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Last Minute Door Decoration Tutorial

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Last Minute Door Decoration Tutorial

This week's How-To is a Last Minute Door Decoration Tutorial by Natalie from Woolhalla.
That's right... it's just a few days before Christmas and I've been so busy I haven't done much decorating. This is a simple decoration that I like to do each year, and I just started it this morning (yes, today!) and you can too. If you have access to some trees you can cut, tools to cut, and somewhere to hang what you've cut you can make this decoration in a flash. Then you can add small decorations you have already or make a few small ones to add. Below is a template for a simple FELT GNOME that you or your kids can make to add. Remember, this is supposed to be a fast, fun and easy activity... that's why we don't have our glue guns out!
My front door already has a hook screwed in as I like to hang up things all year round. So put a screw or nail in your door for this if you don't have one. If you're door isn't wood or you can't put something in it, get creative with tape and fishing wire or string.
My door also has splotches from wet tennis balls my kids shoot at it while playing hockey.... oh well!!
Tools you might need. I didn't need the little saw, but if your branch is thicker than your pruners can handle a saw will do the trick.
Here's a lovely fir branch under the snow. It has a fork in the end of it. Other trees that work well are cedar and holly. Use what you have, what you can find, and what you're allowed to cut!
Branch shaken off a little before cutting.
I like to make an offering to the tree I am taking part of. This tree is in my yard and I love looking at it each day, watching birds sit in it, and am very thankful for its beauty and oxygen making :o) Thank You Fir Tree!
After cutting I hang the branch up on the screw on the door. Not only does it look lovely, it covers up those pesky tennis ball splotches!
Depending on your piece of branch you may already have enough decoration already provided by mother nature.
In my case I'd like to add some decorations. Pictured above is a felt gnome I had from last year ready to hang. As the day goes on I'll maybe make some stars or my kids might make some items to hang up. Small tree ornaments always look great too.
Here is a pattern to make your own little felt gnome. You might want to cut the face opening up more for a larger face. You can enlarge the template for bigger gnomes.
To make a gnome: 1) Cut the paper template out. 2) Cut a the shape out of felt with the template. 3) Fold the shape in half (one side will be straight, the other will have the face openings lined up). 4) Sew the top angled piece, which is the hat section. 5) sew the straight piece below the face opening. 5) DO NOT sew the face opening or the bottom, just leave them open. 6) Take a piece of wool roving, a few inches long, fold it in half. Insert it in the bottom of the gnome, pushing up past the face and into the hat. If you don't have enough wool to fill out your gnome, just pluck it out, add more wool and restuff. 7) To give your gnome more definition gather a thread around the 'neck', this is just under the face opening. Pull gently and knot off. 8) Stitch a thread through the peak of the hat to hang. 9) Hang your cute little gnomes up!!

Happy holidays everyone! Hope you have fun decorating!!

This tutorial is brought to you by Natalie, of Woolhalla.
You can also visit my blog at: Woolhalla

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3 Comments:

Blogger kat said...

great idea! the storm brought down a pine branch, so i will have to send thehobbit out with pruners.
(we've got dozens of those gnomes already.)

December 23, 2010 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Lala's Pequenos said...

That is adorable!

December 24, 2010 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Candie said...

I love how this door decoration is made with the help of Mother Nature and it is a fine alternative for garlands. Every Christmas, I hang ornaments on my steel front doors to show some festive spirit and to brighten up the mood of my home.

January 13, 2011 at 3:04 AM  

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