The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Monday, October 28, 2013

Ways With Washi: CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS + a Giveaway!



Hello there, DeNami Friends! It's time for my October edition of Ways With Washi.

I don't know about you, but every year I wish I had more time to make handmade gifts and decorations for Christmas. My problem is that I never start early enough, and once I start thinking, "Oh, maybe I should make something fun for Christmas," it's too late. All my other Christmas preparations are much too pressing, and I run out of time. So this year, I decided to start early. I know that we are still three days away from Halloween, but today I'm sharing a few ideas for jumpstarting your Christmas decorating with washi tape.

So, let's get to it!

For my first Christmas project today, I made a tabletop Christmas tree. This silver-and-aqua beauty stands about 7.5" tall. Can you spot the washi tape?


Starting with a Styrofoam cone, I covered the tree with overlapping circle punches. I chose two coordinating subtly patterned papers, dressing up some with overlapping strips of Musical Notes Washi tape and stamping others with DeNami's Teeny Star Background in silver ink before punching out the circles. I anchored each circle with a straight pin from my sewing supplies stash after glamming up the stock white pinheads with a bit of silver nail polish. 

I finished off my tree with a loopy baker's twine bow (from DeNami's Summer Twine 3-pack) fastened to the treetop with a decorative stick pin and a tiny tag stamped with the Noel sentiment from DeNami's Christmas Greetings stamp set.


My second project is a Christmas tree ornament. I started with a clear flat ornament that I picked up for cheap at a local big box crafts store. Then I cut out poinsettia petals from Red Stripes Washi Tape and leaves from Lime/White Dots Washi Tape and adhered them to the face of the clear ornament. Can you guess how I made the petals and leaves look so uniform? I stamped a petal from DeNami's Whimsical Garden cling set on cardstock to use as a pattern for trimming my washi tape flower parts. A cluster of amber rhinestones creates a realistic-looking center to my poinsettia. I finished my ornament by stuffing it with some multi-color DeNami Iridescent Shredds for a bit of sparkle.





It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here! I hope you picked up a few ideas to use in your own Christmas decorating this year

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win a roll of washi tape of your very own? I have a brand-new roll of Black/White Dots Washi Tape from DeNami Design that I'd love to give away to a reader of this post. Want to be in the running? Just leave me a comment on this post using the word "DECORATE." There's no need to be a follower of my blog to enter, but if you are a follower (or become a new follower!), you can have a second entry in the drawing--just leave me a second comment telling me that you are a follower and how you follow. :)

I'll leave commenting open until 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, and will draw one commenter at random. The winner will be announced right here on my blog on Thursday, October 31, and if I'm able to find an email address, I'll be sure to contact the winner as well.

Thanks for joining me today for some more Ways With Washi!
Emily

39 comments:

Pam said...

Just LOVE the tree you made! How pretty!! And the ornament is very sweet, love your cut out washi! Looks like you have a great start to decorate for the holidays!! :)

Benzi said...

How cool is that tree, Emily, and your ornament so pretty. Now, you can go ahead and decorate your tree..and the rest of your house.

Benzi said...

I'm a long time follower of your blog with Google.

Tracey McNeely said...

Emily these are brilliant, the tree is fantastic!

Meredith said...

Love your project. Thanks for the chance to win washi tape!

Meredith said...

Just signed up to follow your blog! Thanks for the chance to win.

rommelsmom4 said...

Lovely projects. I LOVE the tree.

Sue D said...

wonderful ideas to DECORATE for the holiday season. I really like the use of the musical notes washi tape.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Sue D said...

I follow your blog with GFC as Sue D
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Marisa said...

Your tree is simply fabulous!! What a great way to decorate a table or fire place mantle for the Christmas season! Love the ornament too - curious minds must know where the tree prop came from LOL!

Marisa said...

Google follower for a long time now :)

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

I love to DECORATE for the holidays and would love to win some tape! LOVE that tree!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

I'm a follower through Google.

gwhee60277 said...

These decorations are the perfect way to decorate our tree. What a wonderful project for school or a scout troop!!! They would be good to give away to a teacher or shut-ins nursing home patients.

Mary Marsh said...

This tree is beautiful Emily -you always make such great projects-the ornament is wonderful as well

Brenda in IN said...

This is the cutest tree and ornament. It is nice to decorate with things you have made. I would have never thought to use washi like you did. Thanks for sharing.

Brenda in IN said...

I follow you with google friend. I'm so happy I found your blog. I did not know those little chickies were DeNami and found out through your blog. Their stamps are adorable. Also found a blogger who used to live close by. Blogland is the greatest!

Laura Strack said...

Just love your washi tree! Great way to use up extra tape, if you have some. Thanks for sharing your darling projects.

Laura Strack said...

I follow your Bog by email...Via Google, I believe :)

Darnell J Knauss said...

No thank you on your generous offer, Emily. I have so much, so that will increase someone else's chances, but I had to comment about how much I L.O.V.E. that Christmas tree you made in those luscious colors!! So pinning!! Hugs, Darnell

Maria said...

Oh, how you have a wonderful way with washi! Your Christmas tree and bulb are fabulous! So creative and beautiful!:-)

Auntie Em said...

Oh Emily, your tree is so elegant and pretty. I love the colours.
And the ornament is so sparkly and fun. The little petals and leaves in the washi are such a clever idea. No need to mess with glue and the pattern makes them even more interesting.
I bet your house is amazing at Christmas with all the prett decorations.
Thanks for sharing! :)

PS..congrats on your new DT announcement! I read it in my emails this afternoon. Way to go!!! :)

cghundley said...

Wonderful creations.
I like the tree with
the washi tape, great
way to use the tape
and the ornament is
super easy!
Carla from Utah

cghundley said...

I'm a follower on blogloving.
Carla from Utah

Laura Turcotte said...

What great ideas to decorate my tree with handmade decorations---these are beautiful!!

Laura Turcotte said...

I'm a follower through email

Lisa said...

You my dear have outdone yourself!!!

Colleen Dietrich said...

These projects made me gasp when they landed in my inbox, Emily! Especially that tree. I sure would love to 'decorate' with it! LOL

Greta said...

I love to decorate for the holidays & oh I love that tree, Emily! Now I really want the music Washi tape! Fabulous projects!

Greta said...

I am a follower & use Feedly.

Emily Daniels said...

I'm a GFC follower!!

Emily Daniels said...

What a cute ornament!! You have the neatest ideas for washi tape!! I love that you used it to Decorate for Christmas!!
Thanks for the chance to win!!
davisbabe@gmail.com

Denise Bryant said...

Love your pretty tabletop tree and ornament! Very nice way to decorate for the holidays!

Denise Bryant said...

I'm already a follower here. I follow on Google Blogger!

Jessi Fogan said...

Now that is the best ornament photo! Nestled right in the tree - you rock :) That paper tree is just amazing, Emily - love the colours, the idea, and of course that awesome bow on top!

Meredith said...

I would love to decorate some cards with washi tape.

Meredith said...

I am a follower of your blog and would love a second chance to win in the decorate with washi tape giveaway.

Joan V said...

Oh, my, I just love that tree. Those colors are so trendy to decorate the home. This is now on my "to do" list. Thanks for sharing.

Joan V said...

I am a long time follower and follow on bloglovin. I miss google reader :( Thanks for sharing.