Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Book page ornaments on a very skinny tree

Hello hello!  My laptop is suffering from technical difficulties, so I haven't been able to post in a while.  I've finally managed to pry Stephen's Macbook out of his hands long enough to post, though, so here we go!

I know I'm jumping the gun on this, but I just can't resist getting started on my Christmas crafting/decorating.  As long as I don't do anything overtly "Christmas-y," I think I can get away with it before Thanksgiving, right?  Here's hoping.

This particular craft idea has been brewing for quite awhile, actually.  It combines my increasing love of neutral decor and my lifelong love of books.  There was no hope for me after I fell in love with literature in 7th grade when I read Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities.  I went on to get an entirely unmarketable degree in English Literature, which I followed up with an unfinished Masters degree in Victorian Lit.  Alas, neither pays well.  Or, in my case, at all.  Bummer.  However, I can put my love of books to good (if unpaid) use by decorating my house with them.  Tada!

Ok, so lots of people have been making super cute things out of book pages lately, and I've been itching to try something myself.  I decided to try my hand at making some ornaments from a book I bought at the Friends of the Library book sale for 10 cents.  Fantabulous price, plus, it's about the sea, which is another of my lifelong obsessions.  I have several, apparently.

First, I cut out small, totally irregular circles from some pages.

Oh look!  A sleepy little helper who'd like to steal my scissors.  Sorry, sir.  Not today.

Anyway, I started with 4 pages stacked together, and ended up liking that number in the finished product.  After I cut the circles, I sewed the little stack together down the middle with white thread.

I then trimmed the excess thread from the BOTTOM of each stack, leaving the top thread attached.  Finally, I simply folded the pages back on themselves, to create an evenly fanned out little globe!

 They turned out great!  After each little globe was fanned out, I tied a knot in the still-attached-top-thread and hung them from my skinny little branch tree.  I found the branch in our yard and plopped it straight into that rice-filled stoneware jar!

Oh, and because I just couldn't resist, I added that cute little bunting, too.  It makes the whole tree, don't you think?  I'm totally in love with the whole thing.  Here's a closeup of one of the ornaments:

So there you have it!  My not too overtly Christmasy Christmas craft.  What do you think?  Do you like them as much as I do?  I think there may be more of these popping up around our house.

If you DO like them as much as I do and don't feel like making some yourself, you're in luck!  I'm selling sets of these in my Etsy shop!  Check them out here.

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