Tuesday, December 9, 2014

decking the sparse halls

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We’re preparing to move so the house is looking a little different than it usually does this time of year. The decorations were coming down out of the attic anyway, but I’d be lying if I said we hooked all those ornaments and carefully loaded the branches without a single thought of ‘should we really be doing this?’ Should we really decorate just to take it all down in two and a half weeks?

That indecision only lasted a minute or two. The answer is, Yes we should! In the midst of the chaos that is our home right now we needed this one room that still has a few familiar stuff hanging out on the walls. We needed cozy comforters still unpacked and a few beautiful things still on shelves. And we needed that tree in our home, to remind us to enjoy every minute that we are here.

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And Christmas wouldn’t feel complete without a project so before I packed up my glue gun, I grabbed some yarn and an old book and made a tree garland.

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A paper garland seemed like the perfect craft to get the kids involved in. Jonathan, being 6, thinks punching holes in book pages is the bomb. I’m thinking about putting a paper punch in his stocking this year. But then again… maybe not. 

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Once we had enough holes punched out, and most rescued from the floor, we folded them all in half.

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Then we took two pieces and glued the sides together at the fold.

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I attached the pieces to the string along the fold using hot glue. This is the part where I burned my fingers twenty times before I figured out how to keep them out of the way. This is also the part where the kids informed me I was on my own for the rest of the project.

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Once the glue dried I covered the string with the third paper piece. Glue it down and we’re done.

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Only ten more feet of garland to go!

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I think it made the tree this year.

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2 comments:

angela | the painted house said...

I applaud your perseverance at that lovely book-page garland! Looks perfect on your tree.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

WOW! you may say it's sparse right now but i am in love! your living room and tree are stunning!