Total Basset Case: Holiday Blog Hop!

Nov 14, 2012

Holiday Blog Hop!

Hi friends!
It's Holiday Blog Hop day!! 
We are so excited to see what you have come up with! 
Crafts, recipes, meal plans, traditions, wish lists...we want it all!

First up, is my creation! 
I've seen variations of these yarn strings floating around Pinterest and wanted to try my hand at them.
And I am so excited to have one of my Christmas DIYs already knocked off my list.
I love nothing more than crossing things off my list and this project is no exception!
While I LOVE the way these turned out...let me just tell you they are not for the faint of heart.
I know they look simple but for a girl who hates for her hands to be dirty or sticky this one was tough for me.
You'll see what I mean below.

I followed a combination of instructions from here and here and a little of my own.

Supplies Needed:
-styrofoam trees (well, cones if you want to get technical)
-parchment paper
-straight pins
-cornstarch
-school glue
-water
-yarn and/or raffia
-glitter (optional but why would you not want glitter?)

1. Wrap your trees in parchment paper and secure with straight pens
 2. Mix up half a bottle of glue, 1/3 cup of corn starch and 1/4 cup of water until a thick paste forms (light up spoon optional)
 3. Carefully dip a yard (or more) of yarn in the paste.
(Be careful to not get the yarn tangled) 
4. Slowly pull out the yarn and squeeze off the excess glue while wrapping the yarn around the cones in a random pattern, using as much yarn as you would like.
This is where it gets messy. I may or may have stopped to wash my hands about 47 times.
5. Continue with either a different colored yarn or raffia.
 6. At this point I sprinkled white glitter on my trees to add a little sparkle,
totally up to you but I really liked how it made the trees look like they had snow on them.
7. Set your trees aside and allow them to dry overnight (don't skip this!)
8. The next day, carefully take a knife and separate the yarn/raffia from the parchment paper.
You should be able to rotate and loosen the tree out and then tear the paper away. 
 Ta Da! 

 Now let's see what you have!
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9 comments:

Pamela said...

Ohh, how cute!! Love it!!

Elisa said...

These look great!

According to Jax said...

Okay, now I'm going to have to do this!! Looooove!! Do you think it is durable enough to keep for next year too, or is this something you would throw away after the holidays?

Joy said...

LOVE these!!! Might have to be a project mom and I do over Thanksgiving! Thanks for hosting the blog hop!

Jen said...

I am totally loving this link-up and am so excited to see everyone's holiday ideas! My link was a little cut off above, so I am including it here also, so please check it out if you get a chance. I included my proposed menu for Thanksgiving (it's my first time hosting) and am looking for other ideas if you have them :)

http://lifeloveandpuppypaws.blogspot.com/

Ashley said...

Best idea EVER!! Love it!

Casey said...

Those are so cute! I didn't pull together a holiday post for the blog hop, but I will be pinning this!

Alison @ Get Your Pretty On said...

So simple yet so cute! Great craft idea to do with my two daughters. I love your blog and Floyd is such a cutie!

Denise Lopatka said...

HOW CUTE! and looks pretty simple too... right up my alley