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Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees That Sparkle plus Giveaway

Today's theme for the 12 Days of Christmas is Christmas trees and to be honest my living room tree has no color scheme, no decor theme, and is an eclectic mix of mismatched ornaments. So instead of photos of that tree, I'm sharing two DIY Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees and a tutorial on how easy they are to make.
Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees That Sparkle
Welcome to Day 10 of the Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas Series!
DIY Christmas Ideas and Recipes you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas
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It's Day 10 and we are sharing our Christmas Tree!





DIY Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees


The one on the left is a little more rustic with a brush of gold and the one on the right is glitter and sparkle. I'm displaying them in separate parts of the house, hence them having different toppers and only one being lighted.

At 3-feet tall, they would make a beautiful statement piece paired together on a fireplace mantel, dining room sideboard, or an entry flanking a door. For symmetry add lights to both, or not, and have matching tree toppers.
Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees
A shout out to Burlap Fabric for supplying the ribbon to make the Christmas Trees. The project inspiration, use of the burlap ribbon, and all opinions in this post are 100% my own.

There is also a $50 Gift Certificate up for grabs so be sure to enter the giveaway further down in the post. Nobody walks away empty-handed though because Burlap Fabric is providing a coupon code for $5 off any purchase. More about that later in the post too.

Red Burlap Ribbon Trees For The Holidays
This is a great craft to do while watching Hallmark Christmas movies. Once you get a rhythm going, they are quite easy to make.

HOW TO MAKE BURLAP RIBBON CHRISTMAS TREES

Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Supplies

To make the burlap ribbon Christmas trees you will need:

I've included affiliate links for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend to make these burlap Christmas trees. See my full disclosure policy.

Materials list based per tree.

Step 1 - Replace paper towel holder dowel

Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Replacement Dowel

The dowel on the wood paper towel holder is much too short for the tree. You will need to replace it with a taller dowel cut 3-feet long. Use the original screw that came with the paper towel holder to attach the new dowel.

Drill a small hole on the top of the dowel in the center for inserting a tree topper. More about that in another step.

Note: If you plan on inserting the tree inside a small galvanized pail like I did, you may need to trim the diameter of the paper towel base to fit using a jigsaw.

Step 2 - Cut the Ribbon (based per tree)

Cut 12 strips of ribbon in lengths of 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, and 22-inches (as pictured below).
Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Cut Ribbon

Step 3 - What to do with all that burlap ribbon

Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Ribbon Knots

Tie the ribbon

Starting at the bottom with the 22-inch strips of burlap (above the top of the galvanized bucket) simply tie the ribbon onto the wooden dowel and scrunch the ties so they are side by side. Before tieing the next ribbon see the next step below. Trust me, you'll regret it if you don't.
Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Frayed Ribbon

Fray the ribbon

Burlap ribbon is prone to fraying so instead of fighting it, embrace the fraying by fraying the ends even more. It will also add some texture to the tree.

Be forewarned - this is the messiest and most time-consuming part of making the tree. A drop cloth of some kind and a Hallmark Christmas movie will be your best friend!

TIP 1: It is much easier to fray the ends of each ribbon first before moving onto tieing the next ribbon. Ask me how I know. 


FRAY TIP: With small sewing scissors simply cut a few rows of the horizontal weave where it is attached on both sides of the wire wrapped strands and pull down to remove them. I wasn't consistent in the amount of fraying on each ribbon.


Back to tieing the ribbon...

Tie the next 22-inch strip above the previous one with the knot facing directly beside the previous knot. Tie, fray, repeat until you've used all the 22-inch ribbon.

Move onto the 20-inch ribbon the same way, then the 18-inch, and so on until you've run out of ribbon.Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Assembled

Step 4 - Add the sparkle

To add some sparkle to the tree I painted the tips with gold glitter paint.

Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Gold Glitter Tips

I felt like a hairdresser doing foil highlights during this step. If you've ever had highlights you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. 

Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Glitter Paint
Starting at the bottom place a piece of paper or foil under the ribbon and with a small paint brush paint the gold glitter onto the tips of the branch. Move onto the next branch and so on. You will have to replace the paper or foil a few times throughout this process.

Step 5 - Add a pretty topper

Trim your Christmas picks to the right height for your tree topper. Dab a little glue onto the stem and insert into the predrilled hole on the top of the dowel (pictured below).
Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees Drilled Hole For Topper

Step 6 - Fluff the branches

Fluff, curl, bend the wired burlap ribbon branches to your liking to get a full and nicely shaped tree.

Step 7 - Light the tree

This step is optional. String micro LED lights around the tree in a whimsical manner - no need to be fussy.

You'll notice I only strung lights on the tree with the gold glittered poinsettia topper. I used different Christmas picks for each tree as well. That's because I don't plan on displaying the trees together. If I was, I definitely would use the same picks and string lights on both trees.

Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees With Gold Tips

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Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Ideas
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Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap With Plaid DIY Gift Tags

I come from a family of seven children so you can imagine how many gifts were under our tree Christmas morning. I have vivid memories of my Mom clearing the mound of wrapping paper from the middle of the living room floor. Even as a young child, I remember feeling bothered by the multiple paper filled bags heading to the garbage bin. Fast forward to adulthood and I vowed everything used to wrap Christmas gifts would be reusable. And so today I'm sharing simple eco-friendly holiday gift wrap with plaid DIY gift tags that can be hung on the tree after the gifts are open.

Eco Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap With Paid DIY Gift Tags

Welcome to Day 9 of the Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas Series!

DIY Christmas Ideas and Recipes you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas
We have teamed up with 50 plus bloggers to bring you a oodles of DIY Ideas and Recipes to make your holiday season merrier. There are 12 different posts in the series and we have spread them out over a four week period with three posts per week. Now is the time to subscribe!

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It's Day 9 and we are sharing Pretty Gift Wrapping Ideas!




In case you missed them, here is a recap:
DIY Gift IdeasDIY Basket For That Special Holiday Hostess Gift
DIY Christmas Countdown - Christmas Countdown Santa Cottage
DIY Kid's Crafts - Easy Snowflake Craft To Make With Your Grandkids
Holiday Party Food - Spicy Christmas Ornament Cheese Ball
DIY Ornament Ideas - 3 Unique Festive Recycled Sweater Ornaments
Holiday Decor Ideas - Milk & Cookie Tray For Santa from folding breakfast table
Christmas In A Jar - Retro North Pole Christmas Diorama



Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap With Plaid DIY Gift Tags 


These gifts are for my grandchildren. They can use the brown kraft paper afterward to draw or color, the plaid ornament gift tags can be hung on the tree, and Mommy is an avid crocheter so she could reuse the ribbon. If not their two cats will be amused for hours.

The candy canes? Well isn't it Grandma's job to sneak them a treat now and again 😉
Eco Friendly Holiday Gift Wrapping That Is Reuseable
This is the first year I used a heavier brown kraft paper, normally I use a lighter white kraft paper but they can see through it so Grandma got smarter this year. I found the heavier paper easier to wrap with too.
Eco Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap with yarn ribbon
These are the supplies I used to wrap the eco-friendly Christmas gifts minus the kraft paper (not shown). I'm not going to share a tutorial on how to wrap a gift because I'm sure we've all figured that out by now.

I tried to conceal the tape by using double sided tape but it wasn't sticking very well to the heavy kraft paper.

To embellish the gifts in an eco-friendly manner I simply wrapped red and white yarn around each present several times and tied a small sprig of faux evergreens. Then I looped the ties around a plaid DIY ornament name tag and tied a bow. Very festive and super easy.
Eco Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap Supplies

How To make Plaid DIY Ornament Gift Tags

I've included affiliate links for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend to make the DIY ornament gift tags. See my full disclosure policy.

You'll need an assortment of wood cut out ornaments like these. I found mine at Michael's last year and when I went to get more this year, they no longer had them. 😢 I didn't use the angel ornament because I made a special memorial ornament for my tree instead.
Eco Friendly DIY Holiday Gift Tag Ornaments
If you've been following the 12 Days Of Christmas Blog Hop then this plaid fabric will look familiar. It's one of the fabrics I used on my DIY Sweater Ornaments and this is what was leftover. Just enough for my ornament gift tags.
Eco Friendly DIY Holiday Gift Tags Salvaged Plaid Fabric
All I did to make them was decoupage the fabric onto the wood ornaments with Mod Podge. Brushing it onto the front side of the ornaments and strategically lining them up on the wrong side of the plaid fabric. Let them completely dry, I left mine overnight. Easy peasy so far, right?
Eco Friendly Decoupaged Plaid Fabric Ornament Gift Tags
Next, I cut around each ornament with sharp sewing scissors and then carefully trimmed the excess fabric with a sharp retractable craft knife and cutting mat.

I left the back of the ornaments natural wood for labeling the name tags. With an extra fine red sharpie marker, I wrote 2018 at the top of each ornament for a keepsake. I wrote the rest of the details with an extra fine black marker.

Embellishing the Plaid DIY Gift Tag Ornaments

I rummaged through my sewing and craft bins to find everything needed to embellish the ornaments.
Eco Friendly DIY Holiday Ornament Gift Tags Embellished

Moose Ornaments

Small gold buttons and a mini wreath were glued onto the moose resembling a saddle.

Rudolph Ornament

Rudolph's red nose is a pompom and the eyes are two small white buttons with small black pompoms.

Gingerbread Ornament

Small red craft gems were used for the buttons, small white buttons for the eyes, and a piece of red cording for the mouth on the gingerbread ornament.

Cardinal Ornament

A small black pompom for the eye, red cording and a small craft gem for the scarf were used to decorate the cardinal ornament.

Christmas Ball Ornament

A small sprig of faux evergreens and a small white jingle bell top the Christmas ball ornaments.

