

Since it is the holiday season and I, like many, am in need of ways to wrap small gifts, I thought it would be a good time to revisit my very first post on Scissors and Spoons: Recycled Calendar Boxes.  That post is still the most viewed post on this blog, although my DIY Salt Dough Snowflake Ornaments are a close second.   In my earlier post I used old calendars to be make the boxes, but for this post I used 12″ by 12″ scrapbook paper.  Since the scrapbook paper is already square it makes making the boxes even simpler.Origami Gift Boxes

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Christmas Tree Decorating

If you have been following my blog over the past couple of months you have probably realized I have been really looking forward to getting a Christmas tree. I am not sure if the Christmas tree ornaments that I have been making since late October are a cause of my excitement or a symptom of it.  If you missed my earlier ornament posts, you can check out my clothespin reindeer, salt dough snowflakes, clothespin star ornaments, and twine balls by clicking on the photos below.

DIY Clothespin Reindeer Ornaments

It has become an annual tradition for Jaime and me to select and decorate a Christmas tree over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The first Christmas after Jaime and I were married we purchased a seven plus foot Fraiser fir from a Christmas tree lot about a half a mile from our apartment in DC and walked the tree through crowds of shoppers and tourists in Chinatown the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  We got quite a few laughs and shouts of “Merry Christmas” and I am pretty sure a few people snapped photos of us.  Unfortunately, we didn’t snap any pictures of our Christmas tree trek as we had our hands a bit full, although Jaime did snap the photo below in the elevator.

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DIY Christmas Ornaments: Clothespin Stars

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am thankful to be able to spend the day with family and friends.

This week has gotten away from me. Jaime and I have been busy getting ready to host Thanksgiving, but now that the harvest rolls, sweet potato pies, red velvet cupcakes, pumpkin bread, and sweet potato casserole have been made, I wanted to post a quick project — clothespin star Christmas ornaments.

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