Dec 9, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Crafts - Day 2 - Daniellesque

Welcome to day two of {The Kurtz Corner}'s 12 Days of Christmas Crafts! I'm very excited to welcome Danielle from Daniellesque for two reasons. . .for one this is her first guest post and I'm honored to have her and two she has a really cute and useful craft to show us today, enjoy!

Hello everyone! My name is Danielle from Daniellesque and I am so excited to be guest blogging for Audra today!
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I am a silly southern California girl who loves Jesus, family, helping others, crafting, baking and traveling! My blog is a mix of all these things and more! I love sharing my experiences, especially the ones from which I've learned something I can share with you! I really enjoy making new friends and meeting new people, so don't be shy - come say hello!
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One of my favorite Christmas crafts is making felt Christmas trees, but I always end up with more felt scraps than I need! Thank goodness for Pinterest! Upon doing a little searching, I've found the perfect way to get all the holiday use you can out of that beautiful felt {originally found here, here, and here!}


Step 1: Gather your excess felt, glue gun & felt-cutting scissors or rotary cutter.
Step 2: Cut your felt into 1" to ¾" strips (depending on your preference). Cut 2 pieces 12" in length. Cut 2 pieces 10" in length. Cut 2 pieces 8½" in length. Cut 1 piece 4" in length. For different size bows you can make these longer or shorter. Experiment a little!
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Step 3: Using the longest strip, fold one end like seen above.
Step 4: Fold the opposite end the same way as seen above to make a figure eight. Don't overlap the ends because it will make the finished bow too bulky. Hot glue these ends down. And don't burn your finger like I did.
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Step 5: Repeat for every strip except the smallest strip.
Step 6: Wrap the smallest strip into a circle and glue the overlapping ends.
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Step 7: With your two largest figure eights, glue one on top of the other making an "X" shape.
Step 8: Repeat for the other 2 sizes.
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Step 9: Layer the 3 sets of "X"s on top of each other alternating the direction of the "X" with each layer. Glue these guys in place.
Step 10: Glue the final circle piece onto the center of the bow, placing the overlapping end at the bottom.
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TA DA!

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Perfect size topper for the Slatkin & Co candles I'm gifting to a few of my friends! These would also make a cute embellishment to a sweater or bag or simply as a holiday decoration and you can easily make them with paper products as well! I made a few different colors and even invested in a rotary cutter after I made these because I have a feeling I'll be making a lot more! They are so much fun! :)
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I can't wait to see what other Christmas crafts are in store here at The Kurtz Corner! Happy Christmas crafting!