Christmas DIY – Felt Christmas Trees

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I’m typically team “Decorate after Thanksgiving” but this year seems to be a free for all when it comes to how we celebrate holidays and special occasions. I decided that I wanted to add a little Christmas cheer to our home and committed to doing a project that primarily used items we had leftover from other projects. The only thing I purchased was the felt.

The result were these super cute, minimal, and modern, felt Christmas trees! Although the tutorial for these trees will not be a full step by step guide, I wanted to provide you with the tools and some instruction to make 3 christmas trees. To see the entire step by step process, visit THIS LINK to watch in my instagram highlight.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TREE PATTERN

SUPPLY LIST

  • One – 3/4″x48″ Dowel
  • Scrap 1×3 common pine board (or wood) OR 3 Wooden Craft Circles (I have not personally used the craft circles but they might be a good alternative for those who do not have access to a jigsaw
  • 3 – 1 inch wood screws
  • 6-7 (9″x12″) sheets of felt

TOOLS:

  • Drill with drill bits
  • Jigsaw (optional if using wooden craft cirlces)
  • Glue gun and glue sticks

TO ASSEMBLE

  • Cut your dowel down to three dowels. The lengths should be 10.5″, 11.5″, and 13″.
  • Cut out the patterns and trace the patterns onto the sheets of felt. Cut out the felt pieces using sharp scissors (fabric scissors are best).
  • Using the glue gun, attach the ends of the felt so they come together to make the shape of a tree layer. Each tree should have 3 layers. If you’d like to add a fourth layer just cut out an additional middle layer and attach accordingly.
  • Slide each layer of each tree onto a dowel rod. Make sure you adust each layer until you like how your tree looks. Once you finalize your tree layers, attach the layers to the dowel using the glue gun.
  • To create the base of the tree, cut out a 2.5 inch circle from the 1″x3″ common board (or scrap wood). The easist way to do this is the clamp the wood to a work bench while cutting. If you are using wooden craft circles you can skip this step.
  • To attach the tree base to the dowel, drill a hole through the center of each wooden circle and then drill a screw through each hole. The screw should stick out the opposite end. Using a drill, drill a hole through the center of the bottom of each tree dowel. Screw the bottom of the tree dowel onto the screw in the wooden base.

My New Go To Cookie: Semi-Homemade Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

My sister hosted a Christmas cookie swap this weekend and it was such a success. All of the guests brought such a great assortment of cookies and my husband was ecstatic when I walked in the house with a perfect mix of holiday cookies. 

This past week was an unexpectedly stressful week for us filled with Christmas parties, unplanned get togethers, and an EXTREMELY sick dog. When it came time to start baking for the cookie swap I was wiped out. I wanted to make something home made and delicious but I didn’t really have time or energy to whip up some complex, cookie cutter, frosted masterpiece. 

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START TODAY! A weekly plan to save $500 by Black Friday!

20171209_103047-01.jpegYou’re probably thinking to yourself “The Holiday season just ended. Why is this crazy girl already posting about Black Friday?”

I’m already posting about Black Friday because I LOVE the holiday season. I enjoy so many aspects about the holiday season: The friends, family, travel, tradition, and of course, gift giving…

The challenge that I faced in the past was financial planning for the holiday season. For so long, I would get to the end of November and early December and wouldn’t have anything specific set aside for holiday travel or christmas gifts. This led to me taking out of savings to pay for Christmas gift or even worse, not saving anything and putting an entire paycheck towards gifts.

When I got married I realized this had to stop. We started doing a lot more holiday travel and increased gift giving. This meant spending a lot more money and it made sense to go into the holidays prepared.

I tried a few different things in the last few years, but this year we tried a method that worked wonderfully! Basically, we set up a line item in our budget or “bill” to ourselves for Christmas. I want to help you be prepared for this time next year and I’ve got an easy way for you to save $500 by next Black Friday! If you need to save $1,000, just double the plan.

Today is January 1st. Black Friday is on November 23. That means you have 326 days to save $500 (did I do my math right for the days?). That’s incredibly realistic. That means you need to save roughly $1.54 a day.

That’s right $1.54 a day. That’s less than your coffee habit… that’s less than you amazon habit… that’s less than your eating our habit… $1.54 a day is easy.

I’ll make this plan for 46 weeks. I’ll start off slow and ease you in!

Weeks 1 and 2: $5 a week

Weeks 3 through 37: $10 a week

Weeks 38 through 45: $15 a week

Week 46: $20

In 46 weeks you’ll have saved $500 and you’ll have 4 days to spare before Black Friday!

The hardest part is not touching that money before Black Friday. Some easy suggestions for setting the money aside:

  1. Open an online checking or savings account not connected to your main checking account. Some banks will even give you free money for opening up an account.
  2. Get cash every week. Go to the bank (or get cash back while you’re grocery shopping) and put the allocated amount in an envelope. Add cash to the envelope every week and you’ll have $500 in cold hard cash set aside for holiday shopping.
  3. If you’re like me and have a paypal account that you don’t use: put the money in a paypal account every week and transfer it back come holiday season.