Candy Cane Ornament

One strand of red & white bakers twine and a strand of red cording were wrapped around the candy cane ornament with a dab of glue every so often.


You can see how easy it was to make these eco-friendly gift tags. You probably have everything you need to embellish them around the house.


Eco Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap With Plaid DIY Gift Tags

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Retro North Pole Christmas Diorama In A Jar

Do you ever have a clear vision for a project and then you spot something that takes it in a whole different direction? Yeah, that was the case for my Christmas in a jar plan. I was focused on creating a silent night theme and shopping for tall bottle brush trees. Then my eyes caught a glimpse of a miniature light up vintage camper. One retro miniature lead to another and soon my fun Retro North Pole Christmas Diorama began to unfold.

Retro North Pole Christmas Diorama In A Jar
Welcome to Day 8 of the Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas Series!
DIY Christmas Ideas and Recipes you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas
We have teamed up with 50 plus bloggers to bring you a oodles of DIY Ideas and Recipes to make your holiday season merrier. There are 12 different posts in the series and we have spread them out over a four week period with three posts per week. Now is the time to subscribe!

GO HERE for the complete list of Dates and Topics plus a collection of most popular holiday ideas including ornaments, games, recipes and more from all 50 plus talented bloggers!

It's Day 8 and we are sharing Christmas In A Jar Ideas!


In case you missed them, here is a recap:
DIY Gift IdeasDIY Basket For That Special Holiday Hostess Gift
DIY Christmas Countdown - Christmas Countdown Santa Cottage
DIY Kid's Crafts - Easy Snowflake Craft To Make With Your Grandkids
Holiday Party Food - Spicy Christmas Ornament Cheese Ball
DIY Ornament Ideas - 3 Unique Festive Recycled Sweater Ornaments
Holiday Decor Ideas - Milk & Cookie Tray For Santa from folding breakfast table



Retro North Pole Christmas Diorama In A Jar


Retro North Pole Christmas In A Jar
How could I resist this adorable vintage camper that lights up?
Retro North Pole Christmas With Light Up Vintage Camper
These are the supplies I used to make the Retro Noth Pole Christmas diorama. I used a tall 18-inch apothecary jar that I had on hand. A shorter jar would have been perfect but I wasn't willing to spend the money when I already had one.

I purchased all of the figurines at Michaels in early November. The larger figurines were on sale buy 1 get 1 at 50% off, others were 60% off, plus I had a 50% coupon for those items not on sale. Win-win!
Retro North Pole Christmas In A Jar Supplies
The perfect faux snow that keeps heavier figurines from sinking too far below is inexpensive Epsom salts from the dollar store.
Retro North Pole Christmas In A Jar Faux Snow
Before I assembled the Christmas in a jar diorama, I added freshly fallen snow onto the roof of the vintage camper with Mod Podge and a sprinkle of Epsom salts.
Retro North Pole Christmas Diorama Camper Roof Fresh Snow
Now for the fun part, creating a Retro North Pole Christmas inside the jar.
Retro North Pole Christmas In A Jar From A to Z
Here's a close up of Santa getting ready to string the lights on the Christmas tree.
Retro North Pole Christmas Diorama Santa Stringing Lights
And a close up of Santa's adorable vintage camper.
Retro North Pole Christmas Diorama Vintage Camper
The presents look like they were dropped from above and landed in the freshly fallen snow.
Retro North Pole Diorama Wrapped Presents
I had so much fun creating this fun Retro North Pole Christmas diorama in a jar. A totally different direction from the one I intended but the nostalgia took me back to Christmas when I was a child.
Retro North Pole Christmas Diorama In A Jar Close Up
I've included affiliate links for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend to make this Santa tray. See my full disclosure policy.
Retro North Pole Christmas In A Jar Bow Ribbon
I made a large 8-loop bow with retro looking polka dot wired ribbon for the stem of the apothecary jar lid and attached it with a green pipe cleaner. Making bows is not my forte so I cheat with an EZ Bow Maker tool.
Retro North Pole Christmas In A Jar With Retro Bow

To make the Retro North Pole Diorama you will need:


Retro North Pole Christmas Diorama In A Jar

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Talk Of The Town Party 152

Hello friends, welcome back to the party. It's a winter wonderland over here with several inches of fresh snow. It's postcard perfect from my vantage point in front of the window with a steaming mug of hot chocolate and Christmas music playing in the background. Not so perfect for those having to drive in it. One of the perks of working from home! Here are our features for this week.
Talk Of The Town Party 152 Features
Welcome back to Talk of the Town!
Talk of the Town link party
First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!

last week on Knick of Time

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last week on Interior Frugalista

Here's what we're talking about from last week's party!

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Christmas Countdown - Days til Christmas Wall Hanging
Days Till Christmas Wall Hanging Adventures of a DIY Mom

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Now, it's your turn!
PLEASE NOTE – There are now *2* separate link ups; the first is for DIY/Vintage/Repurposed links and the second for Recipe links. Thank you!
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