Christmas Light Basket

Christmas Light Basket

Finished product

This picture does not do this basket justice.  It really is beautiful. Beautiful, and super easy to make. This one took about forty five minutes. It would be a fabulous gift and would be a great addition to your Christmas decorations because it adds light and a festive atmosphere wherever you put it. It can be simple, made with just a few objects, or a fun and light-hearted basket with children in mind. You could use lots of colors and ornaments with a theme in mind. These baskets make wonderful “solo” decorations for a college dorm, apartment, grandma’s house, retirement center, small apartment or office even a hospital room. If you make them as gifts, you’ll definitely on the “good list”

Plug in your glue gun so it can heat up while you stuff the basket. To begin, simply loosely roll up a paper grocery bag and push it into the basket to form a mound.

Christmas Light Basket

Pinecones and Lights

Next, begin gluing pinecones to the mound in the basket. Place them 1-2 inches apart until they have filled the basket. Leaving the plug side of the lights outside the basket, begin to wind the lights around the pinecones. Don’t worry about it looking perfect or completely filled in because you will be adding pine pieces and ornaments and berries to fill in.

Christmas Light Basket

Add Tree Branches

 

Now just cut your pine boughs off the wreath and glue them in strategically around the pinecones and lights. Add berries, ornaments, bells, small wooden toys…the possibilities are endless with themes and colors you may pick.

Make one. I make one for someone every year. It’s fun, fast, and easy. Try it. Make it merrily.

 

A Girl Can Never Have Too Many Shoes!

 

 

I was invited to a baby shower in our neighborhood and went shopping for a little girl. I always start looking at baby shoes.  They’re so cute and tiny (and impractical). They only fit for 10-15 minutes, but I have a weakness.  I personally LOVE shoes.  I believe the saying that “a girl can never have too many”.  It might be because I’m not a size 8, but my shoes are always a size 8.  They never get any bigger even if I do.  Anyway, I couldn’t decide so I bought 3 pair.  I tied them to a long ribbon with about 6 inches in between each pair, and put them all into a box. Next, I put a card on top of the box that said: “A girl can never have too many shoes.”  I tied the box with ribbon and left part of the ribbon hanging out of the box.  It  had a tag on the end that said: “PULL” .  When you pulled the string, three pairs of shoes came out one by one.

I have been informed that this will be the present for all the new little girls in the neighborhood.  It would be just as easy to put little some boy shoes or boots in a box and say: “You’re never too young for style “. Anyway, it was  simple to make and turned out darling.  It could be made inexpensively or you could spend more money if you wanted to do.

Try it and let us know how it worked for you.