...And we're back! Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving Holiday! I spent the holiday in Charleston with my husband's family. All of us already live in Charleston (except for his parents) and it was nice to not have to travel for the first time in my entire life!! I made those yummy Pear, Ginger, and Sage cocktails that I blogged about here and a caramel apple pie. I also ate too much!
I've been so busy lately doing Christmas mini sessions for lots of families and I feel like I haven't slept in two weeks! Thankfully, I think I will be finished with them in the next few days and life can go back to normal. Since, I've been editing so much, I haven't had a lot of time for any extra projects, but I did manage to make a Christmas wall hanging for the kid's playroom. It was so easy and it looks good hanging on her wall (it's a big blank wall for now, until I can get around to doing a collection). For this wall hanging, I used a found driftwood stick. I wanted something to remind us of our favorite place, but you can use a dowel rod or another found stick. I also did gold tips on the ends using Testor's Metallic Gold enamel (to give it some pizzaz), but you don't have to do this and you can probably use acrylic paint if you don't have enamel (use enamel in a well ventilated place). See the directions below!
What you'll need:
- Yarn in Holiday colors. I used red, green, cream, and a touch of black.
- A dowel rod or found stick
- Optional: Enamel or Paint (I used Testors enamel in Metallic Gold)
- If using a found stick, use a dry cloth to get the dirt off. My driftwood was bigger than what I needed and had several branches so I popped them off and found lots of small bugs living in my stick (eww, I know). I tapped them out over the course of 24 hours and ran some water through the middle. Once I got rid of all the bugs, I was ready to start.
- If you are going to paint the ends of your stick, do it first. I free handed it (it's supposed to be a quick project), but you could use painters tape to get a perfectly straight line. If you are using enamel and a dowel rod or thin stick, you can just dip the tips in. Set aside to let dry (in a well ventilated place.).
- Cut your yarn. This part is personal preference, but I measured the length by folding it in half and looking to see about where I wanted it to end (then a made it a little longer) and then cut 14 red, 2 black, 17 green, and 8 cream.
- Fold one yarn strand in half. Place loop at the top, in front of the stick, fold loop over and pull end through until tight. Do this for all of the string.
- Tie a piece of yarn on both ends for hanging.
- Hang on wall and trim the ends to even them up, or give them a shape.
Hope you like this tutorial. It can be done for any holiday. Get creative and send me your pics!!