Out of control crafty Christmas

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I am officially out of control on the Christmas crafts this year. This probably has something to do with my excitement to decorate combined with my lack of access to my decorations which happen to be in my storage room. So, I set out on an epic journey to the local craft stores in search of cheap craft supplies to make Christmas decorations. I officially scored (though admittedly some weren't so cheap), and now that the crafting marathon hubbub is starting to subside, I can share with you some of the fun things I made.

Crochet stuff #

I found a few cute patterns and decided to finally "hook" them up. The first was a snowflake table runner which I downsized to a large doily:

White with gold flecks yarn crocheted into a snowflake shape

Next, I worked on a poinsettia which I hoped would be a set of ornaments but was too floppy. After finally weaving in all the ends I just put it in the middle of the doily for lack of a better place to put it, and it seems to have found a happy home:

Crochet poinsettia sitting on top of the crochet snow flake

I also found a neat Christmas tree garland pattern on Ravelry but didn't have access to the magazine. I was too excited to wait so I just used the idea as an inspiration to invent my own version. Here are my pre-garlanded trees:

Crochet Christmas trees in a variegated green-red-yellow yarn

I attempted to felt them but only made them fuzzier, then I attached them together with a chain. I mounted the garland on the mantle where they were a bit lonely for a while until I discovered a neat knitter/crocheter wreath idea with fake yarn balls on the Jo-Ann website. I used that idea to make yarn ball ornaments with the leftover garland yarn and some bells and voila - a more social garland:

Crochet Christmas tree garland with yarn ball ornament hanging from it

Other stuff #

Using that same yarn ball idea with an unsavory yarn that I didn't quite enjoy crocheting with, I made another ornament but this time for the real tree:

White yarn ball ornament hanging on Christmas tree with lights

I found a fancy flower arrangement idea, but simplified to this quick, easy, cheap version: just a glass vase with pinecones and one clump of fake poinsettias. I added the elephant ornament photo not because I made it but because I thought it was so cute (thanks, World Market!):

Poinsettias in glass vase filled with pinecones Elephant ornament with a long tassel

This was another great idea from the Jo-Ann website - a cinnamon stick votive holder. I didn't have enough sticks to cover the back of the glass, but I prefer it that way since more light can escape. I use the LED tea lights so that I won't have anxiety attacks about potential fire hazards.

Cinnamon stick candle holder

Finally, a good old grapevine wreath is quick and easy (especially when all the ingredients are on sale). I need to re-do the ribbon since it looks a bit jacked up:

Wooden wreath with ribbon

At last, a complete Christmas-y mantle with the mysterious head of Palenque watching over all (see Why I like being a slow Ironman). He actually was quite handy when I needed something to hammer in the pins holding up the garland.

Fireplace mantel with all of the above crafts on it