Recycled Cardboard Version of a Wheat Straw Tree Ornament.

Cardboard, Paper and Wheat trees

I love playing with wheat straw! I love the look of almost anything made with wheat straw! However, it is not readily available to everyone - not something most crafters keep in their stash. I really, really wanted to share my little wheat tree ornaments but not one alternative material worked until I asked myself the question "What would Michele use?"

Easy Alternative To The Scandinavian Wooden Advent Calendar Tree

Advent Calendar

Another easy, simple tree for hanging your Advent Calendar chocolate filled hearts and mini ornaments!!

I designed this Advent Calendar Tree as an easy to make alternate option to the 3-D wooden Scandinavian Tree; and to make use of those totally cool Pinhooks I told you about in the previous post!

Magic Disappearing "Recycled" Paper Quilt Block Advent Calendar

Magically Disappearing Advent Calendar

Here is an idea for one very simple, easy to make Advent Calendar tree! And not only is it easy and inexpensive to make, but it is beyond recyclable or reuse! I like to call it "re-directed use" because once the holidays are over it can be quickly disassembled and most of the parts used the rest of the year for other important stuff; and next year the parts can be reassembled into another Advent Calendar!!

Making Advent Calendars All Week - Beginning with an Updated Icelandic Advent Tree.

Advent Calendar Tree

It is time to be thinking about Advent Calendars!!! Only 26 days till it is time to begin marking the days till Christmas! Not a lot of time really for planning, designing, cutting, sewing, pasting and making your very own calendar!

So - I am devoting this whole week to Advent Calendars!

Kid Friendly Version of "Punched Tin" Dragonfly (and Butterfly)

Punched Tin "Paper" Dragonfly Wings

Ever since posting my tutorial for making punched tin butterflies a few years back, and more recently punched tin dragonfly wings, I have been thinking about a way to make "punched tin" more child friendly and less likely to cut little fingers.

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