Chrome the Halls

I keep forgetting it’s Christmas time. For as long as I can remember, the holidays have been marked by time off from school. Well, I finished school last spring, and haven’t yet found a job, so no Christmas break for me–just regular lazy days. My forgetfulness surely isn’t helped by the fact that I’ve been preparing Christmas gifts since May, meaning almost all present-related tasks were completed long ago. Ironically, this has also been the busiest Christmas season I can recall. Although I had no final exams or essays this year and only a few gifts left to figure out, between traveling, and traveling, and job hunting, and more traveling, November and December flew by.

Mom and I decorated the tree just last night, and there are still no lights on the outside of hour house, so I’m guessing you’re not as ill-prepared for holiday celebrations as 3S headquarters (a.k.a., my parent’s house). If you are, consider snapping up a decoration or two before the holidays are over:

Stocking Stuffers Greeting Card by Laura George

Gnome & Dachshund Tea Towel by Viva Sweet Love

DIY a super cool advent calendar like this one (it’s a little late, but advent calendars are great decorations–and think how fun it would be to open all the little doors at once!)

Even if you decorated the day after Thanksgiving, hopefully your house still has a few nooks and crannies that could use some holiday sparkle, because I have two projects to present today, both cheery and bright, and both easy enough to put together before the reindeer arrive next week.

1. Pennant Garland
If your tree needs a little extra flair, this is the project for you. Mom and I made this while watching a Modern Family marathon last night (our tree is small, so it only took two episodes to create this little garland). You’ll need embroidery thread and wool felt, all in the color palette of your choice. If you want a rustic look like ours, a warm palette full of mustard, burnt orange, and moss green will do the trick; if your tree is craving something more modern, go with brighter, bolder colors, and consider throwing in some white.

Cut isosceles triangles (ones with two longer sides and one shorter side) out of your felt with a pair of good scissors. It’s easiest if you cut strips of felt and use one triangle as a pattern for the rest, laying it against the strip as a guideline for its fellow pennants. Our pennants are about 1 1/4″ at the shortest edge, 2″ at the longer sides. Once your pieces are cut out, using a needle and the embroidery thread, stitch through the shortest edge of each triangle to create a garland; continue to desired length. All you have left to do is put it on the tree and turn on another episode of Modern Family!

2. Pine Cone Door Hanging
While visiting my old college one weekend, I gathered a bag full of pine cones intending to make them into…something. Mom and I recently discovered the existence of chrome spray paint, and have since been brainstorming a list of things to chrome. Pine cones seemed perfect for a preliminary chrome experience, since it was no big deal if the paint turned out badly. It didn’t turn out badly: it turned out fantastic. See for yourself:

To make a Pine Cone Door Hanging like this, you’ll need pine cones, chrome spray paint, regular latex paint, thin silver wire, and a drill (if any of your pine cones are closed, like ours were), and wide satin ribbon. A clothes hanger will also come in handy for creating the cluster. We used green, but I’m a firm believer that any color can be made holiday-appropriate if the shade is chosen and paired with something more traditional; pine cones are plenty wintery, so if you want an orange door hanging, make an orange door hanging.

First, drill a hole all the way through the base of any closed pine cones. Thread your silver wire through this hole, or wrap it around the pine cone if the petal-y parts are open, and twist the ends together so the pine cone stays attached to the wire (leave one end long–at least 18″). Use a laundry drying rack to hang my pine cones while you work. First, spray paint all your pine cones and hang on the drying rack until the paint is set (you’ll find that the spray painting step is delightfully addictive). Next, dip the top half (which will look like the bottom half, since your pine cones are hanging upside down) into your bucket of paint; then lift up and allow the excess paint to drip back into the bucket. Hang your dipped pine cone back on the drying rack–make sure not to hang dipped pine cones over each other, or else spots of paint may drip where you don’t want them. For my door hanging, I dipped 6 of my 13 pine cones–more, less, or none would also be beautiful.

Once all your pine cones are completely dry, begin forming a cluster. Start with one pine cone. Wrap the wire around your clothes hanger, leaving a loop big enough to hang on a hook, and cut off excess wire. Continue adding pine cones, arranging them as desired and wrapping wire around the hanger (leaving a loop). Once all the pine cones have been made into a cluster, cut a (very long) length of ribbon. Make a bow as shown; you can staple it down for extra security, and then just wrap another piece of ribbon around to cover the staple. Tie your bow onto your pine cone cluster, allowing long ends to hang down. Give your door some festive woodland cheer!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

  • Copyright by Spin Sew Sketch 2012-2013

    All uncredited images are the property of Spin Sew Sketch. 3S does not claim to own any credited images, and I do my best to link to original sources. If you would prefer not to have an image you own featured on 3S , let me know and I will remove it promptly!
  • Thanks for visiting Spin Sew Sketch!

    Please be aware that all original content, patterns, DIY projects, images, and artwork are the property of Spin Sew Sketch. 3S is thrilled if you feel like sharing our content, but please always remember to credit and/or link back to Spin Sew Sketch.
%d bloggers like this: